7.1 Valley of Death

~ The Last Spell ~

Before heading into the Valley Of Death, we’re going to get the last Spell. Go across the bridge into Old Kasuto, but watch out, it’s full of Bago-Bagos and holes in the bridge. With the Cross, we are able to see the Moas in the abandoned town. Go inside the first house you pass.

The Wise Man will give you the “most powerful magic”, Thunder. This Spell can take as little as half of your magic in one use even if you have all four Magic Containers and L-8. This town has nothing else, so go to the graveyard near the Valley of Death.

The single trail square between the graveyard and the Valley of Death has an action scene. This is similar to the first three on the trail that led here, but it has Moas. When you get into the Valley of Death, go right into the small dead-end to get a Red Potion. Start heading west.


Several battle scenes and two caves are included in this valley. Even the battle scenes caused by the enemies can be difficult to escape from. Moas are everywhere, but they aren’t invisible due to the Cross. Spell is a great way to get rid of them, since it will turn all of the Moas on the screen into Bots.

~ Traversing The Valley ~

Shortly after you start heading north, a fork in the lava will appear. Take the left one into the small dead-end to get a Point Bag. Continue to head north. The battle scenes you can’t skip along the way contain Moas and Lizalfos. The pits can be quite wide at times, so it’s wise to enable Jump.

The caves have Moas as well. The first cave has two parts, while the second one only has one part. As you get further, the battle scenes start to become more intense by putting in stronger enemies. Go into the last cave.

The last cave contains two Lizalfos; a blue one and a red one. If you have one life left and/or low health, skip them and head out of the cave. After you get out, you’ll be right in front of the Great Palace atop the Valley of Death.

If you die in the Great Palace, select continue on the game over screen and you’ll appear at the entrance of it. Go inside and make your way to the bottom, you must obtain the Triforce of Courage!

7.2 Great Palace

When you walk up to the force field, the Binding Force will be undone and the force field with disappear. If you somehow managed to get here with less than six crystals, the force field would just instantly kill you if you try to go through it.

Remember, press continue if you die in here so you’ll end up at the entrance again. This palace has a lot of its own enemies, and they are far tougher than any we’ve faced so far. The only goal in this palace is to get to the other end at the lower right corner of it. Take a deep breath, and go inside.

Take the left path after going down the first elevator. The first enemy we encounter is a Fotail. The fire they spit out actually moves towards you, so act fast and attack them. Go into the next room.

A false floor is in this room, and it’s right after the pillar. Simply jump before Link isn’t walking above it anymore. Even with an L-8 sword, the Bots below will take more than one hit. Go down the elevator at the end of the room. For a while now we’ll be heading east nonstop.

You’ll come across a room with weird block formations. Simply slash your way through them while avoiding the Dragon Heads. This room has a Red Fokka and stairs, but since they can jump you are no longer safe. You can use an Upward Thrust to attack them when they jump over you. Use a Downward Thrust to go down through the blocks and take the elevator.

When you’re almost all the way down, walk on the left wall through a hidden passage. Hit the statue to get a Red Potion. The next passage down also has a secret room, but it just contains a new enemy, a King Bubble. Go farther down the elevator, and go through the hall on the right.

Go through the long hallway filled with Red Ropes and Dragon Heads. Slash the statue to get a Red Potion. Go down the elevator. Don’t worry, there are plenty more elevators for you in this place. 🙂 This room has giant square block structures, and a Blue Fokka.

It’s very hard to make yourself safe from the Blue Fokka in the blocks, but if done right you can avoid it and prevent it from following you. Run across the disintegrating bridge and go down the elevator. Go through the long hallway with a King Bubble and Fotail. Run like the wind from the Blue Fokka, go down through the blocks, then down the elevator.

There is another hidden passage when you go down the elevator, and it leads to a Red Potion. When you get down, go right first and do a Downward Thrust until you reach the fairy. Don’t hold down too long, or you’ll fall into the lava. Take the left path and be careful with the Bots. This leads to a dead-end with a Link Doll.

