Ice Block Puzzle Cavern

After you’ve obtained the Ball and Chain from the Snowpeak Ruins, make your way to the northern portion of Hyrule Field. Go just about to the northernmost part of the field, where a wooden fence overlooks the river flowing from Zora’s Domain. You should see a Tektite and Lizalfos hanging out when you’re in the right place. There is a cave entrance sealed by a Bomb Rock, so destroy it if you haven’t already. Then prepare to enter quite a challenging cave! Once inside, swing your Ball and Chain to destroy the ice wall in front of you. From there, your objective is to solve three puzzles by sliding ice blocks into position so that one of them holds down the appropriate floor switch, thus opening the gate ahead. The prize on the other side of the third gate is a Piece of Heart. We’ll take this one room at a time.

The First Room

In this first room, you’ll find a rectangular patch of ice with a floor switch just south of center and three blocks at the southwest, southeast, and northeast corners respectively. Make sure to use your in-game map as you follow the steps below:

  1. Push the southwestern block north.
  2. Push the same block east.
  3. Push the southeastern block west.
  4. Push the northeastern south.
  5. Push the same block west.
  6. Push the same block north.
  7. Push the northernmost block east.
  8. Push the same block south.
  9. Push the same block west.
  10. Push the same block north, onto the floor switch.

If you did it correctly, the gate will open, allowing you to progress.

The Second Room

In this second room, you’ll find a largely square-shaped patch of ice, but the northwest corner juts out. There are also two floor switch this time, northwest and southeast of center respectively. Finally, there are also the standard three blocks in the other three corners as in the first room: southwest, southeast, and northeast.

  1. Push the southwestern block north.
  2. Push the northeastern block south.
  3. Push the southeastern block west.
  4. Push the eastern block north.
  5. Push the same block west.
  6. Push the middle western block east.
  7. Push the same block south.
  8. Push the same block west.
  9. Push the same block north. (This presses the northwestern floor switch.)
  10. Push the northernmost block east.
  11. Push the southwestern block east.
  12. Push the northeastern block south.
  13. Push the southernmost block west.
  14. Push the northernmost block south. (This releases the previous floor switch.)
  15. Push the southwestern block north.
  16. Push the southernmost block west.
  17. Push the same block north.
  18. Push the same block east. (This presses the southeastern floor switch.)
  19. Push the easternmost block north.
  20. Push the same block back south.
  21. Push the same block west.
  22. Push the northwestern block south.
  23. Push the same block east.
  24. Push the southwestern block east.
  25. Push the same block north.
  26. Push the same block west.
  27. Push the southwestern block north. (This presses the northwestern floor switch.)

If you did it correctly, then both floor switches will be pressed down, and another gate opens, granting you access to the next room.

The Final Room

In this third and final room, you’ll find a wide square-shaped patch of ice with a single floor switch in the center, along with three blocks in the southwest, southeast, and northeast corners respectively. If you do things right, though, you can solve this puzzle in fewer steps than the previous one:

  1. Push the northeastern block south.
  2. Push the southwestern block north.
  3. Push the same block east.
  4. Push the same block south.
  5. Push the middle block west.
  6. Push the southeastern block north.
  7. Push the same block west.
  8. Push the eastern block north.
  9. Push the southwestern block north.
  10. Push the northeastern block west.
  11. Push the same block south.
  12. Push the northwestern block east.
  13. Push the southernmost block east.
  14. Push the northeastern block south.
  15. Push the northeastern block west, onto the floor switch.

If you did it right, then the final gate will open, revealing a lone treasure chest. Open it to obtain a Piece of Heart.

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