The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Game Guide

Training and a Massive Desert [Wlk18]

This section covers the Gerudo Fortress and Training Grounds.

Once in Goron City, head to the lava room.  Jump onto the blue block, and
Longshot across.  The secret cave here contains some Business Deku Scrubs if
you need ammunition.  Now, head back to Hyrule Field, and ride Epona back to
Gerudo Valley.  Jump across the broken bridge, and leave Epona here with the
carpenter.  (I'm sure he'll take care of her.)  Break all the rocks here to
reveal a chest.  Open it for a PURPLE RUPEE, if you need some money.  Continue 
on, and you'll get caught by the Gerudo, and thrown into a cell high up.

Heh, it seems the Gerudo aren't that smart, since there's a wooden exit that
can be Longshot to.  Use it, but don't fall off the ledge.  Jump off to the
left to land on a platform on the fortress.  Enter through the opening here,
and be careful of the Gerudo guards here.  You can stun them with the Longshot,
so if you're unsure of your stealth skills, stun them.  Your objective after
taking the corner is to go past the guards and go into the hall to your left in
this room.  Once in the hall, quickly Longshot to the far wooden pole, and
climb the ramp to the outside.

You're now above your cell.  Smash the crate for a Purple Rupee, and look to
the left.  Longshot to the treasure chest and open it for a Piece of Heart.
(HEART PIECES: 34 out of 36) Get to the southern cliff wall, and drop down on
the south side.  Look up at the cliff side to see a Gold Skulltula.  Drop west
twice and head into the northern entrance. (GOLD SKULLTULAS: 089 out of 100)
Head down the hall to see a carpenter locked up.  Talk to him and a Gerudo
thief will drop down behind you.  This time, you have to fight her before she
stuns you and takes you back to the cell.  Basically, shield from any attacks
and deliver some of your own.  Use the Biggoron's Sword if you wish, but you
can't use your shield.  Either way, once she's beaten, she'll drop a SMALL KEY.
Use it to free the carpenter.  Talk to him and he'll leave.  Follow him and
you'll be outside.  Yikes!  Hide behind a crate before they spot you!

Head into the northern hallway here and you'll find another carpenter locked
up.  Talk to him and another guard will drop down.  Defeat her in the same way
to get a SMALL KEY, and use it to free the carpenter.  Go back the way you
came, and play the Song of Storms.  A Secret Cave should appear.  Inside is a
Fairy Fountain, in case you need some.  Either way, head into the east opening
now.  Up here, go up and turn right.  Be careful of the Gerudo at the end, and
when she isn't looking, take the outside exit to the right.  Out here,
carefully go around the corner and you'll see a Gerudo guard.  Stun her when
she isn't looking, and head into the entrance up here.

Inside you'll see two cells.  One is open, and the other has another carpenter
locked inside.  You know what to do.  After the ordeal is over with, continue
down the hall.  Out here, take the next entrance up here.  Use the Hover Boots
to go across the room, and head out once more.  Drop down to the north and head
into the northern entrance.  (This is above another northern entrance.) Inside,
wait until the Gerudo guard walks by (heading towards the right) then stun her
(you have to move away from the crate) and slash her to knock her out.  Follow
the hall, go through the left hall, and at the end is another carpenter with a
cell.  Free him, and you'll see a Gerudo guard watching you.  She says that
she's been watching you all this time, and she's impressed at your stealth
skills, so she decides to make you an official member of the Gerudo by giving
you a Membership Card.  Now, get outside and fall down to the ground.  If you
look south, you'll see a Gerudo in white clothing standing in front of a cage.
Talk to her and she'll ask if you want to partake in the Gerudo Training
Grounds.  Say yes (after paying) and enter.

Gerudo Training Grounds

Make sure to save here.  This can really test your skills at times.  In this
mini dungeon, climb up the stairs, turn around, and fire an arrow at the eye
switch for a chest containing a BLUE RUPEE.  Facing away from the entrance,
take the left entrance.  Make sure you have your Biggoron's Sword before
entering.  Inside, you have to fight two Stalfos in under a minute.  Be quick.
After defeating them, a chest with a SMALL KEY appears.  Head into the next

Your next challenge is to collect all the Silver Rupees in under 1:30 minutes.
The best way to do this is to head forward, skip the first right and go down
the second right.  Take another right after the ramp, and grab the Silver Rupee
(caution to the boulders).  The next one can be found by going back, taking the
second left.  Follow this path and jump off to get the Silver Rupee.  Now,
Longshot to the panel above the next Silver Rupee to grab it.  Turn around and
head to the left.  Take another left to find a Silver Rupee.  Now go against
the flow of boulders and grab the final Silver Rupee at the end.  Now, Longshot
over the fire wall, and take the door on your left.

