Temple of Time

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Not to be confused with the Temple of Time Ruins.

The Temple of Time is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][3][4][5]

Features and Overview

Ocarina of Time

During the Era of Chaos, a group of powerful sorcerers known as the Dark Interlopers waged a Battle for the Sacred Realm against the people of Kingdom of Hyrule to seize the Triforce.[6][7] To prevent the abuse of the Triforce, the Golden Goddesses sent the Spirits of Light to banish the Dark Interlopers into the Twilight Realm,[7] a sort of parallel world that exists "behind" the Light World.[8] The Sage of Light, Rauru, also decided to hide the Triforce within the Sacred Realm's Temple of Light. As the only entrance to the Temple of Light was through the ruins of the Sealed Temple, Rauru built a new Temple over the ruins to protect the entrance.[9]

The Temple of Time's interior from Ocarina of Time 3D

Inspired by the legends of a hero who wielded the Master Sword and traveled through Time in the distant Sky Era,[10] he chose to borrow the name of the fabled Temple of Time and used the Master Sword to seal the entrance to the Sacred Realm as it could not be touched by evil hands and could only be drawn from the Pedestal of the Master Sword by those deemed worthy.[10] The Master Sword was then sealed behind the Door of Time, which could only be opened with the three Spiritual Stones and the Ocarina of Time.[11] The Kingdom of Hyrule was established by the descendants of the reborn Goddess Hylia to protect the secret of the Triforce's whereabouts, and Hyrule Castle was built close to the Temple of Time in order to keep watch over it.[11]

Centuries later during the Era of the Hero of Time, the Gerudo King Ganondorf learned of the existence of the Sacred Realm and pretended to serve the Royal Family of Hyrule in order to discover its entrance.[12] Princess Zelda began to have ominous dreams warning her of Ganondorf's impending betrayal yet also promising a hero would appear in the form of a boy from the Kokiri Forest.[13][14] When Link appears to her with the Spiritual Stone of the Forest, she recognizes him as the hero from her dreams and tasks him with the responsibility of collecting the Spiritual Stones to keep them out of Ganondorf's hands.[14] However, Ganondorf notices their plan and begins to watch Link.[15]

After Link successfully recovers the remaining two Spiritual Stones, Ganondorf attacks and seizes Hyrule Castle, forcing Princess Zelda to flee with the Ocarina of Time.[16] Link and Princess Zelda encounter each other once more as she is fleeing Hyrule Castle Town, where she throws the Ocarina to him in desperation.[16] Taking the three Spiritual Stones and the Ocarina of Time to the Temple of Time, Link opens the Door of Time and draws the Master Sword from its Pedestal.[16] However, because Link has the body of a child, he is not strong enough to wield the Sword, and so the Master Sword casts Link into a deep sleep to allow his body to grow.[17]

Ganondorf recognizes this as his opportunity to enter the Sacred Realm unopposed and follows Link inside.[17] With Link unable to stop him, Ganondorf lays his hands on the Triforce.[16] However, this unintentionally causes it to split apart because Ganondorf's heart was wicked and imbalanced.[18] The Triforce of Wisdom and Triforce of Courage chose Princess Zelda and Link respectively as their rightful hosts, while only Triforce of Power was left for Ganondorf to claim.[16]

The Temple of Time in the Adult Era from Ocarina of Time 3D

After Link reawakens seven years later, Ganondorf begins to watch him in the hopes that the fugitive Princess Zelda will reveal herself. Princess Zelda disguises herself as a young Sheikah man named Sheik, who meets with Link inside the Temple of Time to help guide him to the various Temples across Hyrule.[17][19] Sheik also teaches Link the "Prelude of Light" in the Temple of Time after he frees the Sage of the Forest from the Forest Temple.

