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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Glitch Guide ================================ This is a guide to help people understnad and perform the numerous glitches in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Table of Contents: I-Introduction II-Updates III-Glitches i-Minor ii-Moderate iii-Major iV-Sequence Breaking IV-Tips V-Legal Stuffs VI-Contact Info VII-Credits ================================ I-Introduction -------------- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a VERY glitchy game. It is likely that even casual players or first time players will encounter one or two of these glitches while playing. Of course, glitches found in casual play aren't likely to have any useful function, and are usually only good for aesthetic purposes. However, many glitches are very useful, and can open up many new paths, and allow players to play the game in a whole new way. Be warned, this guide is somewhat spoilerish for new players. ================================ II-Updates ---------- 11/30/06 - First version; Minor, Moderate, Major Glitch and Sequence Breaking sections completed 12/26/06 - Added Game Breaking Infinite Healing and Eternal Sword Hover glitches, updated the Credits 1/7/07 - Added addendum to Ocarina Items, Bottle Duplication and Swordless Link 3, updated credits 2/3/07 - New section: Tips, added tip to Silver Gauntlets Early ================================ III-Glitches ------------ This section is devided into five sub-sections. The first three are miscellanious glitches, ranked based on the impact and potential uses of the glitches contained therein. The last two are specific types of glitches. I will also include the general difficulty level and practical uses of each glitch. All glitches in this guide have been confirmed by yours truly. i-Minor Glitches ---------------- -Fall Through the Ground This glitch is just as it sounds. To perform it, you must be close to the boarder between one area and another, (such as the gate to the castle) and you must be able to jump down from where you are. Using the castle gate as an example, climb up the chain and wait for nightfall. When the drawbridge has risen, walk onto it and face the castle. Now, in order for this to work, you have to pass over the boarder between areas while falling. This one is simple, so just jump off of the bridge, and keep pressing the analog stick forwards. If you did it right, you should fall through the ground instead of landing. After this, you'll just go into the next area as usual. Difficulty: Very Easy Practical Uses: None -Invincible Deku Stick This glitch allows you to have an unbreakable Deku Stick, but it only works for as long as the stick is equiped. First, take out your Deku Stick, and find a ledge with a wall close by. Face the wall, and jump off the ledge towards it. In midair, press the button you have the stick assigned to to do a jump attack. If you hit the wall, the deku stick will break in half, and when you land, you'll have an invincible half of a deku stick. Furthermore, when you change items, the deku stick will go back in your inventory. Difficulty: Very Easy Practical Uses: Conserve Deku Sticks -Trap Navi This glitch will trap Navi at the Altar of Time (Hooray!) To perform it, you must be adult Link. Warp to the Temple of Time, and get onto the Altar. Standing between the Goron's Ruby and the Zora's Saphire, face the Kokiri Emerald and press A. Pull out your ocarina and play Saria's song. Talk to her and jump down. You can walk around, and Navi will be trapped on the Altar. Walk away from her and everything will be dark (although the light seems to shift every now and then.) Difficulty: Very Easy Practical Uses: None. -Glitch into Ganon's Castle This glitch won't get you into the actual Ganon's Castle, but you are able to get behind the wall from the outside. First, you need to have all the Sages freed, and have the bridge to Ganon's Castle. Just before you enter the castle, there is a small dirt ledge to the right of the doorway. Jump to it, and take out the hookshot. There should be a dark portion of the wall that you can hootshot onto, so do that. If you got the right angle, you'll fall down on the other side of the wall, onto a second ledge. Press Z or C-up to see the inside. You can't really do anything here, as it's nothing but a small ledge over the lake of lava. Difficulty: Easy Practical Uses: None -Lens of Truth Doesn't Consume Magic Just what the title says. To perform it, you need the Lens of Truth, and the Song of Storms. Play the Song of Storms, and once it's done, quickly activate the Lens of Truth. It won't be consuming magic! Difficulty: Very Easy Practical Uses: Conserving Magic -Power Crouch Stab This glitch exploits the crouch stab (Shield+B) to deal fast, powerful attacks. Most bosses can be killed VERY quickly using this, even Ganondorf. This is because the crouch stab