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Ice Palace

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Ice Palace
Ice Palace.png
Entrance to the Palace
Location(s) Ice Lake
Game(s) A Link to the Past
Other media A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
Main Item Blue Mail
Boss(es) Kholdstare
Quest Reward(s)Crystal
Heart Container

Ice Palace, also known as Level 5 in the Gameboy Advance version of A Link to the Past, is the fifth Dungeon in the Dark World in A Link to the Past.

Entrance to the Palace

It is located in the middle of Ice Lake, the Dark World counterpart of Lake Hylia. Access to the dungeon is granted by swimming to the largest island in the Light World. Lifting up the black rock (which requires collection of the Titan's Mitt in Thieves' Town) reveals a portal; Link must step on it to be transported to the middle of Ice Island, where he can enter the dungeon.

Themes and Navigation

The Ice Palace is possibly the first ice-themed dungeon in The Legend of Zelda series, followed six years later by the Ice Cavern from Ocarina of Time. As such, the ground is frozen in most rooms, making Link's traction more difficult. It contains numerous floors as well, although none of them have too many rooms, and the main objective is to descend to the last floor, where the boss resides. Link frequently has to move blocks that obstruct his way, and some creatures can only be defeated with the Fire Rod or the Bombos Medallion. This dungeon is considered to be one of the most difficult in the game, although one of its rooms has its complexity lowered in the Game Boy Advance port.[1] The main treasure is the Blue Mail, a tunic that increases Link's physical defenses. The Palace's boss is Kholdstare, a living formation of ice. After defeating the boss, Link receives a Heart Container and the 5th Crystal.

A similar location called the Ice Ruins exists in Lorule in A Link Between Worlds, though it is on Death Mountain while Lorule's version of Turtle Rock is located in the middle of a swamp.

Enemies and Traps

Non-canon Appearances

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

The Ice Tower in the comic

The Ice Palace is also featured in the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, although it is referred to as the Ice Tower. During Link's search for a map of the Dark World to know the whereabouts of Turtle Rock, the young hero travels to the Ice Tower, where they are confronted by Kholdstone. Link reveals that all he wants is to see the map of the Dark World,[2] but Kholdstone mentions that the map is his greatest treasure and will not let anyone see it.[3] The monster unleashes two Stalfos to attack Link, but when the young hero sees that they keep respawning even after defeating them, he begins to focus his power on the Master Sword,[4] which causes for the tower to begin to collapse. Kholdstone warns Link that if he destroys the tower, then he will destroy the map as well, making him realize that the map is etched on the tower's floor.[5][6] However, the tower collapses shortly after, with Link landing near the location of Turtle Rock.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 氷の塔 (Kōri no Tō) Ice Tower
French Republic FrenchEU Palais des Glaces Ice Palace
Federal Republic of Germany German Eispalast Ice Palace
Italian Republic Italian Forte Ghiaccio
Forte del Ghiaccio Triforce piece.png
Ice Fort
Fort of the Ice

References

  1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Four Swords - SNES/GBA Changes
  2. "I don't want any trouble! I just want to see the map of the Dark World!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 5)
  3. "This map you speak of is Kholdstone's greatest treasure! I will never let you gaze upon it! Arise, Stalfos! Destroy him!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 6)
  4. "It's impossible to keep them down! Aaaargh!! I've had enough!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 7)
  5. "You've got quite a temper... If you bring the place down, you will destroy the map also! [...] Look down, fool!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 8)
  6. "Ah...the floor is the map?! Now...where's Turtle Rock?!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 8)
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