Every Shrine Name in “Tears of the Kingdom,” Explained

We are fast approaching the 1-year anniversary of the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Many of us who picked up the game day one finished up with it a long time ago. But while we might be finished with the epic story and vast land of Hyrule, if you’re anything like me, you’re puzzled by the strange shrine names. 

Seriously, have you ever asked yourself exactly why the shrines in Tears of the Kingdom have the names they do? Some of them are downright bizarre. Well, wonder no longer. Fellow GUG contributor David Koury and I have compiled the ultimate list of the meanings behind these shrine names. Many of them harken back to days past in Zelda lore, and others offer insight into the land of Hyrule at the time of the shrines’ construction. Some of them are sneaky references by the developers to other games. So sit back and relax as we, in no particular order, guide you on a tour of the 152 shrines of Tears of the Kingdom.

  1. Bamitok Shrine – The name of a mythical Zonai warrior. It’s said that she defeated a Lynel in hand-to-hand combat without a weapon.
  2. Rutafu-um Shrine – Named for the first Champion to pilot the Divine Beast Vah Ruta.
  3. Marari-in Shrine – The name of a fabled songstress who lived on a distant island. She comforted castaways with her music.
  4. Eutoum Shrine – The name of the best pilot of the Divine Beast Vah Rudania in history.
  5. Zanmik Shrine – A ritual in Zonai culture undertaken in times of darkness before the changing seasons were understood. It was believed to bring about the summer faster and banish the twilight.
  6. Karahatag Shrine – From the Sheikah phrase, “from night to day.”
  7. Jochisu Shrine – The name of a mythical creature found in some Zonai folklore. The creature was mouse-like and was said to dart between trees like a bolt of lightning.
  8. Utsushok Shrine – The Gerudo art of calling down lightning on one’s enemies.
  9. Yansamin Shrine – The name of a famous Hylian sociologist. She was known as the first person to publish a major book on the various races of Hyrule and their culture and heritage.
  10. Irasak Shrine – Legend has it that this is the true identity of the Happy Mask Salesman.
  11. Eshos Shrine – A common name for Zonai youth in ancient times. It’s unsure if this term was used in a derogatory way.
  12. Mayaotaki Shrine – Named after King Rauru I’s favorite dish. Sadly, the recipe has been lost to time. 
  13. Mayausiy Shrine – The secret blend of spices that made Mayaotaki fit for the goddess Hylia herself. 
  14. Jiosin Shrine – Comes from the ancient Hylian word for “walking.”
  15. Ihen-a Shrine – A Rito humanitarian known for her work with orphans. She singlehandedly took in the inhabitants of a village that had experienced a tragic fire.
  16. Tenmaten Shrine – The name of the the worst Rito Champion in history, who couldn’t even fly. The shrine is named after him so none may forget his shame. 
  17. Anedamikmik Shrine – An onomatopoeia for the sound of rain that scholars believe originated in a collection of fairy tales written by Queen Sonia of Hyrule. 
  18. Oshozan-u Shrine – The last “u” changes the meaning from “welcome, friend,” to “hush, imbecile.”
  19. Jikais Shrine – The name of a famous jester in the court of Hyrule. Known for insulting heads of state, then trying to pass the entire interaction off as a joke.
  20. Mayahisik Shrine – The companion of a fabled Hylian lawman from the Era of Myth. Stories say that she was able to obtain knowledge from the spirit world to assist in investigations.
  21. Orochium Shrine – Named after the rarest and most desirable rock a Goron could eat. It is even more delicious than the famed Rock Sirloin. 
  22. Makasura Shrine – Named after a game in ancient Hyrule. Legends say that matches could last for days, and teams had to constantly switch out players to keep from collapsing due to exhaustion.
  23. Zakusu Shrine – The name of a bard in Zonai legend. One famous story involves Zakusu struggling between his love for music and his athletic career. He eventually embraces music with the help of a woman who encourages him to break free and be himself.
