Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Find the Hila Rao Shrine and Beat the Drifting 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 Hila Rao Shrine is located northeast of Riverside Stable and the Wahgo Katta Shrine, in an area known as Floret Sandbar (south of centre in the overall game world). If you walk northeast along the riverbank from the Riverside Stable you'll eventually see the Shrine on a small island. And you'll get to see some lovely horses, too. Bonus!

The shrine is on a tiny bit of land surrounded by flowers

Even players who haven't upgraded Link's stamina yet shouldn't have too many problems swimming across the river to the other side where the Hila Rao Shrine resides.

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Watch out for the Flowers Side Quest

Surrounding the Hila Rao Shrine are a lovely selection of flowers. Immediately after clambering onto dry land you'll be spoken to by Magda, who will give Link the Watch out for the Flowers side quest. Essentially a path winds between the flower beds around to the entrance of the shrine. As long as you are careful not to step on any flowers you'll complete the side quest.

How to Solve the Drifting Trial

This trial requires good timing and Cryonis

This Trial is again quite simple, but does require a little bit of thinking. The initial area sees a stretch of flowing water preventing Link from crossing to the other side. All you need to do is time Link's walk across the wooden platform that floats down the stream. Simple!

Next up is another stretch of flowing water, this time wider and with three wooden platforms drifting down it. While it's probably possible to use Cryonis to block each platform to create a single solid bridge, it's perfectly possible to run and jump between them and reach the other side.

What comes next is a oval river of sorts, with a chest in the water and a brick wall on the far side. To reach the wall you need to build a path out of ice pillars (thanks, Cryonis), then throw a remote bomb at the wall and detonate. Jump down and you'll be at the end of the Trial and a Spirit Orb is yours.

How to get the Secret Treasure Chest in the Drifting Trial

Cryonis is your friend to get this chest

You'll need to use Cryonis again to get your hands on the contents of the chest in the oval river near the end of the Drifting Trial. Simply target the area under the chest and build a pillar. Then climb the pillar to reach the chest and grab the loot.

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Remember that the reason you're completing trials in shrines is to get Spirit Orbs, and Spirit Orbs give you health or stamina upgrades. Head to a goddess statue in a nearby village or the Temple of Time in the Great Plateau to make the exchange.

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