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The Woods of Mystery is a location in Majora's Mask.[1][note 1]

Features and Overview

The forest is located past the Magic Hags' Potion Shop in Southern Swamp. It consists of several areas connected in a maze-like fashion, similar to the Lost Woods in Ocarina of Time. Link must follow a certain path or he will get lost and find himself back at the entrance to the Woods.

Koume, the person in charge for the Boat Cruise in the Swamp Tourist Center, is immobilized in one of the areas within the Woods of Mystery, as the result of the Skull Kid attacking her.[3] To find her, Link must follow a Monkey, who will lead the young hero to where Koume is. If Koume is not rescued by a certain point in the game, her sister Kotake sets out to find her, and Link can encounter Kotake in another area of the forest, which is also the location of a Mushroom that can be detected by the Mask of Scents. Once Link finds Koume, he must report back to Kotake about her sister's injuries. She will give him a Bottle filled with Red Potion, which he must take back to Koume for her to consume.[4]

When Link gives Koume the Red Potion, she will instantly recover, and as a thanks to Link, she gives him a free Boat Cruise ride the next time he stops at the Swamp Tourist Center.[5]


The location of Koume in the Woods of Mystery varies depending on the day; likewise, the path that the Monkey takes will be different. On the Second Day, Link can enter a Secret Grotto with a Treasure Chest containing a Purple Rupee, worth 50 Rupees. The paths to Koume are as follows:

First Day: Left, right, right, straight, left, left.

Second Day: Right, left, straight, left, left, right.

Final Day: Straight, left, right, right, straight, right.

Minor Enemies


The Japanese name for the Woods of Mystery, 不思議の森, is phonetically identical to the Japanese name for the Mysterious Woods from Link's Awakening, ふしぎのもり.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 不思議の森 (Fushigi no Mori) Woods of Mystery
French-speaking countries French Bois Perdus Lost Woods
Canada FrenchCA Boisé mystérieux
Federal Republic of Germany German Wälder der Mysterien Woods of Mystery
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Bosques Misteriosos Mysterious forests
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Bosque Misterioso (MM3D) Mysterious forest


  1. The Woods of Mystery are referred to as the Lost Woods in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask — Official Perfect Guide by Versus Books.[2] However, as this contradicts the name given in-game, it is not considered Canon.


  1. "Woods of Mystery
    Beware of ferocious turtles.
    " — Sign (Majora's Mask 3D)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask — Official Perfect Guide (Versus Books) pg. 23
  3. "I was just busy minding my own business, picking mushrooms, when... BAM! I got hit from behind! That pesky Skull Kid!" — Koume (Majora's Mask)
  4. "What's that?!? The Skull Kid got to Koume?!? That's ridiculous... If it's just the Skull Kid, then what harm could he possibly do? Oh!! Well, if that's true, then take this potion to her... This isn't good..." — Kotake (Majora's Mask)
  5. "Ooh! Feel the energy flow! Koume is revived!!! You saved me! I'm the swamp tour guide. I run the boat cruise, so come by if you want a free ride." — Koume (Majora's Mask)