Armos Knights guard the stairways leading to the Eastern Palace entrance. Hand-quarried slate slabs were used to form plazas and walkways, and walls were erected to create a labyrinth within the huge palace compound. Sahasrahla the Elder is reportedly hiding out from Agahnim in this area.
Points of Interest
Although not as heavily populated as the west, the area around the Eastern Palace compound is home to an interesting variety of people and creatures. Octoroks are plentiful on land, and the waters are filled with Zora's Spawn. North of the compound lives a strange woman who claims to stir up magic brews.
The Magic House
Before you seek Sahasrahla's Hideout, it might be worth it to pay a visit to the Magic Shop up north. Many travelers report meeting an old woman stirring a strange-smelling concoction in a huge cauldron outside the Magic Shop. Although she is spooky-looking, they say that she is friendly. Her assistant inside the shop sells the Medicine of Life, the Medicine of Magic, and a rare blue potion that restores both Life and Magic.
The old woman sometimes needs Mushrooms for her brew and offers rewards to people who bring them to her. You can be the recipient of such a reward, but in order to find a Mushroom, you need to travel deep inside the Lost Woods. The reward is worth the effort, however. She will provide you with the mysterious Magic Powder which has equally mysterious effects on various objects throughout Hyrule. Magic Powder can be used in strange ways. For example, a Buzzblob will be turned into a Potatohead by a sprinkle of Powder. Bubbles also prove to be susceptible to Powder. One sprinkle turns them into Faeries!
Unfortunately, just past the Magic Shop is a huge stone blocking the path. Only those with strength enough to move it are able to continue to the waterways beyond. You will wish to return here later when you possess such strength. (Note: For information about the points of interest beyond this boulder, please visit the Lake Hylia portion of this walkthrough.)
Sahasrahla the Elder knew that his days were numbered when Agahnim's forces gained control, so he waited for darkness to fall and stole away in the night. Because he had developed his telepathic abilities to an amazing level, he was able to communicate with other Hylians from his hideout.
Upon meeting you, Sahasrahla sensed something special about you. He wondered if you might be the one worthy of wielding the Master Sword. A series of tests were the only way to know for sure. Sahasrahla sends you on your way to the site of the first test, the Eastern Palace. He would like you to return with the Pendant of Courage before he will impart any further information to you.
Bomb the wall behind Sahasrahla and you'll find three chests. One of these chests contains bombs that will replenish those you have used up. The other chests contain 50 rupees each.
The Eastern Palace
Twin gargoyle heads, carved in stone, adorn the courtyard at the Eastern Palace entrance. Cool and stark inside, the palace at first appears to be deserted, but skeletons will materialize and sleeping giants will awaken to charge intruders.
Although not as grand as Hyrule Castle, the Eastern Palace is an awesome sight to behold. The floors are tiled with cool blue marble and the walls are constructed with blocks of jade-like stone. It is only two stories tall, but the lower level is a sprawling maze.
- As you step inside the palace, you are greeted with three options. Two doors are already open, beckoning you to explore them, but all you'll find on the other side are two ledges that lead to a vast chasm. The middle door must be unlocked somehow. The trigger that gives you access is under the middle pot. Lift it and step on the button to open the door.
- On the other side, you'll find a bridge, occupied by three blue and orange monsters, known as Popos. It helps to defeat them, but what you must really do is find the tile on the bridge which opens the door beyond. If you look carefully, you'll notice one tile that has a darker underside then the rest. Step on it to proceed.
- You will be perched high up on a ledge that overlooks the Grand Hall, and the great treasure chest of the Palace. You can not reach it from here, so you must choose left or right exit. Start with the right. The access tile is behind the two pots. Step on it to open the door and pass through.
- You will be on the upper-walkway of a room with two Popos, and three Stalfos skeletons. While the Popos are rather dumb, the Stalfos are smart enough to dodge your sword swings if you strike from too far away. They will jump backwards, so you must be up close – or have them pinned against a wall – to hit them. A throw from your Boomerang can also help. Along the right wall there are two doors. Take the top one.
- You will encounter your first Bubble here. Although they can't do anything debilitating like prevent you from swinging your sword, they damage you in two ways; your health and your magic. You can't fight them, but if you met with the witch outside the Magic Shop, you might have something that you can use against them. The trigger that opens the door to the south is hidden underneath one of the pots. Find it and step on it to move to the next room.
- There is a treasure chest on the right. Open it to discover the dungeon Map. You can look at it at any time to see the whole dungeon (). From here, you may jump down from the upper ledge, and climb the ladder on the opposite side. Head through the door, return to 1E, and return to 1D. Now approach the door on the left side. Use the same trick to open it (the tile placed behind the two pots).
- You'll encounter four more Stalfos. Make short work of them if you can, but avoid taking any unnecessary risks. Your only option from here is the lower door on the left.
- When you pass through, the doors will slam shut, and four Stalfos will rise from the remains that lie on the floor. You must fight and defeat these Stalfos to escape. While they are cunning enough to dodge the blows from your sword, they're not quite as swift when it comes to throwing pottery at them. Lift the jars off the ground and give them a good throw to scatter their bones and open the doors.
- When you enter, you will spot a treasure chest that contains the Compass. Grab it and head down the ladder. Cross underneath the walkway and exit through the door on the right.
- Now you're in the lower portion of 1H. There is a tile that you can examine to speak with Sahasrahla. Continue running right, and you will find yourself back in 1D, on the lower level this time. You may be tempted to run straight to the large treasure chest and reveal its contents, but you're missing one vital tool: The Master Key. So for now, just cross the room and enter the opposite door. You will pass by a pair of statuesque-looking monsters known as Eyegores, who awaken and follow you if you get too close. They are easy to outrun. When you pass through the right door, you will be on the lower level of 1E. Cross beneath the upper floor to the ladder down below and climb up to the door.
