Top Ten Best The Legend of Zelda Dungeons

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Top ten dungeons in EVERY Zelda game. Feel free to add as many as you like.

The Top Ten

1 Stone Tower Temple (Majora's Mask)

Mind blowing how absolutely incredible this dungeon is! The person who decided to flip a dungeon is amazing!

Why isn’t the OOT water temple up here lol

The best dungeon by far. It culminates everything you've learned in the game and ramps up its puzzles to extreme thoughtfulness and loads of creativity.

Ah yes. The Stone Tower Temple is gaming's finest level. It is mind blowing. It has everything I love about a video game level. Awesome atmosphere, great music, amazing design, a cool backstory, excellent build up, and it uses all of Link's abilities. And the best part is just when you think you're done with it, it flips upside down and you just realize you finished half of the level. The other half feels so different yet so similar at the same time. I can't put my finger on it, but despite the fact that it's flipped upside down. It feels like the layout was slightly altered. Even though it's not. All of these things culminate together to make the ultimate Zelda dungeon. and the ultimate video game level. It goes even further into proving that Nintendo EAD are the best developers in gaming. Period. - rxmonste

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2 Snowpeak Ruins (Twilight Princess)

The way you get there just looks SO fun! Even though Yeti accidentally makes us get food instead of the key it looks so...chilly. Chills and romance is how it ends. Love it.

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I really liked how they broke the mold by making this dungeon an actual home. Visiting the Yetis throughout the mission provided a nice reprieve, and really contrasted with the danger of heading back into the rest of the Mansion. Kept the same dungeon formula without feeling like a "dungeon. "

I LOVE this dungeon because, its finally a house I mean who doesn't like a dungeon house type thingy

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3 Spirit Temple (Ocarina of Time)

You will need the eye of truth to get past this dungeon

This Dungeon really made me shake with excitement from brain twisting puzzles to the amazing, action packed fight with Twinrova. The mirror shield and silver gauntlets were so clever and made it that much better. It's my first favorite Dungeon out of all the dungeons in Skyward Sword, Twilight Princess, Wind waker, Majora's Mask and Breath of The Wild. It was truly EPIC!

This is the one temple in Ocarina of Time that utilizes the time travel mechanic, and makes you get the silver gauntlets as a kid and then that allows you to move ahead in the adult timeline, also Nabooru has been captured by Twinrova for 7 years! How does she even remember you? But all in all it was a solid dungeon and the boss fight with Twinrova was epic and fun. Also the mini bosses are intimidating even though every person who rates the mini bosses cuts them from the list. This dungeon gives you both the silver gauntlets and the mirror shield and both are used for cools stuff. This dungeon was the reason why Stone Tower Temple from Majora’s Mask was so good, because it made the mirror shield, if it wasn’t around Stone Tower Temple might of just been another Shadow Temple (Which would still be cool)

Woah, loved this dungeon! definitely one of my favourite dungeons! The Egyptian atmosphere was great. I love how for the first half of the dungeon you play as child Link who you haven't had to use since Bottom of the Well (which was annoying) so it's a nice way to bring back child Link one final time. The second half though, is my preferred part. The mirror shield and light puzzles in General were great, and the boss was a fantastic implementation of an item into a boss fight. Twinrova is one of my favourites. Stone Tower Temple just narrowly beats this one out as my favourite dungeon, though this dungeon is going to stay in my top 10 no matter what. Fantastic.

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4 Ancient Cistern (Skyward Sword)

Above is heaven and down is hell. Heaven has a giant Buddhist - style statue. Hell has cursed Bokoblins. Choose wisely.

Aesthetics, music, multi-armed killer robot. What else needs to be mentioned?

It's (in mine opinion) the most beautiful Zelda dungeon ever.

Many dungeons have different features. I believe that the fact that above ground everything is nice, the underground holds a dark secret. The dungeon shows that even a beautiful dungeon has it's dark secrets.

