13.1 Reaching the Tower

After completing Turtle Rock, it is now time to take on Ganon’s Tower. Just walk to the left two screens, defeating or avoiding the enemy Lynels along the way. Ganon’s Tower is located in the Dark World, corresponding to location of the Tower of Hera in the Light World.

Walk up to the tower and the seven maidens will break the seal to the tower, revealing a staircase and allowing Link to enter the final dungeon.

13.2 Ganon's Tower

During this first portion of Ganon’s Tower, there are two distinctive routes that Link can take, both which end up at the same location. Link can travel down the steps at the top-left or the top-right of this room, but only needs to take 1 of the 2 paths. This guide will cover the easier of the two, so take the staircase at the top-left of the room.

There is a key on top of one of the torches in this room, but it isn’t actually needed. Simply ignore it and head left a screen. Lift the pot at the southeast corner of the room to find a small key.

There are four moles in this room that Link can hammer. Hit two of them so that you can push the central block, causing the door to open. Head onward to the left a screen.

Pull out the Hookshot and use it to reach the platform in the center of the room, and then once again to reach the southwest platform, and then to the eastern platform. Use the Hookshot again to reach the larger platform at the south end of the room.

The locked door to the right just leads to the Dungeon Map, so you can ignore it. Hit the crystal switch to lower the blue blocks. Use the Cane of Somaria to place a red block right next to the crystal switch. Then walk to the south end of the room and use the cane a second time, causing the block to burst, hitting the crystal switch and raising the blue blocks. Continue down to the next room.

There is a small key at the southeast part of this room, so grab it if you need one. Use the Cane of Somaria to place a block down to the left of the crystal switch. Walk to either the northeast or southeast part of the room and use the cane again, causing the blue blocks to lower. Use the small key and head through to the next room.

Hit the crystal switch and then carefully make your way over to the warp portal on the right side of the room. Carefully walk through this room and you’ll find a lone block on the left side. Push it to the left, causing a treasure chest to appear on the other side of the gap. Hookshot across and open it to get a small key. Use the key to head through the nearby locked door.

There are a series of warp tiles in this room and each time you’ll have a few options as to which one you want to step on. From the entrance of this room, step on the tiles in the following order.

-Step on the warp tile to the right.
-Step on the warp tile at the bottom-left.
-Step on the warp tile at the bottom-left of the room.

Then walk to the northeast corner of the room and step on the warp tile. Step onto the adjacent warp tile and then back your way east a screen.

Here you will find yourself in a large open room. NOTE: If from the dungeon entrance your initially went down the staircase to the top-right, you would have ended up entering this room from the right. Make your way to the top of the room and you’ll find two skull pots. ONLY lift the top of the two pots.

Now make your way to the top of the screen, but don’t go through the door. Look to the right and you’ll find a torch. Use the fire rod to light the torch and a pathway will be illuminated. You can then use the hookshot on the skull pot below to quickly reach the pathway. Quickly maneuver through the room before the torch goes out. If the torch does go out, you can always use the Ether Medallion to temporarily see the pathway. Once you reach the end of the pathway, head up through the doorway.

Lift the pot at the southeast part of the room and open the treasure chest to get some arrows. Place a bomb on the cracked floor to blow open a hole in the ground and then drop down to the floor below.

Here you will fight the Armos Knights once again, but this time the ground floor is solid ice, making it slippery to maneuver around. If you have the Silver Arrows, a single shot will defeat each of the knights. After defeating them, head up through the door that opens.

Open the treasure chests here to get some bombs, arrows, and the Big Key. Walk down and to the left a screen. You can dash into or blowup the northern wall to find a fairy fountain, but then head up the steps to reach the higher floor.

Push the block out of the way and open the treasure chest to get the Red Mail, which will lower the amount of damage that Link takes. Walk up through the door to get back to an earlier room and then climb the steps to get back to near the dungeon entrance.

