Lightning Temple walkthrough for Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

The Lightning Temple in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the final section of the Gerudo Regional Phenomena quest ‘Riju of Gerudo Town’.

Inside the Lightning Temple, you have to make your way to the central room, then solve four battery puzzles to raise the platform in the middle, which leads to the Queen Gibdo boss fight.

However, before you start the Lightning Temple in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, we recommend making sure you have plenty of arrows and elemental fruit, as they are useful for fighting enemies in between puzzle solving.

Below, our Lightning Temple walkthrough details all puzzle solutions, including the Lightning Temple battery locations and solutions in TOTK, so you can complete this main quest quickly.


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How to get into the Lightning Temple in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Once you solve the red pillar riddles and make your way through the sandstorm towards the light beams in the distance, you will find a stone tablet and Riju will appear. Use Riju’s electric ability on the stone tablet to raise the Lightning Temple from the sand.

In-game explanation of how Riju's Power of Lightning ability works in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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You can now make your way towards the Lightning Temple to get Queen Gibdo to appear. Don’t worry, you don’t have to kill her here. Just damage Queen Gibdo with Riju’s lightning ability a few times in between attacking with elemental fruit fused to your arrows – we used Shock Fruit – and Queen Gibdo will retreat when a third of her health bar is depleted.

Now you can take out the remaining Gibdo grunt enemies with elemental fruit, then use Riju’s lightning ability on the purple substance blocking the Lightning Temple’s entrance. Walk through the unblocked entrance into 1F to start your first Lightning Temple puzzle.

Link fighting an enemy as the player heads towards the Lightning Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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Lightning Temple 1F puzzle solution in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Inside the first room of the Lightning Temple on 1F, pick up one of the Korok-Frond Gusters on the wall, then use the Korok-Frond Guster on the sand pile next to the locked gate to reveal a switch.

Link getting ready to pick up a Korok-Frond Guster in the Lightning Temple.

Link using a Korok-Frond Guster on a sand pile to reveal a switch in the Lightning Temple.
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You can now stand on the switch to open the gate which leads to the B1 puzzles in the Lightning Temple.

Link standing on a switch to open a gate in the Lightning Temple.
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However, before you leave this room, you might want to use the Korok-Frond Guster on other sand piles to reveal a chest containing a Flame Emitter Zonai device and destroy the pots for more arrows.

Lightning Temple B1 puzzle solutions in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Keep going forward through the Lightning Temple until you get to the end of a crumbling bridge, where you can jump down and open an optional chest containing a Large Zonai Charge if you want, but watch out for the nearby enemy!

Flame puzzle

After the chest, Ascend back onto the bridge and go through the door at the end. You can go through the next door on the right (watch out for the falling platform!) and time your walking just right to avoid the flames, then stand on the switch at the end to let Riju pass.

Link approaching some flames in the Lightning Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Link standing on floor B1 of the Lightning Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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Or, you can use Ultrahand on the large protruding stones in the room before the flames to reveal a small hidden room first. There’s a weapon and a chest containing a Topaz in here, but there’s also an enemy.

Link using his Ultrahand ability to move a large stone in the Lightning Temple in Tears of the Kingdom.
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If you’re not confident about avoiding the fire, you can also use the slabs inside this secret room to block the flames ahead, making it safer to cross the area.

After Link and Riju get to the other side of the flames, you have to solve the fireball puzzle next.

Fireball puzzle

To get past the fireballs on B1, use Recall on the fireballs as you walk forward to avoid being hit. You might have to do this twice, depending on how fast you’re walking.

Link getting ready to use his Recall ability to rewind a fireball in the Lightning Temple and move past it.
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Turn right at the end of this path and stand on the switch to stop the fireballs from falling to let Riju pass.

Link standing on a switch in the Lightning Temple which brings a number of dangerous fireballs to a stop.
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Go into the next room and then go through the door by the torches, which leads to the Room of Hopeful Light.

Lightning Temple Room of Hopeful Light puzzle solution in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

To get past the Room of Hopeful Light in Tears of the Kingdom, you have to use your Korok-Frond Guster on the sand pile beside the gate to reveal a mirror, then use Ultrahand to attach the mirror to the top of a stone and raise your creation up so the light beam hits the target on the other side of the gate. This opens the gate, which leads to the Room of Ascension and the battery puzzles.

