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Yarna Desert is a location in Link's Awakening.[1]

Features and Overview

The Yarna Desert lies to the southeastern side of Koholint Island. Hidden in the sands is a Lanmola that Link must defeat to acquire the Angler Key.

Yarna Desert features cactus, shifting sands, and wind-swept skulls of creatures and people. One of these skulls is ???, who, if sprinkled with Magic Powder, will tell Link to use a Bomb to open a wall leading to a Piece of Heart in the cave below the quicksand.[2] There are also huge skulls that resemble a tusked animal, indicating that the desert was once most likely a fertile locale. The desert is originally blocked by a large sleeping Walrus who only awakes upon hearing Marin sing the "Ballad of the Wind Fish." The desert is only accessible from the region to the west called East of the Bay. It also borders Animal Village to the west, and the Face Shrine to the north.

Other Appearances

Link's Awakening (Cagiva)

In the Link's Awakening manga by Ataru Cagiva, after taking Marin to Animal Village, Link heads to Yarna Desert. Once there, Felicia finds an abandoned house. After exiting it, Link is attacked by a Lanmola. Upon defeat, the Angler Key appears from within the creature. After clearing Angler's Tunnel, Link takes Nakuma through Yarna Desert into his house, where it rewards him with a new Sword. After the ghost's passing, Link uses his old Sword to create a grave for it.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseヤーナ砂漠 (Yāna Sabaku) (LANS)Yāna Desert
CanadaFrenchCADunes de Yarna (LANS)Yarna's Dunes
FranceFrenchEUDunes de Yarna (LANS)Yarna's Dunes
GermanyGermanDurstwüste (LANS)Thirst Desert
ItalyItalianDeserto di Yarna (LANS) 
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  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 234(LA)
  2. "Ahhh... Yess... That dust was so refreshing... For that, I'll tell you a hint! Use a bomb in a place where the sand swallows you... There is a treat on the other side of the wall... Bye!" — ??? (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
Regions in Link's Awakening
House by the BaySale's House O' BananasTail CaveBottle GrottoKey CavernAngler's TunnelCatfish's MawFace ShrineFace ShrineEagle's TowerTurtle RockWind Fish's EggYarna DesertAnimal VillageEast of the BayKanalet CastleRaft ShopRapids RideMabe VillageMysterious WoodsSouth of the VillageTabahl WastelandGraveyardKoholint PrairieSignpost MazePothole FieldToronbo ShoresUkuku PrairieMartha's BayGoponga SwampTal Tal HeightsTal Tal Mountain RangeLADX Koholint Island.png
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