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                          A Walk-Through by glass_soul

                          Dedicated to Laura Campanelli
                                  Hi Lampshade!
                                      Final

                                    (C) 2006
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 1)Introduction
 2)Controlling Yourself
 3)The Point System
 4)Items, Spells, and Sword Techniques
 5)Death Becomes You
 6)Baddies, Bad Stuff, and Bosses
 7)The Walk-Through
 8)Secrets
 9)In My Opinion...
10)Acknowledgements and Legal Stuff
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1)INTRODUCTION

The Zelda series is host to some of the greatest titles ever releases on any
system. Years ago, I can remember practically foaming at the mouth waiting for
Zelda II to come out as it experienced delay after delay (come to think of it,
that's eerily similar to what's going on with the current Zelda in production).
 Anyways, Zelda and Zelda II are the only two carts in the series that are
linked ("linked"? har har) by anything remotely resembling sense story-wise. It
goes down as follows.

Six years have passed since the Triforce of Wisdom was resembled and the
mighty Ganon was destroyed. Peace reigned through Hyrule. But that doesn't make
for a very interesting game though, does it? What are you supposed to do,
plant water lilies down at the beach for points? No! It seems that Ganon's
minions have just been regrouping in order to better terrorize Hyrule all over
again. Further more, they have discovered that they need but sprinkle the blood
of he who slew Ganon on Ganon's ashes to revive Ganon so that Ganon can start
breaking things again. Ganon-rific!

The "he-who-killed-Ganon" in question is none other than Link, who is now 16
and is also aware that things are starting to fall apart again. On his way to
Hyrule Castle, he notices a strange symbol on the back of his hand, shaped like
three Triforces. Three Triforces? But there are only two!

Once at the castle, Impa, Zelda's nursemaid, sees the odd runes and tells Link
that it means he's the chosen one... or something like that. My memory of the
instruction booklet is a little foggy on that point. Anyway, she informs Link
that the princess Zelda that he rescued years ago was not, in fact, the real
Zelda, but a replacement put on the throne to conceal an awful truth: Zelda has
been cursed into a magical slumber for the last 20...10...I forget how long.
Anyway, it's been awhile. Only the third Triforce, the Triforce of Courage, can
awaken her. And that magical artifact is held deep within the bowls of the
Great Palace, which no one has ever entered.

The palace is held shut by a magical binding force that can only be released by
replacing the mystic stones in the statues of the six palaces in and around
Hyrule. These palaces are guarded by fearsome warriors, loyal to an unknown
sinister force. Needless to say, no one's ever attempted to right this wrong.

The symbol on the back of your hand means you're the only one who can do it.
Adjust your shield, grab your sword. Your quest awaits...


2) Controlling Yourself

Zelda II contains two main modes of play, and each has a specific set of
controls for navigating it.

THE OVERWORLD MAP

When moving from one area of Hyrule to the next, you'll be staring at this
overhead map. There's a variety of terrain on the map screen, from forests to
grasslands to mountains. Mostly, the differences are merely cosmetic, however
when you walk through swamps, your movement is slowed down considerably.
Controls are as follows:

     A - Uses Hammer (when you get it)
     B - Uses Flute (when you get it)
 D-Pad - Moves Link
Select - Does Nothing, So Quit Touching It
 Start - Pauses Game

While wandering around the overworld, baddies will take notice of you if you
stray from the roads. Random encounters are represented by three different
icons that will trigger a fight sequence. They are:

       Fairies - Looks like a fairy, not actually an enemy encounter,
                 as these little pixies will heal you
Strong Enemies - Looks like a black, malevolent, humanoid
  Weak Enemies - Looks like a little black blob

What kinds of enemies you'll fight depends on what kind of terrain you're
standing on (swamp, grassland, etc.) and what part of which continent you
happen to be standing in (northern, southern, etc.). Once the encounter is
activated, the game switches to a side view, action-type game. All dealings in
palaces, caves, towns, etc. are executed through this mode. Controls are as
follows:

                 A - Jump
                 B - Attack
              Down - Crouch, Downward Thrust (while jumping)
        Left/Right - Move Left/Right
             Start - Call Up Sub-Screen
            Select - Cast Spell
Up (while jumping) - Upward Thrust

As with the previous installment of LOZ, when you are at full health, Link can
throw his swords. Actually, I really don't know why they included that feature
in this game; your tossed blades don't go far at all and most of the enemies
you'll be facing don't that take damage from them. But Anyhow, its there. As
far as defending yourself goes, Link's shield is always raised to block enemy
attacks. Crouch for low attacks, stand for high ones. Not exactly rocket
science. The caveat here is you can't attack and defend at the same time, so
swing your sword and you're vulnerable. Plus there are enemy attacks that you
can't block with your normal shield, so you need to be careful.

Controls in town are identical to those listed above for combat, except talking
to people, reading signs, or examining items, is the B button.


3)The Point System

Apparently not satisfied with blending an action and adventure game together,
Nintendo decided to add some RPG elements as well. You get points for killing
enemies in this game, as well as for picking up point bags (more about those
below). As these points add up, you get to increase the level of one of three
stats.

Attack - This determines how much damage you can inflict with your sword.
         Obvious enough.
  Life - This doesn't actually increase your life meter, but it does reduce the
         amount of damage you take from enemies.
 Magic - Increasing this stat decreases the amount of magic it takes to cast
         spells.

Stats have a maximum level of 8. As might be expected, each time you level one
of your stats up, the amount of points needed to reach the next level
increases. You get an automatic level up each time you complete a palace. At
every 9000 points after you've reached level 8 on all three stats you get an
extra life.


4)ITEMS, SPELLS, AND SWORD TECHNIQUES

There's a wide variety of stuff out there that will help you get the job done.
Some are critical items, some seem rather pointless. In any case, here they all
are.

ITEMS

 Blue Magic Jar - Dropped by defeated foes, these will replenish your magic
                  meter by the equivalent of one square.
          Boots - Magical shoes that let you walk on water (on the overworld,
                  that is; falling into water during a battle is still death).
         Candle - Allows you to see in caves, which is nice.
          Child - A side quest item, you need this to learn the spell Reflect.
          Cross - This makes all invisible enemies, um, visible.
          Fairy - Can be encountered in the same way enemies are on the
                  overworld. They also tend to haunt single patches of forest
                  as well certain areas of the palaces. Touching one will
                  completely refill your life.
          Flute - Plays a nice little tune. However, this doesn't do too
                  terribly much, but it will get rid of the River Devil for
                  you.
         Hammer - Allows you to break rocks and chop down trees on the
                  overworld (it's also a pain in the posterior to obtain, but
                  more on that later).
    Handy Glove - Enables you to break stone blocks with your sword, giving you
                  access to areas and items you otherwise wouldn't be able to
                  reach.
Heart Container - These increase the size of your life meter by one block.
                  There are four total in the game.
            Key - A "palace only" item, one key will open one locked door.
      Link Doll - Hidden all over Hyrule, picking one of these up will grant
                  you an extra life.
Magic Container - Similar to the heart container, these will increase the size
                  of your magic meter by one block. Four of these also.
      Point Bag - Some of these are dropped by enemies, some are just lying
                  around in caves, forests, and anywhere else. They range from
                  50-500 points, a nice little bonus.
    Magical Key - Once in your possession, you can open any locked door in the
                  palaces. That's right; no more worrying about collecting
                  those damn keys.
           Raft - Once acquired, you can travel from one continent to the next
                  via the docks.
  Red Magic Jar - Better than the blue, these will completely refill your magic
                  meter. Sometimes dropped by tougher enemies, and can be found
                  in various places as well as hidden in statues.
         Trophy - A side quest item, you need this to learn the spell Jump.
  Water of Life - A side quest Item, you need this to learn the spell Fairy.

