Soh Kofi Shrine / A Minor Test of Strength – BotW

The Soh Kofi Shrine is the Shrine at the entrance to the path to Zora’s Domain in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Here’s how to complete it!


The Soh Kofi Shrine is located at the beginning of the Zora River, it’s just north of the Lanayru Tower and just west of Indigo Bridge.

If you haven’t started or completed the Divine Beast Vah Ruta Main Quest, this is the Shrine you’ll encounter just before meeting Prince Sidon on the Indigo Bridge.

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Walkthrough of the Soh Kofi Shrine

When you enter the Shrine, you’ll see the main chamber ahead of you where you’ll fight a Guardian Scout, prepare your strongest weapon, shield, bow and armour and prepare Stasis+ if you have it.

Walk over to the hole in the center of the room and the guardian will rise up from its depths. Guardian Scouts in Minor Tests of Strength are the weakest besides their counterparts without weaponry, but they can still do some damage if not fought correctly.

Try to keep your shield up and use one-handed weapons so you always have defence from its lasers. To start, it will use slow attacks which are easily blocked or dodged. When the guardian stops attacking, hit his shield repeatedly – if he has one – to knock it out of the way and then hit it as many times as possible. It’s only a weak fella so it shouldn’t take many hits to get it down to half health. Using Stasis+ has the obvious effect of freezing him in time, but also, any attacks you use while Stasis is active will deal double damage!

When it reaches half-health it will begin to avoid combat, jumping back away from you and shooting more lasers. If you get close it will attack you as usual and begin to spin around to create a huge updraft within the Shrine. Use your paraglider to glide above it and press Y when you’re right above it to perform an air-strike-critical-hit.

When dealt enough damage, it will turn blue and charge using energy in the air. Once it finished charging, it will fire multiple short but powerful blasts which will deal TONS of damage! Run from side to side to avoid these blasts and when it’s charging, use Stasis+ and hit it until it’s gone!

Finally, collect the Guardian’s weapons and everything it dropped, then walk through to the next room and open the chest to find a Knight’s Bow! Walk up to the pedestal and acquire the Spirit Orb from the Shrine’s Monk!

Easier Walkthrough of Soh Kofi Shrine

The Easiest Way that I know to defeat these Annoying Tests of Strength is to set an electric trap for the Guardian Scout to fall into! All you need to set up this trap is either a Thunderblade or a Great Thunderblade and some metal kindling if you will. The metal kindling can be any metal melee weapon, bow or shield.

To set this trap, you need to keep the charge on you Thunderblade active, even if you aren’t holding it. To do this, take out the weapon and use it – perform a strike in the air. Halfway through your air-attack, open your weapon’s menu and drop the Thunderblade. From here, you need to place you metal kindling next to the Thunderblade in order to make a charge. You can do this by dropping the metal with the Thunderblade or by Magnesissing something metal to the blade.

Perform this trick just after you enter the main room of the shrine and then walk over to the scout. Lure it to your very own shocking trap and watch the hilarity as the Guardian Scout is stuck in peril and can’t move!

Full Video Walkthrough

Soh Kofi Shrine Walkthrough

I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope it helped! Feel free to check out our other cache of Shrine Walkthroughs to find whichever one you’re looking for!

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