Water Temple

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Water Temple is a recurring Dungeon and location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][3][name references needed]

Overview

Ocarina of Time

Entrance to the Temple

The ancient temple lies deep under the vast Lake Hylia. Guarded by the Zoras, it is considered a sacred temple that is used to worship the water spirits.[4] The Water Temple is accessible after the young hero finds the Iron Boots in Ice Cavern. Aided with the boots and the Hookshot, Link can access its entrance by shooting the target above the gate.

Themes and Navigation

The Water Temple contains the source of the curse that has frozen Zora's Domain.[5] Various parts of the temple require Link to go underwater for substantial amounts of time, thus necessitating the Zora Tunic (though the Water Temple can be beaten without it by an experienced and resourceful player). Its enigmatic structure consists of various floors (four in total, one of them is a basement) and requires the use of playing Zelda's Lullaby at each of the special markings on the walls that manipulate the level of water, which give Link access to various parts of the temple from the hub room. Link will need to use all of his intellectual skills and cunning survival techniques to truly conquer this temple, as puzzles and obstacles are strategically varied: From the aforementioned water level manipulation, to swimming in presence of current flows, defeating enemy groups, climbing a waterfall with descending platforms, raise and lower pillars with a switch, etc.; the young hero will also come to confront his very own doppelgänger, Dark Link in the Water Temple. After defeating Dark Link, Link will find the Longshot which, once acquired, helps Link in the search for the Boss Key and enter the lair of the aquatic boss, Morpha.

This temple is infamous to Ocarina of Time fans for its difficulty and necessity for constantly pausing the game in order to switch to the Iron Boots and back. When the game was remade for the 3DS, the temple was altered in order to be completed easily. The Iron Boots are now a click-on item, glowing markings appear on the wall to show the way, and the entire temple was made brighter.

The Water Temple makes much use of Din's Fire in the Master Quest version of the game. The Hookshot is also used more often than in the original version. The infamous "serpent-shaped" room now has Hookshot targets over the wall, making it easy to simply bunny-hop through the vortex-filled gauntlet. The map, compass, and even the Longshot are obtained very early in the dungeon. The Longshot gives access to a lot of new areas and makes most puzzles easier than before. Most rooms are blocked with gates, so puzzles must be solved to be able to access them. Boulders and most enemies are no longer found, except for two Spikes and nine completely new Stalfos. Two new features include a room with several Dodongos, plus several crates that are found throughout the dungeon.

In the GameCube version of the Master Quest, Link can complete the dungeon with an extra Small Key remaining. This is because one of the doors that Link is meant to unlock with a key unlocks itself, specifically when defeating the Stalfos prior to Dark Link and causing the dragon heads to rise. The only way to reach this door and unlock it normally is by using glitches. In Ocarina of Time 3D this glitch was fixed.

Eiji Aonuma apologized for the design of the Water Temple in a 2009 interview.[6] Due to the confusing layout and controls for the Nintendo 64 version of Ocarina of Time, several changes were in Ocarina of Time 3D. The Iron Boots were changed into an item rather than a piece of equipment, the dungeon received glowing markings on various walls and corridors to mark where the player must go and to make changing the water level more clear,[7][8] and an additional camera scene was added in the central tower of the dungeon to make the location of a commonly and easily missed Small Key more obvious.

Small Keys
  • In the original, there are six small keys.
  • In Master Quest, there are two. Notice however that the second locked door is only in the 3DS version in its mirrored form.
Minor Enemies
Master Quest

Tri Force Heroes

The Water Temple is a Level in Tri Force Heroes. It is the fourth and last Level of the Riverside Area, and is preceded by Cove of Transition.

Themes and Navigation

Stage 1

The Water Temple is a large, flooded palace filled with many pools. As it involves a lot of swimming and traversing Water, the Zora Costume and the Torrent Robe become very useful here.

In Stage 1, the Links enter the Temple from its entrance, where further ahead and down a ramp is a large pool. The Links can find two Gripshots on ledges to the sides. By firing each Gripshot to the north of where they are found, the Links can attach themselves to fences, crossing a small portion of the pool and dropping down onto platforms. A Water Rod can be found on top of a tall platform in the middle of the pool, but cannot be reached at that point. Inside the the pool are two Shock Switches, which are guarded off by railings on particular sides; using the Gripshots, the Links can hit the right Switch from the left platform, and the left Switch from the right platform. Activating both Shock Switches at the same time causes a small platform to appear in the center of the pool. From there, one of the Links can fire the Gripshot at a Crank to the north; doing so will open the Crank and flood the room, allowing the Links to reach the Water Rod. The Link with the Water Rod then has to create pillars of water for the heroes to reach the Triforce Gateway on the north end of the pool.

