Woods of Winter
|Woods of Winter|
|Game(s)||Oracle of Seasons|
|Inhabitant(s)||Holly, Old Man|
|Item(s)||Piece of Heart, Gasha Seed ×2|
|Related place(s)||Snake's Remains, Holodrum|
The Woods of Winter is a forested area in southeastern Holodrum in Oracle of Seasons. To the north of the woods is the Sunken City. To the west is Eyeglass Lake. The woods are accessed from the south via the Eastern Suburbs, which is just next to Horon Village. At the heart of the woods lies the second dungeon, the Snake's Remains. The woods are infested with Moblins, Leevers, Peahats and Like Likes.
After obtaining the Seed Satchel and the Ember Seeds from the Gnarled Root Dungeon, Link can burn the bushes east of Horon Village, providing access to the eastern parts of Holodrum. By moving up through the Eastern Suburbs, Link can reach the southern portion of the Woods of Winter.
Given the numerous trees that block off paths in the area, the Woods of Winter is most easily navigated in winter (hence its name), when the leaves have fallen off the trees and the ponds have frozen over. However, to reach the Snake's Remains, Link must clear the snow blocking the path using the Shovel acquired from Holly, who lives in a house in the northeastern corner of the woods. Since the door of her house is barred, Link must enter it from the chimney that can be reached by climbing the adjacent snowbank in winter. After tumbling into the house through the chimney, causing a startled Holly to mistake Link for Santa Claus, she orders Link to clear her walkway, giving him the Shovel and allowing him to keep it afterwards. With it, the young hero can shovel his way to the heart of the woods, where the Snake's Remains is located. Nearby is Holodrum's Mystery Tree, from which Link obtains his first Mystery Seeds. In autumn, the Golden Moblin appears near Snake's Remains.
Adjacent to the entrance of the Snake's Remains is a small bluff. The surface of the bluff is divided into two sections by a couple rocks. The westernmost section features two staircases which lead into different sections of the dungeon. Between the two staircases is a Treasure Chest containing a Gasha Seed. The easternmost section of the bluff features a tree stump, accessed by climbing the Vines that grow on the side of the bluff in summer. Just beneath the tree stump is a cave. The entrance, carved into the side of the bluff, is blocked by two Rock Mushrooms that ripen only in autumn. In a Linked Game, a Great Fairy appears in the cave next to this one—the entrance to which is surrounded by deep water. This Great Fairy has a secret to be told to Tingle in Labrynna, who will then upgrade Link's seed-carrying capacity.
Also in the Woods of Winter is a Fairy Fountain reminiscent those in The Legend of Zelda. In the northern section of the woods is the entrance to the underground cavern of waterfalls that flow from Sunken City known as Sunken Falls. Burning a specific bush using Ember Seeds reveals a staircase to a hidden cave where an Old Man resides. If Link speaks to the Old Man, he will take 50 of Link's Rupees for the reparations of the "door" that the young hero destroyed.
Obtaining the Rod of Seasons
When Link first arrives in the woods, Link encounters Rosa, a Subrosian. By carefully following Rosa without being seen, she leads the young hero to a portal in a closed off section of Eyeglass Lake. By stepping into the portal, Link is transported to Subrosia for the first time. Here, he locates the sunken Temple of Seasons and obtains the Rod of Seasons found within. He also speaks to the Spirit of Winter, who adds the power of winter to the rod. This becomes pivotal in the navigation of the woods.
- Despite its name, autumn and summer are the default seasons of the Woods of Winter.
- At 3 Tree Stumps, the Woods of Winter has more stumps than any other area in Holodrum.
The Woods of Winter in spring
The Woods of Winter in summer
The Woods of Winter in autumn
The hidden cave inhabited by the Old Man
The two caves within the bluff near the Snake's Remains
- "With Ember Seedsin your satchel, you can burn a pair of saplings on the eastern edge of Horon Village and gian access to the Woods of Winter." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 20)
- "AHH!!! You startled me! Winter sets in all of a sudden, then down my chimney comes... You're not Santa! You don't scare me! Now take this shovel and clear the snow from my walkway! Keep the shovel when you're done." — Holly (Oracle of Seasons)
- "Picking up the Piece of Heart in the Woods of Winter requires superhuman strength, strength only the Power Bracelet can provide." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 20)
- "There's a man named Tingle on the edge of Lynna Village who thinks he's a fairy. I want you to tell him a secret." — Great Fairy (Oracle of Seasons)
- "I thank you for paying to fix my door." — Old Man (Oracle of Seasons)
- "If you follow [Rosa] without being seen, she'll lead you to the first Subrosian warp." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 20)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ウインタのもり (Uinta no Mori)||Forest of Winter|
|Spanish||Bosque del Invierno|
|French||Bois Hivernaux||Wintry Woods|
|Regions in Oracle of Seasons|
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