Inside the Deku Tree

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Inside the Deku Tree is the first Dungeon of Ocarina of Time.[1] It is the first Dungeon in the game. Its Dungeon Item is the Fairy Slingshot and its boss is Gohma.

Features and Overview

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The Great Deku Tree is located inside his Meadow in Kokiri Forest. The entrance to the Great Deku Tree's Meadow is blocked by Mido, who refuses entry to anyone without both a Sword and Shield. Once Link equips both the Kokiri Sword and Deku Shield, Mido will begrudgingly allow him to visit the Great Deku Tree. Inside the Great Deku Tree's Meadow, the Great Deku Tree explains that he has been cursed and requires Link's help to break his curse.[2] If Link agrees to help, the Great Deku Tree opens his mouth, granting Link passage inside.[3][note 1]

The Dungeon's entrance from Ocarina of Time 3D

The Dungeon is designed to teach Link how to navigate in three-dimensional space and how basic Objects like Doors,[5] Ladders and Vines,[6] Switches, and Blocks function.[7] As Link enters the Dungeon, the camera shifts to focus on a Ladder, giving a hint for where Link must go first.

Most of the Enemies within the Dungeon are stationary and will not move around, teaching Link how to engage Enemies in combat. Some Enemies cling to the ceiling and will drop down onto Link if he approaches their positions, encouraging Link to be aware of his surroundings. Inside the Deku Tree is a forgiving Dungeon as a large number of Hearts can be found floating in various parts of it, as well as inside many of its Treasure Chests. Several patches of Grass grow within the Dungeon and provide Hearts as well as Rupees and Deku Seeds when cut. These patches of Grass typically regrow after being cut, allowing Link to retrieve an infinite stock of supplies.

The vertical design of the Dungeon challenges Link's spatial awareness and is also the key to entering the depths of the Deku Tree. The first room of the Dungeon is a large, three-story chamber that branches into various rooms. In the center of the first room there is a large Web covering a pit leading to the depths of the Dungeon, though it cannot be bypassed from the first floor. The second floor holds the Dungeon's primary Item, the Fairy Slingshot, which gives greater freedom to manipulate Puzzles and fight Enemies from a safe distance. Link is taught how to carry Fire from one Torch to another with Deku Sticks and to temporarily manipulate rooms with timed Floor Switches while ascending the Deku Tree. A cowardly Deku Scrub can also be found on the second floor, who in return for his freedom teaches Link how to safely land after jumping from high elevations.[8] From the third floor, Link is able to jump down onto the Web and break it with the force of Gravity to land in a pool of water in the bottom first floor.

A Floor Switch on the bottom first floor activates a nearby Torch, which in turn burns the Web covering it and teaches Link about the flammability of Webs. To advance further, Link must combine this and the knowledge gained on the third floor and carry Fire to burn the Web covering a nearby Door. A second cowardly Deku Scrub is found after this, who teaches Link the secret to advancing beyond a group of Deku Scrubs by defeating them in the proper order.[9] Another room along this path tests Link's ability to pass under a Spiketrap, which can be done by either Swimming and Diving to press an underwater Floor Switch that lowers the room's water level, or by crouching and holding his Deku Shield to pass underneath the Spiketrap. A room along this path features a Cracked Wall, which can only be destroyed with Bombs, which are obtained in Dodongo's Cavern. At the end of this path is another Web covering a pit to the bottom second floor where a group of three Deku Scrubs guard the Door to the Boss, Gohma. By stunning the middle one first, the right one second, and the left one first, Link will defeat them and gain entry. Out of frustration, one of the Deku Scrubs reveals Gohma's weakness before disappearing.[10]

Gohma clinging to the ceiling from Ocarina of Time 3D

The Boss Arena is a large room with four pillars. When Link enters, Gohma can be heard walking along its ceiling. By making eye contact with the Boss, Link will begin the fight with her. Upon her defeat, Gohma will leave behind a Heart Container that increases Link's Life Gauge and a Warp Point will appear to take Link back to the Great Deku Tree's Meadow. With the curse broken, the Great Deku Tree congratulates him and shares more information about the origin of his curse.[11]

According to the Great Deku Tree, he was cursed by an evil sorcerer named Ganondorf who is looking for the entrance to the Sacred Realm that houses the divine Triforce.[12] Because he refused to give one of the keys to the Sacred Realm, a curse was placed on the Great Deku Tree to drain his power and ultimately kill him.[13] After giving Link the Spiritual Stone of the Forest, one of the keys to the Sacred Realm, the Great Deku Tree tells him to travel to Hyrule Castle and meet with its Princess.[14] With his duty to protect the Triforce completed, he passes away.

