Spectacle Rock

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Spectacle Rock is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][3] It typically appears as a mountain with twin peaks. Spectacle Rock goes unnamed in A Link Between Worlds.

Features and Overview

The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, Spectacle Rock is found in northern Hyrule in the central western portion of Death Mountain. It is the location of Ganon's lair in the First Quest.[1] In order to enter, Link must use a Bomb in the southern side of the base of its left peak to reveal the entrance.

The Adventure of Link

In The Adventure of Link, Spectacle Rock is found in Death Mountain in the southwestern region of Hyrule and both of its peaks contain and are represented by caves on the map. Its eastern peak contains a cave where the Hammer is obtained after Link works his way east through its bottom level.[4] Its western peak contains a cave that is initially covered by a rock that Link can destroy after acquiring the Hammer.[5] Unlike the eastern peak's cave that is entered laterally, the western cave is underground where the opening is on top of the peak. A Magic Container can be found inside the cave.

Minor Enemies

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, Spectacle Rock is located on top of Death Mountain in the Light World. Being Death Mountain's highest point, it is an obstacle blocking the path to its north that leads to the Tower of Hera.[6] The center of the adjoining bridge between its peaks contains a cave that leads to lower elevations on Death Mountain. Its counterpart in the Dark World is buried under volcanic sediment, as its outline is visible. To get to the path north of Spectacle Rock in the Light World, Link must first travel to the Dark World and stand within the outline of its counterpart. Using the Magic Mirror within this area sends Link on top of Spectacle Rock in the Light World where he can find a Piece of Heart on its eastern peak. He can then leap down to the path north of it leading to the Tower of Hera.

A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, Spectacle Rock returns from A Link to the Past in the same relative location at the top of Death Mountain, but goes unnamed in-game. The twin peaks of the Spectacle Rock have given way active calderas that spew Boulders. Like in A Link to the Past, the center of the "bridge" between the peaks contains a cave passage, although this leads only to a Piece of Heart, rather than the lower parts of the Mountain. While climbing Death Mountain and traversing towards the Tower of Hera, Link must enter and exit the caves the dot the mountain while using his Wall Merging ability to reach the top and avoid the Boulders launched by the twin calderas of Spectacle Rock.[7] Lorule's counterpart of Spectacle Rock more closely resembles it's Dark World counterpart from the original A Link to the Past, as part of Lorule's frozen Death Mountain.[8]

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, Spectacle Rock is based on the same location from The Legend of Zelda.[9] It appears as two large circular mesas in the east portion of the Gerudo Highlands. The northernmost mesa bears the Wasteland Tower, which is surrounded by a Bottomless Bog. Initially, the southernmost mesa will be vacant.

After Link frees Divine Beast Vah Naboris during the "Divine Beast Vah Naboris" Main Quest, Urbosa will pilot it on top of the southernmost mesa of Spectacle Rock.[10] There, it will take aim at Hyrule Castle, waiting for Link's attack on Calamity Ganon.[11]

As part of the "EX Champion Urbosa's Song" Main Quest, which is exclusive to The Champions' Ballad DLC Pack, Link is directed to return to Divine Beast Vah Naboris on Spectacle Rock.[12] Once there, he is transported to the Illusory Realm, where he must face a recreation of Thunderblight Ganon.[13] After defeating Thunderblight Ganon, Link will be returned to Spectacle Rock, where he will find Kass nearby.[14] Kass reveals that he has been inspired to create a song in honor of Urbosa, which unlocks the "Champion Urbosa's Song" EX Recovered Memory.[15][16] Link will then hear the voice of Urbosa, who states he will be able to use Urbosa's Fury more often.[17]

Two Treasure Chests can be found on Spectacle Rock. They are both made of metal, and they are submerged in the Bottomless Bog surrounding the Wasteland Tower. Using the Magnesis Rune, Link can pull them to the surface. They contain a bundle of five Bomb Arrows and a Sapphire, respectively.

Three Korok Seed Puzzles are located on Spectacle Rock. The first is a Cube Pattern to the south of Wasteland Tower. A Natural Hiding Spot that takes the form a Rock can also be found south of the Sheikah Tower. Lastly, a Balloon can be found under the archway connecting the two mesas, which Link can destroy using Archery. When each of these Puzzles are solved, a Korok will appear and give Link a Korok Seed.[18]

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Tears of the Kingdom

Related Quests

In Tears of the Kingdom, Spectacle Rock returns in its incarnation from Breath of the Wild, where it once again appears as two large mesas in the Gerudo Highlands. The northern mesa contains a Stone Talus (Rare) surrounded by a Bottomless Bog and Ore Deposits, while the southern mesa contains a Flame Gleeok perched upon Fallen Debris from the Upheaval. Beneath Spectacle Rock's northern mesa lies Spectacle Rock Cave, and the Lower Spectacle Rock Cave lies further below the northeast side of the southern mesa.

