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Sunken City

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Sunken City
Sunken City (Summer).png
Sunken City in Summer
Games
Inhabitants
Master Diver, his wife
Ingo
Syrup
Great Moblin
Safety Patrol
Items
Related places
Default Season(s)
Summer is the default season for this area. Summer
Theme music

Sunken City is a location in Oracle of Seasons.[1]

Overview

Sunken City is a secluded town located in northeastern Holodrum, just south of Mt. Cucco and the northern peaks of Holodrum. As its name suggests, the city is entirely flooded, stranding its citizens, most of which are unable to swim.[2] The city is only seen as such in the entire game. The flooding is said to have been caused by the snow from Mt. Cucco to the north melting in large quantities due to the erratic changing of the seasons.[3] The snowmelt gushes down into the city in two waterfalls from caverns at the base of Mt. Cucco. To reach the Sunken City, Link must pass by the Moblin's Keep, although he can warp to the city thanks to the Gale Tree located there (actually the first Gale Tree Link encounters in the game).

Dimitri and the Safety Patrol

If Link has not already met Dimitri (having instead obtained either Moosh or Ricky's flute), Sunken City is where Link meets him for the first time. Link will find Dimitri being harassed by three mischievous children of the city, the self-proclaimed Safety Patrol.[4] Link can disperse the children by giving their leader all his Bombs. As thanks for saving him, Dimitri lets Link ride on him. Using Dimitri's abilities, Link can swim up the waterfalls north of the village into the caverns beneath Mt. Cucco.[5] If Link has already met Dimitri and obtained his flute, the event with the Safety Patrol will not occur.

Waterfalls and Secret Caves

The waterfalls of Sunken City

The waterfall to the east leads to a cavern where the Master Diver resides. The other contains a Treasure Chest which holds the Master's Plaque, which can be traded to the Master Diver for the Flippers.[6] To reach the Treasure Chest, Link must solve a puzzle which consists of pushing four blocks into a position where they can all be hit simultaneously with the Spin Attack.

With the Flippers, Link can dive into the secret underwater caverns of the city. The one to the south is drops into a cavern of underground waterfalls, called Sunken Falls,[7] where, in a Linked Game, Link meets Vire, General Onox's henchman (hidden in a Treasure Chest), and obtains the Pyramid Jewel. This cave opens into the Woods of Winter. Another underwater cave to the northwest of the village is a secret passageway to Mt. Cucco.[8]

Other Notable Landmarks and Inhabitants

The Moblins' hideout

To the south of the city is a rise that can only be reached in winter when the snow creates a slope that allows Link to climb it. Atop this rise is the Witch's Hut, where Syrup resides. In summer, vines grow on the small cliff in the city. These can be climbed to reach a small cave containing a Treasure Chest which holds a Gasha Seed.

The home of Ingo the vase collector is located in the northwestern corner of the city. In the Oracle of Seasons Trading Sequence, Link trades him the Goron Vase for Fish.

After defeating the Great Moblin and destroying his keep just west from the city, Link may find a discouraged Great Moblin and his minions hiding in an abandoned house in the southeast corner of the city while they try to rebuild their lair bomb by bomb.[9] Link can destroy the house by igniting the pile of bombs in the house with another bomb or an Ember Seed. The Moblins will flee, but will return and rebuild the house (albeit in a much shabbier state), and will begin to make bombs once again. Link can blow up this house a second time, but if he attempts to do so a third time, the Moblins stop him and throw him into the house as it explodes, killing him.[10]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 水びたしの村 (Mizubitashi no Mura) Flooded Village
French Republic FrenchEU Cité Engloutie
Federal Republic of Germany German Versunkene Stadt
Italian Republic Italian Sprofondia
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Ciudad Hundida

Gallery

References

  1. "Sunken City
    A city flooded by melting ice from Mt. Cucco. Link must prove to a Master Diver that he is worthy in order to receive Zora's Flippers and dive into deep water. In the winter, Link can climb a snowdrift south of the city to buy potions from Syrup, the witch."
    (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 111 (OoS))
  2. "The whole city's flooded, but since I can't swim, I'm just here blowing bubbles." — Sunken City Citizen (Oracle of Seasons)
  3. "With the seasons out of order, the mountain snows melted suddenly, flooding town. I can't even leave the house! It's terrible!" — Sunken City Citizen (Oracle of Seasons)
  4. "We're the city's Safety Patrol!" — Member of the Safety Patrol (Oracle of Seasons)
  5. "Once you disperse a group of bullies who are tormenting [Dimitri], he'll let you ride him around the waterways of Sunken City. He can take you up waterfalls so you can enter the two caves on the side of the cliff." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 29)
  6. "Ohh!!! That's my Master's Plaque! You've passed my test! Very well, then! I accept you as my pupil! Take these Flippers!" — Master Diver (Oracle of Seasons)
  7. "-Sunken Falls- Headwaters in Sunken City" — Sign (Oracle of Seasons)
  8. "I'll teach you my secret route to Mt. Cucco! There's a diving hole among the reefs in town. Use the Flippers I gave you." — Master Diver (Oracle of Seasons)
  9. "Bwee... How many more Bombs will it take to rebuild our lair? After what just happened, I've lost all hope." — Great Moblin (Oracle of Seasons)
  10. "Bwee-hee! So it was you! You'll pay!!! An eye for an eye!" — Great Moblin (Oracle of Seasons)
Regions in Oracle of Seasons
Ancient RuinsNorthern PeakDancing Dragon DungeonPoison Moth's LairSpool SwampUnicorn's CaveEyeglass LakeGnarled Root DungeonNorth HoronSnake's RemainsExplorer's CryptCemeteryLost WoodsGoron MountainEastern CoastSunken CityMt. CuccoSamasa DesertEastern SuburbsMaku TreeHoron VillageWestern CoastMoblin's KeepWoods of WinterTarm RuinsTemple RemainsNatzuHolodrum PlainOoSmap.png

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