The Legend of Zelda
This is a comprehensive guide to the world of Link's Awakening. All facts have been verified by myself, and if you feel that I've left anything out, or made a mistake, let me know.
Piece of Heart Locations
tips and tricks
Link: you, the main character, the hero, whatever you call him, it wouldn’t be the Legend of Zelda without our green clothed main character.
Marin: The girl who finds Link at the beginning of the game, and who bears a strange resemblance to Princess Zelda (who *sob* doesn’t appear in this game).
Tarin: Marin’s mushroom loving father.
Madame Meowmeow: the owner of Bowwow, the nasty hound (who looks suspiciously like a chain-chomp) who likes to chomp on enemies.
Grandpa Ulrira: The know-it-all of Koholint. If you’re stuck, see him. NOT!!! He doesn’t have nearly as good information as I do.
The Owl: The annoying, talkative “guide” to the world. He has info on where to go next after completing a major task.
Richard: He used to live in Kanalet Castle, but got kicked out by his servants. This greedy guy will want you to retrieve 5 gold leaves.
The Camera Rat: this guy, like the Owl, doesn’t have a name, but the sooner you see him in the game, the more pictures he’ll take of you, which can be printed with Gameboy Printer. He's right one screen of the cave where you pick up Bowwow. He makes his appearance only in DX.
Sword: L1 is at the beach. The L2 sword is obtained by collecting 20 or more seashells and going to the seashell house.
Shield: L1 is given to you at the beginning of the game; L2 (Mirror shield) is in level 7, Eagle’s tower.
Roc’s feather: found in tail cave. Used for jumping
Power bracelet: L1 is found in level 2, Bottle Grotto; L2 is hidden in Level 8, Turtle Rock.
Mushroom: The only thing this is useful for is to give to the witch in exchange for magic powder.
Magic Powder: obtained by taking a mushroom to the witch OR the easy way is to win it at the trendy game. It’s more expensive, but for less effort.
Bombs: bought at item shop after purchasing the shovel or after completing level one.
Shovel: bought for 200 rupees at the item shop. Best to buy early, if possible.
Bow and Arrow Set: bought for 980 rupees. Can only be bought after the shovel is yours.
Pegasus Boots: Found in key cavern. Makes you dash and attack.
Hookshot: found in Level 5 Catfish’s maw. Used to attack from a distance, pull yourself to certain objects or grab items.
Ocarina: found in the Shrine of Sleeping. Used to play the 3 songs, Ballad of the Wind Fish, Manbo’s Mambo, and Frog’s song of Soul.
Magic Rod: possibly the most powerful item, rivaled only by the L2 sword. It shoots fireballs which take out almost any enemy.
Flippers: allow you to swim in deep water. A to swim, B to dive. Found in Angler’s Tunnel.
Potion: perhaps the most useful of these items, if you run out of hearts, they’ll all be restored.
Magnifying Glass: Obtained through a series of trades which go as such: Yoshi Doll (won at Trendy game) for Ribbon (quintuplet’s mother) for Dog Food (Bowwow’s doghouse) for Bananas (Beach Banana house) for Stick (Monkey to right of front entrance of Kanalet Castle) for Honeycomb (Tarin, North of the Pig’s head rock [down 1, left 1, down 1, left 1 from front castle entrance]) for Pineapple (Bear Chef in Animal Village) for Hibiscus (Papahl in the mountains [down 1, left 1 from Chicken house]) for Letter (the Goat in Animal Village) for Broom (Mr. Write, Northern Mysterious woods) for Fishing Hook (Ulrira’s wife in Animal Village) for Necklace(Fishing Dude under bridge South-East Martha’s Bay) for Scale (Mermaid in Martha’s Bay) take the Scale to the statue in west Martha’s bay, insert it and you’ll enter a cave with the Magnifying glass in it.
Gold Leaves: Found at Kanalet Castle, one is on the left side, you throw a rock at the crow and kill it to get the first one, on the right side of the castle you kill the guy in the holes to get it, inside, one screen left, kill every enemy, proceed inward. Second level of the castle, bomb the statues on the walls to make them attack. The one on the right should yield the leaf, finally, you proceed to the outer balcony and in the right hand entrance. Throw a pot at the door inside to get to the Ball and Chain dude, kill him for leaf number 5
Secret Seashells: see "Seashell Locations” section.
Tail Key: found in Mysterious woods, north of raccoon after sprinkling magic dust on the varmint.
Slime Key: Found in Pothole Field, after giving Richard his leaves.
Angler’s Key: found in the Southwestern desert, after you kill the snake-like Lanmola.
Face Key: found in Face Shrine, north of Animal Village. Defeat the big Armos with your arrows.
Bird Key: found in cave south of chicken house in mountains. Must have Flying Rooster.
Eight Instruments: found at the end of each level. They include: Full Moon Cello, Conch Horn, Sea Lily Bell, Surf Harp, Wind Marimba, Coral Triangle, Organ of Evening Calm and Thunder Drum.
There are (by my count) 24 seashells in this game, but you never need more than 20 to get the level 2 sword.
South one screen of the Item shop in Mabe Village (cut bushes)
In Bowwow’s doghouse (dig)
West of Tail cave (run into a tree with boots)
West of Graveyard (one down, one left of witch’s shop)(dig)
Mysterious Forest (one west, one down from cave leading to mushroom)
North of Signpost Maze (in the tree next to the phone booth)
North of Key cavern (1 North, dig in the middle of the grass.)
East of Seashell House (Cut bushes)
Seashell House (must have exactly 5 shells to get it. Just approach the gate.)
Seashell House (Same as #9, but with 10 shells.)
North of Martha’s Bay (1 screen North, under a rock.)
