Lightning Temple walkthrough in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s Lightning Temple comes after after finding Riju, fending off gibdos, and solving the red pillar puzzle as part of the Riju of Gerudo Town quest.

Completing this dungeon grants you Riju as a companion on your journey. Here’s what to know before you get started with the Lightning Temple, and how to complete it, step-by-step.


What you need to know before starting the Lighting Temple

Like the other temples, the Lightning Temple does have a central teleport point, so you’ll be able to freely enter and leave the temple as you wish. That being said, remember to stock up on healing food before you enter.

We also recommend bringing a ton of arrows and elemental fruit or weapons. As you’ve previously seen in earlier parts of this quest, Gibdos are weak to elemental attacks, so bring your favorite elemental fruit to prepare against fighting them.

Once you’re ready to get started, use Riju to charge up an attack against that huge pink cocoon in the middle.


How to get to the Lightning Temple

To get to the Lightning Temple, you’ll first need to get to Gerudo Town, then complete the “Riju of Gerudo Town” quest, which involves a large-scale fight and revealing mysteries in a sandstorm.


Lightning Temple chests

  • Flame emitter capsule
  • Large Zonai charge
  • Topaz
  • Mighty construct bow

Fighting Queen Gibdo

A boss fight, this early? Really? (No, not really.) Don’t worry, as Queen Gibdo will run off after you get a few hits in on her.

Use Riju’s charged up electricity to supplement your arrows at her a few times and she’ll skitter off. The queen will launch tornados at you, and if Riju gets hit with one, it’ll break her charge, so be mindful and try to fire off your arrows quickly once Riju is ready to fight.

We hit the queen twice with Riju’s electricity before she got upset and ran off.

Now it’s time for the actual temple.


Entering the Lightning Temple

Use Riju’s electricity on the new pink blob blocking the entrance — don’t worry, there’s no boss behind this one.

Before you head in, hit the Gibdo nests outside with her electricity as well, but make sure to wait for them to be dark pink and pulsing before you hit them, as they won’t have any effect otherwise. (It’s just like the Gibdo nests you took down during the siege on Gerudo Town.)

Pluck the treasure chest out of the sand pile on the right for a flame-emitter capsule.

Use the Korok-frond guster that’s on the wall in a torch holder to start blowing away the sand piles in the room. Keep the guster on you throughout the temple, as it’ll repeatedly be helpful.

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After clearing out a sand pile in the middle of the room, you’ll see a switch to step on and open the door deeper into the temple.

Grab a torch on the wall and use the nearby torch posts to light it. You don’t need to use a torch in any parts of this temple, but it’s kind of creepy in here.

When you arrive in the room with two bridges over pits, jump into the second pit. You’ll need to fight a Gibdo in there, but you’ll be rewarded with a large Zonai charge in a chest. Ascend back up the bridge and proceed.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link crossing a bridge in the Lightning Temple

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Use Ultrahand on the bricks directly in front to open a small room. Defeat the Gibdo inside and open the chest for a topaz.

Turn back to the hall with the flames spitting out of the walls, but beware — the floor in the center of the room will drop down.

Take out the two Gibdo in front of the flame spitters (using the Korok-frond to blow them into the fire will work great). Backtrack to the room with the now-giant hole in the floor and jump down the hole. Use Ultrahand to pick up the stone slab in the room and place it on the flooring that fell down. There’s a Gerudo scimitar and a shock keese under the slabs.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link using the Recall ability to raise a ceiling tile back up.

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Use Recall on the flooring that fell to send it back up. Grab one of the stone planks off the floor using Ultrahand and use it to block the flames, allowing you safe passage.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link using Ultrahand to block some flames with a stone panel

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Step on the switch at the end to turn off the flames, allowing Riju through. The next room will have a huge flaming boulder rolling down the path. Use Recall on the boulder and run up the path as it backtracks. Again, step on the switch at the end to allow Riju to follow safely.

Keep heading forward, taking out the Gibdo in the hall. Jump down the shallow pit in the next room, but be mindful of the Gibdo nest in the center. Take it out, along with any extra Gibdo that it spits out.

