Fire Temple

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Not to be confused with Temple of Fire.

The Fire Temple,(OoT | ST | TFH)[1] also known as the Mountain Temple,(ST)[citation needed] is a recurring Dungeon in The Legend of Zelda series.


Ocarina of Time

Entrance to the Temple

The Fire Temple is located deep within the Death Mountain Crater and is only accessible to Link by use of the Goron Tunic, which is given to him by Darunia's son, Link, in the hopes that he will rescue the other Gorons.[2] Being in an active volcano, the Fire Temple is filled with many lava pits including the boss room. In the boss room is a giant rock platform where the battle takes place.

Themes and Navigation

The maze of the rolling rocks on the third floor

Link's progress in the Fire Temple is based on opening jails so that the imprisoned Gorons can be freed. When a Goron is released, he gives Link a clue or tip regarding the use of the so-called special crop,[3][4] although some offer other facts; Link also receives keys to open locked doors. Throughout the Temple, there are bridges and platforms over magma that must be crossed, as well as complex mazes (one of them consisting of Flame Walls). Once the Megaton Hammer is found, after defeating the mini-boss Flare Dancer, Link may use it to break obstacles or create new paths.[5]

The Flame Wall maze on the third floor

The dungeon as a whole is notable for having a nearly-symmetrical architecture: From floor three upwards, the interior of the temple is divided into two, although Link only needs to visit the western territory to succeed on his quest (in fact, the other portion can only be accessed from the third floor by using the "Scarecrow's Song").

The Temple is home to an ancient dragon, Volvagia, who is known to have eaten Gorons in the past.[6] Defeated by an ancient hero with the Megaton Hammer,[7] he was resurrected by the evil Ganon.[8] The only real defense against the dragon is the aforementioned Hammer, which Link can put in practice as soon as the dragon is hesitating in one of the fire holes placed in the battle arena's floor.

Similarly to the rest of the dungeons, the Fire Temple was altered in the Master Quest version of Ocarina of Time. Honoring the name of the dungeon, the first rooms require Din's Fire to light several torches. Compared to the original version of the dungeon, the redesigned layout features a lesser focus on enemies and a stronger focus on puzzles. Additionally, most make use of the Hookshot. Some invisible walls and time blocks are found in the dungeon. Also, some switches need the Spin Attack to be activated, including one that is hidden inside a crate and can't be seen. There are fewer Gorons than in the normal version as well. Most doors are blocked with iron bars, and the Big Key and Megaton Hammer come very early. New enemies include several Stalfos, Lizalfos (found in the boulder room) and even an Iron Knuckle.

Minor Enemies
Master Quest

Spirit Tracks

Entrance to the Temple

The Fire Temple is located at the summit of the mountain in the Fire Realm. Link has to meet with Embrose to play the Song of Fire Restoration and open the way to the dungeon. The area where the temple lies is guarded by three Snurglars, all of which hold three keys that will open the entrance to the temple once retrieved by Link.

Themes and Navigation

Link crossing one of the first obstacles

Many of the puzzles in the temple involve platforms that can be used to stand atop small volcanoes, and Arrow Orbs that redirect the trajectory of an arrow. In a similar way to the Cave of Flames in The Minish Cap, the Fire Temple houses minecarts that help Link move from a point to another quickly. The dungeon item is a Bow, which is obtained after defeating the Sub-Boss of the dungeon, Heatoise. Cragma is the boss of the Fire Temple. After he is defeated, the Spirit Tracks connecting the Fire Realm to the Tower of Spirits are restored.

In both this temple and the following one, the background music is different from the usual dungeon theme heard in the first three temples.

Minor Enemies

Tri Force Heroes

In Tri Force Heroes, the Fire Temple is the fourth and final Level of the Volcano Area.

Themes and Navigation

Stage 1 is a treacherous landscape with pools of magma. Within it, a Bow, Gust Jar and Boomerang are provided to aid the Links in traversing the Stage. Wearing the Goron Garb will also help, as it makes it possible to swim through the magma. To complete the stage, the Links must first cross a pool of magma, press three Floor Switches at once while avoiding Guruguru Bars, and then work together to activate three Shock Switches simultaneously with their Items while standing on platforms that will sink into the magma after a short time. When all Switches are lit, the path to the Triforce Gateway will be open.

In Stage 2, the Links are faced with a Hinox in a Minecart that throws Bombs onto the central platform that they stand on. In order to progress, the Links must either toss the Bombs back to the mine cart carrying the Hinox or utilize the nearby Bomb Flower in lieu of Bombs. After the Hinox is defeated, the Links are beset by two more Hinoxes that both attack and must be defeated in the same manner. Once they have been defeated, a bridge to the Triforce Gateway will lower to the platform, allowing the Links to proceed.

Stage 3 features a pushable Block that sits above a recurrent geyser of lava. This Block must be pushed or pulled to the right side of the platform, onto a red panel that indicates where a geyser will blast through. By forming a Totem, the Links can stand on the Block once it is raised to hit a Shock Switch with one of their Items. This lowers a bridge to the next Triforce Gateway, which features a Squiddy next to it.

