One of the most-hated Zelda dungeons

For those familiar with Yelp, the user review site for everything from restaurants to reupholstery, you’ll know the site often consists of scathing reviews on rather trivial aspects. The folks over at Smosh have created some parody Yelp-styled reviews of some notorious Zelda dungeons… and yes, the Water Temple is on the list.

However, you might be surprised to see the other six dungeons that made the cut, as well.  Read on to find out which dungeons got the worst “reviews.”

Forest Temple (Ocarina of Time)

Ocarina of Time

“Way to go Forest Temple, you lost a customer!  I was wandering around in this temple and just when I thought I found a small key it was actually a compass!!”

Sky Keep (Skyward Sword)

Skyward Sword

“Maybe I don’t WANT to use a hookshot and high fences to get around!  I leave the house SPECIFICALLY so I don’t have to hookshot around on high fences! (i live in a high-fenced, hookshot-based apartment building)”

Temple of the Ocean King (or, “That Temple you keep going back to in Phantom Hourglass) (Phantom Hourglass)

Phantom Hourglass

“This place was fun the first time we went, but then the more and more I went here, over and over again, I noticed how drab and boring it was!  On the plus side, I realized I was getting the same feeling here that I got from my marriage, so at least that is OVA!!!”

Snowhead Temple (Majora’s Mask)

Majora's Mask

“i swear 2 God this place doesn’t even realize how insensitive its being to non-Gorons!!!  I couldn’t even get in without punching ice for 2 hours!!!”

Water Temple (Ocarina of Time)

Ocarina of Time

“Everyone talks about how awful this place is, and even though I’ve literally never been here, I assume it’s the worst place in the world.  Whenever I walk by there are all these doors locked up so you need a small key to get in.  NOT a good first sign.”

Inside Jabu-Jabu’s Belly (Ocarina of Time)

Ocarina of Time

“This is the second worst whale stomach I’ve ever been inside of.”

Ice Palace (A Link to the Past)

A Link to the Past

“Um, excuse me?  Do you really think it’s okay to have a giant rotating ball of flames in the middle of the room?  Um, this isn’t Wendy’s.”

The classic hero

What do you think about this list?  Were these reviewers being unfair in their choices and comments, or are these truly the worst dungeons in the Zelda series?  Either way, they are definitely the worst reviewed, according to data on Yelp.

Which dungeons from the Zelda series are your most hated?

Source:  Smosh
  • Adam

    I’m the first person LOL

    I agree

    • OoTfan1225

      Cool,Wanna Cookie?JK

    • marioman63

      hey great job on being first. i dunno why people hate commenters that go first. personally i encourage them. i think everyone else is just jelous, which i guess is understandable.

  • Angelo Mota

    Most of them I agee, but I looove the Snowhead Temple in Majora's Mask.

  • Name

    Temple of the Ocean King was by far my least favorite.. I think I would also include the Great Bay Temple from Majora's Mask. That was a nasty one.. I've only played through it once. Whenever I try to play through Majora's Mask, I always somehow lose interest by the time I get to the Great Bay. The rest of the game is so amazing, I just wish I could bypass that part!

  • Name

    Oh and the Sky Temple from Twilight Princess! Mostly because I had the stomach flu at the time… Horrible memory association…

    • AzTno

      I remember it too 😀 not sure did I cheat to get past it.

  • FireBall

    Oh Ice Palace, you really deserve that review,

  • Anon

    Disagree greatly with Forest Temple and Sky Keep; both dungeons rocked. Oddly enough, they were considered by some to be the best in the series so there has got to be something wrong here. Cannot say the same for the Water Temple, which has over 240 votes to its reputation (that extra small key will continue to haunt me…).

  • Saria

    FOREST TEMPLE?! FOREST TEMPLE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! This is pure disgrace. That should not be on this list.

    • The Forest Temple is definitely one of my top five favorite dungeons from ANY Zelda game–I was surprised to see it on the list, too! 🙂

  • I LOVED All of the Oot ones, and the SS. I do agree about Ocean King temple.

  • 4n 0n 0h mu5

    the ONLY one of these that deserves to be on this list is the Temple of the ocean king.(cuz it WAS boring) this list was made by Zelda non-fans. 😛 the only problem with the original water temple was how you take your boots on and off on the subscreen, OoT 3D fixed that. Long Live Difficult Dungeons! that's the way they SHOULD be. Zelda has been too "accessible" as of late, I say every Zelda should have a master quest.(not just a hero's mode, but an actual MASTER QUEST, new dungeon designs AS WELL AS the double damage from enemys.)

    • wwtoonlinkfan

      Ian and Anthony of Smosh are known as Zelda fans. They have many Nintendo-themed merchandise, and in many of their videos, you can see Zelda-related items in the background. The list is just a joke by good fans of the series.

