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The well of Kakariko Village is a very strange place. At first glance, it looks harmless, but evil beasts inside make it a land of doom.

In the past seven years, Ganondorf's dark aura has crept into places beyond imagine, rooting up many evils. Your quest is about to lead to one of those places.

Note: This scene won't be activated until you finish the first three temples (Forest, Fire and Water).

A Beast in the Well[edit]

Head for Kakariko Village. Upon entering the town, Link finds it ablaze. Sheik is there, looking at the village well. Something of great evil is trying to get out, and Sheik warns Link to stay back from the well. Suddenly, the wooden frame above it gets thrown into the air!

An invisible force comes out of the well, picks up Sheik, throws him around in mid air, and finally tosses him to the ground a fair distance away. A dark slime-like mist rushes out of the well and across a building. It circles around the village before heading straight at Link who takes a defensive stance. Although the beast rushes into his shield, Link gets overtaken as the screen goes black and you hear him scream in agony.

The Nocturne of Shadow[edit]

A monster has escaped to cause trouble again.

Link regains consciousness with Sheik kneeling over him. Sheik explains the situation to Link: an evil that was sealed inside the well has escaped to the Shadow Temple in the Graveyard. Impa, Zelda's former attendant, leader of the Sheikahs, and Sage of the Shadow Temple, has gone to the temple to battle it.

Sheik teaches Link the Nocturne of Shadow.

Impa needs help to vanquish the monster, but entering the Shadow Temple is so dangerous, no one can get in except people with special abilities. All Sheik can do is teach Link the melody that will lead him to the temple, the Nocturne of Shadow.

The Nocturne of Shadow:

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The Song of Storms[edit]

Before you enter the temple, you will need an item that will allow you to see invisible items, enemies and passages: the Lens of Truth . It lies at the bottom of the well. Unfortunately, the well is sealed off, so you will need to return to the past and retrieve the item as a child.

Someone in the windmill played a strange song in the past.

Enter the windmill that is directly in front of the well. Guru-Guru, the angry music man inside, claims that seven years ago, a child with an ocarina played a strange song that messed up the windmill.

The Song of Storms is that very song.

Pull out your ocarina. The sight of it jogs his memory. The man will remember the song and teach it to you (it is the same melody playing in the background).

The Song of Storms:

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Strange things will happen to the windmill, causing Guru-Guru to get angrier than ever. Apparently, you played the song in the past and caused trouble, but for what reason?

Note: If you already acquired this song after getting the Hookshot  from Dampe, you can skip this and just play the same song when you come back to the windmill as a kid.

The Bottom of the Well[edit]

Play the song in the windmill.

Head to the Temple of Time and return the Master Sword to it pedestal. Return to Kakariko Village (You can use the Nocturne of Shadow  you just learned.) Enter the village windmill and play the Song of Storms . The song will make something very startling happen. The crank will spin much faster and the music in the windmill will get more frantic. Then, something even crazier will happen!

The well's draining completely!

The windmill will drastically speed up and churn out all of the water in the well. You are now free to explore it, but beware.

Special note: You can do this after Forest Temple. This is the earliest point to do it. If you finish the Bottom of the Well prior to the Shadow Temple, you can skip this and continue on your quest.

Deceptive Illusion[edit]

Crawl through the tunnel at the well's entrance. Drop down the ledge with the ladder in front of you, then kill the Big Skulltula . You will see a skeleton lying against the left wall. If you Z button-Target and use Navi, she'll tell you that the spirits are saying "Look for the eye of truth..."

Walk through the section of the wall between the skeleton and the mound of the dirt; it is not real. The Lens of Truth  in this dungeon, when you get it, will allow you to see what is real and what is not.

Warning! If you happen to fall into one of the holes in the middle area between the fake wall and the Triforce symbol (the room with the Wallmaster ), you'll end up in a room with acidic water, a ReDead , three silver rupees  on the floor, and five pathways (the ones without torches are useless unless you need to stock up on supplies - one has grass, and the other has pots - the pathway with torches contains the Dungeon Map ).