  24. Otak Shrine – Stemming from the word Takk, it’s a show of gratitude to Norwegian fans for playing.
  25. Morok Shrine – Named for an ancient Hylian politician. He’s famous not for any major accomplishments, but for singlehandedly committing more scandals than any of his contemporaries combined. The feat was so impressive, he was immortalized in this shrine after being publicly shamed.
  26. Mayachideg Shrine – Another shrine named for the mystic companion from the Era of Myth. Scholars are unsure which spelling is correct, but they’re reasonably sure about the “Maya” part. The name of her partner remains a mystery to this day.
  27. Sahirow Shrine – So named because, once upon a time, dozens of ancient Hylian wombats (called sahi in that language) lined up in a row outside the shrine. 
  28. Jogou Shrine – Legends say the builder of this shrine named it after her favorite sandwich. No one knows the recipe.
  29. Oromuwak Shrine – The name of an extinct fish known for slapping fishermen while still on the hook.
  30. O-ogim Shrine – The protagonist of several Zonai children’s tales. He is an elderly man who constantly gets into humorous situations due to his poor eyesight and hearing.
  31. Maoikes Shrine – Named for a famed Hylian activist who pushed for a communist utopia. He gained a small following before eventually disappearing into the woods of Hyrule.
  32. Mayamats Shrine – According to legend, this is named for the same companion as the Mayahisik and Mayachideg shrines. This shrine was the location where she used to sell mats. Not to be confused with mayo mats. 
  33. Mayatat Shrine – The mat merchant also used to ink her customers. 
  34. Taunhiy Shrine – The name of a famed creature hunted by Hylian royalty for generations. The Taunhiy was said to resemble a deer, but with the speed of a Lynel. No Hylian ruler was ever able to capture the beast, and it faded into legend over the years.
  35. Ga-ahisas Shrine – Named after Ganondorf’s sassy uncle; a valiant man utterly unlike his demon king nephew. 
  36. Kisinona Shrine – This shrine was named after the architect’s grandmother. It’s said she visited the shrine many times in the years following its construction.
  37. Gasas Shrine – Legend has it the interior was once thick with a miasma of various gasses.
  38. Yomizuk Shrine – Named for a ghost that allegedly haunted the builder. According to accounts, the ghost was able to affect objects in the builder’s home and trick him into bad situations. The shrine was built in an effort to ward off the spirit.
  39. Tauyosipun Shrine – The secret ingredient that makes Octorok eyes edible. Also a laxative.
  40. Sitsum Shrine – A creature in Zonai cryptozoology. The sitsum was a ferret-like creature who swam through the grass like it was water, but was utterly vulnerable in the vast open fields of Central Hyrule.
  41. Gatakis Shrine – Named by a Goron after he got a kiss on the cheek by someone he loved.
  42. Mogawak Shrine – Named for a mythical creature in Zonai folklore with a tragic past. It’s said that the creature’s mother died upon birth, and it wears its mother’s skull in memorial.
  43. Rotsumamu Shrine – A very fair-minded giant that has no interest in bargaining.
  44. Gatanisis Shrine – Named for a distant Zonai colony. Legends say that the settlers of Gatanisis were in constant competition with one another for resources.
  45. lun-orok Shrine – When read backwards, this shrine’s name is a hidden reference to Bionicle.
  46. Jochi-ihiga Shrine – Another ancient Zonai game. Instead of taking multiple weeks to play, it’s rumored that matches of this game often took less than a minute to complete.
  47. Kudanisar Shrine – The traditional Zonai blessing in response to someone sneezing.
  48. Domizuin Shrine – It’s said that King Rauru I of Hyrule personally christened this shrine after hearing the name in a dream.
  49. Ikatak Shrine – The name makes it clear you have to attack with something gross.
  50. Apogek Shrine – Named for a legendary band of gamemasters. They were known for crafting intricate worlds for others to experience. Their most famous creation was known as Duk Nook-im, a warrior with a penchant for mocking his opponents.
  51. Makurukis Shrine – Angry neighbors made a ruckus to disrupt the shrine while it was being built between one and four every morning for a year.