After taking the Link Doll, go back to the elevator and go down. Keep going left until you reach a room with blocks on the floor and Dragon Heads flying by. Beneath the fifth and sixth block from the left is an invisible floor, so go down it.

After you land, start to head east. Do an Upward Thrust when you go under the big hole in the ceiling. A Giant Bot will fall down, but your Upward Thrust makes it split into several smaller Bots. Go into the next room.

While walking on the disintegrating bridge, you’ll see a hole in the middle of the lava. Walk above it and let the bridge melt below you so you fall down it. This will make you land in a room that is close to the end of the palace.

~ Finishing Up ~

If you walk to the left you can find some Red Potions in the blocks. However, there is also a chance that the blocks can have Fokkas in them as well. Take the path on the right to reach the boss of the palace, Thunderbird. This boss is by no means easy and you’ll need at least 50% of your magic left if you want to beat him. If you only have one life left with not much magic, then you’re out of luck, my friend.

~ Thunderbird ~

Until you use Thunder, Thunderbird is invincible and red. Use Thunder to turn him blue and expose his face. Enable Shield and Jump and start to jump at his face. Even with the strongest sword possible, he can still take several hits. Thunderbird only drops balls behind him, so to take less damage you can stay in front of him and walk across the screen. Attack him and repeat the process.

As the battle goes on, he’ll move around faster and spit fire more rapidly. Upward and Downward Thrusts do not work; you have to slash his face directly. When you manage to kill him, grab the Key and head into the final room.

~ One Last Challenge ~

Link will walk into the last room to see the Triforce Keeper with the Triforce of Courage. However, he isn’t just going to hand it over. Link will have to do one last challenge before he is proven worthy to take it.

For a last challenge, the Triforce Keeper will make Link dual with his own shadow to test his strength and see if he is truly worthy of possessing the Triforce of Courage!

~ Dark Link ~

The final battle for Hyrule has come. There really isn’t much strategy to this fight unless you decide to take the easy way out. Since there is an easy way, this boss can either be the hardest, or the easiest boss in the whole entire game.

If you want to cheat, simply stand in one of the corners and keep on slashing over and over. Dark Link will get hurt every time he attempts to hurt you. When he is defeated, the room will return to normal and the Triforce Keeper will give you the Triforce of Courage!

The room will return to normal and Link will automatically moonwalk to the middle of the room. The Triforce Keeper will appear in front of Link and give him the Triforce of Courage. Link takes it and returns to North Palace…

With all three parts of the Triforce, Zelda awakens and calls Link a real hero. The curtains will then lower on the two, showing only their legs. The credits will then begin to roll. Congratulations, you just beat one of the hardest Zelda titles to date, The Adventure of Link!

7.3 Credits

  • Don’t forget to use the reflect spell when your bangin’ Zelda at the end of the game.

  • Tony Huisman

    I played this game as a kid when it first came out. Never beat it back then. I find it hella impossible without save states. I can’t believe how hard games used to be back then.

  • Quentin

    I beat this in a Day. Thanks for the guide

  • Ethan Klickman

    Fuck this game. I beat it, yeah I finally made it. Took me a week of hate but I made it. I don’t think I e actually hated a game this much before, let alone a Zelda. Thank god it’s over and on to link to the past to wash this vile game from my pallet and continue my journey of beating every Zelda in order of release

  • Guest

    Ugh this game was ridiculous.

    Thanks savestates!

    Oh yeah, and this amazing guide too 😉

  • beyond-seeing

    Thanks for the guide. Just conquered this on my old NES. Loved the brutal difficulty (it must have inspired the Souls games) and even the Final Fantasy-esque grinding towards the end. Each dungeon had me biting my nails.

  • Patrick

    I remember when this came out I was just a kid I remember agonizing and playing for hours and hours eventually beating it. I don’t know how I did it. And don’t know if I could even do it again if I tryed lol. I remember the graphics being the best thing around and the excitement of turning on my brand new nes and playing. It was alot harder without a guide. But being a kid I guess my determination was enough.

