Steem and Link performing a Lokomo Song inside the sanctuary
Features and Overview
The sanctuary is home to the realm's Lokomo guardian, Steem. The outside of the sanctuary is infested with White Wolfos and Ice ChuChu that roam the outside. The area's Stamp Station is situated just above a narrow staircase that easily visible; moreover, unlike other sanctuaries, the Snow Sanctuary has a store of its own which sells basic items and, most notably, a Piece of Heart for 2000 Rupees.
Link comes to the Snow Realm in search of the sanctuary on the instruction of the wise Lokomo sage Anjean while on his journey to stop the return of the Demon King Malladus. The sanctuary is located just north of the Anouki Village that is home to the Anouki tribe, and the path leading to it, which is blocked off, is also the only path that can lead onward into the deeper parts of the realm where the Snow Temple is located. After assisting the Anouki in pairing them up to take on the monsters attacking their village, Link is told by their leader, Honcho, of the location of the sanctuary, as well as the tunnel path he must take to reach it. Link is forced to battle a Rocktite to make it through the tunnel and reach the sanctuary, though he succeeds in slaying the beast and eventually reaches the structure.
In order for Link to access the chamber of the sanctuary in which Steem is located, he must press a switch that opens the way to Steem. However, the young hero must reach the door before it closes without being "seen" by the head statues scattered across the room that are facing in different directions. Once inside the chamber, Link meets with Steem and the two perform the required Lokomo Song using the Spirit Flute and the pipa to reveal the Spirit Tracks that lead to the Snow Temple.
Later on, after Link receives the freight car from Kagoron in Goron Village, Link can bring a vessel to Steem from the Wise One in Papuchia Village. The Lokomo, who had been wanting a vessel to decorate his sanctuary, will give a Force Gem to the young hero as a sign of gratitude, which will open the path to the Slippery Station.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||雪の叢祠 (Yuki no Hokora)||Snow Shrine|
|French||Sanctuaire des neiges|
|Italian||Santuario delle nevi|
|SpanishLA||Altar de las Nieves||Altar of the Snows|
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 290
- "My name's Steem. I am indeed the guardian of the Snow Realm." — Steem (Spirit Tracks)
- "Technically speakin', the tunnel that goes there is still intact... But no one's used it since that ginormous monster moved in a few years back. See, us Anoukis are thinkers, not monster fighters. But I can tell you're cut from different cloth than us! Sturdier cloth! Sure, the tunnel to the Snow Sanctuary is scary, but you can handle it! Here's the entrance. If ya decide to use it, be careful in there, OK?" — Honcho (Spirit Tracks)
- "When the door opens, head to the far room without being seen... And do it before the time runs out..." — Sign (Spirit Tracks)
|Stations in Spirit Tracks|
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