The beginning of Stage 2

In Stage 2, the Links appear on a caged floor above a pool of Water. A Big Switch in the center must be pressed down by all three Links, which automatically opens a Crank in the northeast corner and floods the room, as Tektites, Water Tektites and Skullfish appear. The Links must swim onto small platforms to be able to attack them, or use the Water Rod to stun them. Optionally, by using the Water Rod from the northeast platform, or by forming a Totem there, one of the Links with a Gripshot can pull the Crank to drain the room, making the enemies easier to defeat. After all enemies have been defeated, a steel grate in the northwest corner rises, opening to passage. To continue through it, the room needs to be drained if it has not already been. The Links can then walk under the grate and come to a platform that can be reached using the Water Rod. Another Crank can be seen on the wall high above, which can only be opened by using the Water Rod and forming a full Totem on top of the pillar. Pulling this Crank floods the room again, allowing the Links to reach the Triforce Gateway and a Squiddy.

The beginning of Stage 3

In Stage 3, the Links find themselves trapped in a caged enclosure with a Water Octorok. Two of the Links can escape the enclosure by using the Gripshot on a panel on the cage wall, which will flip around and drop the Links outside. Those Links then stand on two Floor Switches, opening the cage door so the third Link can escape. Outside the cage, the Links enter a room with platforms at several elevations and Water at a low level. To the northeast is a locked gate leading to the Triforce Gateway, and in the northwest is another section of the room behind a fence wall. Nearby is a platform reachable only with the Water Rod, from which the Links can open another Crank, raising the Water level. The Links with Gripshots can then reach another cage panel by having the other Link lead them with the Water Rod, while avoiding rocks fired at them by nearby Water Octoroks. On the other side of the fence, the Links can find a Treasure Chest containing a Red Rupee, and a Raft that can be pulled toward another platform by using the Gripshot on a Stake. On this platform is a Chest containing a Key, and a Floor Switch that opens the cage door back to the main room. As the locked gate is now submerged underwater, the Links cannot use the Key just yet; two of them are required to turn the Crank again to lower the Water, after which the Links can board the Raft and use the Gripshot to transport themselves and the Key to where the Triforce Gateway is.

Battling Arrghus in Stage 4

Stage 4 is where Arrghus is fought in a pool. The Links first need to defeat its eyes, using several platforms around the pool's edge to get closer. Once they succeed, the platforms automatically retract and the pool is completely drained. At the bottom of the pool, they battle Arrghus proper, with several Jars containing Hearts and Energy Potions strewn around the floor. After Arrghus is defeated, a door opens in an alcove at the north end leading to the Triforce Gateway.

Drablands Challenges

Once the Boss of the Riverside has been defeated, the Water Temple can be replayed with the following Drablands Challenges: "Fewer Heart Containers!", "Clear with halved energy!", and "Transport the orb quickly!".

In "Transport the orb quickly!", the Links are given a timer of 30 seconds in Multiplayer, or two minutes and 10 seconds in single-player. This timer can be increased by collecting Hourglasses or wearing Linebeck's Uniform. As dropping the orb in Water will cause it to respawn at an earlier location, it is advisable to place the orb on safe ground before using a Crank to flood a room.

Magical Materials

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

Drablands Challenge
Magical Materials
Drablands Challenge

Fewer Heart Containers!
Magical Materials
Drablands Challenge

Clear with halved energy!
Magical Materials
Drablands Challenge

Transport the orb quickly!
Magical Materials
Drablands ChallengeMagical Materials

Fewer Heart Containers!

Clear with halved energy!

Transport the orb quickly!
Enemies and Traps
No Challenge"Fewer Heart Containers!""Clear with halved energy!", "Transport the orb quickly!"
Stage 1

There are no Enemies in this Stage.

Stage 2
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 These appear when the three Links stand on the Big Switch.
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 1
  1. These appear after the Crank is used.
Stage 2
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 These appear when the three Links stand on the Big Switch.
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 1
Stage 2
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 These appear when the three Links stand on the Big Switch.
Stage 3
Stage 4
Treasure Chests
Treasure Chest
Contents
Notes

On the left ledge in the northern section of Stage 3

Treasure Chest
Contents
Notes

On the right ledge in the northern section of Stage 3

Treasure ChestContentsNotes

On the left ledge in the northern section of Stage 3

On the right ledge in the northern section of Stage 3

Tears of the Kingdom

Related Quests



Areas

Enemies

Parts of this section are derived from the following location(s): Water Temple 1F and Water Temple B1
  1. 10 will not reappear after the nearby Floor Switch has been pressed.
With Sidon during "Sidon of the Zora"
Parts of this section are derived from the following location(s): Water Temple 1F and Water Temple B1
  1. 10 will not reappear after the nearby Floor Switch has been pressed.
Bosses

