Ikana Canyon

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Ikana Canyon
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Game(s) Majora's Mask
Inhabitant(s) Pamela, Pamela's Father, Poe Collector, Igos du Ikana, Composer Brothers, Sakon, Shiro, Great Fairy of Kindness, Dampé
Item(s) Piece of Heart, Captain's Hat, Gibdo Mask, Song of Storms, Bottle, Sun Mask, Mirror Shield
Related place(s) Termina
Theme Music File:Ikana Canyon.ogg

In Majora's Mask, Ikana Canyon is the region to the east of Clock Town, and the place where the final temple, the Stone Tower Temple, resides. It is known to be a cursed land where the Ikana Kingdom once existed, being home to the dead and filled with spirits who linger with regret and hatred.[1] The Garo Ninjas can also be found here spying on the deserted land.

Like Great Bay Coast, the entrance to Ikana Canyon is blocked by fences that can only be jumped over using Epona. Moreover, to get to the inner part of the canyon, Link must show the Garo's Mask to the Poe Collector.[2] By doing so, the ghoul will make a tree appear beside him, allowing Link to Hookshot up to it and continue on his way. Once further inside the canyon, Link must make use of his Ice Arrows to cross the Octorok-infested river and Hookshot his way up to the main part of the Ikana Canyon.[3] It is also possible to get up with only the Hookshot at a close enough point.

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Main Features

Ikana Canyon's lower cliffs known as Ikana Valley

Ikana Canyon is notable in Majora's Mask for having more than twice as many boss battles (mini-boss and optional included) than any other place in the rest of the game, totaling twenty-six if each boss is counted as an individual in a battle. During his stay in this region, Link will have to visit most of the landmarks in order to finally bring peace and calm the lingering spirits that fill Ikana Canyon with such a history of greed and hatred.

The locations listed below are in the order that Link encounters them in Majora's Mask as he traverses the massive canyon.

Road to Ikana

Main article: Road to Ikana

The Road to Ikana is a rocky gorge ridden with iron fences, ancient statues, and enemies called Nejirons that resemble Gorons, but explode on contact. The pass features an entrance to the Ikana Graveyard and the main canyon.

Ikana Graveyard

Main article: Ikana Graveyard

Ikana Graveyard is an eerie burial ground kept by Dampé the grave keeper who patrols by day and hides by night,[4] claiming he is frightened by ghosts.[5][6] As night falls upon the canyon, the undead soldiers of Ikana awaken and guard the graves.[7][8] Here, Link can obtain the Captain's Hat by defeating the soldiers' gigantic captain, Skull Keeta, who rests under an arch near Dampé's house.[9] On each night of the three day cycle, the soldiers open a new grave which feature a small dungeon within, the first being a tomb guarded by an Iron Knuckle where Link learns the Song of Storms.[10] The second grave contains an Iron Knuckle and a Piece of Heart,[11] and in the third Link finds Dampé searching for an empty bottle, who asks to use the aura of his fairy to light the way.[12][13]

Underground Waterfall

This waterfall can be found at the start of the river that separates the lower terrain of the canyon from the upper one. Behind it is the Secret Shrine, and at the end of its river is Southern Swamp.

Sakon's Hideout

Main article: Sakon's Hideout

Sakon the thief, who plays a major role in the Anju and Kafei side quest, has his hideout here hidden behind a large seal that only he can open. Once inside the hideout, Link finds a virtual maze featuring puzzles, enemies, and traps.

Ikana River

Main article: Ikana River

The dried up Ikana River pours down from a haunted grotto and into the canyon's neighboring region, the Southern Swamp below. The ghost composer Sharp inflicted an evil curse upon the river in the hopes of destroying all life in the valley.

Spring Water Cave

Main article: Spring Water Cave

The Spring Water Cave has also been dried up due to the curse cast upon it by the ghost composer, Sharp. Only by playing him the song written by his brother will water rise again from the spring.

The Music Box House

Main article: Music Box House

Young Pamela and her father, a ghost researcher,[14] reside here fending off the undead with the carnival-like song, Farewell to Gibdos, coming from the trumpet-like contraption atop their house.[15] A group of Gibdos encircle the house looking for Pamela's Father, who is half-mummified from an encounter with Gibdos in the Well.[16] Frightened, Pamela shoves her father in a closet and promises to protect him from any further harm, despite the fact that the source of the music box's power, the river, is dried up.

Link can obtain the Gibdo Mask from within the house by playing the Song of Healing in front of Pamela's father.

Beneath the Well

Main article: Beneath the Well

Ikana's well featuring a network of water channels and chambers has been long-dried up from the evil powers of Ikana's undead. Banned for entry by Pamela's father, due to "ghost sightings,"[17] the well has become the home of Gibdo community that await certain items for which they will trade passage into the next room.[18] Once Link has escaped from the well, he can obtain the Mirror Shield and journey into Ikana Castle.

