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To the castle! When the cutscenes are over, you need to follow the path to Hyrule Castle Town. Remember that you can only enter Hyrule Castle Town during the day, as the drawbridge shuts at night. As you enter Hyrule Field, you'll be greeted by a large owl, Kaporea Gaebora. He'll often stop by to give you advice, and occasionally give you a ride on his talons.

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Nightfall Skulltula
Now that you have the freedom to roam Hyrule Field, wait for nightfall and return to the Kokiri Forest. Behind the House of the Know-it-All Brothers is a Gold Skulltula.
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Gold Skulltulas often prefer to come out at night because they like the dark.

Many of them only come out then, so keep a close eye and ear out for them.
Use your map to find the castle.

The Dangers of Hyrule Field[edit]

In order to make it into Hyrule Castle, you must travel a long distance. However, there are monsters along the way that can give you serious trouble.

During the day, large plants called Peahats are stationed in the field, and they are quite nasty. They will attack if you get anywhere near them, and the only way to kill them is to strike their root. Some are particularly dangerous and will spawn Peahat Larva. These are practically invincible and will hunt you down. The only way to avoid them is to outrun them or make them hit the ground. Along with the threat of Peahats, nightfall brings more evil.

Skeletal monsters called Stalchildren come out at night. These creatures can be felled quickly, but they just keep coming. If you kill enough, a larger Stalchild will appear. These take more hits to kill. However, standing on a dirt path will keep any Stalchildren from coming out. If you can survive the night, you'll reach Hyrule Market. If you make it to the bridge, but it closes before you can cross it, simply stand on the rock ledge by the moat and the Stalchildren will not be able to reach you. You can also just wait in the moat and none of them will be able to reach you.

If you're going to other areas like Gerudo Valley, Lake Hylia, Zora's Domain and Kakariko Village for the first time before Hyrule Castle, Kaepora Gaebora (the old owl) will stop you in your tracks to give you more hints into the game before he flies off. It's best to stick to your main route to Hyrule Castle as the day goes quite quickly.

Hyrule Market[edit]

Bazaar Shop List[edit]

Item Quantity Price (rupees)
Arrows 10 20
Arrows 30 60
Arrows 50 90
Bombs OoT Items Bomb.png 5 35
Deku Nuts OoT Items Deku Nut.png 5 15
Deku Stick OoT Items Deku Stick.png 1 10
Hylian Shield OoT Items Hylian Shield.png 1 80
Recovery Heart 1 10

There is not much you can buy at this point. Do not buy the Hylian Shield at this time. You do not need it now. You will soon, and by that time, a soldier will put in word for a discount for you. There is also a way to get it for free…

Potion Shop List[edit]

Item Price (rupees)
Blue Fire 300
Bottle Bug 50
Deku Nuts OoT Items Deku Nut.png (5) 15
Fairy's Spirit 50
Fish 200
Green Potion 30
Poe 30
Red Potion 30

Again, not much available. One, you need a bottle to put the items in. Two, at this time you can only carry 99 rupees at most. However, throughout the course of the game, you will acquire storage bottles and your wallet will expand to carry more money.

The Bombchu Bowling Alley[edit]

At night, a woman will be looking for her dog. Look for a white dog below the open window in the market. The open window has a man looking from it and is to the left of the drawbridge as you face it. Rub up against the dog, and he will follow you. Enter the woman's house in the back alley to collect your prize for finding "Richard". Next time you will get 5 rupees.

Once you obtain the bomb bag, the Bombchu Bowling Alley will be open to you. You will use bombchus to bowl through three obstacle courses to obtain a prize. You have ten tries per game. One game costs 30 rupees.

Possible repeatable prizes
Possible one-time prizes


In the Market, enter the guardhouse next to the drawbridge. Roll into the lone crate next to the soldier to find a Gold Skulltula.

In the marketplace you will see two men talking. One of them tells you how he tried to get into the castle and see the princess. He also tells you of a small opening into the castle in which he got stuck. Over by the fountain, a girl named Malon tells you that her dad still hasn't returned from the castle.

Before continuing, stop by the Shooting Gallery to receive the Biggest Deku Seed Bag OoT Items Biggest Deku Seed Bag.png. The game costs 20 rupees. To win, you must hit 10 targets (in this game, they are rupees!) in a limited time with 15 bullets. If you hit seven or less, the game is over. If you hit eight or nine targets, you get another free try. Upon successful completion, you will be ale to carry 40 bullets instead of 30.

If you are short on rupees, you can enter the door to the guard house next to the drawbridge. This room contains a lot of vases, which may be broken to get rupees. This may be repeated as often as required to collect as many rupees as necessary. There is also a Gold Skulltula inside of the lone box next to the soldier. Run up to the box and roll into it to reveal the Gold Skulltula.

Entering the Castle[edit]

In the entrance to hyrule castle the owl will be on top of a tree. After talking to the owl roll into the tree he was sitting on to find a Gold Skulltula.
You need to find Malon's dad.

Head north. After you get the introduction scene for Hyrule Castle, head back to the market. Now head back to Hyrule Castle again. Malon is now waiting by some vines on the wall. When you speak to her, she gives you a Weird Egg.

