Sacred Grove

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Sacred Grove
Sacred Grove.jpg
A portion of the Sacred Grove from Twilight Princess
Main appearance(s)
Other appearance(s)
Master Sword (ALttP | TP | ALBW)
Piece of Heart (TP)
Poe Soul ×3 (TP)
Male Snail (TP)
Related place(s)

The Sacred Grove,(ALttP | TP | ALBW | LCT)[1][2][3] also known as the Ancient Grove,(TP)[4] is a recurring location in the The Legend of Zelda series.

Features and Overview

A Link to the Past

The Sacred Grove is located in the northern portion of the Lost Woods in A Link to the Past. Both the Grove and Woods are covered in fog when Link enters. Once the hero pulls the Master Sword from its pedestal after obtaining the three Pendants of Virtue, the fog will disappear. The Sacred Grove is home to various animals, such as Squirrels. After defeating Ganon, Link returns the Master Sword to its pedestal in the Grove during the ending credits.

Twilight Princess

The Sacred Grove is located deep within the Faron Province and adjacent to the Forest Temple in Twilight Princess. It is first visited after Princess Zelda tells Link that the only way his curse will break is by finding the Master Sword.[5] Upon entering the Grove, Wolf Link must howl "Zelda's Lullaby" at the Howling Stone to make Skull Kid appear, who will open a new path further into the forest. From this point on, Link must chase Skull Kid as he traverses through the forest area while avoiding his Puppets. After finding Skull Kid three times, he will retreat into a new area of the Sacred Grove, which is surrounded by ruins. By striking him three more times, he will vanish and open up the passage to the section that once was where the Temple of Time stood.

Before entering the final forest area where the Master Sword is hidden, Wolf Link must howl "Zelda's Lullaby" once again to activate two guardian statues. These statues will ask that Link solve their puzzle in order to enter the true Sacred Grove.[6] After Link completes the puzzle, the guards will yield passage to the location of the Master Sword. When Wolf Link approaches it, Zant's curse breaks, allowing him to return to his Hylian form and proceed to retrieve the Master Sword from the Pedestal of Time.[7]

As Link is searching for the missing Mirror Shards, the hero must return to the Sacred Grove and once again play hide-and-seek with Skull Kid. Besting the Skull Kid at his own game will make him and his Puppets vanish from the Grove. Once Link returns to the Pedestal of Time, he will briefly thrust the Master Sword in it, removing a guardian statue that was blocking the Door of Time. Entering through this door allows Link to travel back in time before the Temple of Time fell into ruin.

During the ending credits, The Resistance can be seen exploring an area of the Sacred Grove.

A Link Between Worlds

The Sacred Grove is located in the northern portion of the Lost Woods in A Link Between Worlds. Link can enter the Grove after following the Poes in the Woods. Once he has obtained the three Pendants of Virtue, Link can pull the Master Sword from its pedestal, causing the fog and Poes to disappear. The Sacred Grove is home of various animals such as Birds. After defeating Yuga Ganon, the hero returns the Master Sword to its resting place in the Grove during the ending credits. In Hero Mode, he gathers alongside Princess Zelda and the seven Sages after returning the Master Sword.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

The Sacred Grove appears as a Defender Mode scenario in the Stage Finale of Link's Crossbow Training. During it, Link stands fixed in place and must eliminate enemies from all around him. Skull Kid appears and conjures his Puppet army. He will flash green to offer the automatic firing upgrade which takes down the large number of Puppets that appear. Skull Kid will warp to various niches in the surrounding landscape to protect himself.

Hyrule Warriors

The Sacred Grove appears as the resting place for the Master Sword which resides inside a chamber in the Temple of the Sacred Sword. The chamber itself is also a Keep known as the Sacred Pedestal, due to the fact it holds the Sacred Pedestal of the Master Sword.


  • During development of Twilight Princess, Link would howl in his Wolf form to startle the statues into moving instead of solving a puzzle.[8]


The Sacred Grove shares its Japanese name with the Sacred Forest Meadow from Ocarina of Time.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 森の聖域 (Mori no Seiiki) Sanctuary of the Forest
French Republic FrenchEU Sanctuaire de la forêt Forest sanctuary
Federal Republic of Germany German Heiliger Hain Holy Grove
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Arboleda Sagrada Sacred Meadow


See Also


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 27 (ALttP | ALBW)
  2. "Only then can you enter the true Sacred Grove..." — Giant (Twilight Princess HD)
  3. "Sacred Grove: Defender
    Skull Kid's creating havoc with his army of Puppets. Take them down!
    " — Stage Select (Link's Crossbow Training)
  4. "One is in an ancient grove..." — Sage (Twilight Princess HD)
  5. "Head for the sacred grove that lies deep within the lands guarded by the spirit Faron. There you will find the blade of evil's bane that was crafted by the wisdom of the ancient sages...the Master Sword." — Princess Zelda (Twilight Princess)
  6. "We are guardians of this land... Guide us to where we once stood. Only then can you enter the true Sacred Grove..." — Giant (Twilight Princess)
  7. "The sword accepted you as its master..." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  8. "Originally, Link would howl in his beast form to startle the statues into moving. In the final game, however, players must solve a puzzle."  (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse) pg. 199)

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