/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\ The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Boss Chalenge mode Guide By Jonathan Garrett /\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\ INTRODUCTION First of all, thanks for taking the time to read my FAQ. After experieincing the difficulties I had with completing this mode, I thought that having a guide like this would've been very handy. Since one didn't exist I decided to write it myself. Of course, I started it with just my own strategies & experience, but if anyone was to submit any info to me that I find to be more useful or accurate, then I will include it & give you credit for it (just don't copy & paste from someone else's FAQ or guide, okay?) My e-mail address will be listed at the end of this guide. /\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\ CONTENTS: [TLBCTNTS] (to skip to any section easily, just use [Ctrl] + F & type in the abbreviation located in the  brackets) i.) Mode Description & Location [BSSMDE] 1) Queen Gohma [QNGHM] 2) King Dodongo [KNGDNDG] 3) Barinade [BRNADE] 4) Phantom Gannon [PHNTMGN] 5) Volvagia [VOLVGA] 6) Morpha [MRPHA] 7) Bongo Bongo [BNGOBNGO] 8) Twinrova [TWNRVA] 9) Gauntlet [GNTLT] ii) Closing Thoughts [clsng] iii) credits [crdts] iv) copywright & contact info [cnctme] /\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\ i.) Mode Description & Location [BSSMDE] I'm sure that most people who are reading this guide don't need this desription, but for those who haven't gotten that far in the game yet (or have but haven't found it yet for whatever reason,) boss mode allows you to re-fight any bosses you have already defeated in that save file. You can access it anytime after speaking with Sheik at the Temple of time after clearing the Forest temple by checking your bed in Kokiri Village. These boss chalenges are timed & have you with just the bare minimum equipment neccissary: that means no heart containers created from pieces of heart, no quiver, bomb bag or Deku Seed Bag upgrades, & (with the exception of Bongo Bongo & the Gauntlet) no magic or offense/defense boosts from the Great Fairies. With the Gauntlet being the sole exception, only things you'll have available to you going into the boss fight will be your regular sword, your neccissary tunic, the special weapon from that dungeon, & (except for the Queen Gohma battle) a bottle with a recovery drink. Once you've beaten each of the boss challenges, the Gauntlet (or Boss Rush mode, as other people like to call it) becomes available. Besides requiring you to conquer each boss one after the other, the Gauntlet has some other differances from the other challenges that we'll go over once we reach that section. /\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\-/\/\/\/\/-\/\/\/\/\ 1) QUEEN GOHMA [QNGHM] Available Gear: Kokiri Tunic, Kokiri Sword, Deku Shield, Deku Seed Bullet Bag (30 seeds) Available Items: Fairy Slingshot Heart Containers: 3 For this battle, you have no Deku Nuts to use to stun her whenever you want, so you'll be relying largely on your slingshot. Also, to get the best time possible, you'll want to make every shot count. To beat her, you should start off by locking on & charging her to provoke her into attacking, then dodging back & firing your slingshot into her eye when she misses. While she's stunned, equip your sword & jump attack her. If your aim is true, you should get in 3 successful attacks before she recovers & climbs up to the ceiling. Keeping your lock-on, ready your slingshot & wait for her to stop while making keeping a clear line of sight to her face. When she opens her eye wide in preparation to lay eggs, fire a seed into her eye to stun her & make her fall. Perform two more jump attacks & she's done. My time: 00:23.30 2) King Dodongo [KNGDNDG] Available Gear: Kokiri Tunic, Kokiri Sword, Deku Shield, Big Bomb Bag (30 bombs), Goron's Bracelet Available Items: 20 Bombs, Lon Lon Milk (full) Heart Containers: 4 This battle's simple enough, just lock on & back up while he advances on you then, when he opens his mouth in preparation to belch fire on you, chuck a bomb into his gullet. As he's swallowing, ready your sword & perform a jump attack just as the bomb explodes. If you time it right, your sword will hit his face just as his face hits the ground. Immediately hug the wall & let him roll past you, then release the lock-on & charge after him until he hits the wall & turns around, then lock on again & chuck another bomb into his wide-open mouth followed by another well timed jump attack. Rinse, repeat & he's done. My time: 00:38.96 3) Barinade [BRNADE] Available Gear: Kokiri Tunic, Kokiri