Spectacle Rock in Breath of the Wild
Magic Container (TAoL)
Piece of Heart (ALttP)
Spectacle Rock is a recurring rock formation in The Legend of Zelda series. It typically appears as a mountain with twin peaks.
- 1 Features and Overview
- 2 Allusions to Spectacle Rock
- 3 Etymology
- 4 Gallery
- 5 References
Features and Overview
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, Spectacle Rock is found in northern Hyrule in the central western portion of Death Mountain. It is the location of Ganon's lair in the first quest. In order to enter, Link must use a Bomb in the southern side of the base of its left peak to reveal the entrance.
The Adventure of Link
In The Adventure of Link, Spectacle Rock is found in Death Mountain in the southwestern region of Hyrule and both of its peaks contain and are represented by caves on the map. Its eastern peak contains a cave where the Hammer is obtained after Link works his way east through its bottom level. Its western peak contains a cave that is initially covered by a rock that Link can destroy after acquiring the Hammer. Unlike the eastern peak's cave that is entered laterally, the western cave is underground where the opening is on top of the peak. A Magic Container can be found inside the cave.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, Spectacle Rock is located on top of Death Mountain in the Light World. Being Death Mountain's highest point, it is an obstacle blocking the path to its north that leads to the Tower of Hera. The center of the adjoining bridge between its peaks contains a cave that leads to lower elevations on Death Mountain. Its counterpart in the Dark World is buried under volcanic sediment, as its outline is visible. To get to the path north of Spectacle Rock in the Light World, Link must first travel to the Dark World and stand within the outline of its counterpart. Using the Magic Mirror within this area sends Link on top of Spectacle Rock in the Light World where he can find a Piece of Heart on its eastern peak. He can then leap down to the path north of it leading to the Tower of Hera.
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild, Spectacle Rock is based on the same location from The Legend of Zelda. It appears as two large circular mesas in the east portion of the Gerudo Highlands. The Wasteland Tower can be found in a deep, swampy pit atop the northernmost mesa. After Link has freed the Divine Beast Vah Naboris, it will climb onto the southernmost mesa and aim its sights at Hyrule Castle in preparation for the battle with Calamity Ganon. There are two Koroks near the Tower, a Korok under the bridge between the mesas and a Korok on a big rocky pillar to the southeast. Near here is also a Stone Talus (Luminous).[verification needed]
Allusions to Spectacle Rock
Several games feature similar rock formations resembling Spectacle Rock, although most of them are not named.
In Link's Awakening, a mountain formation in the Tal Tal Mountain Range resembles Spectacle Rock. Between Mt. Tamaranch and Turtle Rock, the structure resembles Spectacle Rock in both appearance and function, as a cavern in the middle of the rock grants access to higher elevations of the mount from the blocked entrance at its foot.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, two rock formations inside Death Mountain Crater resemble Spectacle Rock, sitting in front of the entrance to the Fire Temple, although their appearance is more conic or heaped. A Piece of Heart can be on top of one of the rocks. Volcanic smoke billows out of the tips of each rock, though there are no natural chimney stacks visible at the peaks. It is evident from their structure and that of the Fire Temple that the upper floors of the Fire Temple extend into the interior of these two mounds.
In Majora's Mask, the Twin Islands resemble Spectacle Rock. The islands are located in the path between the Mountain Village and Goron Village in the northern Snowhead region of Termina, where the entrance to the Goron Racetrack is also located. There are actually three islands in the area, though the third is smaller and makes up part of the connection between the two bigger ones. The double igloo structure of the Goron Shrine in Goron Village also resembles Spectacle Rock.
The Wind Waker
- Main article: Spectacle Island
In The Wind Waker, Spectacle Island appears as a reference to Spectacle Rock. Its topographically appears as two circular stone structures with paths spiraling up their sides and a wooden bridge spanning the gap between them. Atop the eastern structure, Link can play the Barrel Shoot minigame managed by Salvatore. A Blue Chuchu can also be found on the beach under the wooden bridge. Spectacle Isle is strangely distant from Dragon Roost Island, which is often believed by fans to be the equivalent to Death Mountain.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, the battle with the Helmaroc King on the top of Death Mountain takes place around two large rocky hills, very similar in appearance to Spectacle Rock. Each rock has a small entrance which contains Keese and the Hammer. Defeating the Helmaroc King requires the Links to cause him to crash into the rocks by using Bombs, at which point they can go inside to destroy his mask with the Hammer.
A Link Between Worlds
Although Spectacle Rock appears in A Link to the Past, A Link Between Worlds, which shares the same overworld, does not feature Spectacle Rock. It is replaced by an active volcano that erupts and spews boulders. It is also located on Death Mountain in Hyrule, west of the Tower of Hera. The base of its western peak contains a cave from which Link emerges after climbing Death Mountain from lower elevations. Upon exiting the cave, he must go east after Wall Merging and pop out on the adjacent path to get to the Tower of Hera. Similar to A Link to the Past, the center of the adjoining bridge between its peaks contains a cave, but in A Link Between Worlds the cave is below its base and has no interior to be explored. Instead, this cave passes through the lowest point of its base where a Piece of Heart is found behind it.
Lorule's Death Mountain highly resembles Spectacle Rock from A Link to the Past. It appears frozen over as a result of the winter conditions. The lava flows of the once active volcano in Lorule had frozen over and geological activities resulted in its eruptions accumulating to the point of burying Spectacle Rock and the area around its perimeter in ice and rock. The outline of the mountain is visible and its shape matches that of its Hyrule counterpart. It is located west of the Treacherous Tower.
Spectacle Rock's name comes from the fact that the twin peaks formation resembles a pair of glasses.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||メガネイワ (Megane Iwa) (TLoZ)||Spectacle Rock|
- "SPECTACLE ROCK IS AN ENTRANCE TO DEATH" — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
- "HAMMER...SPECTACLE ROCK...DEATH MTN." — Old Woman in Ruto (The Adventure of Link)
- "ONLY THE HAMMER CAN DESTROY A ROADBLOCK." — Man in Rauru (The Adventure of Link)
- "Link, it is I, Sahasrahla. You must somehow make your way to the top of Spectacle Rock. From there you can reach the Tower of Hera on top of Death Mountain." — Sahasrahla (A Link to the Past)
- "It was because of this similarity that this formation was known to some as Spectacle Rock, and you can find this same location in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild too!" — Nintendo, Hyrule: Then and Now, Nintendo UK website, published October 27, 2016, retrieved October 27, 2016.
- "Now, quickly go beyond the Twin Islands Cave after leaving Goron Village." — Goron Elder (Majora's Mask)
- "Spectacle Rock (so named because it kind of looks like a pair of eyeglasses) is a lot bigger in the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game—and it’s located in a totally different part of Hyrule: the Gerudo Region." — Some things never change..., Play Nintendo, retrieved May 9, 2017.