Shadow Temple

The entrance to the Shadow Temple can be found in the Kakariko Village Graveyard after you have completed the Water Temple and refilled Lake Hylia. Note though that you need to return to Kakariko Village as young Link and complete the Bottom of the Well dungeon and obtain the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth to get through the Shadow Temple. Play the Nocturne of Shadow when you are ready to go.

The entrance to the Shadow Temple with the lit torches
Entering the Shadow Temple Title Screen

You will need to make extensive use of the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth throughout the Shadow Temple to see through walls and to see invisible objects. It is actually possible to complete this dungeon without the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth but it is much more difficult (and nearly impossible if you have not completed it previously and know what to do).

Walk forward from the entrance. Turn to the right and use the Hookshot Icon Longshot to get across the chasm and the approach the face on the wall. The Shadow will tell you what was mentioned above – “The Shadow will yield only to one with the eye of truth, handed down in Kakariko Village”.

Using the Longshot to get across to the opposite side of the room
The Shadow will yield only to one with the eye of truth, handed down in the Kakariko Village

Go through the face and take an immediate left. Use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth to see that the face on the wall in the corner leads through to a corridor with a door at the end. Go through the door and approach the skull and it will tell you again that you need the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth, stating: “One who gains the eye of truth will be able to see what is hidden in the darkness.” Go through the wall with the skull and into the next room.

Using the Lens of Truth to see the hidden pathway
Approaching the doorway with the Lens of Truth activated

There is another secret doorway that you can go through directly to the opposite side of the room that you entered – it has two pots in front of it. Proceed through it into the next room and then find another secret doorway in the corner that leads to a corridor with a door. Go through this door to find another Dead Hands mini-boss that you need to defeat. Follow the same strategies used to defeat the one in the Bottom of the Well. A treasure chest will appear after you destroy it which contains the Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots item which you will need to make extensive use of throughout this dungeon.

Dead Hands mini-boss with hands reaching from the ground
Battle against Dead Hands

The Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots allow you to float on the air for a few seconds once you run off of a ledge, but the disadvantage to using them is the extreme loss of traction that Link experiences while wearing them.

Link obtaining the Hover Boots in the Shadow Temple

Continue back into the previous room and then back into the room previous to that. This time, instead of taking the door that had the pots in front of it, go to the opposite side of the room to find another secret passage way with another door in front of it. Go through the door to find a Redead enemy and two Keese Bats flying around. Defeat all three enemies and a treasure chest will appear that contains the Dungeon Map.

Link attacking a Redead with the Biggoron’s Sword
Obtaining the Dungeon Map for the Shadow Temple

Return to the large room with the statue and the skulls. You can use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth to reveal that only one of the skulls on the pillars is the true skull – it is the one that does not disappear when you look at it through the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth. Approach the statue and it will tell you to “[m]ake my beak face the skull of truth.” Push the statue until it faces the proper skull and the blocked gateway on the east side of the room will open up.

Make my beak face the skull of truth.
Pointing the beak at the correct skull that doesn’t disappear

Equip the Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots and use them to walk across the open pit area onto the tongue to reach the open doorway. Make sure that you take a good run at it. Remember to remove your Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots whenever you do not need them. Travel down the hallway and destroy the Beamos in the center of the room at the end of the hall. There is a doorway on the left and a doorway on the right that can only be seen with the Lens of Truth. Take the pathway leading to the right and go through the doorway.

Travelling across the pit using the Hover Boots
Travelling towards a Beamons down the corridor

This next room has two Gibdos in it that behaves exactly like a Redead. Destroy both of the Gibdos and another treasure chest will appear. Open this one to obtain the Compass. Travel back to the room where the Beamos was located and travel directly across the room on the northern wall.

