Chapter 11 - Well & Ikana Castle
This part of the Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask walkthrough covers most of Ikana Canyon, including obtaining the Gibdo Mask, Beneath The Well, Ikana Castle, and finally, scaling Stone Tower.
Blowing Away The Curse
As you run around Ikana Canyon, Tatl will alert you to the presence of Garo
spirits, which you can then wear the Garo Mask to make them appear. Once you
easily defeat them, they'll give you interesting information about the area. One
of them mentions that you can revive the river by going to the cave to the
north. Let's investigate, shall we?
Inside, you'll witness a short disturbing clip in which Sharp appears and plays
his evil music which is just painful to listen to - literally! =( His brother,
Flat, taught us the Song of Storms back in the Graveyard, which blows away
curses, and asked you to use it on his evil brother. Do so now to make the
purple cursing mist dissipate. You'll then have the privilege of sitting through
an extremely long movie in which the restored water flow causes the Music Box
House to play it's mummy-killing circus tune once more. Time to go make a
sandwich... Sharp will then tell you to seek out the King of Ikana Castle.
To revive the dried-up river on
Ikana hill, you must go to the
spring water cave
If one tries to enter the spring
water cave without knowing the
song buried in a grave, that poor
visitor will meet with disaster.
Every two minutes
on every day
who lives in the music
box house goes to the dried well
to check on something.
When you finally regain control, go ahead and leave. As you approach the Music
Box House, you'll see a little girl looking into the water. Once she sees you,
she'll run back into the house and lock it. You can stay a little back and wait
for her to come out on her own, but you can also lay a Bomb or use the Blast
Mask to make her come out early. Do so, then run inside the now unlocked door
once she's far enough away.
Inside, run down the stairs and around the corner. Suddenly, a half-mummified
dude jumps out of the cabinet! You can Z target him and ask Tatl for a clue. If
you try to attack him, Pamela (the little girl) will rush in and kick you out,
so you'll have to come back again. When you're done messing around, play the
Song of Healing to restore him to normal and gain the next mask we need!
While wearing this this face piece, Gibdos will not attack you and you can even
speak to them! Perhaps we can help more of the lingering spirits here in Ikana,
Word. Well, if you leave and come back in, Pamela's Father will give you useful
information about the Gibdos he's been studying. He'll also inform you that
there's a treasure guarded by the Gibdos in the well beneath Ikana. Is that
Gathering The Necessities
Basically, the Well is a huge trading sequence to get our next item. You'll need
several bottles as well as the following items:
* 5 Magic Beans
* 10 Deku Nuts
* 10 Bombs
* Blue Potion (if you want to explore the rest of it)
First, I recommend warping to Clock Town. Go out the West or South exits, then
go to the little pool between the sandy area to the west and Romani Ranch to the
southwest. Sink down in this pool with the Zora Mask and open the chest for 20
Rupees. Swipe the nearby Fish into a bottle.
Next, slash the bushes along the way and go to the hollowed out log between
Clock Town and the entrance to the Southern Swamp area. Lay a Bomb (or use the
Blast Mask) in the middle of it to reveal a hole. Inside, play Epona's Song for
one of the cows to get a free bottle of Milk. Get out of the hole and head
towards the Astral Observatory, slashing bushes along the way to collect Rupees
and items. If the guy is in the tree (First Day only) then roll into it to get
40 Rupees, otherwise, you go make at least that much by slashing some more
bushes real quick.
Soar over to Southern Swamp, put on the Deku Mask and purchase 5 Magic Beans
from the Business Scrub just outside the Tourist Information buliding for 10
Rupees a piece. Next you can go to the transition area between this part of
Southern Swamp and the Magic Hags' Potion Shop where there is a Deku Baba and
Minibaba, whom you can run back and forth killing repeatedly until you have 10
Deku Nuts. Alternatively, you can purchase them from the Trading Post in West
Clock Town for 30 Rupees.
If you would like Blue Potion, which is optional, I recommend warping to Ikana
Canyon and entering the side area next to the water where there's a Business
Scrub selling it for 50 Rupees. Alternatively, you can find a Magic Mushroom and
give it to Kotake in the Magic Hags' Potion Shop, but that's a huge hassle, a
lot of waiting, and about the same price...
