Desert of Doubt

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Desert of Doubt

The Desert of Doubt is a stage featured in Four Swords Adventures. It is the first stage of the level entitled The Desert of Doubt. The Links start off in the Gerudo Village and make their way towards the Desert Temple. Along the way they visit the Zuna Village as well as rescue the Red Knight of Hyrule.


After defeating Phantom Ganon at the Temple of Darkness, the Links discover that the Dark Mirror is missing. The Red Maiden suggests that they head to the Desert of Doubt, since she heard of a Ganondorf there who had a name very similar to the one that the Deku Scrubs were worshiping.[1]

Once they arrive, the Links immediately enter the Gerudo Village. The Gerudos there confirm that Ganondorf was a member of their tribe, and he has fled toward the Pyramid.[2] The Links are given permission to then enter the more dangerous windy portions of the desert.[3]

Within the desert, there is a tablet that suggests the Links must go in the opposite direction of the wind in order to progress.[4] If they do not follow this advice, they will hear ominous laughter and then be transported back. As they make their way toward the Desert Temple, they also find the Zuna tribe. Eventually they fight a Big Dark Stalfos and free one of the Knights of Hyrule.


There is a wide variety of enemies present in the Desert of Doubt. Most enemies appear on the overworld, but Keese and one Force Gem Knight can be found in caves. Bubbles are only seen in the Dark World, and Cheep-Cheeps appear in one underwater cave.


Pegasus Boots

The only active item in this level is the Pegasus Boots. At first is it used to break barriers. After the Great Fairy upgrades it, it can be used to run over sinkholes and pits around the desert.

Moon Pearl

A Moon Pearl is found early on within a cave. It is used to open a portal to the Dark World to defeat the Gibdos that turned into Stalfos to progress.

Force Fairy

In addition to the regular Force Fairies obtained upon completing a stage, Link can find an extra Force Fairy in the tree in the middle of the Zuna Village by dashing into it with the Pegasus Boots.


Gerudo Village

Main article: Gerudo Village

The Gerudo Village is situated directly at the entrance to the Desert of Doubt. The Gerudo at the entrance explains that visitors are welcome, though they are currently in an uproar over a man who broke their laws.[5] The Links must speak to the Gerudo in the northeastern tent to gain access to the dangerous portions of the desert.

Zuna Village

Main article: Zuna Village
The entrance of Zuna Village

The Zuna Village is found deep within the desert, in a single oasis safe from the sandstorm winds. It contains small deposits of water as well. The Zuna resident at the entrance claims that visitors are very rare to their village.[6] The village contains a woman who will offer a sand rub for 100 Force Gems too restore some of Link's hearts. In the same tent, beneath a block, there is a mini-game owner who will allow Link to open one chest at the cost of 100 Force Gems with the chance of winning 1, 100, 150, or 300 Force Gems.[7] However, the game can only be played three times.[8]

Great Fairy Fountain

A Great Fairy Fountain can be found underground in the third section of the windy desert. She assists the Links by upgrading their Pegasus Boots so they can cross a sinkhole in the sand as well as healing them.[9][10]


Just before the boss, the Links encounter four Shadow Links with Bombs. The Shadow Links will enter and exit blocked caves scattered around the screen and attack them. They will also randomly place down Bombs and may transform into one of the colored Links.


Getting the Red Royal Jewel

The boss of the Desert of Doubt is a Big Dark Stalfos. The Links must first kill the Stalfos in the regular world, and then they will be sucked into the Dark World to fight the boss itself. Upon defeating it, the boss transforms into one of the Knights of Hyrule, specifically the one tasked with protecting the Red Royal Jewel. He reveals that the one who created Shadow Link was not Vaati but Ganon, who tricked Link into breaking Vaati's seal. He grants the Links their third jewel.[11]


  1. "[sfx]Ganon... I've heard that name before. No, wait... It was Ganondorf... But, no... That man was of the Gerudo tribe. I can't imagine these creatures worshipping some desert nomad. There's a Gerudo village in the desert. I doubt there is any connection, but it cannot hurt to check the village. Beyond the village lie ruins and an ancient pyramid. They are so old that no living creature knows very much about them. All I can tell you is that no one who sets foot in the pyramid ever returns. If one of the maidens is there, I fear for her safety. [sfx]Link... Despite all of this, we must go there. Let us be on our way! To the endless desert sands!" — Red Maiden, Four Swords Adventures.
  2. "Tell me, travelers, what brings you to these borderlands? Hmm... I see... You come on word of the maidens, eh? Yes, this Ganondorf you speak of is a member of the Gerudo. But his intent is unknown to me. He has flouted the law and fled for the pyramid. To reach the pyramid, one must first pass the trial of the Desert Temple. The villain Ganondorf will no doubt draw his last breath failing this trial. We've blocked the road to the desert to keep other fools from coming. But considering the crisis in Hyrule, we've no reason to stop you brave lads. Go to the entrance of the village and speak to the guards at the gate." — Gerudo Elder, Four Swords Adventures.
  3. "From here on, the sandstorms are brutal. Kids like you will never make it through! ... ... ... Eh? You've received special permission? Well, then... I've no choice, do I? Go ahead. Go on through. Remember though, the storms ahead are terrible. Be careful out there." — Gerudo, Four Swords Adventures.
  4. "The road to truth will open only for those who oppose the inconstant winds." — Tablet, Four Swords Adventures.
  5. "Welcome. It's been a long time since we've seen any travelers here. This village is our home. We are the dwellers in the desert, the Gerudo tribe. The village is in a bit of an uproar contending with a man who broke our laws. We can't do much for you, but make yourself at home." — Gerudo, Four Swords Adventures.
  6. "Oh, visitors to this village are truly rare, you know? We of the Zuna tribe live in this village. We may not look it now, but we are descended from the wise pyramid builders!" — Zuna, Four Swords Adventures.
  7. "Will your Force Gems multiply or dropify? Risk 100 Force Gems and see! What do you say? [.]I'll Risk It [.]Forget It", Four Swords Adventures.
  8. "We're about to close for the day. Come again, you hear?", Four Swords Adventures.
  9. "Let me aid you on your way." — Great Fairy, Four Swords Adventures.
  10. "You got level 2 Pegasus Boots! You're so fast, you can even run over holes!" — In-Game Description, Four Swords Adventures.
  11. "[sfx]I am the Knight of Hyrule charged with guarding the red royal jewel. Hear now the doom of the knights. We were bested by a foe with a mighty weapon. He cast us into the Dark World, where we and the jewels were lost in shadow. The Tower of Winds vanished, and I... No, WE servants of the crown were turned into monsters! The man that defeated us is also the same man who created that shadowy imp. A man from the desert wastes... He is not Vaati. Your dark twin was sent by him to trick you into breaking Vaati's seal. I wonder where the fiend got the amazing power he now wields. It matters not! None of this allows me to aid Princess Zelda. And yet I cannot go on... Brave ones...I entrust the red royal jewel to you. You now possess three of them. Obtain the fourth, and bring light back to the Realm of the Heavens!" — Red Knight of Hyrule, Four Swords Adventures.