  • Bastiaan Bakker

    Just an extra help, besides using the jump and shield spell to hit Thunderbird and ofcourse the thunder spell to enable hurting him, use the reflect spell so that almost all of the fireball he spits out will be reflected. (minimizing the damage you take) This way you can easily slay him without taking practicly no damage. Note that some fireballs will hurt you, depending if you jump into them.

    And thanks a lot for making this guide, it would have been completly useless playing without it! 😉

  • tdog

    So when you get to the block structure with the blue fokka you can keep a 4 high block and duck and stab him while he jumps and kill him easily

  • I finished it thanks to this guide! Really thanks men but my gameplay is too hard but finally i made it to the end! but did Zelda kissed Link!? i wanna know! :'(

  • * SPOILER * Finally i finished the game thanks to this guide!!! now movin to the Third Game!!! but did Zelda kissed Link !?

  • Bryan Dacote

    I just beat this for my first time, however I confess I used cheats for infinite lives and have 8 attack, magic and life off the bat. Still this game is hard as hell.
    I tried beating this game (without cheats) back in Middle School (about 12 to 13 years ago) and I got as far as the Valley of Death but I just COULD NOT make it to the Great Palace. My Mom has been playing this since it came out on the NES in 1988 and she only just beat it for the first time the other day.

    I know I couldn’t have beaten this game without cheats or save states.

  • randy191993

    And done! Goal was met! Oficcially finished ALL main Zeldas before Breath of the Wild hits. Friday can come now!

  • Joey Enrico Romano

    Freaking hell that was one hard game. But after a lot of struggling, i can finally say, on age 26: I BEAT ALL MAIN ZELDA GAMES!!!

    With this, my 2016- 2017 ”Beat all Zelda games before Breath of the Wild comes out” playthrough is complete!

    To everyone at Zeldadungeon, thank you so much for all the effort you all put into the guides, without it, i probably would have never completed Zelda 1 & 2 atleast haha.

    Now the wait begins for Breath of the Wild!

    ~Joey, Dutch Zelda fan.

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  • Ray Rothwell

    WOOF. Finally beat this one. I’ve been wanting to play all the Zelda games for a long time. Only ever played the original NES game, Link’s Awakening, and Twilight Princess. This game was BRUTAL, even with save states. How did anyone ever beat this back in the day??

  • Erika Marie

    I’m playing it right now. I’m at the great palace and I was wondering about that question too.

  • Sendra Ilham Mandala

    just beat it today and it was fuckin hard!!!!!!!!

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    All Zelda games? There are 19 of them:

    Nintendo Entertainment System
    The Legend of Zelda (August 22, 1987)
    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (September 26, 1988)

    Super Nintendo Entertainment System
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (November 21, 1991)

    Game Boy
    The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (June 6, 1993)

    Nintendo 64
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (November 21, 1998)
    The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (April 27, 2000)

    Game Boy Color
    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (February 27, 2001)
    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (February 27, 2001)

    Nintendo GameCube
    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (December 13, 2002)
    The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (March 4, 2004)
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (December 2, 2006)

    Game Boy Advance
    The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (December 2, 2002)
    The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (November 4, 2004)

    Wii
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (November 18, 2011)

    Nintendo DS
    The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (June 23, 2007)
    The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (December 7, 2009)

    Nintendo 3DS
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (November 22, 2013)
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (October 23, 2015)

    Wii U/Nintendo Switch
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (March 3, 2017)

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    All 19 Zelda games? Are you sure?

    Nintendo Entertainment System
    The Legend of Zelda (August 22, 1987)
    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (September 26, 1988)

    Super Nintendo Entertainment System
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (November 21, 1991)

    Game Boy
    The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (June 6, 1993)

    Nintendo 64
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (November 21, 1998)
    The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (April 27, 2000)

    Game Boy Color
    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (February 27, 2001)
    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (February 27, 2001)

    Nintendo GameCube
    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (December 13, 2002)
    The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (March 4, 2004)
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (December 2, 2006)

    Game Boy Advance
    The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (December 2, 2002)
    The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (November 4, 2004)

