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Sword & Shield Maze

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Sword & Shield Maze
OOS - Sword and Shield Maze (Entrance).png
Location(s) Subrosian Volcanoes
Game(s) Oracle of Seasons
Main Item Hyper Slingshot
Mini-boss(es) Frypolar
Boss(es) Medusa Head
Quest Reward(s)Changing Seasons
Heart Container
Theme Music

The Sword & Shield Maze, referred to as the Sword & Shield Dungeon on the Dungeon Map, is the eighth and final dungeon in Oracle of Seasons. It is also the only dungeon located in Subrosia.

Entrance to the Maze

The entrance to the Sword & Shield Maze is at the "mouth" of a human-looking volcano. Its eyes follow Link's movements. The dungeon is found in the northwestern corner of the Subrosian Volcanoes. This secluded section of Subrosia can only be accessed from a portal within the Temple Remains where the Temple of Seasons once stood. This dungeon is the only dungeon of the game where the Maku Tree cannot direct Link to the entrance. This is likely because the dungeon is not in Holodrum at all.

In a Linked Game, when Link enters the dungeon, Princess Zelda leaves her refuge to encourage the populace of Holodrum to prevent them from giving in to the destruction that now surrounds them, as the end of the game draws near. Zelda does so against the wishes of Impa, who wishes her to remain hidden.[1][2][3]

Themes and Navigation

The theme of this dungeon centers around polar opposites: the first floor of the dungeon is ice-themed, while the basement is fire and lava-themed. Also, the first floor of the dungeon, when seen from above, resembles a shield while the first basement resembles a sword, hence the name of the dungeon. These opposites are further interlinked by the fact that, in Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, defense is usually represented by the color blue (i.e., the Blue Ring), and offense is usually represented by the color red (i.e. the Red Ring). Fittingly, the mini-boss of the dungeon is Frypolar, a fire-and-ice enemy. The item obtained in the dungeon is the Level-2 Hyper Slingshot.

The icy floors of the ice section of the dungeon cause Link to slip and slide, making navigation rather difficult. This problem can be solved using the Snowshoe Ring. At a certain point in the dungeon, Link finds magical ice crystals on the ice-themed floor. These must be thrown down to the fire floor in order to harden the lava, which allows Link to navigate further into the basement of the dungeon.[4][5]

The boss of the dungeon is the fearful Medusa Head. Defeating the boss garners Link a Heart Container as well as the Changing Seasons, the final Essence of Nature.

Minor Traps and Enemies

Trivia

  • The American version of Oracle of Seasons is the only version to name this dungeon a maze. In all other versions, it is simply called "Sword & Shield Dungeon".
    • Additionally, the term "Sword & Shield Dungeon" also appears in the American version when one brings up the dungeon map, leading to the dungeon having inconsistent naming in the American version.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland EnglishUK Sword & Shield Dungeon
Japan Japanese 剣と盾のダンジョン (Ken to Tate no Danjon) Sword and Shield Dungeon
French Republic FrenchEU Donjon Épée&Écu Sword&Shield Dungeon
Federal Republic of Germany German Schwert/Schild-Höhle Sword/Shield Cave
Italian Republic Italian Dungeon Spada e Scudo
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Mazmorra de la Daga y el Escudo Dagger and Shield Dungeon

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References

  1. "Zelda! No! Don't leave the refuge! Not now!" — Impa (Oracle of Seasons)
  2. "Let go of me! I cannot stand by while the people live in fear of destruction!" — Princess Zelda (Oracle of Seasons)
  3. "No matter how frightening it is, you must not lose hope! Hope is the one thing that can lead you to peace!" — Princess Zelda (Oracle of Seasons)
  4. "Icy cores make piercing blades." — Owl Statue (Oracle of Seasons)
  5. "The magical ice freezes all." — Owl Statue (Oracle of Seasons)
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