Lift up the slabs in the middle of the pit for a Gerudo bow.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link using Ultrahand to lift stone slabs and find a Gerudo bow in the Lightning Temple

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Climb up the stairs and keep heading through the halls to get to the “Room of Hopeful Light.”


The Room of Hopeful Light

Take out the construct inside (and remember you can use Riju to help pack a punch).

Use Ultrahand to pluck the mirror out of the sand pile in the corner of the room. (You can also use your handy Korok-frond.) Beware, as a nearby sand pile has a second construct enemy in it — you can see its head sticking out of the top of the sand. Blow the sand off and take it down, if you want.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link in the Lightning Temple running toward a hole in the wall.

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Head through the hole in the wall shown above to grab a chest. The floor under the chest will fall down, but don’t worry, as you can just Recall it back up. The chest has a mighty construct bow inside.

Go back to the Room of Hopeful Light and use the mirror you unearthed to reflect light into the huge yellow-ish target above the door.

Once the door opens, climb up the stairs to get to the Room of Ascension, the main chamber of the Lightning Temple. Interact with the altar in the center to unlock the teleport waypoint. Whew.


The Room of Ascension

You need to power four batteries with Riju’s electricity to power the elevator up.

You do not have to charge the batteries in any specific order, but we’ve marked them below in order of location from lowest to highest, for the sake of organization.

Charging the first battery

The first battery is on the bottom floor, directly behind the altar. Move these boulders out of the way with Ultrahand, enter the room, and use Riju to strike the lightning rod. Simple enough!

Head back to the main area in front of the altar.

Charging the second battery

Use Ultrahand to take the boulder that’s blocking the air current out of the hole, allowing you to glide up the many floors instantaneously.

Ride the current up and enter the pathway we marked below:

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link paragliding inside the Lightning Temple with an arrow pointing to your destination.

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A tunnel with two wheels missing a slice will be turning in front of you. Use Recall on one wheel and stop the recall when the two slices on the wheels line up, so that they’re rotating the same way.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link using Recall in the Lightning Temple to line up spinning discs.

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Head through the tunnel through the open slices and use Ultrahand to remove the rocks, allowing a light to shine through. The light, shining through the slices, will hit a statue directly across. Step on the switch that it moved off of to enter a new room.

Ultrahand the boulders on the right and place it between the smashing spike walls so that Link can get through. Step on the switch, turning the spikes off and allowing Riju through.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link using Ultrahand to jam a mechanism in the Lightning Temple

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Straight ahead, Ultrahand one of those boulders to jam the mechanism on the right, allowing Link to walk through this hall without worrying about much danger. Head through the hall and take out the constructs in the next room.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link using Ultrahand on another boulder to jam another mechanism in the Lightning Temple

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Jump down and pick up the stakes on the floor with Ultrahand. Carefully Ultrahand the stakes into the wall, so that the spinning stops, leaving the yellow light target open. (Getting the timing right here is tricky, but know that the stake only stops the wall once it’s in the wall and you’re not Ultrahanding it.)

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link placing a stake with Ultrahand to stop the wall from rotating in the Lightning Temple.

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Use the nearby mirror in the sand to reflect the light onto the target. Ascend back up and use the mirror on the tiny bridge over the light beam to shoot light at the large target across the hall.

You should now have access to the battery charger, so use Riju to strike it and head back to the main room.

Charging the third battery

Use the air current in the main room to fly all the way up and fight the construct in front of the two torches. Climb into the hole in the wall between the two torches to get to the “Room of Natural Light.”

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link in the Lightning Temple below the hole in the wall that leads to the Room of Natural Light

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Ultrahand the boulder on the wall and grab a mirror from inside the wall. Place the boulder and mirror like so under the light:

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link using Ultrahand to assemble a boulder and mirror in the Lightning Temple.

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Head back out of the Room of Natural Light and use Ultrahand on the statues holding mirrors so that they line up, shooting the light downward.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link arranging mirrors so that the light bounces downward in the Lightning Temple

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They’ll hit a statue below, which you can glide down to and enter the “Room of Offered Light.”

