Nightmare Key

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Nightmare Key
Official Artwork (1993)




Gain Access to Nightmare's Lair


The Nightmare Key is the name for the Boss Keys found in Link's Awakening. There is one in every dungeon, and it is usually found by opening a Treasure Chest, solving a puzzle, or defeating a Mini-Boss. It allows Link to enter the lair of the dungeon's Nightmare. [1] The door to the lair is locked and cannot be opened without it.[2]


  1. "You've got the Nightmare's Key! Now you can open the door to the Nightmare's Lair!" — In-Game Description, Link's Awakening.
  2. "Eh? It's locked! You can open the door with the Nightmare Key." — In-Game Description, Link's Awakening.