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Gerudo's Fortress is located at the far end of Gerudo Valley and is the gateway to the Haunted Wasteland. It serves as the hideout for the race of thieves known as the Gerudo who heavily guard the entire Fortress. As such, any trespassers will be immediately caught and thrown into a cell high above the complex. The Fortress is a structure with a maze-like interior and halls, which lead to various parts of the outside. Both in the outside and the inside, naginata-armed Gerudo are on patrol. Inside, they are reinforced by Gerudo armed with twin scimitars who will fight Link.
When Link travels to Gerudo's Fortress, he is thrown into a cell if he is spotted by a patrolling guard; however, Link can manage to escape by using his Hookshot on a wooden, opened window if jailed. The only way to get around the complex is to shoot an Arrow with the Fairy Bow to the patrolling Gerudo, stunning them instantly. This allows Link to freely explore the Fortress, although he will still need to use his stealth abilities to keep himself from getting caught and getting thrown into the cell.
Link's objective while in Gerudo's Fortress is to rescue the four captured Carpenters that are being kept in scattered prisons throughout the structure. Any time he finds a carpenter inside a cell, he must talk to the prisoner who, after explaining his situation, will cause a Gerudo to appear from behind. Link must defeat her without receiving too much damage; otherwise, he will get thrown back into the cell. If Link successfully defeats the Gerudo, she will escape and leave behind a Small Key which will open the Carpenter's cell. Once all four of the Carpenters have been freed, a Gerudo Warrior will commend Link for his skills and grant him the Gerudo Token, allowing him free access to the entire Fortress. This also grants entrance to the Gerudo Training Ground, as well as permission to participate in the Horseback Archery Range; moreover, the gates to the Haunted Wasteland will open, which eventually leads to the Desert Colossus, home to the Spirit Temple.
The central room of the fortress constitutes a kitchen and a one-table dining hall. A cauldron of red liquid boils above a fire against a wall, with a red Rupee hidden in the cauldron. At the top of the fortress is a Treasure Chest holding a Piece of Heart. It can be reached by summoning Bonooru with the "Scarecrow's Song" and then using the Hookshot on it.
- If child Link warps to the Desert Colossus and makes his way through the Haunted Wasteland, he will find a Gerudo guarding the back entrance to the fortress. She looks exactly like the one guarding the front entrance and even shares the same dialogue.
- By using glitches or hacks, child Link can explore Gerudo's Fortress. The Odd Mushroom can be found inside the Treasure Chest that contains a Piece of Heart as an adult. On top of the jail cell, Link can find another Piece of Heart. This might suggest that early on, the Fortress was supposed to be explored by child Link.
- If Link defeats one of the Gerudo guarding the jail cells of the Carpenters, takes the Small Key, and tries to use it on a different door, the door will not open and Navi will tell Link that it is not te correct key. In all other areas of the game, a Small Key will open any locked door in the area.
- In Ocarina of Time 3D, a poster of Link from Skyward Sword can be found behind some crates.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ゲルドの砦 (Gerudo no Toride)||Same as English.|
|FrenchEU||Forteresse Gerudo||Same as English.|
|German||Gerudo-Festung||Same as English.|
|Italian||Fortezza Gerudo||Same as English.|
|SpanishEU||Fortaleza Gerudo||Same as English.|
|SpanishLA||Fortaleza gerudo (OoT3D)||Same as English.|
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 109 (OoT)
- "I have no idea where you come from, but you must have a lot of guts to make it past all the guards around here! All of my fellow carpenters are imprisoned somewhere in here. If you can get us out of here, we'll repay the favor somehow! But be careful! There're sure to be Gerudo guards somewhere around here...." — Carpenter (Ocarina of Time)
- "I've seen your fine work. To get past the guards here, you must have good thieving skills. I used to think that all men, besides the great Ganondorf, were useless...but now that I've seen you, I don't think so anymore! [...] Say, you must want to become one of us, eh? All right, then! You're in from now on! Take this. With it, you will have free access to all areas of the fortress!" — Gerudo Warrior (Ocarina of Time)
- AntoG1986, Exploring Gerudo's Fortress as Young Link: Ocarina Of Time ✔, YouTube (Video), published March 28, 2017, retrieved February 5, 2019.
- "This is not the correct key... The door won't open!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
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