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Fire Temple (Ocarina of Time)

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For the dungeon in Spirit Tracks, see Fire Temple (Spirit Tracks).
Fire Temple
The entrance to the Temple
Location(s) Death Mountain Crater
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
Main Item Megaton Hammer
Gold Skulltula ×5
Mini-boss(es) Flare Dancer
Boss(es) Subterranean Lava Dragon: Volvagia
Quest Reward(s)Fire Medallion
Heart Container
Theme Music

The Fire Temple is the second dungeon that Link must face as an adult in Ocarina of Time. The dungeon’s main item is the Megaton Hammer and its boss is Volvagia.

Entrance to the Temple

The Fire Temple is located deep within the Death Mountain Crater and is only accessible to Link by use of the Goron Tunic, which is given to him by Darunia's son, Link, in the hopes that he will rescue the other Gorons.[1] Being in an active volcano, the Fire Temple is filled with many lava pits including the boss room. In the boss room is a giant rock platform where the battle takes place.

Themes and Navigation

The maze of the rolling rocks on the third floor

The Fire Temple is relatively linear; Link's progress in it is based on opening jails so that the imprisoned Gorons can be freed. When a Goron is released, he gives Link a clue or tip regarding the use of the so-called special crop,[2][3] although some offer other facts; Link also receives keys to open locked doors. Throughout the Temple, there are bridges and platforms over magma that must be crossed, as well as complex mazes (one of them consisting of fire walls). Once the Megaton Hammer is found, after defeating the mini-boss Flare Dancer, Link may use it to break obstacles or create new paths.[4]

The fire wall maze on the third floor

The dungeon as a whole is notable for having a nearly-symmetrical architecture: From floor three upwards, the interior of the temple is divided into two, although Link only needs to visit the western territory to succeed on his quest (in fact, the other portion can only be accessed from the third floor by using the "Scarecrow's Song"). It is believed that the upper rooms represent the interior of the twin volcanoes from Death Mountain Crater.[according to whom?]

The Temple is home to an ancient dragon, Volvagia, who is known to destroy entire villages and even eat creatures and humans.[5] Defeated by an ancient hero with the Megaton Hammer,[6] he was resurrected by the evil Ganon.[7] The only real defense against the dragon is the aforementioned Hammer, which Link can put in practice as soon as the dragon is hesitating in one of the fire holes placed in the battle arena's floor.

Master Quest

Compared to earlier dungeons, the Fire Temple is very tricky in the Master Quest version of Ocarina of Time. Honoring the name of the dungeon, the first rooms require Din's Fire to light several torches. The element of difficulty in this dungeon comes not from dangerous enemies (which are mostly absent), but from the wide range of tricky puzzles. Additionally, most make use of the Hookshot. Some invisible walls and time blocks are found in the dungeon. Also, some switches need the Spin Attack to be activated, including one that is hidden inside a crate and can't be seen. There are fewer Gorons than in the normal version as well. Most doors are blocked with iron bars, and the Big Key and Megaton Hammer come very early. New enemies include several Stalfos, Lizalfos (found in the boulder room) and even an Iron Knuckle.

Enemies and Traps


Original Fire Temple theme
  • In the original version of Ocarina of Time, the Fire Temple's music sampled a group of men chanting Islamic prayer.[note 1] This, like the original Gerudo Symbol, was removed from later versions of the game by Nintendo because of the religious association. These Islamic chants were replaced by a MIDI Synthesizer in later releases, ports, and the 3DS remake.
  • In the original Ocarina of Time, the first room of the Temple can be seen from the other side of the entrance tunnel. In Ocarina of Time 3D, the tunnel fades into darkness like most of the other dungeon entrances.
  • Despite it being strongly advised that Link purchase the Goron Tunic before entering the Fire Temple, the majority of rooms in it are not dangerously hot. In general, the only rooms where the heat will prove lethal to Link if he stays there long enough are the minority of rooms that contain large pools of magma. This includes the boss room, so it is necessary to kill Volvagia very quickly if Link does not have the Goron Tunic equipped.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 炎の神殿 (Honō no Shinden) Flame Temple
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Templo del Fuego Temple of Fire
French-speaking countries French Temple du Feu Temple of Fire
Canada FrenchCA Temple du feu Triforce piece.png Temple of fire
Federal Republic of Germany German Feuertempel Fire Temple
Italian Republic Italian Santuario del Fuoco Sanctuary of Fire


See Also


  1. The first part of the Arabic samples were deciphered as "Sal-Allahu-alayhi-wa-alik" which means "May God grant peace and honor him (Muhammad) and his family.", followed by "Dhul-Galali-wal-ikram," meaning "The Lord of Majesty and Generosity". The second part of Arabic samples was deciphered as the Basmala; meaning "In the name of God, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful", followed by the Takbir; literally meaning "God is Great".


  1. "Please help, Link! I'll give you this heat-resistant tunic!" — Link (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "I'll tell you a secret for saving me! In this temple, there are doors that fall down when you try to open them. When one of these doors starts to fall, move! If you use a sample of the Goron "special crop," you can break it..." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "Here's a tip for rescuing me! Somewhere in this temple, you're sure to meet up with some creatures that dance as they attack. Arrows won't hurt them! Looks like you might need some of the Goron "special crop!" That's all I have to tell you!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "I'll tell you a secret for saving me! A door is hidden inside the statue at the entrance to this temple. But, the Goron "special crop" won't work on it... Don't you have anything stronger?" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "A long time ago there was an evil dragon named Volvagia living in this mountain. That dragon was very scary! He ate Gorons!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "Using a huge hammer, the hero of the Gorons... BOOOM! Destroyed it just like that. This is a myth from long ago, but it's true!!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "Everybody was taken to the Fire Temple... While my dad was out... Ganondorf's followers came and took them all away! All of them will be eaten by Volvagia! Dad said that Ganondorf has revived Volvagia... As a warning to those who might oppose him, Ganondorf is going to feed them all to Volvagia! Dad went to the Fire Temple all by himself to try to save everyone..." — Link (Ocarina of Time)
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