Moon (Majora's Mask)

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This article is about the Moon appearing in Majora's Mask. For other uses, see Moon.
Moon
MM3D Full Moon.png
Moon artwork from Majora's Mask 3D
Game(s) Majora's Mask
Other media Super Smash Bros. Melee
Hyrule Warriors
Inhabitant(s) Moon Children
Majora's Mask
Item(s) Fierce Deity Mask
Piece of Heart ×4

The Moon is the ominous object that threatens to destroy Clock Town in Majora's Mask. By the power of Majora's Mask, it has been pulled from its orbit and is destined to crash into Clock Town, which will obliterate the town along with most of Termina.

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Background

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Before the events of Majora's Mask, the Skull Kid ambushed the Happy Mask Salesman and took one of his precious masks, the Majora's Mask. Even though the Skull Kid was unaware of it, Majora's Mask gradually began to take control over him, turning his harmless pranks into acts with malicious intents behind them. Eventually, the mask completely embraced the Skull Kid's mind, and using him as a puppet, Majora's Mask pulled the Moon from its orbit and set its course to crash into Clock Town. Once Link arrives in Termina, he finds out that he just has three days to prevent the Moon from extinguishing all of Termina.

Along with his Fairy companion Tatl, Link sets out to free the Four Giants in each of the temples found all over Termina. With the Giants free from their curse, the young hero and his Fairy climb atop the Clock Tower on the Final Day to call upon the Giants using the "Oath to Order." One by one, the Four Giants appear and stop the Moon from its path of destruction.

Entrance to the Moon

Majora's Mask eventually realizes that the Skull Kid has become useless. Thus, the Mask abandons the imp's body and transports itself inside the Moon.[1] With the Moon now being possessed by Majora's Mask, it becomes too strong for the Giants to hold it back, for it threatens to continue with its plan of obliterating Termina. [2]

While the Four Giants use all their might to try and sustain the evil menace, Link and Tatl decide to follow Majora into the Moon.[3]

Themes and Navigation

Inside the Moon

Inside the Moon

The final battle with Majora's Mask takes place within the Moon itself. When Link enters the Moon, he is transported to a bright, sunny meadow with a single tree in the middle of the plain. Four children wearing each of the Boss Remains can be seen running around the tree. However, there is another child sitting beneath the tree wearing Majora's Mask. While the other children are running around and playing, the Majora child stays seated under the tree.

A decision can be made whether to advance straight to the boss fight with Majora or to wait and complete the four optional mini-dungeons that each child has prepared for Link. Each of these mini-dungeon resembles one of the four temples where the Boss Remains were obtained, and it will require the use of one of the transformation masks that Link possesses. However, the four mini-dungeons cannot be completed unless all of the masks have been obtained. This is due to the fact that when Link talks to one of the children, he will ask Link to hand over a specific amount of non-transformation masks in order to enter and exit the dungeon. If these requirements are met, the child will offer to play Hide-and-Seek with Link, who is then transported to the respective dungeon.

Mini-Dungeons

The mini-dungeons are short, with each containing Gossip Stones revealing where to find each mask and a Piece of Heart. At the end of the dungeon, the Moon Child can be found, and after Link gives him the required masks, he will be transported back into the sunny field, where the child will be gone.

  • Deku Dungeon: Deku Link must fly over a chasm with the help of the Deku Flowers located in the extremes of spinning wood platforms. While doing so, he must also avoid some spinning thorny bars.
  • Goron Dungeon: Goron Link must curl across a thin passage without falling, and change directions with the help of several open Treasure Chests. He must also avoid the warping pads that take him back to the beginning.
  • Zora Dungeon: Zora Link must swim through an underground pipe network that branches at several points. Only one path leads to the end, the others take him back to the starting line.
  • Link Dungeon: Link must fight various mini-bosses and solve puzzles involving Bombchu and the Fire Arrows.

After Link has talked to each child, completed each dungeon, and handed over all of his masks, all of the children will be gone except the one wearing Majora's Mask. If Link talks to him, he will offer to play a different kind of game: good guys against bad guys, mentioning that Link is the bad guy.[4] In return, the child will hand over the Fierce Deity's Mask and immediately transport Link to the place where the final battle against Majora is set.

Non-Canon Appearances

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Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Moon appears in the background of the Great Bay stage. As the match progresses, the Moon slowly descends until the Four Giants appear and push it back up. The Moon also appears as a Trophy.

Trophy Information

Image Description How to Unlock
Moon Trophy.png High in the sky above the Clock Town Tower, a menacing moon slowly sinks towards the city. Shrouded in mystery and feared by all, it threatens to devour everything and everyone in a cataclysm of fire. Strangely, inside the moon is a beautiful, pristine plain broken by a single tree. The moon breaks after Link defeats Majora's Mask. Random

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, the Moon appears in the Palace of Twilight where it is constructed by Fairies and is summoned by the Great Fairy to knock Argorok out of the sky. The Moon also appears when using the Clawshot into the air, pulling a smaller Moon down to crush enemies, and as an attack part of Link's Great Fairy weapon set.

Trivia

  • During the development of the game, the Moon had no face on it.
  • With the exception of Link's Dungeon, all the Moon dungeons have an unused intro cutscene showing around the area. They can only be seen by entering the dungeons with a cheating device.[5]
  • In The Wind Waker, the Nintendo Gallery has a sculpture of the Moon in the background behind the counter.[verification needed]

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References

  1. "A puppet that can no longer be used is mere garbage. This puppet's role has just ended..." — Majora (Majora's Mask)
  2. "... I shall consume. Consume... Consume everything." — Moon (Majora's Mask)
  3. "Well? You're going in, aren't you? ...We can't do anything down here. Let's go!" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
  4. "You don't have any masks left, do you? Well, let's do something else. Let's play good guys against bad guys... Yes. Let's play that. Are you ready? You're the bad guy. And when you're bad, you just run." — Majora Child (Majora's Mask)
  5. MM: Unused Moon Trial Intro's, YouTube, published September 10, 2014, retrieved September 17, 2014.

Dungeons in The Legend of Zelda Series

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Majora's Mask

Temples

Woodfall Temple · Snowhead Temple · Great Bay Temple · Stone Tower Temple

Mini-Dungeons

Swamp Spider House · Pirates' Fortress · Oceanside Spider House · Beneath the Well
Ancient Castle of Ikana · Deku Dungeon · Goron Dungeon · Zora Dungeon · Link Dungeon