SPELLS

Zelda II was the first of the series to introduce magic casting. There are
eight towns total in the game, and in each one you need to learn a new spell.
Spells take magic energy, represented by your magic meter, and how much energy
required is determined by the level of your magic stat. To cast a spell, press
start to pull up the sub-screen. Use the arrows to highlight the spell you want
to use. Press start to exit the sub-screen, then press select. Link (and
sometimes, the whole screen) will flash, indicating that the spell has been
cast.

  Fairy - Transforms you into a flying pixie.
   Fire - Enables you to shoot fireballs out the tip of your sword.
   Jump - Doubles the height of your jumping power.
   Life - Refills about three blocks of your energy meter.
Reflect - There are some projectiles and weapons that you can't block with your
          regular shield. Casting Reflect stops them cold, and will even send
          spells back in the face of wizards.
 Shield - Reduces the amount of damage that enemies inflict by about a half
          (also turns Link red).
  Spell - Casting this will turn all the enemies on-screen into Bots (see below
          to find out what the hell a Bot is).
Thunder - The most powerful spell (and most magic-consuming). It will destroy
          every enemy on screen.

SWORD TECHNIQUES

Over the course of the game, you'll come in contact with two knights. Each has
a piece of combat lore to teach you that is incredibly useful and will greatly
increase your chances of survival.

Downward Thrust - Allows you to attack anything below you with a sword swipe.
                  Very useful; you can actually sit there and bounce repeatedly
                  on enemies with this until they're dead.
  Upward Thrust - Allows you to attack anything above you with a sword swipe.
                  Not as all-purpose as the Downward, but it has its moments,
                  as you'll see.


5)DEATH BECOMES YOU

You start the game with three lives to live. When you run out of these it is,
of course, game over. You are given the option to save or to continue your
quest. If you save, the game will go back to the title screen. Continuing
typically starts you back at the North Castle with a fresh batch of lives to
live. You can also get to the save screen by pausing the game on the overworld
map, then pressing Up+A on the second controller.


6)BADDIES, BAD STUFF, AND BOSSES

Here's a complete rundown of everything that you'll meet, how they'll try and
kill you, and what to do to stop them. The creatures that you meet in the
dungeons, caves, and other special event squares are fixed; that is, they won't
change from game to game. What you'll be dealing with in random encounters
depends on what kind of terrain you were on and whether you were hit by a
strong enemy or a weak one. Some enemies will drain your points as well as your
life if they hit you, I have indicated these with a *.Enemies in this game are
also color-coded to indicate strength; orange (or yellow) for weak, red means
intermediate, and blue is strong. This list is alphabetized so you can put your
finger without delay on which enemy just murdered you.

BADDIES

Ache - Points: 3
Blue bats that swoop down from the ceilings of caves and forests. Mildly
annoying at best. Can be hurt by your thrown swords.

Ache Man - Points: 10
These are red bats, and they seem to attack just like their blue counterparts.
However, once near the ground, they will morph into a humanoid shape and spit a
fireball at you. You can't block their shots with your regular shield and fire,
needless to say, hurts. Still, not much of threat. Effected by thrown swords.

*Bago-Bago - Points: 3, 5
Skeletal fish that leap out of water and pools of lava to attack. Pretty weak,
and not too hard to avoid. Most spit rocks as well, but some will shoot
fireballs. 3 pointers are in the overworld and 5 point versions inhabit the
palaces. Thrown swords hurt them.

Basilisk - Points: 50
Dog-like lizards that spit bullets at you. Though their shots are easily
deflected, their armor is too tough for your sword alone. Use the Fire spell to
put them down.

Bird Knight - Points: 70, 150
These only infest the Great Palace and thank any and every God for that.
Imagine a tougher Ironknuckle that not only is faster and throws all of their
swords, but can jump as well. Sound like fun? I didn't think so. Going toe to
to with these jerks is a losing proposition at best. A better strategy is to
block their shots at a short distance, then hit them with an Upward Thrust as
they try to jump over you. This doesn't work like a charm all the time, but
it's probably the best method of dealing with these monstrosities and living to
tell about it.

Bit - Points: 2
Red globs that slither around the battlefield. Hardly worth noting at the
beginning of the game, even less so as you progress. Take damage from thrown
swords.

Boon - Points: 50
A large, fly-like bug that buzzes around and drops rocks on your head. Not too
terribly hard to deal with (an Upward Thrust or two will do the trick) though
they are fairly quick.

Bot - Points: 2, 10
These blue globs will haunt you throughout the entire game. They can actually
hop around and, as such, pose slightly more of a threat than the Bits do. The
stronger, 10-point versions infest the Great Palace. Can be hurt by thrown
swords.

Bubble - Points: 50
The bubbles from LOZ are back. But this time, rather than preventing you from
drawing your sword, they hurt you AND drain your magic meter. This can
definitely be a hassle on the later levels where timely and precise use of magic
becomes a must. They also take insane amounts of punishment to destroy (11 hits
at an attack power of 8) and are thus better off simply avoided.

Cyclops - Points: 50
I can't find a proper, Nintendo-endorsed moniker for this guy, so I'm just
going to call him what he looks like. The Cyclopes are found only in palaces
and usually act as guardians of keys and point bags. They toss spiked clubs in
an arc and can take a decent amount of punishment. Wait for an opening in the
club-stream, then dash in and chop them to bits.

Daira - Points: 70, 100
These guys are going to be the entire reason why your quest through Death
Mountain will become a living nightmare. Daira are crocodile men armed with
axes which you can't block (without Reflect, anyway). They are tough as hell
and deal some serious damage. The weaker ones are best dealt with using hit and
run tactics. And unless you have learned Downward Thrust, don't even bother
trying to fight the red ones (who throw their axes).

Deeler - Points: 2, 3, 5, 10
Giant spiders that inhabit the forests. Red ones will use a thread to drop down
to attack, then climb back into the trees. The blues will drop from the
treetops and hop around on the ground. Another not so tough foe. You can hurt
them with your thrown swords. The 5 and 10 point versions are found on the
second continent, though they really aren't any tougher than the normal ones.

Doomknocker - Points: 100
This jerk shows up in the later palaces. Though he doesn't have a shield,
Fartknocker throws boomerang maces that you can't block without the help of
Reflect and can also jump around, making him all the more difficult to
dispatch. This knight's a tough one.