West of Front gate to Kanalet Castle (there is a cave which you must have the Flying Rooster to get to)
Desert (Southeastern most corner of map, under rock)
Road to Face Shrine (where you get the Face Key)(2 screens east of Shrine. Under Armos.)
NE of Key Cavern (must have Flippers. Dig on north most island)
NW of Bay (there is a cave just WNW of Bay. Inside, on left side of wall, find bombing point. Follow out and dig north of exit.
South Martha’s Bay (up 1 from the bridge where you get the Necklace, dig by the little statue guy thing)
SW of Bay (Right 2 screens from the abandoned Beach house, you have to swim to this one which is under a bush.
Up 1, over 1 from #18 (under a bush)
Piece of Heart Locations:
West of Mabe, one up from the library (jump from ledge into well)
North of Mabe, Fishing pond (Catch the big fish on right side of screen)
In the Forest, left of Crazy Tracy’s
Left of where you get the honeycomb. In the cave, 2nd screen up, bomb the right wall.
In the desert. After beating the worm, fall down the hole in the middle, bomb the upper wall.
In the graveyard (start 1 right of the witch’s hut) 2nd screen down, push the lower right gravestone. It’s easiest with the hookshot.
In the river, 3 right from the entrance to level 4. In the cave, dive around.
In the moat of Kanalet Castle. Up one from the phone booth to the right of the castle, go up, into the moat, go left and around. 1 screen before you get to the bridge (while in the water) dive around. You’ll find it.
In the cave you went through to get the mushroom. You must have the Power Bracelet.
The next one is 3 left of the chicken house, down the stairs under the bush. If you bomb the bottom wall, and then go right, you’ll find it.
At Turtle Rock. When you go outside, it is one left of the final warp hole.
Tips and Tricks:
Stealing from the shop: if you pick up an item and stand behind the shopkeeper, he’ll look at you. When his back is turned, run out the door. From that point on, you’ll be known as THIEF. Oh, and if you set foot inside the shop again, you will pay...!
Save Money: after purchasing an item, while the money is still being deducted, save and quit. The quicker you do this, the more money you keep.
Trick Warp (Only in original, non DX version): if you go to the edge of a screen and push select as you start to go to the next screen, you’ll end up on the side opposite where you should be on the next screen. Be especially careful when using this trick in caves and dungeons.
When Chickens Attack: if you hit a chicken enough, the tormented bird will call its friends to attack you. If you roast the original chicken (with Magic Powder or the Magic Rod) however, its friends will stop attacking.
Increase inventory: if you need more bombs, arrows and magic powder, go see the bat in the Mysterious Forest (one up from the cave you go through to get the mushroom, it’s under a rock), Bay Area (go one down from the mermaid statue, across the gaps and down the stairs. After you go through the cave, go left and down the stairs.) And in the mountains (after getting past the falling rocks, go one left, it’s under a rock). Once inside his cave, throw magic powder into the well.
Boomerang: after getting the Magnifying Glass, go right 2 from where you got the L1 sword. Bomb open the cave and inside you can trade your shovel for the boomerang
Flying Marin: at the end of the game in the non-DX version, when it says the end, there is a sea gull that flies across the screen. If you haven't lost a single life, the seagull will be a winged Marin instead. In DX it shows a picture of Marin and a thank you message from the producers.
Trendy Game: I highly recommend that you practice and get really good at the Trendy game. I always have the Shovel and Bow and Arrows before entering level one because of this.
Exploding Arrows: If you equip bombs and arrows at the same time, you can press both buttons at the same time to shoot an arrow that blows on contact.
Different Music: If you enter your name as ZELDA in the start new game screen, you’ll hear alternate music.
Marin's Grudge: if you enter the Trendy Game while Marin is following you, she will pick up the game shop owner with the crane. It's a nice little bit of comic relief.
Sword: You start the game waking up in a house with Marin watching over you, you talk to her and her dad, who then gives you your shield, and leave. The general opinion of Marin and Tarin is that you should go to the beach and look for other things. Follow the path along the bottom of the screen outside their house till you run out of path and keep going south. When you come to some Oktoroks, go east one, push the Sea Urchins with your shield and go south, then east. Use the same method on the Urchin and pick up your sword. Before you can get it though, an owl appears and starts talking to you. He is boring and long-winded. Anyway, he tells you to go to the forest, blah, blah, blah, and you get your sword. Now you can trash some bozos! (I usually head back to the village and go play the trendy game to get the Yoshi doll, the Magic Powder, and enough rupees to buy the shovel. Time consuming, but worth it. Also, you can go to the fishing pond and get a Piece of Heart.)
Forest: To get to the forest of mystery, head back to the library and head north two spaces and cut the bush. Once inside, the owl will bore--sorry, inform you again. First thing in the forest is to get the Magic Powder (if you didn’t do like I do and get it at the Trendy Game). First, go up, right, up, right, work your way through the cave, (push the rocks to get out) and get the mushroom on the other side of the cave. Go back through the cave, then up 2, right 2, down 2, right 1, enter the witch’s hut, select the mushroom in the sub-screen and give it to her. She’ll make your powder. Now go back to the cave, go left and up. If you go up without taking care of the raccoon, you’ll end up on the other side of the forest. Sprinkle powder on the varmint and talk to Talon (the ‘coon’s true identity) and head up. After opening the chest, the owl will blabber on about the Tail Cave.