Ancient Castle of Ikana

Main article: Ancient Castle of Ikana

Long forgotten by the world, much like the rest of Ikana Canyon, the castle has crumbled into ancient ruins, populated by nasty traps, evil monsters, and lost souls seeking revenge on the world. At the end of the castle, the King of Ikana and his two dim-witted guards await a savior to bring Ikana out of its curse.

Stone Tower

Main article: Stone Tower

The entrance to the Stone Tower Temple contains several Fire Keese and Beamos, along with many Boulders and a bottomless pit. Link uses the Elegy of Emptiness, learned from Igos du Ikana, to hold down switches that move large, mobile blocks into various positions, allowing passage to the Stone Tower Temple. Once Link obtains the Light Arrows from the Garo Master, he can fire a Light Arrow into the red gem near the entrance, which will flip the entire tower, including the temple.

Stone Tower Temple

Main article: Stone Tower Temple

This topsy-turvey temple is located at the highest point of Ikana. The tower is full of undead creatures, ranging from ReDeads, Poes, and Eyegores to Armos and Garos. Within, Link fights the Garo Master, from whom he receives the Light Arrow as spoils, and the bat-attracting Gomess, from whom Link acquires the Boss Key. At the end of the temple, Link can obtain the Giant's Mask and is warped into a mysterious desert where he duels Twinmold, two gigantic parasites.

Secret Shrine

Main article: Secret Shrine

An optional cave found behind the aforementioned underground waterfall.[19] Inside it, Link will find numerous mini-bosses, all of which were fought before in the temples.

Minor Enemies and Traps

Gallery

Trivia

  • It is possible to cross Ikana Canyon and complete the Stone Tower Temple without completing the Great Bay Temple beforehand. Typically, the Ice Arrows are required to freeze the Octoroks in the river and cross it by jumping on their frozen bodies. However, if Link stands at the edge of the bank of the river, close to the wall on the left and aim for the dead tree with the Hookshot, it is possible for him to latch it and be pulled over. This would allow the Stone Tower Temple to be defeated prior to the Great Bay Temple, effectively playing the game out-of-sequence.
  • The sample resembling female vocals found in parts of Ikana Canyon's theme has been reused in Twilight Princess for Hyrule's night theme.

References

  1. "Ikana Kingdom was founded on this land, stained with a history of darkness, drenched in blood... Even now it is a place where troubled, regretful spirits gather." — Poe Collector (Majora's Mask)
  2. "That is the mask of the leader of the ninjas who once spied on the hilltop castle with the blood-stained history. With that, you may be able to call out their spirits that even now are still wandering. Perhaps you may be able to save the souls that wander beyond here... Yee-hee-hee." — Poe Collector (Majora's Mask)
  3. "To cross the valley of Ikana, aim at the river beasts with the arrowhead that freezes." — Garo (Majora's Mask)
  4. "I am Dampe, the grave keeper, who watches over this graveyard." — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  5. "Aaaaieeee!!! Th-they're out! Why are they out when it's not even night?" — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  6. "Even nowadays, the ghosts come out at night. It is a frightening graveyard." — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  7. "It's a Stalchild. They were the cursed soldiers of the Kingdom of Ikana...What are you gonna do?" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
  8. "As per your orders, sir, we've been guarding these graves closely." — Stalchild (Majora's Mask)
  9. "Did you see the huge skeleton at the back of this graveyard? My father once said that was all that was left of the former Royal Soldier who once guarded this graveyard. Even though he is dead, his remains still block the way. In a sense, he is still guarding the Royal Family's treasure. He must have been a fine soldier, indeed." — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  10. "The melody that summons the tears of angels rests here." — Grave (Majora's Mask)
  11. "A piece that heals the wounded soul rests here." — Grave (Majora's Mask)
  12. "A vessel that holds wandering spirits rests here." — Grave (Majora's Mask)
  13. "Oh, it was the fairy's light. In that case, it's just perfect. I came looking for the Royal Family's legendary treasure, but my torch has gone out. I'm sorry, but could you walk in front of me and light the way?" — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  14. "I am the famed academic who researches fairies, ghosts and similar so-called supernatural phenomena." — Pamela's Father (Majora's Mask)
  15. "By the way, the song, Farewell to Gibdos, which the music box is now playing, drives away Gibdos. I discovered it after many years of researching Gibdos." — Pamela's Father (Majora's Mask)
  16. "Brrrinnnggg them! Those inssside...Our friendsss... Brrrriiiiinnnng them!" — Gibdo (Majora's Mask)
  17. "Empty Well Entry prohibited due to ghost sightings!" — Sign (Majora's Mask)
  18. "As the Gibdos in Ikana's well have regrets and long to savor items from this world, they continue to wander about." — Garo (Majora's Mask)
  19. "Secret shrine behind waterfall Now awaiting the challenges of bold visitors sure of their might. Hee-hee-hee!" — Sign (Majora's Mask)


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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan イカーナ渓谷 Ikana Canyon
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Cañón Ikana Ikana Canyon
French French-speaking countries Vallée Ikana Ikana Valley
German Germany Ikana Canyon