Ice Ruins

Required Items: Fire Rod

Recommended Items: None

Route Inside The Dungeon

  • Burn the ice block with the Fire Rod. Pull the tongue lever to activate the elevator.
  • Get the 300 rupee chest between 1F and B1.
  • Jump down until you reach B2.
  • Perform the Big Key & Boss Skip. (See Big Key & Boss Skip)

Boss Strategy: Dharkstare

NOTE: If you perform the skip correctly, you normally shouldn't have to fight Dharkstare in the "intended way". For All Dungeons No OoB, or in case you accidentally spawn him, here is the strategy used for the fight.

Melting his ice protection takes 3 hits with the Fire Rod. If you have the Green Mail, avoid his triangles attack at all cost, as it deals 4 damage (Touching him does 2, jumping in the void does ½). Know that finishing melting his protection will interupt that attack. Once the armor is gone, use your sword and sword beams will following him to get as much damage in as possible.

Miniboss Strategy: Pengators & Big Pengator (Old)

Before starting the fight, it is a good idea to kill the Antifairy, as it deals a good chunk of damage. The 2 most used strategies for this fight involve using either the Tornado Rod or the Bombs. Tornado Rod can be used at the start of the fight to stun all 5 enemies, then quickly kill the small ones and finish with the big.

Big Key & Boss Skip

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It is possible to pull off a trick that allows you to skip almost the entirety of the dungeon, including the Big Key and the Boss fight. When you first enter the Ice Ruins:

  1. Stand on the right side of the block that is going up.
  2. When Link gets "pushed" left by the ground between the two floors, walk right to clip into the ground while remaining on the elevator block.
  3. Quickly turn Link so he faces north and Dash to reach the top of wall north of the room.
  4. Walk to a certain position on the wall.
  5. Walk east slowly until you fall down. If Link lands on the floor below, walk east slowly again to transition to the next room.
  6. If done correctly, Link will fall down all the way and land on the north half of the Boss arena without triggering the fight.
  7. Without going into the south half of the arena, use the Fire Rod a few times towards the center of the room. In one or a few hits, Dharkstare will "die" and the Heart Container and bridge will spawn.

Here is a picture of the position you want to be in before slowly walking right:

ALBW Ice Ruins Boss Skip Setup

This trick can be quite difficult to pull off, mostly because of the precision required to clip into the floor while on the elevator, and because of the small amount of time you have to turn around and Dash north before you simply clip back inbounds in B1. Pause buffering can help making the clip easier.

Note that it is possible to fall down near the Energy Scroll chest after clipping and getting on top of the wall. Useful in 100%.

Fast Small Key Grab

NOTE: Useless if Big Key & Boss Skip is performed

Using the Hookshot, it is possible to grab the first Small Key without going off the elevator. To do so, stand on one of the blocks going down and charge your Hookshot facing the southwest direction. Once you reach the correct floor, keep the Hookshot charged and move over to the right to catch the block going up. From there, wait a few moments and release the Hookshot to grab the Small Key.

ALBW Ice Ruins Hookshot Small Key

Early Cycle On B3 Elevator

If you use the Hookshot on the switch that activated the elevator in the big ice blocks room on B3, you can get on it before it goes up.

Ice Ruins early elevator cycle

Post-Miniboss Room

The room just west of the Miniboss can be hell to get through, due to the icy surface and the bouncy enemies. Using Bombs and/or Tornado Rod can make your life much easier. The Lantern is also a good choice here, as it will push the enemies away without recoil.

Last updated 03/13/2015 – Weegeechan