Level 1, Tail Cave: After getting the Tail Key, go back to one screen below the library. Go 3 spaces right, then go left so that you are south of the holes you saw. Down one, right one, and go up to the keyhole. Push it and the cave will open. Enter Level 1. This level is so simple, I don’t really think you need a guide, but here I am writing it anyway. First, go left, push the enemies down the hole with your shield, and grab the key. As you will soon find out, the compass is next to useless in this game, but if you want it, go left and go for it. If not, go up from the entrance. After taking care of the enemies, step on the button and grab the key. Go right, kill all enemies and grab the map, go up. Right one, grab the key (beware the Anti-Fairies), go right. If you have bombs (bought from Mabe shop after shovel) bomb the wall for a Seashell. Otherwise, go up 2, right one, around the blocks, left 2 (push the block so they’re all touching in the second screen) and kill the Spinies by hitting them with the shield and slashing them. Down the stairs, left 2, up 2, get Roc’s feather from chest, go back to the room above the room with the map. Left one, go around the blocks so that you’re on top, and go up. Jump across the gap, use a key in the block and go left for the boss key. Now back to the room above the map. Go right one, if you want the Stone Slab (or beak in DX), go up and hit the 3 guys when the symbols are the same to kill them. If you don’t want the beak, go right and fight the mini-boss. All you have to do to him is jump over his spiny log and slash him repeatedly. Go up two to fight the real boss, the Moldorm.
BOSS: Moldorm: to beat him, just avoid the pits and hit his tail till he blows up. Hint: if you hit him when he moves fast, you’ll deal more damage. For your effort, you get a heart container and the Full Moon Cello. Wow, that was a big worm. Now I'll catch me a humongous fish!
Saving Bowwow: After beating Moldorm, go left from the cave and the owl will appear again. When he’s done, go back the library. There two of the quintuplets will tell you to go to Madame MeowMeow’s house (left of Marin’s house). There you will notice a strange absence of chain chomps. Namely, Bowwow. You soon learn that he was kidnapped by Moblins. To get to them, go to the screen left one and up two screens from the witch’s hut, jump across the holes, go up, right and into the cave. It’s very simple from here. Kill enemies till you get to the big Moblin. This guy is hardly even a mini boss. You just avoid him, stay close to the left or right wall and let him hit the wall when he charges. He’ll then be stunned and vulnerable to sword attacks. Lather, rinse, repeat. After that, just go right, push the rock to which bowwow is attached to and presto, you’re holding his leash. Yay? Don’t bother returning Bowwow to his owner. She’ll just tell you to take him for a walk. Besides you need him to get into Goponga Swamp. To do this, get back to where you got the Tail Key, then left, up, right 2, up one. In case you haven’t noticed, Bowwow will eat enemies. This is exactly why you need him, because he eats the Indigestible Flowers of Goponga Swamp. Go right from here, and it may be a good idea to grab 50 rupees (down and right) but you don't have to. Either way, just go right from the giant Flower, have Bowwow open the way and head into Bottle Grotto.
Level 2: Bottle Grotto: To start out, go up, light the torches with magic powder, and go right. Kill the Stalfos, and grab the key. If you want the compass, go down. If you want the map (or beak in DX) go left 2 (use the key) and up one. If you don’t care enough, go right 2 spaces. Here, you see some Shy Guys (with masks). You can’t win a frontal assault on them, but if you go up to the blocks and hit their masks, you’ll be bounced back. Hold out your sword and back up toward the blocks, release for the kill and collect another key. After that, go right one and down one by hitting the orb (crystal switch). You can snag another key here, too, by hitting the switch and opening the chest. Move right. If the blocks are down, you can just jump across the gaps (don’t forget the Magic Powder) hit the button, hit the switch, grab the key and move on. When you get to the room with spinies and a locked door, use the key, and in the next room, push the two blocks onto the different colored tiles to move on. Go through the side-scrolling cave, and over the gaps in the next room. Up one from here, you fight the mini boss Cyclops. He’s pretty basic, but you want to keep as close as possible. If he charges you and grabs you, you’ll pay dearly with hearts. Spin attacks work well on this guy. Go right and up from here. In this room you’ll meet an enemy that sucks you into the pits. The best way to beat it is to power up your sword and jump at it, releasing just before you land. It can take a few tries, but worth learning. After that, grab the map (or stone slab if you're not playing DX) and head up. Before doing anything else (besides fight) get the flying powder. You’ll need it. Go through the locked door. In this room, you’ll find a pair of ghosts who can’t be hit with a sword until you spread a little sunshine. Just light the torches and put them in their place. Your prize is the Power Bracelet. Now just go right 4 screens (lower side of screens) and down one. To get the Nightmare’s Key, beat the baddies in this order: Pol’s Voice (rabbit thing you hit with pot) Keese (bat) and Stalfo (cloaked skeleton) from here, go up, right and down the stairs after all the Pol's Voices are dead. The first of these two underground screens is pretty basic. The second screen is more difficult. To get past it, pick up a pot and bring it to the top of the dropping elevator. It’ll struggle, but just can’t hold both you and the pot. Up the stairs and across the pits to the boss’s room we go!
BOSS: Genie: you can’t touch this guy at first, so just dodge his fireballs till he goes inside his bottle. Hit the bottle, then when it stops, pick it up and throw it at the wall. Repeat until the bottle breaks. Then the Genie attacks for real. He warps around the room and throws fireballs. Spin attack him when he appears. Soon he’ll be dead. Your reward will be a heart container and the Conch Horn. What a jerk! He never even offered to grant my 3 wishes.
