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Level 9

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Level 9
TLoZ Spectacle Rock.png
The entrance to the Dungeon in the First Quest
Location(s) Spectacle Rock Triforce piece.png
Hyrule
Game(s) The Legend of Zelda
Main Item Red Ring
Silver Arrows
Boss(es) Ganon
Quest Reward(s)Triforce of Power
Princess Zelda
Theme Music

Level 9,[1] also stylized as Level-9,[citation needed] and known as Death Mountain,[1] is the ninth and final Dungeon in The Legend of Zelda.

Entrance

In the First Quest, Death Mountain is found by Bombing the western peak of Spectacle Rock.

In the Second Quest, it is found by Bombing the northern wall of the very narrow passageway found at the northwesternmost area of the game.

Themes and Navigation

First Quest

In the First Quest, Level-9 is shaped like a skull. It is the largest Dungeon in the First Quest, containing over 50 rooms. An Old Man waits at the entrance of Level-9, preventing any who do not possess a the complete Triforce of Wisdom from entering. Therefore, Link must have obtained all eight Triforce Fragments from the other eight Dungeons in order to enter Level-9. Link must fight his way through swarms of enemies, including hordes of dangerous Wizzrobes, groups of deadly Lanmolas and several mini-bosses known as Patras. Ganon is the Boss of the Dungeon and the final Boss of the game. Level-9 contains two main Items. One of them is the Red Ring, which reduces Link's damage taken to a quarter of the normal amount as opposed to the Blue Ring that halves damage. The other Item is the legendary Silver Arrow that Link must use to vanquish Ganon. Once Ganon is defeated, Link will find Princess Zelda in the final room and the game will be complete.

Second Quest

Unlike most Second Quest Dungeons, it is very similar to its First Quest counterpart. Like in the First Quest, the main Items of the Dungeon are the Red Ring and the Silver Arrows. Ganon is the final Boss in Second Quest as well. However, the layout is very different. It is one of the most complex, maze-like Dungeons in the whole game, including numerous one-way passages and a seemingly impassable wall that prevents Link from reaching Ganon. In the Second Quest, the Dungeon is shaped like Ganon's head. It is the largest Dungeon in the entire game.

Minor Enemies and Traps

First Quest

Second Quest

Trivia

  • Level-9 has its own unique music, while the other eight Dungeons share the same theme.
  • An alternate version of the Level-9 theme plays in the Tower of Flames in Four Swords Adventures. This theme also plays in the Desert Temple after pressing the Switch that fills the temple with sand. Level-9's melody can be heard in the music at Death Mountain in Breath of the Wild. An arrangement of Level-9's music also appears as a track in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • In Breath of the Wild, skull-shaped enemy hideouts were based on Death Mountain's skull shape.[2]

Gallery

References

  1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 145 (TLoZ)
  2. ↑ "This was certainly the case for the final dungeon in The Legend of Zelda, which was shaped like a skull. You'll spot a similar blast from the past in this giant skulled-shaped enemy hideout from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild." β€” Nintendo, Hyrule: Then and Now, Nintendo UK website, published October 27, 2016, retrieved October 27, 2016.
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