Once you have all of these items, go to Ikana Canyon and (from the Owl Statue)
work your way the left ramps until you get to the very top. You'll find a circle
shape with a ladder leading down.
Did You Know?
When climbing down ladders, press A to let go, then hold forward to grab on
again before you hit the bottom and take damage. In this way, you can go down
The Big Poe
I am only going to cover the essentials. Make sure you brought the items I
listed earlier (except for the Blue Potion). We'll be using the Gibdo Mask
throughout this area to speak with Gibdos and give them items, thus unlocking
doors. If you look at your map, our first objective is to get to the large room
on the lower right side.
Give the Gibdo on your right (east) 5 Magic Beans and go through.
This room has Deku Sticks and Spring Water. It also contains a new enemy called
a Wallmaster. Speak with the Gibdo farthest from where you entered (east). Give
him 10 Deku Nuts and go through.
Here, you can find Bugs as well as a new enemy, the Eye Switch. Go around the
corner (north) and hand this Gibdo 10 Bombs. Go through.
Make your way to the center to make a Big Poe appear. Jump to avoid it, then
shoot it in the back with an arrow. Repeat till it's dead, then snag it in a
Look at your mini-map. Our next destination is the northeast corner (top right).
From the Big Poe room, go back south and then west. From here, speak with the
other Gibdo (north), who wants a Fish. After you've appeased his wild fetish, go
through the door.
This room has Deku Nuts. Continue onward to the door straight ahead. Give him
the Big Poe and go through.
Here, there's Bugs on the left. Watch out for the two Wallmasters that attempt
to steal you. Work your way to the far side of the room, timing your running
bursts to avoid the spinning wooden death traps. At the end, give the final
Gibdo a bottle of Milk.
In this last room, run ahead and light all the torches with your Fire Arrows
(and Deku Sticks) to make a chest appear. Open it to get the Mirror Shield! Test
it out by reflecting the light onto the Sun Face and Sun Block. Climb up the
ladder that appears and exit out of this other side of the well to emerge into
Stronger than your regular shield, it'll reflect light and also certain types of
magic and energy attacks.
you back to beginning
Munchity Munch Munch
WAIT! - Powder Keg
I know you're intrigued by this new area, but we'll need a Powder Keg before too
long. You might as well get it now. Warp over to West Clock Town and speak with
the Goron in the Bomb Shop to purchase a Powder Keg for 50 Rupees. There's
actually two ways to get into Ikana Castle. One is the end of the Well area we
just finished, and the other is a shortcut that only works after you have
acquired the Mirror Shield. Now that we have it, we never have to return to the
Shortcut To Ikana Castle
From the Owl Statue in Ikana Canyon, run towards the Castle gate (it's white and
red) with pillars around it. Just to the left side of it is a hole in the stone
wall. Enter to find the secret entrance. Turn left and hit the crystal switch to
make the sunroof open up. Reflect the light onto the nearby Sun Block near the
entrance to make it disappear. You can wear the Garo Mask around here to summon
more Garos and learn interesting things about the Castle if you wish. When
you're done playing around, go ahead and enter the Castle itself.
As you enter, you'll find several ReDeads, a new enemy that will freeze you and
probably do loads of damage if you're not careful. If you wear the Garo's Mask,
Gibdo Mask or Captain's Hat, they'll only dance harmlessly, allowing you to
slaughter them without a fight. Odd. There are two frozen eye switches on the
pillars in this room. Melt the one on the left to open the left (north) door.
This room has a checkerboard floor with a flaming hot platform thing that rests
on the floor all the top. If you touch the top of it or get squished under it,
you'll have to start the room over again. Hit the switches on either side of the
room to lift the platform for a few short moments. Underneath the platform
itself, there are a ton of Deku Flowers, which actually make this room a ton
easier. Simply dive down into them with the Deku Mask, let the platform come
down on top of you on purpose, then release to hit the platform, making it rise.
Hit the switch and run out to the middle of the floor. Once you're close to the
skinny pillar, put on the Deku Mask and quickly dive into the flower on the
orange tile (the closest one). Let the platform go all the way down and bonk it
to rise it back up. Quickly dive back into the flower and fly to the pillar to
press down the switch and open the door. Wait for the platform to go back down,
then jump over to the door. You should easily get enough distance to make it.
