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Guide and Walkthrough by TheRewster

Version: 1.01 | Updated: 09/15/2018
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Quick Guide

If you're already familiar with the game and just need a quick reference for where to find something or the sequence you should use for the most optimal path in the game, this is the place for you. It is just as thorough as the rest of the guide in terms of obtaining items, finding hidden places, and visiting every location. It's just in list form, without the excess verbiage.

Recommended Levels

Before we start, a note on levels: Since leveling up doesn't fit into the neat and tidy category of what to do between obtaining this or that item, I have made a separate list here of where your levels should ideally be by certain points in the game. I find that the below list strikes the best balance between prepared for the next stage of the game while keeping grinding for EXP to a relative minimum. That being said, if you want to grind more and thus level up at a faster rate than recommended here, that's certainly a good idea too. And in fact, if you're going for the coveted 000 run (i.e. no saving and no game over), then you should most definitely level up a lot more than this! The guidelines below are what's recommended for a generally strong overall run to get you to the end of the game.

Note that I've listed the numbers in the same order you find them on the menu select screen, i.e. the first number is your Attack level, the second number is your Magic level, and the third number is your Life level.

  • 1-1-1: Start of game
  • 1-1-2: In vicinity of North Castle (note: obtain first 50-EXP Treasure Bag)
  • 1-2-2: Before entering Parapa Palace
  • 1-2-3: Inside Parapa Palace
  • 2-2-3: Inside Parapa Palace once more
  • 2-3-3: Clear Parapa Palace by inserting 1st crystal into stone statue
  • 2-3-4: In vicinity of Saria Town
  • 3-3-4: Before entering Midoro Palace
  • 3-4-4: Inside Midoro Palace
  • 3-4-5: Inside Midoro Palace once more (note: grind by defeating Bubbles)
  • 4-4-5: Clear Midoro Palace by inserting 2nd crystal into stone statue
  • 4-5-5: At Death Mountain
  • 4-5-6: Before beginning Island Palace
  • 5-5-6: Inside Island Palace
  • 5-6-6: Clear Island Palace by inserting 3rd crystal into stone statue
  • 5-6-7: Before beginning Maze Palace
  • 6-6-7: Inside Maze Palace
  • 6-7-7: Clear Maze Palace by inserting 4th crystal into stone statue
  • 6-7-8: Inside Palace on the Sea
  • 7-7-8: Clear Palace on the Sea by inserting 5th crystal into stone statue
  • 7-8-8: Before beginning Three-Eye Rock Palace
  • 8-8-8: Inside Three-Eye Rock Palace
  • 1-Up: Clear Three-Eye Rock Palace by inserting 6th crystal into stone statue

Now on to the quick guide proper! For more details on any segment of the game, please use the Table of Contents to be linked to the appropriate section.

Before Parapa Palace

  • Learn Shield magic: Rauru Town (talk to woman outside middle house in 2nd part of town)
  • Obtain Treasure Bag (50 EXP): tree northeast of North Castle
  • Pass through cave northeast of Rauru Town, then through trap south of Parapa Desert
  • Obtain Heart Container #1: clearing in small forest along coast south of Parapa Desert
  • Go to Parapa Palace: northeastern end of Parapa Desert

Parapa Palace

  • Take elevator down, go left 1 room, obtain Key #1
  • Go right 4 rooms, visit Fairy
  • Take elevator up, go right, obtain Key #2
  • Continue right 1 room, obtain Key #3 and Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue
  • Go left 1 room, take elevator down 1 floor, go left 1 room, take elevator down, go left 1 room, obtain Treasure Bag (50 EXP) on collapsing bridge
  • Continue left 1 room, obtain Candle
  • Go right 2 rooms, take elevator up, go right 1 room, take elevator down, go right 2 rooms, defeat Mazura, obtain Key #4
  • Insert 1st crystal into stone statue, exit

Before Midoro Palace

  • Obtain Magic Container #1: cave southwest of North Castle
  • Obtain Trophy: cave in Tantari Desert
  • Learn Jump magic: Ruto Town (2nd part of town, after obtaining Trophy)
  • Pass through cave south of Ruto Town (requires Jump)
  • Visit Fairy: tree at north edge of Moruge Swamp
  • Obtain Doll #1: Moruge Swamp, catty-corner to boulder blocking cave entrance
  • Cross bridge trap to go to Saria Town
  • Learn Life magic: Saria Town (1st part of town, after finding mirror inside 1st building in 2nd part of town)
  • Obtain Treasure Bag (100 EXP): tree east of Saria Town
  • Cross bridge trap east of Saria Town
  • Visit Fairy: tree east of previous bridge trap
  • Obtain Red Magic Jar: Midoro Swamp, on easternmost edge of road
  • Obtain Treasure Bag (200 EXP): cave east of Midoro Swamp
  • Obtain Red Magic Jar: Midoro Swamp, southwest corner
  • Go to Midoro Palace: western end of Midoro Swamp

