After you unlock the red column, you descend to Eldin Volcano.
Begin Your Search for Zelda
After you dive into the red column of light in the Sky and land at Eldin Volcano, Fi gives you advice about dealing with the extreme heat in the area. If you catch fire, you can roll or do a spin attack to put out the flames.
Save at the Bird Statue, and if you didn't get an Iron Shield, go back to the Skyloft Bazaar to buy one, and leave your wooden shield at the item check in the Bazaar.
In the Wii and Wii U versions, as you approach the lava-filled area, Fi asks if you need help dowsing. You can dowse for Zelda if you need help figuring out where to go.
Find a Goddess Cube
Go north from the Bird Statue to find a Goddess Cube. Send it skyward with a Skyward Strike. It unlocks a chest northwest of Fun Fun Island. The chest contains a Small Seed Satchel, which allows you to carry more Deku Seeds.
If you go north from there, you reach a dead end, but you will find one or more Volcanic Ladybugs in the cave at the end that you can catch with the Bug Net.
Get a Piece of Heart
Go back the way you came, and jump across the two platforms in the lava. Continue along the path and you will meet two Mogmas, Ledd and Cobal. After some dialogue, go past the Mogmas and look for some ivy on the ground. Climb down to get a red rupee. Climb back up the ivy and go south. You will pass an area with Fire Keese. There is a slope to the right, and a path to the left. Go along the left path, but be careful of the rising and falling lava.
A Mogma up ahead, Kortz, tells you about Bomb Flowers. Roll and throw the Bomb Flowers in this area to blow up the rocks in the way. You can press the Help button while holding a bomb to learn how to roll them or throw them, or Kortz can tell you. One rock barrier is in a tunnel. Roll a bomb into it to remove the barrier. One of the rock barriers has a giant Red Chuchu behind it, so be careful. There is a hard-to-see crack in the wall to the left of one of the huts. Bomb it to find a chest that contains 20 rupees.
When you're ready to move on, go through the passageway that you revealed behind one of the rock barriers. Up ahead there are some Fire Keese on the ceiling. After you get rid of them, you find a Bird Statue. A short distance away to the northwest, look to the left to see an area that you can drop down to. There is a small tunnel in the wall, and some Bomb Flowers against the wall opposite the tunnel. Roll a Bomb Flower into the small tunnel to blow up the rock barrier, then crawl through to find a chest that contains a red rupee. You can also use your bug net to catch the Eldin Rollers in this area.
Crawl back through the tunnel and go back up to the higher path. Go north to find a Goddess Cube. It unlocks a chest in the northeast of the Sky, between Bamboo Island and Beedle's home island. It contains a Silver Rupee, worth 100 rupees. After you send the Goddess Cube to the sky, go south, then go east and you find a Mogma named Merco. You can talk to him to hear about a strangely-dressed individual that he saw.
When you east go past Merco you will see a strange red creature, called a Pyrup, rush into a hole. When you go near, it will shoot out flames so you can't go past. Roll a Bomb Flower toward the tunnel that it is hiding in. If it explodes close enough to the tunnel entrance, it will blow up the Pyrup. Climb up the ledge to the east.
Go along the path, defeating the Red Bokoblins on the way. Farther ahead, there is an area down below where more Pyrups are hiding in skulls. Get close enough to lock on to them (running out of the way of their flames as needed), then throw a Bomb Flower while locked on, and then run away from the other Bomb Flowers to avoid when they get caught in the blast. If done correctly, you will throw the Bomb Flower into the Pyrup's hiding place.
After both Pyrups are gone, before you cross the spine-shaped bridge, go up the nearby ledges to where you find a tree. There may also be Eldin Rollers here that you can catch with the Bug Net. From the tree, go up the next ledge and look at the wall to find a hard-to-see crack in the wall. Go up the next ledge. There is a Bomb Flower up ahead, near a Pyrup. Ignore the Pyrup for now and quickly take a Bomb Flower back with you and throw it at that crack in the wall. This reveals a chest that contains a red rupee.
Back where you got the Bomb Flower, kill the Pyrup by rolling the Bomb Flower into the front of the shell that it is hiding under. You can also use a Bomb to get the blue rupee in the nearby skull. Then drop off of the edge to get a Piece of Heart.