Fire Hawk - Points: 200
Another Great Palace exclusive, and for a good reason too. These guys spit out
an endless stream of damaging fire in an arc. So, like the Cyclops, get inside
that arc and you're safe, right? Not so in this case, as the fire can actually
go OVER your head and slide back TOWARDS you from behind. Not fair, is it?

Floating Eye - Points: 20
Again, no word on what these are actually supposed to be called, so let's just
go with the obvious. Though slow-moving compared to the Moas, these guys do
quite a bit more damage when they touch you. They're invulnerable when their
lid is closed. Occasionally though, they'll stop and peek out to see where you
are. That's when to strike.

Geldarm - Points: 5
Giant centipedes that inhabit the desert areas. Act more like obstacles than
sentient enemies. Hit them a few times to make them retract into the sand, then
go for the kill by attacking their heads.

Giant Bubble - Points: 0
These are larger, slower, and surprisingly weaker versions of the little
bubbles. Found only in the Great Palace, they pose almost no threat whatsoever.

Goriya - Points: 20, 30
Rat-faced demons who chuck boomerangs. They'll either throw them high or low,
usually alternating back and forth. Sort of hard at the outset, but quickly
eclipsed by other, nastier baddies.

Ironknuckle - Points: 50, 100, 150
Ironknuckles are the Darknuts of this game. And if you're a veteran of the
first Zelda, you know what that means. They're tough, powerful, and all over
the damn place. Equipped with a shield, these knights will run at you, swinging
their weapons and attempting to block your own attacks. As if that weren't
enough, the blue ones actually chuck their swords at you. Alternate your sword
swings high and low in an attempt to hit them when their guard is down.

Leever - Points: 10
Another hold-over from the first game, Leevers inhabit the desert on the second
continent. They burrow into and out of the sand with their sharp spines and are
very painful to the touch. Fortunately, the Downward Thrust is the perfect
counter to these beasties.

Lizardmen - Points: 50, 100, 150, 200
Think of these as bastard children of the Dairas and Ironknuckles. They carry
shields, and either have spears (orange), clubs (red), and throw the clubs at
you (blue). The spears and wielded clubs can be blocked without any outside
help, but the thrown clubs need Reflect to stop them. There is also a variety
of lizardman at various roadblocks that peaks out from behind the hills and
heaves stones at your head.

Lowder - Points: 3
Giant beetles that scuttle back and forth across the floors of caves, bridges
and wherever else. Low attacking power and easily slain. Injured by thrown
swords.

Magician - Points: 200
Yellow garbed spell casters that only appear in the Ocean Palace. They'll warp
in, unleash a slow-moving, short-ranged, fireball at you, and then vanish
again. Typically, they can be easily ignored and avoided.

Megmat - Points: 5
Little creatures that resemble a cross between a rat and a kangaroo. Their
hopping about endlessly can make them hard to hit, but they really don't have
that much in the way of attacking power. Takes damage from thrown swords.

*Moa - Points: 10, 50
Floating eyeballs that generally haunt graveyards. They fly in erratic
patterns, making them sort of hard to hit. The orange ones only inhabit the
palaces and have the extra bonus of being able to drop fire at you. The pack of
these creature in Old Kasuto will be invisible unless you have the Cross.

*Moblin - Points: 0, 10, 20, or 30
The spear-wielding, bulldog-faced goblins are back. As you can tell by the
point scale, there are several varieties of these goons. The weakest are worth
nothing, but will drain your experience points if they touch you. Moblins
attack with a spear, sometimes throwing them at you. One of few enemies that
can be injured by your thrown swords.

*Moby - Points: 2
Giant birds that drop from the sky before attacking you. These can be tricky to
hit but thankfully aren't that tough.

Mother Bot - Points: 0
Found only in the Great Palace, Mother Bot is, as you may have guessed, a
gigantic Bot. Trust me, you'll know her when you see her. When hit once, she'll
split into six regular bots.

Myu - Points: 3, 5, 10
Small, spiked globs of slime that move around like bots. They're so tiny, you
really can't attack them effectively unless you've learned Downward Thrust.
3-point versions are in encounters outside palaces, 5 for inside, and the tough
10 pointers are found only in the Great Palace.

Octorok - Points: 10, 20
The land-dwelling octopuses return. They still spit rocks, which are easily
deflected with your shield. Sometimes they scuttle around too, but still
nothing to get excited about.

Rope - Points: 20
Snakes with big mouths and no discernable eyes that inhabit the palaces. Blue
ones spit rocks, the red ones fireballs. Ropes can sometimes move about as well
and also have the ability to jump.

Scorpion - Points: 150
The name says it all, a one-eyed scorpion. Not even fire can penetrate its
shell; you have to wait to attack when it opens its eye. Scorpions fire
fireballs from their tails. They're typically more trouble than they're worth
to take down; since it's easier to avoid these arachnids all together, you're
better off taking that route.

Stalfos - Points: 30, 50, 70
Skeleton soldiers armed with swords and shields. They're not as adept at
blocking as other shield-equipped foes, but later on in the game they do learn
the downward thrust, as well as start wearing helmets to protect against a
thrust of your own.

*Stone Head (Dragon) - Points: 20
These gargoyle heads will swoop into the screen at an arc before flying off.
They're not too hard per se (especially once you learn the Downward thrust) but
they do have a nasty tendency for showing up in areas with lava, where one
accidental hit can knock you to your death.

*Stone Head (Cougar) - Points: 5
These slow moving enemies will come at you in an up and down pattern, spitting
bullets at you as you go. They're a cinch to defeat; just block the shots, walk
forward and stab them.

Tektite - Points: 50
The Tektites have gotten a bit of an overhaul since the first installment of
the series. They still look like big spiders and they still jump around, but
now they also spit bullets at you and are immune to your sword. Their shots can,
however be blocked by your shield, and Fire is the cure for most anything that
gives you a headache later in the game. Such is the case here.

*Tinsuit - Points: 0
Dog soldiers that mindlessly trot back and forth through the bowls of the
various palaces. Unbelievably weak and vulnerable to your thrown swords as well
as a good, old-fashioned, stab in the face.

Wizard - Points: 100
I distinctly remember in Nintendo Power that these were referred to as Wizards
and NOT Wizrobes. Feel free to mail me and correct me on that one. At any
rate, these white-robed sorcerers will warp around the halls of the later
palaces and cast spells at you. You can block the spells with just your normal
shield, but to get rid of these guys (you can't stab them) you need to use
Reflect.

HAZARDS

There's also a small repertoire of non-living things that will try to kill you
as well. Here they all are!