Sword, Deku Shield Available Items: Boomerang, Lon Lon Milk (full) Heart Containers: 5 For this confrontation you'll want to run up a couple of steps to get a lock-on with one of its hangling tendrils, then immediatly throw your boomerang & start circling. Get the next lock-on as soon as you are able & throw your boomerang as soon as you get it back. Once you throw your boomerang the third time, back up (otherwise you'll likely be knocked back when the jellyfish start to circle). Quickly lock onto the Barniade & throw your boomerang to stun it, then quickly eliminate as many of the jellyfish you can with sword strikes & boomerang throws before it recovers. Once you eliminate the last jellyfish, quickly lock onto & throw your boomerang at the Barinade. If you're quick enough, you may be able to stun it before its protective ring of jellyfish picks up enough speed. Otherwise, you likely won't be able to hit it until they change their orbit to clockwise (unless you get lucky). If that happens, just keep a moderate distance & keep throwing your boomerang untill you tag it. Once it's stunned,quickly eliminate the jellyfish before it recovers. Finally, it'll start flying around & firing balst at you; just follow it & throw your boomerang until you hit it. When it's stunned, hit it with a couple of leaping sword attacks, after which it'll sink into the ground & start shooting blasts at you. When it does, just dance back & forth, keeping it between you & the nearest wall, until it rises & starts moving again, then throw your boomerang again. Repeat two more times & you're done. My time: 1:41.83 4) Phantom Gannon [PHNTMGN] Available Gear: Master Sword, Hylian Shield, Kokiri Tunic, Quiver (30 arrows) Available Items: Fairy Bow (30 arrows), Hookshot, Red Potion Heart Containers: 6 For this battle, I highly recommend using headphones as it makes the first half of this battle so much easier, especialy if you're playing in an area with backgound noise. When he's riding his horse, you'll see both him & his fake riding out of different paintings, but only the real one will be making any noise, so you'll be able to target him by listening to the sound of his hooves. Just arm yourself with your bow, keeping yourself in first-person view, aim where you hear him coming from, & fire as soon as you see the portal appear. Once you have tagged him three times, he'll ditch his horse & become hovering in the area. He'll have two different attacks which he will use during this half of the battle. On occasion he will charge at you with his spear. If he does, simply dodge out of the way. The attack you'll see most is where he unleashes an orb of energy at you, just use your sword to hit it back at him. If he hits it back at you, just keep hitting it back at him until it his him. Then, when he's stunned by his own blast, hack at him with jump attacks until he recovers. Just repeat until he stays down. My time: 1:55.73 5) Volvagia [VOLVGA] Available Gear: Master Sword, Hylian Shield, Goron Tunic, Quiver (30 arrows) Available Items: Fairy Bow (30 arrows), Megaton Hammer, Red Potion Heart Containers: 7 For this confrontation you'll need to play a dangerous game of Wack-A-Mole When you identify which hole he'll pop out of, get within jumping distance of it, then when he emerges perform a leaping attack with your Megaton Hammer. As he collapses, back up a couple of steps & clock him again with another jump attack. When he leaps out of the hole & soars through the air overhead, fill him with as many arrows as you can manage. If you hit him enough times, then one more double dose of leaping Megaton Hammer attacks will polish him off. Otherwise, you'll have to dodge a rain of boulders in order to give him his third & final dose. My time: 00:43.96 6) Morpha [MRPHA] Available Gear: Master Sword, Hylian Shield, Zora Tunic, Quiver (30 arrows) Available Items: Fairy Bow (30 arrows), Longshot, Red Potion Heart Containers: 8 To vanquish this freak, you'll need to ready your Longshot & back a respectable distance from where the evil M&M is circling in the water, then lock on & use your Longshot to drag him out of the water tentacle he's traveling within. If you can perform a quick spin attack by spinning your circle pad & hitting the B button, then by all means do so. Otherwise, just hit him as many times with your sword or, when he's out of range, your bow until he starts preparing to form his tentacle again. Just stay out of the 'water' & keep repeating until he bursts. My time: 04:30.13 7) Bongo Bongo [BNGOBNGO] Available Gear: Master Sword, Hylian Shield, Kokiri Tunic, Quiver (30 arrows) Available Items: Fairy Bow (30 arrows), Longshot, Red