Skyloft as a whole is a very pleasant, colorful place I often found myself wishing to visit in real life while playing Skyward Sword. It’s not without its dangers, however — much of Link’s airborne abode is overrun with monsters as soon as the sun goes down, as a result of Batreaux’s curse. Chuchus run amok, Keese fill the cave under the waterfall and even the adorable Remlits become aggressive under the night sky.
My advice: Hop on a Loftwing and head over to Pumpkin Landing, the safest, coziest, most charming little sky island in Skyward Sword.
Pumpkin Landing, as the name suggests, is known for its thriving pumpkin patch. The view from here is astounding, offering a vast glimpse of the rest of Skyloft. There’s something very refreshing about standing in the middle of the crops while looking over at the other islands populating the bright blue sky, like the world around you is teeming with life.
But never mind all of that, because there’s something on this island way more interesting than the beautiful sights (and perhaps this says more about me than I care to admit): the pub.
First of all, the Lumpy Pumpkin pub is shaped and designed like a pumpkin, which is brilliant and instantly makes me want to visit. Inside, you’ll find the largest yet most homely tavern ever. Perhaps I’m too used to the crammed and busy pubs of Britain, but the spaciousness and peacefulness in the Lumpy Pumpkin make it seem incredibly welcoming. The warm colors in the interior design, the invitingly large tables, and the pretty chandelier bring a substantial cheerfulness to the room.
It’s mostly empty, too, so it’s the perfect place for some peace and quiet. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t cause some havoc. Link, being the unyielding treasure hunter that he is, can send that chandelier plummeting to the ground, destroying it in order to retrieve the rupees and Piece of Heart that it holds (scaring all of the customers in the process). Naturally, the father and daughter that run the establishment, Pumm and Kina, aren’t too happy about this.
What follows is a series of tasks for Link in order to pay for the broken chandelier. Being in debt and forced into unpaid labor isn’t an issue though, because it just means you get to spend more time around this wonderful place. Juggling stacks of pumpkins back to the shed and delivering soup to Skyloft residents is great fun.
The final task sees Link teaming up with Kina to perform a song for their guests. It turns out she’s a talented singer as well as a waitress, which means customers are treated to a musical performance as well as the delicious pumpkin soup that the Lumpy Pumpkin is so famous for across Skyloft.
A pleasant view, great food, joyful music and a peaceful place to relax — what more could an adventurer ask for?