With the big key in hand, climb the steps and head up to the floor above. Use the hookshot or an item to hit the crystal switch and make your way through this room. Push the block at the top-left portion of the room to open the door and then head down a screen.

In this room you will need to use arrows to defeat the two goriyas. The blade traps could get in your way so if it helps, you can push the stone statue to block them off. Shoot both goriyas with arrows and head through the door that opens up.

Defeat two more goriyas and then continue up two screens. Climb down the steps and head up where there are two hidden eyegores. Hit the crystal switch and then defeat the enemies. Lift the pot to find a floor switch, which will open the door. Backtrack to the top part of the room and head right a screen.

In this room you can use the Magic Cape to safely walk by, or just carefully dodge the cannon balls that are shot your way. At the right side of this room there is a secret room beyond the cracked wall. In order to make it across, Link must stand directly south of the two blocks on the right, facing upward. Use the pegasus boots to dash into the blocks, sending Link flying across the gap. Place a bomb to blowup the wall, revealing a fairy fountain. Hookshot back across the gap and head up the stairs.

Defeat the four enemies in this room and then continue onward. Using bombos is a good way to defeat them without taking any damage. In the next room there are three more enemies, so take care of them as well and continue to the next room.

Three more enemies, along with a pair of beamos. Defeat them and head down through to the next room. This time there is some ice, but just defeat the two enemies and continue to the next room. Defeat the enemies here and head left a screen. Continue left another screen and you’ll face some familiar foes in the form of Lanmolas.

The Lanmolas battle is just as it was a long time ago, except there is now a statue in the room as well that will shot fireballs at you. If you have the golden sword, two sword slashes will defeat each of the enemies. Alternatively, a single silver arrow will defeat them. Walk up a screen and then up to the next floor.

There are three wizzrobes in this room, as well as an invisible pathway. When the wizzrobes appear, use the ether medallion to defeat them all at once, as well as to temporarily illuminate the path. Carefully walk south through the door.

Run through this room and head up along the right side. There are more wizzrobes here and the best bet is to once again use the ether medallion. Use the pegasus boots and dash up to the top of the room before heading east a screen.

The first thing to do in this room is to walk around and lift all the skull pots so they aren’t in your way, and so that you can also collect some magic. You’ll have to light all four of the torches in this room and then quickly run to the door at the south end of the room. I would suggest starting with the top one and then moving clockwise around the room. You can get it done with the lamp, but the fire rod does it make it much easier.

In the next room be sure to lift the pot at the top-right to fill up your magic and then carefully climb the steps. On the higher floor you’ll have to light the torches in the four corners of the room. I would suggest using the lamp to first light the bottom-right and then the bottom-left torches. Then circle back to the center of the room and use the fire rod to light the final two. You must do this quickly as the floor will collapse after a period of time. With all four torches lit, head up through the door.

Defeat the two enemies here and one of them will drop a small key. You can open the treasure chests here if needed to replenish your bombs and arrows. There is a crack against the southern wall and you’ll need to bomb it, while avoid the blade traps. A well timed throw will cause the bomb to move along the moving platform and blow open the wall.

Hit the crystal switches to reach the treasure chest in the center of the room which contains a small key. Use the key on the locked door and continue onward.

Jump off the ledge and battle with Moldorm once again. If you have the golden sword, it will only take two sword slashes to defeat the enemy. Just like before though, you can be knocked door to the lower level. If that happens just climb the steps at the top-right of the room and repeat the process. With Moldorm defeated, use the hookshot to reach the treasure chest at the south end of the room. Push the blocks out of the way and head left a screen.

This room has moving platforms, blade traps, and bumpers. Your best bet is to use the magic cape and quickly run through it. At the top of the room climb the steps to reach the higher floor. Walk left and head through the locked door to take on the boss, Aghanim.

The battle with Aghanim is almost identical to the first fight. The only different is that Aghanim will split into three. However, the darker of the three shadows indicates which is the real Aghanim. Just like before you need to repel the blue orb back towards Aghanim to harm him.

