Temple of Droplets
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|Game(s)||The Minish Cap|
|Main Item||Flame Lantern|
|Mini-boss(es)||Big Blue Chuchu|
|Quest Reward(s)||Water Element|
The Temple of Droplets is the fourth dungeon in The Minish Cap. It is a Minish-size temple in a block of ice in the middle of Lake Hylia, accessible with the Flippers. The exterior of the temple itself resembles a Minish Portal, which Link will fall into upon shrinking down.
The temple is largely frozen over, with certain items encased in ice blocks and many floors slick with ice. The temple has many skylights that can be opened to let in sunbeams which are used to melt some of the ice. Enemies encountered in the temple include Mulldozers, Pestos and Sluggulas. Oddly enough, the B1 and B2 floors both resemble pots on the map.
The Temple of Droplets has three Mini-Bosses: a Big Blue Chuchu, and a pair of Madderpillars in the dark. The treasure is the Flame Lantern, which is obtained after beating the Big Blue Chuchu mini-boss. The Flame Lantern can be used to light torches, to light up dark rooms, and to melt ice, all of which are frequent puzzle elements in this dungeon.
Like the Deepwood Shrine, the Temple of Droplets has portions that are filled with water. As before, Link must steer a Lily Pad through the network of waterways. This is necessary despite having the Flippers because some destination banks are too steep to climb onto from the water itself.
The boss is an ordinary sized Octorok, but it looks like a Big Octorok from Minish size. Link first encounters this boss frozen solid early in the temple, but fully unlocking a skylight will defrost it, along with the nearby frozen Water Element. Beating the Big Octorok allows Link to recover the Water Element, which it has swallowed.