Link attacking a Gibdo in the Shadow Temple
Obtaining the Compass

This room has another spinning structure similar to the ice propeller that was in the Ice Cavern, except that this one has two large ghouls wielding scythes. You can roll under the scythes in order to dodge them. The goal is to obtain all of the Silver Rupees in this room. Four out of five of the Silver Rupees are on the ground level and are easy to obtain. The last Silver Rupee requires you to Hookshot Icon Longshot up to the wooden platform and jump off the platform to reach it. There is also a room with a small treasure chest (which can be seen on the Dungeon Map). Find the room and open the treasure chest to obtain a Small Key.

Entering the room with the ghouls and scythes with the Silver Rupees
Using the target to Longshot up to one of the Silver Rupees

Return to the room with the Beamos where the pathways split. The Beamos will have reappeared so destroy it by throwing a Bomb at it. Use a Bomb on the wall on the east side of the room and then proceed through the locked doorway using the Small Key that you obtained. Continue down the hallway but be careful of Skulltulas hanging from the ceiling and the guillotines further down the path. There are also Wallmasters that will jump down towards the end of hall. Wait for it to drop and then kill it before you continue.

A Skulltula along the hallway
Navi warning Link to watch for the shadows of monsters that hang from the ceiling - a Wallmaster

You will eventually reach a large open area with a ton of guillotines and moving platforms off in the background (shown in the screenshot below). Watch out for a Red Bubble that jump out near the third guillotine. There will be another Stalfos that you will have to do battle with on the platform following the third guillotine.

The large room with the guillotines
Link attacking a Stalfos in the Shadow Temple

Look to the left and use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth to see that there are two secret platforms that you can reach. Equip the Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots and walk across the platforms. Go through the doorway after you reach the last platform and continue down the hallway. The next room has a large circle in the center of it. Use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth to see that there is another set of ghouls with scythes that have to be dodged. Kill the three Keese Bats and the Like Like in this room to open the doorway on the east side of the room.

Using the Lens of Truth to see the hidden platforms
Link entering the room with the hidden scythes

Kill the Gold Skulltula Icon Gold Skulltula on the wall and obtain the token using the Hookshot Icon Longshot (number 84 of 100). Open up the treasure chest to obtain a Blue Rupee. Use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth in this small room to see that there is another treasure chest that you can open up – it contains a bundle of arrows. Travel all the way back out of the room and into the large room and onto the platform where you fought the Stalfos.

Obtaining a Gold Skulltula on the wall
A Blue Rupee obtained from a treasure chest

There is a large rising and lowering platform to the west of the platform with the Stalfos which you need to reach. Wait until the platform drops and then use the Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots to run out and land on it. Wait until the platform rises and then run off to the west towards the spikes, the Beamos and the Silver Rupees. Grab all four Silver Rupees that you can see and then blow up the Beamos using a Bomb to reveal the fifth and final Silver Rupee. Continue down the hallway that opens up.

Using the Hover Boots to reach the rising and lowering platform
Standing in front of the spikes and the Silver Rupees

The next room that you reach has a number of spiked racks on chains rising and lowering along a platform. Use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth and look at the wall on the right side of the room to see a secret area where there is a red block that you can pull out. Pull out the block and then push the block westward under the spikes coming down.

The room with the rack of spikes in the Shadow Temple
Pulling out the hidden red block

Push the red block far enough down that it blocks both of the spikes and then head into the room on the north side to find a Gold Skulltula Icon Gold Skulltula. Destroy it and pick up the token (number 85 of 100).

Pushing the red block under the spike walls
Picking up the Gold Skulltula token in the prison cell

Enter the cell on the south side of the room and open the treasure chest to obtain a bundle of arrows. Continue pulling (not pushing, or you will get hit by the spikes on the back as you push it forward) the red block and then climb onto the block. Jump onto the platform to the left and then walk across the top of the spike racks. There is a treasure chest that contains a Blue Rupee. There is also a switch on the opposite side of the platform. Press the switch to make another treasure chest appear which contains another Small Key.

Obtaining a bundle of arrows from a treasure chest
Link standing on a switch in the Shadow Temple

Exit this room and go back out the the large room (with the Beamos and Silver Rupees). Follow the pathway along northward until you reach the edge of the path with the guillotine. Use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth to see the hidden platforms up ahead and equip your Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots so that you can run across to each of the platforms. Run across and use the Small Key to go through the door.

