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Artwork of the dungeon's entrance
|Game(s)||A Link to the Past|
|Other media||A Link to the Past comic|
|Quest Reward(s)||Pendant of Courage|
The Eastern Palace, also known as the East Palace, is the second dungeon in A Link to the Past. Link enters the palace as part of Sahasrahla's test to see if he can overcome it and obtain the Pendant of Courage. As suggested by the name, it's found in the eastern side of Hyrule, inside a rocky canyon.
The dungeon's puzzles and obstacles aren't too complex, but can appear daunting at first. The first major obstacle in particular involves huge rolling Balls sent down a main corridor, with some of them being bigger than others; Link must walk very carefully and get out of the way when a ball is approaching. This trap appears in a slightly different form deeper inside the dungeon, with balls appearing from all sides of the room. Eyegore, originally known here as Rocklops make their first appearance and provide a stiff challenge for an inexperienced player. The main treasure item is the Bow, which is located near the center of the dungeon in a large room filled with Stalfos, and Link will need it to defeat the Red Rocklops to reach the Dungeon Master. At the end of the dungeon, Link must fight six Armos Knights for the Pendant of Courage and a Heart Container (like all Heart Containers dropped by bosses in this game, you have to collect it to progress).
Upon besting the palace, Sahasrahla will explain more about the Master Sword and the Knights of Hyrule, and will encourage Link to find the remaining pendants so that the Blade of the Evil's Bane can be claimed (the pendants' locations will be marked on the map as well). He also gives Link the Pegasus Boots.
Enemies and Traps
Ancient Stone Tablets
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- The Eastern Palace shares some similarities to the Eagle in the original The Legend of Zelda, with a similar color scheme, a similar map layout, the same dungeon treasure, and Stalfos as common enemies, and both being the first main dungeon of each adventure.
- The Face Shrine and Southern Face Shrine in Link's Awakening also shares many similarities to the Eastern Palace, with Armos protecting the entrances of each shrine, an Armos Knight appearing as a boss in the southern shrine, and virtually identical statues at the entrance.
- ↑ "Yes... I am INDEED Sahasrahla! But you... You are just a BOY... I cannot believe a youngster like you is looking for the Master Sword! Not just anyone can use that mighty blade!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 12,13)
- ↑ "The symbols are the legendary Pendants of Virtue. I can help you with the Pendant of Courage...but finding the remaining two pendants is not a quest to be taken lightly... Do you really believe you can accomplish this task, young man?" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 13)
- ↑ "Of course! Besides, I promised Zelda! And...I have to bring Agahnim to justice for what he did to my uncle!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 13,14)
- ↑ "So, THIS is the power of the pendant... Excellent! I will rise to the challenge of the pendants, and with their power, I will destroy you, Agahnim!!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 16)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||東の神殿 (Higashi no Shinden)||East Temple|
|Spanish||Templo del Este||Eastern Temple|
|French||Temple de l'Est||East Temple|
|Italian||Palazzo dell'Est||Eastern Palace|