Now go back the way you came, and take a Bomb Flower with you. Roll it into the front of the empty shell near the hut to get the blue rupee from under it. (If you are unlucky, the rupee may fall to the ledge below and bounce into the lava.)
Reach the Underground Cave
Now go back to the spine-shaped bridge. You can go across the bridge to talk to the Mogma if you wish, but you will have to dash over the bridge to avoid landing in the lava and getting burned. The Mogma says that he plugged up the path to where the red creatures were coming out. However, you will need to use that path to find Zelda.
So roll a Bomb Flower across the bridge, and it should roll over to the lava spout and blow it open.
Dash west across the bridge, and run up the wall where the Mogma was. Drop down to the west side, and go south and west to the end of the path, where you find air holes in the ground. Walk over the nearest one, and the Sailcloth will automatically come out and you will fly up to the hole. Drop in.
Get the Digging Mitts
While falling, steer yourself like you did after the Wing Ceremony and had to fall into the circle. Try to land on the ledge with the blue chest. It contains Eldin Ore. If you find more Eldin Ore later, you may have enough material to upgrade your Iron Shield. From there, run toward the platform that has a Goddess Cube on it, and try to land on it. (This Goddess Cube unlocks a chest in an area that you can't access yet.) If you don't make it, and need to try again to reach the chest or Goddess Cube, go to the bottom of the area and go into the northeast passage. There is a giant air vent that will take you back outside, where you can try again.
Afterward, drop down to the bottom of the area and save at the Bird Statue if you wish. Go through the wooden archway nearby, and you will meet a Mogma named Nackle who mentions the red monsters up ahead. Go into the area that he is looking at. The Bokoblins will keep reappearing if you don't get rid of the one that keeps blowing the horn, so fight your way up to the wooden platform to get rid of the one with the horn. After you get rid of him, kill any other Bokoblins in the area. Nackle will say something when they are all gone. Go back to Nackle and ask for a way forward. He will give you the Digging Mitts.
Digging is very easy. Just walk onto a spot of soft soil and press the indicated button to dig. There is no need to equip the mitts.
Get a Silver Rupee
Go back to the room where you fought the Bokoblins. There is a spot of soft soil in the southeast corner of the room that you can dig to reveal an air geyser. Step onto the air to go up onto a ledge with a wooden doorframe (no need to aim while floating.) Dig the soft soil here to find some Eldin Ore.
Go back to the room where Nackle gave you the Digging Mitts, and dig in the soil to reveal the air geyser behind him if you haven't already. Float up, and there is a patch of soft soil ahead that you can dig multiple times to get some rupees.
From here, go southwest, get the Amber Relic at the end (if any), and dig in the soil, and use the air geyser to reach the ladder. Climb up. There is a Bokoblin among the huts, and there are three chutes to the left. After you get rid of the Bokoblin, dig at the spots of soft soil in this area to get some rupees, then go down the middle of the three passages in the wall. You will slide down and reach the chest that you saw on a ledge earlier that you couldn't reach. It contains Eldin Ore. The other chutes in that area don't lead to any treasure, so there is no need to go back.
Go north through the wooden archway and use the air geyser behind the Mogma, but this time go northwest. Up ahead, some Pyrups will block your path with fire. There are Bomb Flowers on the west side and in the southeast corner of the area. Roll them at the tunnels where fire is coming out to kill the Pyrups and get through this area. There is a red rupee in the southern tunnel in the middle that a Pyrup is hiding in. There is a crack in the north wall, so bomb it to find a chest that contains a Silver Rupee (worth 100 rupees).
Reach Tubert's Thrill Digger Game
When you are ready to leave this area, get rid of any fire-breathing Pyrups that are still blocking your way, and go northeast. There is a giant air vent that will take you to a new area outside. Dig in the soft soil at the base of the ledge to reach the air vent, and jump into it.
Outside, go east and you will find a Mogma named Zanc. To the east of Zanc, there are some rocks that you can bomb out of the way to give yourself a shortcut.
Then go back to Zanc, and go north toward the broken bridge. It will extend, and someone will call out to you.
