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Tunnel to the Tower

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Tunnel to the Tower
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The Tunnel to the Tower is a location in Spirit Tracks.[1]

Features and Overview

As its name implies, the tunnel is a secret passageway situated behind Hyrule Castle that leads to the Tower of Spirits. In order for Link to access the way to the tunnel, he must obtain the Recruit's Sword from Guard Captain Russell from the castle training room. Once he obtains it, he can talk to the Guard standing behind Hyrule Castle to let him through.[2] The entrance to the tunnel, however, has been blocked off by a recent rockfall, forcing Link to bomb the nearby wall to reveal the tunnel's entrance.[3]

The inside of the tunnel is a sort of mini-dungeon consisting of three floors infested with monsters. Link must solve various puzzles to get to the exit of the tunnel and thus make his way to the inside of the Tower of the Spirits, where Zelda and Link meet Anjean and learn the true reason of why the Spirit Tracks have been disappearing.

If Link returns here after obtaining the Spirit Train, the roof at the end of the tunnel will have collapsed, making it impossible to access the Tower of Spirits from there again.

Enemies and Traps


  • Even though it is in the tradition of the The Legend of Zelda series to equip Link with a sword and a shield before he is allowed to venture out on his own, Link is not required to have a shield to pass into the tunnel, let alone complete the entire game. This is also the case for Oracle of Seasons, where it is required to obtain a sword, but not purchase a shield, as well as Oracle of Ages, where Link is given a sword, but not required to purchase a shield, except in a Linked Game, where he is given a Shield and already has a sword.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Canada FrenchCA Grotte de la tour Cave of the tower
French Republic FrenchEU Grotte de la Tour
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Cueva hacia la Torre Cave to the Tower


  1. "Tunnel to the Tower" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  2. "Hey, Recruit! There are all sorts of monsters on the other side of this door! I've told you already that I can't let you out there without a sword or-- Oh, I see you got yourself a weapon. All right then. Be careful out there!" — Soldier (Spirit Tracks)
  3. "What? You're searching for a tunnel that will take you to the Tower of Spirits? Well, there was a path up that way, but recently the rockfalls have closed it off." — Soldier (Spirit Tracks)