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How to reach the Gutanbac Shrine in Tears of The Kingdom

You'll want to stock up on as many Spicy Pepper as you can gather.
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It would be a Breath of The Wild sequel without shrines for players to find. And so far, it seems that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has dialed its shrines all the way to 11. When starting out in the game, you’ll immediately be thrown into a tutorial section of the map. And much like its predecessor, the game introduces new abilities to the player by having them complete shrines demonstrating this newfound power. One of these shrines is located in the southeastern part of the map. At a glance, there doesn’t seem to be a huge issue with where this shrine is located. However as you will see, reaching this shrine can take longer than the actual shrine. So let’s ascend and figure out how to reach the Gutanbac Shrine in Tears of The Kingdom.

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All of the previous Breath of The Wild mechanics make a return in this game with new features added on top of them. Taking a look in the bottom right of your UI, you’ll see the the temperature meter is back and useful as ever. On your way to this shrine, named the Gutanbac Shrine, there are some climate issues you will have to deal with. The way there will be covered in snow and ice, and the temperature will reflect this. And sadly, Link is rocking a skimpy skirt with his bare chest out. So the only way you’ll be able to even start the climb, is by cooking yourself some delicious food to combat the cold.

How to reach the Gutanbac Shrine in Tears of The Kingdom

How to reach the Gutanbac Shrine in Tears of The Kingdom winding road
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There are a few fruits and meats that you could have already picked up while exploring the floating island you are currently on. But the main one to make sure you collect is the Spicy Pepper. A staple of the first game, cooking this with almost anything will produce a meal that will grant Link cold resistance for a time. To make sure you get the most out of your peppers, you should only use around 1-2 peppers per meal. We made a Simmered Fruit meal with 2 Spicy Peppers, 2 Apples, and 1 Skyshroom. Not only does this provide you with 4 1/2 hearts, but the meal grants you cold resistance for 6 minutes and 30 seconds. There will be a plethora of Spicy Peppers for players to scavenge from around the island, as well as cook pots being available along the way to the shrine.

How to cross the river to reach the Gutanbac Shrine in Tears of The Kingdom

How to reach the Gutanbac Shrine in Tears of The Kingdom boat
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Once you have cooked and eaten your cold resistance food, start making your way along the path up the mountain. Navigate over to the right in this new frosty area, and you’ll find your Zonai friend that has been helping you out so far. They will be constructing boats, and will give Link the rundown of how to use a boat. Along with this, players will obtain their first Energy Cell. These are what power the fans on boats, and any other Zonai machines you come across.

Hop on a boat and smack the fan with your weapon once. This will activate the fan, allowing you to safely cross the river, while also consuming your energy cell. Energy Cells will replenish over time, and you will obtain more across the game. Walk up the mountain until you reach the higher part of the river. To the right of it, will be rocks you can climb up and make your way even higher. Follow this pathway up a winding road and you’ll find the last obstacle before you reach the shrine. This next area is a bit tricky, and might stump you on where to go for a bit. To avoid running out of cold resistance, this area right before the shrine will be so cold, the walls will be frozen solid.

How to climb past the frozen walls in Tears of The Kingdom

How to reach the Gutanbac Shrine in Tears of The Kingdom ice walls
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New to Tears of The Kingdom, these frozen walls are essentially unclimbable, and make climbing in the rain feel like a cakewalk. Once you have dealt with the few Zonai warriors in your way, you’ll notice that almost every part of the wall you need to climb to reach to shrine is covered in ice. Almost every part, except for one normal part of the wall behind a waterfall. Walk around the water to the right, and you’ll notice a walkway behind the waterfall where you can start scaling the wall. This narrow section of unfrozen rock has an area halfway up that protrudes out, giving you a break in between the climbing. And after climbing your way up this part of the wall, you will have successfully reached the Gutanbac Shrine. This is the shrine that will unlock the Ascend Ability for Link.

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Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia is a freelance writer for Gamer Journalist. Since joining the team in October of 2022, Alex has been covering news and writing guides from all corners of the gaming industry, with a proclivity for covering games such as Destiny 2, Vampire Survivors, and Honkai Star Rail, along with testing out the latest gacha games. In addition to his background in content creation and eSports, you'll find him streaming the latest AAA/Indie game titles on his Twitch in his off time, with a sprinkle of competitive FPS games every now and then (CS: GO, Valorant).

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