While the other two forms of Aghanim are fake, you can hit their blue orbs in the direction of Aghanim to harm him as well. Just like before, the real Aghanim will occasionally move to the top-center of the room and aim downward, indicating he is about to shoot lightening.

After just five hits, Aghanim will be defeated and Ganon will appear. Link will then use his bird and will be taken to the Pyramid of Power where a large hole will be created.

13.3 Final Battle

Before taking on the final battle, Link should have full hearts and full magic. You should also acquire both the golden sword and silver arrows to make the battle considerably easier. It’s also a good idea to fill your bottles up with blue potion, or at least a few fairies. Once you are ready to go, drop down into the Pyramid to take on Ganon.

Immediately when you fall down the hole, strike Ganon with a sword slash before he starts to talk. During the early part of the battle Ganon will swing his trident around and then toss it to other parts of the room. He’ll then teleport and catch the trident, repeating the process. During this process just try to get enough sword slashes in while avoiding the Trident.

After Link has hit Ganon enough times, Ganon will start to summon Blazing Bats and will send them flying out towards Link. In between attacks keep trying to sneak in sword slashes. Repeat this process a number of times until Ganon has moved onto the next phase.

Ganon will eventually start to summon a blazing bat immediately, sending it in a direct line towards Link. After Ganon teleports around the room, try to get an initial slash in with your sword. Hitting him before he summons a blazing bat will cause him to leap into the air and pound the ground. This will cause the top portion of the room to collapse. Repeat this process four times, and after four successfully hits, Ganon will have turned the battlefield into an island.

Right after the fourth hit, Ganon will cause the two torches to go out. Throughout the rest of the battle Link will need to use the lamp or fire rod to light up the two torches in order to see Ganon. NOTE: after Ganon has stomped on the ground for the fourth time, the bottom-left torch will go out first. If Link is quick enough and re-lights the bottom-left torch BEFORE the bottom-right torch goes out, this will cause the bottom-right torch to stay lit for the remainder of the battle. This makes is considerably easier as Link will only need to light a single torch.

During this final phase of the battle, Link will first need to light the two torches. With the torches lit, Link will be able to deliver a sword slash to Ganon, causing him to turn blue. Pull out your silver arrows and shoot Ganon. Repeat this process until you have hit Ganon four times and he has been defeated.

  • link

    thank you from hyrule!

  • Link

    100% thanks guys!

  • HyrulianElf

    Thanks a lot from Louisiana. Downloaded game on cell phone. Beat it using your guide while on my job on the towboat. I remember my older brother beating this game while we were ages 5 and 8. How he beat it at 8 I dont know. Nevertheless thabk yoi once again.

  • AnonymousMidget

    Thank you from Canada, eh!

  • RobotnikIsAHero

    Thank you from Georgia!

  • Elwood Blues

    Thanks from Wuppertal!

  • dacm

    Thanks from Bogotá, Colombia!!

  • Nathan Smith

    I wish this guide was around in the 90s

  • Freedomofnow

    Agreed, it was a really fun playthrough (again). I haven’t touched this since I actually owned a SNES console. Good times. 🙂

  • Nathan Smith

    I know every nook and cranny now by heart

  • Joe_Thornton

    Thanks for the walk through. I haven’t played this game in 20+ years and I would not have made it without your guidance. My “old man’s” patience is not what it was when I was a pre-teen. But I can honestly say I really enjoyed playing through it again and I still consider this one of the best games ever! Thank you.

  • Gentleman Gamer

    I’ve used these guides for a number of Zelda games and honestly they’re priceless. Easy to follow (esp. with the pictures) and make each game a joy.

  • Fabián

    Thank you from Costa Rica!

  • Scotland

    Fantastic guide – from Scotland

  • Kurogane Haganemaru

    How Do People Know This Stuff……I mean….HOLY SHIP IT’S SO COMPLICATED!!!!!