During the Child Era, Link is still able to enter Inside the Deku Tree. This passage becomes blocked in the Adult Era. In order to fully explore the Dungeon, Link must return with Bombs and the Boomerang.

The design of the Dungeon is altered slightly in Master Quest. It features a different array of Monsters such as Big Deku Babas and Keese. Different Puzzles can be found within, though they largely follow the same concepts such as carrying Fires. Unlike in the normal mode, Link must carry Fire through one room into another to activate two Torches as well as under the Spiketrap without the use of the underwater Floor Switch to light a Torch across the pool of water. The cowardly Deku Scrubs can no longer be found, though the three guarding the Boss Arena remain. The locations of Gold Skulltulas and the contents of Treasure Chests have also been changed. In order to fully explore the Dungeon, Link must have Bombchus, the Boomerang, and the "Song of Time".

A Business Scrub appears near the lowest pit selling Deku Shields to replace Link's if his is burned by the Keese. However, these cost 10 Rupees more than those in the Kokiri Shop.

Areas

Business Scrub's Shop

Master Quest only
Item
Price
ItemPrice

Enemies

  1. Five respawn indefinitely.
  2. Four do not reappear.
  3. Four do not reappear.
Master Quest
  1. One does not reappear.
  2. Five respawn indefinitely.
  3. Three do not reappear. These Deku Scrubs will not be defeated unless Link defeats them in the inverse order of Ocarina of Time's normal mode: 1, 3, 2. Despite the mirroring in Ocarina of Time 3D's Master Quest, the leftmost Deku Scrub is counted as "1".
  4. 17 do not reappear.
  5. Four do not reappear.
  6. One does not reappear.
  7. Two do not reappear.

Bosses

Treasure Chests

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Between the Vines near the top of the spiral ramp in the first room

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Atop the far ledge in 2F's southwestern room

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Atop a ledge accessible by Vines in 2F's southwestern room

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Atop a ledge in 3F's western room

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Atop the ledge along the south wall in 3F's western room

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Behind the Web near the Torch in B1's northeastern room

Treasure ChestContentsCoordinatesNotes

Between the Vines near the top of the spiral ramp in the first room

Atop the far ledge in 2F's southwestern room

Atop a ledge accessible by Vines in 2F's southwestern room

Atop a ledge in 3F's western room

Atop the ledge along the south wall in 3F's western room

Behind the Web near the Torch in B1's northeastern room

Master Quest
The directions listed apply for Ocarina of Time 3D's Master Quest. In all versions of Master Quest prior to Ocarina of Time 3D, east and west are reversed from the directions listed here.
Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Between the Vines near the top of the spiral ramp in the first room

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Appears atop a ledge after lighting the Torch in the center of 3F's eastern room

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Appears atop a ledge in 3F's eastern room after all of the Enemies have been defeated

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Atop the far ledge in 2F's southeastern room

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Appears in B1's northwestern room after pressing the Floor Switch behind the Web

Treasure Chest
Contents
Coordinates
Notes

Beside the entrance in B1's south-central room

Treasure ChestContentsCoordinatesNotes

Between the Vines near the top of the spiral ramp in the first room

Appears atop a ledge after lighting the Torch in the center of 3F's eastern room

Appears atop a ledge in 3F's eastern room after all of the Enemies have been defeated

Atop the far ledge in 2F's southeastern room

Appears in B1's northwestern room after pressing the Floor Switch behind the Web

Beside the entrance in B1's south-central room

Golden Skull Tokens

Gold Skulltula
Location

On the wall behind the small Treasure Chest in 3F's western room

Gold Skulltula
Location

Clinging to the Vines connecting B1 and 1F

Gold Skulltula
Location

On the bars in B1's northeastern room

Gold Skulltula
Location

On the wall in B1's northwestern room
Requires Bombs and the Boomerang

Gold SkulltulaLocation

On the wall behind the small Treasure Chest in 3F's western room

Clinging to the Vines connecting B1 and 1F

On the bars in B1's northeastern room

On the wall in B1's northwestern room
Requires Bombs and the Boomerang

Master Quest
The directions listed apply for Ocarina of Time 3D's Master Quest. In all versions of Master Quest prior to Ocarina of Time 3D, east and west are reversed from the directions listed here.
Gold Skulltula
Location

Inside the Wooden Box beside the Vines near the top of the spiral ramp in the first room

Gold Skulltula
Location

Behind the Bomb Rocks in 2F's southeastern room
Requires Bombchus and the Boomerang

Gold Skulltula
Location

High on the wall in B1's northeastern room
Requires the Boomerang

Gold Skulltula
Location

On the ceiling in B1's middle-northeastern room
Requires the Boomerang and the "Song of Time"