- When you pass through the door, you will enter a darkened room and the door will slam shut. There are two Popos and two Bubbles as well as two options out of this room, to the left and right, and both of them are locked. The right door can be opened if you step on the correct tile, which is not far from the door itself. Enter the right room.
- You will find eight jars and three Stalfos. One of the jars contains the precious Small Key that you need in order to advance. Find it, and run back to 1L. Use your key on the left door in the previous room and pass through. You will find yourself on the top walkway of room 1C. You can safely cross to the other side and pass through the left door.
- In this room, you will face the sum of all the enemies you've seen in the palace thus far: two Popos, two Stalfos, an Eyegore, and four Bubbles. The Bubbles will behave a little peculiarly, choosing to hover over a tile on the floor than spreading out to attack you. You must defeat every other enemy in the room. The Popos are easy, and the Stalfos can be taken out with the pots in the room, or with your sword. The Eyegore may present a small challenge. You must be close enough to wake it up, and you must hit it in the eye, so only frontal attacks will work. Fight it patiently and you will win. Once you succeed in killing the enemies, the Bubbles will scatter. While you will want to avoid them, the important thing is the tile that they are no longer defending. Run over to it and step on it, and a treasure chest will fall to the ground. Open it up and claim the Big Key. Use the Big Key to open the door to the north and enter room 1H.
- Bow. (If you haven't struck the pots on the sides of the Grand Hall already, break some of them to reveal five arrows sets.)
- With the Bow and Big Key in hand, you are ready to advance to the room up above. Before you do, note that just as in Hyrule Castle, you can jump off the ledge to the vases below, which will lead you to a room with fairies. If you've collected the net and a bottle already, you can use them at this time to store a fairy or two in case you are defeated in battle. If you collect a fairy in a bottle, it will free itself when you die and bring you back to life! Quite a thank you for such an inconvenience.
- When you enter this room, the lights will dim. There are torches for you to light, but you'll have to find them amid the six Popos and two centrally-positioned Eyegores. The bow happens to be an excellent weapon against the Eyegores, but in the time that it takes you to face them and fire an arrow, they may get too close and harm you, or fall back asleep, rendering them impervious to your attack until they wake up again. One of the Eyegores is holding the Small Key that you need to exit through the door on the left. Once you obtain the Small Key from the Eyegore, open the locked door on the left and climb up to the second floor.
- If you like, from 1O you may enter through the door on the right, and you will discover a treasure room filled with 18 blue rupees (for a sum increase of 90 rupees in your wallet). Be mindful, however, of the two Bubbles that call this room home, as there isn't a lot of room to maneuver.
- Fortunately, Floor 2 is much smaller than the previous floor. When you arrive, you will enter a room with two Bubbles, four interesting but harmless statues, and four pots. As you might expect, the trigger which opens the door to the left is found under one of the pots. Break them all to discover arrows as well. Step on the trigger and enter the door.
- In here, you will find another locked door, and three Eyegores. The Eyegores are all standing on door trigger tiles, for a total of four triggers including the one in the back. Only one of these tiles will open the door, and you'll have to mess around with the Eyegores to discover which one. If you test the lowest floor tile, the door will snap open, allowing you to proceed.
- Another room, and another set of locked doors. This dangerous room is loaded with rolling balls that pass randomly from one side of the room to the other. It requires some fancy footwork, but if you locate the correct door trigger, you may advance to the room on the left.
- The mosaic on the floor in front of the top door in the next room means you are very close to the dungeon boss. There are two Stalfos here, and a previously unseen red version of the Eyegore. The red Eyegore is completely impervious to both pots and your sword and can only be defeated by a couple of arrows to the eye. Defeat them all and you will be granted access to the room above.
- Another challenging room, will must face six Popos and two red Eyegores. The Popos are positioned in such a way that a quick well-placed spin attack will wipe out most of them. The two red Eyegores are only challenging if you attract both of them at the same time. Try to employ a divide-and-conquer strategy, and fire arrows into each one of their eyes, one at a time. If you're running low on arrows, break some of the jars for more ammunition. When the room is clear, brace yourself, and prepare for the boss fight in room 2!.
Boss: Armos Knights
These six statues appear harmless until they shake and rumble to life. They begin to bound around the room in special circular patterns. If you have plenty of arrows, you have little to fear. You can fire at them from the bottom of the room, off to the side, and stay relatively safe. If you are forced to rely on your sword, you must attack a lot more carefully. The patterns that the Knights follow are fairly predictable, so fire your arrows patiently; you can't afford to waste too many of them.
As you attack the Armos Knights, you will defeat them one at a time. Ultimately, you will be left with one final Armos Knight, who will transform from the usual blue color to an angry red. The final red Armos Knight has no interest in following a pattern since there's no one else to follow it with him. Instead he takes slow, but purposeful leaps in your direction. Move out of his path, and retaliate with an arrow or a sword swipe until he finally expires a good idea with the arrows is to start shooting right before he lands and the hit will land. A Heart Container will lie in its place. Collect it to end the combat sequence. You will receive the only reward befitting your courage: the Pendant of Courage. Once you touch it, you will be transported to the outside of the Palace. Now you can visit with Sahasrahla and share your success with him.
One final visit
With the Pendant in hand, return to Sahasrahla to it show him. He will be so impressed with your accomplishment that he will offer you a gift that will aid you in your pursuit of the two remaining pendants: the Pegasus Boots. With these special boots, you can execute a dashing attack that strikes objects with tremendous force. Sahasrahla suggests that your next destination may lie in the Desert of Mystery, but in order to get there you must pass through the Great Swamp. Along the way, there are a few detours to make...