Hardest Legend of Zelda Dungeons


The Top Ten

1 Water Temple - Ocarina of Time

This is super hard as hell, it took me forever to pass this level! It was pretty annoying going back and forth since I didn't have a map or anything and I would mess up and keep going back to the same room! As annoying and difficult as it was, still beats the other temples in all of the other games :P They don't make temples like these anymore

Honestly, I don't find it that hard. It's annoying to backtrack, but there are basically only three levels. It's not hard to find your way back because the tracks always leads to one specific room, not multiple rooms like in Great Bay Temple. Use the map well and it's not that difficult.

I would have to say that on normal mode it is pretty simple to complete, besides the water tornadoes. However, on hero mode it is very difficult! Heck, I am still stuck at the water temple on hero mode due to the crazy puzzles!

God may help you if you are playing the N64 version. The ironboots are horrible, if you want to truly enjoy the temple, use the 3DS remake.

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2 Great Palace - Adventure of Link

I have played nearly every game, but I have definitely played all of the games that have dungeons on this list. I can say after having beaten the game twice, and the others at least that many, that this is definitively the hardest temple in the entirety of the series. Its design makes it so, as do the enemies and bosses inhabiting it.

Firstly, the labyrinthine construction is exceedingly disorienting. And while in most if not all other Zelda games there is some level of the "Zelda Logic" that fans have learned to interpret, in this game there is not. Invisible holes in the floor, no map, and no definitive floor system, make this palace one massive deathtrap. And speaking of deathtraps, this place is full of instant death lava pools.

As for the enemies they are not only numerous, but are all the most difficult versions of said enemy to inhabit the game. They take huge chunks out of your health and can both kill you from start to finish, or easily pick you off ...more

The Water Temple is the dungeon everyone thinks of when you say "Hard Zelda Dungeon", but it's not really hard, it's annoying, tedious and somewhat broken, consisting not of tough enemies, brutal bosses and deadly traps, but instead of a confusing layout, tedious changing of the water levels and randomly hidden small keys, the Water Temple was a place where you lose your patience, not your life.

The Great Palace on the other hand is full of powerful enemies, incredibly tough bosses and instant death traps, making matters worse? It, also like the Water Temple has a confusing layout, I understand why people call the Water Temple hard, and in fairness if tedious and annoying is your idea of hard I can see it being called the hardest dungeon in the series, but as far as actual hard, look no further than here, the final dungeon in the hardest game in the series, filled with mighty enemies, super strong bosses, lava instant death traps and a maze of a layout - The Great Palace from ...more

Not sure if the Master Quest port is any different besides being easier to save your progress, but the dungeon sure is hell from beginning to end. I got through it with plenty of patience and trial and error (mercifully a Game Over starts you at the dungeon unlike the rest of the game). Pretty much every enemy in that dungeon could be a boss battle; they move erratically, attack fast and hit hard (I always skipped past the blue bird soldiers). Then came the Thunder Bird, somehow I managed to beat it without using the Shield spell which I forgot at the start of the game (basically two hits from TB and you are dead without it). After all that, I used the trick with Shadow Link and I have no remorse as the game was cheap enough already.

It is probably the hardest game also

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3 Great Bay Temple - Majora's Mask

Everyone has different experiences, but I personally didn't find this one to be THAT terrible. The fairies were definitely tedious, the boss was tough, and the puzzles were a bit complex, but there were only a few lever things to push in each area, making the current stuff a bit less complicated than people make it out to be, and I felt that there was always a general sense of direction, so I never really got lost. It's all down to each individual's experiences and abilities at certain dungeons, since I'm definitely not that great at Zelda in general, but this was never one of my hardest dungeons, it was just not easy.

This was the most frustrating, annoying, horrible, repetitive, hardest, toughest and tedious dungeon I've ever experimented. Even Water Temple was better.

The only time I ever used walkthroughs in a Zelda dungeon is to get the stray fairies after I already beat it-except for this awful dungeon. The current puzzles are awful, not to mention a tedious mini-boss that takes forever to beat. The only thing that could make this dungeon worse is a time limit...