saves the attack power of the last attack. So to utilize it to it's maximum potential, do a jump attack with the Megaton Hammer/Giant's Knife, or Biggoron's Sword, and go into shielding position. From there, just crouch stab your way to victory! (Note: If you "save" the Megaton Hammer's attack, the crouch stab will damage/destroy boulders.) Difficulty: Very Easy Practical Uses: Killing powerful enemies VERY quickly. -Swordless Link 1 This glitch is the original, the infamous, Swordless Link Glitch. It only works in the 1.0 (original) version of the game. To perform it, simply go into the Ganon battle. He'll knock the Master Sword out of your hand, so once you gain control of Link, simply save and restart. When you restart, you'll be swordless. Difficulty: Very Easy Practical Uses: Having fun with the Items on Epona glitches. -Bomb Blast Jump This glitch allows you to gain extra height on your jump from a bomb/bombchu. to perform it, you will need to take out a bomb and let it run almost to it's end. Jump, and press Z+R to release it. The bomb should explde beneath you, and give you extra height. Pressing B just after you drop it will give you even more height. If using a bombchu, it should explode automatically when you drop it. Difficulty: Easy Practical Uses: Sequence breaking, exploring -Swordless Link 2 This swordless glitch can, again, only be done in the 1.0 version of the game. Go to the fishing pond and pay to fish. Equip the hover boots, and run out over the water. While you're hovering, press B to cast. You can now run around freely, and leave wih the Rod still in your possession. Once outside, jump into the lake, pause, and unpause. You will now be swordless. WARNING. Do not press B outside of the fishing pond while you still have the rod equiped. The game will freeze. Difficulty: Easy Practical Uses: Having Fun with the Items on Epona Glitches. ii-Moderate Glitches ------------------- -Ocarina Items This glitch will allow you to play various items as if they were the ocarina. To perform it, you will need a bottle, a fish, and another item. For the purposes of this explination, we'll use the Bow. First, you need to make sure that you have the Bow and the bottle asigned to C buttons. Now you need to make the bottle your active item. Do this by releasing the fish and catching it again. Secondly, do a backflip. While you're in ther air you must quickly press the button for the bottle, followed by the button for the Bow. If you did it right, You'll land and pull out the Bow, but Link will have it up to his mouth as if it were the Ocarina. From this point you can play any song you like. Note: If used with Deku Nuts or Lens of Truth, you will just end up duplicating the bottled fish and losing the item. Will not work with Fairy magic, claim check, Zelda's Letter, or Magic Beans. Masks pending. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Practical Uses: Allows for the Swordless Link in Any Version glitch -Get Golden Scale Early This glitch allows you to get the Golden Scale anytime after you first leave Kokiri Village. To perform it, go to the Fishing Pond and catch a fish that will earn you the Piece of Heart. Before going back to the Fisherman, swim out to the center of the pond, make sure Navi isn't hovering over any fish, and press R+Z. You should be facing down, looking into the water. Don't let go of the buttons, and swim over to the fisherman. Press A to talk with him (while still holding R+Z) and have him weigh your fish. Instead of giving you the Heart Piece, he'll give you the Golden Scale! Difficulty: Easy/Moderate (depends largely on fishing skills) Practical Uses: Skipping the silver Scale, sequence breaking. -Swordless Link 3 This glitch has the same results as Swordless Link 1, but it's harder to pull off. However, it can be used in ANY version of the game. :D To perform it, go into battle with Ganon as usual, and perform the Ocarina Items glitch. Play the Sun's Song, which will restart the battle and place an un-equiped Master Sword in your inventory. Perform the Ocarina Items glitch again, and this time, play any warp song. You'll warp away (leaving Zelda alone with a giant Pig Demon :P) and be free to run around swordless. Saving your game will not affect your state of swordless...ness. Note: The Sun's Song is not required. You can go straight to a warp song, but you will not have a Master Sword anymore, unequiped or otherwise. However, this is easily remedied by traveling back and forth through time. Difficulty: Moderate (what with Ganon running about) Practical Uses: Having fun with the Items on Epona glitches. -Infinite Skulltula Tokens Just as the title says. You'll need the boomerang, and bombs/Song of Storms. To perform this glitch, find any grotto with a Gold Skulltula in it. Kill it and target the token. Throw the boomerang at it, and as it's coming back, back into the beam of light to go back to the surface. if the timing is right you'll have the token, but the next time you go in, the Skulltula will still be there. