A situation where it is impossible to progress without the Bow. Most commonly heard in association with Palace of Darkness, where only one chest is accessible without either a small key or the bow. If that single chest does not contain the required small key, it is impossible to go any further into the dungeon until the bow is found.
Other areas/item locations that are inherently bowlocked:
- Armos Knights (Eastern Palace boss)
- Helmasaur King (Palace of Darkness boss) and other areas of POD as stated above
- Ganon’s Tower Gauntlet
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