Climb up the ladders and grab the fourth and fifth silver rupees to unlock the door. Head through it to re-enter the main room and entrance to the dungeon. Thankfully, if you keep falling in the holes again, you won't have to get the silver rupees again.

Hidden Pitfalls[edit]

Go across the pool of water in front of you (notice the crawl space at the bottom of the pool, on the right) and wait a bit. You'll hear the flapping of some sort of wings; unfortunately it's a Giant Green Bubble File:LoZ OoT enemy Giant Green Bubble.png patrolling the shallow trench that wraps around this room. If you watch the Green Bubble, its fire will extinguish once in a while; use this time to shoot it with a bullet from the Fairy Slingshot .

There are two ways to go from here:

  1. Go left or right (right is easier as the Green Bubble won't be coming straight at you) down the trench, and follow it around two corners. After the second corner, run halfway down the hall until you reach an area where there is a Triforce inscribed on the floor (the middle of the hallway, opposite the fake wall you entered from). Stand on the symbol and play Zelda's Lullaby . The water on this floor will stop flowing and drain.
  2. Alternatively, you may simply run straight into the wall directly ahead of the entrance. It's a fake wall, and will take you into the central room of the dungeon. Keep going straight (going around the big "X" in the middle of the room, as there is a pit underneath it). Keep going straight, being mindful of the Wallmaster lurking on the ceiling of the northern part of this room, and through the second false wall. You'll now be in front of the fountain with the Triforce symbol on the floor in front of it. Play Zelda's Lullaby to drain the water.

After draining the water, return to the pool of water you passed near the dungeon entrance (with the crawlspace). It is now an empty pit, so drop down into the pit and head through the crawlspace (there's a chest opposite the crawlspace with some bombs in it). Go forward slightly, kill the Big Skulltula , climb the wall, and then go through the door straight ahead.

Miniboss: The Dead Hand[edit]

On the map, you'll now be in the large room that's the farthest to the east on level B1. You'll see four white pillars located around the room; however they're quite peculiar. If you approach one, it will bend over and grab you! They aren't pillars, they are arms! After you are grabbed, a nasty monster will come out of the ground and try to eat you. This beast is the demented Dead Hand , the mini-boss of the well.

Tap buttons to breakaway from the hand you trapped yourself in. Ignore the hands but stay clear of them unless you need to call Dead Hand back again; they can't harm you, but they might hold you long enough for Dead Hand to. Note that the arms can be destroyed, but they don't drop anything or help defeat Dead Hand any quicker, although they may drop hearts  which are useful if you are low on health. An alternative way to get Dead Hand above the ground again is by throwing bombs  at the hands. If you hit one hand twice or three times with a bomb, Dead Hand will come.

Dead Hand's weakness is its face, so you have to wait for it to bend down to attack you before you can strike it (just stand in front of Dead Hand and wait for it to lower its head). It takes about 9 hits to the face to kill Dead Hand. After striking it about three times, Dead Hand will retreat into the ground and cause a shockwave-like effect made of dirt or some sort of energy; avoid this or defend to avoid taking damage.

Truth within the Eye[edit]

Open the chest that Dead Hand left behind to obtain the Lens of Truth . Try looking through the Lens before you leave this room: behind the big chest, against the wall, will be another chest with a Huge Rupee  (200)!. You've done what you need to here, but there are still more places in the well to explore if you wish (there's also more treasure).

Optional: Small Keys, Skulltulas, Bombchus, and Other Treasures[edit]


In the main room, notice the mounds of dirt to either side of the false door which leads to the center room with the prison cells, locked doors, and Wallmaster . The mound on the left can be destroyed with a bomb  to reveal a pit. This pit will NOT lead to the basement, and will instead lead to a small room with a chest containing Bombchus .

