Glitches

  • Debug/Error Mode

    NOTE: There is always a possibility your game data can be corrupted, so do this at your own risk!

    Start a game in the Temple of Time, then gently and SLOWLY pull up on the left side of the game cartridge. If you do it slow enough, the computer will become lagged, Link will jump all over the screen, and the sound will become very corrupted. If you let this happen for a few seconds, the N64's processor will become lagged and the game will lock up; there's going to be a small yellow bar that will appear in the top-left of the screen. When you get the small yellow bar to appear, there are some commands that you need to input on the controller to get the "debug" code to appear on the screen. This will also show the time and date that your particular game was made. Enter these button combos to make the code appear onscreen:

    1: L + R + Z
    2: Control Pad Up + C-Down
    3: C-Up + Control Pad Down
    4: Control Pad Left + C-Left
    5: C-Right + Control Pad Right
    6: A + B + Start

    The debug/error code won't be shown unless you push each button listed. Example: in the first step, you must push the Z button while HOLDING the L and R buttons.

    Contributed By: DBM11085.



  • More Bottles

    First equip a bottle, then go find something to put in a bottle (example: fish, bug, blue fire, fairy, or anything else you can put inside a bottle). Now, hit the C Button to catch the item and hit start directly after hitting C button. Select an item you do not want (Claim Check is recommended) and equip it instead of the bottle you were catching the item with. Press start again and you will see Link still catching the item. Now you have an extra bottle. Do this on all of your weapons and you will have 24 bottles! (Note: do NOT save after doing this or else you CANNOT get your weapons back!)

    Contributed By: DBM11085.



  • Pass through objects

    This is a very unusual glitch that requires you to interact with the cartridge itself. When you come up to a character or object that's blocking your path (such as Mido or the Kokiri blocking the forest exit at the beginning of the game), you must pull up VERY gently on the left side of the cartidge. If done so correctly, the screen will become a bit fuzzy, and if you move forward, you can use this tme to walk through people and objects that aren't completely solid. This trick gives you access to portions of the game you wouldn't be able to get to until later.

    Contributed By: MSuskie.



  • Re-use bugs

    Let a bug go near a bean bed, but make sure you're not too close. Once one bug goes in, catch one of the other two, and you'll have as many bugs as you need.

    Contributed By: meatwad ate a pikmin.



  • Roll through spiked things

    You know those spike things that slide around (like the ones in Ice Cavern). Iff you roll before you touch them, they will pass harmlessly through you.

    Contributed By: MarioBros90.



  • Unlimited Skulltulas

    First you need to get bombs, the Song of Storms,and the Boomerang. Then go to hyrule castle and jump in the moat so the guards won't see you. Drift until you see a shallow corner. Climb up and you will see a tree. Play the Song of Storms. A hole will open up, then jump down. There will be several walls that can be blown down with a bomb. One of these has a gold skulltilla behind it. BE CAREFUL, first kill the bug then stand right in front of the circle that sends you back to the surface. Next, throw the Boomerang at the token and as soon as it hit's the token step back on the circle. You will be back at the surface. If you did this right the gold skulltulla should still be there. Repeat this process until you have 100 or more.

    Contributed By: HM Master.



  • Use any item as an Ocarina

    For speedruns or just fun you can use any item as an Ocarina without having an Ocarina! Catch a bug in a bottle. Then drop it and catch it again. Then without moving backflip and while in the air press the button the bug is in and then the button of the item you want to play. If done correctly the player should be playing the item as an Ocarina! This is extremely useful for speedruns or if you don't have an Ocarina.

    Contributed By: TheDoctor185.



  • Use the Lens of Truth without using magic

    Play the Song of Storms. As soon as you regain control of Link, use the Lens of Truth. If this is done correctly, the white border around the magic meter will not flash and you can have the Lens on without depleting your magic.

    Contributed By: Lahar.



Unlockables

  • Bomb Bag Upgrades

    You can upgrade your bomb carrying capacity twice. To get the first, you must go to Goron City. Find the Goron that's rolling around the city in a loop, and detonate a bomb near enough to make him stop. To get the second, you must beat the Bombchu Bowling Alley in Castle Town. Since the prizes for winning are randomized, you'll have to keep beating the challenge until you win the upgrade.

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Bomb Bag Upgrade #1Detonate a bomb near the Goron rolling loops around Goron City.
    Bomb Bag Upgrade #2Beat the Bombchu Bowling Alley until the upgrade randomly unlocks.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Deku Nut Upgrades

    You can upgrade your Deku Nut carrying capacity twice. Both upgrades are located in the Lost Woods. The first upgrade can be purchased for 40 rupees from a Business Scrub hidden in the underground grotto near the Sacred Forest Meadow. The second can be obtained by equipping the Mask of Truth and speaking to the Deku Scrub on the far right side of the Forest Stage. Note that due to a glitch, this second upgrade must be obtained before acquiring the Poacher's Saw.

