Twilight Princess Walkthrough – Cave of Ordeals

This chapter covers the normal mode of the HD version of Twilight Princess for the Nintendo Wii U. If you are playing on the Nintendo Wii, check out the Cave of Ordeals – Wii Version.

21.1 50 Floors of Enemies

Now that we have collected every single item within the game, we can collect some of the last remaining collectables to gear ourselves for the final dungeon. Speak with Midna and warp to the Gerudo Mesa. The Cave of Ordeals is right next to the warp point. Run down the steps to enter the dungeon.

The Cave of Ordeals is a completely optional quest but it is necessary in order to fully complete the game, and specifically to collect the final three Poe Souls.

The Cave of Ordeals consists of fifty floors which increase in difficulty greatly as you progress. They really do start off really easy and then get ridiculously hard. I highly suggest that you have four bottles filled with potion, have a good amount of bombs and arrows, already have the magic armor, and have nearly full rupees. Every 10th floor that you reach, Link will find a Great Fairy. Speaking with her will release fairies to various portions of Hyrule. Every 10th floor you will also need an item to progress. Since we have all the items, this is not a problem.

Rather than give in-depth strategy on how to defeat every enemy on every floor, I will just be giving a listing of which enemies appear on which floor. There are no new enemies in the Cave of Ordeals that we have not seen outside of the Cave, so there are no surprises. Run forward and drop down to what is the first floor of the Cave of Ordeals.

The Cave of Ordeals
Level Enemies
01 Bokoblin x1
02 Keese x3, Rats x3
03 Baba Serpent x4
04 Skulltula x3
05 Bulblin Archer x3
06 Fire Slug x9
07 Fire Keese x5, Dodongo x2
08 Tektite x6
09 Bulblin Archer x2, Lizalfos x2
10 Surprised Link Stamp, Great Fairy #1 (Releases Fairies to the Ordon Spring)(Spinner Needed)
11 Helmasaur x3, Rat x15
12 Large Purple Chu x1
13 Chu Worm x4
14 Bubble x15
15 Bulblin x10
16 Keese x8, Rat x8
17 Stalhound x10, Poe Soul x1
18 Leever x10
19 Purple Chu (They will combine)
20 Angry Zelda Stamp, Great Fairy #2 (Releases Fairies to the Faron Spring)(Ball & Chain Needed)
21 Bokoblin x5, Ice Keese x5
22 Keese x5, Rat x10, Ghoul Rat x10
23 Mini-Stalfos x30
24 ReDead x5
25 Bulblin x10, Bulblin Archer x3
26 Stalfos x3
27 Bubble x6, Skulltula x3
28 Lizalfos x2, Bokoblin x6
29 Fire Bubble x4, Stalfos x2, Mini-Stalfos x15
30 Happy Midna Stamp, Great Fairy #3 (Releases Fairies to the Eldin Spring)(Dominion Rod Needed)
31 Beamos Statue x5, Keese x8
32 Fire Slug x6, Fire Keese x6, Dodongo x2, Fire Bubble x6
33 ReDead x4, Poe Soul x1
34 Ghoul Rat x10, Purple Chu (They will combine)
35 Ice Keese x6, Freezard x1
36 Chilfos x4
37 Ice Bubble x8, Leever x10
38 Ice Bubble x3, Ice Keese x3, Chilfos x4, Freezard x2
39 Darknut x2
40 Heart Container Stamp, Great Fairy #4 (Releases Fairies to the Lanayru Spring)(Double Clawshot Needed)
41 Armos Knight x9
42 Bokoblin x6, Baba Serpent x6
43 Lizalfos x3, Bulblin Archer x6
44 Dynalfos x4, Poe Soul x1
45 Bulblin Archer x2, ReDead x5, Purple Chu (They will combine)
46 Chilfos x3, Freezard x2, Ghoul Rat x10
47 Bokoblin x1, Mini-Stalfos x10, Rat x10
48 Darknut x1, Aeralfos x2
49 Darknut x3 (x4 if played through a 2nd time), (Obtain Fairy Stamp)
50 Great Fairy #5

As your reward for reaching the 50th floor, the Great Fairy will give you the Great Fairy’s Tears. Once completed the Cave of Ordeals you will appear at the Lanayru Spring. Walk up to the fairies and use any empty bottle to catch fairies.

