Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Shrines are back as a key game mechanic in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. As with Breath of the Wild, players will need to navigate over 150 of these smaller combat and puzzle zones to earn a Blessing Light, which can be exchanged for a health or stamina upgrade by turning four into a Statue of Blessing. Goddess. Tears of the Kingdom adds an interesting wrinkle though, not only including shrines in Hyrule, but also a bunch in the sky islands.


As expected, these shrines all offer a different challenge to overcome, including combat tutorials like the Kamizun Shrine in Hyrule Field. Others offer more traditional puzzles involving one or more of the new Zonai abilities that Link gains access to early in the game. The sheer variety of gameplay will likely keep players on their toes, never quite sure what the game is going to release next.

While most shrines are self-contained zones, there are some that are unique because they are hidden within an outdoor area. Such is the case with the Chichim Shrine hidden within the Ruins of the Ancient Prison, and entering the shrine instantly rewards The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom players with Rauru’s Blessing.

ancient ruins of zelda prison Where is the Chichim Sanctuary?

To locate the ruins of the ancient prison, players will need to head to the Gerudo Desert area in the southwest part of the map. East of Gerudo City is an area called the Palu Wasteland with a whirlpool of quicksand. It’s also worth noting that this desert area will have extreme heat temperatures, so Zelda players should make sure they have items or clothing that can help withstand these intense weather conditions.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom players can use these coordinates to pinpoint the exact location: -3090, -3055, 0100.

While it may seem reckless, players must jump into the whirlpool where they will be dropped into the Ruins of the Old Prison.

zelda gibdo Walkthrough of the Ruins of the Old Prison/Sanctuary of Chichim

The objective of this area is to locate the Chichim Shrine, which is hidden somewhere within the ruins. The Ancient Prison Ruins features a mix of combat and puzzle solving, combining many elements from the more traditional sanctuaries of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

First, players must run through the first hallway and use Link’s Ultrahand ability on the large lever to open the gate. This corridor also has many deposits that can be smashed with a hammer to potentially uncover gems, amber, flint, and glowstones as well.

Through the gate, players can turn right to find arrows scattered across a small room. Turn back and head left to face mummy like Gibdo monsters, so be sure to use fire enhanced attacks for the best results. There are many side rooms along this corridor that can be ignored, but players should keep going and head right to find a statue pointing towards a half-open gate with a sword.


Follow the advice and go under the gate and then drop down through the broken floor while ignoring the switch for the time being. Drop down and crawl through the low opening on the right and continue along the hallway to the left, where more Gibdo and Electric Chuchu are waiting. In the farthest corner of the chamber, players must climb a pile of rubble that leads back upstairs.

However, the ground will collapse and expose a Bubbulfrog to earn an easy Bubbul Gem for Koltin. There’s another statue here as well pointing you in the correct direction, so keep following the hallway to a closed gate with two bonfires lit. The shrine is on the other side of the bars, and with nowhere else to go, players must use Link’s Ascend ability to climb into a new chamber. A chest in this room has a Gerudo Scimitar.

Use Ultrahand on the stone slabs on the floor of this room to find a hidden lever that can be moved. Doing so reveals a hidden door leading to Chichim Shrine, the Blessing of Light, and a Mighty Zonaite Spear.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available on Nintendo Switch.

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