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How to use the Chamber Dungeon editor - Link's Awakening

If you're discovering Link's Awakening's Chamber Dungeon editor for the first time, Shacknews is here to help you learn how to use it.


You've found the Chamber Dungeon editor in Link's Awakening, but do you know how to use it? The Chamber Dungeon editor is the 2019 remake's most noteworthy new feature, allowing players to put together their own dungeon creations. It might look like an intimidating piece of work on paper, but in practice, it isn't all that difficult. Shacknews is here to help you learn more about the Chamber Dungeon builder and have you building crafty dungeons right away.

How to use the Chamber Dungeon editor - Link's Awakening

Link's Awakening - Chamber Dungeon

Now that you've found Dampe's Shack, the kindly gravedigger will teach you all of the ins and outs of building your own labyrinth of doom using the Chamber Dungeon editor. Whether you're ready to jump in right away or need some help, Dampe will start you off with a pair of tutorials that teach you the basics.

Here are the essential rules for custom Chamber Dungeons:

  1. You must have the following two rooms: an Entrance and a Nightmare's Lair. The Entrance is self-explanatory. The Nightmare's Lair will be the final room, with the Chamber Dungeon ending after the boss is defeated.
  2. Many chamber tiles are taken directly from dungeons players have already cleared. Their layouts will be exactly the same. Their contents will also be exactly the same, containing either chests, locked doors, or staircases.
  3. Chamber tiles must be connected. The I, II, and III at the top of the screen represent tiles with that number of exits. The submenu just below them will display specific tile layouts. If chamber tiles are not connected, you cannot save that dungeon. If your tile is colored blue, it is playable.
  4. The final chest will contain the Nightmare Key. If your Chamber Dungeon has any locked doors, Small Keys will be hidden in chests laid out in the dungeon. All other chests will contain rupees.
  5. You cannot use the same tile twice in the same dungeon.
  6. After crafting your dungeon, select the Entrance tile and play through the dungeon.

Yes, just like in Super Mario Maker, you must play through your final creation before you can save it. Your time is well-compensated, however. Any rupees you pick up from chests are yours to keep once the Chamber Dungeon is cleared.

Dampe will offer additional challenges as you progress through the main quest. On top of that, he'll also reward you with special tiles for completing his tutorial challenges. These special tiles are unique rooms, not seen in any of the main game's dungeons.

Now you're ready to get started using the custom Chamber Dungeon editor. We'll have more tips, advice, and tricks for Link's Awakening in the days ahead. Keep it on Shacknews for all of the latest guides and content.

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