In Skyward Sword, in the Edlin Volcano area near the Bokoblin tower, there is a cave where one can play the game Thrill Digger. My question is: can one predict the layout of the board based on:

  • Difficulty level
  • Number of previous plays
  • Other factors

I believe it is non-deterministic. If you go digging behind the game, a Mogma will pop up and give you hints on how to play. He says that smaller value rupees have fewer bad holes around them and that higher value rupees have more bad holes. This leads me to believe that the game builds each field randomly. There isn't a set of pre-defined fields the game rotates between.

The only thing that affects the field is the level at which you choose to play: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

If you want some help playing the game, there is the Thrill Digger Assistant/Solver that will let you see the probabilities of finding good holes based on what you've dug up.

Happy digging!


Well, this game is a variant of minesweeper (with the additional challenge that you have yourself to remember the gems (number equivalents) opened), and minesweeper is non-deterministic. Additionally, Windows minesweeper has code to ensure that your first click is never a bomb; in this game, all bets are off.

It's all a matter of luck.

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