Link using the Korok-Frond Guster on a sand pile to reveal a mirror in Tears of the Kingdom's Lightning Temple.

Link using his Ultrahand ability to attach a mirror to a stone as part of a puzzle in Tears of the Kingdom's Lightning Temple.
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Before you head off to the Room of Ascension, you can use the stone slabs to climb into a hole in the wall and get a Mighty Construct Bow from the chest. This part of the floor will drop, but you can use Recall on it to get back up.

Link approaching some stone slabs he can climb in Tears of the Kingdom's Lightning Temple.
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The room below the chest has a doorway blocked by flames. There’s only a Gerudo Spear inside, but if you need it, you can go back up with recall and then bring a stone slab down to block the flames and crouch into the small area and pick up the spear.

Link exploring an area with stone slabs in the Lightning Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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Lightning Temple battery location and solution 1 in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

The first thing you need to do in the Room of Ascension is touch the green circle in the middle to trigger a cutscene and reveal the four battery locations on your Lightning Temple map.

Link approaching a circular, stone structure with a green circle in the middle that he can touch in the Lightning Temple.

Map showing the four battery locations in the Lightning Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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To complete the Lightning Temple, you need to use Riju’s Lightning ability to charge all four of these batteries.

The first battery in the Lightning Temple in Tears of the Kingdom is located directly opposite the green circle in the middle, behind a gate. This is the easiest battery puzzle to solve, as all you have to do is use Ultrahand to take away the stone slabs on the gate’s right, then go through the hole in the wall and use Riju’s ability on the battery.

Link using his Ultrahand ability to move stone slabs in the Lightning Temple in Tears of the Kingdom.

Link standing at the first battery location in the Lightning Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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Lightning Temple battery location and solution 2 in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

To find the second battery you first have to use Ultrahand on the stone slab blocking the wind current near the green circle in the middle of the Room of Ascension.

Link using his Ultrahand ability to move a stone slab as he heads towards the second battery location in the Lightning Temple.
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Once the slab is moved away, you can use the full force of the wind current to float up as far up as you can go, then glide over to the small gap of white light between two torches, near one of the moveable statues holding a mirror at the top.

This gap leads to the Room of Natural Light.

Link gliding towards a small gap that leads to the Room of Natural Light in the Lightning Temple.
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Room of Natural Light

In the Room of Natural Light, you have to use Ultrahand to attach a mirror on top of a stone slab so the light beam goes through the gap you came from. The mirror is inside a gap in the wall, beside the stone slab you need to attach it to.

Link using his Ultrahand ability to attach a mirror to a stone slab in the Lightning Temple's Room of Natural Light.
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To access the second battery, you now have to leave the Room of Natural Light through the gap and use Ultrahand to move the nearby statue, and the statue on the right, so the beam of light hits the target below this level.

The beams of light should look like the pictures below:

Link solving a puzzle in the Lightning Temple where players have to change the direction of a light beam.

Link running next to a beam of light which is being reflected off a statue onto a level below in the Lightning Temple.
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Follow the beam down to the target when it turns green and step on the switch in front of the target, which reveals an entrance into the Room of Offered Light.

Link gliding towards the entrance of the Room of Offered Light in Tears of the Kingdom's Lightning Temple.
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Room of Offered Light

The second battery in Tears of the Kingdom is located inside the Room of Offered Light, but you have to solve another light and mirror puzzle to reveal it.

Inside the Room of Offered Light, use Ultrahand to attach a balloon to one of the metal platforms lying about and move this creation to the grate above the beam of light in the middle. Next, use Ultrahand to attach a mirror to your creation and make sure it’s facing towards the floating platforms.

Link using his Ultrahand ability to attach a balloon to a metal platform in the Lightning Temple in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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Finally, pick up a torch from one of the columns and light it on one of the stationary torches, then stand by the balloon with your torch to make it float up so the beam of light hits the yellow target.

Link using a balloon to float towards a yellow target that's high above ground in the Lighting Temple in Tears of the Kingdom.
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The target will turn green and you can now jump back down and enter the newly revealed room and use Riju’s ability to charge the second battery.