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5 Forest Temple (Ocarina of Time)

In my personal opinion, although the Spirit Temple has a fantastic boss fight and makes great use of the time-travelling mechanic, the Forest Temple stands above the rest of the dungeons not only for its atmosphere and puzzles but for the significance of the temple to the story and what it does for it's themes. It is the first dungeon you enter as an adult, waking up in a broken, desolate world. You are told to go to the Forest Temple in the Lost Woods to discover that its entrance was Saria's special place. Watching Link stop and slowly approach the now empty tree stump still gets me every time. It's at this point that Link and you, the player, realise that there is no regaining his whimsical, carefree, happy childhood. Saria is gone, and you weren't there for her, and now you have to go try to find her in this mind-bending labyrinth that has both some of the whimsy of the childhood arc but with much more sinister undertones. The temple is full of Ghosts, a giant hand of death that ...more

Weird but cool boss and grand muisic.

BEST VIDEO GAME LEVEL EVER! The music fits the temple perfectly, and it was genuinely creepy and hard. Having the twisted corridors and the ghosts really amped up the dungeons creepiness, and nothing has ever made me feel so creeped out before. Love it!

This dungeon has everything, great puzzles, amazing boss and music that fits into the atmosphere. Awesome!

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6 Arbiter's Grounds (Twilight Princess)

One of the most atmospheric dungeons of any Zelda game I've played. And the build up before you even go in only makes it better.

I was so scared at first to go into this dungeon. But I didn't regret it. It was the coolest, creepiest and best dungeon I've ever beaten. Plus it has the best boss of all time ( in my opinion)

It is the Roman Colluseum on the outside, and on the inside you get a Bayblade. Stallone is also awesome.

This dungeon has the greatest atmosphere in twilight princess. It's spooky, mysterious, has great puzzles. Also great boss and even better mini-boss.

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7 Earth Temple (The Wind Waker)

You just have to give Nintendo credit for making an escort mission fun!

The best dungeon in the best Zelda game

The final boss is great!

This place creeps me out

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8 Goron Mines (Twilight Princess)

It's a fine dungeon with some fun long range combat after getting the bow.

Gordon mines are great!

9 Sandship (Skyward Sword)

The only dungeons on this list I have gone through are Ancient Cistern, Forest Temple, and Sandship. Sandship is definitely the best. It had the cool mechanic of switching times from a fully operational techno ship to a dusty old ruins. You even get to fight a pirate! Now that's cool. Sadly the boss of this dungeon is probably the worst boss in the game, it looks like that one monster from Monsters Inc. with manboobs.

The Sandship takes place on a pirate ship. It is epic! I like it just a little better than the Ancient Cistern.

This the best dungeon and it had me scratching my head at many parts. Ancient cistern is a close second as KOLOKOTOS is awesome

It is a pirate ship, it has robots, it has time travel, it has time travel pirate robots! It's so anti-Zelda, and I loved.

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10 Water Temple (Ocarina of Time)

I despise this dungeon it's so SLOW I like the atmosphere and puzzles but It's just boring.

Oh the water temple son of a bi.

It was as frustrating but it's one of the memorable dungeons because it was so hard.

The water temple has a lot going for it if you look past its flaws. For example, the music sets a mysterious tone for the dungeon, the dark link battle is amazing, and the longshot is a pretty cool item.

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The Contenders

11 Shadow Temple (Ocarina of Time)

A great atmosphere of darkness and shadow with clever puzzles with an amazing boss. This temple has it all. - A7XfoREVer

It's op because it's got Skyrim on the doors look at the doors and the Skyrim packaging - Lord28

Shadow Temple is the best

IT SO GOOD AND AWESOME IT ALMOST TESTS ALL YOUR SKILLS LIKE HOOKSHOT, WINGED BOOTS, DINS FIRE, EYE OF TRUTH, BOMBS, FAIRY BOW AND SWORD, WITH AWESOME BOSS!