Gold SkulltulaLocation

Inside the Wooden Box beside the Vines near the top of the spiral ramp in the first room

Behind the Bomb Rocks in 2F's southeastern room
Requires Bombchus and the Boomerang

High on the wall in B1's northeastern room
Requires the Boomerang

On the ceiling in B1's middle-northeastern room
Requires the Boomerang and the "Song of Time"

Trivia

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
デクの樹サマの中  (Deku no Ki-sama no Naka) (OoT)[17]Inside the Great Deku Tree
The People's Republic of China
ChineseSI
德库树的里面 (Dékù shù de lǐmiàn) (OoT)[18]Inside the Dékù Tree
The Italian Republic
Italian
Interno dell'Albero Deku (OoT | OoT3D)[15][16]Inside the Deku Tree
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Other Names

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Notes

  1. If Link denies this request, the Great Deku Tree will tell him to return to the Kokiri Forest to practice combat before returning.[4]

References

  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 149
  2. "Link... Welcome... Listen carefully to what I, the Deku Tree, am about to tell thee... Thy slumber these past moons must have been restless and full of nightmares... As the servants of evil gain strength, a vile climate pervades the land and causes nightmares to those sensitive to it... Verily, thou hast felt it... Link... The time has come to test thy courage..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
    "I have been cursed... I need thee to break the curse with thy wisdom and courage. Dost thou have courage enough to undertake this task?" — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  3. "[Yes] Then enter, brave Link, and thou too, Navi... Navi the fairy... Thou must aid Link... And, Link... When Navi speaks, use Navi Button to listen well to her words of wisdom..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  4. "[No] Perhaps thou dost not yet have confidence in thy abilities... Return to the Kokiri Forest to learn the skills of combat... When thou art ready, return here and speak with me by using L Button..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  5. "You can open a door by standing in front of it and pressing A Button. Pay attention to what the Action Icon says. That's the A Button icon on the upper screen!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  6. "Look at this wall! The vines growing on it give it a rough surface... Maybe you can climb it, Link!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  7. "Stand next to this block and grab hold of it with A Button. While holding A Button, you can push or pull it. If you stand next to the block and press A Button while pressing Circle Pad toward the block, you can climb on top of it. Pay attention to what the Action Icon says!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  8. "Ow-ow-ow! Forgive me, master! If I give you a tip, will you let me go? When you jump off a high cliff, if you hold Circle Pad forward, you will roll on the ground when you land and won't get hurt from the fall. I can't guarantee it will work, though, if the cliff is really, really high, heh heh! Well, try it if you are feeling bold! Wah ha hah!" — Deku Scrub (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  9. "Please forgive me, master! I'll never do it again! If you spare me, I'll teach you something cool. You will never beat my brothers up ahead unless you punish them in the proper order. The order is...
    2 3 1
    Twenty-three is number one!
    Do you think I'm a traitor?
    " — Deku Scrub (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  10. "How did you know our secret? How irritating! It's so annoying that I'm going to reveal the secret of Queen Gohma to you! In order to administer the coup de grâce to Queen Gohma, strike with your sword while she's stunned. Oh, Queenie... Sorry about that!" — Deku Scrub (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  11. "Well done, Link..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
    "Thou has verily demonstrated they courage... I knew that thou wouldst be able to carry out my wishes..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
    "Now I have yet more to tell thee, wouldst thou listen..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  12. "Now...listen carefully... A wicked man of the desert cast this dreadful curse upon me..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
    "This evil man ceaselessly uses his vile, sorcerous powers in his search for the Sacred Realm that is connected to Hyrule... For it is in that Sacred Realm that one will find the divine relic, the Triforce, which contains the essence of the gods..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  13. "Thou must never allow the desert man in black armor to lay his hands on the sacred Triforce... Thou must never suffer that man, with his evil heart, to enter the Sacred Realm of legend... That evil man who cast the death curse upon me and sapped my power... Because of that curse, my end is nigh... Though your valiant efforts to break the curse were successful, I was doomed before you started... Yes, I will pass away soon... But do not grieve for me... I have been able to tell you of these important matters... This is Hyrule's final hope..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  14. "Link... Go now to Hyrule Castle... There thou wilt surely meet the Princess of Destiny... Take this stone with thee, the stone that man wanted so much that he cast the curse upon me..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  15. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 149
  16. "Interno dell'Albero Deku" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  17. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 155
  18. "德库树的里面" — N/A (Ocarina of Time, iQue version)
  19. "{{{quote}}}" (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D—Prima Official Game Guide by Prima Games, pg. 23)