This next room has no time limit, thank goodness.  Your first task is to kill
four Wolfos here. (Two are white ones) Easy enough.  Once they're gone, a chest 
with a bundle of Arrows will appear.  Facing as if you entered the room, use
the Lens of Truth to see a hidden hall above the right door.  Go through that.
Step on the button and head into the next room.

In here, jump onto the platform below and hit all the statue's eyes with the 
Bow.  Doing this will make a chest with a SMALL KEY appear.  Take it then exit
through the door by using the Longshot.  In this next room, simply kill all
the enemies to unlock the door and reveal a chest with a bundle of Arrows.  Get
those arrows, but don't take the door just yet.  The objective is to find the
SECRET entrance here.  Smash away all the statues with the Megaton Hammer to
find a gold eye switch and a ground switch.  Step on the ground switch to lower
the fire in the center.  Quickly get the SMALL KEY inside the chest the fire
was protecting, then hit the eye switch with an Arrow.  Head into the door
that's not in the hall.

In here, equip the Hover Boots.  You're supposed to collect Silver Rupees here
above a pit of lava.  Go out and turn around.  Longshot to the Silver Rupee
above you.  Drop down to the nearest pillar, and collect the Silver Rupees on
the way to the switch.  Hit the switch then head to where the fire was to
collect the last Silver Rupee.  Now head into the door that's on the ledge.

Next, stand away from the blue blocks and use the Song of Time to remove them.
Equip the Iron Boots and sink to the bottom.  Kill the enemies first to make it
easier, and then start collecting Silver Rupees using a combination of
Longshots and swimming (without the Iron Boots) and sinking and you'll get
them.  Oh, make sure you wear the Zora Tunic so you won't drown.  Once you have
them, rise to the top, collect the SMALL KEY inside the chest, and head back to
the lava room.  Head into the door on your left.

Inside you'll fight two Dinalfos.  Kill them quickly with the Biggoron's Sword,
and bomb the Beamos to clear this timed room.  Collect the SMALL KEY from the
chest.  Head into the next room and open the chest here for some Arrows, then
backtrack to the lava room.  Get to the ledge with the button and play the Song
of Time to make some blocks appear.  Climb up them, grab the SMALL KEY, and
head through the opening.

We're now in the room that contains the treasure we're looking for, but we
can't get to it yet.  Open the chest in front of you for a BOMBCHU, and then
open the chest to the right (when you enter) for some Arrows.  Get to the lava
room.  Head back to the first room.  (You encountered it.) Head down the right
entrance to get to another entrance of that treasure room.  Go through two
locked doors starting at the left, and open the chest for a PURPLE RUPEE.
Continue through until you reach another chest with a RED RUPEE.  Continue for
a chest with Arrows.  Continue through the last door to find yourself that you
don't have any more keys to continue.  OK, backtrack to the small room you
enter when you go through the first locked door from this area's entrance, and
use the Lens of Truth to find a hole in the ceiling.  Climb up to it and 
collect the SMALL KEY in the chest.  Head back to the last locked door and open
the chest for the ICE ARROWS.  This uses magic power to freeze enemies.  It's
actually an optional item, but if you like completeness, go for it.  I'm sure
you'll find a use for them anyway.  Head back to the exit of this dungeon.

Head back to where you left Epona, (you may have to call Epona with her song) 
and take her to the Fortress.  Get up the ramp at the end, and head right until 
you see a path.  Follow it until you reach a large secluded area.  If it's 
still night, head to the far left of this area and you'll find a Gold 
Skulltula. (GOLD SKULLTULAS: 090 out of 100) Now change it to day and head to 
the small shack to see a Gerudo.  Talk to her while on your horse and she'll 
ask if you want to do some Horseback Archery.  Say yes.  The first goal here is 
to acquire 1000 points.  Easy enough.  The pots are worth 100 points, the outer 
rim of the targets are 30, inner rim is 60, and the very center is 100.  
Obviously you should hit the pots and the center of the targets.  If you 
successfully get 1000 points, you'll get a Piece of Heart. (HEART PIECES: 35 
out of 36) Lucky us!  One more Piece of Heart left!  But wait, the Gerudo 
offers you another challenge: to get 1500 points.  It doesn't sound difficult 
compared to the previous challenge, but it is actually quite hard.  Here's a 

- At the start, aim right and hit all the pots with one arrow each. (Saving
ammo is vital here.)

