Grottos

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Twilight Princess has several grottos, which are small caves underground. They all consist of a single room, which can have various items and enemies in them. Some grottos have chests that can always be opened, some require enemies to be defeated or torches lit to make the chest appear, and some do not have a chest at all. The contents of grottos are determined by their states, so loading into a grotto with an invalid state (via hacking) will result in an empty grotto.

Note that requirements only list what is directly required to access the grotto and get all of its loot. Access to the area is assumed. All grottos require Wolf Link to enter.

D_SB05 (Grotto 1)

D_SB05, or Grotto 1, is a round, green cave full of grass. On the opposite side of the entrance is a small rock platform. This grotto has 4 states.

Stage 0 (Helmasaur Grotto)

Stage 0
  • Location: West Castle Town Field
  • Requirements: Clawshot
  • Rewards: Orange Rupee

This grotto consists of five helmasaurs in a room with pots containing rupees, and grass. After defeating all helmasaurs, the chest will appear in the center of the room.

To enter this grotto, head to West Castle Town Field and use your clawshot to grab some vines on the west side, near the entrance to West Lanayru Field. These vines will go up to a small cliff with a Female Butterfly and a circle of rocks with a grotto in it. Alternatively, you can use Map Glitch to place Epona out of bounds, move her so that she is under the north road but can still be ridden, then reload the area and use Epona OoB to get up there.

Stage 1 (Bomskit Grotto)

Stage 1. Notice the Rare Chu.
  • Location: Eldin Field
  • Requirements: Lantern
  • Rewards: Purple Rupee, Rare Chu Jelly

In this grotto, there are eight bomskits and occasionally a rare chu. There are two unlit torches which must be ignited with the lantern in order to spawn the chest, which appears on the rock platform.

To enter this grotto, find a dark patch of dirt on the west hill in Eldin Field, due northwest of the bottom left puddle.

Stage 2 (Pot Grotto)

Stage 2. Again, notice the Rare Chu.
  • Location: Ordon Ranch
  • Requirements: Lantern
  • Rewards: Purple Rupee, Rare Chu Jelly

In this grotto, there are six rats and occasionally a rare chu. There are three unlit torches which must be ignited with the lantern in order to spawn the chest, which appears on the rock platform. There are also numerous pots scattered around the room, containing a healthy amount of rupees.

To enter this grotto, head to Ordon Ranch and enter the dig spot inside the barn, near the mailman.

Stage 3 (Double Poe Grotto Lanayru)

Stage 3
  • Location: North Lanayru Field
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Two Poe Souls

In this grotto, there are six deku babas and two poes. There are no chests or anything else of note.

To enter this grotto, go to the west part of North Lanayru Field. In the middle of three trees are several patches of grass, with the grotto in the middle.


D_SB06 (Grotto 2)

D_SB06, or Grotto 2, is a long, green cave with a small rock platform opposite the entrance.

Stage 0 (Stalfos Grotto)

Stage 0
  • Location: Road between Eldin Field and Lanayru North Field
  • Requirements: Spinner, Bombs or Ball and Chain
  • Rewards: Piece of Heart

In this grotto, there are three Stalfos. Defeating them all will make the chest appear on the rock platform.

To enter this grotto, you must have the Spinner. Simply grind on the rail on the transition path between Eldin Field and Lanayru Field. Alternatively, you can use Epona Out of Bounds to reach it.

Stage 1 (Faron Field Grotto)

Stage 1. There is a Rare Chu.


  • Location: Faron Field
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Two Red Rupees, Yellow Rupee, Rare Chu Jelly

In this grotto, there are three deku babas, rats, and keese, and occasionally a rare chu. There are three chests in here as well, hidden in the grass. The chest right behind the entrance has a yellow rupee, while the two chests opposite the entrance have red rupees.

To enter this grotto, go to the southeast corner of Faron Field. There is a small patch of grass that marks this grotto's spot.

Stage 2 (Deku Serpent Grotto)

Stage 2


  • Location: Lost Woods
  • Requirements: Bombs or Ball and Chain
  • Rewards: Piece of Heart

In this grotto, there are eight deku serpents, one of whom is hanging from the ceiling above the platform. Defeating them all will make the chest appear on the platform.

To enter this grotto, enter the first Skull Kid arena in Lost Woods and blow up the rock. A poe will pop out, but under it is a dig spot that leads to this grotto.

Stage 3 (Keese Grotto)


  • Location: Eldin Gorge
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Rupees

In this grotto, there is a horde of keese. Defeating all of them will cause rupees to appear. Other than some pots, there is nothing else of interest in this grotto.

To enter this grotto, go to Eldin Gorge and head to the north-east corner, near the flowers and bug. There is a dig spot on the ground here.

D_SB07 (Grotto 3)

D_SB07, or Grotto 3, is a round cave, generally devoid of vegetation. Again, there is a stone platform opposite the entrance.

Stage 0 (Double Poe Grotto Desert)

Stage 0


  • Location: Gerudo Desert
  • Requirements: Bombs or Ball and Chain, Clawshot, Lantern
  • Rewards: Two Poe Souls, Orange Rupee

In this grotto, Link starts in the center of the room surrounded by rocks which must be blown up to proceed. Two poes also exist in the grotto and will immediately attack. Outside the circle of rocks are three torches which must be lit to make the chest appear on the platform.

To enter this grotto, go to the north-east part of desert basin. You will see a tree which you can clawshot. Do so, and follow the path until you see three skulls. At night, you will also see a poe here. The grotto is in the middle of the three skulls.

