Are you looking to complete Ihen-a Shrine in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom? Like many other shrines in the game, the challenge in Ihen-a Shrine takes full advantage of the Zonai devices featured in Tears of the Kingdom. “Midair Perch,” the shrine’s challenge, centers around hover stones, which allow you to create bridges or platforms in midair, especially when attached to other objects. Solving the shrine’s puzzles will have you using hover stones in all sorts of creative ways.
Finding Ihen-a Shrine isn’t particularly difficult. It’s located on top of Ploymus Mountain, just east of Zora’s Domain, and you’ll likely come across it during the main quest, “Sidon of the Zora.” Completing the shrine isn’t necessary to complete the quest, of course, but getting it as a fast travel point is helpful for how many times you must return to Mipha’s Court.
You won’t be able to access the shrine after you get to it, though – like many other things in the area, it’s covered in sludge. Throw a Splash Fruit or Fuse one to an arrow to clear the sludge, and you’ll unlock the shrine, allowing you to enter.
How to Complete “Midair Perch” in Ihen-a Shrine
Immediately upon entering Ihen-a Shrine and starting “Midair Perch,” walk down the stairs, and you’ll find yourself in a room with four Zonai hover stones. Your way forward is blocked by a high platform you can’t climb or jump, so instead, use Ultrahand to arrange the stones into a staircase. Using the stone on the floor as a benchmark, make sure you arrange the stones so you can climb up them without falling.
After climbing up the stones, continue on and turn right to enter the next chamber. Here, you’ll be faced with a chasm and a single hover stone. Activate the stone, but don’t do anything with it yet. Instead, turn to the right and grab the metal grate leaning against the wall. Use Ultrahand to attach the grate to the activated hover stone to form a bridge. Now, if you move the bridge into the chasm between you and the other side of the room, it’ll stay in place, thanks to the hover stone.
Cross the bridge, and directly in front of you, you’ll find another gap with a higher platform on the other side. Use Ultrahand to grab your makeshift bridge and move it over to the new gap, but this time, rotate it at an angle to create a ramp like we’ve shown below. Climb up the ramp, and you’ll be able to make it to the platform with a little bit of paragliding to cross the last bit of the gap.
Once you’ve made it across, turn left to enter the last chamber and the final puzzle of “Midair Perch.” Here, you’ll be greeted by four hover stones, a small stone ball, and a yellow pillar. On the left side of the room, look up, and you’ll see a treasure chest in an alcove that’s too high for you to reach. Like in the first room, use Ultrahand to make a staircase out of the hover stones and climb up to the treasure chest. Open the chest for Arrows x5, then jump back down to solve the room’s puzzle.
The point of the final room of Ihen-a Shrine is to get the stone ball into the bowl, which is across a large chasm. Thankfully, getting the ball across the room is pretty simple. Use Ultrahand to attach the ball to one of the hover stones, then move the attached hover stone in front of the metal block near the entrance to the room. Activate the yellow pillar, and the ball and hover stone will be shot across the room towards the bowl, but now you have to join it.
Take the three hover stones remaining on your side of the room and position them in the chasm like stepping stones, but don’t attach them together. As soon as you get out to the third stone, turn and use Ultrahand to grab the stones behind you. Move them out in front of you and continue moving across the chasm. If you’re not able to reach the other side by now, keep moving new stones in front of you until you can cross.
After crossing the last chasm, simply detach the stone ball from the hover stone and drop it into the bowl. The gate into the exit chamber will open, and you can move forward to claim your Light of Blessing. Congratulations, you’ve completed “Midair Perch” in Tears of the Kingdom’s Ihen-a Shrine! If you’re looking for more Tears of the Kingdom content, including news, features, and more shrine guides, then be sure to stay tuned to The Nerd Stash.