  • Link

    By playing the game a lot. Again and again. Every time you play a game you Discover new stuffs..

  • Mickael Mineo

    And after all that suffer,just to get a shitty ending. ;-;

  • Galio

    Managed to beat it , used the guide for the last 3 dungeons, too complicated. thanks you !

  • Galio

    Thank’s, hyrule is safe..for now !

  • Jadyn Sopha

    Thank You from South Carolina

  • SlutMagnet

    Thank you so much for helping me. What a timeless classic, I did not expect it to be as good as it is.

  • NightSirk

    Got stuck in the icy castle and almost went bat shit cracy until I realized that it’s no longer the 1990s and found this guide (may the Great Deku bless your soul OP). In sweden, back then, we had this place called The Nintendo Club where you would send actual mail (or call during certain hours) to get help with this kind of stuff. It could take weeks.

  • k-chan

    Magic refill tip when heading to Ganon’s Tower; if you’re headed towards Ganon’s Tower and are low on magic, instead of purchasing a green magic potion from the witch, make your way up Death Mountain and enter the warp portal to Turtle Rock. Enter the Turtle Rock dungeon and grab the large magic jar and head over to Ganon’s Tower with full magic.

    (You’ll be using plenty of magic in the Tower and in the final battle with Ganon, so it’s still a good idea to purchase a couple green or blue potions from the witch. You’ll have to buy them, of course, so the freebie inside Turtle Rock is worth taking advantage of if you need a quick refill and are short on rupees.)

  • k-chan

    Timeless classic indeed. The Zelda series are some of the greatest games I have ever played and imho some of the greatest Nintendo games of all time. I loved them all but this one is still my favorite. 🙂

  • k-chan

    Light World, in the passage between the Desert Palace and the Swamp Palace– occupying this underground cave is a thief who tells you about the fairie cave near Lake Hylia. There are 10 jars in the room each containing a Blue Rupee. Unlike most jars in the game, leaving the cave and then going back in resets not only the jars but their contents, as well, allowing you to grab 50 rupees every time you go in. Could be useful to some, particularly when doing the digging and treasure chest Heart Piece games for anyone having rupee troubles. o.o

  • SlutMagnet

    Yes, I agree. Also one of my favourite video game series of all time. To tell you the truth, I don’t even have a favourite Zelda game, I wouldn’t be able to decide, I love them all, or… at least the ones I’ve played.

  • dave dunger

    Great game beat it about 20 years ago, but has given me even more satisfaction beating it as an old man,
    Thanxs from down under for your awesum and easy to follow walkthru

  • JRCR

    I’ve followed the entire walkthrough and I am about to start Ganon’s Tower but somehow I don’t have all 24 heart pieces. This is going to be a pain backtracking. Is there a heart piece that was not mentioned?

  • JRCR

    Never mind, I missed the heart piece when you hit all of the stakes into the ground. Nice walkthrough!

  • Garrett

    Or you can throw an empty jar in the fat fairys waters in the pyramid she fills it up with green potion

  • Echo

    You really don’t need all the heart pieces. I think his attacks do 2 hearts of damage, so you will die using the same amount of hits if you have the max amount or if you have 1 less. I skipped 3 pieces of heart because they were really out of the way.

  • Echo

    That’s insane! Mailing in for help on beating a game that could take weeks to get returned. I can remember always getting lost so I would ask my friends for advice on how to progress. Sometimes I just gave up until a guide came along my way. Now that I have this site I can breeze through the main storyline!

  • Echo

    It wasn’t that bad of an ending, you just have to use your imagination! You saved Hyrule and freed the world of evil. The princess and the seven sages are safe because of you. The open-ended lore to the Zelda games is something that keeps me coming back. Mario is just like “gotta get that princess and kill that turtle”. You get to save the world and feel good about it here.

  • Curtis Huge

    Without the cloak this game is nigh impossible.

  • Skizzles

    I never even used the cloak. I didn’t really have a reason to use it. What did you use it for?

