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Quote1 The Shadow Temple... Here is gathered Hyrule’s bloody history of greed and hatred. Quote2
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The Shadow Temple (OoT) is the seventh Dungeon in Ocarina of Time.[1] Located in the back of the Kakariko Village Graveyard, it can be accessed once Link learns the Nocturne of Shadow. The Shadow Temple emphasizes macabre themes such as Death and Fear, and arguably features the most terrifying enemies of the game.

Themes and Navigation[]

The Shadow Temple was historically a place used by the Sheikah to interrogate enemies of the Royal Family of Hyrule. Because of the dark stain on Hyrule's history that it represents, it is taboo for the Royal Family to speak of the Shadow Temple.[2] Consequently, some of the walls and floors are stained with blood, and torture equipment is located in several rooms.

In comparison to other temples, the Shadow Temple guides Link through a straight route, except in some parts where the young hero has to deviate in order to find keys or an item. The temple is filled with undead creatures, deadly twisted traps, and mind-bending puzzles everywhere all designed to trap anyone who enters the crypt. It is also filled to the brim with invisible walls and passageways only visible using the Lens of Truth. Many concealed Skulltulas hang in rooms and corridors within the temple's walls. Link's goal is to go to the bottom of the temple, where Bongo Bongo is found; because of the temple's mostly linear structure, its difficulty is based on the numerous enemies, silver Rupee collections, invisible obstacles and traps within. There is also a Bomb Flower puzzle similar to those seen in Dodongo's Cavern.

These are the two keys to finishing the Shadow Temple: being able to see through illusion and the adjusting of Link's weight, from lighter than air to being heavy enough to walk on the ocean floor. Without being able to do either, the Shadow Temple cannot be finished. A little used strategy in the Shadow Temple is when Link comes across the active fans in a corridor, the Iron Boots can be used to resist their push. The Hover Boots, the temple's treasure item, are known by all to be used to cross large gaps otherwise insurmountable.

The Lens of Truth reduces the difficulty of the Shadow Temple drastically, particularly against Bongo Bongo. It allows Link to see through fake walls and holes, as well as invisible obstacles, platforms and even enemies.

At one point, a large boat referred to as "the ferry to the other world"[name reference needed] must be ridden by Link on his way to retrieve the Boss Key. The ferry begins to sail when Link plays "Zelda's Lullaby" on the Ocarina of Time. During this journey, he must fight multiple Stalfos on the ship's deck. Upon reaching the end of the route, the boat will sink into the fog. This will cause Link to void out if he doesn't jump off in time.

The mini-boss of this dungeon is Dead Hand; it is unknown whether or not this is the same one as at the Bottom of the Well, but it serves as the guardian of the Hover Boots here. The boss of the temple, as mentioned above, is Bongo Bongo; it's an undead monster consisting of a giant torso, one protruding eye, and two huge disembodied hands beating on a giant drum. It is never sufficiently explained why there is a giant drum in the basement.

Master Quest[]

Compared to other Master Quest dungeons, the Shadow Temple presents much less of a challenge. The main changes to the dungeon involves the type and number of enemies encountered. The number of Beamos and Keese has been increased, and there are fewer Skulltulas than before. The order in which the rooms are visited is still the same, and the Hover Boots are less useful than in the original quest. Instead of a Floormaster, there are now Bubble#Blue Bubbles and a Like Like in the room with invisible walls. There is now a silver Rupee puzzle in the invisible reaper room, and one of the reaper statues constanty changes the speed of its swirling scythes. One of the rooms with giant rotating skulls now contains Stalfos, which give a reward of 20 Rupees when defeated. The most notorious change is a room with several Bomb Flowers. Instead of an invisible Floormaster, a second Dead Hand with no hands now appears, defeating it awards the young hero with a bundle of Arrows.

Small Keys[]

  • In the original, there are five small keys.
  • In Master Quest, there are six.

Minor Enemies and Traps[]

Trivia[]

  • According to The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, the Shadow Temple was built using the bones of Hyrule's "evil dead" and the traps within were designed to add more bodies to the crypts.[3]

Nomenclature[]

TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
LanguageNameMeaning
JapanJapanese闇の神殿 (Yami no Shinden) (OoT)[4]Temple of Darkness
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Gallery[]

References

  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 149
  2. "The Shadow Temple, located in the Kakariko Village graveyard. It is a place where the Sheikah, entrusted with the lives of Hyrule's royal family, have historically taken enemies of the royal family to be interrogated or worse. Because it stands as a symbol of Hyrule's dark history, it is taboo for the royal family to speak of this temple and its horrific purpose." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 44)
  3. "Lying behind the Kakariko Graveyard, the Shadow Temple was built with the blood and bones of Hyrule's evil dead. A labyrinth of illusions and puzzles, the Shadow Temple is a tangle of illusions and puzzles, each designed to add another resident to its already overflowing crypts."The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (Archive).
  4. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 155
The Legend of ZeldaThe Adventure of LinkA Link to the PastLink's AwakeningOcarina of TimeMajora's MaskOracle of AgesOracle of SeasonsFour SwordsThe Wind WakerFour Swords AdventuresThe Minish CapTwilight PrincessPhantom HourglassSpirit TracksSkyward SwordA Link Between WorldsTri Force HeroesBreath of the WildTears of the KingdomLink's Crossbow TrainingHyrule Warriors

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