The 3 day gimmick in The game REALLY helped.(I was being sarcastic there)

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4 Stone Tower Temple - Majora's Mask

Every room is a puzzle. Well-hidden Bomb Walls. Tricky buttons. Incredibly non-linear. You need to use every single transformation mask and most of the items you got up until now. The mirror room is just demonic (You are charging the last mirror to unlock the door and then... The monsters come and ruin your targeting). And when you think that it can't get worse... You need to reverse the dungeon and guess what? MORE puzzles. Flying. Flying through ghosts and explosives. Reversing rooms INSIDE the reverse dungeon. A room focused in reversing, where you need to reverse the dungeon 5 times or something like that. Unlocking chests in the main room to use the hookshot on them and get to the Boss Room. And all that in a crazy dungeon with dozens of doors, where you don't even know where you should go first.
I didn't even really complete the dungeon. I used a "extra small key" trick. Take some of these keys which you use to unlock the room with the Garo Master and the Light ...more

The Water Temple is poorly designed and annoying as hell, but the distinction of the hardest dungeon belongs to Stone Tower. Imagine the Water Temple, but with a strict time limit. Yeah.

It's my favorite temple precisely because of how hard it is. But you are most definitely screwed if you don't know what you are doing and have poor navigation skills

Stone Tower is very hard and I hate the room where you keep moving mirrors with your mirror shield it took me a whole game day and the Garo Master is very tricky. It is much harder than Great Bay Temple.

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5 Ice Palace - A Link to The Past

It's very hard. But it's apart of one of my favorite video games of all time: A Link to the Past!

This...this... boss was the most tedious boss fight in link to the past making Ganon seem like Gohma from OOT... Yes that's how bad it was for me

This temple was WAY EASIER than Turtle Rock, Misery Mire, Skull Woods, and the Dark Palace. It was straight forward and not a hassle.

It’s not even that the dungeon itself is hard, it’s the fact that it’s tedious and long. With over eight floors, this dungeon takes a while before you’re in deep. All the while, you have to keep your magic meter up, run through frictionless floors, and do loads of backtracking (Which is required to get to the boss room). Speaking of the boss, I didn’t find him that hard. All you have to do is spam the Fire Rod and pray.

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6 Hidden Palace - Adventure of Link

This palace is hard because who's supposed to guess even to get in it? And the you need the item to get through death valley but there the many boss and that boss is harder than the regalur boss!

7 Spirit Temple - Ocarina of Time (Master Quest)

One of the easiest temples in OoT just became the hardest...

This stumped me. Twice.

I definitely agree with this. It was a very simple dungeon in OoT, but the MQ version makes you return to the same rooms over and over again.

8 Tower of Spirits - Spirit Tracks

How is it harder than the temple of the ocean king? No hourglass, no repeating the floors, and is puzzling but is still easy to understand.

9 Death Mountain - Zelda II

At least the Great Palace had a checkpoint in it. Death Mountain has an insane amount of tough enemies and if you die you have to go ALL THE WAY BACK FROM Zelda'S LOCATION!

Beginner's trap. This is the hardest obstacle in the game.

Good luck finding the right way cuase this is so confusing and top it off with annoying enemies with a mapless maze with no puzzles and no check points


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10 Sky Keep - Skyward Sword

It is challenging, but very fun and rewarding!

It is the only fun one so far. Challenging, but fun. That is how all dungeons should be!

By switching each room to find the triforce pieces is hard! But its problebly down here on the list because there is no boss

The Contenders

11 Eagle Tower - Link's Awakening

Oh come on! This is simple and the boss isn't that difficult. I beat it in one hour maybe.

The boss is so hard!

This dungeon is simply a hellish maze.

This dungeon is a real pain.

12 Ganon's Tower - A Link to the Past

Thers this one room where... link has to light 4 torches and then run for the exit before the torches run out which is conviniently 5 seconds

Is too long, you have to be prepare to use a lot of magic, is really a difficult dungeon, beat ganon�'s alterego is easy though

13 Temple of the Ocean King - Phantom Hourglass

This is an unpopular opinion, but I really don't mind going back to the same temple over and over again. You get really familiar with the entire temple and by the time you come back for the last time there's only one difference to the temple and it's incredibly easy to get through. The Temple can be annoying to some, but it's honestly not very difficult and pretty straightforward.

The fact that you had to return to it and go through every level again was what made it terrible for me.

I literally hated finishing a level in phantom hourglass because I knew I would have to return to this god forsaken temple.

rip gg

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14 Forest Temple - Ocarina of Time

The only temple I had to look for help on. It is fine up to the point you have to shoot the eye thing again to twist the room. No idea you could shoot it again to re-twist it. Water temple is more frustrating and annoying to me but this temple is just not fair in the way I had no idea you could re twist the room. The boss battle is brilliant one of the best.

The Water Temple isn't hard, it's annoying

Why do I find it harder to navigate through Forest Temple than Water Temple?

Oh man, like the music is repetitive, and you don’t know what to do in the level.

