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The Haunted Wasteland is a location in Ocarina of Time.[1]

Features and Overview[]

Ocarina of Time[]

The Haunted Wasteland is a massive desert between Gerudo's Fortress and the Desert Colossus, far outside the land of Hyrule. As well as being extremely difficult to navigate, with a lack of landmarks and constant Sandstorms, it is also said to be haunted. Due to this, the entrance to the Haunted Wasteland remains closed until Link shows his Gerudo Token to the Gerudo Guard nearby. However, before opening up the gate to the young hero, the guard mentions to Link that he will not be able reach the Desert Colossus unless he passes a set of two trials: the River of Sand and the Phantom Guide.[2] At the entrance to the Haunted Wasteland is a Sign, which warns travelers that they will be swallowed by the desert if they do not choose the correct path.[3]


River of Sand[]

The first trial, known as the River of Sand, consists of crossing the large river of quicksand that cuts through the Haunted Wasteland.[4] In order for Link to pass this trial, he will need the assistance of either the Hover Boots or the Longshot. Equipping the Hover Boots allows the young hero to float over the River of Sand. Likewise, he can also cross the valley of quicksand by using the Longshot to grapple to one of the boxes on the other side of the river. Once Link has successfully completed the first trial, he must follow the series of flags that have been placed throughout the desert. Straying too far from these flags will cause him to wind up back at the entrance of the Haunted Wasteland.

While following the flag posts, Link will encounter a sign advertising a Shop.[5] He can follow the direction in which the sign is pointing to find the Carpet Merchant, who is ready to sell Bombchus to Link for 200 Rupees.[6] It is necessary to use the Hover Boots to reach the Merchant, since his flying carpet is far off a ledge.

At the end of the flag posts is a stone monument that houses the second trial: the Phantom Guide.[7]

Phantom Guide[]

Once Link climbs the stone structure, there will be a small plaque mentioning that one with the "eye of truth" will be guided to the Spirit Temple by a ghost.[8] Here, Link must equip the Lens of Truth to see a Poe known as the Phantom Guide.[7] This Poe will be his guide on the way to the Desert Colossus. However, the Phantom Guide will not do the same for the young hero on his way back to Gerudo's Fortress.[9] Link has to follow the Guide closely, since deviating too far from the Phantom's path will result in him getting lost in the Sandstorm and returning to the Haunted Wasteland entrance. While following the Poe, various Leevers will appear in an attempt to distract Link from following the Phantom's path.

Successfully completing these two trials will lead Link to the Desert Colossus, a vast, secluded desert that is home to the Spirit Temple.

Other Appearances[]

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)[]


  • According to The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia from the official Zelda website, the Haunted Wasteland later became known as the Desert of Mystery.[10]
  • There is an unused Navi dialog within the game's data that makes reference to the flags in the Haunted Wasteland.[11]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapanese幻影の砂漠 (Geien no Sabaku) (OoT)[12]Phantom Desert
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  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 240
  2. "Hey, rookie! Are you going into the desert? I'll open this gate for you, but... You can't cross the desert unless you pass the two trials." — Gerudo Guard (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  3. "Haunted Wasteland
    If you chase a mirage, the desert will swallow you. Only one path is true!
    " — Sign (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  4. "The first trial is...the River of Sand! You can't walk across this river! After you cross it, follow the flags we placed there." — Gerudo Guard (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  5. "All those reckless enough to venture into the desert—please drop by our shop. —Carpet Merchant" — Sign (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  6. "Well Come! I am selling stuff, strange and rare, from all over the world to everybody. Today's special is... A dangerous, running object! Terrifying! I won't tell you what it is until I see the money.... How about 200 Rupees?" — Carpet Merchant (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The second trial is...the Phantom Guide!" — Gerudo Guard (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  8. "One with the eye of truth shall be guided to the Spirit Temple by an inviting ghost." — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  9. "I'll be your guide on your way, but coming back, I won't play! I'll show you the only way to go, so follow me and don't be slow!" — Poe (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  10. "Known as the Haunted Wasteland when Link was a boy, this vast arid expanse in southeastern Hyrule has slowly become known more commonly as the Desert of Mystery."The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com.
  11. "WHAAAT!? Look at all those flags! Can you figure out which ones are real?" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  12. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 155
Regions in Ocarina of Time
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