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12 Lakebed Temple (Twilight Princess)

Honestly I thought this would be way lower. I was pleasantly surprised! Where to start? The atmosphere was great and the music really made it awesome. To me the water looked beautiful in Twilight Princess and it seems to look even better here. Speaking of water, unlike the Water Temple once the water is raised it stays raised and doesn't block off any paths. I also really liked how raising the water on one side of the dungeon affected the other side in a GOOD way! Lakebed Temple was also one of the hardest 3d Zelda dungeons, and I loved that. Using the staircase to get you and the water around was pure genius. I just hope that Skyward Sword's (I haven't played it yet) Ancient Cistern will be as good a water dungeon as this was!

I loved using the staircase and raising the water level. It was also satisfying using the newly acquired clawshot to defeat the big jellyfish things. It's a little tricky ( took me 2 1/2 hours to beat, but it is one of the most atmospheric and amazing dungeons in TP. The boss was a breeze though.

13 City in the Sky (Twilight Princess)

Hands down best dungeon in the game for me. Everyone seems to think it's too hard, but honestly that's what I like about it. As a veteran Zelda player, Its pretty rare to come across a dungeon that actually puzzles me and forces me to think outside the box. Also double clawshots are awesome

THIS WAS MY FAVORITE ZELDA DUNGEON EVER, good item, good puzzels, good boss, good miniboss, good, but sometimes annoying soundtrack, if you think its too long, I just liked that. IT WAS PERFECT

This one had an awesome concept, cool puzzles, and a strange but fitting soundtrack (although some find it very annoying, which I can understand). The only complaint I have is that it's too long, probably the longest dungeon in Twilight Princess (objectively, if you get really stuck on another one then it will take more time).

The fact that you get two clawshots is really what made it for me.Going from wall to wall was so fun and the battle with argorok was epic.

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14 Fire Sanctuary (Skyward Sword)

Good. Looks awesome and has an interesting boss. Plus, Bombs, bombs, BOMBS!

Love the music

15 Lanayru Mining Facility (Skyward Sword)

This is the coolest dungeon in skyward sword. The time shift stones alone make this amazing but the overall creepy feel of the dungeon is astounding, even if the boss is a let down

Man, Skyward just has rad dungeons. It's a shame that none of them are that long and that there aren't that many of them.

This dungeon is cool with the machinery and all but I thought the puzzles were boring.

They really spent a lot of time with the dungeons in SS!

16 Fire Temple (Ocarina of Time)

This Temple is amazing, my favourite colours are in there, the boss, Volvagia, was amazing, the Megaton Hammer was a pretty cool item and that music, even without the muslim chant, it sounded awesome!

I actually traded my old copy of ocarina of time for a newer one because the Muslim chant freaked me out.

This temple is tedious and has no real difficulty. My least favorite from oot

This dungeon is amazing and so underrated.

17 Hyrule Castle (Twilight Princess)

Great atmosphere, and a sot of side quest for the treasure room key

The difficulty and puzzle solving makes it the best in the series.

That was an awesome temple, I just wondered how you get in the locked room next to the boss door

This is the most epic finale to any Zelda game ever and has the most intense boss fight ever

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18 Tower of the Gods (The Wind Waker)

Ok, I understand why people dislike this dungeon, what with the easy puzzles and linear design, but if you look past that then what you get is a really fun dungeon! It has some fantastically atmospheric music! I also loved the statue puzzles especially the one where Link has to stand on a switch to make a bridge for the statue but then he has to use the grappling hook! The Hero's Bow is also a staple item to the series and sees it's first use in Wind Waker here! The boss Gohdan, although easy, had some super catchy music and was quite a fun battle. And swinging on the bell was probably the best way to end this dungeon! Currently my 3rd favourite dungeon (2nd is Spirit Temple and 1st is Stone Tower Temple) and the pros definitely outweigh the cons in my book!

Best wind waker dungeon in my opinion, barely beating Earth Temple. The music is great and the puzzles are really fun. The boss battle was okay but I think it looks really cool

THIS NEEDS TO BE AT THE TOP!

Epic. The music really sets the tone for a cool and mind-bending dungeon. Also, bow!