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Deku Nut Upgrade #1Talk to the Business Scrub in the underground grotto near the Sacred Forest Meadow.
    Deku Nut Upgrade #2Talk to the Deku Scrub in the Forest Stage while wearing the Mask of Truth.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Deku Seed Upgrades

    You can upgrade your Slingshot ammunition carrying capacity twice. The first upgrade is located in the Lost Woods. If you turn right into the first grove, you'll see a target hanging from a tree. Get three perfect bulls-eyes in a row, and a Deku Scrub will appear and reward you. The second upgrade is in Castle Town. If you get a perfect score at the Shooting Gallery, you'll be given another upgrade. Note that these can be acquired in either order.

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Deku Seed Upgrade #1Get three bulls-eyes in a row on the target in the Lost Woods.
    Deku Seed Upgrade #2Get a perfect score at the Castle Town Shooting Gallery.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Deku Stick Upgrades

    You can upgrade your Deku Stick carrying capacity twice. Both are located in the Lost Woods. To get the first, you have to speak to the Business Scrub hidden in the area beneath the bridge that separates Kokiri Forest from Hyrule Field. To get the second, you must equip the Skull Mask and speak to the Deku Scrub on the far right area of the Forest Stage. Note that these upgrades can be acquired in either order.

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Deku Stick Upgrade #1Talk to the Business Scrub under the Lost Woods bridge.
    Deku Stick Upgrade #2Talk to the Deku Scrub in the Forest Stage while wearing the Skull Mask.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Elemental Arrows

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Fire ArrowShoot the sun after the Water Temple
    Ice ArrowComplete the Gerudo Training Ground
    Light ArrowBeat all the temples, then talk to Shiek

    Contributed By: MarioBros90.



  • Get a cow inside your tree house

    Complete the task listed to have a cow put in your tree house.

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Cow in tree house.After beating the race at Lon Lon ranch for Epona, race again and get the best time (49 seconds or below) to unlock a cow for your tree house.

    Contributed By: tiamold.



  • Quiver Upgrades

    You can upgrade the carrying capacity of your Fairy Bow ammunition twice. To get the first, you must get a perfect score at the Kakariko Village Shooting Gallery. To get the second, you must get a score of 1500 or higher at the Horseback Archery Range at the Gerudo's Fortress. Note that you must get a score 1000 to obtain a Piece of Heart first, and then do the archery challenge a second time to get the upgrade.

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Quiver Upgrade #1Get a perfect score at the Kakariko Village Shooting Gallery.
    Quiver Upgrade #2Get a score of 1500 or higher at the Horseback Archery Range.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Skulltulas Unlockable

    To get this unlockable items, you must kill the number of Skulltulas Spiders that is required. After you kill the skulltulas spiders, collect the tokens and then go to the Skulltula House in Kakariko Village to get your prize.

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Adult Wallet10 Skulltula Tokens
    Bombchus40 Skulltula Tokens
    Giant's Wallet30 Skulltula Tokens
    Huge Rupee100 Skulltula Tokens
    Piece of Heart50 Skulltula Tokens
    Stone of Agony20 Skulltula Tokens

    Contributed By: DarkLink89.



Easter Eggs

  • Hidden Bowser broach

    If you look at the broach that Malon is wearing, you will notice that it is actually Bowser's face.

    Contributed By: Megaman1981.



  • Hidden Nintendo characters in Hyrule Castle.

    When you enter the Hyrule Castle courtyard, look at the right window. If you look inside the window, you will see paintings of Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Luigi, and Bowser.

    Contributed By: Megaman1981.



  • Hidden secret in Hyrule Castle courtyard.

    When you arrive in the Hyrule Castle courtyard, look at the left window. Now take out your slingshot, and shoot the potted plant. Someone will yell at you to stop doing that, and they will also throw a bomb at you.

    Contributed By: Megaman1981.



  • Scarecrow Song Encore

    After watching the ending to the game, leave the game on during the "The End" screen. After a little while, you'll hear whatever Scarecrow Song you composed being played over and over again in various forms.

    Contributed By: UltimaterializerX.



  • The Bald Fisherman

    If you go to the Fishing pond as an adult you will notice he is wearing a hat, if you get it just right, you can catch his hat, he will get mad at you, but from then on you will never see him wearing the hat again.

    Contributed By: Xeht.



Secrets

  • Butterfly Fairies

    If you touch a butterfly with a Deku Stick, it'll transform into a fairy.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Free Hylian Shield

    When you're a kid you can get the Hylian Sheild for free instead of wasting 80 rupees. First go to the graveyard in Kakariko village and wait for night. Then pull the tombstones that have flowers in front of them back and go down their holes. When You find the right one it will have a treasure chest inside. Inside that is the Hylian Shield.

    Contributed By: Coolmoppynix.



  • Free Lon Lon Milk

    If you have an empty bottle, find a cow and play Epona's Song. It'll reward you by filling up the bottle with Lon Lon Milk.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Free Masks At The Mask Shop

    This won't work unless you've already sold the Keaton mask to the guard outside of Death Mountain. Once you've done so, before getting the Skull Mask you can ask to borrow the Keaton Mask again for free. Once you've done so, leave the shop, go back in and ask to trade masks. You can trade the Keaton mask for the Skull mask (he'll say you have to pay, but you won't) for free! It even makes the sound of you giving him the rupees, but you'll still have all your money. The same works for the Spooky mask and the Rabbit hood, you just have to trade the mask that you sold before it.