21.2 Cave of Shadows

The Cave of Shadows is a dungeon exclusive to Twilight Princess HD. The dungeon can be accessed by using the Wolf Link amiibo on the Collection screen. The dungeon features 40 floors and must be completed as Wolf Link, as Link cannot revert to human form while inside it.

The dungeon is split into three sections; the first with five floors, the second with 15, and the third with 20. After each section is a floor with a treasure chest containing rupees. Link must then leave and re-enter the dungeon to access the next section. As floors cannot be skipped, the dungeon must be traversed three times to reach the end.

You are not required to reach the end of the game in order to play through the Cave of Shadows. The first section can actually be accessed after restoring light to Faron Province. Similarly, the second section can be accessed after watching Ganondorf’s execution after Arbiter’s Grounds, and the third section after obtaining the upgraded Master Sword during the Palace of Twilight.

Upon completing a section of the Cave of Shadows the game will present a score based on the amount of Hearts preserved, highest combo, time taken, and which amiibo were used while completing the cave. The Wolf Link amiibo can be used to save the number of hearts preserved on the last attempt and then be scanned again while inside the cave to replenish Link’s health to that amount.

If Link clears the final floor with the Giant Wallet in his possession, he will obtain the Colossal Wallet, which can hold up to 9,999 Rupees. If you have been following the walkthrough thus far, you should have the Giant Wallet and will obtain the largest wallet. If not, you will receive the Giant Wallet instead and then obtain the Colossal Wallet during Agitha’s Bug sidequest.

Much like the Cave of Ordeals, we will not be providing an in-depth walkthrough of each floor. However, listed below is each and floor, the number of each enemy on the floor, and the prize obtained on a floor if one is available. The Cave of Shadows is considered to be more difficult than the previous Cave of Ordeals, so good luck!

The Cave of Shadows
Level Enemies
01 Shadow Beasts x3
02 Shadow Beasts x4
03 Shadow Babas x3, Shadow Vermin x4
04 Shadow Keese x4, Shadow Vermin x4
05 Shadow Beasts x4, Shadow Vermin x4
06 Features: Red Rupee (Treasure Chest), Exit
07 Blue Bokoblins x4
08 Keese x8
09 Baba Serpents x6
10 Helmasaurs x4
11 Torch Slugs x9
12 Tektites x6
13 Bulblin Archers x3
14 Dodongos x3
15 Chus
16 Ghoul Rats
17 Bubbles x15
18 Stalkin
19 Poison Mites, Redead Knights x2
20 Features: Purple Rupee (Treasure Chest), Exit
21 Deku Babas x5, Skulltulas x3
22 Ghoul Rats, Helmasaurs x3
23 Armos x4, Lizalfos x2, Bokoblin x6
24 Deku Babas x8, ReDead Knights x4
25 Dodongos x2, Fire Keese x6, Torch Slugs x14
26 Blue Bokoblins x5, Ghoul Rats x10, Keese x5
27 Bulblin Archers x2, ReDead Knights x3
28 Ice Keese x6, White Wolfos x8
29 Chus x12, Ghoul Rats
30 Chilfos x2, Ice Keese x6, Mini-Freezards x4
31 Armos x4, Baby Gohma x10, Keese x6, Rats x9
32 Blue Bokoblins x2, Dynalfos x1, Lizalfos x1
33 Chilfos x2, Mini-Freezards x4, Ice Keese x8
34 Dynalfos x1, Lizalfos x3, Chus
35 Helmasaurus x2, Keese x8, Deku Babas x5
36 Shadow Bulblin Archers x2, Shadow Bulblin x6
37 Shadow Keese x5, Zant Masks x4
38 Bokoblins x4, Bulblin Archers x3
39 First Phase: Baba Serpents x4, Dodongos x2
Second Phase: Fire Bubbles x2, Ice Bubbles x2, Stalkin
Third Phase: Zant Masks x3
Fourth Phase (Southeast Switch): Dynalfos x1, Helmasaurs x2, Keese x4
Fourth Phase (Southwest Switch): Dynalfos x2, Lizalfos x1
Fourth Phase (Northeast Switch): Bokoblins x3, Bulblins x2
Fourth Phase (Northwest Switch): Baby Gohmas x6, Skulltulas x2
40 Rewards: Colossal Wallet, Silver Rupee, Orange Rupee (located in secret dig spot on head of Wolf Link statue)

After reaching the 40th floor you will be met by a Great Fairy who will give you the Colossal Wallet. After doing so, she will open the nearby door leading to the exit room. Upon entering you will immediately find a warp portal and a chest containing a silver rupee.