Standing in front of the guillotine
Using the Lens of Truth to see the invisible platforms

This next room has some spikes that only appear if you are using the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth, so you may want to keep it activated as you wander through the room. Destroy each of the enemies in the room to start things off by killing the two Redeads to make a treasure chest appear which contains another Blue Rupee. You have to make extensive use of the Hookshot Icon Longshot and the targets on the walls to reach each of the Silver Rupees. Many of the ledges and targets can only be seen with the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth. Go through the doorway on the west wall once you have obtained all five.

Using the Lens of Truth to see the hidden spikes and enemies
Using the Lens of Truth to see a hidden target

There is a large skull in the enter of the room with blue fire coming out of it. There are also two Fire Keese Bats roaming around the room – kill them first to make things easier. There is a Gold Skulltula Icon Gold Skulltula hiding behind the large skull. You can attack it with your sword and then pick up the token (number 86 of 100).

Entering the room with the large Skull with blue flames in the Shadow Temple
Killing the Gold Skulltula behind the flaming Blue Skull

The doorway leading back out will open up once you have killed all four of the bats, but you are not quite finished in this room. Throw a Bomb into the large skull (using the Bomb Flowers since they are free) to blow the skull up and release another Small Key.

Return to the previous room and Hookshot Icon Longshot up onto the upper platform on the north wall and go through the locked doorway. The next hallways contain large fans which will blow you backwards as you try to walk down them. Use the Iron Boots Icon Iron Boots to prevent the fans from blowing you backwards and run past each of the spikes. You will reach a pit that can only be crossed by using the Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots – the problem is making sure that you run right when the fan stops blowing. Use the Up C Button to look at the fan and then quickly run across. You can also use the Hookshot Icon Longshot and aim for the chunk of wood.

Longshot up to the locked door
The first of many fans that Link will face

The next room has a number of fans on the left and right sides of the room. Continue down the pathway past the silver eye which will actually shoot flames at you as you try to pass. There are two Redeads which need to be killed in this room. A treasure chest will appear that contains a bundle of arrows – you need to use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth. The face in the room will provide you with an explanation of what to do next.

The room with fans on the left and right side of the room
Those who have sacred feet should let the wind guide them. Then, they will be led to the hidden path

Exit the room, equip the Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots, use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth and look northward to see a secret passageway. The goal here is to stand in front of the fan, wait for it to blow and then hover across to the other platform. Go through the doorway to reach another room with enemies to kill. Destroy the two Gibdos and then use a Bomb on the stone blocks and then use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth to find another treasure chest with another Small Key. Go through the locked doorway and into the next room.

The hidden passageway that Link can reach with the Hover Boots
The room with the Gibdos and spikes in it

The next room has a large ship docked to the platform above. Locate the brown block in the southwest corner and drag it over under the ladder.

Pulling out the red block over to the ladder
Climbing the block and then the ladder

Climb the ladder and then immediately turn around. Pull out the Ocarina of Time Icon Ocarina of Time and play the Scarecrow’s Song to make Pierre the Scarecrow appear on the ledge just west of here. Use the Hookshot Icon Longshot to launch Link over to Pierre and then kill the Gold Skulltula Icon Gold Skulltula nearby and grab the token (number 87 of 100).

Aiming the Longshot at Pierre the Scarecrow in the Shadow Temple
The Gold Skulltula near Pierre the Scarecrow in the Shadow Temple

Jump onto the boat and stand on the Triforce. Pull out the Ocarina of Time Icon Ocarina of Time and play Zelda’s Lullaby. The ship will begin travelling forward. During the journey forward, Link will be ambushed by two Stalfos. Defeat them as quickly as possible and be prepared for when the ship reaches the other end of this huge room.

Playing Zelda’s Lullaby on the Triforce to make the ghost ship move forward
Battling a Stalfos on the ghost ship in the Shadow Temple

Navi will warn you but you won’t have much time – the ship will drop from underneath Link, so jump across to the platform on the south side as quickly as possible. Go through the doorway on the west side of the room.

