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Gnarled Root Dungeon

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Gnarled Root Dungeon
Gnarled Root Dungeon Entrance.png
Location(s) North Horon
Game(s) Oracle of Seasons
Main Item Seed Satchel
with Ember Seeds
Mini-boss(es) Brother Goriyas
Boss(es) Aquamentus
Quest Reward(s)Fertile Soil
Heart Container

Gnarled Root Dungeon is the first Dungeon in Oracle of Seasons.[1] It is located in North Horon.

Entrance to the Dungeon

The Maku Tree gives Link the Gnarled Key, the item needed to unlock this labyrinth's entrance, in the process of asking him to retrieve the essence Fertile Soil from it.

Themes and Navigation

Being the first dungeon of the game, the Gnarled Root Dungeon is fairly simple in terms of enemy and puzzle difficulty. Including the Boss Key, three keys can be found throughout the dungeon. There are also Treasure Chests containing a Gasha Seed, an unappraised Magic Ring, and Link's first Bombs, which can be used to expose a bombable wall within the dungeon. This dungeon features several Block Puzzles and a set of tracks for a Mine Cart. Defeating the dungeon's twin mini-bosses, the Brother Goriyas, leads to a room which yields a Seed Satchel filled with Ember Seeds. These are then used to light Torches, unlocking new doors and allowing Link to obtain the Boss Key of the dungeon. Once Link defeats the Boss, Aquamentus, he obtains a Heart Container and the essence he was searching for.

Minor Traps and Enemies


  • As Oracle of Seasons was originally meant to be a remake of the original The Legend of Zelda,[2] this dungeon is reminiscent of Level-1, the first dungeon of the game. The layouts are similar, the exterior of both dungeons is what appears to be a dead tree in a small island within a lake, they are both the first Dungeon in the game, and both Dungeons have Aquamentus as the main boss. Also, an Old Man found within the dungeon will give Link advice on how to progress through the dungeon.
  • In Norse mythology there is a dragon named Níðhöggr that gnarls on a root of Yggdrasil, compared with the fact that the boss of this dungeon is a dragon.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 根っこのダンジョン (Nekko no Danjon) Dungeon of Roots
French Republic FrenchEU Donjon Racine Noueuse Gnarled Root Dungeon
Federal Republic of Germany German Knorrwurzelhöhle Gnarled Root Cave
Italian Republic Italian Dungeon Radice Nodosa Gnarled Root Dungeon
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Mazmorra de la Raíz Nudosa Gnarled Root's Dungeon



  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 151
  2. "The Oracle games originally started life out as a remake of the original NES Legend of Zelda. Yoshiki Okamoto of Capcom approached Miyamoto with the idea and, after much back and forth, got the go-ahead."25 Things You Didn't Know About The Legend of Zelda,
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