Kholdstare

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Kholdstare

Kholdstare[1] is the boss of the Ice Palace,[2] a dungeon in the Dark World of A Link to the Past. It is a large white ball, which in the second phase of the battle splits into three. Furthermore, it is covered in a large amount of thick ice.

Strategy

The first phase of the battle consists of Kholdstare just being in a block of ice while making ice fall from the ceiling.[3] To melt the block of ice, use the Fire Rod eight times.[4][5] Alternatively, Link can use the Bombos Medallion a single time to melt the ice.[6] Once Kholdstare is exposed, it is revealed to have three bodies,[7] which all start to move around the room. In order to damage them, Link can use either his Sword or Fire Rod;[8] the Sword is easier, but the Fire Rod is more affective. This boss battle is much easier if Link has acquired the Magic Meter upgrade from Kakariko Village. Fairies and such might help as well, but magic is more important in this fight. After killing all three of the bodies, Kholdstare is defeated, leaving behind a Heart Container. Link can then grab the container, as well as the fifth Crystal.[9]

Trivia

  • Due to a coding glitch, the animation of the ice around Kholdstare melting was not implemented. Instead, the ice just disappears after a few frames, which is a lot less aesthetically pleasing. This was fixed in the GBA remake.[10]

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References

  1. "The villain, Kholdstare lurked deep in the palace dungeons." — A Link to the Past Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 94
  2. "Your plunge into the final Ice Palace pit takes you into Kholdstare's lair." — Nintendo Power A Link to the Past Four Swords Strategy Guide, pg. 73
  3. "The monster at first will shield itself in ice while chunks drop from the ceiling." — Nintendo Power A Link to the Past Four Swords Strategy Guide, pg. 73
  4. "Warm things up with the Fire Rod. Eight blasts will melt the ice block and release Kholdstare." — A Link to the Past Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 156
  5. "Melt the protective ice with Fire Rod blasts." — Nintendo Power A Link to the Past Four Swords Strategy Guide, pg. 73
  6. "Use the Bombos spell to do some initial damage in Kholdstare's lair[...]" — Nintendo Power A Link to the Past Four Swords Strategy Guide, pg. 73
  7. "Surprise! Kholdstare is not one, but three different bodies." — A Link to the Past Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 156
  8. "A combination of using the Fire Rod and the Sword is a great way to destroy him." — A Link to the Past Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 156
  9. "Finish off the eyeballs to gain a Heart Container—and another crystal!" — Nintendo Power A Link to the Past Four Swords Strategy Guide, pg. 73
  10. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES), The Cutting Room Floor Wiki