Richard and the Castle in the Prairie: Before doing anything else, take Bowwow back home. Madame MeowMeow will give you a kiss for returning her chain chomp—err, dog. After that, you must do all the trading up to the bananas (refer to trade sequence in items). After getting all the necessary items, go 2 screens right of Mabe Village shop. This is the first warp point you see. From here, go down 2, and just keep going down and right till you get to a house. Inside is Richard. He’ll tell you about the golden leaves. Agree to help him and go to the castle (right, up 3, right, up 2, right, up). When you get there, you find that the drawbridge is up. In order to enter, you must go right a few screens and talk to the monkey. It’ll call its friends, after you give it the banana, to build a bridge. When they leave, a stick will be left behind. Before entering the castle, make sure you have bombs. They’ll be in the shop by now, even if you haven’t bought a shovel yet, but you should buy a shovel soon because you'll need it. Anyway, to get into the castle, go up till you see the phone booth, go left, cut the bush and go down the stairs. It’s pretty basic in there. To get all the leaves, refer to the items section. They’re all covered. After getting all five, go back to Richard and he’ll tell you to push the box behind him. Do so and enter. In the cave, you can snag another Seashell by pushing the rock into the pit and jumping over. Once you get through, you’ll be in the pothole field. If you are careful and cut as many bushes as possible, you’ll have no trouble. At the end of the pothole maze, dig around the statue thing to find the Slime Key. HINT: after getting the key, instead of going back through the maze, just save and quit. When you come back, you’ll be at the cave entrance. This is a whole lot easier than backtracking. After getting back to the entrance to Richard’s house, go back the way you came to get there in the first place. You’ll notice a keyhole like at Tail Cave. Do the same thing here. Now you have to go all the way around to get in. go down to Richard’s, go right, up 3, and left. Jump across the water onto the islands. Stay on the lower side of the screen and you’ll find yourself at the entrance of the Key Cavern.
Level 3: Key Cavern: in the first room, there is a closed door and an open passage. Don’t bother going right. You can’t get the key in there yet. Instead, throw a pot at the door and go up. In the following rooms, it’s a good idea to kill all enemies. You usually get keys or rupees. In the room with the Blobberts, don’t bother with the chest. It’s just an enemy. From here, just go up till you come to a staircase. Go down. There you’ll see 4 locked doors. You only need to go through the top and right IN THAT ORDER! The top one has both a key and a crystal switch, the right one takes you to the next section of the level. Go up first, hit the switch and backtrack. Now you can get the Beak (or Stone Slab in original) in the chest that was next to the first staircase. Then take the right door. Work over to the stairs and go up. In this room, you can get a key by killing all enemies. There are blobberts hiding in the floor, so walk around. Up one, right one, up one. This is the mini boss. They like bombs. Better feed him by placing them right in front of the mouths. Gulp. Yum. Boom. For your trouble, you get the Pegasus Boots. After getting them, go to the room right under the bomb-eaters and go left. Just fight the enemies (the warping monsters are nasty, but when you get used to their warp pattern, you can predict where they’ll appear.), then go up 2. Here you can refill your bombs. Go up on the platform and down. Grab the map (or 20 rupees in DX) and head down again. You may want to warp back to the entrance and go right now. To get the key, just charge the black circle thing and kill it that way. Then, go up from the entrance, stay on the left and head up. Eventually, you’ll come to a Mini-blobbert. Kill it, then go around and kill the stalfos in the same room, and get 200 rupees. Head back to where the mini boss was, and go one down from it, right and up. Right and up again will get you to a room with living bombs. Time your slashes so that they explode while they’re not close. After killing everything, go left. Here you can get the compass, but more importantly, the left wall is bombable. To the left is a key after you kill the bombs. Go back to the room before the timed bombs, bomb the lower wall, and you’ll find a large gap. To cross, select the boots and feather, run at it and jump. Then go up and across the gap to get the Nightmare’s Key. Go left, down, left, and you’ll see some locked blocks off to the right. Go through the narrow passage and follow the other locked blocks. Go down the stairs. The big red block is in your way, so be assertive and slam it with the boots. In the next screen, you have to use the boots-feather strategy if you don’t want to take damage. In the next room, three warpers await. Just charge them. They won’t be able to warp fast enough. Next room over, if you kill all the Keese, you get a useless key. Next room is the boss.
BOSS: Big Slime Eye: to make him get down, ram the wall. At first, he’s one big eye, but if you whack it with the sword till it gets really thin, then ram it, it’ll change into 2 smaller eyes. Just whack them and avoid them when they drop and they will die. When you beat it, you get a heart container and the Sea Lily’s Bell. Who’s up for fried, slimy eyeballs?
The Desert and the Waterfall: when you exit the Key Cavern, the Owl will talk to you again. When he stops, go up to the warp point you saw earlier. Go right, up right, talk to Talon and trade for the honeycomb. Next, go back to the entrance to the castle, down 3, right one, cut the bush, down the stairs, ram the weird blocks and when you emerge, you’ll be on the other side of the river. Down 2, right 1. This will get you to animal village. In the bottom left corner of the village is a house with a bear cook. He wants some honeycomb, and for it he’ll give you valuable info (and a Pineapple). From the bear’s house, go down one, left one, and find the next warp point. Jump in to go back to Mabe. When you get back, you could find out that Marin is at the beach, or you could just go straight there. So go down to the house where you got the bananas, from there, go right 2, down one. Here you find Marin, and she’ll talk to you. Afterward, she’ll follow you around. Take her back to Animal Village. From the entrance of the village, go down 3, right 2. Here is the Walrus. Go up to him, have Marin sing, and the fat boy will roll off the road. Just go into the desert, and head up 2. Here is the boss with the Angler’s Key. Hit his head when he appears, stay away from the middle, and it’s a sure win. Now to head to Level 4. first, go back to where you saved Bowwow, and head up. Throw the rocks and head right 4. Down, up and right 2. Here is another keyhole, you know what to do. Backtrack to where you saw some stairs leading up to the mountains. Head on up. Go into the cave, go right, push blocks to get the stairs. Down, right, if you want some rupees, go out the first exit, if not, go right and out. From here, go right 3 and jump down. Enter Level 4.