Midoro Palace

  • Obtain Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue at entrance
  • Take elevator down 2 floors, go left 1 room, obtain Key #1
  • Go right 1 room, take elevator down again, go right 1 room, obtain Key #2
  • Go left 1 room, take elevator back up 2 floors, go left 2 rooms, obtain Key #3
  • Continue left 2 rooms, obtain Red Magic Jar from Ra statue
  • Take elevator down 1 floor, go left 1 room, obtain Treasure Bag (50 EXP) among falling blocks
  • Continue left 1 room, obtain Handy Glove and Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue (requires Jump)
  • Go right 2 rooms, take elevator down, go right 4 rooms, obtain Key #4
  • Go left 1 room, take elevator down, go right 1 room, obtain Treasure Bag (100 EXP) on collapsing bridge
  • Continue right 2 rooms, defeat Jermafenser, obtain Key #5
  • Insert 2nd crystal into stone statue, exit

Before Island Palace

  • Talk to Bagu: woods south of Midoro Palace
  • Talk to River Man: Saria Town (building by river in 3rd part of town, then cross bridge left to exit town)
  • Enter Death Mountain
    • Go east into 1st cave
    • Go east into 2nd cave
    • Go east into 3rd cave (ignore elevator inside cave)
    • Go east into 4th cave
    • Go east into 5th cave (obtain Red Magic Jar while inside; requires Jump)
    • Go south into 6th cave
    • Go south into 7th cave
    • Go south into 8th cave (obtain Red Magic Jar while inside)
    • Go west into Spectacle Rock (east entrance)
      • Go right 1 room, take elevator down, go right 2 rooms, obtain Hammer
      • Go left 3 rooms, obtain Red Magic Jar
      • Go right 1 room, take elevator up, go left 1 room to exit
    • Obtain Magic Container #2: use Hammer on boulder at Spectacle Rock (west entrance)
    • Go northeast into 9th and final cave
    • Go north to exit Death Mountain
  • Cross long bridge trap to reach graveyard
  • Obtain Doll #2: coast southwest of King's Tomb graveyard
  • Obtain Red Magic Jar: graveyard southwest of King's Tomb
  • Use Hammer on boulder blocking road west back to Midoro Swamp and Saria Town
  • Obtain Heart Container #2: use Hammer on boulder blocking cave entrance northeast of Midoro Swamp
  • Obtain Water of Life: use Hammer on boulder blocking cave entrance at northeast corner of Moruge Swamp
  • Use Hammer on boulder blocking road east to Mido Town
    • Learn Downthrust technique: Mido Town (2nd part of town, cast Jump to reach high church entrance)
    • Learn Fairy magic: Mido Town (3rd part of town, after obtaining Water of Life)
  • Go to Island Palace: take tunnel south of King's Tomb to reach island (requires Fairy)

Island Palace

  • Obtain Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue at entrance
  • Take elevator down, go right 3 rooms, obtain Key #1 and Treasure Bag (100 EXP) under breakable blocks
  • Continue right 2 rooms outside, obtain Key #2
  • Go left 1 room back inside, take elevator down, go right 1 room, obtain Key #3
  • Continue right 1 room, obtain Raft
  • Go left 2 rooms, obtain Red Magic Jar from Mau statue (requires Jump)
  • Continue left 2 rooms, obtain Key #4
  • Go right 1 room, take elevator down, obtain Treasure Bag (100 EXP) on high breakable block platform (requires Jump)
  • Continue right 1 room, obtain Treasure Bag (100 EXP) along lowest route
  • Continue right 1 room, defeat Rebonack, obtain Key #5
  • Insert 3rd crystal into stone statue, exit

Before Maze Palace

  • Use Raft at port by Mido Town to cross sea to Eastern Hyrule
  • Obtain Treasure Bag (200 EXP): tree south of port in Eastern Hyrule
  • Visit Fairy: woods on southwest shore of lake south of previous Treasure Bag
  • Learn Fire magic: Nabooru Town (2nd part of town, after finding water from neighboring fountain)
  • Pass through cave north of Nabooru Town
  • Obtain Doll #3: coast southwest of bridge leading to Maze Island
  • Rescue Kidnapped Child: Maze Island, across river from Maze Palace
  • Pass through 2 traps on the way to Darunia Town
    • Learn Jump Thrust technique: Darunia Town (2nd part of town, cast Jump to reach chimney to go down)
    • Learn Reflect magic: Darunia Town (3rd part of town, after rescuing Kidnapped Child)
  • Go to Maze Island via long bridge leading east, navigate at least one trap in maze
    • Obtain Magic Container #3: western Maze Island
    • Obtain Red Magic Jar: fork in north central Maze Island
    • Go to Maze Palace: eastern end of Maze Island