That wasn't so bad, now was it?
This room has only a few platforms that keep you from falling into the
bottomless pit below (which will restart the room). As you enter, turn off to
the left to see a floor switch. You can either use the Deku Flower to reach it,
or use the Lens of Truth to see an invisible ice platform. Either way, get over
there and press the switch down to open the next door. From here, you can either
go left or right.
If you choose left, (which I think is easier,) simply shoot the Skulltulas with
Arrows and use the Lens of Truth to jump across the ice platform, then jump
along the rest of them platforms to the door. Simple.
If you choose right, jump back on the ice platform to get back to the starting
area. (Kill the Skulltula, then) use the Deku Flower to get to the platform on
the right. From here, shoot either the middle or right Spike mines to make them
knock into the ones nearby, thus exploding. Use this flower to fly to the door.
In this hallway, you'll find yourself alone with two Blue Bubbles. You can wear
the Stone Mask to keep them from attacking you. If they do manage to touch you,
you can play the Song of Storms to blow away the curse of the Jynx. Defeat them
if you wish, then head up the stairs and out the door.
We're back outside (try not to fall down). First of all, I suggest you kill the
Guay (crows) using your bow so they don't bother you. Next, climb on top of the
outer wall and walk along it going left. Jump dwon to the lower platform (above
the entrance in the middle) with the flower on it. From here, fly to the floor
switch and take off your mask to press it down. This will cause a big block to
move, allowing light into one of the rooms we've ignored thus far.
At this point, you can hop back down and go through the entrance, but, if you'd
like a Piece of Heart, follow along with him. Jump across to the other pillar
and fly back to the central area (above the entrance). Use this flower to get
back on top of the wall and go back left (the way you came from). From here,
you'll see two flaming pillars with Deku Flowers on them. Make sure the nearby
Guay is dead, then shoot the nearby crystal switch with an arrow. Jump to the
first platform and fly along them pillars before the fire gets back. If you're
fast enough, you can easily make it to the final pillar where you'll find a
Piece of Heart. Hop down and enter the castle again.
Back in the entrance area, (wear the Garo Mask, Gibdo Mask or Captain's Hat,)
kill the ReDeads and shoot a Fire Arrow at the frozen eye switch on the right to
open the right (south) door.
Here, you'll meet a new enemy called a Floormaster. Nasty thing. Stand in the
light and reflect it onto the spider-like foe to kill it easily, as well as the
little ones that pop out afterwards. Next, reflect light onto the Sun Block to
remove it. Harass the ReDeads (once again, wearing one of those masks) and
finally go through the door.
As you enter, you'll immediately begin battling this mini-boss... again...
Wizrobe (3rd Time)
It's a Wizrobe.
You'll get your
chance right when
it starts to attack. Be on the
This guy is back, and he's a little more pumped up than before
(though you probably won't notice the changes). He fights the exact
same, but now he has a flaming attack that bursts into several
smaller fireballs once it makes contact, making them somewhat harder
to avoid. Also, he has more health than he did before, but that
shouldn't be a problem.
As always, sit back and watch out for the real one (which appears as
a red dot on your mini-map). Shoot him with Arrows or roll over with
the Goron Mask and quickly Fire Punch him.
Look for the real one and shoot it with arrows or roll over with the Goron Mask
and smack him. The real one will be a red dot on your mini-map.
Once he's been defeated, run through the door and immediately put on one of the
scary masks to defeat the ReDeads easily. Go up the stairs and out the door to
We're back on the roof, this time in the enclosed area. Straight ahead is the
hole we opened up earlier to light in the light, DO NOT JUMP IN! Instead, go
around the corner to find a cracked circle shape in the roof. If you hunted down
the Garo down below earlier, you would have found one that gave you a clue about
this, explaining that you need a Powder Keg to blow it up. If you don't have one
yet, Soar to West Clock Town and purchase one from the Goron (wear the Goron
Mask) in the Bomb Shop for 50 Rupees.