Climb these vines!
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Climb the vines (the central vine is the only one to reach the top), and move toward the castle gate. Then drop down into the hole with the ladder. Now exit the door. Once the path starts to curve left, keep out of sight of the guards by walking up the hillside to your left. Head straight across the grassy area to a brick wall on the left side of the main gate. If you see a guard, move out of his line of sight. Climb the wall and head toward the castle. Drop into the moat. Swim all the way to the bars on the right (you should be able to pick up some rupees by staying near the middle) and climb onto the shore.

A man will be sleeping next to a couple boxes. It's Malon's dad! He's dreaming about kids at the ranch... If a day has passed and the chicken has hatched, then use it on him and he'll wake from his delighted slumber. Of course, he realizes what he's done by making Malon wait so long for him, and runs off in a hurry. Now, you can push the blocks to a position from which you can enter the castle.

An Audience with the Princess[edit]

Note that you cannot do this at night!

In order to reach the princess, who is in the castle courtyard, you must make your way past a number of guards in five different areas. Keep your distance and keep to the rear of any guard. Timing is important. However, make sure you enter the courtyard before nightfall. The only time you can attempt to sneak into the courtyard is during the day. At night, two guards stand vigilant and prevent anyone from entering. But, if you sneak in past those guards, they won't kick you out.

The princess is found standing at a window across the courtyard. Zelda is shocked at first to see you, but soon recognizes that you are from the Kokiri. Upon showing her the Spiritual Stone of the Forest, she reveals to you a dream she had in which you played a part. She then tells you of the secret of the Sacred Realm. The Sacred Realm holds the Triforce, which is imbued with the power of the goddesses, the power to grant the wish of whoever holds it. She also reveals that the Temple of Time, (located off the Market) is the entrance to this Sacred Realm blocked by the Door of Time.

In order to open the Door of Time, you must gather the three spiritual stones (one of which you already have) and the Ocarina of Time.

The Enemy Revealed[edit]

Ganondorf: King of the Gerudo

Princess Zelda then asks you if you would see the other man from her dream, the enemy. Upon looking through the window, she tells you his name: Ganondorf.


Meeting Impa

Zelda gives you a letter and sends you on your way with Impa, the Sheikah. Impa teaches you Zelda's Lullaby, your first melody.

Zelda's Lullaby

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She then instructs you to go to Death Mountain, home of the Gorons, but not before speaking to the villagers of her hometown, Kakariko, which is located at the foot of the mountain.

Once you obtain the bomb bag, return to the path to Hyrule Castle. Starting at the gate, head straight until the path curves left. You should notice a boulder on your right (a sign in front of it reads "Dead End".) Bomb it and enter the hole. After you play Zelda's Lullaby, the great fairy will give you the Din's Fire magical spell. It will burn all things within a certain range upon activation. (6 MP.)

Lon Lon Ranch[edit]

  1. When entering Lon Lon Ranch, go toward the corral and turn left around the corner. Attack the tree with your roll to find a Gold Skulltula.
  2. At night, go to the back of the horse shelter. The Gold Skulltula will be crawling on the wood.
  3. Note: there are two more Gold Skulltula's available here, but you won't be able to get them until after Jabu-Jabu's Belly. These are Gold Skulltulas #20 and #21 on the list.

But before heading over the Kakariko and Death Mountain, take some time to visit Lon Lon Ranch located in Hyrule Field.

Entering the first door on the left will bring you to Talon, sleeping once again. Speak to him and you can play the "Super Cucco-findin' game". This game is much easier if you throw most of the Cuccos into the gap between the table and the stairs before talking to Talon. If you lose, you lose 10 rupees. Winning will give you a bottle of Lon Lon Milk. A dose of this will restore five hearts of health, and there are two doses in the bottle. After drinking all the milk, you can return and buy more for 30 rupees. Winning again will also garner you a refill. Or you can fill the Empty Bottle OoT Items Empty Bottle.png with something else. Note: upon losing, you are given the option of playing the game again for only 5 rupees.

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At the southwest corner of Lon Lon Ranch, outside the corral, is a stone building. Entering the door reveals two cows and several boxes. A small hole with a Heart Piece is behind the boxes.

Out in the corral is Malon. When you speak to her, she introduces you to a young horse, Epona. However, the horse is afraid of you and runs away. Speak again until she mentions her mother's song. Equip your ocarina and she teaches you a new melody, Epona's Song.

Epona's Song

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Play this song and Epona is no longer afraid of you. Also, with this song and an empty bottle, any cow you find will give you free Lon Lon Milk.

Now, go to Kakariko Village and enter it during the day.

Sidequest Catch-up[edit]

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Skulltula in Hiding
With a bottle, you can now capture bugs. You can either purchase them in a shop or look for them in grass or under rocks. Bottle up a bug and head to the Kokiri Forest. There is a small patch of soil near the shop. Drop the bug out near the hole and they'll go in. What comes out? A Gold Skulltula!
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Along with the ones that appear at night, a few Gold Skulltula can be hiding in soft spots of soil. All it takes is a little bug to lure them out.

Treasure Chest Game[edit]

The Treasure Chest Game can be played in Hyrule Market, but only at night. In each room, you are presented with two chests--one contains a rupee, the other a key to the next room. If you select the chest with the rupee, the game ends. However, if you get the key, you move on. As you progress through the rooms, the value of the rupees increases, (green room, green Rupee, blue room, blue Rupee, red room, red Rupee) until you reach the final room which contains a Heart Piece (or Purple Rupee afterwards).

The game is entirely dependent on luck. However, a later item in the game will reveal what's inside the chests...