  52. Gutanbac Shrine – Gutanbac was the name of the Zonai researcher who brought mass printing to Hyrule. His first major project was the mass production of the Hylian translation of the Golden Goddesses creation myth.
  53. Mayaumekis Shrine – The ancient name for the Hebra mountain range.
  54. Sinatanika Shrine – The name of a fabled Zora musician. His voice could soothe the rowdiest crowds, and he was incredibly popular with young Zora women.
  55. Usazum Shrine – Named for Usa, the fastest Zora in the domain.
  56. Jonsau Shrine – Named for the shrine builder’s best friend, who was constantly tormented by his pet cat. Legends say this shrine was meant to ease his humiliation and give him solace for the insane amount of lasagna he needed to prepare for the cat.
  57. Mayam Shrine – A Hinox named this shrine after mistaking it for the yam he grew back in the day. 
  58. Josiu Shrine – The name of a famous sugary beverage in ancient Hyrule. The architect of this shrine had a hard time getting any work done because the drink gave him the jitters.
  59. Otutsum Shrine – A cure for indigestion, hair loss, and ingrown toenails. Disclaimer: external use only, not for ingrown fingernails, will not regrow limbs. 
  60. Kurakat Shrine – The cat of Jonsau. This shrine is much more popular than the one named for its owner.
  61. Kahatannaum Shrine – An experimental name for Death Mountain that never caught on. 
  62. Gemimik Shine – Legends say that the architect of this shrine was a master of disguise. He built the shrine, then went into hiding, never to be seen again.
  63. Soryotanog Shrine – Famous eggnog brewed exclusively in a small hut on a remote island in the Lanayru Sea.
  64. Jochi-iu Shrine – A variant of the Zonai game Jochi-ihiga. This variant removed any prohibitions of physical violence, and often ended with players carted off the field to receive medical attention. It’s rumored that Hylian society took inspiration from this game for their modern war crusades.
  65. Sinakawak Shrine – The sin of a korok performing a mawwiage ceremony for a tyrant.
  66. Mayak Shrine – Another shrine named for the ancient mystic from the Era of Myth. When this third spelling of her name was discovered, one of the researchers was quoted as saying “Okay, now this is just getting ridiculous.”
  67. Sonapan Shrine – The finest cookware in Hyrule is made in this shrine. 
  68. Joniu Shrine – Named after its architect, the best friend of Jonsau.
  69. Siwakama Shrine – A toothless old man tried to tell people, “see what’s coming” in an attempt to warn people about a stampede of beavers. They misunderstood, named this shrine what they thought he said, and were defenseless to stop the beaver horde. 
  70. Rasiwak Shrine – According to records found in Hyrule Castle, the young daughter of this shrine’s architect named it, and he was too scared of hurting her feelings to change it.
  71. Chichim Shrine – The sound a Guardian makes when it readies an attack. 
  72. Igashuk Shrine – An onomatopoeia for the sound of walking through fields of tall grass. The architect of this shrine was an avid outdoorsman.
  73. Miryotanog Shrine – A special elixir that gives a person a tan without the harmful effects of sun exposure.
  74. Kamatukis Shrine – The architect of this shrine named it after her favorite move from a Zonai martial art called Draigon. The move was said to fire a blast of energy at an opponent, though no martial artist had ever performed it in a match.
  75. Kitawak Shrine – A more aggressive Rito variant of dodgeball.
  76. Utojis Shrine – Said to be the name of a strange visitor to Hyrule in its early days. Legends say the visitor descended from the sky with a companion he called “Earl.”
  77. Motsusis Shrine – A terrible disease caused by Gloom. If you’ve ever wondered why Tingle isn’t in the game, well, now you know. 
  78. Moshapin Shrine – This shrine’s construction was celebrated with an elaborate concert. Musicians from across Hyrule were invited, and it’s said that the attendees all crowded in front of the shrine and jumped to the beat of the music, awakening a den of nearby Bokoblins, who disrupted the concert. It’s not clear why this shrine in particular got so much attention.
  79. Rakakudaj Shrine – It is unknown who named this shrine, but the name roughly translates to, “please pass the shoulder.”