As part of the "A Picture for the Closed Stable I" Side Quest, Link must take a Picture of Spectacle Rock from above where multiple Sky Island formations create the shape of a smiling face, with Spectacle Rock itself appearing as the eyes. As part of "The Yiga Clan Exam" Side Adventure, Link is tasked with offering Mighty Bananas to a Frog Statue found in the northern part of Spectacle Rock.

A Race Korok Seed Puzzle is present in the Spectacle Rock cliff face, with the Korok granting Link a Korok Seed once found. Various Stones and pieces of Tumbleweed can be found throughout Spectacle Rock, as well as a singular Boulder found in the elevated part of the northern mesa.

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Stone Talus

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Flame Gleeok

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Other Appearances

BS The Legend of Zelda



Nomenclature

Spectacle Rock's name comes from the fact that the twin peaks formation resembles a pair of eyeglasses.[19]

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
めがね岩 (Megane Iwa) (BotW)Spectacle Rock
The People's Republic of China
ChineseSI
眼镜岩 (Yǎn jìng yán) (TLoZ)[21]Same as English.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch
Brilrotsen (BotW)[23]Glasses Rocks
The French Republic
FrenchEU
Roc de la Longue-vue (BotW) 
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
Brillenfelsen (BotW) 
The Italian Republic
Italian
  • Roccia Belvedere (ALttP)[20]
  • Colli Occhiali (BotW)
  • Belvedere Rock
  •  
The Russian Federation
Russian
N/A (TLoZ) 
Latin America
SpanishLA
Roca Gafa (BotW)[22]Same as English.
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
Roca de la lupa (BotW) 
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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "SPECTACLE ROCK IS AN ENTRANCE TO DEATH." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  2. "Spectacle Rock" — Map (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "Spectacle Rock" — Map (Tears of the Kingdom)
  4. "HAMMER...SPECTACLE ROCK...DEATH MTN." — Old Woman (The Adventure of Link)
  5. "ONLY THE HAMMER CAN DESTROY A ROADBLOCK." — Hylian (The Adventure of Link)
  6. "Link, it is I, Sahasrahla. You must somehow make your way to the top of Spectacle Rock. From there you can reach the Tower of Hera on top of Death Mountain." — Sahasrahla (A Link to the Past)
  7. "Do I see... a tower? Yes, yes... I do! It’s high atop the mountain. Try to reach it. And I see boulders making that very difficult. You may need to use your special ability to avoid them." — Fortune Teller (A Link Between Worlds)
  8. "This is Death Mountain. Here it is always winter..." — Princess Hilda (A Link Between Worlds)
  9. "It was because of this similarity that this formation was known to some as Spectacle Rock, and you can find this same location in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild too!" — Nintendo, Hyrule: Then and Now , Nintendo UK website, published October 27, 2016, retrieved October 27, 2016.
  10. "You defeated the Thunderblight Ganon lurking deep within the Divine Beast Vah Naboris!

    Urbosa's Divine Beast Vah Naboris has taken up a position in the eastern region of the Gerudo Desert.
    " — Adventure Log (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "It was written that Calamity Ganon once adopted the form of a Gerudo. And that... will make this victory all the more satisfying. I like that. Now I can take this personally. Once we've established a lock on that thing... It will be up to Link to keep Ganon occupied until the moment we unleash our strike. That moment... is going to be so delicious." — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "Now that you have collected three emblems, you must go to Divine Beast Vah Naboris..." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "This illusory realm was created from the depths of your memories... The enemy you shall face is a product of the fear that dwells within. This battle is a trial of the soul. You must emerge victorious using only the tools provided." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "Well, well. Though our aims are different, our feet took us to the same destination. I speak figuratively, of course. I travel by wing rather than by foot." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "Ah! Wandering around here and listening to anecdotes about Champion Urbosa has truly invigorated me. In fact, it has inspired me to honor her in my own way, separate from my teacher's unfinished song. That is why I felt inclined to roost here, near the Divine Beast Vah Naboris, which Urbosa herself mastered." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "♪Recall Naboris's Champion of sand,
    before she was lost to the land.♪
    ♪Chief Urbosa's heart was strong,
    so the princess came along.♪
    " — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "I must say, you are an impressive voe. You may now wield Urbosa's Fury far more often. You are the pride of Hyrule, hero. Take care of our princess. I'm leaving that honor in your capable hands." — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "Yahaha! You found me!" — Korok (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "Spectacle Rock (so named because it kind of looks like a pair of eyeglasses) is a lot bigger in the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game—and it’s located in a totally different part of Hyrule: the Gerudo Region."Some things never change... , Play Nintendo, retrieved May 9, 2017.
  20. "Devi raggiungere in qualche modo la cima della Roccia Belvedere." — Sahasrahla (A Link to the Past, Italian localization)
  21. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 218
  22. "Roca Gafa" — Map (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "Brilrotsen" — Map (Breath of the Wild)