Eventually, Link awakens the remaining members of the Seven Sages and returns to the Temple of Time where Sheik reveals his identity as the itinerant Princess Zelda, the leader of the Seven Sages.[20] She does this to draw Ganondorf into the Sacred Realm where the three wielders of the Triforce would do battle.[20] To help Link in his destined fight against Ganondorf, she gives him the Light Arrows. However, Ganondorf quickly learns of her presence and traps her within a magic crystal, stealing her away to his Castle and beckoning Link to face him.[21]

Depending on the outcome of the fated battle, different things happen within the Temple of Time. If Link falls in battle to Ganondorf, the Gerudo King steals the Triforce of Courage and Wisdom, transforming into the Demon King Ganon and forcing the Seven Sages to seal him within the Sacred Realm.[22] An Imprisoning War eventually breaks out over entrance to the Sacred Realm as people find their way into the Sacred Realm only to be transformed into Monsters by the Darkness inside.[23] The King of Hyrule orders for the Sacred Realm to be sealed once more, only for an army of Monsters under the command of Ganon to spring from the Realm and wage war against Hyrule.[23] At the great cost of many lives, the Seven Sages seal the Sacred Realm.[23] This order of events eventually leads to the decline of Hyrule and the events of A Link to the Past.[23]

In another reality in the Adult Era, Link succeeds against Ganondorf and the Seven Sages seal him away in a void within the Sacred Realm.[24] Princess Zelda then uses the Ocarina of Time to return Link to his own time and places the Master Sword back into its Pedestal, sealing the Door of Time once more.[25] This order of events leads to the Era without a Hero and the events of The Wind Waker.

Having returned to his own time in the Child Era, Link awakens in the Temple of Time to a time before the Master Sword is drawn from its Pedestal.[26] Link meets with Princess Zelda in this new Timeline to warn her of Ganondorf's plan.[26] Fearing this possible future, Princess Zelda sends Link away with the Ocarina of Time so that the Door of Time can never be opened.[26] This order of events leads to the events of Majora's Mask and eventually the Twilight Era after the Failed Execution of Ganondorf.

The Temple of Time was constructed much like a cathedral. Inside, there is a Triforce Warp with the symbol representing Light. Link can Warp to this by playing the "Prelude of Light" on the Ocarina of Time. In Ocarina of Time 3D, a Sheikah Stone meant to guide Link with Visions can be found inside the Temple of Time. Outside the Temple, Link can find four Gossip Stones. If the game is saved while Link is outside of a Dungeon in the Adult Era, he will appear inside the Temple of Time when the game is reloaded.

Animals

Child Era (Night)

Twilight Princess

The Temple of Time at its height of glory

The Temple of Time from the Child Era is eventually abandoned and rots away with time.[27] The grounds where the Temple of Time stood are eventually claimed by nature and become the Sacred Grove. However, the Master Sword remains in its Pedestal, waiting for a hero to claim it. Signs of the civilization from the Era of the Hero of Time remain and inspire adventurers like Rusl to seek them out.[28]

After Zant places a curse on Link by trapping him in his Wolf form with the Shadow Crystal, Princess Zelda reveals the location of the Master Sword which can purge the evil curse. Link travels to the Sacred Grove with Midna on his back to find the Sword. Upon locating the Master Sword, Link touches it and is cleansed of his curse, transforming back into a Human with the Master Sword in hand.

Link eventually returns to the Sacred Grove in search of the Mirror Shard stolen by Zant. The Mirror Shard is located within the Temple of Time in the distant past and in order to find it, Link must plunge the Master Sword back into its Pedestal to remove a statue blocking the Door of Time. Upon doing so and passing through the Door of Time, he is transported to a time in which the Temple of Time stands at its most glorious splendor. By inserting the Master Sword back into its Pedestal, Link is able to enter the Temple of Time proper.

Skyward Sword

The Temple of Time is a large, open-roofed Temple at the Desert Gorge in the Lanayru Desert. It is connected to the Lanayru Mining Facility where Timeshift Stones were processed for the Goddess Hylia. A gigantic stone carving of the Hylian Crest with a Triforce above it sits at the back of the Temple of Time. A device intended for traveling between time periods known as a Gate of Time can be found in front of this Crest, flanked by Loftwing statues.