    Contributed By: ToviNoname.



  • Get the golden scale as a kid!

    When you are a child, go to the fishing pond and start fishing like normal. Keep fishing until you get a fish that’s big enough to earn a heart piece. Instead of going to the fishing owner, go into the middle of the pond. Face towards the owner in the water and hold Z + R (lock and shield). Don’t let go and swim and run to him. Once you reach him, talk to him without letting go of Z and R. He’ll give you the golden scale instead of a heart piece!

    This allows you to do many things early on. Such as entering Zora’s Domain without having to play Zelda’s Lullaby. Or getting the heart piece from the Lakeside Laboratory (letting you have both the scale and heart piece.)

    Contributed By: OniLinkSword.



  • Giant monsters

    If you continously kill the same type of monster, you will encounter a giant version of the type you've been killing. This works on Stalchildren, Guays, and Leevers.

    Contributed By: gs68.



  • Gossip Stone Fairies

    There are fairies hidden inside the Gossip Stones. You have to play a song to draw them out, and the kind of fairy you get is determined by what song you play. The Song of Storms results in a fairy that replenishes both your life and magic, while any non-warp song grants you a regular fairy.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Infinite money at will

    In the past, there is a beggar in the Hyrule Castle Market that asks you to sell him things with C. In the future, that same beggar is relocated to Kakariko Village, which is perfect for arguably the fastest non-Skulltulla money trick in the game.

    Behind the old lady's potion shop in Kakariko lies a grotto, and within it, a fish. Bring a bunch of empty bottles to the grotto, then enter and re-enter the grotto until you're able to fill all of your bottles with fish. The beggar will buy each fish for 100 rupees, and you can repeat this process as many times as you wish until your money is maxed out. This obviously works best when you have the Giant's Wallet and are able to carry a maximum of 500 rupees at a time.

    Contributed By: UltimaterializerX.



  • Kill ReDeads Easier

    Play the Sun Song anywhere there are ReDeads to freeze them, so they won't attack you.

    Contributed By: ratdogz.



  • This will make the fish you catch with the Sinking Lure be legal, as if you had caught them without it. After getting the Sinking Lure, go to the fisherman and say to him "Let's talk about something else". He will then allow you to use the Sinking Lure, and the fish you catch with it will no longer be noted as being "Illegal".

    Note: You will still need to find the Sinking Lure each time you come back.

    Contributed By: velemi.



  • Never Lose Tunic or Shield

    To not lose your tunic or shield when you are eaten by a like-like, put on the kokiri(green) tunic and the mirror shield. Since both of these are one of a kind and can't be re-bought,the like-like can't eat them.

    Contributed By: gamergirl1989.



  • Sinking Lure

    If you want to easily catch really big fish in the fishing pond without having to spend countless hours, then make sure you have caught the "lunker" fish as an adult and have obtained the gold scale. Now go to the fishing pond and you will find a new lure in one of three places: 1.) in the feeder creek, 2.) in the grass around the perimeter of the area, or 3.) on the log jutting out of the pond. Once you find this lure, try fishing with it. It is irresistible to fish, so catching a 20 pounder will be no problem. However, if you set any records by using this lure, the fish you have caught will be noted as illegal on the aquarium and at the record board in Link's house.

    Contributed By: Felix Arabia.



Enemy/Boss Tips

  • Flipping Tektites

    If you're having trouble with Tektites, try hitting the ground with the Megaton Hammer instead. If the shockwave connects, the Tektites will flip over on their backs, leaving them wide open to be killed.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Force The Poe Sisters To Reappear

    When you encounter the Poe Sisters, they'll disappear like normal Poes if you try to Z-Target them. If you throw a Deku Nut, however, they'll be forced to reappear and leave themselves wide open.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Ganondorf's Weaknesses

    While beating Ganondorf with your most powerful weapons is the obvious strategy, he is surprisingly vulnerable to more mundane items in your inventory. An empty bottle will reflect his projectiles during the first stage of the final battle. Ganon's final form is vulnerable to Deku Nuts, which comes in handy if you don't want to use your slower, more powerful weapons. Note that the bottle strategy even works on Phantom Ganon in the Forest Temple boss fight.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • ReDead Invisibility

    ReDeads detect you based on sound, not sight. If you equip the Iron Boots beforehand, however, they won't react at all. This is because the game registers the sound of Link's slower walking animation differently from that of his regular walking. As long as you don't pull out or put away a weapon, you'll be completely invisible to them.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



Area/Level Hints

  • Bunny Hood At Night

    If you have to cross Hyrule Field at night, equip the Bunny Hood. As long as you have it on, the Stalchildren won't appear.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



  • Repelling Keese

    If you're in an area with a lot of Keese, try equipping the Skull Mask. As long as you have it on, the Keese won't attack you.

    Contributed By: discoinferno84.



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