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate (timing) Practical Uses: Saving a lot of travel to get all the tokens/rewards. -Eternal Sword This is an interesting glitch. It forces the sword into an always-active attack state, causing it to have a white glow around it. To perform this glitch, you need a sword (guh) and something you can interact with. People, signs, rocks, bombs... all of these work. This glitch is easiest to perform with an "invincible" sign or a bilboard type thing, so head over to the Fishing Pond, and stand next to the bilboard out front. Alight yourself so that you're perpandicular to the sign, but close enough to it to that you can still see the "read" icon. Press R to shield, and press b to stab. Now here comes the tricky part. You need to activate the "read" command in mid-stab. It's hard to pull off at first, but you'll know when you've got it, because your blade will be glowing white. You can run around with it at your side like this, slicing through anything you can cut (the sword is basically performing hundreds of attacks per second.) You may notice a slight slow-down, this is normal. In addition to the attack power, you won't be able to fall or jump off of ledges. Note that if you are damaged, attack, or defend with your shield, the glitch will turn off. Sheathing or switching items won't turn it off, but remember that you have to attack to take your sword back out, thus canceling the glitch. Difficulty: Moderate/Hard Practical Uses: Bomb Hover glitches, for fun. -Eternal Sword Hover This glitch, as a byproduct of the Eternal Sword Glitch and a Magic Leaf/Magic Bean Platform, can only be done as an adult. To activate, perform the Eternal Sword glitch near a Magic Leaf and get onto it. At any point while it's flying, step off, and you will be hovering in mid air. From this point forth, the rules for hovering are the same as they are in the Bomb Hover glitch. Currently, this glitch is still being tested for any poential uses. Dificulty: Moderate/Hard Practical Uses: Under investigation Thanks go to Shakai for finding this glitch. -Bomb Hover 1 This is a fun glitch, but kinda tricky to pull off. In order to do this, you MUST have the Eternal Sword Glitch activated. As stated before, Link can't fall while that glitch is activated, so go to any ledge, and stand with your back to it. Now, Link will be able to fall if he completes a backflip, but if you block a bomb blast in mid-flip, you'll get knocked back a bit, and stand hovering in mid-air. You can perform long chains of such jumps, but be careful, as it requires precise timing. So basically, back facing a ledge, take out a bomb and wait until just before it blows up. Drop it, backflip, and defend. Difficulty: Hard (what with two glitches required) Practical Uses: Sequence breaking, for fun. -Bottom of the Well as Adult Link Have you ever seen that hole in the Kakariko windmill? We're going there. Longshot to the blue roof in entral Kakariko, and longshot into that hole from there (there's a wooden post in the hole.) There will be a small staircase in there, so go up it, and grab the Cucco at the top. Equip the hover boots and run out of the hole up here, taking a sharp left as you exit. Turn the corner and float down towards the graveyeard. When you get close to the fence, throw the cucco over it, and quickly hit B to jump attack. You should end up on, in or past the fence. In any case, grab the cucco again, then turn to face the windmill. Get behind it so that you'll be aligned with the well, press Z and walk backwards until the ground gives out. You will now be floating below Kakariko Village, so float towars the well. Do not go into the well. Instead, when you're close to the edge of it, toss the cucco, and you should fall down and enter the Bottom of the Well. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Practical Uses: None -Crooked Cartridge Glitch WARNING. THIS GLITCH REQUIRES THAT YOU INTERACT DIRECTLY WITH THE GAME CARTRIDGE. YOU CAN LOSE YOUR DATA OR PERMANANTLY DAMAGE YOUR GAME. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Anyways, this glitch will allow you to get past various barriers in the game, but nothing can be guarenteed, and as said before, it's is potentially damaging to your game. To excecute it, you need to go to the barrier you wish to pass (such as Mido, or the boulders between the Lost Woods and Death Mountain)and slowly, and carefully lift the left side of the game cart out until Link starts to glitch. Press forward at this point. If you don't pass throught the barrier, carefully fiddle with the cartridge until you do. Make sure you push it back in once you're done. Difficulty-Easy/Moderate Practical Uses: Speed runs -Bottle Duplication Glitch This glitch will allow you get more than four bottles, but only by sacrificing another item. First off, you will need a bottle, and