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The Waterfall Rapids,[1] also known as Above the Waterfall,[2] are a location in Majora's Mask.[note 1][note 2]

Features and Overview[]

The Rapids are located high above the ground at the southern tip of Zora Cape. They can only be accessed by using the Hookshot to ascend a series of ledges leading to the top of the nearby waterfall. As can be inferred, the Waterfall Rapids consists of several freshwater streams running through narrow channels at high currents, albeit with small reservoirs of stagnant water scattered about. The river flows into a few subterranean caves and gullies, and is riddled with algae and obstructed by rock formations protruding from its bed as well as a large number of roots sprawling from trees on all sides. The entrance atop the Zora Cape leads to a small basin fed by waterfalls located further above the rapids.

Residing within a beaver dam at the edge of the area are the Beaver Bros., who consider empty Bottles to be sacred items.[5] Mikau previously competed against them in the hopes of acquiring one for use in rescuing Lulu's Zora Eggs from the Gerudo Pirates, but to no avail. When Zora Link first enters the rapids, the younger of the two brothers mistakes him for the recently deceased guitarist of the Indigo-Go's and concede to a rematch.[6] As such, Link can also attempt to obtain a Bottle through successfully completing the Beaver Race obstacle course. One of the two brothers will lead the way through a series of rings, all of which Link must swim through in the correct order and within the set time limit of 2:00 in order to claim victory. The first to challenge him is the younger brother, and his course features a total of 20 rings; after his defeat, the elder brother will also compete against Link and his race includes an additional 5 rings, adding up to a total of 25. Once both lose to Link, they acquiesce to his request for an empty Bottle.

A Piece of Heart can also be earned through a subsequent playthrough of the Beaver Falls Race during the same three-day cycle. The rules are the same, except that the time limit has been shortened to 1:50 for both races (a ten second decrease with respect to the original obstacle course).


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 滝上の渓流 (Takinoue no Keiryū) Mountain stream on top of the waterfall
French-speaking countries French Les Rapides de la Cascade The Rapids of the Waterfall
Canada FrenchCA Rapides de la cascade (MM3D) Rapids of the waterfall
Federal Republic of Germany German Stromschnellen Rapids
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Rápidos de la Catarata
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Rápidos de la catarata (MM3D)



  1. The Waterfall Rapids are referred to as the Beaver Cave in the The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask — Official Perfect Guide by Versus Books.[3] However, as this contradicts the name given in Majora's Mask, it is not considered Canon.
  2. The Waterfall Rapids was referred to as the Fall Headwaters in all versions of Majora's Mask prior to Majora's Mask 3D.[4] However, as this contradicts the name given in Majora's Mask 3D, it is no longer considered Canon.


  1. "Waterfall Rapids" — N/A (Majora's Mask 3D)
  2. "Above the Waterfall
    Beavers' home.
    Beware of swift currents.
    " — Sign (Majora's Mask 3D)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask — Official Perfect Guide, Versus Books, pg. 63
  4. "Fall Headwaters
    Beavers' home.
    Beware of swift currents.
    " — Sign (Majora's Mask)
  5. "To you, it's just an empty bottle, but to us it's a precious treasure." — Big Brother Beaver (Majora's Mask 3D)
  6. "You again? You can't fool me with your green clothes! You want an empty bottle, don't you? You never learn your lesson! Koo, koo, koo. OK, I'll give you one. But... Only if you can swim through all the rings in the river in under two minutes." — Little Brother Beaver (Majora's Mask 3D)