More impressively, you will find a large statue of Wolf Link and Midna. If you climb the stairs and stand it front of it, you can have Wolf Link walk onto each of the three tiles to get a better view of the statue. When standing on the bottom left tile, an icon for Midna will appear, suggesting she has something to mention. Press the L button and Midna will move to the top of the statue; jump up there with her. Use your senses to find a dig spot that will contain an orange rupee.

Once you have finished everything you’d like to do in this room, walk back to the room entrance and talk to Midna to leave the dungeon.

21.3 Soul of Jovani

With our new found fairies in the bottle, talk to Midna and warp to Castle Town. Run into town as wolf Link and go to the south portion of Castle Town. Go to Jovani’s house and dig in through the hole in the ground. Walk up to him and speak with him. With all 60 Poe souls collected, Jovani will return to his normal self. Jovani award you with a Silver rupee, which is worth 200 rupees. From this point on whenever you speak with Jovani, he will give Link 200 more rupees. (It hardly seems worth it)

Leave Jovani’s House and transform back into human Link. Run over to Telma’s Bar and you will find Jovani crying at one of the tables. Speak with him and he will tell you that his girlfriend starting dating someone else after he disappeared.

Head back over to Jovani’s House and speak to Gengle. After a short conversation, the cat will give you another silver rupee. In addition, Gengle will give you the Rupee Miiverse Stamp.

Run to the north part of town and you’ll see a cut-scene of Hyrule Castle. Midna will use the Fused Shadows fly and hit the walls repeatedly with it. A seemingly giant Midna will then awaken and use her power to destroy the Twilight that surrounds Hyrule Castle. The next we see, it begins to rain and Link is holding Midna in front of Hyrule Castle with the Twilight now gone.

Walk forward and push the door open to enter Hyrule Castle.

  • EpikHawtDawg

    On every floor, after you defeat the enemies, check around with wolf link’s senses to find dig spots. They usually have hearts or highly valuable rupees

  • Halt

    Looking back, I just realized that I died on the 49th floor.
    Then again, I had like 14 hearts, 2 fairies, the Tears, and that was it (apart from the items). Still, it’s pretty annoying to realize that I was so close, then BAM! 3 darknuts. I mean honestly, you can’t use anything against them because the moment you try, you are vulnerable and the other two will smash you.
    I can’t even imagine taking on 4 in that confined space…

  • Felipe M.

    My god, 50 floors. Well, I’ll have to see about doing that if I want to truly complete the game.

  • Samantha Svensson

    As EpikHawtDawg mentioned, Some floors have dig spots for Wolf Link. This is what I found;
    03- 1x Heart
    14- 1x Orange Rupee
    23- 3x Hearts
    34- 1x Heart
    39- 1x Silver Rupee
    This is what I got out of my first play through on the Wii U version. I’m curious to know if the dig spots are all the same or if they vary.

  • Matthew Thomure

    I didn’t keep track of the levels, but I know I got 3 hearts twice, 1 heart a few times, and a silver rupee. However, I didn’t think to look until after the first or second poe…probably the first. Saw the dig spot when fighting the poe.

  • Kirsten Mann

    I am missing 2 poe souls and it is really irritating. Missing one in the desert and one in faron woods, please help! I almost got through the cave of ordeals, those darknuts got me, so yeah and one in faron province. I got the ones from the desert in the beginning and in the dungeon for the mirror. The 4 by the beginning of said dungeon.. what did I do wrong? I’m checking the faron woods now to make sure I got them all but damn

  • Kirsten Mann

    So I found the one in faron woods, now just missing the one in the desert x.x

  • Kalimari

    Well now I feel like I have to brag… on the two last floors I ran out of fairies and soup and stuff, and I only have 9 hearts, and I beat it. So that’s cool.

  • Halt

    Ha-HAH! With the release of TPHD, I took on the Cave with Hero Mode on, which means the few recovery hearts it gives you don’t appear and I take double damage. And I beat it with a fairy to spare. And I still didn’t have all of my hearts. How did I manage this amazing feat you ask??? WITH THE HELP OF MALO MART!

    srsly though valve pls nerf magic armur tuu opeh

  • Halt

    The light from the poes really shows up in the desert. There is one near the Cave’s entrance, but you probably got that.
    On another note, if you go back into the Cave, use the Magic armour. It really shines there, especially when you have the enemies that drop all the money and the dig spots to get hundreds of rupees at a time.