    Binding Force - Keeps unwanted visitors out of the Great Palace. Only
                    lifted once you've beaten the 6 other palaces. DON'T touch
                    it.
          Bubbles - Different from the undead Bubbles discussed above, these
                    are simply cute little air bubbles that happen to hurt you
                    for some reason if you touch them. Not all that harmful by
                    themselves, they do tend to show up in areas where a hit
                    can send you falling to your death.
Collapsing Floors - Certain floors within the palaces will crumble out from
                    under you if you stand on them too long. Sometimes, the
                    result is just a little fall to a level down. More often,
                    it's a one-way ticket to a lava bath.
   Falling Blocks - Certain rooms in the palaces feature blocks of stone (the
                    same kind you can destroy after getting the Handy Glove)
                    falling from the ceiling. If they hit you, needless to say,
                    it will hurt.
             Fire - Little candle-like flames that are sprinkled throughout
                    certain mazes. Avoiding them is easy enough, and they don't
                    hurt too much if you touch them either.
   Gargoyle Heads - In parts of the palaces, there are stone heads (which look
                    identical to the Dragon and Cougar discussed above) that
                    are bolted to the walls. Some of these gargoyles will
                    actually spit an endless stream of bullets at you. Be on
                    your guard.
   Lava And Water - One's red, one's blue, identical in function; instant death
                    at the touch.
            Rocks - Mostly in the desert, you'll encounter areas where the wind
                    is randomly blowing them around. Rocks don't hurt all that
                    much if they hit you, and are easily blocked by your shield
                    or simply dodged.
        Toxic Goo - Some palaces have pillars that drip orange, poisonous slime
                    in a steady flow. This stuff isn't good for you, so don't
                    touch it. Also, sometimes they'll drop a blue glop, which
                    has a fifty-fifty chance of turning into a Bot when it hits
                    the ground.

BOSSES

And now for a brief run-down of the big boys.

Barba - Points: 500
Barba is the Hidden Palace's overlord. He's a fire-breathing lava dragon that
randomly pops out of three different pools. And that said, I really can't think
of anything else to say.

Carock - Points: 300
Maze Island's master. Carock's a big wizard, basically. He warps faster and can
spit out more spells quicker, but still, he's just a big wizard.

Gooma - Points: 500
In the Ocean Palace, you'll meet Gooma. He's a big, lumbering...THING armed
with a morning star. Though slow and with a limited attack range, his armored
head makes jump in attacks or hit and runs with the Downward Thrust impossible.
Your only chance is to go toe to toe with him, and that's not a cheery
prospect.

Helmethead - Points: 200
Midoro Palace's master. Helmethead's a knight that will shoot fireballs at you
from his helmet. He carries a sword too, but for what reason, I couldn't tell
you since he never swings it. His weak point is his head; the kicker is that
each time you hit him there, his helmet flies off. And each time he loses a
helmet, that helmet returns to fly around the battlefield, Gleeok-style and
pester you with fireballs of its own.

Horsehead - Points: 50
Ruler of Parapa Palace. He's got a horse's head (hence the name) and that's his
only weak spot. Horsey's fully armored otherwise and carries a mace to bash
your skull in.

Reubenok - Points: 300
The boss of the Island Palace. I remember reading something a long time ago
that referred to this particular character as Reubenok. I like that name so
that's what I'm going to call him. Reubie's just another blue Ironknuckle,
except he gets an energy meter and starts the fight by trying to plow you over
with an iron horse. Hit him enough times and he'll dismount and try and kill
you like any normal blue Ironknuckle would.

Thunderbird - Points: 1000
Every guide and FAQ I've looked up on this thing calls it the Thunderbird, so I
guess I'll have to go with that name too. Although I personally prefer what my
friends and I christened it years ago (I mean besides a wide variety of
expletives): the Angel of Death. And rightly so. This boss is the toughest in
the game, hands down. You'll run into this guy right before the final battle.
He's incredibly durable and deals out insane amounts of damage. Proceed with
the utmost caution.

...and finally...

Shadow Link - Points: 0 (but you beat the game, so I guess that counts for
                         something)
Created by some creepy, unknown midget-wizard for the express purpose of wiping
you off the face of the earth. Shadow Link is fast, agile, and capable of
blocking most of your attacks. It's going to take all your sword-skill to come
out of this fray on top.


7)THE WALK-THROUGH

Okay kids! Fasten your seatbelts because it's show time!

The game begins with you standing in the North Castle with Zelda, who's
peacefully snoring on the alter (each time you continue or reload your game,
this is the starting point). First head to the cave southwest of here, across
the plains. It's dark in there since you don't have the Candle yet, but there
are only a few Octoroks and Lowders to deal with, so the slight sight handicap
shouldn't be a problem. Your reward is your first Magic Container, giving you
an early and useful boost to your magic meter. Now head to the single patch of
forest to the north near the desert and nab the point bag there to level up one
of your stats. Once these errands are out of the way, head south to the town of
Rauru.

Talk with everyone in town to get information, if you feel like it. On the
second screen, you'll come to a long gray house. Wait for the woman in blue to
come out and have a word with her. She'll invite you in to speak with her
father, who happens to be the town magician and teaches you your first spell:
Shield. This is your one freebie; all the other spells in the game require you
to complete little sub-quests of varying difficulties.

Just as a heads up, all of the towns have healers. The ladies in the red
dresses pacing back and forth in front of their houses will replenish your
health, and the old crones in yellow will restore your magic. Some towns have
only one or the other kind of healer, but most have both. Now, we continue.
Onward and upward.

Go north and then east to the cave in the forest. You still can't see, but this
particular passage is blocked by a lone Lowder, so don't sweat it. Once through
the tunnel, you'll be in Parapa desert. The first palace is to the north, but
you have business south to attend to before you do anything else.

There is a lone roadblock on the southern path, consisting of cliffs and
bubbles. It's not too difficult navigate, you can pretty much just run through
the whole thing. Once past that annoyance, continue south to the glade
surrounded by the forest. Kill the Goryia and grab the whole point of this
little side trip, your first Heart Container. Woo hoo! Life up Richie! Now
double back and head to the palace.

PARAPA PALACE

First head left when the elevator hits bottom. Grab the key at the end of the
hallway then back track to the elevator and go right. The next lift you come to
only goes down. Pass it for now; keep heading right until you reach the
elevator after that. Take it up (there's a fairy next to this particular lift,
use it if you need to or save it for later).

Head down this hallway grabbing the first key as you go. Kill the ugly,
Cyclops-dude at the end of the hallway guarding the second key, then back track
to the elevator you passed earlier. Take it down.(By the way, stabbing the
statue behind the ugly dude will net you a Red Magic Jar if you're running low
on magic juice or something.)

Run through this bubble room like a monkey on speed. It's actually a common
misconception about this game that you can't kill the bubbles. You can, it just
takes an idiotically huge amount of hits and it's almost never worth the time
or the hassle. Anyhow, run across the collapsing bridge (go for the point bag
if you're feeling gutsy) and get your butt to the next room.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ironknuckle (who, in various forms, is going to be a
major pain in the ass for the rest of the game). There's also another one of
those Cyclops-things in this room. Clear the enemies and grab your prize, the
Candle. Now you can see in the dark!

Double all the way back to the elevator with the fairy by it and take it down
this time. Fight your way past the various Ironknuckles, Stalfos, and another
Cyclops. Eventually, you'll see curtains. This is always your cue that it's
boss time. Cast Shield and get ready to rumble.

Horsehead - Horsehead will stroll leisurely out at you from the right. He's
armed with a mace, which he'll try to use to bash in your head, but it doesn't
have much reach. What you'll want to do is jump towards him and swing your
sword at his noggin. Hitting him will send horse-boy reeling back a ways,
putting you out of range of his counter attack. Miss and...well, you usually
catch his mace swing with your face. Let's try not to do this. Keep it up, and
he'll go down for good in no time. One down, five to go.

