Temple of the Ocean King

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The Temple of the Ocean King is a Dungeon in Phantom Hourglass.

Entrance to the Temple

The Temple is located on Mercay Island. It can be accessed at any time from the aptly-named North Woods, which are found north of Mercay Village.

Themes and Navigation

The Temple of the Ocean King is a recurring Dungeon, as it is explored at least five times throughout the adventure, each time allowing further exploration. The Temple contains a curse which gradually drains the life from whoever enters it; after the first journey into the Temple is complete, Link obtains the Phantom Hourglass from an altar on the ground floor, allowing him to spend time in the Temple without taking damage, so long as Sand remains in the Hourglass. With the exception of the third and the final journey, each of Link's expeditions through the Temple are in search of Sea Charts; on the penultimate journey it is possible (and advisable) to collect two Sea Charts on the same trip. The only enemies within the Temple are the various Phantoms, the Phantom Eyes, which alert the Phantoms to Link and impede his movement, Wizzrobes, which steal some of Link's Sand of Hours if they hit him, and two rooms full of minor enemies on floor B5. There are a total of thirteen basement floors in the Temple in addition to the ground floor.

Link and Linebeck inside the Temple

Each time Link exits the Temple, its puzzles are reset. However, gaining new Items also opens up new paths through the Temple, allowing Link to find new Treasures or shortcuts.

After the Ghost Ship is cleared, Oshus reveals that he is actually the Ocean King himself. He was sealed by Bellum, but created the alter ego of Oshus.[clarification needed] The Ocean King explains that Bellum dwells on the final floor of the Temple, absorbing more and more Life Force over time.

After Link receives the Phantom Sword, he may participate in a time trial within the Temple. At the end, he is awarded with two Ship Parts, the rarity of which is determined by how much time is remaining in the Phantom Hourglass. Because of the many golden Jars scattered throughout the Temple, which, when broken, restore some time to the Hourglass, as well as the time restored by defeating Wizzrobes, it is possible to reach the final room with a net time of 0:00.

Minor Enemies


  • In Spirit Tracks, a location called the Lost at Sea Station can be unlocked and explored. Inside, Link can talk to a Gossip Stone who, in exchange for his Sword and Bow, will allow him to navigate a "legendary temple in a distant kingdom,"[1] referencing the Temple of the Ocean King and containing many similar elements, including its theme music.



Names in Other Regions
海王の神殿 (Kaiō no Shinden)[3]
Temple du Roi des Mers[7]
The French Republic
Temple du roi des mers[5]
The Federal Republic of Germany
Tempel des Meereskönigs[4]
The Italian Republic
Santuario del re Mar[2]
Latin America
Templo del Rey del Mar[6]
The Kingdom of Spain
Templo del Rey del Mar
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  1. "This temple is a replica of a legendary temple in a distant kingdom. Many treasures are hidden within. And to protect these treasures are many Phantoms." — Gossip Stone (Spirit Tracks)
  2. "Santuario del re Mar" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  3. "海王の神殿" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  4. "Tempel des Meereskönigs" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  5. "Temple du roi des mers" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  6. "Templo del Rey del Mar" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  7. "Temple du Roi des Mers" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)