Anyway, lay the Powder Keg (and shoot it with an Arrow) to let a resounding
"boom" announce the way forward. Put on a scary mask and fall down the new hole.
King of Ikana
Simply turn in a circle to reflect light onto the ReDeads here in the entrance,
then reflect light onto the Sun Block straight ahead. Smash the jars nearby if
you need goodies, then enter the next area. Slash the jars here for Magic and
Arrows, then enter the door at long last to confront the boss.
If you wear the Captain's Hat.
A hole can be opened in the
ceiling of a particular room in
But it cannot be broken without
an explosive with incredible might
In entering Ikana Castle, there is
another secret route
the well entrance.
To counter the rage of the King
of Ikana Castle, burn
which disrupts the light and shine
the sacred rays
on the King.
The ReDeads in Ikana were once
members of the castle's dancing
Just keep defending and watch his
movements. I think I'm starting to
see his weak point!
We are never given a name for these two soldiers, so we can only
guess. As you start the battle with the King of Ikana, he will
instead send his lackeys after you and watch from the sidelines. If
you try to harm him, he'll either counterattack or deflect it. Also
at the start of the battle, the curtains will lower to shroud the
room in darkness.
As soon as you gain control, immediately burn one of the two
curtains blocking the windows using a Fire Arrow to allow the light
to come in. While standing in the light, the skeletons will avoid
you at all cost. From there, shoot the other drapes.
These guys are obviously week to the light, but most often you can't
reflect any onto them because they just guard against it with their
shield. Instead, you have to run forward and use Z targeting and
sword techniques to deal damage to them. Wait for a gap in their
defenses and stab them quickly. Try and keep both of them in view so
they don't surround you. Alternatively, you can also try stunning
them with either the Deku Mask (spinning with A) or Deku Nuts.
After just a few hits, they'll fall to the ground. Quickly run back
to the light and reflect it onto their bodies to finish them off.
Repeat this process with the other one to complete this battle.
NOTE: Another interesting fact about this battle is you can use the
Bremen Mask to briefly confuse them, making them parade around the
room. You can do this to get behind them, quickly take off the mask
and hit them.
Shoot the drapes blocking the windows with Fire Arrows. Stand in the light when
you don't wish to be attacked. Go confront them, using your sword and shield to
take each one down. When they fall to the ground, run back to the light and
shine it on their bodies to finish them off.
After they're defeated, you'll have to battle the King himself. Quickly put on
the Captain's Hat for something amusing. =)
King of Ikana (Igos du Ikana)
Stick with using the basic
methods while defending.
...He's a different rank than those
other two lackeys, though...
- Elegy of Emptiness.
NOTE: If you wear the Captain's Hat at some time before or during
the battle, he'll mistake you for Skull Keeta! After a moment, he'll
realize it's only a mask, but it's quite humorous.
This guy fights similar to his two minions, but he's quite a bit
harder. He has a wide variety of attacks that he can use fairly
quickly and he's also defending a majority of the time. Use Z
targeting and your shield to get close. Obviously, the goal is to
shine the light on him. He takes quite a bit more hits to knock him
to the floor though, and unlike the other two, it's much easier to
shine the light on him while he's running around.
Wait until just after he slashes his sword and stab him to easily
get some damage in. Another trick you can use is to put on the Deku
Mask and spin into him with A to stun him, then quickly take off the
Deku Mask and stab him. You can also use the Zora Mask to charge up
the Double Cutters, then take off the Zora Mask while they're
heading towards him. Right after they stun him, you have the perfect
opportunity to slash him with your sword.
He has a poison breath technique that takes a little while to
perform. He's vulnerable while doing this, but it's hard to get
close as well. Take this opportunity to either hit him quickly,
before he can start breathing on you, or use the Zora Mask as I
By far, the most frustrating part of this battle is his decapitation
technique. He takes off his head, which then floats around the room.
The body meanwhile becomes transparent and invincible and will
continue chasing after you. The head will fly around for awhile and
eventually zoom towards you, latching onto your head and nibbling
away until the body comes and smacks you. The only way that I know
of to avoid it is run circles around the room very quickly, with
either the Bunny Hood or rolling with the Goron Mask. Also, be
warned that hanging out only in the light will taunt him to use this
Anyway, after several hits, he'll fall on the floor alike his
comrades. Quickly run over to the light and reflect it on his body
to defeat him.