Save at the Bird Statue up ahead. You can't bomb the rocks in the passageway to the east right now because there aren't any Bomb Flowers close enough to it, so just go into the passage to the left of the Bird Statue.
Kill the Fire Keese and hop across the rock in the lava, then run up the slope to the left side, where there is a flat stone ledge that you can stand on. There is a Bomb Flower there. Throw it down to the rock barrier below. This gives you a shortcut back to the beginning of the area.
If you go to the wooden ledge in the middle of the slope and kill the Bokoblin there, you can try to use your Slingshot from there to shoot the Bokoblin at the top of the slope who is holding a boulder, then run up to the top of the slope. If you're not able to shoot it, then when you run to the top, stay to the side so you don't get hit if the Bokolin throws the boulder, then run up beside the Bokoblin (it will kick you if you run up in front of it), and get behind the Bokoblin and kill it.
At the top, kill the Bokoblins in the huts up ahead. Then use a Bomb Flower to bomb the wooden tower that the Bokoblin is standing on. The tower falls and creates a bridge, and the Bokoblin dies.
Before you go across the bridge, you can bomb the north wall between the huts to find Tubert's Thrill Digger game. (If you want to skip it, go to Find the Broken Key Pieces below.)
The goal of Thrill Digger is to dig rupees from as many spots as you can, but some of the holes contain bombs. If you get a bomb, the game ends. If you can get all of the hidden rupees, Tubert gives you an extra prize afterward.
There is a Mogma in the back who will tell you the secret of the game for 20 rupees. The secret is that the color of the rupee that you dig up tells you how many bad spots there are around it. Here is how it works:
- A Green Rupee means there are no bombs or Rupoors around that spot.
- A Blue Rupee means that one or two of the surrounding spots contain bombs or Rupoors.
- A Red Rupee means that three or four of the surrounding spots contain bombs or Rupoors.
- A Silver Rupee means that five or six of the surrounding spots contain bombs or Rupoors.
- A Gold Rupee means that seven or eight of the surrounding spots contain bombs or Rupoors.
A Green Rupee means that all of the spots surrounding it are safe to dig up. If you keep track of the rupees that you have found, you can figure out which spots are more likely to be safe to dig up. Gold Rupees can't be found in any of the edge or corner holes, and Silver Rupees can't be found in any of the corner holes, so in Intermediate and Expert, you might want to dig in the middle first, for a better chance of getting a Gold or Silver Rupee.
If you sit on the seat across from Tubert, your hearts will be refilled (which is helpful because you will lose a heart whenever you dig up a bomb in the minigame) and you can ask him some questions. If you ask him all of the questions, he will tell you a secret: the shiny spots on the wall are rupee ore, and you can get rupees if you shoot them with the Slingshot. Don't hit the black ore, though, because it will spit out a Rupoor, which takes 10 of your rupees away.
Find the Broken Key Pieces
Back outside, dash up onto the wooden bridge that you created by bombing the tower, and go across it. Up ahead, pick up the Amber Relic (if any), then climb up the tall vine wall. Continue along the path and you will encounter some Red Chuchus.
Eventually you reach a steep slope. Stay on the far left or right side as you run up, and go to the first ledge. After your stamina fills back up, stay on the far left or right side again as you run to the second ledge. From here, you can try to use the Slingshot to shoot the three Bokoblins at the top. Otherwise, while going up to the final ledge, avoid the rolling rocks and run up the far left or far right side of the ledge to get behind the three boulder-throwing Bokoblins and defeat them.
At the top, you will find Ledd and Cobal discussing the key to the building up ahead. The key was broken into pieces, and they say that one of the parts of the key is hidden nearby.
Fi appears and asks who you think was taken deeper into the region. Say Zelda. Fi will add the pieces of the broken key as dowsing targets. When you do the dowsing, it will lead you to different soft soil spots around this area where the key parts are hidden.
Key Piece #1
Use dowsing to find a piece of the key in the soft soil to the left of the locked building.
Also to the left of the building, there is a soft soil spot near a puddle. Dig it to create an air geyser. Throw a Bomb Flower onto the air geyser to make the rocks above explode, revealing a Goddess Cube. Use the air geyser to go up, then hit the cube with a Skyward Strike. It unlocks the chest on Bamboo Island. The chest contains a Gold Rupee, worth 300 rupees. Be sure to have enough space in your wallet before you collect it.