Stage 1 (Chu Grotto Desert)


  • Location: Gerudo Desert
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Rare Chu Jelly

In this grotto, there are several chus, including sometimes a rare chu. You can defeat them for free potions; however there are no chests in here.

To enter this grotto, go to the south-west part of the Gerudo Desert Basin. There is a rock, and behind that rock three skulls that mark the entrance to this grotto.

Stage 2 (Ice Keese Grotto)

  • Location: Snowpeak
  • Requirements: Bombs or Ball and Chain
  • Rewards: Rare Chu Jelly

In this grotto, there are several Ice Keese. To the left of the entrance is a circle of rocks. If you blow them up, you can get a rare chu. There are no chests in this grotto.

To enter this grotto, go up Snowpeak until you get to the two trees. The grotto can be found by the south tree (there is also a poe nearby).

Stage 3 (Chu Grotto Lanayru)

  • Location: North Lanayru Field
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Rare Chu Jelly

This grotto just has a lot of chus, including a rare chu.

To enter this grotto, head to the patch of grass in the south-east part of North Lanayru Field.

D_SB08 (Grotto 4)

D_SB08, or Grotto 4, is similar in appearance to Grotto 3, though it is a bit longer.

Stage 0 (Bubble Grotto)

Stage 0


  • Location: Bridge of Hylia
  • Requirements: Clawshot, Bombs, Bow or Boomerang
  • Rewards: Orange Rupee

In this grotto, there are three Bubbles, Ice Bubbles, and Fire Bubbles. Killing all of them will make a chest appear on the platform.

To enter this grotto, go south of the Bridge of Hylia, past the giant tree. On the cliffs, you will notice several rocks that you can blow up with bomb arrows, or by throwing a bomb up using the boomerang. Behind the rocks are clawshot targets. Go up there, and you will find a circle of grass with the grotto in the middle.

Stage 1 (Skulltula Grotto Desert)

Stage 1


  • Location: Gerudo Desert
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Orange Rupee

In this grotto, there are seven skulltulas and several pots. Defeating all the skulltulas will make the chest appear on the platform.

To enter this grotto, head due south from where you initially enter desert from Lake Hylia. There is a circle of three skulls, with the grotto between them.

Stage 2 (Freezard Grotto)

Stage 2


  • Location: Snowpeak
  • Requirements: Ball and Chain
  • Rewards: Orange Rupee

In this grotto, there are several Ice Keese and three Freezards. In the middle of the grotto is a wall of ice. Underneath the Freezard furthest to the north is a chest.

To enter this grotto, head up Snowpeak. You may notice a side path going south-east that ends in a single tree and a poe. The grotto can be found by the tree.

Stage 3 (Skulltula Grotto Lanayru)

Stage 3


  • Location: North Lanayru Field
  • Requirements: Lantern
  • Rewards: Purple Rupee

In this grotto, there are seven skulltulas and two walls made from breakable wooden planks splitting the grotto into three partitions. There are three torches which must be lit to make the chest appear. Killing all the skulltulas will make additional rupees appear.

To enter this grotto, go to North Lanayru Field and head to the river's source on the west bank. There should be a circle of grass with the grotto in the middle.

D_SB09 (Grotto 5)

D_SB09, or Grotto 5, is a small underground lake. The entrance is on a small island, and there is a platform opposite the entrance. Note that the two grottos in Lake Hylia require the Sky Cannon to be built, as until it is Lake Hylia is not in a state where these grottos can appear. Several of these grottos have fish. Grotto 5 is the only grotto with five stages.

Stage 0 (Tektite Grotto)


  • Location: South Castle Town Field
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Orange Rupee, Bee Larva

In this grotto, five tektites are on the lake, with a beehive above the platform across the lake. Killing the tektites will make the chest appear on the platform.

To enter this grotto, go to South Castle Town Field and climb the platform on the east side. In the middle of the circle of rocks is the grotto.

Stage 1 (North Faron Grotto)


  • Location: Faron Field
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Fish and Worms

This grotto is just a fishing hole. On the platform, the player can get worms to fish with.

To enter this grotto, head to the north-west part of Faron Field. You can find a circle of grass with the grotto in it there.

Stage 2 (Toadpoli Grotto)


  • Location: Lake Hylia
  • Requirements: Lake Hylia State 1
  • Rewards: Orange Rupee

This grotto has seven Toadpolis in it. Killing them all will make the chest appear on the platform. There are also several fish and a beehive.

To enter this grotto, go to the area right outside Lanayru Long Cave after the Sky Cannon is built. There is a circle of grass with the grotto in it.

Stage 3 (Bombfish Grotto)


  • Location: Eldin Field
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Purple Rupee

This grotto has a small chest on the platform, as well as a beehive above it. There are bombfish and skullfish in the water on the way.

To enter this grotto, go to Eldin Field and head to the small patch of dark soil near the entrance of the bridge, slightly south and to the west.

Stage 4 (Shellblade Grotto)


  • Location: Lake Hylia
  • Requirements: Lake Hylia State 1, Iron Boots / Magic Armor and Any Sword or Water Bombs.
  • Rewards: Orange Rupee

This grotto has four Shellblades under the water. Killing them all will make the chest appear on the platform.

To enter this grotto, engage in Flight-By-Fowl and head right, back towards the start. You will see a small platform jutting out of the wall (with a poe on it, if it is night). The grotto can be found amidst the grass on the platform.