Eastern Palace (A Link to the Past)

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Eastern Palace
Eastern Palace.png
Artwork of the dungeon's entrance
Location(s) Eastern Hyrule
Game(s) A Link to the Past
Other media A Link to the Past comic
Main Item Bow
Boss(es) Armos Knights
Quest Reward(s)Pendant of Courage

The Eastern Palace, also known as the East Palace, is the second dungeon in A Link to the Past. Link enters the palace as part of Sahasrahla's test to see if he can overcome it and obtain the Pendant of Courage.

Entrance to the Palace

The Eastern Palace is found in the eastern side of Hyrule, inside a rocky canyon.

Themes and Navigation

The dungeon's puzzles and obstacles are not too complex, but can appear daunting at first. The first major obstacle in particular involves huge rolling Balls sent down a main corridor, with some of them being bigger than others; Link must walk very carefully and get out of the way when a ball is approaching. This trap appears in a slightly different form deeper inside the dungeon, with balls appearing from all sides of the room. Eyegore, originally known here as Rocklops make their first appearance and provide a stiff challenge for an inexperienced player. The main treasure item is the Bow, which is located near the center of the dungeon in a large room filled with Stalfos, and Link will need it to defeat the Red Rocklops to reach the Dungeon Master. At the end of the dungeon, Link must fight six Armos Knights for the Pendant of Courage and a Heart Container.

Upon besting the palace, Sahasrahla will explain more about the Master Sword and the Knights of Hyrule, and will encourage Link to find the remaining pendants so that the Blade of the Evil's Bane can be claimed (the pendants' locations will be marked on the map as well). He also gives Link the Pegasus Boots.

Minor Enemies and Traps

Other Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

A Link to the Past Comic

The Eastern Palace in the comic

In the A Link to the Past comic, Link travels to the Eastern Palace after being told by Sahasrahla's Friend where Sahasrahla can be found. There, he finds the descendant of the wise men, and although he is puzzled as to how someone so young like Link could be searching for the Master Sword,[1] he tells Link he must recover the Pendants of Virtue to claim the legendary weapon. Sahasrahla reveals that he can help Link by giving him the Pendant of Courage, but since the task to finding the remaining two pendants will not be an easy one, he asks whether he will be able to accomplish said task,[2] to which the young hero confidently says yes both for Zelda and his deceased uncle.[3] Just as Sahasrahla hands the Pendant of Courage to Link, the Castle Soldiers pursuing Link find him. Empowered by the pendant, he easily dispatches their leader and sends the rest fleeing. The young hero, amazed at the power of the pendant, promises to find the remaining two pendants and leaves the palace to search for them.[4]

Etymology

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 東の神殿 (Higashi no Shinden) East Temple
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Templo del Este Eastern Temple
French Republic FrenchEU Temple de l'Est East Temple
Federal Republic of Germany German Ost-Palast East Palace
Italian Republic Italian Palazzo dell'Est Eastern Palace

Gallery

References

  1. "Yes... I am INDEED Sahasrahla! But you... You are just a BOY... I cannot believe a youngster like you is looking for the Master Sword! Not just anyone can use that mighty blade!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 12, 13)
  2. "The symbols are the legendary Pendants of Virtue. I can help you with the Pendant of Courage...but finding the remaining two pendants is not a quest to be taken lightly... Do you really believe you can accomplish this task, young man?" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 13)
  3. "Of course! Besides, I promised Zelda! And...I have to bring Agahnim to justice for what he did to my uncle!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 13, 14)
  4. "So, THIS is the power of the pendant... Excellent! I will rise to the challenge of the pendants, and with their power, I will destroy you, Agahnim!!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 16)

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