  • Ahmed

    I just beat this game for the first time in my life. Even though it’s over 20 years old, I had tons of fun playing. Only frustrating thing is that most items are near impossible to find without a guide, but that’s with lots of older games.

    The SNES was my first console and I grew up with it, and without playing this masterpiece, but playing it to now I can say it’s one of the best SNES game I’ve played. The SNES is truly a legendary console. What an experience!

    Great walk through by the way, it’s thanks to this guide that I’ve gathered all items and heart pieces. The game would be MUCH harder for me without them, but it’s better than getting frustrated. I love the dungeon design and items. What can I say more? The Legend Of Zelda is truly an amazing series, and games like these is why it’s my favourite series of all times. Thank you Nintendo for delivering the Nintendo game play magic with this. And keep them coming. I hope everyone has enjoyed the game as much as I have!

  • josh wright

    Must say, great job on the walk through! I’ve beaten this game a long time ago but wanted to make sure I got everything throughout the game. Thanks for your time in building this!

  • monkey_chakra

    HELP ME! I died battling Ganon, and spent all my potions in the process. I had a fairy so it brought me back to life. I decided to use the mirror to get back to the light world, stock up on potions and try again.

    I got all the way back to Agahnim, and when I entered the chamber to re-battle him, he wasn’t there and the door locked behind me. I tried all my magic items and the only thing that did anything was the mirror, which brought me back to the entrance.


  • Josh

    If you died battling Ganon, I don’t see why you’d need to climb back up the tower and fight Agahnim again. Ganon is inside the Pyramid, where Hyrule Castle would be in the Dark World. Head to the Pyramid, climb up the top and drop down the hole.

  • arji

    finished this today! thanks for this wonderful walkthrough! a great game indeed and excited to play other zelda games next!

  • LMTR14

    to get the cane…

  • LMTR14

    the nintendo that delivered gameplay magic died long ago, after the snes

  • LMTR14

    there is exactly no difference between those two storylines!!!

  • Torito Verdejo

    Great and hyper-efficent walkthrough, thank you very much! Nice job!

  • Raimana L

    Great walkthrough; clear, complete, well structured and no deepsh*t.

    Played it first in 1994 when I was 8 years old, back then it took me something like 100+ hours to finish the game.

    So much nostalgia…

    Thanks from Tahiti.

  • Dave Z.

    Without the walkthrough there is no way I could have beaten this game. Thanks to whoever published it. I now know why as a younger kid why this game was never fully complete. Near impossible without a guide. I couldn’t imagine playing without the magic bottle upgrade or the medallions.

    Thanks from St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Guest

    As if it hasn’t been said enough, thank you. Frickin’ amazing guide.

  • Dimitris

    HEH *HOLY SHIP* *Looks in terror*, Who are you talking about?

  • XAlFias

    @monkey ..just .. just how dumb are you in real life bruh ?

  • solipsism

    Just because it allows you to stock up well—for the entire game—I go to the thief in the normal overworked that gives you 50 Rupees every time you enter. This reduces the effort considering in the game to collect Rupees, which was a huge PITA in the original NES Zelda game.

    Before I took on a dungeon, including Ganon, I’d grab 700 Rupees, use the Flute to get to the Witch’s house to buy a green potion for 60 Rupees (use it to fill up), and then proceed to fill up my 4 Bottles with the heart+magic potion for 160 Rupees each. You can also use the Flute to get to the village and fill up on Bombs and Arrows, but I found the 50 and 70 I had from throwing all the Rupees into the fairy pond was more than enough that I never ran out. I then save the game.

    I start at Link’s house, go South of Link’s house to the fairy cave to fill up on hearts, and then Right a screen to the warp portal. As far as I can tell that’s the closest one if you’re trying to get to Ganon.

    The only difference is replacing a potion with a fairy or two so you can come back to life if you die before refilling, but I tend to refill in time and the fairy only adds around 8 hearts. Still, it can be a good lifeline and not bottle has to be selected for it to work.