Level 4: Angler’s Tunnel: first off, go up, right, and down. You must fight everyone to get here, but you get a key. Stay out of the deep end. When you go back up, you can get the compass here, but once again, I wouldn’t bother. Go left one (don’t bother with the locked door yet). Go to the upper part of the screen, right, if you need the Beak (or stone slab) go right, otherwise go up 2, right 1. Go up one to get the map, across the gap to continue on. Use the boots-feather combo to get across. In the next room over, get the key by bombing the cracked rock and pushing the block. Go up 2 to get another key. In this room, killing anti-fairies (with magic powder) can make things easier. Backtrack all the way back to the compass room, go through the locked door. Use a key to go up 2, and across the gap with the feather and boots. Up, use your remaining key, go left, down 2, left 2, up (the chest here contains an enemy) up, right 1. Grab the key, go around to the room up 1 from the owl statue (or stone slab) and spinies. Go through the door, and fight the mini boss. To beat him, just hide around the corner of the big middle block and hit him as he gets near, before he turns (his front side is invulnerable). In the next room, you must pull the chain to reverse the blocks moving together, and go through. In the next room you get the flippers. Go down. The masked enemies can only be hit from the back, so tread lightly. You’ll notice a shining tile. Step on it, and another tile will start shining. Keep stepping on the tiles in the correct order. Remember the order to step on the tiles. 1 down, 2 right, and you’ll have to do it again, but this time you don’t see them shine. All the tiles in the right order will earn you a staircase. Here you’ll find thwomps, which will crash down on you. Either dash past, or lure them down and pass as they’re on their way back up. In the second room, you must lure it down, climb up the ladder and jump on top of it before it reaches the top. When you’re on it, wait for it to reach the top and jump left. Get out and go down to get the Nightmare’s Key. Don’t backtrack, just go up, jump off, go right 2 and up 2, then right. Here you’ll find a staircase. If in the screen left of here, you killed the two blobberts, a key will be waiting for you down the stairs. Back up, left, down 2, left, and up through the door by pushing the button. Through the locked blocked, down the stairs. Give Link some wet undies, jump in the water, fight the fish and continue. Go left, up, and down the stairs. Down from here gets you to the Angler.
BOSS: Angler Fish: this battle is completely underwater. The best strategy is to stay up top and attack from there. You may take some damage, but not too much. Besides, you get a piece of heart and the Surf Harp. Who wants fish sticks?
The Ghost and Martha’s Bay: after leaving the Tunnel, go left to get Manbo’s Mambo. This is a warp song that will take you to Manbo’s Pond (or the beginning of a level if you happen to be in one). Go back to the entrance of the Angler’s Tunnel, down the stairs and through the cave. Wander around outside for a while and a ghost will start following you. He’ll tell you to go to the house by the bay. To get there, go down 1 screen up from where you got Marin to follow you, right, down. Go in, let the ghost look around and he’ll tell you to take him to his grave. To get there, go to the witch’s hut, left, down, up. When you reach the grave, the ghost tells you to look in his house. Refer to Seashell hunting for more info. Then the owl appears again. Get it over with and head down to Martha’s Bay. Right in the middle is the Catfish’s Maw. There are a lot of rupees in there, so you may want to save up and buy a bow and arrow set so you can make the most of all those rupees later on. If you’ve been collecting seashells, you can get the level 2 sword now. Once you’ve tied up loose ends, go to the Catfish’s Maw, dive by the rock on the lower right side. Go through and enter Level 5.
Level 5: Catfish’s Maw: This is perhaps the first truly challenging level if you are new to this game. The L2 sword will make things much easier. First, go left 2. Kill all enemies, and go left again. Next room you can grab the compass. Down the stairs, you will find two small platforms on chains. Jump on one to make the other one go down. Use this to get past the next screen, too. Next screen, cut all the bushes (if you can call them that) and push the blocks together. Get the key, head back to the room before the compass. Go up 3. To fight the big Stalfo, hit it with the sword, and then bomb him while he’s collapsed. When he runs, go right. When you open the chest, it’ll be empty. The guy you just fought has it, and you have to fight him 3 more times. Go up, push the middle block and go left, then go back, push the block, go up, go back, push the button and the block and go right. Here is another big Stalfo location. Go left, up 2, left, (in this room all enemies must be dead, so lure out a blobbert by throwing a pot and going into the corner in the middle of the room), up, fight the big Stalfo again. Before going anywhere else, go left and get the Stone Slab (Map in DX). Go back to where you got your first key and go left. Fight the big Stalfo for the last time and get the hookshot. Trick or Treat. Looks like you got a treat. Now you go back to the room before you fought the big Stalfo the second time. Go left, up, and dive in the middle of the water. Get through the water passage. After that, shoot the hookshot at the folded bridge across the gap. It’ll be extended and you can get the Nightmare’s key. Go back to the room with the block you push in the middle. Go up from here and then use the hookshot to get across the gap to the chest off to the right. Go right, and grab the key. Now go back to the site of the first battle with the big Stalfo. Go left, if you want the map (beak in DX) after killing all enemies. Otherwise, go up, left 2 (use the hookshot to cross the traps unharmed) grab the key, and go right 2. Go up 1, left 1. Here you’ll find the true mini boss, twin Ghomas. Just either use the bow or hookshot to hit their eyes when they open them. From here, go down the stairs. Second screen, use the hookshot on the dragon’s head to get up and climb the stairs. Go through the locked block and hookshot across the gap. Left and up will get you to the boss.