Jumping off the ghost ship as it sinks into the abyss
Link in the room with the invisible walls that can be seen with the Lens of Truth

The next room appears to be entirely open but there are actually a number of hidden walls preventing your passage through the area. Watch out for the Floormasters as you wander through it. Use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth to find your way around. Go through the doorway on the west side of the room. This room has another three skulls with blue fire in them but these ones are rotating. Use the Bomb Flowers and throw the Bombs into the different skulls. The last skull will explode into a bunch of Rupees, but the true reward is the Gold Skulltula Icon Gold Skulltula which appears on the wall. Destroy it and pick up the token (number 88 of 100).

Link looking upon the three skulls with blue flames
Aiming for the Gold Skulltula token with the Longshot

Exit this room and return to the room with the Floormasters. Go through the doorway on the south side of the room. Use your Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth as soon as you enter the room as there is an invisible Floormaster that you need to destroy. A treasure chest will appear after you defeat it that contains a Small Key. Exit back out to the room with the Floormasters and go through the doorway on the north side of the room.

The last room contains two wooden spiked walls that will approach Link as soon as he enters. Equip Din’s Fire Icon Din’s Fire and use it to destroy the wooden platforms with the spikes. There are two Redeads in this room as well as a treasure chest that contains a Blue Rupee. More importantly though, the Boss Chest is in this room – open it up to pick up the Boss Key. Exit back out to the landing area where the ship sunk.

Using Din’s Fire on the wooden spiked walls
Link approaching the Boss Key tresure chest

Look for the Bomb Flowers near the statue on the left side of the screen. Shoot an arrow using the Fairy Bow Icon Fairy Bow at the Bomb Flowers to cause them to explode which will cause the large statue of the bird to drop down across the chasm. Go through the locked door and into the next room.

Aiming the Fairy Bow at the Bomb Flowers near the statue
The statue dropping to create a bridge

The last room – you can see the Boss Door on the opposite side of the room. Equip the Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots and use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth to see where the hidden platforms are. There are a couple of different paths that you can take and it is not to difficult to make it across. Time for the next boss – jump onto hole to begin the fight.

Using the Lens of Truth to reach the boss door in the Shadow Temple
Walking across the platforms using the Hover Boots

Bongo Bongo
Phantom Shadow Beast

Equip your Hover Boots Icon Hover Boots to start things off. Bongo Bongo will slam the drum/floor with its hands causing you to bounce up and down. You have to dodge the hands as they attempt to attack you – they will slide forward, attempt to grab you, form a fist and try to punch you, and slam down on you. The hands rotate around the screen so make sure to keep them in view at all times so that you are not surprised by any attacks.

Link standing in the center of the boss battle area in the Shadow Temple
Phantom Shadow Beast Bongo Bongo title screen

Have your Fairy Bow Icon Fairy Bow ready and shoot arrows at the hands. The hand will turn blue and drop an item, such as a Magic Pot or arrows (both of which you need). Hit the other hand as quickly as you can after you hit the first and then use the Lens of Truth Icon Lens of Truth. Bongo Bongo’s body should be visible and its eye should now be open. Aim an arrow directly at Bongo Bongo’s eye to stun it allowing you to attack it with the Master Sword Icon Master Sword or the Biggoron’s Sword Icon Biggoron’s Sword. Swing as many times as you can in succession as you can get multiple hits in while it is stunned.

Aiming the Fairy Bow at Bongo Bongo’s eye
Hitting Bongo Bongo’s hands with the Fairy Bow

Good luck!

Pick up the Heart Container and then jump into the portal once you’ve defeated it. Impa will reveal herself as the Sage who guards the Shadow Temple. She will also provide Link with the Shadow Medallion Icon Medallion of Shadow.

Picking up the Heart Container after defeating Bongo Bongo
Meeting Impa in the Chamber of Sages

The next destination is a place that you have never been to – the Gerudo Fortress!