The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, the Underworld can be accessed throughout various entrances scattered all over Hyrule that, upon entering, actually serve as the game's dungeons. In total, there are nine underworld entrances around the kingdom that Link must enter in order to retrieve a shard of the Triforce of Wisdom.
The Adventure of Link
Although the Underworld is not visited in The Adventure of Link, it is mentioned in the game's prologue where it says that Ganon's minions were calling up new monsters from the Underworld to work towards the revival of the evil wizard, implying that the Underworld is where the monsters actually originate.
The Legend of Zelda TV Series
In The Legend of Zelda TV series, the Underworld is the home of Ganon and all of his underlings, and it is also where the Triforce of Power is located. The Underworld in the cartoon show seems to run underneath of all Hyrule since, instead of it being several separated labyrinths like in the original game, they all seem to connect. However, keeping with the original concept, it can still be accessed by several Underworld entrances hidden in the overworld. Some of these entrances are more accessible than others since some of them can only open or appear at Ganon's request. However, others are at simple view that Link and Princess Zelda are free to go through: in "The Moblins are Revolting", Link mentions that there is an Underworld entrance right in North Castle's dungeon.
Link and Princess Zelda continuously venture inside the Underworld via its many entrances throughout the show for various reasons, either to recover the Triforce of Wisdom from Ganon ("Cold Spells"), to obtain the remaining Triforce Shards that Vires stole ("Underworld Connections"), or to recover Link's body ("The Missing Link"). It is also worth to note that Ganon is able to teleport anywhere in the Underworld, which he often uses to his advantage to immediately find where Link and Zelda are: in the "Underworld Connections" episode, Zelda asks Link that he not use his sword while in the Underworld since otherwise Ganon will figure out where they are.
Ganon's Lair serves as the location of the Evil Jar as well as the Triforce of Power and seems to be located in a mountain deep in the Underworld. It is one of the major locations of the Underworld and is the section that is most visited throughout the TV series. Moreover, Ganon summons his minions from here and commands them to play out his plan of either obtaining the Triforce of Wisdom or capturing Princess Zelda. On the sides of the lair are cages where Ganon keeps more monsters, such as Gohmas: in "Stinging a Stinger", the evil wizard commands Moblins to take Link, Zelda, and Sleezenose into one of the cages where a Gohma would dispose of them.
The Pit Room is an Underworld location appearing in the episode "Sing for the Unicorn". It is a small room with a slowly disappearing floor that apparently has an endless pit. After Ganon captures King Harkinian, he places him in this room until Princess Zelda decides to surrender the kingdom of Hyrule and the Triforce of Wisdom. Eventually, Sing and her unicorn rescue Harkinian from the Pit Room just as the floor completely disappears, saving the king from his doom.
The Black Falls is one of the Underworld locations spoken of in the episode "Underworld Connections." It is here where one of the Triforce of Wisdom's shards is located; however, when Link dives in to find it, he stumbles upon an Aquamentus that promptly attacks him. The young hero then surfaces from the water while riding the monster, giving Zelda a chance to throw a bomb at it to dispose of the foe and allow them to retrieve the Triforce shard.
The Bottomless Pit is featured in the episode "The Moblins are Revolting." After one of the Moblins encases Ganon in an indestructible bubble using the Capture Staff, the Moblin pushes him inside the Bottomless Pit to prevent him from ever touching the Triforce and bursting the bubble. For most of the episode, Ganon is seen floating down the pit until he creates another bubble within that begins to make him rise and thus exit the Bottomless Pit.
The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)
Like in previous appearances, the Underworld in the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics serves as the home of Ganon and his minions. It is here where he keeps the Triforce of Power, and as such, he is his strongest when in this underground lair. Link and Princess Zelda venture into the Underworld several times throughout the comic, such as when Zelda goes into Level 1 to train against Ganon's monsters. Like in the original game, the Underworld is the location of the Silver Arrow, which Zelda finds in Choices after defeating a Darknut.
- In Japan, the Underground and the Underworld are two different places. The Underground from The Legend of Zelda is named 地下 (Underground), literally referring to the location of the Labyrinths which are below the earth. The Underworld mentioned in the The Adventure of Link manual is named 魔界 (Demon World), a term which is later used in Ocarina of Time and describes what happened to the Sacred Realm once Ganondorf obtained the Triforce of Power.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||地下 (Chika)||Same as English.|
|FrenchEU||Monde sublunaire||Sublunary world|
|Italian||Mondo Sotterraneo||Underground World|
|This table was generated using translation pages.|
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- Nintendo Fun Club News Vol. 1 No. 2 (Nintendo of America) pg. 1 (TLoZ)
- "At that time, Ganon's underlings were calling up new allies from the Underworld, and were beginning to work devilishly towards the revival of Ganon" (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 12)
- "When Impa gave Link the order to destroy Ganon she also told him of the history of the land of Hyrule, and the layout of the nine underground secret labyrinths." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 5)
- "The entrances to the underground labyrinths are hidden all over the place. [...] And once Link's found a labyrinth, he'll always get an item of treasure." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 7)
- "Raise the swamp entrance." — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
- "C'mon, there's an old Underworld entrance in the dungeon." — Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 13 )
- "Since my teleportation powers are limited in the upper world, I'll have to travel in style." — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 1 )
- "Will you stop doing that? Ganon will know where we are!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8 )
- "Throw him to Gohma, then those two!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
- "Take him to the pit room!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 5 )
- "What they had better do is turn the kingdom and the Triforce over to me in one hour." — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 5 )
- "Daddy! Sing! You saved him! Thank you, thank you!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 5 )
- "So...Link and Zelda are headed for the Black Falls. Well, they'll certainly find a surprise waiting there!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8 )
- "This monstrous Aquamentus wants me for lunch!" — Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8 )
- "No, no! Not the Bottomless Pit! Noooo!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 13 )
- "Ow! Blast! I'm still falling! And none of my magic will get through this bubble! But maybe...that's it! My magic will still work INSIDE the bubble! I'll make a balloon to float me back up again! It works! I'm rising!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 13 )
- "Stop worrying, Link. If I'm going to learn to fight in Ganon's Underworld, I've got to practice on my own." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 1)
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 5
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 18
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 18
- "Esplorate i mistici labirinti del Mondo Sotterraneo e evite i nemici." (The Legend of Zelda box)