Top 5 Legend of Zelda Dungeons
In any Legend of Zelda game, you spend a significant amount of time traveling through dungeons filled with enemies to defeat and puzzles to solve. Some are infamous for being bad or frustrating, but others are fantastic and fun.
Let’s take a look at some of the best Legend of Zelda dungeons.
5. Arbiter’s Grounds (Twilight Princess)
The creepy prison known as the Arbiter’s Grounds is a unique Zelda dungeon, and one that includes two distinct parts. First you play in wolf form to track down the Poes and defeat them, and then you move into the dungeon’s second part. Even there, it remains unique, as you use a new item called the Spinner to travel across the dungeon’s metal rails. The Spinner was a fun item to use, and it’s a shame it has yet to return in the series.
4. Tower of Spirits (Spirit Tracks)
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is a controversial entry in the series, but the Tower of Spirits is a fantastic dungeon. It is central to the game’s design, as you need to progress through it to unlock new areas in the world. What makes it most interesting, however, is that Link and Zelda must work together to solve the tower’s puzzles. Phantoms roam the dungeon, and Zelda can possess one to walk safely among them and help Link through the tower. It’s an interesting twist, and one that makes the Tower of Spirits stand out.
3. Sky Keep (Skyward Sword)
Say what you will about Skyward Sword, Sky Keep stands out as one of the coolest Legend of Zelda dungeons to date. The themes of the previous dungeons are all revisited, and while that could seem repetitive, Sky Keep makes up for it by making the entire dungeon a puzzle. By moving the pieces of a sliding puzzle, you change the layout of the dungeon itself to gain access to the other areas.
And while we’re on the topic of changing the dungeon’s layout…
2. Eagle’s Tower (Link’s Awakening)
Eagle’s Tower doesn’t give you a puzzle to solve to rearrange the dungeon, but instead, you have to destroy part of it. That’s right, you need to destroy part of the dungeon. Four large pillars support the upper part of the dungeon, and you must work your way through puzzles to reach each one with a large iron ball and destroy them. Once you destroy all four, the top floor collapses. This permanently changes the layout of the dungeon and gives you access to new areas.
1. Forest Temple (Ocarina of Time)
The Forest Temple in Ocarina of Time, the first dungeon you go through as Adult Link, is a fan-favorite for many reasons, especially its atmosphere. It is a creepy dungeon with haunting music, Wallmasters, and an interesting hub-based structure that makes you hunt down four Poes in order to progress. It’s larger than previous Ocarina of Time dungeons, it contains new enemies, and it’s full of new ideas. Add in one of the most memorable Legend of Zelda boss fights, Phantom Ganon, and the Forest Temple takes our top spot for the best Legend of Zelda dungeon.
Out of all of the Legend of Zelda dungeons, these are only a few we picked out as the best. What are your favorite dungeons in the Legend of Zelda series? What do you think Breath of the Wild’s dungeons will be like?