Potion, Lens of Truth, Iron Boots, Hover Boots Great Fairy power: Spin Attack/magic Heart Containers: 9 Immediately equip your Hover Boots & prepare your Lens of Truth, Fairy Bow & Longshot before even going down the hole to confront the one-eyed freak. Once down there, immediately take out both hands with your bow, activate your Lens of Truth & shoot the eye. While he's stunned, hack away with leaping sword attacks until he recovers. If he attacks with a punch, just dodge out of the way & shoot it as it returns. Just keep repeating until he falls for good. My time: 2:10.73 8) Twinrova [TWNRVA] Available Gear: Master Sword, Mirror Shield, Kokiri Tunic, Quiver (30 arrows) Available Items: Fairy Bow (30 arrows), Red Potion Heart Containers: 10 After you climb to the center platform to begin the battle, lock onto one of the sisters & keep moving to keep both of the sisters in front of you. When one of the sisters prepares to fire, switch your lon-on to the other sister & the blast will be deflected to her. However, if the angle between the sisters is greater than 40 degrees, then just release the lock & run to the opposite side of the platform: otherwise, the blast won't be deflected & you'll be the one hurting. When you've tagged them three times total, they'll merge into Twinrova, who'll alternate between three fire blasts & three ice blasts. Keep a lock-on & absorb three like blasts with your shield, then hold your shield out to release her blasts back at her, then nail her with leaping sword attacks. Late in the battle, she'll try to trip you up by releasing one type of blast followed by three of the opposite. If you can anticipate it, then dodge that first & absorb the next three. If you absorbed that one blast, then just dodge the other ones until she releases the ones you absorbed before. Then just bast her, slash her, and they're done. My time: 3:19.26 9) Gauntlet [GNTLT] Initally available Gear: Kokiri Tunic, Kokiri Sword, Deku Shield, Deku Seed Bullet Bag (30 seeds), Master Sword, Hylian Shield, Goron Tunic, Zora Tunic, Quiver (30 arrows), Bomb Bag (20 bombs) Initally available Items: Deku Sticks (0), Deku Nuts (0), Bombs (0), Fairy Bow (30 arrows), Fairy Slingshot (30 seeds), Megaton Hammer, Hookshot, Boomerang, Lens of Truth Available Great Fairy Power: Spin Attack/magic Initally available Heart Containers: 5 Finally, you've reached the Gauntlet: a challenge in which you face all eight of the bosses (besides Gannondorf & Gannon, darn it!) in a row without a real opportunity to refill your life or items. On the other hand, after you defeat each boss, you're given a choice of chests to open, which can contain either something very useful (items, upgrades or refills, heart containers, etc.), mildly useful (recovery hearts), or utterly useless (deku nuts). For the most part, what you get in the chest appears to be MOSTLY random (I will note the exceptions when they occur,) but I found that I was able to get through just fine by always choosing the small chest. Here is what I've last confirmed to be in the chests: bombs, deku nuts, deku sticks, empty bottle, LonLon Milk (only if you prev got & epuipped the bottle), red potion (only if you prev got & epuipped the bottle), longshot, bigger quiver, Giant's Knife, recovery heart, Heart Container. Now, since you have access to some items you didn't before & don't (immediately) have access to some items you had before, the boss strategies will be slightly different, so let's go over them together. QUEEN GOHMA The only significant difference here is the addition of the Spin Attack, & since you still have no supply of Deku Nuts, I'd recommend sticking to the strategy of shooting her in the eye with the slingshot & hacking her up with your Jump Attack. If, after she falls, you sustained any damage cut up the grass to claim any recovery hearts you need before grabbing teh chest & stepping on the warp. LARGE CHEST: Deku Nuts (most certainly: AVOID) SMALL CHEST: Bombs (most certainly: PICK THIS) KING DODONGO If you got the bomb refill, the strategy should be the same as before. If you somehow didn't, then first run back to the bomb flower behind you, grab it, then chuck it down his gullet as he's preparing to fire, following it with a Jump Attack as he falls. Then hug the wall, run to the Bomb Flower as he passes, grab it as he starts to turn around, then run up & chuck it into his mouth again. Repeat, repeat & he's done. BARINADE The strategy for this electric creep is the same as before: cut the hanging tentacles with your boomerang, stun him with the boomerang to take out his protective orbits of jellyfish, & stun him to hack him up with