Key Piece #2
Back at the Temple Entrance on Eldin Volcano, go south from the air geyser that led to the Goddess Cube. You find a slope with a wooden tower at the bottom. Throw a bomb at it to make it fall, revealing soft soil. Dig the soil to find a piece of the key. There is also a pinwheel on the ground, but you can't do anything with it right now, so ignore it for now.
Key Piece #3
Run back up the slope. Across from the locked building, between the brick structure with stairs and the slope down the mountain, there are some Bomb Flowers. Look down at the slope when you stand near the Bomb Flowers, and you should be able to see some rocks on the left side of the slope. Throw a Bomb Flower at those rocks to break that area open, then run down the slope into that area. There is another soft soil spot that contains another hidden piece of the key.
Key Piece #4
Go to the area to the right of the locked building, where there are some huts and Bokoblins. After you kill the Bokoblins, go down the slope on the east side of the area to find a Goddess Cube. It unlocks a chest in the northeast part of the Sky, southeast of Beedle's island. If you go there, land on the higher level of the island, then climb down the vines on the side to reach the chest. It contains the Treasure Medal, which makes treasures appear more often if you have the medal in your pouch.
Back in the area east of the Temple Entrance in Eldin, look inside of the huts to find Bomb Flowers. Use one to knock down the Bokoblin's wooden tower. Using the new bridge, go into the passage beyond. Kill the Fire Keese and Red Chuchus.
The bridge up ahead won't extend for you, so look for the narrow ledge against a wall and hang down from the ledge to go across on your hands. At the other end, there is a short ledge and a tall ledge. Run up onto the short one, then dash across onto the tall one. From there, go to the end of the path, and make a running start to reach the vines across the way, then climb to the right, get the stamina fruit, then climb up to reach the door. Stand on the switch just inside the doorway to make the bridge extend.
Up ahead, Fi will recommend that you use dowsing to check which way to go before entering the extremely hot area ahead. Dash into the hot area and turn right. You will be on a slope. If you end up at the bottom of the slope and need to get back up, you can go back up to the top using the giant air vent in one of the caves.
From the top of the slope, as you slide down, you will see two air geysers. Slide onto the one on the right and dig the soft soil up above to find a fairy, which you can catch in an empty bottle if you wish. If you do catch it in a bottle, you might want to unequip and re-equip your shield so that the Pouch button will be set to your shield instead of the bottled fairy. That way, you are less likely to accidentally use the fairy when you don't mean to.
Then you can try to reach the other air geyser from here by hopping down and running when you land, to run to the other air geyser. After you dig up the soft soil at the top, look down the slope and you will see a Goddess Cube. To reach it, you have to make a running start. This Goddess Cube unlocks a chest on Skyloft in an area that you can't reach yet, which contains a Gold Rupee, worth 300 rupees.
Afterward, go to the west side of the slope (either run there from the Goddess Cube platform, or go to the bottom of the slope and use the giant air vent in a cave to return to the top). Slide down the west side and look for a ledge on the left that you can stop on. Look east to see two air geysers. Wait for both of the geysers to be blowing air, then hop across those air vents to get onto the upper ledge, where you find another hidden piece of the key.
Key Piece #5
Now go down to the bottom of the slope. Jump onto the platform with the three skulls and go north. There is a lava spout on the wall up ahead, between the outside and the inside of the cave. Throw a Bomb Flower at it to lower the lava. With the lava lowered, roll (don't throw) a bomb onto the slope so it lands near the rock barrier. Then run into the cave that you opened, and dig in the soil to find another piece of the key.
Go back to the platform with the three skulls on it and go west. In the cave to the north, there is a giant air geyser, but before you go up the geyser, use a Bomb Flower to bomb the rock barrier in the wall in this cave. It creates a shortcut to a Bird Statue. Then go up the air geyser, cross the bridge to the north, and go through the passage and across the wooden tower bridge to reach the locked building. Before you go in, you can shoot the large red gem above the door to get a red rupee. Then use the key on the locked to go into the Earth Temple.