  80. Timawak Shrine – In Hylian legend, Timawak was a spoiled little boy who was visited by two magical guardians who granted him wishes. In the collection of stories, Timawak’s wishes often go awry, and he is forced to reckon with the consequences of his rash decisions.
  81. Riogok Shrine – The name of the dragon whose bones were used as the shrine’s foundation.
  82. Gikaku Shrine – The cry of a famous Zonai creature. It was known as an “electric mouse” and was incredibly popular with children, to the point that it was common to hear this phrase uttered around parks during playtime.
  83. Ishokin Shrine – Initially meant to be a prank shrine, the name sounds the same as a Yiga child saying “I’m joking” through their mask.
  84. Ekochiu Shrine – This word was uttered by Zonai children during a game of tag when “it” caught up to one of their opponents. The architect observed a group of children playing while she was putting the finishing touches on the shrine and chose the word for the name.
  85. Joju-u-u Shrine – The builder shouted his name so no one would forget it, and it continues to echo to this day.
  86. Marakuguc Shrine – The name of a Hylian dish consisting of a thick broth, Hylian rice, Skyshrooms, and Goron spice. It’s rumored that this shrine was named after the architect forgot to pack a lunch.
  87. Tokiy Shrine – Named because it’s kind of shaped like a wartooth.
  88. Momosik Shrine – The name of a famous Hylian legend about a monk with a strange mouse-like companion. The legend tells the story of the creature falling gravely ill, and the monk journeying across all the major regions of Hyrule in search of a cure.
  89. Sifumim Shrine – There is speculation it was originally intended to be called “seafood king,” but the Zora who spoke up had a mouth full of beans.
  90. Ganos Shrine – A famed villain in Zonai legend. Ganos was known as the “Insane Giant” and was famous for his plan to destroy a quarter of all life in Hyrule to combat resource scarcity. He was defeated by a Hylian hero known only as the “Man of Iron.”
  91. Taninoud Shrine – A subtle advertisement for the beach town Oud.
  92. Sibjitak Shrine – Rumor has it that the architect of this shrine had a long-standing feud with a dictionary publisher in Hateno Village, and named this shrine just to annoy her.
  93. Sepapa Shrine – Named for the architect’s father. Married to Semama.
  94. Kimayat Shrine – The name of a famed Zora harbor on the coast of Lake Hylia. The Kimayat harbor allowed people to rent boats for cruises around the lake. These boats became known as “yats,” named after the harbor.
  95. Ren-iz Shrine – Named for the words scratched onto the side of the shrine, but the rest is obscured, leaving one to only speculate what or who Ren truly is.
  96. Jiotak Shrine – The name of a popular toy around 50 years after Hyrule’s founding. Jiotak were small tops that children would release into an arena. The last top spinning was declared the winner. The fad died out after a few years, and people started wondering what they found so enthralling about the things to begin with.
  97. Wao-os Shrine – The stunning operating system powering the Sheikah Slates, guaranteed to wow anyone who sees it in action. 
  98. Ninjis Shrine – A shrine exclusively for ninja.
  99. Isisim Shrine – Legends say that the ex-husband of this shrine’s builder had a lisp, and she named this shrine just so he couldn’t pronounce it properly. She was a very vindictive person.
  100. Tukarok Shrine – An ancient Korok thief is buried here, and the shrine was named so no one may forget his crimes.
  101. Minetak Shrine – Minetak is the name of a famous Zonai legend. In the story, an unnamed protagonist finds themselves in a strange world populated by dangerous creatures. They gather resources, build a house, and eventually expand to establishing an empire across the land, only to realize that they are the only ones there to appreciate it. The story is famous for the strange poem that closes it, which some call “silly” and “over-the-top.”
  102. En-oma Shrine – Just the word “amen” in a Hyrule dialect of Pig Latin.
  103. Sikukuu Shrine – Named for the onomatopoeia for knocking on a door. Legends say this shrine’s architect was kept up all night by relatives coming by and asking for money.