  • Kirsten Mann

    Thank you for responding! I am using the poe lantern and it’s somewhere in the cave of ordeals lol. I haven’t had a chance to go through it all again so o let you know when I get it c:

  • Angus

    On the last screen after you beat the darknuts if after speaking to postie you return back through the door you then enter a battle with 2 aeralfos – does anybody know how many times this repeats and if you get another prize for beating them?

  • DJRedders

    18 – 1x Heart
    22 – 3x Heart (might be the one you said was 23)
    27 – 1x Heart

    These are other ones I managed to find before dying at 45 (well, I opened it up… I was killed by the archer before I even got in there…)

  • Thortok

    20.1 (Optional)

    The cave of ordeals works almost exactly the same as in the walkthrough above, just with stamps on some floors. Every 10th floor you can get the option to leave if you don’t have the item necessary to continue. If you leave though, you have to start over when you come back, which is why we waited until now so we can do it all in one go. I didn’t feel like mentioning them all. =P

    Don’t forget the Magic Armor, it’s probably the most useful thing to use in here, especially at later levels. After clearing each room double-check with wolf link to see if there’s dig spots, might get some recovery hearts or more rupees for the armor. Most floors don’t have a dig spot and the ones that do only have one.

    If you feel like you run out of money using the Magic Armor, check out section 20.3 for the last wallet upgrade, which requires the Wolf Link Amiibo.

    10th Floor – Surprised Link stamp from chest, release fairies to Ordon Spring. Spinner required to continue.
    14th Floor – Dig spot with 100 rupees.
    17th Floor – Poe # 58.
    20th Floor – Angry Zelda stamp from chest, release fairies to Faron Spring. Ball and Chain required to continue.
    22nd Floor – Don’t forget to Wolf Link senses to defeat ghoul rats. Dig spot here with 3 hearts.
    24th Floor – For the ReDeads, don’t forget you’ve got Magic Armor whenever you want it. Also, ReDeads are about the only enemy in the game that I find the Mortal Draw technique effective. (No Z-target, sword in its sheath, and press A when close, or spam A when it freezes you.)
    26th Floor – Ball and Chain for a quick win (remember this for Stalfos as I won’t mention it again).
    30th Floor – Happy Midna stamp from chest, release fairies to Eldin Spring. Working Dominion Rod needed to continue.
    31st Floor – After killing enemies, move owl statues off their switches to continue.
    33rd Floor – Definitely recommend Magic Armor again, and then Poe #59.
    34th Floor – More ghost rats, Wolf Link senses, and a dig spot with 1 heart.
    38th Floor – It’s around here that I recommend to start using Magic Armor much more often.
    39th Floor – When fighting multiple Darknuts, it’s recommended to focus on one at a time to reduce their numbers and allow for better maneuvering. Magic Armor is useful. Explanation of how to fight one is miniboss of chapter 17. Dig spot afterwards for 200 rupees.
    40th Floor – Heart Container stamp from chest, release fairies to Lanayru Spring. Double Clawshots required to continue.
    44th Floor – The Final Poe #60.
    49th and a half floor: Fairy Stamp in a chest.

    If you don’t have an empty bottle at this point there’s pretty much no reward and you get teleported out, so if you want some great fairy’s tears, make sure to have an empty bottle before you talk to the fairy on the 50th floor. =P


    Return to Jovani’s house (in Castle Town) as a wolf to get your reward for the 60 poes, which is 200 rupees.

    However, enter Telma’s Bar as a human and you’ll find him weeping at a table. Talk to him to get his story. While Link can help you if you get turned into a gold statue with a cat on your head, he can’t really help with affairs of the heart, so leave him to his fate.

    Finally, return to Jovani’s house one more time as a wolf and talk to the cat inside. You’ll get another 200 rupees, as well as the rupee stamp. This cat will give you 200 rupees forever, however you have to leave Castle Town first before he’ll give you another. If you’re patient enough, you can fill your wallet completely, which would be useful if we ever had a need to use Magic Armor ever again.

    21.3 (Wolf Link Amiibo required, otherwise skip to next chapter)

    Speaking of money, it’s finally time to mention the amiibo. If you have the Wolf Link Amiibo, you can play a mini dungeon very similar to the Cave of Ordeals that we just did, except the entire thing must be done as Wolf Link.

