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Top 3 Dungeons in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

by: David Sanchez ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Link must explore a number of memorable dungeons and temples throughout his journey in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This is a list of the top 3 dungeons found in Ocarina of Time.

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    Top 3 List: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Temples and Dungeons

    Link must explore a number of challenging dungeons in his quest to stop the evil Ganondorf. 

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is often praised for its challenging dungeons. These dungeons, or temples, feature a large collection of clever puzzles, hidden secrets, and inventive design. Not a single dull moment plagues the experience, making the dungeon design in Ocarina of Time easily some of the greatest in the series’ history. Here are the top 3 dungeons in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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    Inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly

    Inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly 

    The third major dungeon that Link must explore as a child is actually the insides of Lord Jabu-Jabu, the deity of the Zora race. This dungeon is the most challenging of the initial three, and it gives the best indication in regards to what should be expected in later dungeons. Link must sever Parasitic Tentacles and destroy the monsters that are causing harm to Jabu-Jabu, all while hoisting a stubborn Princess Ruto above his head.

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    Forest Temple

    Forest Temple 

    The first temple that Link enters as an adult is the eerie Forest Temple. With a haunting theme playing in the background and ghosts roaming the temple, this is one of the darker dungeons in Ocarina of Time and a true test of wit and skill. From this point on, the game’s temples grow more difficult and require lots of puzzle-solving, common sense, and tenacity to clear. Because this is the first of adult Link’s temples—which have their own pace and format that separates them from young Link’s dungeons—many players consider it fairly difficult to get through the first time.

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    Water Temple

    Water Temple 

    While this pick may come under mass scrutiny, there is, in actuality, a small group of Ocarina of Time players who consider the legendary Water Temple the best dungeon in the game. The temple’s difficult design, which has garnered it the title of “hardest dungeon in Ocarina of Time”, requires players to really pay attention to their surroundings. The first playthrough often results in a lot of backtracking and some confusion, but those who take mental notes of everything around them usually find themselves struggling a lot less than hasty players who don’t take the time to observe the Water Temple’s every detail.

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    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Temples and Dungeons

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time hosts a collection of masterpieces when it comes to its dungeons. Challenging, rewarding, and beautifully designed are three ways to describe these stages. And with a number of excellent dungeons, temples, and mini-dungeons in the game, you can bet it was tough choosing just three.

    Jabu-Jabu’s Belly is challenging and signifies the shift in difficulty of the game. The Forest Temple is the initial dungeon for adult Link to explore and paves the way for the rest of the game’s temples. Lastly, the Water Temple is a true test of patience and skill. These are the top 3 dungeons in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.