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19 Ganon's Tower (Ocarina of Time)

This dungeon seemed had fun puzzles, cool enemies, and some of the best layouts.

When you into the sage rooms you need the items that you got at the temple like if you into the impa room you need the lens of truth this is a secret

This temple was pretty amazing, I loved how they added all the elements from previous dungeons.

This dungeon was awesome! I loved how it combined so many cool elements from the other amazing temples that came before it. Then you go up the stairs and get to fight tons of awesome enemies before a climatic final battle with Gannondorf and then Gannon.

20 Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)

The first time I went to this dungeon, I explored the heck out of it. And yet, when I went back, I found more rooms to explore. And it happened again, when I went back there once again. And I haven't even done the separate paths yet. This dungeon is amazing and I love nearly everything about it.

This is the best Zelda game ever.If you don't have the royal guard armor than just don't fight Gannon.

It can be entered from any direction at anytime, need I say more. It is filled with many secrets, amazing music, powerful challenging enemies, disturbing boss, detailed interior, numerous easter eggs/references and is probably the most real feeling dungeon not only in Botw but in any Zelda game ever made. With design like this I wish that Nintendo would create an OoT remake with a Forest Temple inspired by the freedom of this dungeon combined with the puzzles of the original Forest Temple. If only...

It’s a really cool and dangerous atmosphere, but the Calamity Ganon fight is underwhelming, while the Dark Beast Ganon fight is just sad - children

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21 Great Bay Temple (Majora's Mask)

Zora swimming, clever puzzles and zora swimming.

22 Hyrule Castle (A Link To The Past)
23 Temple of Time (Twilight Princess)

Loved this one. When you time travel it feels like you go back to your chilhood playing ocarina of time. The temple you loved so much now is only in your memories now. It's beautifull. And love how the dominion rod once a majestic looking item became a rusty piece of junk after you clear it. People are afraid of the cruel passage of time, but this one made you feel joy.

I loved going back in time, controling statues and, how the temple is much easier than most, should be higher

Hands down best dungeon ever, you can control stone statues with your rod and make them fight for you, there's a Spider boss (SPOILERS) over all best looking dungeon I've seen.

How is dis not #1? - ashduck

24 Thieves' Hideout (A Link Between Worlds and a Link to the Past)

I didn't really like this ine pissed me off

25 Inside Jabu Jabu's Belly (Ocarina of Time)

Okay actually I will give it props for having a pretty impressive but easy boss. - children

This dungeon is my least favorite OOT dungeon why is it here what - children

This is one of the worst dungeons. It's disgusting (what do you expect, it's inside a fish), has gross enemies, and the boss and mini boss aren't memorable.

26 Temple of the Ocean King (Phantom Hourglass)

Um, how did this dungeon even get on the list?

What? Someone voted for this crap?

Why is this temple here

I'm suprised it got voted for but it was better than lots of other ones

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27 Sky Keep (Skyward Sword)

Not the most popular dungeon but it's cool.I wish I could burrow underneath the Goddess Statue and enter the dungeon again.

How is this number 28? Sure it has no bosses but still.

Very underrated for such an awesome dungeon

By far the best dungeon of all time

28 Earth Temple (Skyward Sword)
29 Temple of Droplets (The Minish Cap)
30 Palace of Winds (Minish Cap)

This was one of the first temples I had a legit struggle with playing it as a kid. It's mostly nostalgic now, but it's a really solid temple with a cool boss, item, and mini boss(s). Standout dungeon from the Minish Cap.

Pretty good final (non castle) dungeon
Rocs cape is fun too

31 Wind Temple (The Wind Waker)

I think this dungeon was fun overall and even though most people say makar ruins it, I hardly think so. You don't even need him in the first half until you get the hookshot- and the music.

Very creative, fun, and cool dungeon.

