Link’s Awakening: Get Some Unexpected Help to Bag the Bird Key

Link holding up the Bird Key, which looks like an eagle.

After speaking to the wise Owl outside of Level 6 – Face Shrine, you’re told to head to a mountainous area. However, before that, you’ll need to get some help for an upcoming challenge. This wing of your quest will require you to find the Bird Key, which unlocks the next dungeon: Level 7 – Eagle’s Tower. The Bird Key lies beyond a huge pit that you can only cross by flying. The only one who can help you with that is a blue rooster, who you will need to bring back from the dead.

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    How to Find Mamu the Frog

    If you’re worried about the repercussions of necromancy, fear not! There are none. Furthermore, it’s pretty easy to reanimate dead bodies, even ones that have been deceased for a long time. To do so, you’ll need another song for the Ocarina called the “Frog’s Song of Soul.” You can learn the Frog’s Song of Soul from Mamu, a huge and musically skilled amphibian. To find Mamu, you’ll need to head to the eastern part of Ukuku Prairie and then go south.

    A red arrow on the map showing the path from the eastern Ukuku Prairie Warp Point to the beginning of the signpost puzzle that lies a bit to the south.

    This will lead you to a gap that must be crossed with the Hookshot. Beyond, you’ll find a puzzle involving signposts. Here, you’ll have to read each sign in a specific order. Every sign will point you in the direction of the next sign you must read.

    However, this will be a more challenging puzzle than you may think. The game will try to trick you by grouping signs close together or in a misleading manner. You’ll have to read the sign that is on the exact linear path from the previous one that was pointing to it. There are 15 signposts total that you need to read in order to reveal a hidden staircase in the center of the field. Mamu resides under the signpost field, so you must solve the puzzle here to find them.

    Signpost #1

    Link in beginning of the signpost puzzle.

    The first signpost that you need to read is always the one at the entrance just south of the wide hole that you needed the Hookshot to cross. This sign is at the northeast of the field full of other signposts. If you mess up the puzzle at any point, you’ll have to restart from the beginning by reading this signpost.

    Signpost #2

    A sign that says to go east.

    Head in a straight line south of Signpost #1 to find Signpost #2. This one will point you east. It is on a patch of sand and distant from any landmarks.

    Signpost #3

    A signpost above a pink flower telling Link to go south.

    The next signpost you need to read is the one positioned so that you have to stand on some pink flowers to read it. It’s also just southwest of a rock. Signpost #3 will direct you south.

    Signpost #4

    Link reading a signpost telling him to go west through some tall grass.

    You’ll be led to a signpost surrounded by tall grass in the southeast of the area. It lies to the south of a tree stump. Signpost #4 will then tell you to go west.

    Signpost #5

    Link using the Hookshot to get across a wide gap to a signpost.

    To get to Signpost #5, you’ll need to use the Hookshot to get across a gap. When you do, smash the wooden boxes around the signpost to read it. At this point, you’ll be told to head north. Use your Hookshot to get back to the east side of the gap and head to the northwest of the field.

    Signpost #6

    Link reading a signpost in the northwest of a field that's telling him to go east.

    The next signpost you want is the one in the northwestern corner of the field. It’s a bit north of a hole in the ground, so watch your step. Signpost #6 will point you east. Though, remember, you need to read a signpost that’s directly east of Signpost #6, not one that’s east of your position when you read Signpost #6.

    Signpost #7

    A signpost in the northeast corner of the field telling Link to go south.

    The seventh signpost you want is the one in the northeast corner of the field. It’s just south of a patch of tall grass and a bit west of 2 trees. Signpost #7 will tell you that you need to go south.

    Signpost #8

    A signpost telling Link to go east. There is a pink flower next to this sign.

    Go south until you find a signpost that’s directly east of some pink flowers. This is Signpost #8 and will direct you eastward.

    Signpost #9

    A signpost to the east of a rock. It's pointing Link northward.

    The next signpost will be fairly close by. It’s immediately to the east of a rock. You’ll have to pick up that rock to read a later signpost, but, for now, leave it alone. Read Signpost #9 and it will point you northward to the next step.

    Signpost #10

    A signpost in the very northeast corner just west of a tree stump. It directs the player west.

