Where to find the Color Dungeon - Link's Awakening

The Color Dungeon isn't required to complete Link's Awakening, but its rewards are worth your time. Shacknews is here to help you find it.


The Color Dungeon was originally a concept introduced in Link's Awakening's second incarnation, Link's Awakening DX on the Game Boy Color. To help herald the arrival of color to the originally-monochrome handheld device, Link's Awakening was re-released with a special dungeon that took advantage of the Game Boy Color's all-new color palettes. Those were the days. As one might expect of a faithful remake, the Nintendo Switch remake of Link's Awakening also features the Color Dungeon. But how does one go about finding it?

Shacknews is here to offer some assistance on finding the Color Dungeon. Trust us. It'll be worth your while.

Where to find the Color Dungeon - Link's Awakening

Link's Awakening - Color Dungeon

It takes some effort to find the Color Dungeon, because the solution isn't obvious on its face. The library in Mabe Village contains several books that help Link get started on his adventure. However, there's one book that's sitting high atop a bookshelf. It's not accessible right away, so you're going to have to come back.

Complete the Key Cavern dungeon, making sure to best Slime Eye in the process. This dungeon contains the Pegasus Boots, the item that allows Link to use a dash attack. The Pegasus Boots will prove to be a valuable tool throughout the remainder of the game, but first thing's first. Take yourself back over to the Mabe Village library. Now you can dash right into the bookshelf and knock down the book that's sitting on top.

The book contains an enigmatic sequence, along with a hint that what Link seeks is in the Graveyard. Walk over to the Graveyard. It's located just east of the Witch's hut where you picked up the Magic Powder and south of Dampe's Shack. You'll see four sets of graves, but only the bottom-right corner has a series of five graves. This is where you're going to want to get to work.

  1. Push the bottom-right grave down
  2. Push the bottom-left grave to the left
  3. Push the top-left grave up
  4. Push the top-center grave to the right
  5. Push the top-right grave up

Ghosts will float around and they'll inflict some heavy damage, but just grin and bear it, because the final result is worth it. If you push the graves in the correct order, a staircase will appear underneath the final grave. This is the entrance to the Color Dungeon.

Your efforts in the Color Dungeon will be worth your time, as the final reward is a choice between red or blue mail. The red mail increases Link's power, while the blue mail increases Link's defense. You'll also unlock the Color Dungeon rooms for the 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 the latest guides and content.

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