Temple of Time (Skyward Sword)

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Temple of Time
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Before the Gate of Time is activated


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The Temple of Time is a location found in Skyward Sword.

Skyward Sword


Located in the western Lanayru Desert by the Desert Gorge, the Temple of Time is a walled area open to the sky, with a bridged canyon through the centre and a huge sculpture combining the Triforce and Goddess Crest standing over it toward the back. The central focus of the Temple itself was a Gate of Time, said by Ancient Robots to have been created by the Goddess Hylia[1]. The robots patrolled around the Temple[1] and had a monthly schedule for cleaning it[2].

When Link arrived in the Desert Gorge looking for Zelda[3], he found the Temple entrance blocked off by fallen stone after an explosion[4]. Searching for another way in, he was directed to Lanayru Mining Facility, which was connected to it via an underground passage[1].

After finding and fighting his way through the Mining Facility, he entered the Temple and found Zelda and Impa standing in front of the activated Gate of Time, Zelda playing the Goddess's Harp. The reunion was cut short when Ghirahim attacked and blocked Link with a forcefield. While Impa held him off, Zelda sent the Harp over the canyon to Link, telling him he would need it. With Ghirahim distracted by Impa, the forcefield fell enough for Link to intervene just as the demon was about to kill the Sheikah woman. Impa then fled with Zelda through the Gate of Time- the older woman telling him to see the The Old One at the Sealed Grounds, and the younger woman shouting promises to see Link again - and destroyed it behind them in an explosion to prevent Ghirahim from following.

With his quarry gone, Ghirahim chose to leave rather than fight Link, who was left alone in the Temple. When leaving himself, he met the Goron Gorko, and left him to investigate the Temple[5] while the hero went on his way.




  1. 1.1 1.2 1.3 "This is the Temple of Time. Within it is the sacred Gate of Time made by the goddess, bzzt. It's my job to patrol outside the temple, vrrm! If you want to reach the Gate of Time, you will need to pass through that door, bzzap. Huh? You need another way in, phoo-weep? Well, Lanayru Mining Facility and the Temple of Time are connected underground, dzzt. Lanayru Mining Facility is right here!" — Ancient Robot, Skyward Sword.
  2. "Monthly Temple of Time Cleaning Assignments --Floor Supervisor" — Sign, Skyward Sword.
  3. "We have learned that Zelda, who fell to the surface and is still missing, is traveling with an unknown person for reasons we do not fully understand. I infer these two entered the Temple of Time in Lanayru Desert, but we are unable to enter the temple via usual means as the gate has been destroyed." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  4. "Good to see you, bud! Seems like you pop up everywhere! Though I am one to talk... Anyway, bud, there is something I am dying to tell you. It is the discovery of the century! This is a sacred place known as the Temple of Time. I could not believe my eyes when I saw a human who lives on the legendary Isle of the Goddess! It wore clothes just like the ones written about in the ancient manuscripts! And it looked just like you, bud! It came with another person...and they entered the temple! I wanted to chase after them... But then there was an explosion all of a sudden! And the entrance... Well, you can see for yourself, bud. I do not think we are getting past this mess. I just wish we could find out what is happening on the other side!" — Gorko, Skyward Sword.
  5. "What? You made it inside? You mean to say there is a secret passage I did not know about? Why did you not tell me, bud?! I was just about to give up and go home when I heard this huge crash. I rushed back to find that the way had been cleared. I am going to explore inside. I have to go back to the Sealed Grounds soon, so it looks like I am going to be busy!" — Gorko, Skyward Sword.