Same as his guards, but harder. Stay close and stab when you can. Try to shine
the light on him when he uses his poison breath. Run away when his head starts
floating around and use the Goron Mask to use a Spiked Roll when it tries to
chomp on you. After he falls to the ground, shine the light on him.
After he's been defeated, his two guards will bicker at one another even thought
they've lost their bodies. It's very similar to the Twinrova argument from
Ocarina of Time. The King will yell at them after a moment and thank you in the
form of poetic nonsense. As we already knew, the cause of all of this is because
the Skull Kid caused evil to enter the Stone Tower Temple, which is driving all
of the dead spirits in Ikana to do these things. According to the King, not even
all of his warriors combined would be able to stop it. The solution, (of
course!) is a song. This new melody will allow us to make statues of ourself,
useful for holding down switches. The Deku Mask form is actually too light to
hold down anything, so we'll never actually use it.
That's all we had to do here. Unfortunately, we can't use the Song of Soaring
here. When you regain control, exit through the door, put on a scary mask if you
wish and exit the castle (or soar to Ikana Canyon).
Elegy of Emptiness
Play this song to create a statue of your current form. Using the Deku, Goron
and Zora Masks, you can create up to four statues at a time.
At long last, we're ready to scale Stone Tower. In Ikana Canyon, simply
follow the ramps to the far northern side and turn right to find the statue-like
opening to the Tower. It's at the top right corner of your mini-map.
This place reminds me of the Pueblo Indians from New Mexico. Our goal is
obviously to climb to the top, which can be hindered by the rolling boulders
that fall continuously. There's also a new enemy here called a Beamos, which can
be destroyed with Bombs or the Blast Mask. You can make them much easier by
simply wearing the Stone Mask to make them ignore you.
Throughout this area, we'll be using the Elegy of Emptiness to reate statues
that hold down switches in particular orders so that we can proceed. You'll have
statues for your normal form as well as the Zora and Goron Masks. The Deku Mask
isn't heavy enough, so don't bother with that one.
To begin, jump across the floating blocks to get to the other side.
Ignore this first switch and Hookshot up to the nearby ledge.
Kill the Beamos (wear the Stone Mask) by throwing a Bomb at it. Stand on the
switch here and create a statue.
Hookshot to the ledge above and make a statue.
Jump back down to the first switch we saw and make a statue. This will allow all
three of the blocks ahead to make a bridge to the next area.
Climb back up and jump across the blocks. When you get there, step on all three
of the switches to lock your old blocks in place.
Order of the first puzzle.
Order of the second puzzle.
Hookshot up to the next ledge. Ignore this switch for now and go up a level
(middle). Use this one instead.
Jump back down to the first ledge (after the three switches) and place a statue.
Hookshot to the very top and make the final statue.
Jump across the blocks to a new area and use the three switches here to lock
these into place as well.
In this general area, there's some secret areas you can get to using the
Scarecrow's Song, but it's all just random jars as well as Rupees. Hookshot up
to the ledge on your right, then turn right again and stand between the target
an the edge. Hookshot up to the next target and from this area, look for the
final target you can grapple onto. It's pretty straightforward really. At the
end, you'll come to a large platform with an Owl Statue that you should wake up
with your sword.
Entering The Temple
At this point, we have the Owl Statue as well as the song for the area, so we're
finally ready to tackle the temple. Now would be an excellent time to put your
Rupees in the Bank and play the Song of Time. You'll need Arrows, Bombs and a
lot of Magic in particular for this temple. I recommend bringing at least one
bottle of Green Potion, or if you're feeling really ambitious, Chateau Romani,
which can be purchased from the Milk Bar in Clock Town for 200 Rupees. That
stuff'll give you infinite Magic for the remainder of the three days so you
don't have to worry about it. Either way, fill your remaining bottles with
Fairies. The best place to get them is next to the Owl Statue on Milk Road,
since you can exit through the Gorman Racetrack and come back quickly.
When you're finally ready, place statues on the switches here in this order:
right, left, middle. This will line up the blocks and allow you to enter the
Stone Tower Temple.