Stage 4 is where Moldorm is fought upon a platform above hazardous lava pillars.

Drablands Challenges

Fire Temple includes the following Drablands Challenges: "Clear within the time limit!", "Evade the Wallmaster!", and "Only Bombs—no swords!".


At the end of the Level, three Treasure Chests can be opened. Two contain the same Material, and one contains another, more valuable Material.

No challenge
"Clear within the time limit!"
"Evade the Wallmaster!"
"Only Bombs—no swords!"
Minor Enemies and Traps


  • In the original version of Ocarina of Time, the Fire Temple's music sampled Islamic recitations from the Qur'an.[note 1] This, like the original Crest of the Gerudo, was removed from later versions of the game by Nintendo because of the religious association. These Islamic recitations were replaced by a MIDI Synthesizer in later releases, ports, and the Nintendo 3DS remake.
  • Despite it being advised that Link purchase the Goron Tunic before entering the Fire Temple, the majority of rooms do not require it. The only rooms where the heat will prove lethal to Link if he stays there long enough are the ones that contain large pools of magma, including the boss room.
  • In OoT, despite Sheik's directions, it is possible to complete this dungeon before the Forest Temple.
  • The 3-block stacked statue concealing the door in the main entrance that requires the Megaton could be a reference to the Japanese game Daruma Otoshi. These statues are also found in one room in the Gerudo Training Ground.
  • The European name of the Fire Temple in Spirit Tracks, "Mountain Temple", may provide an explanation for why the Rabbits in the Fire Realm are called Mountain Rabbits and not Fire Rabbits.
  • The Fire Temple in Tri Force Heroes was one of the Levels included in the E3 demo and in the distributed demo version. In the former, it was known as The Volcano.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Mountain Temple (ST)[21] 
  • 炎の神殿 (Honō no Shinden) (OoT)[14]
  • 炎の神殿 (Hi no Shinden) (TFH)[13]
  • Same as English.
  • Temple of Fire
Temple du feu (ST | TFH)[17][18]Fire temple
The French Republic
Temple du feu (ST | TFH)[17][18]Fire temple
The Federal Republic of Germany
Feuertempel (ST | TFH)[15][16]Fire temple
The Italian Republic
  • Santuario del Fuoco (OoT | OoT3D)[11][12]
  • Tempio delle Fiamme (ST)[9]
  • Santuario del fuoco (TFH)[10]
  • Fire Sanctuary
  • Temple of Flames
Latin America
  • Templo del Fuego (ST)[20]
  • Templo del fuego (TFH)[19]
  • Fire Temple
The Kingdom of Spain
Templo del Fuego (ST | TFH)[20][22]Fire Temple
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  1. The first part of the Arabic samples were deciphered as "Sal-Allahu-alayhi-wa-alik" which means "May God grant peace and honor him (Muhammad) and his family.", followed by "Dhul-Galali-wal-ikram," meaning "The Lord of Majesty and Generosity". The second part of Arabic samples was deciphered as the Basmala; meaning "In the name of God, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful", followed by the Takbir; literally meaning "God is Great".


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 149 (OoT), 157 (ST) & 160 (TFH)
  2. "Please help, Link! I'll give you this heat-resistant tunic!" — Link (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "I'll tell you a secret for saving me! In this temple, there are doors that fall down when you try to open them. When one of these doors starts to fall, move! If you use a sample of the Goron "special crop," you can break it..." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "Here's a tip for rescuing me! Somewhere in this temple, you're sure to meet up with some creatures that dance as they attack. Arrows won't hurt them! Looks like you might need some of the Goron "special crop!" That's all I have to tell you!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "I'll tell you a secret for saving me! A door is hidden inside the statue at the entrance to this temple. But, the Goron "special crop" won't work on it... Don't you have anything stronger?" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "A long time ago there was an evil dragon named Volvagia living in this mountain. That dragon was very scary! He ate Gorons!" — Link (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "Using a huge hammer, the hero of the Gorons... BOOOM! Destroyed it just like that. This is a myth from long ago, but it's true!!" — Link (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "Everybody was taken to the Fire Temple... While my dad was out... Ganondorf's followers came and took them all away! All of them will be eaten by Volvagia! Dad said that Ganondorf has revived Volvagia... As a warning to those who might oppose him, Ganondorf is going to feed them all to Volvagia! Dad went to the Fire Temple all by himself to try to save everyone..." — Link (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "Tempio delle Fiamme" — Rail Map (Spirit Tracks)
  10. "Santuario del fuoco" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)
  11. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 149
  12. "Mio papà è andato al Santuario del Fuoco, ma li dentro c'è un drago!" — Link (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  13. "炎の神殿" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)
  14. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 155
  15. "Feuertempel" — Rail Map (Spirit Tracks)
  16. "Feuertempel" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Temple du feu" — Rail Map (Spirit Tracks)
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Temple du feu" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)
  19. "Templo del fuego" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Templo del Fuego" — Rail Map (Spirit Tracks)
  21. "Mountain Temple" — Rail Map (Spirit Tracks)
  22. "Templo del Fuego" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)