Gerudo Valley

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Gerudo Valley
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Gerudo Valley as seen in Ocarina of Time
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Gerudo Valley is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Features and Overview

Link leaping across Gerudo Valley on Epona's back

Gerudo Valley is a blisteringly hot valley located in the northwest corner of Hyrule in Ocarina of Time. It leads to the Gerudo's Fortress, home of the proud female warrior race of Gerudo.[2] Beyond lies the Haunted Wasteland, a harsh and unforgiving desert.[3] Zora's River passes through the bottom of the Valley, whose water-flow ultimately leads to Lake Hylia. During Link's childhood, the path to Gerudo's Fortress is blocked by Gerudo guards, making it impossible to get to the other side of the valley. Once the young hero retrieves the Master Sword from its pedestal, the bridge spanning across the chasm will have been destroyed by the Gerudo, forcing Link to use either the Longshot or Epona to get across.[4] There will also be a tent set up near the entrance to the Gerudo's Fortress that is home to the Carpenters who helped build up Kakariko Village; however, all of the carpenters except their boss have left in hopes of joining the Gerudo and becoming thieves themselves.[5] When Link travels to the fortress, he finds out that all four of the carpenters have been imprisoned by the Gerudo, and once he frees all of them, the carpenters return to their previous job to repair the bridge.[6]

Inside the carpenters' tent is the Running Man who, after the bridge is repaired, will challenge the Hero of Time to a race to the bridge that leads to the Kokiri Forest.[7][8]

Over the river, there is a small ledge where a box is placed. Link can fly to this spot with the help of a Cucco, and find a Piece of Heart inside the box. The river below the valley is infested with Octoroks as well as giant, rolling boulders. Link can dive into the portion of the river closest to the waterfall, where there is a small platform with a patch of soil where Magic Bean can be planted. Behind the waterfall is a ladder that leads to a ledge with a second Piece of Heart. If Link allows the current to take control, he will be swept to the northern part of Lake Hylia, near the Lake Scientist’s lab.

Other Appearances

Gerudo Valley in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Gerudo Valley appears as a stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The stage features a flat surface divided by a chasm. The stage also features a bridge that can be destroyed by attacks, reconstructing itself after a short time. At the sides of the bridge, two canopies were added as extra platforms, each at different heights. Two posts were also added to the chasm in order to help fighters return to the top, while some spikes are also found below. Koume and Kotake appear as a stage hazard, attacking fighters with fire and ice attacks, respectively.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Gerudo Valley reappears as a Stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Trivia

  • Link is able to go past the closed entrance to Gerudo Fortress as a child in Ocarina of Time. It can be done by using a glitch that involves getting a Cucco and standing on a post and flying it across the broken bridge.
  • The Desert is the second largest area in the game to use the same theme tune (the largest is the field areas, which use the Hyrule Field theme).

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
LanguageNameMeaning
JapanJapaneseゲルドの谷 (Gerudo no Tani) (OoT)[9]Geldo/Gerudo Valley
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References

  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 240 (OoT)
  2. "If you go west, you'll find Gerudo Valley. There's a hideout of a gang of thieves on the other side of the valley." — Kaepora Gaebora (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "Haunted Wasteland - If you chase a mirage, the desert will swallow you. Only one path is true!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "I am a master craftsman. Those Gerudo thieves...they broke the bridge." — Carpenter (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "I want to fix it, but all of my workers are gone! They said working as carpenters isn't cool, and they went to the Gerudo's Fortress to become thieves..." — Master Craftsman (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "Hey, I heard you saved my men. When they returned, we built this bridge. Look at this! Isn't it a fine bridge? They may be wimpy carpenters, but once they all got together, they got the job done." — Master Craftsman (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "Though I want to go back to Hyrule Field, the bridge is...well, you can see it from here. So I'm stuck here, inside this tent. I don't think I can accept your challenge right now. Heh heh!" — Running Man (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "I'm the wandering running man! I've run all over this land in search of true competitive spirit. I beat all my challengers, man and beast. You're an athletic guy, and you look like you might have a true killer instinct, too. Now that the bridge over Gerudo Valley is complete, I'm looking for a challenger to have a commemorative race against." — Running Man (Ocarina of Time)
  9. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 155
Regions in Ocarina of Time
Lon Lon RanchLakeside LaboratoryFishing HoleLake HyliaKokiri ForestInside the Deku TreeLost WoodsSacred Forest MeadowMarketHyrule CastleGerudo ValleyGerudo's FortressHaunted WastelandDesert ColossusKakariko VillageKakariko GraveyardDeath MountainGoron CityDeath Mountain TrailZora's RiverZora's DomainZora's FountainHyrule FieldHyrule Image Map.jpg

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