- "Aha! An intruder!"
- — A Deku Palace Guard
The Deku Palace Guards are a group of characters from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. They are Deku soldiers under the employment of the Deku King. They patrol the Inner Palace Garden of the Deku Palace, keeping it safe from intruders, and will throw Link out upon sight.
After hearing about the Imprisoned Monkey at the Deku Palace, Link travels there to rescue him. Once there, however, he finds that the fortress is highly patrolled by Deku Palace Guards; in his Deku form, Link can only enter the Royal Chamber without being kicked out. In the Royal Chamber however, Link spots the cage of the Imprisoned Monkey. Avoiding the Deku Palace Guards, Link must locate the Bean Seller and purchase Magic Beans to get to the upper levels of the Inner Palace Garden. From here, he can travel out of view of the Deku Palace Guards to reach the Imprisoned Monkey's cage. This task is easier at night, since the guards' line of sight is made visible.
After Deku Link returns the Deku Princess to the Deku Palace via a Bottle, the Monkey is freed and Link can come and go as he pleases (he even can change into different forms and will not be kicked out).
Interestingly, if Link has obtained the Stone Mask, he can use it to become invisible to the Deku Palace Guards, though he will still be caught if he comes into direct physical contact with them.