  104. Kikakin Shrine – Named for the onomatopoeia of a door slamming by the same architect as the Sikukuu Shrine.
  105. Ishodag Shrine – A common name among Bokoblins. 
  106. Susuyai Shrine – A stage play by a renowned Gerudo playwright. 
  107. Sakunbomar Shrine – Named for the first element discovered by Zonai scientists. All Zonai elements after this would follow the naming convention of including “-bomar” at the end, to the endless frustration of Zonai students for centuries to come.
  108. Yamiyo Shrine – A shrine dedicated to the heart of the cards.
  109. Mayasiar Shrine – Researcher’s note: “For the love of Hylia, how many names did this woman HAVE?”
  110. Jojon Shrine – Counterpart to the lost Jojoff shrine.
  111. Musanokir Shrine – The name of a Zonai communication device. The device allowed for individuals to contact each other over long distances, even without any physical connections. The device was known for its durability, and it’s said that some Zonai miners would use Fuse to attach it to sticks for mining.
  112. Kyononis Shrine – Named after the greatest singer in Hyrule’s history.
  113. Pupunke Shrine – Named for a famous animal hero in Zonai legend. Pupunke was a caterpillar that was able to metamorphose at will between caterpillar and butterfly form. He used his powers to carry messages for Zonai military leaders.
  114. Kamizun Shrine – A prototype of the long lost Zune made of either hair or paper. The hieroglyphs are unclear which. 
  115. Rasitakiwak Shrine – The builder of this shrine sneezed while writing the name and was too lazy to change it.
  116. Tajikats Shrine – The builder was fond of the Gerudo’s special breed of cat called Taji.
  117. Mogisari Shrine – Mogisari was a special type of mud found only in the Lanayru region of Hyrule. The architect of this shrine created elaborate designs on the outside with mogisari, but the rain washed it off before he could finalize the designs. He decided to just name the shrine Mogisari instead.
  118. Rakashog Shrine – Named for a Goron who introduced the hobby of jogging to the Goron people. It didn’t catch on.
  119. Suariwak Shrine – Named after a Hinox that was very apologetic about whacking an entire village.
  120. Kiuyoyou Shrine – Named after a cute yo-yo.
  121. Siyamotsus Shrine – A famous game Rito children would play. The game involved several children pretending to be crew members on a ship, with one child pretending to be a Bokoblin disguised as a Rito. When a child suspects the imposter, they say the name of the game while pointing at the suspect.
  122. Runakit Shrine – Named in honor of Forrest’s ancestor Akit Gump.
  123. Jinodok Shrine – The name of a puppet character from Hylian legend. Jinodok was a celestial being who granted wishes. He took on his wooden form to aid three other adventurers on his journey: M-ahrioo, Peish, and B-ahsor.
  124. Ekochiu Shrine – Pikachu’s distant relative that no one talks about.
  125. In-isa Shrine – In ancient Hyrule, the region in which this shrine was built was called Isa. The architect didn’t want to think of a name, so this was the best she could come up with.
  126. Susub Shrine – The Sheikah people’s favorite bubble bath.
  127. Nachoyah Shrine – The ancient Gorons came up with a dish consisting of melted cheese and crispy triangular pieces of thin bread. It’s said that they would shout this before they ate it.
  128. Jiukokum Shrine – The Gorons’ favorite pastime of cooking things they found via geocaching.
  129. Tenbez Shrine – The number of Bez it took to build the shrine. Whether that’s a high or low number remains a mystery. 
  130. Ukouh Shrine – This was a phrase uttered by young Hylian women to catch the attention of Hylian knights.
  131. Ijo-o Shrine – The Rito word for broccoli. Apparently the one who named the shrine was hungry.
  132. Ukoojisi Shrine – A variant of “ukouh.” According to legend, one woman tried it in the presence of her friends. Afterwards, one of them allegedly said “Gretchen, stop trying to make ‘ukoojisi’ happen. It’s not going to happen.”