Once your horse-play in the Parapa desert is finished with, head back through
the cavern that got you there, and then go north to the other desert and the
cave within it. Battle the beasties in here and grab the statue; you'll need
this to get the next spell. That done, head to the town of Ruto.

Talk with everyone again, trade the statue for the spell Jump, then head to the
cave south of the town. This area isn't too horribly difficult, though there
are some rather noticeably strong enemies lurking about. Once through the cave,
head south (make a pit stop in the forest next to the cave's exit if you were
hurt too badly; there's a fairy there).

Along the way, you'll pass by a cave with a boulder blocking the entrance. One
space to the left and one down from the boulder is a hidden Link Doll.
Personally, I don't see much point to extra lives in this game since you get
essentially infinite continues as well 3 lives per continue to boot. But I
mention it just to say that it's there. Grab it if you feel like it and keep
going south.

Now begins one of the most important (and incredibly frustrating) tasks of your
quest: finding the Hammer. The Hammer is in the Death Mountain area, accessible
at this point only via a bridge in the town of Saria. The bridge keeper will
tell you to shove off if you go there right now, so instead head to the
northern woods by the bridges. Running around in here will turn up a cottage
(2nd row, 6th space from the left). Living here is a schmuck named Bagu, who
will give you a permission slip to cross the bridge in Saria. Now head south.
(Just as a quick side note, these woods are infested with roadblocks that have
tons of Megmats in them; nothing too dangerous, I simply mention it because
they're there).

There are two bridges connecting Saria with the rest of the land. Which you
take is a matter of personal preference. I usually go on the one to the east of
the town, as it only has Lowders and bubbles to deal with. The other bridge has
those damn Bago-Bagos that drain your experience each time they hit you.
Whatever you choose, once you're across go to the forest for a point bag then
hoof it to town.

One of the first people you meet in Saria will warn "The Eyes of Gannon are
everywhere." Translation: talk to random people on the street, and they'll turn
into Aches and try to kill you, so keep the chit chat to a minimum. Enter the
first house in the second area and check the table. You'll find a mirror.
Double back and return it to the blue woman, and she'll invite you inside to
learn the Life spell (and trust me when I say this new bit of magic is about to
become your best friend).

There's a bit of a trick to casting Life: when you come across a red jar, grab
it and use Life while your magic meter is filling. The meter will continue to
refill a bit after the spell is cast. Very, very useful indeed, but I digress.
At the end of Saria, show Bagu's note to the river man. He'll extend the bridge
allowing you to cross into the Death Mountain area.

Welcome to Hell.

Death Mountain is a horrible maze filled with some very strong enemies. It
actually isn't a bad place to rack up some experience to improve your stats.
But without the Hammer or the Downward Thrust (you need the Hammer to get the
thrust, and the Hammer is way, way at the end of this mess) it's a certifiable
nightmare. Real quick, here's how to get to Spectacle Rock: right, only one way
to go after that, ignore the elevator and exit this cave to the right, go right
again, and there's only one way to go from here on in.

Death Mountain introduces you to the wonderful creatures known as Dairas. You
can't block their axes and they do huge amounts of damage, so you're in for a
fun time.

Spectacle Rock itself is more elaborate than any of the other minor caves
you've been to so far. And considering the amount of damage you may have taken
getting here, you might not want to do any extensive exploring until after you
have that Hammer safely in your grips. Upon entering, go left till you hit the
elevator. Take it down, and head left again. Stop! Hammer time!

Once you (finally) have the Hammer, escape from Spectacle Rock and smash the
rock next to you. Step onto the empty space that's left over from your little
demolition exercise and watch yourself fall. Scoop up the Magic Container at
the bottom of this little pit and continue on your merry way.

Now you have another choice to make. You can either backtrack through Death
Mountain to Saria, or you can head east and then north to a bridge that
reconnects with the main part of the continent. I don't know about you, but I'm
usually sick to death of Death Mountain at this point, and typically take the
bridge for no other reason than a change of scenery. The cave leading to the
bridge isn't that hard, though there are lots of opportunities to get whacked
into a pool of lava. The bridge itself is guarded by a couple of Moblins and a
Daira, but unlike in the caves of Death Mountain, you'll have plenty of space
to maneuver around them here. Once back to the main area, head east to the port
town of Mido (there's also another Link doll south of the bridge by the
graveyard).

In the middle of town, there's a church. Use jump to gain access to it, talk
with the knight inside and he'll teach you the Downward Thrust. Now you're
cooking with butter.

Once the thrust is acquired, there are a variety of errands you can run before
Midoro Palace, your next stop. The blocked cave to the north west has a Heart
Container in it, and the one across from that holds points. More important is
the blocked cave near where you found the Link Doll. That has the Water of Life
inside of it. Once in your possession, head back to Mido, give it to the old
lady in blue, and your reward will be the Fairy spell.

Fairy turns you into a fairy (who'd have guessed, huh?). And like the Life
spell, it has a neat little trick too. When in Fairy mode, you can actually fly
through the locked doors of the various palaces. Anyway, back to the quest at
hand.

Midoro Palace is in the middle of the Midoro Swamp, oddly enough. Go there now
(along the way on the little islands is a red  jar, just so you know).

MIDORO PALACE

The statue at the front will give you a red magic jar if you hit it. Do so if
you need to then take the lift down to the lowest level. Follow the hallway to
its end, grab the key and head back to the elevator. Go up one level and head
left to claim another key (mind the Stalfos; they've learned the downward
thrust too) then go back to the elevator again and head up one more level. Head
left, grabbing another key off the platforms over the lava, until you come to
another elevator and then go down (the stone head in the room after the
Ironknuckles will drop another red jar).

Go left again at the next possible stop. The next room has a bunch of falling
blocks that will fill up the area and block your path. You don't have any
counter to this yet, so simply run through the room for now. In the next area,
you get your first taste of combat versus red Ironknuckles. Once they're
disposed of, grab the Handy Glove, and head back to the elevator. Now that you
have the glove, you can break stone blocks with your sword. So, on your return
trip through the falling rock area, let the room finish filling and then simply
chop your way through.

Take the elevator down and follow the hallway right. After a few screens of
carnage and mayhem, you'll get to (don't be surprised) another elevator. Ignore
it for now, continuing right. Beat the hell out of another Cyclops, grab the
key he was guarding, and then go back to the elevator you passed and take it
downward.

No more doubling back or going up and down from this point in, so breath a sigh
of relief. The point bag along the way is best acquired by clever usage of the
Downward Thrust. And now it's boss time!

Helmethead - This fight is going to be similar to dealing with Horsehead.
Helmethead's a touch faster than horse-boy was, and he breaths fireballs at you
as well, though for some reason, he never uses his sword. Cast Shield and Jump
and use the Downward Thrust to attack his cranium. The first two hits will
knock off two helmets, after which Helmet Head's actual head will show up for
the party. Just use the thrust to bounce on his head till he drops.