  • Pacman

    Last time I played this game I was a kid it was fun then and it’s fun now, but without the walk through I don’t know where I be in the game.

  • disconnected_dreamer
  • disconnected_dreamer

    Finally beat it after 51 lives and much frustration. The guide saved my sanity, thank you.

  • Jabv

    25 years later and this game is still awesome. Thanks so much for the guide! Going through this game again brought back a lot of memories.

  • Yacine mh

    Best game ever in Super Nintendo…. I played it in 1999 and replaying it now June 2017…. Epic

  • Colibri

    I had a great time playing in the 90s, and now!
    Such nostalgia! (:
    Thanks a lot for this walkthrough!

  • Willaze Unknown

    How to back to the Game Play after “The End” in Virtual Console New 3ds System?

  • svnseto

    solid guide. thanks!

  • feah

    thanks for the comprehensive guide

  • Rayze

    When your at the end of the game and your missing just one random heart piece

  • Rayze

    Explain ocarina of time then lol

  • Jacob Spencer

    This entire guide is pretty lazy. It completely skips the last heart piece, and it assumes you followed the guides shortcuts. It’s rather useless for people who tried on their own and got stuck.

  • Rusty Aguilar

    did you get the one at the digging game?

  • Luigimeansme

    Um…I literally just got 100% using this guide and this is my 3rd 100% playthrough using it, so it was good enough for me

  • Luke Ludwell

    Just got the SNES Mini partly to play this game and I followed this guide as it is pretty hard without some sort of guide and I have had no issue getting everything including all the heart pieces. At times you do have to reread some things to understand exactly what he means but if you can read you should be okay to get 100%

  • MacKing88

    Thank you, I managed to get through the game using this. I beat it for the first time on the SNES classic, and i don’t know how the hell anyone could play this without the guide! Game doesn’t tell you squat, would’ve never guessed some of this stuff.

  • MacKing88

    Exactly, all you have to do is walk into the entrance of the main tower in the Light World and it will kick you over to the dark world automatically again, as weird as that is. Then just climb the tower and find the crack at the very top.

  • Q2 Duplex Drive

    I recently purchased the Super NES Classic so I could once again play Super Mario World, FF III and ZELDA! Great game. I recalled it being great fun when I first played it back in 1994 so I had to buy the re-issue.

    This walkthrough is excellent! How I managed to complete ZELDA long ago is a complete mystery, although given all the secret tips in this guide which I simply don’t recall, I suspect I didn’t. But this time I will get through to the end.

  • jawxx

    I am also using SNES classic. Only issue I’ve had is my Ether Medallion doesn’t work properly. It kills enemies but does NOT illuminate hidden pathways as in the guide. I’ve had to very closely study the guide screenshots of the pathways and then just venture into the blackness on my TV.

  • jawxx

    I am also using SNES classic. Only issue I’ve had is my Ether Medallion doesn’t work properly. It kills enemies but does NOT illuminate hidden pathways as in the guide. I’ve had to very closely study the guide screenshots of the pathways and then just venture into the blackness on my TV. Anyone else have the same issue?

  • Kenny

    Fantastic walkthrough! I’ve wanted to beat this game since I was around 10 years old and now I finally did.
    Kept throwing myself at Ganon with the starter-health upon death. Just learned to dodge everything and hit him properly.
    Did not need full health, nor any potions. All about dodging properly. Ganon was actually pretty easy compared to other annoying bosses.
    Thank you very much for this guide. I have no idea how anyone could survive the ending dungeons without a guide, some were pretty ridiculous, probably many deaths.
    “Total games played: 120”
    I still died a lot but it’s all over now, haha.

  • Jones

    Why does he have to be dumb? You must be proud of yourself

  • Jones

    I’ve always used Zelda Dungeon for my walk through. I agree with you

  • Jones

    Thank you from California

  • Filip MK

    It doesn’t skip the last heart piece.