- Turn over to the target at the front and fire at the center twice.

- As you turn around, aim at the line of targets and hit the center of each
target twice.

- Use up the rest of your ammo by hitting the center of the last target.

That's all I can tell you.  The rest just requires skill in precision aiming
during stress.  If you actually manage to pull this off, I commend you, and
so does the Gerudo by giving you the BIGGEST QUIVER, which allows you to carry
50 Arrows.  Alright, now head to the north side of this fortress area, and
you'll see a gate blocking the way to a huge desert.  Climb the ladder nearby
and talk to the Gerudo up there and after some negotiating, she'll let you
through, as well as give advice on how not to get lost.  Head through. (You
don't need your horse, so leave her behind.)

Here in the Haunted Wasteland, we have to pass the first trial she mentioned,
and we're right on front of this River of Sand.  Simply hop onto the crate
ahead and Longshot one of the other crates across the River to cross.  Now,
prepare to squint your eyes, as in order to continue, you must follow flags,
and they're usually hard to see.  Shortly after venturing away from the River,
you'll see a sign pointing to a Carpet Shop.  You shouldn't actually go here,
as this guy's a rip-off.  He sells only one thing, and it changes every day.
The thing is, he won't let you actually see what you're buying unless you pay
him, and it's usually a hefty price.  Unless you really have money to waste,
I'd suggest you ignore him.

Anyway, continuing on through the flag markers, you'll eventually come across a
secret shrine.  Stop here for a minute and go inside.  Ah...a relief from that
intense desert wind.  Too bad there's no water hole in here, it would've made
our stop complete.  Ah well, heroes don't eat or least in video
games.  Anyway, inside are two torches and a Gold Skulltula.  (GOLD SKULLTULAS:
091 out of 100) After getting the spider, light the two torches with Fire
Arrows to make a chest appear.  Open it for a PURPLE RUPEE.  Crawl back out and
climb up to the top and put on the Lens of Truth to find the Poe guide the
Gerudo was talking about.  Follow this Poe, keeping the Lens of Truth on, until
you finally reach a huge monument, called the Desert Collosus.  Careful of the
Leevers here.  Look to your right and you'll see two palm trees.  Bomb the
cracked wall between those trees and head inside to find another Great Fairy
Fountain.  You know what to do to summon her.  This time she'll give you
NAYRU'S LOVE, which protects you from any damage for a few minutes.  Yeah, you
heard that right.  Minutes, not seconds.  Very helpful for boss battles.  Any-
way, if you need some fairies, head over to the south, toward the circle in the
mini-map.  At this empty grove, play the Song of Storms on the flat rock to
fill the grove, creating a Fairy Fountain.  At this same place, at night, a
Gold Skulltula is on a nearby palm tree. (GOLD SKULLTULAS: 092 out of 100)
That's it for now.  Head inside the Collosus.


Swords: Kokiri Sword, Master Sword, Biggoron's Sword
Shields: Deku Shield, Hylian Shield
Tunics: Kokiri Tunic, Goron Tunic, Zora Tunic
Boots: Kokiri Boots, Iron Boots, Hover Boots
Other: Bullet Bag (Holds 50), Quiver (Holds 50), Bomb Bag (Holds 40), Goron's 
Bracelet, Golden Scale, Stone of Agony, Gerudo's Membership Card

ITEMS: (shown left to right)
Deku Sticks
Deku Nuts
Fairy Bow (Fire Arrows, Ice Arrows)
Din's Fire
Farore's Wind
Nayru's Love
Fairy Slingshot
Ocarina of Time
Lens of Truth
Magic Beans (1)
Megaton Hammer

Zelda's Lullaby
Epona's Song
Saria's Song
Sun's Song
Song of Time
Song of Storms
Minuet of Forest
Bolero of Fire
Serenade of Water
Nocturne of Shadow
Prelude of Light

Claim Check
Mask of Truth


Gold Skulltulas: 92
Heart Pieces: 35 (3)
Upgrades: 10 (Deku Seeds: 50, Deku Sticks: 30, Deku Nuts: 40, Bombs: 40,
Arrows: 50) (ALL!)
Boss Heart Containers: 7

Advanced Spin Slash (Hold B until the sword is yellow, then release)
Din's Fire (C Item)
Farore's Wind (C Item)
Magic Meter Upgrade (Double the magic!)
Nayru's Love (C Item)

Total Health: 18 Hearts