Maze Palace

  • Obtain Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue at entrance
  • Take elevator down, go right 1 room, obtain Treasure Bag (100 EXP) in nook in floor
  • Take elevator down 1 floor, go right 2 rooms, obtain Key #1 and Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue
  • Go left 1 room, drop down hole 1 floor, go right 1 room, obtain Boots
  • Go left 1 room, drop down hole, go right 1 room, obtain Key #2
  • Go left 3 rooms, obtain Key #3
  • Go right 1 room, take elevator up 3 floors, go left 2 rooms, obtain Key #4 (requires Jump)
  • Continue left 1 room, obtain Key #5 and Treasure Bag (200 EXP) under breakable blocks
  • Go right 1 room, take elevator down, go right 1 room, obtain Key #6 and Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue
  • Go left 2 rooms, take elevator down, obtain Treasure Bag (100 EXP) on high breakable block platform (requires Jump)
  • Continue right 2 rooms, defeat Carock, obtain Key #7
  • Insert 4th crystal into stone statue, exit

Before Palace on the Sea

  • Navigate river, then exit Maze Island via long bridge leading west
  • Obtain Treasure Bag (500 EXP): cave south of Nabooru Town
  • Obtain Treasure Bag (500 EXP): coast southwest of Palace on the Sea
  • Obtain Red Magic Jar: beach east of Nabooru Town
  • Obtain Heart Container #3: walk on water east from Nabooru Town, then north and east until north of Palace on the Sea
  • Go to Palace on the Sea: walk on water all the way east from Nabooru Town

Palace on the Sea

  • Take elevator down, go right 1 room, obtain Key #1 (requires Fairy, go right 1 room from Key, then return as normal Link)
  • Continue right 1 room, obtain Treasure Bag (200 EXP) on collapsing bridge
  • Continue right 1 room, take elevator down, go left 1 room, obtain Key #2 (jump from falling blocks to reach)
  • Continue left 1 room, obtain Red Magic Jar from Ra statue
  • Take elevator down, go right 2 rooms, obtain Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue
  • Go left 3 rooms, obtain Treasure Bag (200 EXP) above elevator (requires Jump)
  • Take elevator down 1 floor, go right to obtain Key #3 (requires Jump), and left to obtain Treasure Bag (200 EXP) on breakable blocks
  • Take elevator down again, go left 1 room, obtain Red Magic Jar from breakable block in left structure (requires Jump)
  • Go right 1 room, take elevator up 1 floor, go right 4 rooms (walking through false wall), obtain Red Magic Jar from breakable block in middle structure
  • Take elevator up, go left 1 room, obtain Key #4
  • Go right 1 room, take elevator down, go left 1 room, take elevator down, go left 1 room, obtain Flute and Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue (requires Jump)
  • Go right 1 room, take elevator up, go left 3 rooms (walking back through false wall), take elevator up, go left 1 room, obtain Red Magic Jar from Ra statue and Treasure Bag (200 EXP) on breakable blocks
  • Take elevator down, obtain Treasure Bag (50 EXP) on breakable block
  • Continue left 1 room, obtain Key #5
  • Go right 1 room, take elevator up 2 floors, go right 1 room, defeat Gooma, obtain Key #6
  • Insert 5th crystal into stone statue, exit

Before Three-Eye Rock Palace

  • Use Flute to vanquish River Devil south of Nabooru Town, then follow road south through 3 traps
  • Obtain Doll #4: northwest corner of swamp after River Devil (requires Jump)
  • Obtain Treasure Bag (500 EXP): cave at north end of swamp
  • Pass through northeast cave (north of lake), then use Hammer in nearby woods to find Kasuto
    • Obtain Magic Container #4: Kasuto (talk to old woman at 2nd house, then enter)
    • Learn Spell magic: Kasuto (2nd part of town, enter 3rd building, then enter fireplace)
    • Obtain Magical Key: Kasuto (3rd part of town, requires Spell, enter tall building that appears)
  • Obtain Treasure Bag (500 EXP): woods south of cave leading to Kasuto (southeast of lake)
  • Obtain Heart Container #4: southeast coast (east of Three-Eye Rock)
  • Go to Three-Eye Rock Palace: use Flute between 3 rocks at Three-Eye Rock

