Level 1: The Eagle
Level 1: The Eagle is the first dungeon in The Legend of Zelda. It is found by going one to the right, four up, and then one left from the Starting Screen, which takes Link to the entrance. This dungeon holds the first of the eight Triforce Shards, and Link must travel through the dungeon all the way to the end, where he meets up with the Boss of the dungeon, Aquamentus. After defeating Aquamentus, Link can collect the first of eight Triforce Shards.
There are two different items that Link can obtain in this dungeon. The first is the Bow, which can be found in a side-scrolling section of the dungeon. This side-scrolling area can be accessed from a staircase in the room that's at the northernmost point in the dungeon. It cannot be used, however, until Link has bought the Arrows from any of the shops around Hyrule. The price for these Arrows is 80 Rupees. After Link has purchased the Arrows, every time he shoots one, he loses one Rupee.
The second item Link can obtain in this dungeon is the Boomerang, which is one of the most useful items in the game. It can be used to stun larger enemies and kill smaller ones. Unfortunately, this type of Boomerang only travels half the screen. However, later on Link receives an upgrade; the Magical Boomerang, which travels the full length of the screen. The Boomerang is found, from the entrance, two rooms up, one room left, one room up, and finally two rooms right. Here, Link encounters three Red Goriyas. After defeating all three Goriyas, the Boomerang appears in the upper portion of the room.
Being the first dungeon in the game, the enemies in this dungeon are easily the simplest enemies found in the entire game. They include:
- Main article: Aquamentus (The Legend of Zelda)
The boss of The Eagle is known as Aquamentus, who is a green dragon that shoots fireballs at Link. This battle takes place right before the room where the Triforce Shard is located, and Aquamentus is standing right in front of the door. With the original Sword, it takes a total of six hits to kill Aquamentus. If Link gets hit by one of the fireballs shot from Aquamentus, he loses half a heart, same if he comes in contact with Aquamentus. After defeating it, Link collects a Heart Container and enters the next room, where he can collect the first Triforce Shard.
Old Man Location
The Old Man can be found in this dungeon, in the room farthest to the left. Inside, he says, "EASTMOST PENNINSULA IS THE SECRET". It is not known exactly what he means by this, but it may have to do with either the location of the Triforce Shard in this dungeon, which is found in the room that is farthest to the right (east), or it may have to do with the location of a hidden Secret Moblin with a gift of 100 Rupees, which is found in the Overworld in the northeast corner of the map.
Dungeon Map & Compass
The Compass is used to show Link the location of the Triforce Shard, which is represented by a flashing circle on Link's map. It is found, from the entrance, up two rooms and right one room. Inside this room, there are multiple Keese that are seemingly protecting it. Link can choose to be brave and battle these enemies in combat or to be a coward and get the Compass and run. Either one results in Link obtaining the Compass.
The Dungeon Map is used to show Link the layout of the dungeon on his sub-screen. It is particularly useful if Link is looking for the Bow, as it is located in a room that is not on Link's way to the Triforce Shard. The Dungeon Map is found, from the entrance, two rooms up, one room left, one room up, and finally one room right. Inside, Link finds a lot of Gels patrolling the area. The Dungeon Map can be seen on the floor in the middle of the room.
Keys & Locked Doors
Inside The Eagle, there are a total of six Small Keys that are scattered throughout the dungeon. These keys can be found by defeating all the enemies in a specific room, or by killing a specific Stalfos which is holding onto a key. Using these keys, Link can unlock each and every one of the six Locked Doors that are also found in the dungeon. It is a perfect combination, six Small Keys and six Locked Doors.
There is a glitch in this dungeon, where if Link enters and then immediately exits The Eagle without unlocking the door in the first room, it will unlock automatically, saving him a key. Because of this, Link only has to use three keys to get the Bow and the Triforce Shard in this dungeon if he uses bombs to create shortcuts through specific walls.