Secret of the Snowy Peaks: Ultimate Guide (Breath of the Wild)

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The Legend of Zelda games are some of the best adventure games of all time. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has, since 2017, captivated players with its compelling story, breathtaking scenery, and excellent new dungeon design. The developers have scrapped the traditional Zelda dungeon design and instead replaced them with 120 shrines for players to discover, clear, and loot. One of the most compelling of these dungeons comes from the Secret of the Snowy Peaks.

We’ve got you covered if you’re stuck trying to figure out how to find this particular shrine. We’ll talk about how to uncover it, how to solve it, and a few other interesting factoids about the game. Keep reading to get all the answers!

What is the Secret of the Snowy Peaks in Zelda – Breath of the Wild?

The Secret of the Snowy Peaks is a shrine quest in Breath of the Wild.

This shrine quest and many others will reveal shrines, the new dungeons, that you must clear to get through the game. The Secret of the Snowy Peaks reveals the Suma Sahma Shrine. You’ll find this shrine in the Gerudo Wasteland. 

It’s worth noting that picking up the shrine quest essentially enables access to the shrine you’re trying to uncover. Therefore, it’s important to grab the quest first before you try to find the shrines. 

Other than that, it seems that shrine quests aren’t really all that special. Of course, the shrines themselves are the true treasure. Clearing them, uncovering their secrets, and getting all the loot is the way to make the most out of shrine quests.

How many other Shrine Quests are there in BOTW?

There are 42 shrine quests in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. They span over many regions and maps the player can access throughout the game. 

This includes 4 dungeons in Akkala, 2 in Dueling Peaks, 3 in Eldin, 4 in Faron, 3 in Gerudo Highlands, 7 in Gerudo Wasteland, 4 in Great Hyrule Forest, 4 in Hateno, 2 in Hebra, 2 in Lake, 2 in Lanayru, 2 in Ridgeland, and 3 in Tabantha.

The area the game starts in, the Great Plateau, offers no shrine quests, presumably to avoid confusion. Central Hyrule is another map that has no shrine quests for the player.

Players can uncover all shrines that aren’t part of a shrine quest.

Where and when do you embark on the Secret of the Snowy Peaks quest?

As we said, it will be impossible to uncover the shrine without first picking up the quest. You’ll need to pick up Secret of the Snowy Peaks first. You can do this by going to the Mountain Peak Log Cabin you can find between Mount Granajh and Daval Peak. It’s an abandoned little cabin with a few barrels, a makeshift campfire, and a book. 

Once there, you’ll have to read the book in the cabin to receive the Secret of the Snowy Peaks quest. It’s recommended to read through the entire book so you can receive a few hints if you want a spoiler-free experience.

Guide: How to Solve the Secret of the Snowy Peaks

After that, you’ll want to roll one of the small snowballs near the cabin to make it larger. If you walk around a bit, you’ll find the pedestal you must activate near the cabin. Pick up the large snowball you’ve created and stand so you cast a shadow over the glowing pedestal. Remember that the snowball needs to cover the entire circle that’s in the middle of the pedestal to activate.

You’ll then get a cutscene with glowing blue light coming from the pedestal which makes the shrine rise up near the cabin. Drop the snowball and you can enter the Suma Sahma Shrine!

When is the pedestal active in Breath of the Wild?

If you’ve been trying to activate the pedestal to no avail, there’s a reason for that.

This is because the pedestal is only active between 16:30 and 17:30 in the game, for only one hour. You can do other quests while you wait for the time to pass, but make sure to return until then to be able to activate the pedestal.

Remember that an hour passes every minute in Breath of the Wild. You could also wait around at the cabin, depending on what time it is in the game. Worse comes to worst, you’ll only have to wait about 20 minutes in real-time to be able to activate the shrine.

What’s inside the Suma Sahma Shrine?

Entering the Suma Sahma Shrine lets you meet the titular shrine guardian. A small chest a few steps up the path will give you a Moonlight Scimitar and Suma Sahma is in the cube right behind the chest itself.

Upon interacting with Suma Sahma, he will bestow upon you the Spirit Orb. Once you’ve received the orb, you’re pretty much done with the Suma Sahma Shrine. 

Secret of the Snowy Peaks

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