    While we could have done this earlier (at least the first couple steps), we can now finally get a reward out of it, which is a wallet upgrade. At this point you should already have the upgrades from turning in bugs, so this will upgrade the wallet to 9999 rupees. Otherwise, you get the next wallet upgrade Agitha would have given and she’ll give the 9999 wallet when you turn in the last bug.

    From the collection screen, tap the amiibo to enter the Cave of Shadows (you’ll be prompted to save your game, and may be prompted to register the amiibo if you haven’t already).

    The annoying thing is that you have to go in multiple times in order to get the reward. So even if you’ve waited until this point in the game to go in, you still have to leave and start over twice.

    The first time you go in is unlocked after chapter 3, and only goes 5 levels deep.
    Further levels are unlocked after the cutscene at the beginning of chapter 14, and go 15 additional levels for a total of 20.
    Finally the next section was unlocked in the middle of last chapter (when you infuse the sword with light) and adds 20 more levels for a total of 40.

    So all in all you’ll be doing 65 levels total. And that’s if you don’t die two levels from the end on your first try like I did. -.-

    After you’ve run it once (that 5 levels), your best record of hearts is saved to the amiibo. While running the 2nd or 3rd time (or any time thereafter), you can tap the amiibo while looking at the collection screen to heal up to whatever your record was. (So if your record was 19 hearts, and you have 15 hearts left, healing would kind of be a waste. Wait until you have only 1 left.) You can do this once per run and it will show in your stats at the end on what level you used the wolf link amiibo. (Ganondorf and Zelda amiibos can be used as well if you own those, and again the stats will show if they were used.)

    Wolf Link doesn’t have a lot of moves available compared to Human Link so the amount they can throw at you is similarly limited, and most of these levels are quite easy. I don’t feel like it’s worth a breakdown to spell out the levels in store for you but as always if you have questions just reply and I’ll answer them and update this walkthrough.

    On my 2nd try I got through with 1 heart left after healing on level 34. I hope you have better luck than me. =P

    When you get to the end, there’s a chest with 200 rupees and a hidden digspot with more rupees, see if you can find it. =P

    The final thing to note is that after having cleared all 40 levels, try to have as many hearts remaining as possible. Assuming you get the next Zelda, Breath of Wind, you will actually be able to summon Wolf Link into the game as a companion, and he will have as many hearts’ worth of health as you did when you finished the 40-level version. This sounds like it’ll be really cool and definitely more worth it than the wallet upgrade.

    After having played through it though and saw how much damage is really hard to avoid…..good luck with that. Maybe when the next game gets closer to coming out I’ll try for a higher score, until then, sheesh.

    Anyway, good luck and have fun, and we’ll see you in the next chapter!

  • Matt Knab

    i did the this on hero mode, cave of shadows + hero mode = suicide the cave of ordeals i never had a problem with but the cave of shadows is near impossible on some rooms took me 7 attempts a 12 pack of corse light and a lot of pain

  • redjarman

    It’s Breath of the Wild, not Breath of Wind

  • Thortok

    Eh, I wasn’t too far off. Corrected, though.

  • edimshuffling

    The difficulty is so that you don’t start breath of the wild with a 20 hearted wolf companion because that would make it way too easy. There is a reason why you can only summon it once every 24 hours.

  • LordNosehair

    No random Crits

    Perfectly balanced

  • MultiCole

    I think there is a issue with the guide. When you start the Cave of Ordeals you have 41 stamps and when you exit you should of gain five. Curious where the stamp is that you guys didn’t include. Thanks

  • Gabriel Olivieri

    That’s right… I’m not finding it on the guide too =P

  • Josh

    You are correct; I added one too many in the Cave of Ordeals and didn’t include the Sad Zelda stamp in Hyrule Castle. Should be good now.

  • cindy brink

    level 22 you can dig up 3 hearts and somewhere before that 1 yellow rupee

  • randy191993

    If you have the colossal wallet then getting 200 for each time talking to him is quiet good. Let’s you rack up to full, so you can use the Magic Armor.

  • Logan Keifling

    The cave of ordeals was basically:

    Floors 1-30: Easy
    30-40: Challenging, but doable
    40-47: Hard
    48: Really Hard
    49: rip

  • Rowan

    A note about the Zelda amiibos: I have a Zelda, a Sheik, and the Wind Waker Zelda. All of those count, so in theory you can get 4 whole heals in one go. If you leave it to idle til the clock rolls over, the timer on the amiibos will reset and you can use the Zeldas again in the same run. If you get REALLY stuck, this is an effective way of healing up in the Cave of Shadows.