Top Ten Best Zelda Dungeons

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)

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

It is such a cleverly made dungeon and the first time I found out that I was only half way done, that you have to flip the entire dungeon and do the whole thing over upside-down, it blew my mind.

Sheer brilliance. Like all of Majora's Mask, this temple is genius. With the most clever puzzles of any Zelda dungeon ever devised. Although the Shadow Temple is slightly better overall, this temple is the most clever, by far. - A7XfoREVer

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.

V 16 Comments
2 Snowpeak Ruins (Twilight Princess)

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. "

The use of the item you obtain here, the Ball and Chain, really keeps the difficulty and degree of entertainment in an essential balance.

Snowpeak Ruins, to me at least is one of the best designed dungeons in all of Zelda. For a start it's incredibly unique, when has there ever been a dungeon in a house? That's what I thought. The concept of only getting hearts by using Yeto's soup was also very interesting. Speaking of Yeto, the two yeti's had very interesting personalities to me which gave the dungeon that extra charm. I personally loved the contrast in the dungeon as well, the rooms with the yetis were warm and friendly whereas the other rooms felt more hostile. Even the music changed slightly depending on which of those two types of rooms you were in! The boss Blizzeta was OK, but I did like Yeta's sudden shift in personality. All in all this is well deserving of being so high on the list and I hope you agree with me.

Way good

V 8 Comments
3 Spirit Temple (Ocarina of Time)

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!

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.

When I first played this game I loved it, but then the Water and Shadow temples dragged down my enjoyment levels along with getting to this dungeon. But then, when I started this dungeon, I knew it was special. The whole switching of Young and Adult Link was really cool, and it felt like an actual temple! How about that! It was also very pretty and clever with the mirror shield puzzels and the boss was so much fun. This dungeon just plain rocks. Period.

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

V 5 Comments
4 Forest Temple (Ocarina of Time)

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!

The non linearity of choosing the order of keys you grab, the backtracking with the bow, the memorable moments and atmosphere all make this dungeon so well designed.

I actually didn’t care for this one oops. The backtracking started to be a bit much and I ended up losing a lot of the fun in the game - children

V 5 Comments
5 Ancient Cistern (Skyward Sword)

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.

2nd best boss, creative and original

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

V 10 Comments
6 Arbiter's Grounds (Twilight Princess)

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)

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

Number 6! This level deserves a top 3!

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

V 4 Comments
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!

Earth temple is better than wind temple. boss is better puzzles are better and medli is better than makar. screw the with temle. blow it up. see if the people who made the wind temple can do it

V 6 Comments
8 Water Temple (Ocarina of Time)

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.

The switching of the Iron boots was annoying, but the 3DS version fixed all of that for me! It has a great atmosphere, very good puzzles that are hard, has a great mini-boss and boss, the LONGSHOT, the music, and it's challenging in general. It isn't as terrible as others think!

The battle with Dark Link is amazing, the dungeon test your intelligence and the long shot helps a lot

V 7 Comments
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

The sandship is one of my favorite dungeons along with the ancient cistern.You get to turn an old,shabby boat into a more lively one.It a good looking deck,good music,great mini boss,and best of all,you get a bow and snipe enemies and switches.The only thing I hated was the boss and after you get Nayru's flame,the enemies are not there anymore.😐

V 6 Comments
10 Goron Mines (Twilight Princess)

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

Gordon mines are great!

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

This temple should be #2. I mean, who dosen't like a dungeon full of death and torture?

V 3 Comments
12 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!

13 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.

14 City in the Sky (Twilight Princess)

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).

It's a great dungeon (though also a pain in the ass)

Best dungeon in Zelda hands down. Some people hate because it was hard, but for me it was absolutely fantastic. Love it

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.

V 3 Comments
15 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.

16 Fire Sanctuary (Skyward Sword)

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

Love the music

17 Great Bay Temple (Majora's Mask)

Zora swimming, clever puzzles and zora swimming.

18 Tower of the Gods (The Wind Waker)


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

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!

Meh. It wasn’t the simplicity nor the linearity that bothered me, I just thought this dungeon was bland and dull. I got bored out of my mind when I first played it. - children

V 3 Comments
19 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

V 1 Comment
20 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.

21 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

22 Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)

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

In every other zelda game with hyrule castle as the final level,the castle feels like just a chamber with a tower.Here it feels like an actual castle,with a dining hall,Libary,Docks,Gatehouses and a prison lockup to name a few.THE MUSIC IS ALSO HOLY! And the Bosses are great. - Lord28

23 Snowhead Temple (Majora's Mask)

While Snowhead may only be the second dungeons in the game, the puzzles are cleverly made, Stray Fairies are actually fun to find, and doing this all as a goron? AWESOME! The only letdown in the whole dungeon is that the boss is extremely easy.

24 Temple of Time (Twilight Princess)

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.

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.

How is dis not #1? - ashduck

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

25 Sky Keep (Skyward Sword)

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

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

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 think this temple is overhated. I personally LOVED the concept of being able to use all of your items that you obtain, and progress bit by bit. The timer never felt like a problem. Finally, on the last run, you can even slay the phantoms! Awesome temple overall. Plus, I didn’t hate the music as much as others did.

V 1 Comment
27 Divine Beast Vah Ruta (Breath Of The Wild)

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

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

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

I didn't really like this ine pissed me off

29 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

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 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

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

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.

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

33 Divine Beast Vah Medoh (Breath Of The Wild)
34 Dodongo's Cavern (Ocarina Of Time)

Dodongo dislikes smoke

35 Ganon's Tower (Wind Waker)

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.

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

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

36 Wind Temple (The Wind Waker)

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

37 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

38 Snow Temple (Spirit Tracks)

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

The boss is soft

39 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

40 Parappa Palace (Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link)
41 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.

42 Eagle's Tower (Link's Awakening)

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.

43 Forest Temple (Twilight Princess)
44 Ice Palace (A Link Between Worlds)

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

45 Goron Temple (Phantom Hourglass)
46 Great Palace (Zelda II The Adventure of Link)
47 Bottle Grotto (Link's Awakening)

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

48 Skyview Temple (Skyward Sword)
49 Earth Temple (Skyward Sword)
50 Turtle Rock (Link's Awakening)

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

This wasn't that hard.

PSearch List

Related Lists

Best The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Dungeons Top Ten Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Dungeons Hardest Legend of Zelda Dungeons Top Ten Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Dungeons Top Ten Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Dungeons

List Stats

900 votes
55 listings
6 years, 254 days old

Top Remixes (7)

1. Spirit Temple (Ocarina of Time)
2. Snowpeak Ruins (Twilight Princess)
3. Earth Temple (The Wind Waker)
1. Snowpeak Ruins (Twilight Princess)
2. Stone Tower Temple (Majora's Mask)
3. Ancient Cistern (Skyward Sword)
1. Stone Tower Temple (Majora's Mask)
2. Shadow Temple (Ocarina of Time)
3. Fire Sanctuary (Skyward Sword)

View All 7

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.