Moon (Majora's Mask)
- This article is about the cursed moon appearing in Majora's Mask. For other uses, see Moon.
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|Item(s)||Fierce Deity Mask, Piece of Heart ×4|
|Related place(s)|| Inside the Moon|
In Majora's Mask, the Moon is the ominous object that threatens to destroy Clock Town in 72 hours during Link's adventure in Termina. By the power of Majora's Mask, it had been pulled from its orbit and destined to crash into Clock Town, which would obliterate the town along with most of Termina.
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
In a turn of events, Majora's Mask realizes that the Skull Kid has become useless; thus, the Mask abandons the imp's body and transports itself inside the moon. With the moon now being possessed by the powerful 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:
|I... I shall consume. Consume... Consume everything.|
|— Moon possessed by Majora's Mask|
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. The two heroes battle against the powerful Majora, and once the malicious threat behind all of this is defeated, Link and Tatl are able to return to Clock Town just before the moon is overtaken by a bright light and the threat to Termina is ended.
Inside the Moon
The final confrontation with Majora's Mask takes place within the moon itself. When Link enters the moon, he is transported to a bright, sunny meadow that appears hazy, like a dream. The only thing to break the scene is 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 Moon 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 four of the optional mini-dungeons that each Moon Child has prepared for Link. Depending on which Moon Child Link spoke to, each of these mini-dungeons resemble 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 (e.g., talking to the Odolwa child will extensively require the use of the Deku Mask, and the mini-dungeon will have the theme of the Woodfall Temple. This is true for all except the Twinmold child, which doesn't require the use of a morph mask). However, the four mini-dungeons cannot be completed unless all of the masks have been obtained, with the exception of the Fierce Deity's Mask. This is due to the fact that when Link talks to one of the Moon Children, he will ask that Link hand over a specific amount of non-transformation masks in order to enter the dungeon, and the same amount to exit (for example, the child wearing the Gyorg mask will ask for three masks to play and three more at the end of the dungeon since Gyorg is the third main boss). If these requirements are met, the child will offer to play "hide and seek" with Link, who is then transported to the respective dungeon.
The dungeons are short, no more than a few rooms long, each containing Gossip Stones revealing where to find each mask, as well as 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, but the child will be gone. The dungeon routes are:
- Deku Dungeon: Deku Link must fly over a chasm with the help of the Deku Flowers located in the extremes of the 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 starting line.
- 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 the young hero back to the starting line.
- Link Dungeon: Link must fight various minibosses and solve puzzles involving the 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 here. In return, the child will hand over the Fierce Deity Mask and immediately transport Link to the place where the final battle against Majora is to be held.
- In the beta version, the Moon had no face on it.
- On the Final Day, the Moon descends in real-time.
- In The Wind Waker, the Nintendo Gallery has a sculpture of the Moon in the background behind the counter.
- The Moon bears a strong resemblance to a specific asteroid with a similarly creepy smiling face in Star Fox.
The moon as seen from the telescope in the Astral Observatory
- "A puppet that can no longer be used is mere garbage. This puppet's role has just ended..." — Majora (Majora's Mask)
- "Well? You're going in, aren't you? ...We can't do anything down here. Let's go!" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
- "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)
- Moon beta screenshot
- Majora Mask - 3rd day Moon's Falling