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Ice Cave

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Not to be confused with the Ice Cavern, a dungeon in Ocarina of Time. For other uses, see Ice Cavern.
Ice Cave
The Fairy Fountain in the Ice Cave
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The Ice Cave is a location in A Link to the Past.[1] It is a mysterious frozen cave on the eastern side of Lake Hylia.


Despite being a small location that is easily missed on Link's quest, the Ice Cave is very significant to the completion of his adventure, as it contains the Ice Rod. Link is first told about the cave by Sahasrahla, who informs him a very important item is found there that he must obtain.[2] At first, Link will only locate a single entrance that leads to a solid wall; using a Bomb to blow a hole in this wall will reveal a beautiful Fairy Fountain in the middle of the frozen cave. Passing through another passageway he will find a number of unmovable blocks barring his way to a treasure chest. To reach this chest, which contains the Ice Rod, Link will have to leave the cave and blow open another entrance near the first.

The Golden Bee

The Ice Cave contains a sole enemy; the Golden Bee (also known as the Good Bee), which hides on the Fairy statue in the fountain.[3] If Link uses the Pegasus Boots to perform a Dash Attack into this statue, the bee will reveal itself and attempt to attack Link. By catching the sparkling insect in a Bottle, it will become a faithful companion if Link releases it in battle. In the Game Boy Advance version of the game, he can also take one of these Golden Bees to a shop in the Village of Outcasts. By showing it to the owner, he will then sell Golden Bees to Link any time he wishes to purchase one. Link can also return to the Ice Cave to obtain another at any time.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 妖精の泉 (Yōsei no Izumi) Fairy Fountain



  1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 111
  2. "A helpful item is hidden in the cave on the east side of Lake Hylia. Get it!" — Sahasrahla (A Link to the Past)
  3. "Check out the cave east of Lake Hylia. Strange and wonderful things live in it..." — Thief (A Link to the Past)
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