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15 Shadow Temple - Ocarina of Time

Really? This dungeon is that high? It was the only dungeon in Ocarina of Time where I didn't need a guide. It's really easy. Go in a room, use the Lens of Truth, go where there is new things, and repeat. But Bongo Bongo can be pretty hard if you don't know what to do. - MaxPap

So annoying! Using the eye of truth is a tedious job and the puzzles are downright vague. Not to mention the stupid boss.

This is so hard!

How is this #11! I just finished the ocarnia of time for the 3rd time and this is by far the hardest temple. The eye of truth makes everything tedious. Every time you die you have to restart the entire temple! The boss is also one of the hardest in the game.

16 City In the Sky - Twilight Princess

You get in and then there's no clues on what to do. You're just faced by all this stuff that doesn't change when you try to mess around with it.

You go around the entire dungeon and end up in the same room you started in, just to open the door

A long dungeon being bothered by that annoying music

Me and my Brother screwed up in this dungeon on the Gamecube, because now, we have to restart the game...yaayyy... - Gehenna

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17 Sword and Shield Dungeon - Oracle of Seasons

People need to pay more attention to these ones. The dungeons in the Oracle games were brutal.

Hard dungeon. This place is huge, also. Perhaps harder than Eagle�'s Tower in Link's Awakening.

18 Lakebed Temple - Twilight Princess

Hated this temple. It was ridiculous and I got lost so much. There is always two doors. Not an obvious door you have to go to, no. You have to pick, and hope you are lucky you chose the right door or you have to go back and pick the other door.

That staircase is your life in this one because you WILL get lost!

True staircase equals life

Temple takes 1 hour to complete w/ exp, and for me 8 hours

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19 Lanayru Mining Facility - Skyward Sword

One of the most creative dungeons to come out of a Zelda game

It's not hard but I hated
Time shift stuff
The creepy scorpions
The boss because I couldn't hit at the right angle
The quicksand
The laser thingamabobs
And the music made me practically craw the walls it was so nerve racking

Skyward is easy no matter what you say

It took me more than 25 tries to defeat Moldrach! I quit Skyward Sword for about 6 months then came back and defeated him second try.

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20 Turtle Rock - Link's Awakening

Turtle Rock in LA is the toughest dungeon I've ever played. Water Temple, Ice Palace and Stone Tower Temple are all non linear dungeons but have nothing on Turtle Rock. Turtle Rock is easy to get lost in because it spreads out in every direction. Also Turtle Rock has a bunch of underground tunnels which you can't see on the map. It has maddening puzzles and strong enemies. I think the reason this dungeon doesn't get the credit it deserves is because it has the exact same name of another famous dungeon.

Turtle Rock was the hardest Zelda dungeon I ever played. All the backtracking and puzzles were confusing and it was like a big maze with a lot of mini bosses. The secret rooms were hard to find and you had to fight the dungeon before getting in. It was the final and hardest and longest dungeon in Link's Awakening. The boss wasn't that hard though.

#16? Go into this dungeon without any form of a guide and tell me it doesn't deserve to dethrone Water Temple as #1 on this list. This is a maddening and complex dungeon that takes the ideas of backtracking and finding secret rooms to a whole new level.

21 Forsaken Fortress - Wind Waker

Not even a real dungeon, plus you visit it two times

22 Sandship - Skyward Sword

Even though it looks to be small I always get lost and the frustrating puzzles to the hidden areas it was difficult but one of the best temples I've ever done but the boss could be better

Dude this one was easy as crap

23 The Wind Temple - Wind Waker

This is so confusing that I got lost 30,000 times.

Confusing multilayered dungeon kept falling and losing magic

The beginning of this dungeon alone should at least put in 20

Couldn't do it made my brother do it. makar sucks. allways loose him

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24 Palace of Winds - Minish Cap

My god, when you finally start to progress and then something kills you or knocks you off a platform...silent rage my friend...silent rage

Kind of hard

This one was looong! The length was a pleasant surprise.. however the minish cap was short as a whole.

25 Dragon Dungeon - The Legend of Zelda

It's so hard my cousin how thinks stuff is easy and he says Level 6 is indestructible

The only thing hard about this dungeon is the annoying ennemies. The rest is pretty easy. Death Mountain (Skull Dungeon) is way harder than this. - MaxPap

I played this game a
all the way until I got to this dungeon... then quit.