be near something you can put into it. Swing the bottle to catch whatever it is you chose, and just as it comes in contact with the item, pause and switch the bottle with the item you want to turn into a bottle. If you got the timing right, that item will permanantly be a bottle. Warning, if you replace an item that you still need in order to advance in the game, then you're screwed. Good items to replace are Deku Sticks, (after getting Din'S Fire) Claim Check, (after you get the Biggoron Sword) Bombchu, or other such non-essensial items. An amusing thing to note is that if you replace the Ocarina, one of the most essensial items in the game, you WON'T have to restart, thanks to the Ocarina Items glitch. Note: The Ocarina Items Glitch, when used with the Lens of Truth or Deku Nuts is also a form of bottle duplication. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Practical Uses: Carry more faeries/potions etc... iii-Major Glitches ------------------ -Game Breaking Infinite Healing Glitch This glitch is incredible. From the moment you have access to two empty bottles and a fish (this can be done before Dodongo's Cavern, thanks to the Golden Scale Early glitch) a limitless, free supply of hearts is at your fingertips. By using the "Ocarina Items" (see above) glitch with an empty bottle as the item you "play," you will not play the bottle, but instead drink from it, with the effect of a Lon-Lon Milk (restores five hearts) as your reward! Thanks to the fact that this costs absolutley nothing but fifteen seconds of your time, this glitch is one of the most powerful in this game. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Practical Uses: Infinite healing, free of charge. MANY thanks go to Scipo for finding this glitch! The remainder of the Mjor glitches are Sequence Breaking in nature and have therefore been placed in the next section. iv-Sequence Breaking -------------------- Sequence breaking, for those who don't know, is the act of exploiting glitches or excecuting difficult maneuvers to get items or locations not normally available at that point in the game. Often times, it can create new, challenging and exciting ways to play the game. The Metroid series is well known for it's sequence breaking opportuntities. There are many ways to sequence break in OoT. Some of them have already been explained here in this guide, some have not. For the ones that haven't, I'll write a short summary in this section. -Get the Silver Gauntlets Early This glitch is actually three in one, but since they all achieve the same goal, I'm packing them all together. Using this sequence of glitches, you can access the Gerudo Fortress and Haunted Wasteland as a child, meaning you can skip the Goron's Bracelet, as once you recieve the Silver Gauntlets, the game assumes you already have the Bracelet, and fills in the blank. Part One: Go to Gerudo Valley as a child, and grab the cucco there. Go to the far end of the bridge and find the small support beam that sticks up. Jump onto it, and align yourself with the gate diagonally. IMPORTANT: Watch the movement of the guards behind the gate before you continue. When the guards are at a safe distance, jump towards the gate (to gain the height you need, this requires you to run along the edge of the post and align yourself at the very last second before you jump) When you're just about to hit it, quickly hit B to slash. If your timing was right, you'll be on top of the gate. Jump down and get away from the guards before you're caught. Continue on to the Fortress and the gate to the Wasteland. Part Two: Climb the ladder next to the second gate, and turn around to face the ladder again at the top. You need to align yourself so that you can do a side jump to the left.Get as close to the ladder as you can and make the jump, landing on the cliff close by. Walk past the gate and jump down to the other side, but beware; if you stray too far on the cliff, you'll fall into nothingness. Part Three: Once in the Wasteland, go towards the far end of the quicksand that blocks you Normally, you'll sink in this stuff, but Link's backwalk (Z+reverse) is quick enough to get across. The slope is kinder at the far end of the quicksand, so cross there. Once back on normal sand, head to the boxes, and follow the flags to the momument. IMPORTANT: From here on you need to have the path through the wastland memorised (it's easier than it seems, don't worry.) Make your way through the remainder of the wasteland to the Desert Colossus. Before you go through the Spirit Temple, enter it and exit it again to learn the Requiem of Spirit. Difficulty: Very Hard Practical Uses: Speed runs -Shadow Temple Early Making use of magic beans, Bomb Blast Jump glitch, and seam walking, one can enter the Shadow Temple without Din's Fire, the Lens of Truth, or the Nocturne of Shadow. In fact, you can enter the Shadow Temple immediatly after becoming an adult, if you wish. As a child, plant