After defeating Queen Gohma and leaving Kokiri Forest, Link (and by extension, the player) truly sees how big the land of Hyrule is. As soon as the player enters the field, the camera pans across it. This not only shows how big the area is
Ocarina of Time was first released in Japan on November 21, 1998. This month, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most beloved games of all time. Two decades on, Ocarina of Time is still widely regarded as not only the pinnacle of The Legend of Zelda series but as one of the greatest achievements in video game history. Throughout Ocarina Month, we’re going to be looking back on the game that shaped childhoods, defined the action-adventure genre, and introduced a generation to how magical exploring a 3D world could be.
Tingle’s Maps is a series in which we explore the endless lands of Hyrule in search of our favorite places in The Legend of Zelda. We’ll explore everywhere: the beautiful landscapes that make us put down the controller in awe; the deadly terrain that threatens Link with the harshest of elements; the bustling towns that bring the game to life; and the abandoned grounds that evoke peace and sadness. As well as the grand locales, we’ll also discover all the secret caves and hidden crevices that lie between. Let’s adventure!
On the surface, Hyrule Field is big and empty. Peahats and Stalchildren will occasionally fight Link, but most of the time in the field will be spent walking or rolling. As Adult Link, the player will also find 10 Big Poes, which can be hunted in exchange for a bottle. Other than that, just like Child Link, most of the time spent on the field will be traveling between the other sections of the game. At least Adult Link has the luxury of getting Epona to make the ride shorter.
The treasures of Hyrule Field are tucked away inside Secret Grottoes. One of these holes hides in the middle of four fences near Lake Hylia. Tossing a bomb will open the hole, which hides a Business Scrub that sells one Heart Piece for 10 Rupees. This Business Scrub is easily the most useful and offers the best deal in the game. Another Heart Piece is hidden in a hole near a stream that runs through a wooded section. Inside is a single Tektite on a pool of water. Sitting at the bottom of the pool of water is a Heart Piece that can only be obtained with the Golden Scale or the Iron Boots.
Two other Secret Grottoes in the field hide Golden Skulltulas. One hole sits near a tree between Kakariko Village and Hyrule Castle; the other hides in the center of rocks near Gerudo Valley. The second hole stands out because of its unique structure. Most holes lead to small areas with a chest at the back end. This grotto has three sections: one area with a cow, another with Skulltulas, and a third with a Gossip Stone. Unfortunately, while having a few unique treasures, none of these holes have the complexity of The Wind Waker’s Secret Grottoes, which often have puzzles or large fights to occupy the player.
The one thing that makes Hyrule Field stand out is the music. The theme for this section of the game is one of the most memorable tunes of the entire Zelda series. The music was unique for how it would change depending on the activity that Link was performing. For example, if Link is fighting a monster, the music becomes tense. If Link is looking around in