After purifying herself in the Skyview Spring and Earth Spring, Zelda is taken to the Temple of Time to keep her safe and out of Ghirahim's reach. At some point after her arrival, the entrance to the Temple was destroyed in an explosion,[29] making the Lanayru Mining Facility the only means of accessing the Temple by foot.[30] Before Impa and Zelda can make their escape by passing through the Gate of Time, Ghirahim breaks through the rubble and attacks Impa's barrier. However, Link arrives at this moment and offers his aid, allowing Impa and the Reborn Goddess Hylia a chance to escape to the distant past. Before they leave, Zelda gives Link the Goddess's Harp,[31] a necessary tool to activate the second Gate of Time in the Sealed Temple in the Faron Province.[32] As they escape, Impa leaves behind a magical Bomb to destroy the Gate of Time behind them, preventing Ghirahim from following them. Frustrated by this loss, Ghirahim prepares his retreat, threatening to torture Link the next time they meet.[33]

Two Blue Rupees can be found atop the pillars surrounding the Gate of Time.

Animals

Treasures

Breath of the Wild

The Temple of Time is a large complex near the center of the Great Plateau. It resembles its form from the Era of the Hero of Time, with several alterations. The grounds leading up to the Temple of Time proper host three abbeys placed in a triangular formation, each marked with crests dedicated to one of the Golden Goddesses. According to the Old Man, the Temple of Time was where many sacred ceremonies were held, but it was abandoned after the destruction of Hyrule Kingdom during the second Great Calamity.[34] In the past, it was connected to the Great Plateau's Eastern Abbey by a road on its eastern side, though this road has been destroyed. At the back of the Temple of Time there is a large Goddess Statue surrounded by six smaller Goddess Statues. Link can pray at this Goddess Statue and exchange four Spirit Orbs for either a Heart Container or a Stamina Vessel. To either side of the Goddess Statue are two Tombstones belonging to unknown decedents. On the rear side of the Temple of Time there is a symbol of the Triforce bearing the Crests of Din, Nayru, and Farore.

King Rhoam revealing himself to Link at the Temple of Time

When Link successfully retrieves four Spirit Orbs from the four Ancient Shrines atop the Great Plateau, he is visited by the Old Man.[35] The Old Man tells Link to draw imaginary lines between the Ancient Shrines and to meet him where those lines cross.[36] This instruction guides Link to the tower of the Temple of Time's main building, where the Old Man reveals his true identity as the late King of Hyrule, Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule.[37][38] There, King Rhoam tells Link about the events of the Great Calamity and the destruction of Hyrule Kingdom by Calamity Ganon's hands in spite of their preparations to subvert the prophecy of ruin.[39] He instructs Link to meet with Impa of Kakariko Village to the west in order to gain the power necessary to destroy Ganon.[40] Before fading away, King Rhoam gifts Link the Paraglider, a tool that allows him to safely descend off of the Great Plateau.[41]

A Fallen Guardian can be found in a small pool between the lowest buildings. It can be searched for Ancient Materials. Additionally, Link can use the Cryonis Rune to lift it from the pool and make Ancient Materials drop from its bottom. Another searchable Fallen Guardian can be found in the third building with the Crest of Din. Four more Fallen Guardians can be found around the base of the main building of the Temple.

Creatures

Enemies

Normal Mode
  1. One is hidden inside a Barrel.

During Link's Divine Beast Tamer's Trial

  1. One is hidden inside a Barrel.
Master Mode
  1. One is hidden inside a Barrel.

Materials

Treasure Chests

Treasure Chest
Contents
Notes

Inside the second building leading to the Temple proper

Treasure Chest
Contents
Notes

To the right of the entrance inside the main building

Treasure Chest
Contents
Notes

Inside the tower of the main building

Treasure ChestContentsNotes

Inside the second building leading to the Temple proper

To the right of the entrance inside the main building

Inside the tower of the main building

  1. 1.0 1.1 The contents of this Treasure Chest may be different or may have a random Weapon Bonus depending on the amount of Experience gained. Refer to World Level for more information.

Korok Seeds

Korok
Type
Notes

At the tip of the spire on top of the Temple of Time's tower

KorokTypeNotes

At the tip of the spire on top of the Temple of Time's tower

Tears of the Kingdom

Related Quests
The Temple of Time on the Great Plateau during the Era of Myth

The Temple of Time is a large tower on the north side of the Great Sky Island in the Central Hyrule Sky. The Temple of Time Ruins, originally known as the Temple of Time in Breath of the Wild, can also be found on the Great Plateau.