      • 4n 0n 0h mu5

        Hmm… not funny. ZU should have said if it was a joke because then you'd avoid a lot of the stuff i'm seeing in the coments below.

        • 4n 0n 0h mu5

          oh wait, they did, it DOES say "parody". my bad. everything else in my comment is still what i think though.

  • Laura

    First, anyone else notice that three of these dungeons are from OoT?

    Second, I can't quite understand why Inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly is on here, unless the reason it's on here is because you have to carry Ruto almost everywhere. That I would understand.

    • Trojanbeauty

      Personally I enjoyed throwing her at enemies and the odd switch! Great fun!

    • ijuin

      What sucked in Jabu-Jabu's Belly for me is that you are mostly helpless against the electrical enemies prior to getting the Boomerang because they are invulnerable to the sword and slingshot.

      • X_factor

        Deku seeds stun them making them vulnerable for a little bit.

  • Ocean King is probably my most hated out of all of these. The others were challenging, yes, but in a good way. I don't hate them for giving my brain a work out. The Ocean King was just obnoxious and boring to have to return to over and over again.

  • Sophia

    Am I the only one that actually enjoys the Water Temple? I mean, I don't see the difficulty at all, I surprisingly got through it relatively quickly without having to mess with the water levels often. Maybe it was luck? Who knows, but I actually really like the Water Temple



    • tool

      You're right, it's not that bad of a temple, it's just that people think it's funny to say it's the worst temple out there and say stuff like "it gives me nightmares!" or "this place is mayhem!" when it's just a game.

      The same way with Navi, shes NOT annoying at all. People like saying that for some reason because apparently it's funny too.

      You know who the annoying person is? people saying that the water temple/Navi are annoying. But it's something you gotta live with for being a Zelda fan. I just try to ignore it as much as I can.

  • Mikael

    Right on the money.

  • Lioness

    But the Forest Temple is <3s… Oh well, each to their own!

    Hahaha, may I assume the worst whale stomach you've been inside of was Clanker's from Banjo-Kazooie?

    • LinkofAges


      It must Lord Jabu Jabu's belly in Oracle of Ages





    • X_factor

      Lay off the caps, and give spell check a try, just saying.

      • Gerudude

        you have been reported

  • Parado

    Temple of the Ocean King was definitely the worst by far. I don't see why people hate the water temple so much, it's not bad. The only problem I ever had with it was that sometimes it made me feel slight claustrophobic.

    Also, I would've put the Wind Temple from The Wind Waker on there. That giant fan room in the middle was a nightmare to navigate, and I absolutely hated all the enemies that you could find in there.

  • Lucius Optimus

    Hated the Shadow Temple OoT, and Theives Town ALTTP.

  • I can't take the review seriously if it says this. "…even though I’ve literally never been here, I assume it’s the worst place in the world." How can you review something with out being there? Forest Temple is way too easy. My little brother has gotten to the Water Temple by himself on the 3ds at age 7.

    • That's just a funny quote from someone who reviewed it on the site. It was MEANT to make you not take it seriously–just for laughs.

  • Rakshael

    I've actually liked most of these. My personal hated Dungeon list would be:

    1. Temple of the Ocean King. Man, that one sucked. I stopped playing Phantom Hourglass because of that place.
    2. Skull Woods. I would do Theives' Town out of order, just so I'd have an extra Heart Container and the Tempered Sword to deal with this place. And Wallmasters, I curse your name forever.
    3. Swamp Palace (or whatever its called, I don't remember) from Majora's Mask. That dungeon was just poor, imo. The boss wasn't as impressive as he looked, I barely got hurt at all my first try, and that was from that swarm of bugs he called down.
    4. Oot Water Temple, for all the reasons most people hate it.

    I gotta say, that if Twilight Princess' City in the Sky had had half-decent music, it woulda have been in my top favorites, but its "music" ruined just about the whole experience for me.

  • TheMaverickk

    Interestingly enough I don't think they are the worst dungeons at all.

    They are simply the most challenging. Well all of them except one….

    Temple of the Ocean King is actually a horrible dungeon…. boring music, boring repetitive experience…. it's one dungeon I never care to play.

    The rest though are simply challenging and were probably frustrating in that respect.

  • The Sky Keep from SS actually became my favorite dungeon. All most other dungeons I walk right through after the first try, but this one made me think every time I went trough it (4 times).

    Also, you should never take anything from Smosh serious!

  • Lennholm

    What the heck is the Forest Temple doing on this list? It’s one of the best dungeons in the franchise. I also don’t understand why Inside Jabu-Jabu’s belly is there. It’s a decent dungeon and the concept of a dungeon in a whale belly alone was thrilling the first time.

    Ocean king I agree with completely, same thing over and over and the gameplay wasn’t even good.

