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Not to be confused with Skeleton Forest, or Skull Dungeon from Oracle of Ages.
Skull Woods
Location(s) A Link to the Past
Skeleton Forest
A Link Between Worlds
Skull Woods Region
Game(s) A Link to the Past
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Main Item A Link to the Past
Fire Rod
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Master Ore
Boss(es) A Link to the Past
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Quest Reward(s)A Link to the Past
Heart Container ALBW= Seres
Heart Container

The Skull Woods,(ALttP | ALBW)[1] also known as the Level 3,(ALttP&FS)[name reference missing] is a recurring Dungeon in The Legend of Zelda series.[note 1]


A Link to the Past

Entrance to the Skull Woods

The Skull Woods dungeon is found in the Skeleton Forest (the Dark World counterpart of the Lost Woods), north of the Village of Outcasts. However, the two entrances north of the Village of Outcasts are impassable, so Link must use the entrance farther to the east.

Unlike other dungeons, Skull Woods has a vast number of entrances throughout the forest, hidden within large, gaping skulls. It is also possible to enter the dungeon by dropping through pits in the forest floor. The dungeon sprawls under almost the entirety of the Skeleton Forest. The number of entrances to this dungeon, a total of eight in all, as well as the disconnected sections of the dungeon, makes it entirely unique among Zelda dungeons. The variety of entrances make for a labyrinthine layout, which can get very disorientating. The dungeon also makes heavy use of Star Tiles, which rearrange the layout of the pitfalls found on the floors throughout the dungeon.

While Link can enter almost any entrance first, the section of the dungeon that leads to the boss is cut off from the rest of the dungeon, similar to the Desert Palace. To reach the Dungeon Master, Link must enter a huge insect-like skull near the resting place of the Master Sword in the Light World. To enter this part of the dungeon, Link will first have to obtain the Fire Rod, then locate the correct exit to reach this final section.

Themes and Navigation

The dungeon introduces the powerful Gibdos to the game, which are weak to fire but take many sword hits to kill. It also features the notorious Wallmaster, who for the first time in the series drops from the ceiling, dragging Link back to where he entered the dungeon. To reach the Fire Rod, Link will have to destroy an entire a wall to reach the Big Chest, which is otherwise inaccessible. The Fire Rod is vital in the dungeon, able to destroy the immensely resilient Gibdos (as well as Wallmasters) in one hit, and is required to light torches from a distance so Link can reach the Dungeon Master, Mothula. Mothula is also unique among bosses in the game, as the room itself is more of an enemy than it is, with moving a moving floor and unpredictable Traps lining the arena. After defeating it, Link will receive a Heart Container and the third Crystal.

Minor Enemies and Traps

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Entrance to the Skull Woods

Skull Woods is in the Skull Woods Region of Lorule, directly above the Thieves' Town. The temple can be accessed through the southeastern entrance to the woods.

Themes and Navigation

The Skull Woods is a set of haunted catacombs beneath the forest which features numerous entrances and exits, including some that are merely hidden pits in the earth above. The dungeon is infested with Wallmasters, with several puzzles that actually require Link to actually exploit the Wallmasters' instincts by tricking them into pouncing on switches or crumbling floors. The dungeon also introduces a new type of switch, activated by placing crystal eyes into statues.

Just like in the dungeon of the same name from A Link to the Past, the Skull Woods dungeon requires Link to find various exits back into the forest, so that he can find a different entrance to proceed with the dungeon.

The Compass is in the northeastern room of the first floor; the chest is already visible and can be opened immediately. The Big Key is at the northernmost point of the first floor--in the northwestern room. Link must first complete the crystal eye puzzle by placing the two irises inside their eye statues on the north side of the room. After the puzzle is completed, the chest containing the Big Key can be accessed.

The Master Ore chest can be found on a ledge in the northwestern room of the first floor (same room as the Big Key, just on the opposite end). To access it, Link must fall through a hidden hole in the Skull Woods area and land on the southeastern ledge of the correct room. He can then Wall Merge to get to the ledge that the chest is on.

Minor Enemies and Traps


  • In the Japanese version of the game, both the Skeleton Forest and Skull Woods share the same name, Dokuro no Mori, meaning "Skull Forest". There is no apparent distinction between the forest and the Dungeon itself in terms of their name. This also applies to the Thieves' Town and Misery Mire Dungeons.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ドクロの森 (Dokuro no Mori) (ALttP | ALBW) Skull Forest
Canada FrenchCA Forêt des Squelettes (ALBW) Skeleton Forest
French Republic FrenchEU Forêt de Squelettes (ALttP) Skeleton Forest
Federal Republic of Germany German Skelettwald (ALttP) Skeleton Forest
Italian Republic Italian Bosco d'ossa (ALttP) Forest of Bones
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Bosque de Osamentas (ALttP | ALBW) Skeleton Forest


  1. The Skull Woods (A Link to the Past) were referred to as Skull Dungeon and Skull Palace in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America Inc..[2][3] However, as these contradict the name given in Encyclopedia, they are not considered Canon.


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 147 (ALttP) & 158 (ALBW)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 84
  3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 127
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