Gnarled Root Dungeon

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The Gnarled Root Dungeon is the first dungeon featured in Oracle of Seasons. The dungeon is located on a small island within North Horon, a region of Holodrum that's directly north of Horon Village.

Finding the Entrance

In order to gain entrance to the Gnarled Root Dungeon, Link will first need to acquire the Gnarled Key from the Maku Tree in Horon Village. Before Link can visit the Maku Tree, he will need to prove his courage by acquiring the Wooden Sword from the Hero's Cave along the Western Coast.

After meeting with the Maku Tree, he will give you the Gnarled Key.[1] He instructs Link to head north to the giant root near the lake. Along Link's way, he can speak with Impa, who points Link in the direction of the Gnarled Root Dungeon, by telling him it is straight ahead.[2]

The entrance is on a small island at the west portion of North Horon. Once Link arrives, he must use the Gnarled Key on the keyhole, causing the dungeon to appear from the ground.

Dungeon Overview

Map of the Gnarled Root Dungeon

The Gnarled Root Dungeon is a very straight forward and simplistic dungeon. Most of the enemies that Link encounters are very basic, capable of being defeated with just a few sword slashes. Near the entrance of the dungeon, Link will find an Old Man that gives advice on how to solve puzzles within the dungeon.[3] This also hints to what the dungeon item is, the Seed Satchel along with some Ember Seeds.

Since the Gnarled Root Dungeon is the first dungeon in the game, many of the puzzles are very simplistic and sometimes are as simple as just pushing one block. Throughout the dungeon, Link will find a pair of Small Keys that open up small locked doors. There are also a number of Treasure Chests found throughout the dungeon. In addition to finding the standard Dungeon Map and the Compass, Link will also find Bombs, a Gasha Seed, and a Magical Ring. The Bombs that Link finds are used within the dungeon to blowup a cracked wall, leading to the north portion of the dungeon. The Magical Ring found here can be appraised at Vasu Jewelers to become the Discovery Ring.

Link will use a Mine Cart to ride along a set of tracks throughout the north portion of the dungeon. There is a lever near the Mine Cart that can be used to switch the tracks, allowing Link to reach new areas of the dungeon.

Near the west end of the dungeon, Link will find a Block Puzzle. After properly moving blocks in a maze fashion, Link can reach the Treasure Chest containing the Gasha Seed.

The dungeon item comes in the form of a Seed Satchel that is filled with some Ember Seeds. Link acquires the Ember Seeds after defeating the dungeon mini-boss, the Brother Goriyas. Link will use these Ember seeds to light Torches, allowing him to reveal certain secrets and open new passageways within the dungeon.

Brother Goriyas

Main article: Brother Goriyas

This pair of Goriyas serve as protectors of the dungeon item and will not let Link pass.[4] The Brother Goriyas will toss a boomerang back and forth, trying to hit Link in the process. Link can easily avoid the attack and can deliver a sword of sword slashes to defeat these enemies.


Main article: Aquamentus

Aquamentus is a dragon that will shoot Fireballs out towards Link. Additionally, Aquamentus may lower its head and charge towards Link with its horn. Simple slashes with the Wooden Sword can be used to defeat Aquamentus. Link will get a Heart Container, as well as the first Essence of Nature, the Fertile Soil.

Similarities to The Eagle

The Gnarled Root Dungeon bears a strong resemblance to the first dungeon in The Legend of Zelda, The Eagle. Both dungeons are located on a small island near the center of the Overworld and are accessed by a bridge to the east. The entrance to the Gnarled Root Dungeon is within a tree, much like the original Legend of Zelda.

The actual dungeon room layout is completely identical to the Eagle. This includes the location leading to the dungeon item at the top portion of the dungeon. In The Legend of Zelda, a group of Goriyas could be defeated to acquire the Boomerang. Similarly, the mini-boss in the Gnarled Root Dungeon are a pair of Goriyas. Much like the Eagle, there is an Old Man in the Gnarled Root Dungeon that gives Link advice. The room leading up to the battle with Aquamentus contains a group of Floormasters. Furthermore, the location of the actual boss and Essence of Nature are identical to where Link fought Aquamentus and where he acquired the Triforce Shard.





  1. "Then I give you this key. Go to the giant root near the lake up north! The first essence should be there, but I'd expect some resistance. Be careful! I'll just--ahhm, rest until--ohh, no energy...ZZZ" — Maku Tree, Oracle of Seasons.
  2. "A gnarled root? Go straight from here. I am sure I saw one there." — Impa, Oracle of Seasons.
  3. "Return light to unlit torches!" — Old Man, Oracle of Seasons.
  4. "Growrrr! You cannot pass!" — Brother Goriyas, Oracle of Seasons.