jumping attacks. If you sustained any damage, break the jars to grab the hearts before leaving: this will be the last 'rest' chance you get before the end. PHANTOM GANNON Once you get here, go ahead & equip your Megaton Hammer, Goron Tunic, Mirror Shield, & Fairy Bow then quickly get up the stairs, approach the triforce mark in the center & backtrack to the stairs to begin the battle (the clock is ticking.) The first part of the battle plays the same: just hit him three times as he exits the paintings with your bow. The second part of the battle is also similar to before with one exception: after you've stunned him with his energy blast you've batted back with your sword, hail him with a jump attack with your Megaton Hammer instead of your sword. He should go down quicker than he had last time. VOLVAGIA Once again, the clock is ticking, so make your way quickly to the battleground to start the fight. This fight plays out much the same as before, but it's your choice whether or not you wear him down with the bow between rounds of "Hammer Time": unless you're lucky enough to get the Quiver upgrade from one of the next two chests, you will be running critically low on arrows by the time you actually need them, so I recommend holding fire & just dodge the rocks like a man. MORPHA Because the clock is still running, just equip the hookshot or longshot & quickly hop over to a piller to start the fight. Because you're not very likely to hit it with your bow anyway & you're about to where you need the arrows, just drag it out of the water tentacles with the hook/longshot & bash it with Megaton Hammer strikes. If it bounces into the water, then hit it with quick sword strikes whenever it hops into range. Otherwise, stay out of wrapping range of its tentacles & keep bashing away until it bursts. BONGO BONGO Hope you've save your arrows for this (or got the quiver upgrade in one of the chests), otherwise this tough fight is going to be much, MUCH harder. The thing that makes this fight much harder than it ought to be is that you don't start off with the Hover Boots, & the different times I've played this mode I didn't find them in any of the chests (if anyone does find them, please let me know how & where), so you're constantly being bounced in the air & you can't fire in mid-air which leaves you vulnerable to attack. If you have enough arrows, then the strategy is much the same as before, but you'll have to time your shots in between the beats. If you happen to run out of arrows, however, you'll have to use your hook/longshot (which is slower & less accurate against moving targets) until the cyclopian freak supplies you with more. Just shoot both hands, locate & shoot its eye, then use leaping sword attacks until it stays down. TWINROVA Finally, the end of the Gauntlet! If you were lucky enough to find the Giant Knife & kept it intact (or the Biggoron Sword, if it's even available here), then be ready to switch to it on a moment's notice. Otherwise, just equip your Master Sword, Mirror Shield, hook/longshot & Megaton Hammer. The first part of the battle will be fought exactly the same as before: just deflect the energy beams back to the other sister till they merge. Then after stunning her by absorbing & releasing her blasts, just like before, then lock on & shoot her with your hook/longshot & convert your fall into a jump attack with your Megaton Hammer/Giant's Knife/Biggorron's Sword for mega-damage. Just repeat until they pass on. My time: 19:05.33 ii) Closing Thoughts [clsng] This mode seems to be merely a fun diversion with no practical purpose in the game, & would've been vastly improved by an online leaderboard, but there can be no denying that it is fun. If only Gannondorf & Gannon were included as well, that would've made it better too. iii) credits [crdts] I'd like to thank GameFAQs for making it easy to put this information out there iv) copyright & contact info [cnctme] If you have any tips that pertain to the Boss Battle mode, or any detailed info pertaining to the items obtained in the Gauntlet, then feel free to e-mail them to me & I will check them out. If I find it useful & accurate, then I will add it to this FAQ & credit you four your contribution. You can reach me at email@example.com, be sure to include your contact info & how you'd like your contribution ID to appear (please, no vulgar IDs though). This FAQ is the original work of Jonathan Garrett, Copyright 2011. This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site beyond GameFAQs, Gamespot or any of their affiliates, or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. 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