This article is about Level 1, a dungeon of the First Quest. For the dungeon in the Second Quest, see Level 1.

Level 1, also known as "The Eagle", is the first dungeon in The Legend of Zelda. It is sometimes also known as "The Eagle", owing to the fact that its map layout is shaped like an eagle; common shapes is a prevalence in the design of most of the dungeons in the game.



Level 1 is the only dungeon on the game which is in the same place in both the first and second quests. It is inside a tree found on an island in the middle of Lake Hylia, in the central area of the game's world map. The island is accessed by crossing a small bridge from the east.





A Map of Level 1 during the First Quest

Non-canonical appearances

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The Legend of Zelda comics

After receiving extensive training from Link, Princess Zelda travels to Level 1 to try out her new skills. Here, however, she finds herself overpowered as a Gohma attacks her. Miff shows up, and explains that Zelda is not as strong as Link, and thus, needs to use wit over pure brute force to survive in such a place.

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Theory warning: This section contains theoretical information based on the research of one or several other users. It has not been officially verified by Nintendo and its factual accuracy is disputed.

After Inside the Deku Tree was seen in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, some fans started speculating that Level 1 is set inside a dead Deku Tree. However, there is little actual evidence for this, and coupled with the fact that no form of a Deku Tree appeared until Ocarina of Time, it seems that this theory is unlikely. However, there is no technical reason this theory could not be true.

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Possible Inspiration

In Norse mythology, a dragon named Níðhöggr lives under the tree Yggdrasil and eats its roots, while an eagle lives on top of the tree. Level 1's shape resembles that of an eagle (hence its nickname). There may be a connection to this myth due to the dungeon's entrance being a tree, its interior being shaped like an eagle, and its boss being a dragon.