A Link Between Worlds Sanctuary Guide

A guide for the first part of the Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

The very beginning of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is simple: Gulley wakes you up, you follow him outside and save at the weather vane, then follow him to the blacksmith. The blacksmith will task you with bringing the Captain’s forgotten sword to him. Follow your map to get to Hyrule Castle on your search for the Captain.

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Arriving at Hyrule Castle, you will be greeted by a guard and a closed gate. Talk to the guard. He will tell you that the Captain is not in the castle; he was supposed to be with the blacksmith. He then tells you the Captain was intending to head to Sanctuary. You must go there to find him.

Follow the path the guard shows you until you can exit out of the screen to the left. Then follow that path up and go to the next screen.

You will come across this sign. It will tell you to go right to head to Sanctuary.  Follow the path until you get to the stonework seen in the image.

Save at the weather vane shown in the image. Afterwards, go up to talk to Seres and Dampe.

Something crazy happens and you’re going to need to use the Captain’s sword as you journey through the graveyard into the secret passage in order to get into Sanctuary which is now closed and locked.

Go to the bottom of the screen and head right. Journey into the graveyard.

Push back the gravestone in the gated area to get to the secret entrance of the Sanctum. Push back the other graves for the chance of getting rupees. The graveyards in the images that have skulls showing were actually filled with poes instead of rupees.

The pushed back graveyard towards the right middle holds a blue rupee. The two on the left have a red and a white rupee.

Enter the secret passage to Sanctuary.


After entering the Sanctuary, you will find yourself without any light whatsoever. Move forward just a little bit to find a treasure chest with your first new item in A Link Between Worlds, the lamp. Equip it and get ready for some puzzles.

At the end of this hallway/waterway, you will find a locked door and two torches. Light both of the torches to open the door. Go through it after it opens.


You will enter a dark room. Watch out for snakes. Go to the left and find the stairs. Go up them to find a locked door. Continue to the right and follow the pathway until you come to the treasure chest with the small key in it. Take that key and open the locked door.

When you enter the room, you will be confronted by two poes. Kill them to unlock the next door. You can use the lamp to light the torches in this room, but it’s such a small room there’s really no reason to. Enter the next room.

 You can light the torch in this room if need be, but it’s another small one so there shouldn’t be much of a problem. Go up the stairs to see the locked door. To the left and right of the staircase that the door is at the top of, there are two tabs. You pull these out to open the door.

I pulled the right one first which dropped a bunch of snakes. After pulling the left one, the door opened. I am not sure if you only need to pull the left one or if you pull both. Try the left one first to see if you can avoid enemies.


Upon entering this room, you simply have to follow the path to get to the church area and trigger a cinematic.

Thus ends your first foray into The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Stay tuned for more tips!

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