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Caves, often referred to interchangeably with the term Caverns,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][name reference needed], are recurring locations in The Legend of Zelda series.

Features and overview[]

Caves are openings above the ground that appear on the Surface and high in the Sky in places like Skyloft and the Great Sky Island. While caves are typically shallower than dungeons, in some instances, there are dungeons also called caves or caverns.

Mainline appearances[]

The Legend of Zelda[]

In The Legend of Zelda, the people Link meets in the part of Hyrule he explores reside in caves. Link receives assistance from merchants and Old Men in the caves,[4] including receiving Swords which he can equip.[7]

The Adventure of Link[]

In The Adventure of Link, caves connect Hyrule's towns with one another[12] and with palace dungeons.[13] It is required for Link to progress through caves in his quest past obstacles using abilities such as with the Jump spell.[12] Caves, including the cave at the end of Death Mountain's maze of caverns, also hold treasures in them.[14]

A Link to the Past[]

In A Link to the Past, the Mountain Cave leads up Death Mountain in the Light World.[6][15]

Link's Awakening[]

In Link's Awakening, the Tail Cave is a dungeon on Koholint Island.[11]

Ocarina of Time[]

In Ocarina of Time, Dodongo's Cavern and the Ice Cavern are dungeons in Hyrule.[16]

Majora's Mask[]

Oracle of Seasons[]

In Oracle of Seasons, the Hero's Cave and Unicorn's Cave are dungeons in Holodrum.[17]

Oracle of Ages[]

In Oracle of Ages, the Hero's Cave appears in Labrynna when the game is linked with a save file from Oracle of Seasons.[17]

Four Swords[]

In Four Swords, Talus Cave is a dungeon in Hyrule.[18]

The Wind Waker[]

In The Wind Waker, Dragon Roost Cavern is a dungeon on Dragon Roost Island.[19]

Four Swords Adventures[]

In Four Swords Adventures, the Cave of No Return is a Stage in Hyrule.[18]

The Minish Cap[]

In The Minish Cap, the Cave of Flames is a dungeon in Hyrule.[20]

Twilight Princess[]

In Twilight Princess, the Cave of Ordeals is an optional dungeon in Hyrule.[9] The Cave of Shadows is another optional dungeon exclusive to Twilight Princess HD and only accessible through the Wolf Link amiibo.[21]

Skyward Sword[]

In Skyward Sword, the Lanayru Caves are a network of caves in Lanayru Desert on the Surface, while the Waterfall Cave is in Skyloft in the Sky.[22]

Tri Force Heroes[]

In Tri Force Heroes, Buzz Blob Cave is the second Level of the first Area in the Drablands, the Woodlands. The Ice Cavern is the fourth Area in the game, containing four Levels.[23]

Tears of the Kingdom[]


Minor Enemies[]

In other media[]

The Crystal Trap[]

Spinoff appearances[]

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland[]

Hyrule Warriors[]

List of caves[]

= Mainline games[]

In other media[]


  1. "Tail Cave A cavern to the south of Mabe Village." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 148 (LA | LADX))
  2. "Unicorn's Cave The entrance to this cavern near Eyeglass Lake is surrounded by spiraling horns, not unlike a unicorn's." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 151 (OoS))
  3. "Cave of No Return This massive cavern extends from Lake Hylia to just outside the grounds of Hyrule Castle. A lamp is required before the cave can be safely explored." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 153 (FSA))
  4. 4.0 4.1 "In the forests and mountains, there are several caves, and in these caves, there live merchants who will sell Link useful items." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 6)
  5. "Watch out! These devils are on the plains and in the caves too." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 27)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "If you select the Mountain Cave, the game will start inside of the cave with the old man on Death Mountain." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 25)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Inside the cave near the starting location, Link receives a sword from the Old Man." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 218 (TLoZ))
  8. "Originally a Hylian mine, cart rails still run through this cave at the summit of Mount Crenel." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 154 (TMC))
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Cave of Ordeals The entrance to this optional cave of trials lies in Gerudo Mesa." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 156 (TPHD))
  10. "Lanayru Caves [...] Entrance to Waterfall Cave" (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 296 (SS))
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Hoot! Take the key and go to the Tail Cave. Retrieve the instrument that is hidden there. Go now!" — Owl (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Taking back the trophy that was stolen by a Goriya unlocks the ability to learn Jump magic. Without this ability, it is not possible to progress through the cave beyond Ruto." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 108)
  13. "This palace built on a small island can be reached via a cavern south of the King's Tomb." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 146)
  14. "A maze of caverns and multiple routes makes exploring the depths of Death Mountain particularly perilous. While not a dungeon proper, if Link reaches Spectacle Rock, he'll receive the Hammer, essential for clearing boulders and brush." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 146)
  15. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 147
  16. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 149
  17. 17.0 17.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 151
  18. 18.0 18.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 151
  19. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 152
  20. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 154
  21. "Cave of Shadows This dungeon is only available in the HD version using the Wolf Link amiibo." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 156)
  22. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 296
  23. "There are eight distinct areas in the Drablands of Hytopia: Woodlands, Riverside, Volcano, Ice Cavern, Fortress, the Dunes, the Ruins, and Sky Realm. Each area has four levels with four distinct stages, making for a total of thirty-two dungeons to fight through. [...] Buzz Blob Cave The second level of the Woodlands is in a cave full of electrified Buzz Blobs." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 159)