BOSS: Wall Snake: avoid the tail spinning in the middle. It’s a real pain. When it sticks its head out of the wall, shoot the hookshot into it and pull it out. Hit it repeatedly to kill. Repeat the process. Beware! If an entire snake comes out of the hole, it isn’t real. It will blow up and hurt you. The real one will stay attached to the wall. For your trouble, you’ll get the standard heart container and the Wind Marimba. (Sorry, no clever remark for this one)
The Two Shrines: So you’ve survived this far. What’s next? Go to the part of the river where you first crossed to get to animal village. Go up, right 2, the owl will show up and waste your time again. When he’s done, go right 2, down 2, left 2, up 1, around to the left, down, left, and up. On the way to the shrine, you’ll have to fight a couple of armos. Just use arrows or bombs. You will need arrows to get the face key which is in the shrine I just led you to. This shrine is too simple. Just go up and fight the big Armos. Arrows will take it out no problem. You get the Face Key for a win. Go up and read the wall (you must light the torches first) and leave. That damn owl (it’s America. I can say “damn.”) will talk again. Exit the shrine area. Go left, up and right. There are lots of rocks to go through. Go into the water (if you need a boost, bomb the wall for a fairy fountain) and go down. There is a small island with two armos. The one on the left has a staircase under it. Get through the cave, go up and stick that key where it belongs. Enter the Face Shrine.
Level 6: Face Shrine: first off, go left. Here you’ll find some new enemies, Wizrobes. Shoot them with arrows or bomb them. Go up 2, left 1. This is an important room. First, hit the switch so that the floor tiles are down, then, place a bomb next to the switch. Before it blows, get on the lowered tile in the upper left and go up. Throw pots until you find a button. Go through the door the button opens, up 2 from here. To go up the second time, throw a pot at the door. Go right, you can now get the compass. Hit the switch in the upper left corner and head down 1, right 2, up one. Kill all enemies (the anti-fairy doesn’t count for this), get the key and backtrack to the room before the compass room. Down one, if you want the Stone Slab/Beak, go right. Otherwise, go down. To get through here, go to the bottom right corner, shoot the switch, shoot it again and before it hits, go up. This should make it so you have no choice but to go right. From here, go down, hit the switch using the bomb method and go up. Bomb the right wall. This is a dark room, and you must kill all enemies (blobberts in the floor) and go down the stairs. Here, you’ve got a big, bouncy energy ball enemy avoid it, and go left. Next room, you the easiest way through is to stay on the ladders. Jump across when it’s clear. Go up. Here, you must clear the room of all enemies again. Pretty straight forward. Up from here will get you the L2 power bracelet. Now, in the middle of the room are two statues that look kind of like elephants. Lift them to continue. From here, you want to head back to the entrance, but if you throw the statue at the door here, you can get some cash on the way. Ok, you’re back at the entrance, now go right. It is possible to get through without it, but using the power bracelet will make this room even easier. Go right. In the next room, use your shield while standing in a corner to foil the tiles’ plan of hurting you. When they’re done dinging up your shield, go up 3 (bomb the wall in the second room up) and fight the mini boss. All you have to do is throw his own ball at him to win. 2 fairies for killing him! That’s generosity! Up one, grab the statue and go down the stairs. Here, the feather is your best friend, so use it to jump over the bubbles and from ladder to ladder. Go over one, and up 2. When you get out, more tiles will attack. Hold them off till they stop to get a key. Up one, left one. Here, grab the horse heads and throw them. When they’re both standing upright, the door will open. Go left one, down the stairs. Down here are lots of Thwimps (mini-Thwomps). Just run under them with the boots and continue on. Pol’s Voices greet you when you get out. Arrows and bombs will make them dead. Go down and you’ll meet the same bomb lovers from level 3. Left from here, and jump off the ledge. Go up to get a key, and down 3, and fight the Wizrobes. Left and just go up and you’ll know you’ve been here before. Backtrack to where the bomb lovers were, go left, but this time, hookshot across and head up. When you come to a chest, throw a pot at it to get the Nightmare’s Key. Now go back to the room with the attacking tiles (the ones that covered holes) and go down. Here you must clear the room of blobberts before moving on. The easiest way is to kill the thing in the middle that’s sucking you in and stand where it used to be. All the enemies will appear and commit suicide to try and get to you. Right one, take out the Wizrobe, beware the Beamos, and go up. If you need a quick pick-me-up before the boss, light the torches in this room. You’ll get two fairies. Go up one to fight the boss.
BOSS: Wall Face: this guy is cake. First, go to the corner (it doesn’t matter which), pick up a pot and put up your shield. Once the tiles stop flying, the face will appear and you can bomb it till it dies. Watch out for the holes it opens up and you’ll be fine. For your trouble, you get the piece of heart the face was hoarding and the Coral Triangle. Walls moving? Call an exorcist. Moving floors? Call Link!
The Flying Rooster and the Mountain Tower: when you exit the shrine, the owl is waiting for you. When he stops talking, go toward Mabe Village. Right of the warp point, go down 2. Across the gap will get you to the signpost maze. If you don’t have 300+ rupees now, leave and come back when you got some cash. Read the sign. Follow the signs instructions EXACTLY! The next sign is directly down from this one. Hint: read carefully. Read a sign twice and you must repeat the whole maze. The only place you could find some trouble is in the lower left corner of the maze. Just use the hookshot and it’s easy. Eventually you’ll find a sign that says: “Great! You did it! Your reward is this way.” Go down the stairs that appear and meet Mamu the Frog. Pay 300 rupees to learn the Frog’s song of Soul. Afterward, go to the statue one up from Marin’s house in Mabe. You can now push it to reveal the resting place of the Flying Rooster. Play the Frog’s song and the rooster comes back to life. If you pick up the rooster with the bracelet, you’ll fly. Now go up to the mountains. If you start at the point where you jumped down to the Angler’s Tunnel, go right till you come to some stairs. Up the stairs and left 2 is a house and a cave. The house is the cuckoo house. The cave is where you find the Bird Key. You must have the Rooster to reach it. Afterward, if you start at the bottom of the stairs mentioned earlier, go right till you reach a cave. Go through it. If you haven’t got 20 seashells by now, bomb the wall in the cave next to the dry floor. After getting through the cave, go right and into the next cave you see. It’s the same basic concept for the next cave, but you’ll need to use the hookshot. After that, you can visit a fairy if you bomb the wall. After that, go through the only other cave. When you get out, you’ll find yourself one screen right of the Eagle’s Tower. After sticking the key in the keyhole, go into the Eagle’s Tower.