Treasure Chests

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
3441, 0819, 1776
Notes

Inside a pool of Sludge on the northeast Sky Island of Water Temple 1F

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
3498, 0752, 1786
Notes

Below an arch under the water on the southeast Sky Island of Water Temple 1F

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
3524, 0643, 1810
Notes

Atop the southeast islet of Water Temple 1F

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
3280, 0577, 1790
Notes

Atop the southwest islet of Water Temple 1F

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
3310, 0671, 1717
Notes

Below the Water in the southwestern pool of Water Temple B1

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
3379, 0715, 1720
Notes

Fused to the Hover Stone above the Spikes in the inner room of the Water Temple B1

Treasure ChestContentsCoordinatesNotes
3441, 0819, 1776

Inside a pool of Sludge on the northeast Sky Island of Water Temple 1F

3498, 0752, 1786

Below an arch under the water on the southeast Sky Island of Water Temple 1F

3524, 0643, 1810

Atop the southeast islet of Water Temple 1F

3280, 0577, 1790

Atop the southwest islet of Water Temple 1F

3310, 0671, 1717

Below the Water in the southwestern pool of Water Temple B1

3379, 0715, 1720

Fused to the Hover Stone above the Spikes in the inner room of the Water Temple B1

Equipment

Zonai Devices

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

The Water Temple appears as part of the Lake Hylia Stage in Hyrule Warriors. This stage is a part of Sheik and Impa's quest to close the Gate of Souls located inside the temple. An updated version of Dark Link's chamber appears, where Wizzro, disguised as Zelda, is fought.[9]

Defenders of the Triforce

Though the Water Temple is never seen during Defenders of the Triforce, a Sign stating that the Real Escape Game was "Easier than the Water Temple" was used as a prop during photo shoots with the Master Sword at Defenders of the Triforce events.[3]

Trivia

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
  • 水の神殿 (Mizu no Shinden) (OoT | TFH)[13][14]
  • みず水のしんでん神殿 (TotK)
  • Temple of Water
  •  
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
ChineseTR
水之神殿 (Shuǐ Zhī Shéndiàn) (TotK) 
The People's Republic of China
ChineseSI
水之神殿 (Shuǐ Zhī Shéndiàn) (TotK) 
The French Republic
FrenchEU
  • Temple de l'eau (TFH)[15]
  • Temple de l'Eau (TotK)
  •  
  •  
Canada
FrenchCA
  • Temple de l'eau (TFH)
  • Temple de l'Eau (TotK)
  •  
  •  
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
Wassertempel (TFH | TotK)[17] 
The Italian Republic
Italian
  • Santuario dell'Acqua (OoT | OoT3D)[11][12]
  • Santuario dell'acqua (TFH)[10]
  • Tempio dell'acqua (TotK)
  • Water Sanctuary
  •  
  •  
The Republic of Korea
Korean
물의 신전 (TotK) 
Latin America
SpanishLA
Templo del agua (TFH)[16] 
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
  • Templo del Agua (TFH)[18]
  • Templo del agua (TotK)
  •  
  •  
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See Also

References

  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 149 (OoT) & 160 (TFH)
  2. "Water Temple
    The Great Wellspring of Hyrule
    " — Game Screen (Tears of the Kingdom)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Easier than the Water Temple!" — Sign (Defenders of the Triforce)
  4. "At the lake bottom there is a Water Temple used to worship the water spirits." — Kaepora Gaebora (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "This ice is created by an evil curse... The monster in the Water Temple is the source of the curse." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  6. Zelda Director Apologizes for Ocarina Water Temple, Hints at Link Taking Flight , Game Informer.
  7. "-Three colors paths have been added to the Water Temple
    - These paths line the walls of the temple, leading to one of the locations where Link can raise/lower the water level
    - Some key doors are emphasised with a colorful border surrounding them"
    [1] , Nintendo Everything.com; retrieved May 12, 2011.
  8. "But that’s not the only improvement. Navigating the confusing temple has also been greatly simplified with the addition of three colored paths that line the walls, each leading to one of the locations where Link can raise or lower the water level. You'll be visiting those locations often, so the directions are much appreciated (it’s not like there’s a gas station Link can stop and ask at!). We also noticed some key doors were also emphasised with a colorful border surrounding them."[2] , GameXplain; retrieved May 12, 2011.
  9. [3] , .
  10. "Santuario dell'acqua" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)
  11. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 149
  12. "Ho salvato la principessa e lei si è diretta subito al Santuario dell'Acqua!" — Sheik (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  13. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 155
  14. "水の神殿" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)
  15. "Temple de l'eau" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)
  16. "Templo del agua" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)
  17. "Wassertempel" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)
  18. "Templo del Agua" — Level Selection (Tri Force Heroes)