  133. Mayanas Shrine – Researcher’s note: “Were the ancient Zonai just massive simps for this woman or something?”
  134. Joku-usin Shrine – The name of a famous Zora rogue. He was famed for his drinking and cavorting with local women, earning him a reputation as a famous sinner.
  135. Turakamik Shrine – Name for a real hero. When you needed your lawn mowed, you could count on Turakamik to come take care of it without asking any questions, like why you hadn’t mowed your grass in over a year. 
  136. Joku-u Shrine – Named for the brother of Joku-usin, who was just like him in every way, minus the sin.
  137. Teniten Shrine – So named because a vandal scratched an itty bitty 10 on the underside.
  138. Kumamayn Shrine – Legends say that the architect of this shrine was in a battle for the custody of her beloved pet, called Kuma. She was known to have shouted from the peak of this shrine: “Kuma is mine!” The name stuck.
  139. Tsutsu-um Shrine – Named for the builder’s pet Moblin.
  140. Sihajog Shrine – While the architect of this shrine was putting the finishing touches on it, his friend Siha ran by. Struck with this wondrous revelation, the architect immortalized it in the shrine’s name.
  141. Mayachin Shrine – You can probably tell where this is going, and you’re right. It was named for the achin’ the builders felt by the time May arrived, having worked on it from December to the end of April. Researcher’s note: “Oh I see, THIS one has nothing to do with the legend. If you’re gonna be obsessed with this woman, AT LEAST BE CONSISTENT.”
  142. Igoshon Shrine – The architect of this shrine would say “igoshon” every morning as he stretched. No one knew why, but he claimed the word had healed his back pain.
  143. Nouda Shrine – Sadly, the builder never finished saying what the other person was. 
  144. Serutabomac Shrine – A special kind of mac-and-cheese made by using the ancient Hylian art of Serutabo.
  145. Jirutagumac Shrine – There is no evidence that this shrine’s name has any historical grounding. Researchers’ best guess is that whoever named it just fell asleep on their device and woke up to this.
  146. Kyokugon Shrine – Super secret message declaring a Pokémon crossover one day.
  147. Kadaunar Shrine – This was the name of the architect’s character in the popular Zonai roleplaying game “Lairs and Lizalfos.” He chose the name for his shrine because “Kadaunar is the greatest warrior in all of Yurndenheim, and he will be memorialized for all time, unlike Mike’s stupid character Blazaris. YOU HEAR THAT MIKE?!”
  148. Tadarok Shrine – Named after a rock that did magic tricks.
  149. Natak Shrine – Natak was a popular natural sleep aid at the time of Hyrule’s founding. The architect of this shrine suffered from insomnia and named her creation in honor of the drug that helped her complete it. Researcher’s note: “If I had a nickel for every time one of these shrines was named after an addictive chemical, I’d have two nickels. Which isn’t a lot, but it’s weird that it happened twice, right?”
  150. Sisuran Shrine – When you need to remind your sister that she ran away and left you to get in trouble alone. 
  151. Simosiwak Shrine – Hylian legend tells of a fearsome beast that travelled to the land of Hyrule. It spoke in a strange language it called “British,” and would travel to performance venues, harshly critiquing anyone who dared to step on stage. Eventually, it gathered enough of a following to establish Hyrule’s first talent show: “Hylian Idol.” It still didn’t like any of the performances.
  152. Taki-ihaban Shrine – A limited edition, Hyrule-only flavor of Takis.

There you have it: an exhaustive list of Tears of the Kingdom’s vast array of shrines. Hopefully now you’ll be ready to jump back into Hyrule with a renewed appreciation for the vast lore the series has to offer. And have a very happy April Fool’s Day!

Wesley Lantz

Wesley's first memory of video games is playing through Super Mario World with his mom when he was 3 years old. Since then, he's been a classic Nintendo kid, but has branched out to the far lands of PlayStation in recent years. He enjoys the worlds that video games create and share with their audiences, and the way video games bring together collaborators from so many different disciplines like music, visual art, literature, and even philosophy. He is an advocate for excellency in all things, but isn't immune to a few guilty pleasure games, which may or may not include Disney's Party for the GameCube.

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