Ikana Castle Front Gate

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Ikana Castle Front Gate
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Ikana Castle Front Gate is a location in Majora's Mask.[1]

Features and Overview

The Ikana Castle Front Gate is an impenetrable wall built around the Ancient Castle of Ikana. It rises before the Castle entrance, keeping potential intruders at bay and protecting the royal family of Ikana Kingdom. Using the Garo's Mask, Link can gather clues from the Garo spies who linger in Ikana concerning alternate routes into the Castle.[2]

There are two routes that circumvent the Front Gate. The first means is by traversing the subterranean waterways that connect the well on the hilltop and the well in Ikana Castle's inner garden, which are one.[3] But the waterways are inaccessible without the Gibdo Mask, which allows Link to communicate with the Gibdo that guard its network. Link will need to break the curse on Sharp in the Spring Water Cave using the Song of Storms and subsequently heal the mummified man in the Music Box House to retrieve that mask. After acquiring the Mirror Shield from within the well under the Castle's inner garden, Link is able to use the second alternate entrance.[4]

Using the Mirror Shield, Link can enter a small alcove beside the Front Gate and activate the Crystal Switch, which fills the room with a Beam of Light. This light can be redirected onto a large Sun Block, which then vanishes, granting access to the Castle gardens.

These two alternate entrances were discovered by Garo and, apparently, used by them as well. Link can gather clues from Garo within the Castle walls concerning puzzle devices and the battle with Igos du Ikana.[5][6]

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References

  1. "Ikana Castle Front Gate
    Use what you will, this sealed gate shall never open.
    " — Sign (Majora's Mask 3D)
  2. "That is the mask of the leader of the ninjas who once spied on the hilltop castle with the blood-stained history." — Poe Collector (Majora's Mask)
  3. "The well atop the hill and the well at Ikana Castle's inner garden are one." — Garo (Majora's Mask)
  4. "In entering Ikana Castle, there is another secret route apart from the well entrance." — Garo (Majora's Mask)
  5. "A hole can be opened in the ceiling of a particular room in Ikana Castle. But it cannot be broken without an explosive with incredible might." — Garo (Majora's Mask)
  6. "To counter the rage of the King of Ikana Castle, burn away that which disrupts the light and shine the sacred rays on the King." — Garo (Majora's Mask)