The Skyview Temple
|Game(s)||Skyward Sword (2011)|
When Zelda first disappears to the surface near the beginning of Skyward Sword, Link meets Fi, who directs him to Faron Woods on the Surface, where Zelda is supposedly located. Using Fi's "dowsing" technique, Link follows Zelda's aura through Faron Woods. Following a string of events within the woods and the Sealed Grounds, Fi leads Link to the Skyview Temple, and they discover that Zelda is located within the temple. To find her, Link must brave the temple himself.
At the end of the dungeon, Link first meets Ghirahim. Ghirahim reveals that he is also trying to reach Zelda, but unlike Link, Ghirahim wants to capture her. Ghirahim taunts Link and begins to battle him. After battling Link, Ghirahim senses that Zelda has left the temple and becomes angry with Link for stalling him. Ghirahim threatens to kill Link if he ever upsets Ghirahim later. Ghirahim then teleports away.
Link then moves forward to the temple's sacred spring. As Ghirahim suspected, Zelda is gone. He obtains the Ruby Tablet, unlocking the Eldin Volcano region. A message from the Goddess is awakened within Fi, who recites this message to Link. Fi tells Link that Zelda traveled to the spring to purify her body as part of a sacred ritual.
Link enters the temple later in the game to retrieve sacred water for the Water Dragon to fill her basin, so that she may bathe in it and be healed from her sickness. The temple seems to have been further infested by Bokoblins. Ledd is found treasure hunting within the temple. Ledd appears to be unsuccessful in his efforts and has lost a key, which Link finds and uses to progress through the dungeon and once again reach the spring, where he bottles some sacred water, which he later gives to the Water Dragon.
When it is revealed that Zelda is the mortal incarnation of the Goddess, Hylia, Zelda clarifies the motives behind her venture into the Skyview Temple. Zelda entered the temple to reach Skyview Spring, where she could purify her body with the sacred water. It was the first of two springs that Zelda spiritually cleansed her mortal form at, the other being located at the Earth Temple. The cleansing rituals awaken her memories of being the Goddess, allowing her to complete her plan to destroy Demise.
The Skyview Temple is located in the Deep Woods. It has one floor, but is still a challenging place. The main item of the dungeon is the Beetle, which is received after defeating the dungeon's mini-boss, a Stalfos. Link needs to raise the water level in various rooms by activating switches to proceed through the temple. Once that has been completed, Link can reach the boss, Ghirahim, who is pursuing Zelda.
Later, Link must return to the temple's spring to pick up a bottle of Sacred Water. Ghirahim has infiltrated the place, and placed much more powerful enemies into the dungeon, as well as re-locking one of the doors. Three Stalfos serve as the mini-boss, which is far more difficult than simply fighting one. This is the only dungeon in the game that Link must return to.