Level 7: Eagle’s Tower: first, go right 2. watch the spikes, traps, and Like Likes (they Like, Like to eat your shield) kill everyone 2nd screen and use the key. Upstairs you can only go up. inside, you’ll find a ball and some blocks going towards each other (like in level 4). Throw the ball near the blocks and pull the chain. Pick up the ball on the way out. In the next room is a big pillar. Throw the ball at it. It will collapse. Now jump across the gap, leaving the ball where it is. By the way, if the ball falls down a hole, just go to where you found it in the first place. Down 2 from the first pillar, is a switch. Hit it and go back to the ball. Bring it one down and hit the next pillar. In the screen left of the first pillar, leave the ball next to the hole. Up one. Here you can get the compass. Down the stairs with you. Left (go along the top), down 2 up the stairs. Down one. Fight the Cyclops, grab the key, and go up 2. let the tiles run out and go right. Push the block into the hole and use the ball to destroy the next pillar. Next take the ball back to the switch (one down from the 2nd pillar) and throw it over the barrier. Now go back to the Cyclops room and go right. It is crucial that you kill all three enemies here. Go right and get the ball and bring it back left one. Throw the ball over the hole. Go up to the room that had the third pillar. Bomb between the torches along the bottom wall. Go down, bomb the next wall down, and you’ll be in the room where you left the ball. Take it up one, and bust the next pillar. Cut to a scene outside where the 4th level of the tower falls into the 3rd. now go right of the room down one from where you are. You will have to go and muck around downstairs. All you got to do is go down one and fall down the hole, go left and up. You’ll recognize where you are. Once you get to your destination, hit the switch with an arrow or bomb. Then bomb the switch so that you’re walking on the raised tiles. Go right and up to grab the Mirror Shield (L2) go back to the switch room by hitting the switch in the shield room while on the raised tiles and going down and left. Now go up the stairs, up one, right one. Now you fight the mini boss. To beat him, just kill all the little flies in one go. Up one, and get the Nightmare’s Key. Go down and left 2 and up one. Climb the stairs and hookshot across. you can find the map one up and one right from here. If you don’t care, go down and right. Up the stairs, keep going up, and you’ll find the boss.
BOSS: Eagle: the eagle can be tough. Stay as close to the middle as possible and hit it’s head at every opportunity. The shield is an absolute must. The most effective weapon is the L2 sword, but if your not full health or don’t have it, use the arrows or hookshot. After a few hits, it’ll hover on the top left or right of the screen and either dive at you or shoot feathers at you. When it dives, hit it (it’s easiest to do this with a sword) when it shoots feathers, hold up the shield and walk towards the eagle. His heart container is very rewarding, and the Organ of Evening Calm is just icing on the cake. Tastes like chicken.
The Journey through the Mountains: When you leave the tower, go back to the chicken house. Go left. Hookshot across, go left. Here Marin will be stranded. Hookshot across, and you’ll grab Marin on the way. After she leaves, the Owl will show up again. Don’t worry though, you won’t have to listen to him many more times now. Go left, cut the bush and go down the stairs. Go left, down the stairs, left, across the gap, left and out of the cave. When you get out, there will be some falling boulders. Just dodge, go left and around so that you can go right and up. left 2, jump down the ledge, bomb the wall and go into the cave. Up one is the game’s way of telling you that you’d better have the mirror shield to pass. Just use it to deflect the fireballs and go out. Left, down, left 2. to wake up the turtle, play the Frog’s Song of Soul. After a short battle, enter Turtle Rock.