The Dungeon Map[edit]

Head into the middle room and fall into one of the pits. In the basement, head into the path with the lit torches in front of it (bomb  the boulders if necessary). Kill the ReDead  by stunning it with the Sun's Song  and striking with your sword and grab the Dungeon Map  from the chest.

The Compass[edit]

There are two ways to get to the chest with the Compass :

  1. From the fountain with the Triforce in front of it, head left (if facing the fountain) and follow the trench around the corner. Keep going until you see a “tunnel,” and hug the left wall of the tunnel (or use the Lens of Truth  to see the fake wall there). You'll enter one of the jail cells of the central room, which contains a chest with the Compass.
  2. Enter the central room with the jail cells, get close to the edge of the pitfall, and backflip over the hole, into the jail cell.

Small Keys and Gold Skulltulas[edit]

For Key #1, Return to the main room and follow the trench to the left (west). Round the corner north, and halfway down the trench, look to your left to see an opening. Fall down into the pit with the small chest (which contains a single Recovery Heart ), then climb up and into the farthest west room. The room is dark and purple, with six coffins. A Gibdo  (a mummified ReDead) has opened his coffin and is walking around. Stun the Gibdo with the Sun's Song  and kill it, then light the torch by the southwest coffin (“northwest” of the entrance, if you don't have the Compass  – it's the one farthest from the door, on the left as you enter the room) to obtain the first Small Key ; note that this coffin also contains two Keese , so be prepared. Light the other torches to open the other coffins if you wish, but they only contain monsters (one contains another Gibdo, and the others each contain two Keese). After grabbing the key, head back to the main entrance. Follow the trench to the far northeast of the Giant Green Bubble's track to find a crawlspace. Head through it and then open the locked door.

In this room you'll see three Fire Keese  and a Beamos . Do not move. There are four large hidden holes in the floor. Kill the three Fire Keese with the Fairy Slingshot  or Boomerang , then throw a bomb  at the Beamos. Now use the Lens of Truth  to make your way to the door on the other side of the room (and, optionally, to the chest, which contains a Deku Shield , or a Blue Rupee  if you still have it). Now head through the door on the opposite side of the room.

You'll be in the eastern cell block, with a Like-Like , a Gold Skulltula , and a small chest. Kill the Like-Like with your sword (stunning it with your boomerang before striking is tremendously helpful). Now claim Gold Skulltula #1 with your boomerang (and, optionally, the chest, which contains a Hylian Shield , or a Blue Rupee if you still have it).

Now return to the main entrance. Key #2 and Key #3 are both in small chests very near the main entrance (along the Giant Green Bubble's track) behind fake walls. Use the Lens of Truth to find Key #2 to the left of the central room (northwest from the entrance) just before the corner. For Key #3, round the corner to the right (northeast) and look immediately to your left using the Lens of Truth.

Now that you have both keys, head into the central room to unlock both of the locked doors, both of which contain a Gold Skulltula for Gold Skulltula #2 and Gold Skulltula #3. The locked room to the left has a Deku Baba and three flying pots. The room on the right has four Keese and a giant pit with an invisible pathway (use the Lens of Truth to see the pathway along the right-hand side).

When you've had your fill of this dungeon, get ready for your next one; it's sure to give you chills.

The Path to Shadows[edit]

There are torches all over this chamber.

Return to the Temple of Time and retrieve the Master Sword (make sure you have the Lens of Truth !), then play the Nocturne of Shadow  and warp to the Graveyard. You'll end up somewhere new: a ledge high above the graveyard beyond the Royal Family's Tomb. Head down the tunnel behind you.

Cast Din's Fire...
...and enter at your own risk.

You'll come to a large chamber with a spellcasting circle and unlit torches. At the end of this room is a large sealed door. Stand in the center platform and use Din's Fire  to light all of the torches at once. The door will rise up and reveal the path forward.

You are now free to enter the Shadow Temple. However, once you enter this temple, your fears will be put to the test...

Special note: You can enter the Shadow Temple as a child but you'll be limited to the entrance. Better stick to being the adult for this dungeon.