    • GorCoronSumo

      It's Smosh, don't take it seriously.

  • Allie

    To be honest, I LIKE the water temple. And most on this list.
    I honestly don't understand why people hate the water temple so much. :/

    • falconfetus8

      Most people dislike it because of how cryptic it is to find the small keys. Particularly, there is this one key that's hidden in a cave at the bottom of the central tower.

      It's positioned JUST out of your field of view, and the only way to find it is to either look at a strategy guide or search every nook-and-cranny of the place.

      And let's not forget that song-of-time block that's hidden out-of-view behind the chest containing the longshot. Again, they only way you'd find it is by using a guide or by meticulously combing the room.

    • Henry

      The main problems were the backtracking and the way it lends itself toward getting lost.

  • Gerudude

    There is this one room in the water temple that I just can't get to. And having to change the water level all the time is pretty anoying too.
    Forest temple is one of my epic favourites actually.
    I disagree with most of these comments.

    • Ashmic

      the infamous block hidden by water level, EVERYONE got stumped on that i think they even changed it in the 3DS version

      • nayrugoddessofwisdom

        Yes. Exactly!

  • darklink

    Why is it that difficult=terrible? Ice Palace is one of my favorites in ALTTP, along with SK in SS, and Forest Temple in OoT. This is a ridiculous list.

  • NotTakeMirror

    Forest Temple seems one of the most liked temples. I'm not sure why it made the list. Most seem to like Sky Keep too. Personally I enjoyed Jabu-Jabu's belly but I can see why people dislike it. It's not a traditional dungeon and you have to carry the princess around.

    I'd add City in the Sky (TP) and Bottom of the Well (OoT to this list).

  • Guest

    Sky Keep was so innovative that for me it was the best dungeon in SS. The dungeons with timeshift puzzles were also great, but the Sky Keep was truly something new and challenging. Maybe they should look to other real-life games/puzzles that they can integrate into dungeons (Sky Keep resembling those handheld slider puzzles people play with)

  • Sanity's_Theif

    WTF how can anyone hate the Forest temple from OOT? The atmosphere was awesome, and despite it's annoyances I liked the Water Temple

    I agree with Sky Keep and Jabu Jabu though, haven't played any of the others on the list

    • ChainofTermina

      you……..haven't played Majora's Mask?……………….ok. I'm kinda surprised, but ok.

      • Sanity's_Theif

        Crap, my bad I didn't see Snowhead for some reason, I liked Snowhead

  • i luv gorons

    What!, Snowhead temple was my favourite temple in MM. Stone tower temple is properly the dungeon I have ever had to do, you finally go through it the right side up only to realise you need to go through it upside.down i mean what the heck temple designers. What made things worse was if you forgot a chest which meant you would need to go all the way back to the entrance just to put it the right way again.

  • Ashmic

    that damn water temple, scared the HELL out of me, any water level in any game, i have heart attacks

  • DFM Marlink

    How the heck did the Ice Palace from Zelda 3 make the list, but not Tower of Hera or Skull Woods? I've played through A Link to the Past literally hundreds of times since 1992 (I would beat the game in about four hours once I got really good at it, so it wasn't unusual for me to start a new game every day), and I *still* dread going for the third Pendant and the third Maiden! And that sentiment is shared by nearly everyone I know who played the game. No matter how good you are, there's always that niggling fear that Moldorm will knock you off the platform, or you'll get taken by surprise by the Wallmasters or Mothula.

  • ChainofTermina

    I agree, I did not care for that Sky Keep place. it tricks you; it starts with revealing that you can move the rooms around at your will and arrange the temple in any way you want, so you think "Awesome! I can control the layout of the rooms! this dungeon is gonna be a piece of cake! I should be done with this place in no time!"………………..I don't remember just how long it took me to beat that place, but I am pretty sure it was quite a few hours……

  • Ethan

    Skull Woods in LTTP. Not even hard, just annoying… hated falling down pits constantly and getting snatched by Wallmasters. Obnoxious dungeon. Not a huge fan of Sky Keep either, since if you leave, it re-re-arranges the layout… this happened to me right before I got the last Triforce piece and it made me quite upset.

  • LinkofAges

    Disagree with every single one. These are the probably best dungeons in each of their games and in the series as a whole. They test the player's skill and puzzle-solving abilities and are wonderfully unique. People who hate these are either impatient or aren't smart enough to appreciate the challege these dungeons pose to the player. I do understand however if you agree to this list not because you hate them but because you think all the others were better.

    • Larwaa


      • GorCoronSumo

        Don't ever take Smosh seriously.

  • that guy

    the stone tower temple from majora's mask should have been up here.

  • Ver

    They forgot the Lanayru Mining Facility and its HORRIBLE music… Made me want to rip my ears off my head…

  • Elyphaleth

    I still find by far more annoying the Fire Temple than the Water one.