During the Era of Myth, the Temple of Time was located on the Great Plateau where the Temple of Time Ruins would later be constructed.

Creatures

Enemies

Treasure Chests

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
0453, -0765, 1469
Notes

Behind the Goddess Statue
Only appears during the Side Quest "The Shrine Explorer"

Treasure ChestContentsCoordinatesNotes
0453, -0765, 1469

Behind the Goddess Statue
Only appears during the Side Quest "The Shrine Explorer"

Korok Seeds

Korok
Type
Coordinates
0464, -0881, 1418
Notes

Underneath the stairway to the Temple of Time

KorokTypeCoordinatesNotes
0464, -0881, 1418

Underneath the stairway to the Temple of Time

Other Appearances

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)



Link's Crossbow Training



The Temple of Time appears in two Stages in Link's Crossbow Training. In Level 7 Stage 3, "Temple of Time: Ranger", Link must travel through part of the Temple defeating Lizalfos. In Level 8 Stage 3, "Darknut Battle", Link must defeat a Darknut.

Zelda HD Experience

Link fighting Armogohma in the Temple of Time from the Zelda HD Experience


The Temple of Time is the setting of the Zelda HD Experience. Link is shown walking through it until Armogohma appears and attacks. This version of the Temple of Time is based on the one from Twilight Princess.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity



Main article: The Great Plateau

The Temple of Time appears in its whole state during "The Great Plateau" Scenario. The abbeys leading up to the Temple proper each bear a triangular shape representing the three pieces of the Triforce and bearing the Crests of Farore, Nayru, and Din. The interior of the Temple of Time is decorated with a red carpet and Chandeliers.

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
  • 時の神殿 (Toki no Shinden) (OoT | SSHD)[44][45]
  • (とき)(しん)殿(でん)(あと) (Toki no Shinden Ato) (BotW)
  • とき時のしんでん神殿 (TotK)
  • Same as English.
  • Temple of Time Ruins
  •  
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
ChineseTR
  • 時之神殿 (Shí zhī shéndiàn) (SSHD)
  • 時之神殿 (Shí Zhī Shéndiàn) (TotK)
  •  
  •  
The People's Republic of China
ChineseSI
  • 时间神殿 (Shíjiān shéndiàn) (OoT)[46]
  • 时之神殿 (Shí zhī shéndiàn) (SSHD)
  • 时之神殿 (Shí Zhī Shéndiàn) (TotK)
  •  
  •  
  •  
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch
Tempel des Tijds (SSHD | BotW)[48][49]Same as English.
Canada
FrenchCA
Temple du Temps (TotK) 
The French Republic
FrenchEU
  • Ruines de temple du Temps (BotW)
  • Temple du Temps (TotK)
  • Ruins of the Temple of Time
  •  
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
  • Zitadelle der Zeit (OoT | OoT3D | BotW)
  • Tempel der Zeit (TotK)
  • Citadel of Time
  •  
The Italian Republic
Italian
  • Santuario del Tempio (OoT | OoT3D)[42][43]
  • Santuario del tempo (BotW | TotK)
  • Sanctuary of Time
  • Sanctuary of Time
The Republic of Korea
Korean
시간의 신전 (TotK) 
The Russian Federation
Russian
Храм Времени (Khram Vremeni) (BotW)Same as English.
Latin America
SpanishLA
Templo del Tiempo (BotW)[47]Same as English.
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
Templo del Tiempo (BotW | TotK)Same as English.
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Other Names

