Lakebed Temple

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The Lakebed Temple,[1] also known as the Zora Temple,[2] is the third Dungeon in Twilight Princess.

Entrance to the Temple

The Lakebed Temple is located at the lowest point of Lake Hylia, the Lake Bed.[3] Link can only gain access to it after both acquiring the Zora Armor in the Kakariko Village Graveyard and purchasing Water Bombs [4], as the entrance is blocked by a Boulder.

Themes and Navigation

The Lakebed Temple is mostly centered around the transport of water from its sources to dried rooms. Several rooms contain large gears and waterwheels, which can be powered or moved by transporting water to certain rooms. Throughout the Dungeon, many large Stalactites hang down from the ceiling. During his exploration, Link must frequently shoot Bomb Arrows in order to bring down the Stalactites so he can then use them to reach higher areas.[5] The Temple's greatest feature is its rotating central staircase, which must be rotated in order to move streams of water from one side of the Dungeon to the other. Using different handles and mechanisms, Link must make use of the flow of water to move waterwheels and platforms and advance further.

Link receives the Clawshot after defeating the Middle Boss, Deku Toad. The Clawshot can help Link by allowing him to turn the main staircase in more directions as well as making him capable of reaching areas that are otherwise inaccessible. There are two Pieces of Heart that Link can obtain in the Dungeon.

The Boss of the Lakebed Temple is Morpheel, which can only be reached by fully raising the water level in the central room of the Dungeon. The Boss is found in a massive, underwater chamber that Link can access by dropping into a hole after using the Big Key. Upon defeating Morpheel, Link receives the third and final Fused Shadow and another Heart Container.[6]

Minor Enemies


  • When Link speaks to Midna, she initially admires the beauty of the Lakebed Temple and considers the place to be better than the Goron Mines; however, after some time, she changes her mind and complains about the complexity of the Temple.[7][8][9] This may be a reference to how previous water-themed Dungeons in the series were similarly complex in structure or in the need of manipulating water, as well as directly referencing the number of Small Keys needed in Ocarina of Time's Water Temple. Despite her complaints, there are no grand searches for Small Keys beyond the first.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 湖底の神殿 (Kotei no Shinden) Lake Bottom Temple
France FrenchEU Temple Abyssal Abyssal Temple
Germany German Seeschrein Lake Shrine
Italy Italian Santuario del Lago Sanctuary of the Lake
Spain SpanishEU Santuario del Lago Sanctuary of the Lake



  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 155
  2. "The place beyond this rock is sacred to my people. It was once called the Zora Temple." — Zora (Twilight Princess HD)
  3. "We need to go to the temple on the lake bed of Lake Hylia." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  4. "These little fellas are so advanced, you can even use 'em in the water! Oh, they'll come in handy, guaranteed. You gonna buy some?" — Barnes (Twilight Princess)
  5. "Whoa! Don't you think you ought to knock down those stalactites hanging off the ceiling first? They don't look to be very stable. I'd bet they'd break pretty easily if you hit them with enough force, don't you think?" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  6. "There it is! The last Fused Shadow... I'll just take that, thanks! Now, don't resent me for all I've put you through. I NEED this thing!" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  7. "This place is much nicer than those stuffy, hot Goron mines!" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  8. "This is one huge temple. Just trying to find a single key is going to take a lot of effort..." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  9. "Why did those Zoras think it was a good idea to build such a huge temple?!" — Midna (Twilight Princess)