With all your chores in Mido done and Midoro Palace finished off, you now need
to set your sights on the Island Palace. Head to the graveyard and King's Tomb
(it's the cross in the middle, separated from the others) and go straight down
from there. You'll drop into a secret tunnel which will put you on the island
where the palace is.

ISLAND PALACE

The Island palace is a nice break from what you're used to; it starts out very
straight forward, none of this ridiculous back-tracking that the first two
palaces had. The statue at the front will give you a red jar (or a red
Ironknuckle, so watch out), then fight your way to the first elevator.

Pass it up first, in favor of another key to the right, then descend. At the
bottom, go all the way left first (ignoring yet another elevator) for another
key, then head all the way to the right (ignoring the same elevator again) for
the raft. And meet the blue Ironknuckles who are the toughest of the bunch and
*throw* their goddamn swords at you.

Once the raft is safely in your possession, go back to the elevator you passed
twice and take it down. The middle path leads to the boss (you'll know what I
mean when you get there).

Reubenok - Reubie's a blue Ironknuckle and behaves just like the rest of them
do, except for one slight twist: he starts the fight mounted on a steel horse.
Use Shield and Jump and hit him with the downward thrust as he charges back and
forth. Once you've knocked off about five bars of energy, he'll dismount and
the real fight will begin. Deal with him as you would any other Ironknuckle.
One of the more irritating aspects of this fight is Reubenok will allow himself
to be shoved off screen by your blows, where you won't be able to hit him but
he'll still be capable of chucking swords at you. If this happens, back off,
drawing him back onto the screen then jump over him to switch sides.

Everything you can accomplish on his continent is done now. Go to the docks by
Mido and use that raft to take your bad self to the next area. Once you make
landfall, head for that lone square of woods if you feel the need for some
points (as well as an example of just how damn tough everything is around here)
then head east to the town of Nabooru.

The red wench in this town wants a drink, so walk five steps to the left and
check the fountain. Then, beverage in hand go talk to her again and receive the
Fire spell for your troubles. I think it was in Ruto where some dude tells you
"When all else fails, use fire." You're about to discover the hideous truth to
that maxim; there are a ton of tough opponents around here that can only be
hurt with fire. There's points in the cave to the south as well as the desert
to the south east. After you're done, head for the cave to the north.

Once through the cave, head east to the bridge (another Link Doll is south of
this bridge). Cross the bridge and welcome to Maze Island. There'll be time for
a more thorough investigation later. For now, take the southern-most path all
the way east until it turns north. Follow the path north, and you'll be dropped
 into a secret area guarded by a lizardman. Once he's disposed of, pick up the
Child (literally, pick him up) and head back west, leaving the island for now.

Go all the way west to the town of Darunia. On the second screen of the town,
cast Jump and use it to get on top of the buildings' roofs. At the first house
on the screen, play Santa Claus and press down while standing on the chimney.
You'll enter the house where another knight will teach you the Upward Thrust.
Leave and proceed left to the third screen of the town. At the first house, an
old woman in blue will emerge. Show her the kid, and she'll let you in to learn
Reflect (critical for the next palace). Your tasks are finished here. Make your
way back to Maze Island.

Maze Island is, as its name implies, quite the maze. There's a plethora of
roadblocks between you and the palace, and you're going to need to cast Fire
quite a bit to survive. When passing the third bridge, taking the southern
most path will net you another Magic Container. Now, onto the Palace!

MAZE ISLAND PALACE

The entrance to this one is not safe; there's a Moa guarding it and a red
Ironknuckle will come out of the statue every time you swipe at it with your
sword. So don't. Gives you some idea of what lies ahead, eh? Also, this
particular castle is infested with wizards that cannot be injured by your
sword. Instead, you have to cast reflect and bounce their spells back at them
to do any damage.

Now, on with the show.

Head right when the elevator touches down, and take the next elevator you see
down one level. Go right from here, using either jump or fairy to clear the
large pit. Continue right until you reach a key, then backtrack to the pit.
Fall in (trust me) and hold right on the d-pad control your fall in a further
rightly direction. Land on the ledge to the right of the two collapsing
platforms (right?) and head (where else?) to the right. Alright! Either defeat
or sneak past the Ironknuckle here to snag the Boots, then head back to the
pit room and drop down another level.

Head right (again) for a key, then go all the way to the left for another key.
All keyed out, take the elevator back to the first level and make your way back
to the palace's first elevator. If you're following this, you're doing better
than I am. Head left from the starting point (obviously, it's the only way you
haven't been yet). Use the upward thrust to get the key in the chamber with the
Bubble, then head all the way left for another key guarded by two armored guys.
Once that's done, head back to the elevator you passed and take it downward.

First go right (AGAIN?!) for one last key. Then head past the elevator to the
left. From here, it's a straight shot to the boss man.

Carock - Beating Carock is a cinch. Since he's really just a big wizard, cast
reflect on your shield and crouch down behind it. The big silly will fire
spells at you, only to have them be tossed back into his own teeth. You might
need to move a bit if he decides to warp right on top of you, but even that's
not too much of a problem. Heal if you need to and you've got this one in the
bag.

Your work on the northern part of this continent is now done, so beat feet back
to Nabooru. Test-drive your new Boots by using them to walk on the river back
to the entrance to maze island (and avoid all the roadblocks, by the by). Once
to Nabooru, rest up if necessary, then walk out onto the ocean via the path to
the east. Head in a northeasterly direction for another Heart Container, then
head to the next palace.

OCEAN PALACE

For a variety of reasons, this is my least favorite level, not counting the
Great Palace, of course. No magic in the statue at the beginning of this one,
sorry. Like the Island Palace, this one starts out very straight forward, with
only one direction to go. Use fairy to get through the area with the impossible
 jump, then double back for the key on the ledge there. After taking the first
elevator you come to down, go left (there's nothing to the right). The next
room over is another one of those block rooms with a key perched up too high
for you to jump. Instead, wait till the blocks are finished dropping, then
carve a staircase out of them. Collect your key and continue left.

Take the next elevator down and go left again (and let me tell you, those
yellow Ironknuckles are a welcome sight after dealing with the red ones and
blue ones). Take the first elevator you come to after that down one level. Stop
 here, beat up the red Ironknuckle for his key, and  head right until you come
to a blue Ironknuckle that seems to be guarding a dead end. Either avoid him or
kill him, then try jumping through the wall. Ooooh! Neat! Secret passageway!

Keep going right, bypassing another lift in favor of yet ANOTHER lift at the
end of this hallway. Take it up, take out some Stalfos for a quick key, then
return to the passed elevator and take it down. Several nasty fights later,
you'll have that wonderful Flute in your hands. Good for you, we're half done.
Time to backtrack...AGAIN.

Once back to the area where you fought the red Ironknuckle for a key, take the
lift back up and head left. At the next elevator, go down first and after
another long hall of nastiness, you'll receive yet another key. Head back to
the lift and take it to the top floor. Only one way to go from here, and it
leads to the end of the level again.

Gooma - I hate this guy. I can remember hours and HOURS of frustration as a kid
trying to beat him. Gooma is armored from above, so you can't use the downward
thrust. Instead, use Shield for protection and Jump for a little extra
mobility. Charge him and attack, and when he winds up with his morning star,
jump straight up to avoid it. Maybe I'm just retarded, but getting the timing
right on this took me forever. Both touching and being hit by his weapon do a
large amount of damage and will literally send you flying backward, so I
recommend you do neither.

