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The Deku Shrine is a location in Majora's Mask.[1][note 1]

Features and Overview

The Deku Shrine is located on the west side of the Deku Palace. The entrance, however, is initially blocked by a Big Octo. It is not until Odolwa has been defeated in the Woodfall Temple and the Southern Swamp's waters return to their normal state that Link can enter it. The Deku Butler appears here after Link brings the Deku Princess back to the Palace and, as thanks, tells the young hero that a reward awaits him at the end of the Shrine. As the Butler guides Link, a race begins.

Minigame Rules

The inner part of the Deku Shrine is a labyrinth full of traps and dead-ends, along with a large amount of Mad Scrubs that do not attack Link. Here, Link must "race" the Deku Butler by keeping up with him until the end of the obstacle course. If Link falls too far behind, the doors connecting the Shrine's different segments will begin to close until Link is trapped within, rendering him unable to catch up. The minigame is also failed by falling into a chasm at any point along the way. Masks such as the Bunny Hood will increase Link's speed, thus making the race easier.

If Link succeeds and reaches the end of the Deku Shrine, the Deku Butler will reward him with the Mask of Scents and apologize for trying too hard to outrun him.[3] The only way to exit the Shrine is through a magic portal that appears alongside the Butler immediately after being granted the Mask.

A few changes were made to the Deku Shrine in Majora's Mask 3D. If Link reaches the end of the Deku Shrine in another cycle after getting the Mask of Scents, the Deku Butler will give him a Fishing Hole Pass,[4] and the maze of Flame Walls was replaced with iron grates.


  • The Deku Shrine can be entered without clearing the Woodfall Temple if Deku Link stands on the Lily Pad closest to the entrance, removes the Deku Mask, and shoots the Big Octo with an Arrow. The Lily Pad will sink under Link's weight, so this must be done quickly. However, the Deku Butler will not be in the Shrine to race Link, so he cannot proceed past the first room.
  • If Link attacks or kills a Mad Scrub inside the Deku Shrine, all the Mad Scrubs in the Deku Shrine will notice this and proceed to attack Link by spitting Deku Nuts at him, similar to when Link attacks a Cucco.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese デクナッツのほこら (Dekunattsu no Hokora) Deku Nuts Shrine
French-speaking countries French Autel Mojo Mojo Altar
Canada FrenchCA Sanctuaire mojo (MM3D)
Federal Republic of Germany German Deku-Schrein Deku Shrine
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Santuario Deku Deku Sanctuary
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Santuario deku (MM3D) Deku sanctuary



  1. The Deku Shrine is referred to as the Treasure Room in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask — Official Perfect Guide by Versus Books.[2] However, as this contradicts the name given in Majora's Mask, it is not considered Canon.


  1. "Deku Shrine ahead." — Sign (Majora's Mask 3D)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask — Official Perfect Guide (Versus Books) pg. 26
  3. "I am afraid I may have tried too hard to outrun you. As old as I am, I am still a fast competitor. Just like when I raced my son... Please forgive my rudeness." — Deku Butler (Majora's Mask)
  4. "Well done, Link! Now, here is the item I promised. Please accept it." — Deku Butler (Majora's Mask 3D)