Master the Lightning Temple Puzzle in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

If you’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you know there are various puzzles and challenges to face. One of these is the Lightning Temple Puzzle, which can be quite tricky. In this guide, we’ll take you through each step of the puzzle so that you can complete it with ease. Let’s get started!

How to complete the Lightning Temple Puzzle in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Lightning Temple Puzzle takes place in the interior of the structure. Prior to this, you’ll fight the Queen Gibdo and her minions and get past various traps in mostly linear sections. At the end, you’ll reach the Room of Ascension, which is the main puzzle area.

Lightning Temple map

As you can see in the image above, there are four altars that you need to charge using Riju’s Lightning Strike skill. The first one is rather simple, as you just need to move the blocks off to the side of the main level.

1F altar

The rest of the altars required for the Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Lightning Temple Puzzle all emphasize the beams of sunlight and mirror reflection mechanics. As such, you’ll need to move the block on the ground so you can ride the updraft to 5F. There, you’ll see a small gap in the wall where you’ll find the Room of Natural Light.

Room of Natural Light

This small chamber has a few Mirror devices that you can use to reflect sunlight. For now, just make sure that the beam heads out of the room and hits the nearest statue. All of the statues on this floor have their own Mirrors, too.

Room of Offered Light altar

While facing the first statue, look to your right. Make sure that the initial beam can hit a point near the right-side statue. You can reposition it, too. Once you do that, the beam should hit a plate on the opposite side.

Enter the chamber and take out the Constructs. Destroy the bulb as well so you can eliminate the Gibdo enemies. Once you’re done, use fires to make the hot air balloon rise, and make sure that you bring a Mirror with you (there are a few behind the pillars). Cast the beam on the plate to remove the barricade. This will let you use the Lightning Strike on the altar.

Room of Light and Flame altar

Next, with the same light array positioning as before, reenter the Room of Natural Light and pick up a Mirror. Bring it to the right-side statue. Rotate it so that it hits the statue on the opposite side (i.e., left side if you’re coming from the Room of Natural Light). The beam will hit a plate that’s higher up. You can reach it by using the updraft, so pop Ascend on the ceiling portion that’s close to the plate.

There, you’ll see a pit with flame-spewing traps. Navigate your way through this section, then blast the altar with Riju’s ability.

Room of Light and Shade altar

Finally, return to the Room of Natural Light and grab another Mirror. With the previous light array in mind, you’ll want to do the following:

  • Take out the Mirror on the right-side statue.
  • Then, rotate and attach it so it’s facing the back statue (i.e., if you’re coming from the Room of Natural Light).
  • Bring your second Mirror to the back statue. While it’s held by Ultrahand, reposition and rotate it so that it hits the beam below.

This will unlock the last chamber. There, you’ll use large rocks to block the spiked wall traps from closing in. At the end of the corridor, you’ll jump down a small hole where the beam is coming from. Use a Mirror to remove the walkway. Go back up and use another Mirror so the beam is cast all the way to the plate at the end of the spiked wall corridor. Shoot the altar with Riju’s ability active.

After powering up all the altars

After powering up all the altars, you’ll complete the Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Lightning Temple Puzzle. All that’s left is to interact with the device, which will send you all the way to the top. There, you’ll put an end to the Queen Gibdo boss.

There are numerous mechanics and facets to learn in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. For more information, you can visit our guides hub.


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