This room has a Gibdo nest and several constructs, so take them all out. Focus on the Gibdo and its nest first, or else more enemies will keep amassing. Interestingly enough, the constructs and Gibdo can fight each other, but they don’t do a great job taking each other out. Use Riju’s lightning to strike multiple enemies at once for the most effective take down.

Once all the enemies are taken out, you’ll need to make a contraption like this using a balloon, torch, grate, and mirror:

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link making an Ultrahand contraption out of a balloon, torch, grate, and mirror.

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Attach the balloon, torch, and grate together, but leave the mirror un-attached. Place your newly built thingy in the middle of the light beam and ignite the torch. As you fly up, hold the mirror to precisely aim it at the target.

Once the light hits the target, the walls will lift, showing the next battery charger. Use Riju to hit it and head back to the main room.

Charging the fourth battery

Fly all the way back up to the top using the updraft again. Make sure you did the early steps for the last battery, setting up the light beam to shoot out of the Room of Offered Light. This time, move the first statue out of the way, so it doesn’t intercept the light.

Now move the two statues that you didn’t move for the last battery so that they hit a target that’s above you. One statue will be blocked by a sand pile, so blow it away using your Korok-frond. The light will shoot like so:

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link admiring his handiwork with beams of light reflecting all over the Lightning Temple.

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Once this upper door opens, use the air current to give yourself a boost up and climb the rest of the way to reach the sixth floor of the Lightning Temple.

You’ll face a hole with several beams of fire shooting in all sorts of directions. Carefully glide down, dodging the fire beams. Once you land, you’ll be in the “Room of Light and Flame.” Step on the switch and take out the two constructs on the other side of the gate, if you haven’t already.

Wait a second for Riju to appear and use her to strike the battery charger. Head back to the main area, which should be fully charged now.


How to beat Queen Gibdo, boss of the Lightning Temple

Once you power up all four batteries, activate the elevator to head up to the seventh floor of the Lightning Temple.

Use Riju to hit the large pink pulsating cocoon (yuck) off the wall to start the battle against Queen Gibdo.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Queen Gibdo boss fight splash screen.

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Just like you fought her before, you’ll want to use Riju’s attacks to deal massive shock damage to her. Once she’s hit, she’ll turn white, just like the other Gibdo. This is when you can jump in and use your stronger swords and other physical weapons against her to get in some good damage.

Beware, as she’ll shoot consistent beams of sand when she’s flying above you and belly flop onto you when she’s on the ground, so you’ll want to keep moving to avoid her attacks. She’ll also send over tornados to knock both you and Riju over, the same way she did when you first fought her at the entryway of the temple.

If you’re having a hard time hitting her, make use of keese eyes on your arrows to home in on her.

At the halfway point, those inactive Gibdo nests in the corner of the arena will now activate, creating horrific fast-crawling Gibdo and flying Gibdo. Thankfully, each one you take out will be replaced by a huge beam of light, which will protect you from Gibdo if you stand in it. The smallfry Gibdo will literally die if they hit the light too many times, so just stand in the center of the light.

Using Riju, take out each tower one by one, while dodging Queen Gibdo’s attacks. Admittedly, it was really hard to see what the queen was doing while we were standing in the blinding protective light, so make sure to stay on your toes and heal up as you need it.

Once you take out the four Gibdo nests, go back to the original strategy: use Riju to hit the queen for massive amounts of damage and use your stronger weapons to hit it while it’s vulnerable.

After you take down the queen, you can claim a Heart Container and interact with the altar ahead to watch a lengthy cutscene about the history of the Gerudo sage. You’ll also get Riju’s powers to take around with you on your journey, which is pretty helpful for dealing massive damage against swarms of enemy.

Much more notably, once Queen Gibdo is out of the picture, you can freely explore the Gerudo Desert without getting lost in the horrific sandstorm.

When ready, it’s time to continue the Regional Phenomena quest — assuming you have other locations yet to complete.

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