Get back to Nabooru and head south. See that weird, multi-armed, black looking
thingy? That's the River Devil. Play your newly acquired Flute for him, and
he'll disintegrate (mindless critic!), opening up the path to the southern part
of this continent.

There are several roadblocks along the path south past the River Devil. They
mostly involve lizardmen heaving stones at your head, and they're not too
difficult to zip through. Once past these three obstacles, you're free to
explore around. The marsh cave to the north holds points, and a square to the
west of it is hiding another Link Doll. The other cave, through the forest,
leads to the hidden town of New Kasuto. Once through the cave, use the hammer
to clear the trees in the second row, second block from the right. Surprise!
New Kasuto.

Whilst strolling through the town, talk to the old lady in blue who comes out
of her house. She'll invite you in and give you the last Magic Container.
Proceed onward and enter the third house on the second screen. Press up by the
fireplace to reveal a secret room. Talk to the old man in there and he'll teach
you Spell. Now go all the way to the right of the town where the street dead
ends and cast Spell. A structure will rise from the ground. Enter it for the
Magic Key. Now you can unlock any door! (Which is a good thing too, because the
last palace doesn't have any keys.)

You're finished here, so head back through the cave and go south to the desert.
Search the eastern shore to find the final Heart Container, then go stand in
the middle of the three stones and use the flute to cause the Hidden Palace to
appear.

HIDDEN PALACE

The statue at the front is back to maybe-magic-maybe-Ironknuckle status so give
it a try. The first level just contains points, so you really don't need to
stop there. Head right after reaching the bottom, and use Jump to clear the
large pit when you come to it. Keep heading right, past an elevator, until you
get to a room guarded by Wizards and a Moa. Just past the third pillar is an
invisible pitfall. Use jump to clear it, then proceed onwards.

Next, you'll have an unexpected visit from another Reubenok. Deal with him as
you did the boss of the third palace. Pop the door open and claim the Cross.
Now head all the way back to the big pit (drop down through the invisible
pitfall if you feel like it; there's some points down there).

This is known as the "Bottomless Pit" because you'll keep cycling through the
same screens over and over again if you don't do anything. The first level down
has points. The second is where you want to go (to the right), fall three times
for more points, and a fourth fall takes you back to the start. Anyways, fall
through two screens and head right. Use Fairy when you come to the giant lava
pool, and continue right. Next up is yet another Reubenok. Take him out like
you did the last two and keep moving. You can use Jump or Fairy to pass the pit
in the next room for a Link Doll, then fall like you did last time.

As you're plummeting through the next screen, use fairy to arrest your fall and
get safely to the passage on the right (falling all the way down will get you
some points, but it will also necessitate you making your way back up to the
pit you just leapt into). Say hello to Barba!

Barba - The pools of lava make for a constant concern during this fight, so
watch your footing. Again, cast Shield and Jump in preparation for this duel.
Barba will pop out of the pools randomly and spit a string of fireballs at you.
I find the best thing to do here is quickly get to the platform nearest to him
when he pops his ugly mug out and whack him with upward thrust in the chin as
many times as you can. Not a hard fight by any means.

With that out of the way, you have one final task before your trek to the Great
Palace. Head west from the Hidden Palace, cross the bridge, and enter Old
Kasuto. It is unadvisable to come here without the Cross, as all of the Moas
you see floating around would be invisible. Enter the first house and the
wizard in there will teach you the final, most destructive spell, Thunder.

Alrighty then. If your stats aren't maxed out yet, now's the time to do it.
Pick a location (Death Mountain and Maze Island come readily to mind) and run
around and kill things until you're up to full power. Now, it's onto the Great
Palace we go.

Get back to the graveyard north of Old Kasuto and head south from there. I
know, you went all of two feet before you ran into a roadblock. Get used to it,
there are quite a few between you and your destination. Heal as you go and try
to stay alive. (Just to let you know, in the nook to the east of the first
roadblock is a red jar; nab it if you need to.)

GREAT PALACE

Walk up to the palace's gates and the Binding Force will raise, allowing you to
enter. (A friend of mind said he once tried to walk through the Binding Force
with all of his stats maxed out and the sixth palace left to go. It killed him
in two hits.) And let me assure you, this place sucks like class 5 tornado. The
only nice thing I can say about the Great Palace is that when you continue, you
start at the palace's entrance rather than way the hell back at the North
Castle where Zelda's still napping.

One quick bit of info: the Bird Knight statues scattered throughout the palace
function the same way that the Ironknuckles statues did in the minor palaces.
That is, if you stab them, you have a fifty-fifty chance of getting a red jar
or releasing a red Bird Knight. Also, red jars (and red Bird Knights) have a
habit of popping out of broken bricks here abouts, so you need to watch your
step.

Here's how to navigate through the halls. After taking the elevator from the
surface, head left. This next room is split into two levels. There's a hidden
pitfall right after the pillar on the lower level. Jump it, continue on, and
descend. Head right when you hit bottom, take the elevator down again, and keep
going right. When you hit the next elevator, go down three screens
(incidentally, every time you see a huge elevator shaft in this palace, there's
always a hidden room along the right wall) until you hit the bottom. Go right
again, and keep going right, taking the odd elevator down or so. Eventually,
you'll come to another long elevator shaft, take it downward.

Now, you'll come to an area with lava and four ways to go: up (back the way you
came), down, left or right. Left will lead you to a Link doll, and right nets
you a fairy (which you'll probably need by now). Once you're done collecting
your power-ups, go down some more.

Head right once you leave the elevator. Break the bricks along the floor of the
next room and stumble upon a hidden pitfall. Head right when you land and
scurry across the collapsing bridge. See that hole in the lava? Aim for it and
fall down yet another level. Search the blocks to your left for a red jar
(there usually is one, although there's usually a Bird Knight too), then get
ready for one of the toughest bad guys in the game. Deep breath. Psyched? Head
to your right.

Thunderbird - I actually think this fight is harder than the final one.
Thunderbird will float onto the screen chucking fireballs left and right. Start
by using Thunder; that will turn him blue make his head appear and that's his
weak point. Now you have a choice to make. Your magic meter is going to be very
low after the use of Thunder, only enough energy for one casting of Life or a
combination of Jump and Shield. Either save your energy for when you're about
to die, or give yourself a nice little edge now. I personally prefer the
Shield/Jump combo, since the extra protection's always nice and with Jump
activated you won't have to wait for him to float low enough for you to strike.
Whatever you choose, the best way to deal with Thunderbird is to lure him from
one side of the screen to the other, taking potshots at him as you go. You
don't want to stay in one place; his fireballs are much easier to dodge when
you are mobile. Be warned also that each time you hit this creep, he'll start
spitting out more and more fireballs more and more rapidly. Good luck.

Once that horrific fight is over (thank God), pat yourself on the back for
getting this far, and continue to the right and to the final confrontation.