  • carty

    sky keep was a real pain to move around but i didnt think it was that bad. i dont think that the forest temple or snowhead should be included, but the great bay temple should

  • nintenlover

    Where the heck? How is the Lake Bed Temple and The Great Bay Temple, From TP & MM, not on this list? I hate those stupid water dungeons *grumbles*

  • Lyrad Hylian

    everyone always bashes the water temple, and I think I know why.
    I personaly find the temple part a fun chalenge THAT MUST BE DONE IN ONE SITTING, that is where people start giving it the finger, cause you end up chasing your tail visiting places you already finished and the water is always the wrong hight. The boss is the only variable treat to me, and even that has a patern you can exploit.
    the forest temple same thing, best to be done all at once in a room where you can here the games effects to keep from getting raped by the wallcrawler and tossed outside like a common old asian prostitue.
    Sky keep kicked ass not only did you have to navigate some brick shit worthy rooms but you had to make sure you had the rooms lined up right.
    Jabu-Jabu, i am repeating myself, all in one sitting. There is only so much of that little braty ungrateful bitch you can take until after the seven years where you would enjoy finding out how a Hylian slams home a Zora(did anyone else get a boner looking at a fish tank for two weeks after seeing Princess Ruto grown up?)
    Snowhead I mostly agre. The center pillar thing got to me. (Two controllers were lost from anger.)
    but I am suprised Stone temple of Ikana valley isnt on here. If the upside down thing and the jackass cyclops wernt annoying enough, You had to constantly watch your magic gauge in the giants mask.
    but the Water temple in majora I actauly liked, but once again all at once.

  • Larwaa

    I don't get why everyone hates TotOK. The parts that you had to do several times got a bit boring, yes. But the whole thing was good. I guess it's because ever since SuperMario64 and OoT I get super excited every time I get to a new place inside of somewhere I've already been several times before.

  • Max

    I loved the temple of the ocean king!

  • HylianWarrior

    I personally loved Sky Keep. It was honestly one of the best temples I've ever played. through. Here's 3 reasons why: (SPOILER ALERT)

    1. It had the Triforce itself in it…
    2. You actually had to think outside the box to get through. It wasn't just black and white as temples go.
    3. It featured a temple style from every location in Skyward Sword.

    That being said, it was a pretty freakin' awesome temple.

  • Danyelle Greene

    sky keep was the best temple in skyward sword. for me……

  • Devoid

    I both loved and hated the Sky Keep,but not for the reason that they gave. I loved the slider-puzzle-esque dungeon design but i hated the constant state of room organization confusion you were in. "Okay I go to this room to change this tile, then I go to this room because I can't move that tile from that area…" oi…
    all that did was make my brain hurt.

  • I kind of liked the water temple too ! I dont know why everyone hates it so much

  • PeacefullyCrazy

    TP's City in the Sky.

  • Maniey

    Does nobody get the joke?
    Yelp is a website, which reviews restaurants. These reviews are written as if the temples were restaurants. It has nothing to do with the temple itself.
    I think the idea is quite funny and you can't take that as a serious game review!

    • bastian

      Yeah, I was wondering what was going on here. This is a parody piece making fun of Yelp reviews… not actual assessments of Zelda dungeons… You sillies!

  • Jhon Carlo Seletaria

    playing a zelda without a walkthrough: suicide!!! whahahahah

  • natekronos

    I agree with most of them, but I can't freaking get past the thing in front of the snowhead temple.

  • Everybody seems to hate OoT’s Watertemple… i think the dungeon was enjoyable…. but Jabu-Jabus belly is the most frutrating place i can image! Jeez – Link got a sword, he should cut his way through the flesh of this useless Fish! Yeah, i said FISH Jabu-jabu is not worth it to be a mammal!

  • AnotherSheikah

    I think The Great Bay Temple in MM was WAAAAAY worse than Snowhead Temple! Jabu-Jabu's belly deserved that, but Water Temple wasn't all that bad. And Forest Temple is actually one of my favourite dungeons ever!

  • Linksoer

    It's people like these that Zelda games have been getting easier. 🙁

  • ArkhamOfFear

    Sounds like somebody's a little butt hurt on some of the dungeons that were actually difficult… How can the Forest Temple be on here? It was amazing. TBH, all of these dungeons were good.

  • Hayroon

    No Bottom of the well from Ocarina of Time? Not knowing when I’m going to fall through the floor is worse than any water temple

  • 4jackh

    I hate the city in the sky I mean you would think that they would get rid of all those pesky dragons but nooooo. In fact a very large one destroyed my only passage to my room. Not only that but I had to go on a horrifying cannon trip just to get there! I never want to go there again! (Mostly because the cannon made me throw up.)

  • Robertdan

    The water temple isn’t that bad in the 3ds remake.