The Throne Room was a room in Olmec's Temple. It was known for its simpler and more straight-forward objective and its prominent location at the bottom of the central shaft. The Throne Room appeared in some early Season 1 episodes before being replaced by The Room of Harmonic Convergence, returning in Layout VII with brighter lighting. The room received a new objective and a complete makeover for Season 2, where it remained for two temple layouts before being replaced by The Laser Light Room.

Season One Incarnation

In this incarnation of the Throne Room, players press the central "Throne of the Pretender" to open the doors. This is usually done by sitting on the Throne, but players entering the room from above, such as in John Henry's Lost Hammer and King Tut's Cobra Staff, would step on the Throne of the Pretender automatically activating it and opening the doors.

It should be noted that the Layout VII - Layout IX version of the Season 1 Throne Room is considerably brighter than the Layout I - Layout III version, which caused a big problem in Wild Bill Hickok and the Dead Man's Hand. Many contestants are also known for sitting on the Throne again once the doors have already been opened, usually when passing through the room.

Season Two Incarnation

For the second season, the Throne Room underwent a major change. The entire room's lighting was dimmed, and mist generators were added to the front of the room. The biggest change in the room was the Throne of the Pretender itself. A circular rotating disc was installed in the center of the room, and a wall large enough to be wedged so that it blocks any lateral movement of the players when it is in horizontal position was installed. On one side of the wall was a ladder with a small platform at the base, and on the other was the ornate Throne of the Pretender, now complete with two golden armrests and on each a blue bell-shaped object which held a red actuator in each.

The player now had to sit on the Throne and press the two armrest actuators to open the doors. The Throne would also rotate to allow access to the Swamp on the left. Contestants passing through the room had to sit upon the Throne and let it spin around so that they can progress into the next room, which often slowed them down a little bit.


  • This is the first room to introduce a Temple Guard during the premiere of Legends of the Hidden Temple.
  • A temple guard emerged from the now-inactive double doors in The Golden Stallion of Alī Bābā. Granted, this was also the first guard appearance in the Season 2 Throne Room, and from then onwards, guards hide behind the Throne and emerge when the Throne spins around to face The Swamp.
  • In The Bone Necklace of the Blackfeet Chief, the rotating wall faced forwards to allow Brandon to climb down into the Throne Room from Medusa's Lair.
  • Paula from The Silver Horseshoe of Butch Cassidy stepped on the platform that the back ladder was supported on. It is disputed that this platform contains an actuator which can be stepped on to open the door to the Swamp.
  • In The Secret Battle Plan of Nathan Hale, during the Moat, Steps of Knowledge, and Temple Games, the map is in the throne room. However, the filming of the Temple Run was postponed and the battle plan was moved to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey.
Seasons Used 1 & 2
Layouts Used I-III, VII-IX X & XI
Episodes Seen 1-11, 27-55, 72
Objective Completion 19 (Sit on the throne)
12 (Rotating Throne)
Total: 31
Temple Guard Encounters 17 (10 - Season 1, 7 - Season 2)
Artifacts Featured Elizabeth I's Golden Ship
The Secret Battle Plan of Nathan Hale (Initial)
The Electrified Key of Benjamin Franklin
Half Pendants Featured Pecos Bill's Lost Lariat
The Treasure of Anne Bonny
Adjoining Rooms The Wall Climb (Layouts I-III)
The Wheel Room (Layouts VII - IX)
The Pit of Despair (Layouts X - XI)
The Heart Room (Layouts I - III, VII - VIII, X)
The Room of Fallen Columns (Layout IX)
The Swamp (Layouts I, X - XI)
The Spider's Lair (Layouts II & III)
The Holes of Python (Layouts VII - IX)