Accessing Desert Palace's Entrance

Normally, in order to access the Desert Palace entrance, you would need to use the Sand Rod and go through multiple portals between Hyrule and Lorule, which ends up taking a long time. Fortunately, some faster ways have been found.

Please note that, due to the Desert Palace Skip, it is no longer necessary to access the entrance to the palace in any%. However, it is still necessary to do so in 100%, in order to get the Titans' Mitts and one Maiamai.

Skipping the Sand Rod and the Energy Scroll (Most used)

Fire Rod Damage Boost

Discovered By Weegeechan

By using the Fire Rod to create a fire pillar in a corner near a ledge off which Link jumps, it is possible to get boosted similarly to a Bomb Boost. This can be used to get on top of the Desert area walls. This method is a bit faster than the Vulture one listed below and is the easiest method of getting to area needed for the Desert Palace Skip without the Sand Rod.

It is possible to perform this trick with both the Nice Fire Rod and the regular one, although the latest requires you to make use of the QE-canceling technique in order to get to and jump off the ledge in time.

Vulture Damage Boost

Discovered By Weegeechan, Refined by Roadagain and Tr621

In the east half of the Desert Area, it is possible to get on top of the walls surrounding the desert by luring a vulture into the right spot and damage boosting off of it. From there, you can simply walk to the southwest portal and then jump off the wall to it.


Bomb Boosting (old, very difficult)

Discovered By AJC868

It is also possible to use a bomb boost to accomplish the same thing as the vulture damage boost seen above. This trick is very difficult and rarely used because of the convenience and ease of the other damage boosts.


Vulture Skip (Used in 100%)

Discovered By SkippyJr, Refined By Anwonu

A Vulture can be used to get Link onto the railing of a set of stairs near the Desert Palace entrance. To do so, stand in the corner made by the wall and the railing, and walk in the north-west direction when the Vulture attacks. Keep walking after taking damage, and when Link loses his invincibility, he will be pushed on the railing.

Skip To Desert Palace

From there, it is possible to simply walk diagonally from the railing onto the brown ledge. Do not hug the left wall as you are trying to transfer over, because it won't work. Try to stand as far as you can in the top right corner of the railing, and walk directly towards the ledge. This part might take a few tries to get used to.

Merge And Walk (Old, requires Energy Scroll)

When entering the Hyrule desert area from the Lorule portal, you normally have to head south and climb 2 sets of stairs. From there you are supposed to go west and use the Sand Rod to make your way to different portals between Hyrule and Lorule. Instead of going west after climbing the stairs, you can merge the east wall and simply walk all the way to the right until you reach the area where you would have arrived by using the intended way.

This method is much slower than the Vulture Skip and is only used in All Dungeons No OoB.

Last updated 01/20/2015 – Weegeechan