Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Find the Ja Baij Shrine and Beat the Bomb Trial

A walkthrough and guide for each area, quest, and shrine in Nintendo’s highly rated Switch and Wii U adventure. Plus some advice to help you get through the game's more challenging moments.

Guide by Tom Orry, Hirun Cryer, .

The Ja Baij Shrine is located inside the Eastern Abbey (funnily enough on the east of the Great Plateau) and is home to the Bomb Trial, giving you the ability to remotely detonate bombs. This is a key rune that you will use time and time again throughout the game.

If you're fed up with being killed by the deadly Guardians in this area perhaps you'd prefer looking at our Breath of the Wild quest walkthroughs and survival tips.

Ja Baij Shrine Location Breath of the Wild
The location the the Ja Baij Shrine

Approach carefully in order not to wake any of the sleeping Guardians (the mechanical stone creatures). Getting into a battle with them early on is very dangerous as their powerful blasts can kill Link instantly. Once you've made your way to the shrine, examine the terminal and make your way down the lift.

The Bomb Trial Solution

Examine the terminal in the far left corner to distill the rune. This grants Link the Remote Bomb ability (remotely detonate bombs). An impassible brick wall is found down the stairs. Drop a bomb in front of it and then remotely detonate. You can now move into the next room.

Blow up the wall round to the right to find a chest housing a Traveler's Claymore (a basic sword) and then blow up the other wall to progress up a ladder into a room with a moving platform. Place a bomb on the moving platform, move back over to the entrance of the room and then detonate the bomb once it is next to the brick wall (or simply throw a bomb to the far side of the room below and detonate).

Drop the bomb down this pipe

The following large room includes numerous cannon-like devices that propel bombs. Place a bomb down the pipe next to the most immediate cannon, wait for the cannon to fire the bomb over the gap, then detonate the bomb once it has landed on the bricks on the other side.

A treasure chest can be seen over to the left of the room. To get access to it and retrieve the Amber it houses, wait for the cannon opposite it to reset, then jump in front of it and wait to be fired across.

Make your way across to the other side of the room to claim your Spirit Orb. On exiting the Ja Baij Shrine you'll encounter two skeletons. These aren't tricky to fight.

You've completed the Bomb Trial. If you've completed the Shrines in the order laid out here, it's time to head to the Keh Namut Shrine or the Owa Daim Shrine. If you haven't acquired it already, it's worth getting the Warm Doublet to stay safe in cold areas. If you've already got all four Spirit Orbs it's time to find the Old Man.

Those Guardians are a bit much, aren't they? Although it's tempting to take them on, dodging behind walls to evade their fire, it's really not worth it at this stage. It is possible to kill Guardians, though, with just a shield.

Using a shield to kill a Guardian is risky, though, so just in case we wren't clear, sneak around them and avoid at all costs. They will kill you!

We now have a completely new Breath of the Wild guides hub dedicated to the new Champions' Ballad DLC Pack 2. For complete guides on how to solve every new Shrine in the expansion, as well as how to get your hands on the new Master Cycle Zero, head over to our Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad guides hub.

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