The weird, old man I was telling you about will appear, along with the Triforce
of Courage. He'll wave his wand, disappear, and your own damn shadow will leap
out of your body. Yes that's right, the final boss is yourself.

Shadow Link - There are two ways to deal with Shadow Link. One is you can
engage in an epic sword battle, trading blows and jumping all over the place
like a pair of sword-wielding spider monkeys until one of you drops. Or, if
you've had it with this game by now (as I did) you can use method number two.
Stand at the far left said of the screen. Crouch down, and hammer the stab
button. If your evil twin ducks, your sword will connect with his shield and
you will push him back. If he tries to chop your head off with his own blade,
you'll hit him in the shins. (Note: for some reason, this doesn't work as well
on the right side of the battlefield. Shadow Link will leap at you occasionally
when you're over there, something he won't do when you're at the far left, and
he'll land on your head. Like all other enemies, touching him hurts.)
Eventually, you'll wear him down and he'll die.

And that's all there is to it! The old weirdo comes out and gives you the
Triforce (who IS he anyway?) and then you can sit back and watch the ending and
the credits.

(Upon re-reading and editing this FAQ, I fear I've made this game seem too
easy. Let me assure you it isn't. You will die, multiple times. Trust me, your
mortality rate is going to skyrocket when you reach the second continent. None
the less, the game is totally beatable.)

A SECOND QUEST?

No, not really. Once you've beaten the game, you can save your profile and a
little Triforce will appear next to your name. You can play the game again from
the start, except you'll begin with all the spells, sword techniques, and the
same status levels that you beat the game with last go round. Not a huge prize,
but it is kind of nice to be able to walk all over certain enemies that gave
you a serious headache last time around from the very start.


8)SECRETS

I'm not so sure that these are actually intended secrets. They seem more like
programming errors to me. At any rate, here are a few tricks that you can
employ during your trip through Hyrule.

Easy Experience - Load a previously saved game and fight your way through any
palace of your choice. When you reach the end and return the stone, call up the
sub-screen and use the quick save trick. Now start a new game or load a
different one. The points you would have earned for completing the palace will
be transferred to your new character.

Worm Hole - In some palaces and during some battle sequences, you can jump
above your status bar at the top of the screen. When you're above the rim like
this, cast the spell Fairy. You'll get the fall animation and some potentially
interesting results. Sometimes this will lead to you being stuck, so you may
need to reset the game.


9)IN MY OPINION...

It's no secret that the Adventure of Link is sort of the red-headed step-child
of the Zelda series. Out of all of the games in that illustrious franchise
(with the exception of two unlicensed titles that were released for some now
defunct computer system), this one seems to draw the most ire. I feel the
reason for this is three fold: it is very different from every other Zelda out
there in terms game play, it complicates the traditional storyline, and it is
much, much harder than any of the other Zelda games out there.

Taken on an individual basis, most of the time sequels to video games play in
a fairly similar manner to their predecessors. But going from Zelda to Zelda 2
demands a radical switch in your playing tactics. You leap from an overhead,
puzzle-solving adventure game where the action is very strategic and the pace
is very measured, to a frantic, side-scrolling action game where you can fall
to your death or get murdered by powerful enemies in the blink of an eye.
Instead of strategy, you need to rely on brute force more often than not. And
then into this mess Nintendo also decided to add RPG elements, making the game
more of an Action/Adventure/RPG hybrid. Hybrid games tend to be fairly
innovative, but they also tend to be weak and sickly creatures, weighed down by
the poor execution of their blend of concepts. I'd have to say Zelda 2
doesn't suffer from this problem, but I'd also have to say it's no wonder a
lot of people didn't care for this game.

The interesting thing about Zelda 2's interference with the Zelda chronology is
that it's the only game in the series that is an actual, direct sequel to a
previous game. (I suppose you could make the argument that Majora's Mask is a
direct sequel to Ocarina of Time, but then I can make the argument that
everyone involved in the creation of Majora's Mask was obviously on drugs.
We're way off track here.) All the other games in the series involve the same
basic characters (Link, Zelda, Gannon, etc) but whisk them off to different
versions of Hyrule or different lands all-together. By attempting to make a
direct sequel to their first game, Nintendo inadvertently screwed their own
timeline up. Follow that? Me either, which is why it's so confusing and
off-putting to most Zelda fans. Moving on to point numero tres.

Finally, Zelda 2 is about 10 times harder to beat than any of the other Zelda
games out there. It's the Bayou Billy of the Zelda franchise (and any one who's
played that God-awful game knows what a loaded metaphor that last statement
was). Even with your stats maxed out, there are enemies that can mince you in a
heartbeat, there's a huge amount of terrain you'll need to cross, and here are
some secrets that, if you don't have a walk-through like the one I've given
you, you'll simply never find. Other Zeldas can be confusing, and may take some
brain work for you to puzzle your way out of a seeming dead end. But Adventure
of Link, as I stated above, tends to make you rely on brute force. Personally,
I find losing a fight more frustrating than simply being stuck.

For all I've just torn this game a new one, it isn't that bad of a title. It
was the first Zelda that introduced magic to Link's repertoire of weapons,
adding a welcome dash of variety to your fights. A lot of classic enemies from
the first Zelda made a reappearance as larger and deadlier sprites, which was a
definite plus. Bosses are large and detailed, and the boss fights are very
exciting; you'll definitely feel a sense of accomplishment when you take down
some of the later bosses. The music is good, the graphics are actually very
good for the year the game came out, and there's a lot to explore increasing
the time you'll spend with the game.

So there you have it. If you can get past the change in game play, the
difficulty, and the monkey wrench it throws into the whole Zelda storyline,
Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link is actually a pretty good game. Whether you're
a rabid Zelda fan or you're just looking for an older game to eat up a few
(dozen) hours of your time, you could do worse than pick this one up.

7 out of 10.
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10)ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND LEGAL STUFF

Thank you Nintendo for creating Link, Ganon, Zelda, and everything else that
makes this series so great.

Most of he game play info of the walk through and the level codes was all
acquired by me, through copious note taking and more than one wasted hour in
front of my TV.

I couldn't remember all of the enemy's names in the game off the top of my
head, so I looked them up. In this endeavor, I found AceC-DC and Bsulpher's
guides immensely enlightening. I also stumbled quite accidentally on the easy,
cheap-o tactic for beating the final boss in BSulpher's Boss FAQ, while looking
up Gooma's name, as well as the location of the Link Doll in the second
continent's swamp.

Codes found in the secrets area were gleaned off of the Cheat Codes and Secrets
page for this game on GameFAQS.com, and therefore I must commend mog255 and
terrisus for their great work. Also, I didn't remember how to do the quick save
(though I knew there was one), so thanks Pyro Vesten for making that available.

All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
respective trademark and copyright holders.

This document is Copyright 2006 glass_soul (that's me). Only GameFaqs,
Neoseeker, and 1-up have permission to post this walk-through on their site (if
they feel like it). Nobody else, person, entity, or otherwise, may post this
document in part or whole on their website without my express permission to do
so.

Comments, questions, corrections and other forms of feedback in general are all
welcome.

I may be reached at elfuego767@yahoo.com.

Be seein' ya.
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