a magic bean in the graveyard. When you return as an adult, use it to get to the ledge with the crate/heart piece. DO NOT DESTROY THE CRATE. Stand on top of it instead, with your back to the graveyard. Perform the Bomb Blast Jump glitch to get over to the ledge you see before you. If you land on the ledge, slowly move forwards to the "seam." You'll know what I mean when you see it. Follow the seam carefully until you are over the entrance to the torch chamber, and ready yourself for a side jump into the chamber. If you do the jump right, you'll be in the chamber, but neither the torches nor the seal blocking the temple will be there. Proceed in and play as normal. Difficulty: Hard Practical Uses: Speed runs -Enter the Ice Cavern as a Kid To do this glitch, you will need the slingshot, bombs, bombchus, and a shild. Go to Lord Jabu-Jabu, and hop onto the left railing. Perform the Eternal Sword Glitch with a bomb (toss it before it explodes, or it won't work.) This next part requires a different brand of Bomb Hovering that I'm a bit hazzy on, but I know the basics. Stand on the middle on the railing and press Z. Pull out the sling shot, and aim it slightly upwards. Now, this next part gives me a lot of trouble due to the timing, so bear with me. You need too fire the seed, pull out a bombchu, backflip, drop the bombchu and shild almost simultaneously. If it works, you'll have the same result as Bomb Hover 1. Lather rinse and repeat until you get to the rock face behind you. From there, simply run towards the Ice Cavern. The ground will give out when you're close to it and you'll fall through. You'll see the entrace to the Cavern below you, so press B to slash and land on the floor. Difficulty: Hard Potential Uses: Speed Runs -Skip Forest, Water and Fire If you use the Shadow Temple Early (see above) and Silver Gauntlets Early (see above) glitches, you can skip the first three temples, as the game assumes that if you've beaten the Shadow and Spirit Temple, that you must have beaten the other temples as well. Furthermore, if you use the Skip the Trials in Ganon's Tower (see above) glitch, you only need to make a short trip into the Forest Temple to get the Bow (which you would have needed to do anyways.) Difficulty: VERY Hard Practical Uses: Speed runs, testing your skills -Skip The Trials in Ganon's Tower That's right, you don't have to do all those mini dungeons just to get to Ganondorf! It's a fairly simple glitch to activate, it's what happens after that can be tricky. First, enter the Spirit mini-dungeon. See that Armos Statue in front of you, just to the right? Grab it and drag it to the right of the door. Now face the corner that the statue makes with the wall and jump attack it from a close range. It'll take a few tries, but eventually, you'll push through the wall. Now, the main room doesn't quite load correctly when you do this, which is both what makes this glitch work, and what makes it so annoying. You'll be in the main room, but all you'll be able to see is the room you just came from, and the beams from each mini-dungeon (the beams may or may not load. I've done this glitch three times, and the beams loaded twice of the three...) Use the beams to align yourself with the bridge, and cross over. If the beams aren't there, the only thing you can do is try and find the carpet by the entry door (based on the sound it makes.) Anyways, the barrier doesn't load when you gltch through the wall, so you're free to pass into Ganon's Tower! Difficulty: Moderate Practical Uses: Speed runs ================================ IV-Tips -Using an emulator helps greatly. Save states are your friend. -Lacking an emulator, play the game on the N64, if possible. It allows for a greater precision in movement that the Gamecube version just isn't capable of. -Find and watch videos online (YouTube has quite a few.) It will help your understanding of the glitch and hopefully allow you to perform them better. -Practice. As if this wasn't a given. :P ================================ V-Legal Stuffs This guide is Copyright (c) 2006 Ben Johnson. Presently, the only site/person/entity authorised to present this guide is GameFaqs. This guide may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. ================================ VI-Contact Info I can be reached Via email at firstname.lastname@example.org I will gladly welcome constructive criticism, suggestions, glitch submissions, and any questions not pertaining to the Triforce. The Triforce does not exist in this game, except in cutscenes. If you want the Triforce, go kill Ganon in ALttP. ================================ VII-Credits Nintendo and Shigeru Miyamoto, for making the game The many, many gamers who spent their time to find these glitches. CjayC, for making this site. Scipo, for finding the Infinite Healing glitch. Shakai, for finding the Eternal Sword Hover glitch, and a few querks with the Ocarina Items and Swordless Link 3 glitches.