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The Legend of Zelda series tells many stories by reading between the lines. For example, the Nintendo series never explicitly says that the Zora evolved from the Parella Tribe in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. However, hints still remain in the games and the book “Hyrule Historia.” And another hidden story has been theorized about the Skyward Sword Skyview Temple. With very little information about the mysterious dungeon in-game, some fans suspect it hides a secret treasure.

Link fights a Shield Moblin in 'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword' in front of the Skyveiw Temple
Link fights a Shield Moblin in ‘The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’ | Nintendo

‘The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’ Skyview Temple has very little directly stated information about it

The Legend of Zelda series often has dungeons with story-driven narratives or world-building themes. For example, the Palace of Twilight makes for a final dungeon in Twilight Princess as well as the Twili royal center.

However, many dungeons remain shrouded in mystery. This also holds for the Skyward Sword Skyview Temple. NPC’s and game hints offer very little information about the Zelda dungeon. Link can ask Fi for details about the temple, but her comment only raises more questions.

“This is Skyview Temple, a structure constructed in ancient times. You can expect to encounter many mechanisms designed to keep intruders at bay,” she says.

However, one Legend of Zelda fan theory wanted to try answering more about the strange location.

‘The Legend of Zelda’ fan theory notes several references to treasure in the ‘Skyward Sword’ Skyview Temple

When thinking of a ‘temple,’ the player might think of a structure for religious worship. However, Skyview Temple does not resemble a spiritual place at all. Even Fi, a being with divine knowledge, warns Link about traps.

The fan theory on Zelda Universe attempts to explain the real purpose of the Skyward Sword Skyview Temple.

“References to treasure are made multiple times in Skyview Temple. The most obvious one is the copious red switches strewn throughout the temple. We don’t know what these are made out of, but they look pretty valuable … the only other place these are found is Lanayru Mining Facility, a hub for precious minerals,” the theory states.

The Skyview Temple’s connection to the Lanayru Province grows stronger when considering the Beetle item in the mini-boss room. It boasts an ornate design resembling something like Egyptian scarab jewelry.

Then after freeing a trapped ancient robot in Lanayru, it notices the Beetle item. “Oh … Look at that, zrrpt … You have a Beetle. It appears to be an older model of Lanayru fabrication,” it says.

Why would Link acquire an object from the arid desert region in the Faron Woods? The theory suggests that the ancient robot race used the Skyview Temple to mine treasure.

The Mogma race think the Faron Woods hides treasure, too

During the player’s second visit to the Skyview Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Link meets the Mogma Kortz. The Mogma are a mole-like race who love burrowing for treasure.

“Kortz has come to the woods in pursuit of treasure. The treasure turns out to be Holy Water, but … the point is that he somehow knew legends about the treasure of Skyview Temple,” the theory notes. “The only reason Mogmas would … go on dangerous, long explorations is if they were searching for treasure. It’s all they ever talk about.”


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