    You’ll now have to read a signpost that is part of the border to the field you’re within. It’s located between a tree and a tree stump in the very northeast corner of the area. When you read it, you’ll be told to go west.

    Signpost #11

    A signpost just east of a hole. It's telling you to go south.

    This one will be just east of a hole in the ground. It’s also fairly close to the first signpost near the entrance to the area. After reading Signpost #11, you’ll need to go a bit south.

    Signpost #12

    A signpost in a shallow pool south of Signpost #11.

    Barely separated from Signpost #11 is Signpost #12, which lies a touch south of Signpost #11. It’s the only signpost on the western side of the shallow pond in the field. When you read it, you’ll know to go east next.

    Signpost #13

    A signpost to the northeast of the area that's just east of a rock and south of a tree.

    Travel just east of a rock in the northeast of the area to read Signpost #13. Beside the rock, this signpost is touching no other landmarks. After reading it, you’ll be directed southward.

    Signpost #14

    A signpost that recently had a rock in front of it. This signpost is just northwest of another one.

    When you approach the next sign, you’ll notice that it’s the one that’s being blocked by a rock. Pick up the rock and toss it out of your way so that you can read Signpost #14. This will tell you to search westward for the final signpost.

    Signpost #15

    The last signpost you need to read for this puzzle, which is located in the western part of the area east of a line of big trees.

    The last signpost you need to read is located in the far west of the area. It’s the only one along the western treeline of the field you’re in. When you read Signpost #15, you’ll be given a congratulatory message. In addition, a short cutscene will play, which will show you a hidden staircase being revealed in the center of the field.

    Descend the Staircase to Find Mamu

    A staircase being revealed in the middle of the signpost puzzle field.

    When the cutscene ends, head down the staircase to meet Mamu the frog. It is from them that you’ll learn the Frog’s Song of Soul. Though, the musical tutorial won’t be free.

    Pay Mamu 300 Rupees to Learn the Frog’s Song of Soul

    Mamu the frog singing to Link and teaching them the Frog's Song of Soul.

    After you descend the staircase and speak to Mamu, they will offer to sing for you in exchange for 300 Rupees. If you agree, you’ll be treated to a little performance after which you’ll unlock the Frog’s Song of Soul on the Ocarina. If you don’t have 300 Rupees, you can come back later after farming some. Thankfully, you don’t need to do the signpost puzzle again to open Mamu’s cave—the staircase will remain revealed forever.

    Link holding up the Ocarina after learning the Frog's Song of Soul from Mamu, who is standing nearby. The text at the bottom mentions that the song can be used to liven up unliving things.

    You’ll be given hints that this tune is moving enough to “liven up unliving things”. To play this song, you’ll have to select it from the 3 possible options when you equip the Ocarina to either your X or Y button. Now that you can raise the dead, it’s time to head to Mabe Village to find the skeleton of the blue rooster.

    Find the Blue Rooster’s Skeleton Under the Rooster Statue in Mabe Village

    The only indication that you’ll need to perform this next step is due to a hint from Old Man Ulrira. If you speak to him on the telephone at this point in the game, he’ll tell you about the blue rooster.

    Old Man Ulrira telling Link about the blue rooster over the phone.

    Ulrira will say that “in the good old days”, the rooster would give people rides if it was held above someone’s head. The elder will go on to mention that the blue rooster’s remains now lie under the Rooster Statue in Mabe Village.

    From Mamu’s cave, it will be a short walk to the Rooster Statue in Mabe Village. When you get to the structure in the central part of town, push it to reveal a hidden staircase that was underneath the entire time.

    Rooster Statue next to a staircase leading down.

    When you descend the stairs, you’ll be in an underground passage that leads north. At the end of the passage, you’ll find the skeletal remains of the blue rooster on a raised area.

    Link looking at the skeletal remains of something while underground.

    Serenade the Skeleton With the Frog’s Song of Soul

    If you walk up to it and play the Frog’s Song of Soul on your Ocarina, the soul of the blue rooster will return from beyond! It will hover around the cave for a few seconds before entering the remains on the raised area. Afterward, the blue rooster will spawn nearby and will be immediately friendly.

    Link holding the blue rooster above his head.

