Sealed Temple

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Sealed Temple

The Sealed Temple, formerly known as the Temple of Hylia,[1] is a location in Skyward Sword. Found in the Sealed Grounds, it is the resting place of the second and final[2] Gate of Time and the home of an old Sheikah woman.


Spoiler Alert! This section describes a subject that is sensitive to plot development.

First Arrival

After Link arrives at the Sealed Grounds during his first time on the Surface, he must use a Skyward Strike on the sealing spike at the base of the Sealed Grounds in order to remove the lock, which guards the entrance to the temple. Inside, he meets the old woman, who tells him about the destiny involving Zelda and him and where to find her.[3] In the corner of the room, there is a Treasure Chest that contains a Bottle filled with Revitalizing Potion.

Gate of Time

When Zelda disappears into the gate at the Temple of Time and gives Link her harp,[4] Link returns to the Sealed Temple to consult the old woman. Once he defeats The Imprisoned outside of the temple, she teaches him the Ballad of the Goddess and the Gate of Time appears in the center of the temple. Link must then collect the Sacred Flames to empower the Goddess Sword, which in turn causes it to transform into the Master Sword.[5][6] Using the new found powers of the Master Sword, Link awakens the Gate of Time with a Skyward Strike and enters the world of the past.[7]

Zelda sealed inside the temple

The Past

With the Master Sword in hand, Link opens the Gate of Time and goes into the past, where it is now known as the Temple of Hylia. There, he talks to Zelda,[8] who blesses his sword to make it the True Master Sword and then seals herself in the back room.

Song of the Hero

During Link's quest to locate the Song of the Hero parts, he returns to the Sealed Temple with a Life Tree Seedling. He can plant it in the past after going through the Gate of Time, and then return to the future to obtain the Life Tree Fruit. The fruit revives Lanayru,[9] therefore providing him the ability to sing his part of the song.[10]

Final Battles

Once Link obtains the Triforce in Sky Keep, the Statue of the Goddess falls to the Sealed Grounds and destroys Demise. Zelda finally awakens and is reunited with Link, but then Ghirahim appears and takes her through the Gate of Time. Link must defeat Ghirahim and Demise in the past in order to save Zelda.[11]


  1. "This is the Temple of Hylia, though it will come to be known as the Sealed Temple sometime in the future. You stand in the past, ages before your own time. Here the goddess, Hylia, has only just sealed away Demise... And little time has passed since the goddess sent the outcropping of rock into the sky that would one day become Skyloft." — Impa, Skyward Sword.
  2. "The great slab standing before you is known as a Gate of Time. It is the last of its kind in existence... The only portal binding our world to the one where Zelda now resides." — Impa, Skyward Sword.
  3. "To begin your search for Zelda, you descended to the surface, where you met a mysterious old woman who spoke of the destiny invoking you and Zelda. Shortly thereafter, you made your way to Faron Woods and learned from the Kikwis that Zelda entered a temple in the area." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  4. "In order to accomplish her own mission, Zelda entrusted her harp to you and fled through a Gate of Time. A second Gate of Time exists, but in order to activate it, you will need to enhance your sword." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  5. "Master, now that it has been tempered by the last of the sacred flames, your blade has finally revealed its true form. You now hold the Master Sword." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  6. "Your sword has transformed into the Master Sword. With this sword, you can now activate the Gate of Time and go to Zelda, who waits beyond the gate. As you attempted to open the gate, the giant monster that you previously defeated broke free of its prison, forcing you to beat it back once more." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  7. "With this sword's great power, you can awaken the Gate of Time within the Sealed Temple. I recommend you make your way to this location." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  8. "After passing through the Gate of Time, you have at last reunited with Zelda. It is there that Zelda revealed that your destiny is to vanquish Demise. You also learned that the key to finding the one power vital to defeating Demise, the Triforce, is hidden somewhere within Skyloft." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  9. "The Life Tree Fruit you have obtained is needed to cure the Thunder Dragon, who dwells in Lanayru Gorge." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  10. "Master, I recommend you take the Life Tree Fruit to the Thunder Dragon in Lanayru Province. I project a 90% chance that the Thunder Dragon will agree to teach you his part of the Song of the Hero if the fruit restores him to health." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  11. "After you obtained the Triforce, its power caused the Isle of the Goddess to return down to the Sealed Grounds and destroy Demise. However, shortly thereafter, the Demon Lord Ghirahim abducted Zelda. He has fled to the world of the distant past, where he is attempting to revive Demise." — Fi, Skyward Sword.