Nope. This and Tower of Gods are tied as my least favorite. Makar was annoying and this was overall bland. It’s slightly more fun than ToG, but Makar ruins it. - children

32 Divine Beast Vah Ruta (Breath Of The Wild)

Dungeon-wise, this and Naboris were very impressive, boss-wise, Naboris did better. - children

This is the only one I have seen from breath of the wild but it is still amazing lol

33 Dragon Roost Cavern (Wind Waker)

Great official first dungeon with a creative boss

It was a really nice set up for WW as the first full-fledged dungeon (the first Forbidden Fortress visit doesn’t count in my mind) and this incarnation of Gohma was a really impressive boss fight. - children

34 Swamp Palace (A Link Between Worlds)

My personal favorite of the dungeons in ALBW. It’s really well designed, had a nice aesthetic, and the puzzles were extremely clever and intriguing. It deserves more appreciation, as does ALBW itself - children

35 Eagle's Tower (Link's Awakening)

Absolutely a crime that this dungeon is ranked so low. The mechanic of breaking the pillars to lower the tower, and fighting the boss on top of the tower is highly impressive for 1993.

This is a vastly underrated dungeon. The idea of altering the dungeon layout itsself is excellent and the routes to get the ball to the pilkars you need to break are the right mix of tricky and blinding obvious solutions that have you kicking yourself you took so long to figure it out!

I like the fact you battle the boss outside on top of the tower. But I felt they could have done more with this dungeon.

36 Ganon's Tower (Wind Waker)

The first part where you had to rebattle the bosses from Dragon Roost Cavern, Dark Forest, Wind Temple And Earth Temple was really bad. The rest of it was really cool though and the Puppet Ganon and Ganondorf fights were impressive, albeit slightly easier than other final Zelda bosses. - children

I get why people hate this dungeon but I thought it was kind of cool. The rooms leading up to the previous bosses were pretty simple and I do wish there was more to them but it was good enough. I also didn't mind refighting the bosses because I think all the boss fights in wind waker are fun. The phantom Gannon fight was really cool and clever how you had to follow his sword and then use it to open the door. And of course the final battle was great. Puppet Gannon was a cool idea and it felt really epic to climb your way up to the final fight with Ganondorf. Overall I wished there was more to it but it was still a great end to the game.

Very time consumer and contains eight bosses leading up to the final boss.

37 Divine Beast Vah Medoh (Breath Of The Wild)
38 Snow Temple (Spirit Tracks)

Amazing temple really hard boss fight I'd give it a 10/10

The boss is soft

39 Dodongo's Cavern (Ocarina Of Time)

Dodongo dislikes smoke

40 Skyview Temple (Skyward Sword)

Best first dungeon on a Zelda game

GO, MY BEETLE MINION, AND TERRIFY ALL OF THE PLANET'S BOKOBLINS! >:D

41 Ice Palace (A Link Between Worlds)

Dope

Probably the biggest and hardest dungeon in the game. Had lots of fun going through the different floors and using the Fire Rod.

42 Divine Beast Vah Rudania (Breath Of The Wild)

I love this divine beast it is the first one I beat

This was the most underwhelming divine beast. It’s boss was ridiculously easy (similar to Windblight, but Medoh is better overall) and the interior was empty and the Death Mountain crater setting was not utilized well at all. - children

43 Woodfall Temple (Majora's Mask)

Majora's Mask at first didn't feel like a Zelda game. When I played this it led me back into thinking it was one.

I'm just about to do this temple on my 3Ds can't wait

44 Bottle Grotto (Link's Awakening)

The only dungeon I completed on this list so I have to vote for it!

45 Forbidden Woods (The Wind Waker)

I thought this was one of the best forest themed dungeons next to ocarina of time forest temple. I loved how natural everything looked, I loved using the korok leaf and the boomerang, and the boss was cool too.

A pretty dungeon with good key items

46 Parappa Palace (Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link)
47 Face Shrine (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening)

The best Zelda dungeon in links awakening along with really cool dungeon music. But I'm not a fan of the boss in this level.

48 Turtle Rock (Link's Awakening)

My second favorite links awakening dungeon. Face Shrine is my overall favorite.

This wasn't that hard.

49 Sword & Shield Maze (Oracle of Seasons)
50 Forest Temple (Twilight Princess)
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