Level 8: Turtle Rock: up one from the entrance, you’ll meet a nasty bat named Vire. He runs from the sword at close range, so use projectiles. A good hit or two will make it split into two mini bats. When they charge, either dodge or kill them to finish the guy. Left from here, kill all enemies, and go up. here is the all-too-familiar Cyclops. Kill him and go left. This is one of the more interesting features of the game, unique to this level in this game out of all other games in the Zelda series. The weird block that’s bouncing slightly will move when pushed. After that, it will move whichever way you push on the D-pad. If it hits a wall or the floor, it’ll disappear. Wherever it goes, it’ll create a floor. Fill the holes in and reveal a treasure chest. Go down from here, left to fight the same mini boss from level 1, and go up. kill the Vire to get a key, and if you want the compass, down two from here. Backtrack to the first room where you saw the first Vire. Go up here, right, go right again after creating a bridge. Bomb the right wall, hit the switch and go down. Fill in the holes for a key and go right to fight the mini boss from level 6. go left till you find the bat again, then up and right. This time go to the upper right and push a block into the lava. If you bomb the wall in the upper left hand corner (use the exploding arrows), go up, left 2 (bomb able walls are all over in this particular section of the level. Shoot between the bubbles to hit the statue along the top of the screen. Hit the eye and get a key. Go left to get another key. Go back right 2, up the small staircase and left. Hookshot across, go through the locked block and down the stairs. The feather is your best friend here. After getting through, go down and fight the mini boss, Blaino. The best way to fight him is with the spin attack. Dodge his mega punch and you’ll be fine. Up from here, and you’ll get the Magic Rod. There’s a reason that it was put here and not, say, earlier in level 2 or 3. it’s super powerful! It’s like having a second sword. Great for killing just about any enemy. Now backtrack to the statue you shot with arrows, up one and head out. This piece of heart is so obvious that you’d have to be avoiding them like the plague to pass it up. Go right 2 and dive back in the cave. There is a key in there, but to get it, you have to throw bombs down to the bomb-lovers (if you haven’t noticed, the only mini bosses missing from Turtle Rock are the ones from levels 5 and 7). Head back to the room where you push the floor creator over the lava (2 down from the stairs to get to Blaino) and go down the stairs there. There are ice blocks here, and you must have the fiery Magic Rod to get past them. Using the feather and rod together will make the second screen possible. When you get out, go through the locked door. Here you’ll find a fiery version of the mini boss from level 4. same strategy, less room to move around. Up from here, you can get the Nightmare’s Key. Just fill in all the holes. It may take a couple tries, but have patience. Now go to the room left of the crystal switch. Down the stairs there. This place is a lot like the other ice block room, but you’ve got to get tricky with your jumps. First go to the top of the stairs, work your way to the top of the screen, and shoot down. When you are lined up just right, shoot left to melt the offending block that’s in your way. Now melt the rest and jump from the top of the screen so that you can continue. Next room, go along the bottom (melt the bottom row) and shoot up the second column so that you get a nice staircase of ice. Onward! When you exit, you’ll find yourself facing the Nightmare’s Door.
BOSS: Hothead: this guy is very easy. Fight fire with fire by standing lower center of the screen and shooting as fast as you can when he jumps out. There is no real trick to it. When he bounces around, you shouldn’t need to take any damage. Beating him will get you his Heart Container and the Thunder Drum. Finally, a proper barbecue! No more stir fry!
The Egg Calls: first, complete the trade sequence. Without the Magnifying glass, you’ll be stuck in the Egg forever (or at least until you exit). After getting it, go to the library and read “Dark Secrets and Mysteries of Koholint Island” the book will say; “Round and round the passageways of the egg,” then give a series of eight arrows. The order of the arrows is completely random, for example, mine said right, up, up, right, up, up, right, up. I’ve had many other combinations, too. Now go up to the Egg (if you don’t know where it is, just look at the atlas in the library. It’s along the top of the map, a big oval on a mountain). when you get there, play the Ballad of the Wind Fish. Before entering, you may want to finish all side quests and save.
The Wind Fish’s Egg: this level, if you can call it that, is simple. Just go through the rooms in the order told to you in Dark Secrets and Mysteries. When you’ve gone through the eight rooms in the correct order, jump down the hole. Enter the final boss.
BOSS: Master Nightmare: This guy is by far, the worst enemy in the game, going through his various stages. They go like this:
Blob: in this form, he just bounces around. Magic Powder will make him move on to the next form. Alternately, if you're into wasting time, you can hit him with your sword. Eventually he will just move on.
Shadow of Aghanim: an enemy from A Link to the Past, hit his energy balls back to him with the sword to give him a taste of his own medicine.
Shadow of Moldorm: same strategy as in level 1, a little tougher, and without pits.
Shadow of Gannon: Gannon was the final boss of a Link to the Past, but he’s back for revenge! Spin attack and dodge his bats and polearm weapon.
Chaser: this is what I guess it’s called. Just use the boots and get on with it. Weird.
Final Stage: True Nightmare (Death Eye?): this is the toughest of all the stages. Arrows are your savior here, so jump over his spinning appendages and shoot the eye when it opens.
I just put this in so that no one could complain that the walkthrough was incomplete. As you should know, you can only enter the color dungeon in DX and you must be playing a Game Boy Color.
To enter, go to the library and charge the bookcase with the book on top of it. Read the book, and it’ll tell you how to get into the dungeon. You push the graves in the directions listed, in numerical order. Now go to the witch’s hut. Go right, down, right. These are the five graves mentioned in the book, and they’re ready to be pushed. Before you can enter, you must tell each skeleton what color it is, and that’s only possible in color. Up one, you’ll find enemies that blend in with the colored floor. Right one, and here you must turn all the red things to blue. The major thing you’ve got to remember is that when one turns, so do the ones up, left, right and down from it. Next room, it’s a good idea to kill the floating guy with the bombs first. Now, each tile will bounce you a number of times according to what color it is. Go right, if you want the beak, hit the enemies and throw them into the appropriate color hole. Down, kill all enemies, left, grab the key, and up 2. here is a mini boss. Dodge the rocks and hit him with the sword. Left, push the button and go up and right, kill everyone to get a key, go back left and down. You will need to backtrack to this room. Go right, down, up 2 turn all the things blue to get a key, right kill all enemies and go up. the mini boss, like he says, isn’t easy, but once you sprinkle some powder on him, you can use the sword. Left one, push the blocks (side ones first) to get the nightmare’s key. Backtrack to where I said you’d need to 4 sentences ago. Hop across and go left is another room where you have to make all the things blue. Keep hitting them and you’ll get it. Up one, use your key to go left and up to get to the nightmare’s room.
BOSS: Color Boss: just hit him with the sword till he turns red an explodes. Hint: the Magic rod works best on this guy. The only reason for beating this dungeon is to get new clothes which the Great Fairy gives. Red clothes double your sword’s power, blue will reduce the damage you take by half. They are kind of like constant Pieces of Power or Guardian Acorns. The choice is yours, but I recommend the blue clothes if you have the L2 sword, red if you don’t.