    When the rooster has been fully reanimated, they will begin following you around. If you pick them up and jump over any holes, the amiable avian in your hands will keep you aloft so that you don’t fall. This will be essential for getting the Bird Key. However, to find the desired item, you’ll have to head north to the Tal Tal Mountain Range with your new rooster pal in tow.

    Blue rooster following Link around Mabe Village.

    Who said necromancy couldn’t be cute? Thankfully, the rooster shows none of the usual unpleasant signs of being raised from the dead.

    Find the Cave With the Bird Key

    The cave that holds the Bird Key is on the western part of the Tal Tal Mountain Range. The quickest way to get there is either from the Warp Point in Tal Tal Heights or the one near Dampé’s shack. The cave is located just south of the Henhouse Keeper’s abode.

    A red arrow on the map leading from the Warp Point in Tal Tal Heights to the cave on the Tal Tal Mountain Range below the Henhouse Keeper's dwelling.

    From the Warp Point in Tal Tal Heights, head west out of the region and then ascend a ladder to a cave entrance surrounded by rocks. You’ve been this way before, as this is the same route that led you to the ledge that lets you jump down to the entrance to Level 4 – Angler’s Tunnel. You’ll need to cross through the cavern in the same manner.

    Open the Rupee Chest Along the Way

    Link next to some rubbery obstacles between the cave's 2 southern exits.

    While traversing the cavern, you’ll now be able to reach the chest located beyond some wide pits. Stand to the west of it and use the Hookshot on the chest to zoom over to it. Within the chest will be 50 Rupees.

    Link swimming to a ladder while the blue rooster follows him while flying.

    After gathering the loot, exit the cave through the southeastern opening and go east. Keep going that way until you pass the ledge that leads down to the entrance of Level 4 – Angler’s Tunnel. After it will be a ladder emerging out of some deep water that is leading to a small platform above. Since you can swim, it will be easy to ascend this ladder. Afterward, head west and enter the cave entrance south of the Henhouse Keeper’s dwelling.

    Link and the blue rooster in front of the Bird Key cave.

    Travel Deep Into the Cave to Find the Bird Key

    Within the cave, you’ll first be faced with a rock-moving puzzle. However, with the rooster’s help, you can fly around the western and northern walls to completely bypass the puzzle.

    Link holding the blue rooster above his head and it flies around effortlessly with him hanging on.

    To take flight, pick the blue rooster up and then jump over a pit. The rooster will automatically begin flying effortlessly while you hang on to them. From the north of this chamber, go through the passage leading further north. This will bring you to a part of the cavern with a huge pit that can only be crossed with the blue rooster’s assistance.

    Link flying with the blue rooster towards the Bird Key. They are flying over a huge pit in a cave.

    Fly over the void with your feathered friend to reach an area that will lead to the Bird Key.

    Link holding up the Bird Key, which has a handle shaped like an eagle.

    Collect 3 Secret Seashells on the Way to the Next Dungeon

    After you pick up the Bird Key, you’ll want to start heading east towards the next dungeon, which is Level 7 – Eagle’s Tower. It’ll be a trek full of cave travel, though, there are some collectibles to obtain along the way which will make the journey less mundane.

    Find the 1st Secret Seashell

    Head up to the area with the Henhouse Keeper’s place. If you enter it and speak with them, they’ll have some unique dialogue since you have the blue rooster with you.

    Henhouse Keeper's reaction to the blue rooster.

    When you’re done hanging out with the keeper and the Cuccos, head east from their house and across a wooden bridge with a gap in it.

    Link and the blue rooster on the wooden bridge to the east of the Henhouse Keeper's abode.

    To the east of the bridge, you’ll find a couple of rocks. Lift them up to find 1 Spiny Beetle and 1 Secret Seashell. The Secret Seashell is under the eastmost of the 2 rocks.

    Red circle on the map showing the location of a rock that hides a Secret Seashell.

    Find the 2nd Secret Seashell

    For the next bit of loot, backtrack down to the ladder emerging from deep water that leads to the area with the Bird Key cave. Swim a bit east to position yourself beneath a slim waterfall and then dive down with the B button to find another Secret Seashell.

    Link holding up a Secret Seashell that he found under a waterfall on the Tal Tal Mountain Range.

    Following this, you’ll want to head east and into the next cave entrance that you see.

