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Hyrule Castle (A Link to the Past)

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Hyrule Castle
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Location
Center of Hyrule
Main appearance(s)
Main Item(s)
Quest Reward(s)
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Mini-boss(es)
Boss(es)

Hyrule Castle,[1] also known as the Castle of Hyrule,[2] is a dungeon featured in A Link to the Past. It is visited twice by Link throughout his adventure: first to rescue Princess Zelda from her cell, and later to battle Agahnim before being transported to the Dark World. The main item obtained is the Boomerang.

Entrance to the Castle

After Link is telepathically contacted by Princess Zelda to rescue her from Agahnim's clutches in Hyrule Castle,[3] the young hero uncovers a hidden hole beneath a bush northeast of the castle that leads him into a secret passage.[4] He then finds his uncle has been mortally wounded and receives his sword and shield before passing away.[5]

Themes and Navigation

Princess Zelda in the castle dungeon as Link is about to greet her

The castle is overrun by corrupted soldiers who attack Link on sight. The first time Link visits the dungeon, he must traverse the maze-like castle to find Princess Zelda's cell. On his way, he finds the Boomerang, which can be used to stun the castle guards. Guarding Princess Zelda's cell is the Ball and Chain Trooper, whom Link must defeat in order to free Zelda from her prison. Together, they head towards the king's chamber to reveal a path that takes them to the Secret Passage, which eventually leads them into the Sanctuary.

At this point, Agahnim makes the upper levels of the castle inaccessible by creating an electrical barrier that cannot be bypassed. It can only be destroyed once Link retrieves the Master Sword from the Lost Woods. With the sword in hand, he can access the upper area of the castle and destroy the barrier with a single slash from the Blade of Evil's Bane. This area of the castle requires Link to defeat various enemy soldiers in order to reach the top of the castle. Although he can evade some of the foes, some of the rooms will require that Link defeat all the enemies before proceeding. After reaching the top of the castle, Link witnesses Agahnim as he sends Princess Zelda to the Dark World. The young hero must then burn the middle curtain with the use of his Lantern to enter another room and battle against the evil wizard who, upon his defeat, sends Link to the Dark World.

Enemies and Traps

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ハイラル城 (Hairaru-Jō) Hyrule Castle
French Republic FrenchEU Château d'Hyrule Hyrule Castle
Federal Republic of Germany German Burg Hyrule

See Also

References

  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 146
  2. "CASTLE OF HYRULE" — Quest History (A Link to the Past)
  3. "Help me... Please help me... I am a prisoner in the dungeon of the castle. My name is Zelda. The wizard, Agahnim, has done... something to the other missing girls. Now only I remain..." — Princess Zelda (A Link to the Past)
  4. "I know there is a hidden path from outside of the castle to the garden inside." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "Unnh... Link, I didn't want you involved in this... I told you not to leave the house... Take my sword and shield and listen." — Link's Uncle (A Link to the Past)
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Divine Beasts

Divine Beast Vah Ruta  · Divine Beast Vah Rudania  · Divine Beast Vah Medoh  · Divine Beast Vah Naboris  · Final Trial [EX 2]

Other Dungeons

Trial of the Sword [EX 1] · Hyrule Castle

Ancient Shrines

Akh Va'quot · Bosh Kala · Chaas Qeta · Daag Chokah · Dagah Keek · Dah Kaso · Dah Hesho · Daka Tuss · Dako Tah · Daqa Koh ·
Daqo Chisay · Dila Maag · Dow Na'eh  · Dunba Taag · Gee Ha'rah · Gorae Torr · Ha Dahamar · Hawa Koth · Hia Miu · Hila Rao · Ishto Soh ·
Ja Baij · Jee Noh · Jitan Sa'mi · Joloo Nah · Ka'o Makagh · Kaam Ya'tak · Kah Mael Shrine · Kah Okeo Shrine · Kah Yah Shrine · Kam Urog Shrine · Katah Chuki · Katosa Aug  · Kay Noh · Kaya Wan · Kayra Mah · Ke'nai Shakah · Keeha Yoog · Keh Namut · Kema Kosassa ·
Kema Zoos · Keo Ruug · Ketoh Wawai · Korgu Chideh · Korsh O'hu · Kuh Takkar · Kuhn Sidajj · Lakna Rokee · Lanno Kooh · Maag Halan · Maag No'rah · Maka Rah · Mezza Lo · Mijah Rokee · Mirro Shaz · Misae Suma · Mo'a Keet · Mogg Latan · Monya Toma · Mozo Shenno ·
Muwo Jeem · Myahm Agana · Namika Ozz · Ne'ez Yohma · Noya Neha · Oman Au · Owa Daim · Pumaag Nitae · Qua Raym · Qaza Tokki · Qukah Nata · Raqa Zunzo · Ree Dahee · Rin Oyaa · Ritaag Zumo · Rok Uwog · Rona Kachta · Rota Ooh · Rucco Maag · Saas Ko'sah ·
Sah Dahaj · Sasa Kai · Sha Gehma · Sha Warvo · Shada Naw · Shae Katha · Shae Loya · Shae Mo'sah · Shai Utoh · Shai Yota · Shee Vaneer · Shee Venath · Sheem Dagoze · Sheh Rata · Sho Dantu · Shoda Sah · Shoqa Tatone · Shora Hah · Soh Kofi · Suma Sahma · Ta'loh Naeg ·
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Ancient Shrines [EX 2]

Etsu Korima · Kamia Omuna · Kee Dafunia · Keive Tala · Kiah Toza · Kihiro Moh · Mah Eliya · Noe Rajee · Rinu Honika · Rohta Chigah · Ruvo Korbah · Sato Koda · Sharo Lun · Shira Gomar · Takama Shiri · Yowaka Ita