|Game(s)||A Link Between Worlds|
|Main Item||Red Mail or Blue Mail|
Ball and Chain Trooper
|Quest Reward(s)||Unlock entrance to Throne Room|
Lorule Castle is a location in A Link Between Worlds, and the final dungeon of the game. It is Lorule's incarnation of Hyrule Castle and thus is the home of the Royal Family of Lorule. The main item of the dungeon is the Red or Blue Mail. The final room of the castle, the Throne Room where Yuga Ganon is battled, is demarcated by the game as a separate dungeon.
Entrance to the Castle
After Yuga has abducted both Princess Zelda and Impa from Hyrule Castle, he spirits them away to Lorule Castle through a crack in Princess Zelda's private office. Link gives chase, using Ravio's Bracelet to follow the fiend, and arrives in the private office of Princess Hilda inside Lorule Castle. Following Yuga's merging with Ganon into Yuga Ganon, Hilda casts a barrier around Lorule Castle, blocking the entrance supposedly to keep Yuga and his minions from escaping. After Link has rescued all of the Seven Sages and obtained the Triforce of Courage, Hilda lifts the barrier blocking the entrance, allowing the hero access to the castle's interior through the front door.
By the time Link has gained the Triforce of Courage, Lorule Castle has been overrun by enemies who will attack Link on sight if he gets close enough. Lava fills much of the dungeon, making for a very perilous journey through the structure. Link must make use of Ravio's Bracelet in several instances to reach seemingly unreachable places. He must also manipulate light and darkness to see certain things that would otherwise be hidden to the eye. In some areas, Link must return orbs resembling eyeballs to their statues in order to open doors leading to the four sections of the castle. He must also make use of several of the items obtained from Ravio, such as the Hookshot, Bombs, Fire Rod, and Ice Rod in order to fully navigate the dungeon.
Akin to The Wind Waker, within each of the four major sections of the castle, Link must fight a boss or mini-boss he has faced previously throughout his adventure. These four enemies respectively are: Arrghus, a Ball and Chain Trooper, a Gigabari, and a Moldorm. With the defeat of each of these enemies, an image of them lights up on the main door leading to the inner sanctums of the castle. Once all four of these enemies is defeated, the door leading to Princess Hilda's private office and the Throne Room of the castle opens.
While there are many small keys in this dungeon, there is no Big Key as the way to the Throne Room is unlocked through defeating the four bosses mentioned above.
The main item of the dungeon, the Red Mail, is found on a ledge at the southern edge of the fourth floor of the main chamber, where Link must put out the torches in order to see two small pathways that can be walked to reach the ledge. If Link has not yet acquired the Blue Mail, it will be found here instead, with the Red Mail then appearing in the Swamp Palace.
Enemies and Traps
- Parts of Lorule Castle's theme contain reversed portions of Hyrule Castle's theme music. If most of the dungeon has been completed, Ganon's theme can also be heard.
|Names in Other Regions|
|French||Château de Lorule||Lorule Castle|
|German||Schloss Lorule||Lorule Castle|
|SpanishLA||Castillo de Lorule||Lorule Castle|
The front gate to Lorule Castle with Shadow Link standing close by
- Adam Koopmans, Hyrule/Lorule Castle Themes Played Back to Back, Reversed, and Together, YouTube, published February 25, 2014, retrieved November 2, 2015.