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Gallery

See Also

References

  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 26 (OoT | OoT3D | TP | TPHD)
  2. "Temple of Time" — Map (Skyward Sword HD)
  3. "Temple of Time" — Map (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Temple of Time" — Map (Tears of the Kingdom)
  5. "A father and daughter reunite within the Temple of Time. Tears of joy flow easily from the princess, and her father looks upon her with a newfound warmth. He admits it was the relic she gave him that saved his life." — Gallery (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  6. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 24
  7. 7.0 7.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 30
  8. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 28
  9. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 26
  10. 10.0 10.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 25
  11. 11.0 11.1 Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 77
  12. Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 84
  13. "I had a dream... In the dream, dark storm clouds were billowing over the land of Hyrule... But suddenly, a ray of light shot out of the forest, parted the clouds, and lit up the ground... The light turned into a figure holding a green and shining stone, followed by a fairy..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time 3D)
    "I knew this was a prophecy that someone would come from the forest... Yes, I thought you might be the one..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 85
  15. "Gah heh heh! Excellent work! As I thought, you held the keys to the Door of Time! You have led me to the gates of the Sacred Realm... Yes, I owe it all to you, kid!" — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 86
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 87
  18. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 20
  19. Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 88
  20. 20.0 20.1 Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 89
  21. Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 90
  22. Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 92
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 93
  24. Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 91
  25. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 122
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 110
  27. Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 117
  28. "The ancestors of the Hylians created the temple... Signs of their civilization--ancient, but very sophisticated--are everywhere." — Rusl (Twilight Princess HD)
  29. "Good to see you, bud! Seems like you pop up everywhere! Though I am one to talk... Anyway, bud, there is something I am dying to tell you. It is the discovery of the century! This is a sacred place known as the Temple of Time. I could not believe my eyes when I saw a human who lives on the legendary Isle of the Goddess! It wore clothes just like the ones written about in the ancient manuscripts! And it looked just like you, bud! It came with another person...and they entered the temple! I wanted to chase after them... But then there was an explosion all of a sudden! And the entrance... Well, you can see for yourself, bud. I do not think we are getting past this mess. I just wish we could find out what is happening on the other side!" — Gorko (Skyward Sword HD)
  30. "This is the Temple of Time. Within it is the sacred Gate of Time made by the goddess, bzzt. It's my job to patrol outside the temple, vrrm! If you want to reach the Gate of Time, you will need to pass through that door, bzzap. Huh? You need another way in, phoo-weep? Well, Lanayru Mining Facility and the Temple of Time are connected underground, dzzt. Lanayru Mining Facility is right here!" — LD-301 Series (Skyward Sword HD)
  31. "Link, here! You'll need this where you're going." — Zelda (Skyward Sword HD)
  32. "Link! You must go now. Return to the old woman at the Sealed Grounds. Tell her what happened here. She will know where you must go!" — Impa (Skyward Sword HD)
  33. "Now you've done it, Link. I blame myself. I should have reprimanded you the last time we met, but instead I was...soft. I'd take pleasure in punishing you, but I have no time for recreation. But next time, I'll do more than just beat you senseless. I'll make the affair so excruciating, you'll deafen yourself with the shrill sound of your own screams." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword HD)
  34. "That temple there... Long ago, it was the site of many sacred ceremonies. Ever since the decline of the kingdom 100 years ago, it has sat abandoned, in a state of decay." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  35. "With this, you have now acquired all of the Spirit Orbs from the shrines on this plateau." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
    "Oho ho! Extraordinary!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
    "That means...it is finally time. Link, it is finally time for me to tell you everything. But first..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  36. "Imagine an X on your map, with the four shrines as the end points. Find the spot where those lines intersect. I shall wait for you there." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  37. "Well done there, young one! Now, then... The time has come to show you who I truly am." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  38. "I was King Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule. I was...the last leader of Hyrule. A kingdom which no longer exists." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  39. "The Great Calamity was merciless... It devastated everything in its path, lo, a century ago. It was then that my life was taken away from me. And since that time, here I have remained, in spirit form." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  40. "I believe it would be quite reckless for you to head directly to the castle at this point. I suggest...that you make your way east, out to one of the villages in the wilderness." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
    "Follow the road out to Kakariko Village.There you will find the elder, Impa. She will tell you more about the path that lies ahead." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  41. "Go on... Here is the paraglider, just as I promised." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
    "With that, you should be able to safely fly off the cliffs surrounding this area." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  42. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 26
  43. "Santuario del Tempo" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  44. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 155
  45. "ここは時の神殿といわれる場所でとても神聖な場所なんだゴロ" — Gorko (Skyward Sword HD)
  46. Ocarina of Time manual, iQue version, pg. 33
  47. "Templo del Tiempo" — Map (Breath of the Wild)
  48. "Tempel des Tijds" — N/A (Skyward Sword HD)
  49. "Tempel des Tijds" — Map (Breath of the Wild)
  50. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time—Perfect Guide, Versus Books, pg. 124