    Find the 3rd Secret Seashell

    Within this new cave, you’ll come across a cracked wall in the north of the thin passageway. Blow it open with a Bomb to find a hidden room.

    Link walking in a wet tunnel with the blue rooster.

    Beyond, you’ll be able to find a staircase that will lead you upward. From there, exit the south opening to find yourself on a small raised area that houses 1 Tektite and a chest.

    A red circle showing where to find 1 Secret Seashell in a chest on the Tal Tal Mountain Range.

    Defeat the Tektite to get them out of the way and then loot the chest for the last Secret Seashell that you can get from this section of the Tal Tal Mountain Range. There are a couple more, but those are better to get later.

    Where to Find the Entrance to the Next Dungeon

    From the area with the third Secret Seashell, you’re only a few more caves away from Level 7 – Eagle’s Tower. Head back down into the area where you blew open the cracked wall and go east. There will be an exit that will bring you to a stretch of land leading further east. Ascend the ladder that you find close to an Owl Statue (which will give you some vague advice).

    Ladder by an owl statue on the Tal Tal Mountain Range.

    This brings you to another cave entrance. Head inside and travel east, as it’s the only way you can go. Although the network of caves in this part of the Tal Tal Mountain Range is complex, it’s rather linear in terms of progression.

    Link and he blue rooster traveling east through a slim cavern.

    After you exit the southeast opening, you’ll be on another small stretch of land.

    Link and blue rooster traveling between 2 of the many cave entrances south of Level 7 - Eagle's Tower.

    Go west to the only other cave entrance you’ll see to re-enter the complex yet linear cave system. There will be another small corridor with only a staircase nearby.

    Link and blue rooster traveling east through another small corridor in a cave.

    When you descend the staircase, you’ll be in a different part of the cave system. This area will have a few pits that you’ll need to avoid. There are also a few weak enemies here that you can take out. However, there’s also no harm in just avoiding them—which is quicker.

    Link and the blue rooster in a large underground room with 1 Green Zol and 1 Hardhat Beetle.

    Make your way east and then south until you come to a wide gap. Across this gap is the way to the southern exit of the cave. You can use the rooster’s help to fly over the pit or you can use the Hookshot on the rock to the west.

    Link flying across a pit with the blue rooster's help.

    Hop down the ledge leading to the exit and make your way outside once more.

    Activate the Warp Point on the Eastern Part of the Tal Tal Mountain Range

    Link activating a Warp Point southeast of Level 7 - Eagle's Tower.

    Just in front of the exit, you’ll notice a patch of 4 rocky dirt squares with a simple dirt one in between them. If you dig into the regular dirt tile surrounded by rocky dirt tiles, you’ll find a Warp Point. This helpful teleporter means you won’t need to deal with the Tal Tal Mountain Range’s annoying cave system as much in the future.

    Find the Great Fairy Location on the Eastern Part of the Tal Tal Mountain Range

    West of the newly-found Warp Point will be a cave entrance that leads you into the home of a Great Fairy.

    Great Fairy with a small Fairy nearby. There is a shining pond and some fairy statues in this cave.

    In addition to the small Fairy floating around in this cave, you can also get healed directly from the Great Fairy. She won’t even ask for anything in return! Thank her for the healing and then head out of the cave to progress to the next dungeon.

    Unlock the Entrance to Level 7 – Eagle’s Tower

    The only other way you can go now is through the easternmost cave entrance that lies north of the Warp Point you found recently. Going through it will bring you to a linear cave system that ends in a room with a few large pits.

    Link about to exit a room with a few big pits.

    Avoid the enemies and proceed south out of the opening there. You’ll now exit the stone structure that lies to the east of the next dungeon.

    Link and the blue rooster exiting a mossy stone structure with stairs.

    Slay or avoid the Tektites hopping around this area and go west until you find a keyhole. This keyhole is where you need to insert the Bird Key.

    Link and the blue rooster standing next to the keyhole for the Bird Key.

    When you use the Bird Key on the keyhole, the stone tower nearby will rotate to reveal the entrance to the dungeon.

    The stone tower rotating to reveal an entrance adorned with a stone eagle with glowing blue eyes.

    Now that you can enter the dungeon, it’s time to ascend Level 7 – Eagle’s Tower.