26 Jabu Jabus Belly - Oracle of Ages

This is the #1 hardest dungeon that comes to mind. Its multilevel, you must change water levels, and the hunt for keys is a long one. This is the dungeon that will make you back track more than any other. I will never forget Jabu Jabus belly, its harder than ice palace and turtle rock in LTTP. I suggest that those of you who didn't play Oracle of Ages... Download it on your phone or tablet via a gameboy advanced emulator

The single one hardest dungeon in all of Zelda games together. It's a pity so little people have played the Oracle series.

It is because nobody played Oracle of age that this dungeon isn't #1.


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27 Parapa Palace - Zelda II

From the hardest Zelda game comes an annoying first dungeon...

28 Snowpeak Ruins - Twilight Princess

The terrible block puzzle

29 Hyrule Castle - Breath of the Wild

SOOO HARD. It took me forever to get past those guardians! There are walking ones, flying ones, decayed ones, and canon ones. Considering the fact that they can one shot you, that's pretty hard to get past hundreds of them.

That's because you didn't do the divine beasts. If you do all divine beasts and get the master sword, beating guardians are a joke. Even without the guardian resist armor. - MaxPap

30 Level 6 - The Legend of Zelda

This dungeon gave me so many fits... No matter how many heart containers I have and if I have a red potion with me (best potion in nes original Zelda), I STILL GET A MAJORITY OF MY DEATHS OUT OF THIS DUNGEON! Irritating as all hell. People may whine that lv 9 is harder, but lv 6 was the original son of a... female dog. :P :/

31 Ice Ruins - A Link Between Worlds

Confusing multi layer design

Lots of floors made this confusing and very fun

Very confusing

32 Water Temple - Ocarina Of Time (Master Quest)

Seriously? Master Quests Water Temple is one of the easiest dungeons.

Ok, the Water Temple is a bitch on it's own. But the Master Quest version...

33 Snowhead Temple - Majora's Mask

It's difficult to remember how to get to the next level with that pillar in the way

It's fun rolling around as goron

5 Floors, dozens of rooms, and you would never fighre out to punch the ice pillars to get to the boss door!

34 Forbidden Forest - Wind Waker

This dungeon is really hard

35 Divine Beast Vah Naboris - Breath of the Wild

I beat this with 5 hearts but it was still challenging

36 Skyview Temple - Skyward Sword

I love and hate this place at the same time. However, some of the enemies are so annoying! 1

This one is easy until *heh heh* GHIRIHIM COMES TO KILL YOU or beat you within an inch of your LIFE


37 Level 8 - The Legend of Zelda (1st Quest)

Worse than level 6 in my opinion.
For 1:how were you to find this dungeon

38 Desert Palace - A Link Between Worlds

The dungeon isn't hard, BUT THAT GOD DAMN BOSS!

So long and the STUPID BOSS

39 Fire Temple - Ocarina of Time

Really? I found Fire Temple fun actually. It wasn't that hard. Only hard thing was the boss, until I found out you could hide yourself in the vines on the ledge of the platform. - MaxPap

This dungeon is WAY worse than the Water Temple. You can easily get lost or stuck, and finding a walkthrough and finding the exact part that you're stuck on can be a pain in the dungarees. Also the dungeon does not explain to hit the totem poles or the stone pillars, which took me a LONG freeging time to figure out. This is not an easy dungeon if you're new and if you don't know what you're doing.

This was really easy for me. - Dawscr

This was the easiest adult link dungeon in oot!

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40 Ganon's Tower - The Wind Waker

The only hard thing was the phantom ganons sword handle puzzle, get it wrong and you will waste a lot of time

41 Skull Woods - A Link To The Past

This one was ridiculous. I don't know about anybody reading this but, the puzzles were tricky and the WALL MASTER. OH GOSH THE WALL MASTER. Every room it follows you and snatches you to the beginning. It's also hard trying to go through the woods and finding a certain hole or cave to get to the next part of the dungeon. I did not like this one at all.

This temple would be among the best and most fun if it wasn't of those stupid wallmasters... - MaxPap



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42 Temple of Gust - Phantom Hourglass

This temple is so hard it took me 2 days to get get through and normally I could beat a temple in just 1 hour

43 The Well - Master Quest

To get the Lens of Truth you need the Lens of Truth. That's pretty messed up

Few have ever heard of this place,but this dungeon is harder than normal Water Temple.To find the lens of truth you have to walk on invisible plataforms,avoid invisible skulltulas,bomb unthinkable walls,and finally find the well hidden and INVISIBLE chest containing the lens of truth.You can summarize this dungeon as big paradox.

44 Hidden Palace - Zelda ll
45 Level 4 - The Legend of Zelda
46 Spirit Temple - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Spirit Temple - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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