Ice Cavern (Ocarina of Time)
The Ice Cavern is a mini-dungeon found in Ocarina of Time.
Entrance to the Cavern
It's a frozen cave behind Zora's Fountain, though that isn't its original condition until later in the game; after his seven year sleep, Link finds Zora's Domain frozen and the Zoras encased in ice. King Zora is encased in a mysterious Red Ice, as is the entrance to the Zora's Shop. Lord Jabu-Jabu is missing from the fountain and is replaced with a path of ice floes leading to a previously inaccessible cavern, the Ice Cavern.
The dungeon is the smallest in the entire game, it only has one floor and, unique among all the other dungeons in the Zelda series, it only consists of one extremely large room (with the exception of the individual mini-boss room), instead of being divided into multiple smaller rooms. It is ice-themed, and inside Link finds Blue Fire, an unnaturally occurring fire only found within the cavern and the Water Barrier in Ganon's Castle (although it can also be bought in potion shops at exceptionally high prices). Blue Fire melts Red Ice, so Link uses bottles to carry the fire and melt Red Ice throughout the cavern as well as in Zora's Domain to unblock certain paths and rooms.
Link receives the Iron Boots in the Cavern after defeating a White Wolfos. Sheik appears to tell the young hero about the Zoras frozen beneath Zora's domain as well as telling Link he saved Princess Ruto, who headed to the Water Temple underneath Lake Hylia. Afterwards, Sheik teaches Link the Serenade of Water, the warping song of the Water Temple, before disappearing again.
In the Master Quest version of the game, this dungeon is actually easier. The spinning scythe is gone, and there are very few Freezards and Keese. Instead of the ice block puzzle, the Song of Time can be played to make a block appear, which gives access to the Blue Fire. Some switches need to be activated to make some platforms disappear. However, they are very well hidden. One switch is camouflaged between some diamonds, another is behind a stalactite and the last one's tip is protruding from the floor. Because there is Red Ice blocking several ways, the first time Blue Fire is seen is where the Piece of Heart originally was (it has been moved to the other room with Blue Fire). New features include boulders rolling in connecting rooms and two White Wolfos throughout the dungeon. The miniboss is now a Stalfos.
Minor Enemies and Traps
The Ice Cavern is home to various ice-based enemies including the Freezard and the Ice Keese. Gold Skulltulas also appear. Other hazards include falling stalactites, Blade Traps, and swirling scythes in one room. To add to the hazards, the icy floor is often slippery, making the hazards hard to avoid.
It is hinted that the Ice Cavern is a part of the game's removed Ice Temple, and the theme music in the Ice Cavern was originally used in the removed Ice Temple. Furthermore, it is possible that the Ice Cavern is a section of Snowpeak, which is seen in Twilight Princess. Snowpeak is located just next to Zora's Domain, which is where the Ice Cavern is.
- In Twilight Princess, there is a cavern similar to the Ice Cavern, located in the northernmost portion of Hyrule Field; its puzzle feature is also similar: Link has to move blocks to make them slide through the frozen floor in order to press switches that open new doors, leading Link to a chest with a Piece of Heart.
- This dungeon and Forsaken Fortress (in The Wind Waker) are the first to include a Piece of Heart within. This predates the inclusion of Heart Pieces in Twilight Princess dungeons.
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The first room of the Ice Cavern