Three-Eye Rock Palace

  • Obtain Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue at entrance
  • Take elevator down 1 floor, go right, obtain Treasure Bag (100 EXP) on high ledge (requires Jump)
  • Go left 1 room, obtain Treasure Bag (200 EXP) under breakable blocks
  • Go right 1 room, take elevator down, go right 2 rooms, obtain Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue (drop down endless holes 4 times)
  • Continue right 2 rooms, obtain Treasure Bag (100 EXP) under breakable blocks
  • Continue right 2 rooms (jump over false floor), defeat Rebonack, obtain Key #1 and Cross
  • Go left 1 room, drop through false floor, obtain Treasure Bag (200 EXP) on right
  • Go left 1 room, take elevator up, go left 2 rooms, drop down endless holes 1 floor, obtain Treasure Bag (200 EXP) on left
  • Drop down endless holes 2 floors, obtain Treasure Bag (200 EXP) on left
  • Drop down endless holes 4 floors, go right 4 rooms (use Fairy to cross lava pit), take elevator down 2 floors, go left 1 room, obtain Treasure Bag (200 EXP) under breakable blocks and Red Magic Jar from breakable block in left side of structure
  • Go right 1 room, take elevator up 2 floors, go right 1 room, defeat Rebonack, obtain Key #2
  • Continue right 1 room, obtain Doll #5
  • Drop down hole 2 floors, go right on collapsing bridge, obtain Red Magic Jar from Iron Knuckle statue
  • Go left 2 rooms, take elevator up 2 floors, go right 2 rooms, drop down hole 1 floor, use Fairy to go right 1 room, defeat Barba, obtain Key #3
  • Insert 6th crystal into stone statue, exit

Before Great Palace

  • Cross bridge trap west of Three-Eye Rock on the way to Old Kasuto
  • Learn Thunder magic: Old Kasuto (enter 1st house)
  • Return across bridge trap, then cross 2nd bridge trap north of 1st bridge trap
  • Enter Valley of Death at trap south of graveyard
    • Obtain Red Magic Jar: southeast corner of Valley of Death
    • Go west to 1st trap
    • Obtain Treasure Bag (500 EXP): west fork
    • Take east fork and go north to 2nd trap
    • Go north into 1st cave
    • Exit south from 1st cave, then curve around west and north to 3rd trap
    • Go north into 2nd cave
    • Exit 2nd cave to arrive at Great Palace

Great Palace

  • Take elevator down, go left 1 room
  • Take elevator down, go right 2 rooms
  • Take elevator down, go right 1 room
  • Take elevator down 1 floor, walk through false wall left, obtain Red Magic Jar from Fokka statue (requires Jump)
  • Take elevator down 2 floors
  • Detour for completion
    • From elevator, go left 1 room
    • Take elevator down, go right 1 room
    • Take elevator down, go right 1 room
    • Take elevator down 1 floor, walk through false wall left, obtain Red Magic Jar from Fokka statue (requires Jump)
    • Take elevator down, go right 1 room
    • Drop through false floor, go left 2 rooms (use Fairy to cross lava pit)
    • Take elevator up, go left 4 rooms, obtain Red Magic Jar from breakable block in right structure
    • Take elevator up 1 floor, walk through false wall left to visit Fairy
    • Take elevator up, go left 1 room
    • Take elevator up 1 floor, walk through false wall left, obtain Red Magic Jar from Fokka statue (requires Jump)
    • Take elevator up, go right 1 room
    • Take elevator up, go left 1 room
    • Take elevator up, go right 3 rooms
    • Take elevator down, go right 1 room
    • Take elevator down 3 floors to rejoin direct route
  • From elevator, go right 1 room, obtain Red Magic Jar from Fokka statue (requires Jump)
  • Take elevator down, go right 1 room
  • Take elevator down, go right 1 room
  • Take elevator down 1 floor, walk through false wall left, obtain Red Magic Jar from Fokka statue (requires Jump)
  • Take elevator down 1 floor, go left 1 room to obtain Doll #6, then back right 1 room to visit Fairy
  • Take elevator down 1 floor, go left 1 room, drop through false floor under breakable blocks
  • Go right 3 rooms to visit Fairy
  • Go left 2 rooms, drop into narrow hole below collapsing bridge
  • Go left, obtain 2 Red Magic Jars from breakable blocks
  • Go right 1 room, defeat Thunderbird, obtain Key
  • Continue right 1 room, defeat Shadow Link for Triforce of Courage