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A mini-dungeon does not consist of a whole dungeon but contains some elements of a dungeon. Hidden Holes are not considered mini-dungeons. Mini-dungeons usually must be completed as part of the storyline. Hidden dungeons do not count as mini-dungeons because they are not necessary to complete the game.

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

  • Hyrule Castle Tower has no item and no Heart Container, but it has a boss, Agahnim. It is located directly on top of Hyrule Castle.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

  • The Maku Path has no item, no Heart Container and no boss, but passing through the dungeon is required to reach the Maku Tree's grove.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

  • The Moblin's Keep has no item or Heart Container, but the Great Moblin is fought there. Interestingly, upon the defeat of the Great Moblin and the destruction of the keep, Link finds a Piece of Heart in the ruins. The Moblin's Keep is located in the Great Moblin's Realm, just west of Sunken City.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

  • The Savage Labyrinth has no item, Heart Container, or boss, and is found on Outset Island. It has fifty floors, each with all various enemies, increasing with difficulty as Link descends. At the thirtieth floor, there will be a Triforce Chart, necessary to find a piece of the Triforce of Courage. After obtaining the Mirror Shield, Link can travel down further to the final twenty levels. At the absolute end of the Savage Labyrinth is a Piece of Heart.
  • Also Ice Ring Isle and Fire Mountain are also considered mini-dungeons. This is due to them not having a boss, nor many rooms, but containing the Iron Boots and the Power Bracelets respectively, both important items necessary to complete the game. There are also time limits to complete them, creating a difficulty setting.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

  • The Royal Crypt has no item, heart container, or boss. However, it is filled with traps and enemies, and it is necessary to complete the game. It is located in the Royal Valley.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

  • The Cave of Ordeals has no item, Heart Container, or boss. It has fifty floors, each with several enemies that get harder as Link descends, similar to the Savage Labyrinth. Every ten floors the Great Fairy appears and releases fairies at each Spirit's Spring. The prize at the end is Great Fairy's Tears, a cure-all substance. The Tears can then be found at any of the fairy springs around Hyrule. It is located in the Gerudo Desert.
  • In Twilight Princess HD, there is a special mini-dungeon called the Cave of Shadows which can only be accessed via the Wolf Link Amiibo. The mini-dungeon is unique in that Link is stuck in his Wolf Link form while inside the dungeon itself. Completing it grants Link a new Wallet upgrade (if he has the Giant's Wallet he will receive the Colossal Wallet which allows him to carry 9,999 Rupees).

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

  • The Waterfall Cave has no item, Heart Container, or boss. However it is filled with enemies and Link must pass through it in order to free his Crimson Loftwing. Link is also required to obtain the Practice Sword in order to access it. In many ways it is a mini-dungeon that acts as a tutorial for combat and dungeon-based exploration.
  • The Pirate Stronghold has no item, Heart Container, or boss. It has a central puzzle involving a Timeshift Orb. Link must carry the orb throughout the entire dungeon in order to solve its puzzles. When Link finishes the mini-dungeon, he gains the ability to dowse for the Sandship.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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