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Turtle Rock (A Link to the Past)

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Turtle Rock
The exterior of the Dungeon
Location(s) Death Mountain (Dark World)
Game(s) A Link to the Past
Other media A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
Main Item Mirror Shield
Boss(es) Trinexx
Quest Reward(s)Crystal
Heart Container

Turtle Rock,[1] also known as Level 7 in the Game Boy Advance version of A Link to the Past, is the seventh Dungeon in the Dark World in A Link to the Past.

Entrance to the Rock

Turtle Rock is the seventh Dungeon in the Dark World and the eleventh in the whole game. It can only be accessed by using a Warp Point on the eastern peak of Death Mountain. This will warp Link to the roof of the Dungeon, where he must use the Quake Medallion to open the entrance.

Themes and Navigation

This Dungeon is unique in that its interior looks more like an incredibly extended cavern, instead of having a man-made architecture; likewise, the Cane of Somaria (previously won in Misery Mire) shows a new function here: it creates platforms that can travel across floating rails, which help Link to fully explore this Dungeon, as well as to find torches that must be lit; this also means that a lot of magic power is required (in fact, that's an advice given to Link by Sahasrahla at the start of the Dungeon).

Some interesting references to the Mario series occur here as well: Chain Chomps make their debut, and warp pipes carry Link from spot to spot. Similar to the Skull Woods, there are multiple exits, one of them even leads Link to an apparently empty dead end, but guards a Piece of Heart in the Light World. But there's more: this is the only location in the game with lava, and it's harmless since Link cannot fall into it. This Dungeon houses the Mirror Shield, useful to repel more powerful projectiles, and the final crystal (containing Princess Zelda) is guarded by Trinexx.

After Link clears this tough Dungeon, he can access the final Dungeon, which is to the west, across a bridge guarded by Lynels (where the Tower of Hera would be in the Light World).

Enemies and Traps

Non-canon Appearances

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

Turtle Rock, as seen in the comic

Turtle Rock is also featured in the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori. Like in the game, Turtle Rock is the Dungeon where Princess Zelda has been imprisoned in a crystal by Agahnim.

After learning the location of Turtle Rock, Link heads there and strikes the top of it with the Master Sword to allow a lightning bolt to hit it, revealing the entrance. Inside the lava-infested Dungeon,[2] Link finds Zelda imprisoned in a crystal,[3] but he is then attacked by a three-headed dragon.[4] However, Roam, who had been following Link,[5] arrives just in time to save the young hero from one of the dragon head's attacks. Roam and Link then cut off the dragon's ice head, causing its ice and fire to mix and explode.[6] The explosion shatters Zelda's crystal, and with the princess now rescued, the group quickly escapes Turtle Rock as it begins to collapse.


  • In the Game Boy Advance remake of A Link to the Past, Link can warp to the Light World equivalent of the Dungeon's entrance. Thanks to this, he can backtrack from Turtle Rock or even Ganon's Tower without having to traverse the body of Death Mountain again.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 亀岩 (Kame Iwa) Turtle Rock
French Republic FrenchEU Rocher de la Tortue Turtle Rock
Federal Republic of Germany German Schildkrötenfelsen Turtle Rock
Italian Republic Italian Rocca Tartaruga Turtle Rock
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Roca de la Tortuga Rock of the Turtle


See Also


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 147
  2. "A lava lake! This place is hot as an inferno!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 11)
  3. "Zelda!! Is it really you this time[...]?!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 12)
  4. "Link! Watch your back!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 12)
  5. "Ha ha ha! I followed you all this way..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 16)
  6. "Move it, hero! Without that head, the monster's fire and ice will mix violently! You can guess what happens next!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 1)
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