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Cave of Ordeals

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Cave of Ordeals
TP Cave of Ordeals Entrance.png
The entrance to the Cave of Ordeals
Location(s) Gerudo Mesa
Game(s) Twilight Princess
Main Item Great Fairy's Tears

The Cave of Ordeals is an optional dungeon in Twilight Princess.[1]

Themes and Navigation

A floor inside the Cave of Ordeals

The cave is located below the Gerudo Mesa, and can be accessed any time after restoring the Bridge of Eldin, as warping it back to its original location will reveal the entrance. The dungeon contains a total of fifty floors. However, to make it into the deeper floors, Link will need weapons and items from further along in the game. Within the cave, Link has to fight his way through hordes of enemies, and only by defeating each enemy within that room will he be able to progress to the next floor.

After every ten floors, there is a Fountain in which the Great Fairy appears and grants the power of Fairies at each Spirit Spring.[2] On the last floor, the Great Fairy will reward the young hero with a Bottle full of Great Fairy's Tears.[3] Upon reaching the final floor, the Great Fairy will also give Link unlimited Great Fairy's Tears at the Spirit Springs, but only when he does not already have some in a Bottle.[4]

In addition to ordinary enemies, Link can also find three Poes in total on certain floors. Once they are defeated, the Poes will no longer appear on their respective floors.

Minor Enemies

Floor Content(s)
1 Bokoblin
2 Rats
3 Baba Serpents
4 Skulltulas
5 Bulblin Archers
6 Torch Slugs
7 Dodongos
Fire Keese
8 Blue Tektites
Red Tektites
9 Bulblin Archers
10 Great Fairy
11 Helmasaurs
13× Rats
12 Large Purple Chu
13 Chu Worms
14 15× Bubbles
15 10× Bulblins
16 Rats
17 Imp Poe
10× Stalhounds
18 Leevers
19 Yellow Chu
Red Chu
Blue Chus
36× Purple Chus
20 Great Fairy
21 Bokoblins
Ice Keese
22 Keese
10× Ghoul Rats
23 25× Stalchild
24 Gibdos
25 Bulblin Archers
26 Stalfos
27 Skulltulas
28 Lizalfos
29 Stalfos
Fire Bubbles
12× Stalchild
30 Great Fairy
31 Beamos
32 Dodongos
Torch Slugs
Fire Keese
Fire Bubbles
33 Imp Poe
34 10× Ghoul Rats
Yellow Chu
Red Chu
Purple Chus
35 Freezard
Ice Keese
36 Chilfos
37 Leevers
Ice Bubbles
38 Freezards
Ice Bubbles
Ice Keese
39 Darknuts
40 Great Fairy
41 Armos
42 Baba Serpents
43 Lizalfos
Bulblin Archers
44 Imp Poe
45 Bulblin Archers
Blue Chu
Red Chus
Purple Chus
46 Freezards
10× Ghoul Rats
47 Bokoblin
17× Rats
48 Darknut
49 Darknuts
50 Great Fairy


  • Reaching the 10th Floor releases Fairies into Ordon Spring.
  • Reaching the 20th Floor releases Fairies into Faron Spring.
  • Reaching the 30th Floor releases Fairies into Eldin Spring.
  • Reaching the 40th Floor releases Fairies into the Spring of the Spirit Lanayru.
  • Reaching the 50th Floor fills a Bottle with Great Fairy's Tears.[3] It also allows Link to collect more Tears by revisiting any of the Spirit Springs, so long as he does not already have some in a Bottle.[4] However, he can fill another Bottle each time he completes the cave, for a maximum of four Bottles of Fairy's Tears.[verification needed]


  • The Cave of Ordeals plays the same role as the Savage Labyrinth from The Wind Waker; the difference being that the Cave of Ordeals requires the main items from the Lakebed Temple, Arbiter's Grounds, Snowpeak Ruins, the Temple of Time, and the City in the Sky in order to explore all of the floors and fully clear it. Another difference is that the Cave of Ordeals is completely optional, while the first 31 rooms of the Savage Labyrinth must be completed in order to progress in the game.
  • The second time completing the Cave, on the last ledge before the Great Fairy, the Postman can be found squatting down trying to read a letter.
  • The Cave can be exited anytime between floors 1 and 41 if Link brings Ooccoo Jr. This is not possible on floors 42 - 50, which require the Double Clawshots to access, because Ooccoo warps the young hero to the Shop, and the dungeon cannot truly be exited with Ooccoo Jr. in the inventory.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 試練の洞窟 (Shiren no Dōkutsu) Cave of Trials
French Republic FrenchEU Caverne de l'ordalie Cavern of the ordeal
Federal Republic of Germany German Drillhöhle Drill Cave
Italian Republic Italian Grotta della prova Cave of the trial
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Caverna de las Pruebas Cavern of Trials

See Also

Cave of Ordeals guide at StrategyWiki Favicon.png StrategyWiki


  1. "Twilight Princes
    The Great Fairy is found in the Cave of Ordeals and reigns over all fairies as their queen."
     (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 23(TP))
  2. "Welcome, Hero, to the Cave of Ordeals. I am the Great Fairy. I reign over all fairies of this realm as their queen. In praise of your efforts thus far, I will release fairies to Ordon Spring." — Great Fairy (Twilight Princess)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "It is impressive that you have made it this far. Your trust in your skills is your greatest asset. You cleared many ordeals... How impressive. In praise of your courage, I will give you this blessing. Drink this and you should be able to clear any difficulties that you might encounter ahead." — Great Fairy (Twilight Princess)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "If ever you need my assistance again, visit any spring." — Great Fairy (Twilight Princess)
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