Link using Riju's Lightning ability to charge the second battery in the Lightning Temple.
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Lightning Temple battery location and solution 3 in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

To get to the third battery, you have to use the wind current to get back to the floor with the statues holding mirrors in the Room of Ascension. Then, you have to move the statues so that the beam of light is now pointing upwards, towards another target, like in the images below:

Link moving a statue to change the direction of a beam of light in the Lightning Temple in Tears of the Kingdom.

Link moving a statue to change the direction of a beam of light in the Lightning Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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When the target turns green, use the wind current again to float as far as you can towards the target. Then, use Ascend directly below the target to reach it and reveal a hidden passage into the Room of Light and Flame.

You’ll have to jump and glide around the flames below, as the third battery in Tears of the Kingdom is located at the bottom of the Room of Light and Flame.

Link gliding towards flames and the location of the third battery in the Lightning Temple.
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When you reach the bottom, stand on the switch by the gate so Riju can enter, then use her lightning ability to charge the battery.

Link standing on a switch so Riju can enter a room where the Lightning Temple's third battery is located.

Link standing at the location of the third battery in the Lightning Temple in Tears of the Kingdom.
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Lightning Temple battery location and solution 4 in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

To get to the fourth battery, head to the lit torches above the stairs in the Room of Ascension, which are diagonal to the wind current’s location.

Here, you’ll find a Zonaite Device enemy, a gate, and two moving circular walls with gaps in them. Kill the enemy, then walk through the gaps. In the next room, use Ultrahand to move the stone slabs out of the gap in the wall, revealing a light source.

Link using his Ultrahand ability to move stone slabs out of a wall and reveal a hidden light source in the Lightning Temple.
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Go back through the gaps and use Recall on the circular walls to line the two gaps up, so the light can pass through them and hit the target behind the bars. The target will turn green and move the bars away, and you should now wait until the light shines through the gaps again, so it can hit the next target on the far wall.

Link using his Recall ability on circular walls in the Lightning Temple in Tears of the Kingdom.
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Make your way over to this target to reveal a passage into the next room, where you’ll come across some moving spike traps. Use Ultrahand on the nearby stone slabs to block the spikes from moving, then hop over the slab and walk to the next area and stand on the switch to let Riju pass.

Link using his Ultrahand ability to move a stone slab so it blocks a trap where spikey walls slam shut in the Lightning Temple.
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Next, take the same stone slab and move it to the ceiling spikes to block them from moving, then kill the enemy and move forward into the Room of Light and Shade.

Link moving a stone slab in the Lightning Temple so it blocks a trap where a ceiling with spikes drops.
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Room of Light and Shade

Jump down the gaps around the light source in the middle of the Room of Light and Shade, then use your Korok-Frond Guster on a sand pile to reveal a large spike and use Ultrahand to pick up the spike and attach it to the wall when the gap lines up with the target.

Link using his Korok-Frond Guster on a sand pile to reveal a large spike in the Lightning Temple.
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Then, use Ultrahand to lift a mirror to the light source and point it at the target.

Link using his Ultrahand ability to lift a mirror to a light source in the Lightning Temple in Tears of the Kingdom.
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The doors blocking the vertical light source will now open, and you can use Ascend to get back up, then use your Korok-Frond Guster on a sand pile to reveal a mirror and use Ultrahand to move the mirror onto the bridge over the light source, pointing towards the ceiling spikes so you can hit the target at the other side.

Link using his Ultrahand ability to move a mirror onto a bridge that's over a light source in Tears of the Kingdom.
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If this isn’t working for you, make sure you have the stone slab below the spikes positioned so it’s not blocking the light.

Once the target turns green, all you have to do now is go over to the room behind it and use Riju’s electric ability to charge the last battery in the Lightning Temple.

Link using Riju's electric ability to charge the last battery in the Lightning Temple in Tears of the Kingdom.
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Now that all four batteries are charged, go back to the Room of Ascension and examine the green circle in the middle to take Link and Riju to the Queen Gibdo boss fight. Once you defeat Queen Gibdo, the Lightning Temple and ‘Riju of Gerudo Town’ quest will be completed.

Needing help with the other TOTK temples? Check-out our walkthrough for the Water Temple, Fire Temple and Wind Temple.

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