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Ancient Tomb

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Ancient Tomb
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Location(s) Sea of No Return
Game(s) Oracle of Ages
Main Item Power Glove
Mini-boss(es) Blue Stalfos
Boss(es) Ramrock
Quest Reward(s)Falling Star
Heart Container
Theme Music

The Ancient Tomb is the eighth and final dungeon in Oracle of Ages located within the Sea of No Return.[1] The "Sea" is actually dried up, revealing a great maze filled with strong adversaries (Darknuts and Lynels). Within the stone halls of the tomb are many twists, turns, traps, and treasures. The main treasure that Link obtains within these ancient catacombs is the Power Glove. Link must then use this new found power to take on the tomb's boss: Ramrock. After defeating Ramrock, Link is rewarded with the Falling Star (the last Essence of Time).

The Maku Tree cannot detect the presence of the final essence hidden within this dungeon, meaning Link gets no clues as to where this dungeon is located.[2] As such, Link must rely on detective skills alone to locate the dungeon. The reason that the Maku Tree is unable to detect the Essence may be due to the same unexplained phenomenon that prevents time travel between the Sea of No Return and Yoll Graveyard.

Themes and Navigation

At 52 rooms, Ancient Tomb is the largest dungeon in Oracle of Ages. Its overall form is a buried pyramid with increasingly large basement floors under the small ground floor, the sole exception being the lowest floor, which is as small as the ground floor. The Ancient Tomb features puzzles and other elements from every other dungeon in the game (e.g. Crystal Switch and colored barrier puzzles from the Crown Dungeon, temporarily solid lava from the Skull Dungeon, and underwater areas from Jabu-Jabu's Belly) as well as a few that show up in Oracle of Seasons but otherwise not in Oracle of Ages, such as ice floors from the Sword & Shield Maze.

The central puzzle of the Ancient Tomb involves the acquisition of four tablets to open a sealed door in the center of the second basement level. Each tablet is found in a branch of this floor with a different theme: a Chaser maze in the northwest, a water-filled area in the northeast, lava floors in the southwest, and ice floors (as well as more Chasers) in the southeast.

The treasure of the Ancient Tomb, the Power Glove, is used to move the immensely heavy statues that are found in some rooms of the dungeon and in the labyrinth outside.

Minor Traps and Enemies

Trivia

  • The map in Hero's Cave mistakes the dungeon as the Ancient Tomb.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 古代の墓 (Inishie no Haka) Ancient Tomb
French Republic FrenchEU Tombe Ancienne Ancient Tomb
Federal Republic of Germany German Antikes Grabmal Ancient Tomb
Italian Republic Italian Tomba Antica
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Tumba Antigua Ancient Tomb

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References

  1. "Tales tell of giant ruins out east in the Sea o' No Return." — Piratian (Oracle of Ages)
  2. "I cannot hear the last essence at all... But it must be somewhere in Labrynna. I'm relying on you, Link." — Maku Tree (Oracle of Ages)
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