    Wii
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (November 18, 2011)

    Nintendo DS
    The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (June 23, 2007)
    The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (December 7, 2009)

    Nintendo 3DS
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (November 22, 2013)
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (October 23, 2015)

    Wii U/Nintendo Switch
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (March 3, 2017)

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    your mom is cool

  • ⠀⠀

    Every Zelda game:

    Nintendo Entertainment System
    The Legend of Zelda (August 22, 1987)
    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (September 26, 1988)

    Super Nintendo Entertainment System
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (November 21, 1991)

    Game Boy
    The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (June 6, 1993)

    Nintendo 64
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (November 21, 1998)
    The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (April 27, 2000)

    Game Boy Color
    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (February 27, 2001)
    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (February 27, 2001)

    Nintendo GameCube
    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (December 13, 2002)
    The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (March 4, 2004)
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (December 2, 2006)

    Game Boy Advance
    The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (December 2, 2002)
    The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (November 4, 2004)

    Wii
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (November 18, 2011)

    Nintendo DS
    The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (June 23, 2007)
    The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (December 7, 2009)

    Nintendo 3DS
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (November 22, 2013)
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (October 23, 2015)

    Wii U/Nintendo Switch
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (March 3, 2017)

  • randy191993

    Yep. Finished all of them. Not all of them on their consoles, especially for the older ones i used the virtual console, Link to the Past i played the GBA Version that had Four Swords bundled into it, Links Awakening i played in Standard AND DX Version. So yes, i finished all the Zeldas on your list. Plus Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends. I did abuse Savestates for Links Adventure though…

  • Hasan Pavement Rashid

    Probly my least favorite Zelda game. I felt no pleasure when I finally beat it. Just relief that I could finally put down this cancer

  • Hasan Pavement Rashid

    Exactly my thoughts on the game. It’s not even that it was extremely hard. It was just straight up annoying

  • Mats thesweboy

    Good guide

  • Chief Hustla

    It’s a fun throwback to play, easier than the first game but a nice change of pace. My kids are all like: is that roblox? …. No, not even close.

  • Tom

    I actually beat this back in the day several times. There are some tricks this walk through missed for leveling up and maxing out your exp and extra lives. By the end of palace 4 I was usually almost at level 7/8 on most everything.

  • Christian Jack Nussbaum

    I used an emulator and followed this guide the whole way, and I have to say, this game was still extremely difficult. I, like some of you, am attempting to beat all the Zelda games in order of release. But seriously,mad props to you crazy people who can do it without save states/a guide. And to think there are youtubers doing this crap blind and stuff :O

  • Christopher Call

    If this game had Mega Man quality controls, i think it would be absolutely fantastic. For my own part, i used save states every time the shoddy controls got me injured. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain felt by those who tried to beat it on a NES. Still, i enjoyed the experience. Thanks for the guide!

  • Louis Harris

    omg, playing this on a NES was absolute hell. What’s even worse is back in the day I played on a NES I got to the hidden palace and the game wouldn’t load. I ended up cleaning off the contacts and it erased my save. After this I had to scrap the game and move on. I just got it on 2ds and the save state makes it much more bearable.

  • Louis Harris

    You had to be really hard core back in the day. I would just get to a point with these old games and quit because some of them were so hard. If you can beat this without save states then you are truly a Jedi-Nintendo master.

  • Louis Harris

    FINALLY beat this game – 30 years after first playing it. It took me about 50 tries to beat Thunderbird; of course save state saved me from having to re-enter and get through the last dungeon. The key I found is to run from one end of the screen to the other – after you run the opposite end where Thunderbird is, it will fly low and you can get a hit in. You need a good portion of your life left in the last part of the battle since the fireballs start raining down harder. I beat dark link with the corner glitch. I’ll go back and try to beat it without using the glitch but the game is still 10X harder than any PS4 or Xbox game.

  • Louis Harris

    Ok, just beat dark link without the corner glitch. Not overly that hard. I think Thunderbird was the hardest boss. Still hard game. Without save states possibly one of the hardest games of all time.