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Link first sees the temple when rescuing Talo from the Bokoblins. The bokoblins have set up camp right in front of the entrance, but it is blocked by a rock that temporarily blocks his access to the dungeon because he has not obtained bombs yet. Before reaching this temple, Link finds Faron Woods ravaged by Twilight, such as a whole section of the woods becoming covered in a purple fog that causes Link to collapse when he enters it. After being fully equipped with the Ordon Sword, Ordon Shield, and the Hero's Clothes, Link is able to reach the Forest Temple (as the rock blocking the entrance has been replaced with a spiderweb that he can burn with his Lantern), where he fights the enemies that caged a monkey.
The Forest Temple is infested with monkeys and baboons, and is plagued by Diababa. The item Link obtains in this dungeon is the Gale Boomerang, which he receives after defeating a corrupted baboon named Ook, who uses the boomerang himself during the battle. Other monkeys are imprisoned throughout the temple, and must be rescued in order to cross the chasm and confront the boss. The interior of the temple is the insides of a large tree and its root system. Its well-being, like that of the Great Deku Tree, seems to affect the whole forest.
Ook, who begins as an enemy that has been possessed, ends up helping Link defeat Twilit Parasite Diababa, the boss of the Forest Temple.
Interestingly, the symbol of the Kokiri that appears on Link's Deku Shield in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time appears on the doors of the temple, implying a connection with the forest children, who have disappeared from Hyrule.
- Baba Serpent
- Big Baba
- Deku Baba
- Deku Like
- Pygmy Skulltula
- Tile Worm
This temple is believed by some to be the deceased remains of the Great Deku Tree due to their similar appearance, the presence of the Kokiri symbol, the fact that the entrance to the Forest Temple is situated within a massive tree stump, and both of the bosses are parasites.
Also, the Forest Temple shows many similarities to the Forbidden Woods, as the doors have the same symbol, both dungeons use wind to control bridges or lifts, they both let daylight in some rooms of the dungeons, and the bosses are both giant babas.