Gerudo Training Ground

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The Gerudo Training Ground,[1] also known as the Gerudo's Training Ground,(OoT)[2] is an optional mini-dungeon in Ocarina of Time. It consists of various difficult obstacles that Link must overcome in order to prove his abilities as a hero. If he manages to complete the training ground, he will be rewarded with the Ice Arrow as proof of his skill.[3]

Entrance to the Ground

The place can be found within the Gerudo's Fortress. The Gerudo Token is required to enter along with a small fee of 10 Rupees.[4][5]

Themes and Navigation

One of the rooms inside the Gerudo Training Ground

The Gerudo Training Ground consists of eleven rooms full of traps, enemies, puzzles, and other obstacles that Link must overcome to receive a series of Small Keys. These keys are necessary in order to unlock the various doors within the chamber where the Ice Arrow resides. The Ice Arrow chamber, which is located at the center of the Training Ground, is made up of a small maze of locked doors. There are two paths that Link can take to reach the Ice Arrow; however, only one of them will lead to the treasure while the other one leads to a dead-end. A total of 9 Small Keys can be found hidden in the training ground, but only 7 are required to reach the Ice Arrow if the correct path is chosen from the beginning. Many assume that if Link chooses the wrong path to get to where the Ice Arrow is, there will not be enough Small Keys to correct the mistake, rendering the Ice Arrow impossible to reach. This is a common misunderstanding since there are other well-hidden keys inside the Gerudo Training Ground that can help him correct the error.

The entrance hall of the training ground has three doors that lead to different puzzles. The northern door grants access to the Ice Arrow chamber, the eastern door leads to a room where Link must defeat two Dinolfos and one Beamos under a limited time, and the western door takes the young hero to a room full of quicksand where two Stalfos have to be eliminated within the time limit. The east and west doors all lead to the rest of the obstacles, in which the majority consist of collecting Silver Rupees under various conditions to receive a Small Key as a reward. Every time Link enters a new room, the conditions to be met will be displayed on-screen as well as mentioning whether the obstacle has to be complete under a limited time or not.

The following lists the necessary items to successfully complete the training ground and collect everything:

It is worth noting that the Silver Gauntlets are not required to ultimately reach the treasure since the Small Key obtained through the gauntlets is only used if Link chooses the wrong path at the Ice Arrow chamber. In fact, it is possible to collect seven out of the nine keys with only the Hookshot, Bow, and Hammer, although the player must memorize the locations of the false wall and ceiling that would be visible with the Lens of Truth; the keys unobtainable at that time are the ones which require the Iron Boots and Silver Gauntlets. The Hover Boots are not required; if Link plays the "Song of Time" in the Lava Room, he can use the blocks created to reach the upper platform, from which he can reach all the Silver Rupees. The Longshot is also not required in Ocarina of Time, but in Master Quest it is required in the Lava Room and Maze Room. It is not required in either game in the Statue Room, as Link can walk to the other side of the facility to access the upper ledge, although the Scarecrow's Song in Ocarina of Time and the Hookshot posts in Master Quest provide a useful shortcut.

In the Master Quest version of the game, there are now only three keys in the dungeon. Instead of a chest, there is a crate that hides a rusty switch that, when activated, makes the chest with the Ice Arrows appear. The objective in the Boulder room is the same as in the original version. However, there is only one Iron Knuckle now. The objective for the maze room remains the same as in the original game. Boulders are no longer rolling, but there are stalactites that fall from the ceiling and a Wallmaster. The Hover Boots or Longshot are required to get a single Rupee.

Wolfos are no longer found in the Wolfos room room. Instead, there are now Dinolfos, Lizalfos and a Beamos. A Time Block must be used to go through the invisible wall. In the adjacent room to the north, past the large block that requires the Silver Gauntlets, there is now a Stalfos, but only one chest containing a Purple Rupee. The Statue room is exactly the same, except for the fact that the statue is now surrounded by fire, which makes the aiming more difficult, and that the Scarecrow's Song has no effect; Hookshot posts appear once the challenge is complete. The chest with the Ice Arrows is in the room in the upper floor.

Instead of using the Megaton Hammer to break some blocks in the hammer-themed room, Link is now required to fight Dinolfos and an Ironknuckle. In the lava room, there are lots of Red Bubbles now and a torch has to be lit so the fire in the platforms disappears and Link can use his Hover Boots to get all the Rupees. If Link approaches this room from the Statue Room, there is a rusty switch which raises a Hookshot post on the raised, central platform; by using this post in conjunction with the Longshot, the Hover Boots are not required. In the water room next to this one there are less Rupees and enemies such as Biri, Bari, Stingers and Shell Blades. Link is required to defeat some enemies in a limited time in the Flame Wall room. Among them is an Armos in the wall, which is no longer surrounded by fire.

Minor Enemies

Master Quest

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
ゲルドの修練場 (Gerudo no Shūrenjō) (OoT)[7]Geldo/Gerudo Training Ground
The Italian Republic
Italian
Zona di addestramento Gerudo (OoT3D)[6]Gerudo training zone
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References

  1. "Gerudo Training Ground" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  2. "This is the Gerudo's Training Ground. Membership card verified. One try for 10 Rupees!" — Gerudo (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "You got the Ice Arrow! Set it to C Button and your arrows will be powered up! If you hit your target, it will freeze. This arrow magic is granted only to those who complete the difficult training of the Gerudos, so use it with pride!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "This is the Gerudo's Training Ground. Nobody is allowed to enter without a membership card." — Gerudo (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "This is the Gerudo Training Ground. Gerudo Token verified. One try for 10 Rupees!" — Gerudo (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  6. "Zona di addestramento Gerudo - Ingresso riservato ai soci" — Sign (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  7. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 155