The Adventure of Link Walkthrough – Parapa Palace

1.1 Journey to Parapa Palace

Leave the North Palace by going either left or right. Follow the path northward to the lone forest square. Battle through the enemies here and you’ll find a Point Bag worth 50 experience points, allowing you to level up and upgrade your health. Leave the forest and follow the pathway to the southeast to find the Town of Rauru.

~ Rauru Town ~

In each town, there is a woman in red who will restore Link’s health when spoken to, so if you are low, you should certainly look for her. Similarly, an old woman in each town will restore Link’s magic. Walk through town until you see a lady with a purple dress coming out of her house. Talk to her and she’ll tell you to talk with her father. Continue to the basement of the house to find the Wise Man. He will give you your first spell, the Shield Spell. This will double your defense, making you take only half damage from everything when it’s in use. Exit the house and walk to either end of the town to exit.

~ Parapa Desert ~

Walk the northeast of Rauru and you’ll find a small cave, so go ahead and enter it. This cave is extremely dark, but if look at the ground closely, you can see a single Lowder crawling about. Simply stab at it or crouch and use a sword beam if you are at full health. Make your way through the cave and exit back to the overworld.

Follow the pathway eastward to the ocean and then head south down a narrow pathway. You’ll eventually bump into a side-scrolling sequence. Jump over the Air Bubbles and try not to fall in the water as that will result in instant death.

Back in the overworld, step into the small area of grass. Go right while jumping over the stones. Here you will find an enemy Goriya. Use the Shield spell if you are feeling cautious, and take on the Goriya before you grab your first Heart Container!

~ Approaching The Palace ~

You’ll have to backtrack northward, going through the bubble sequence. Once you make it through, if you are severely hurt, you could retreat all the way back to the town of Rauru to fill up your health. Otherwise, travel to the northeast portion of the desert and enter Parapa Palace.

1.2 Parapa Palace

(Click image below to view a full-sized map of the Palace)

It is very easy to get lost within some of these palaces. While this one isn’t overly complicated, some of the later ones could leave you feeling disoriented, so check the map frequently to remind yourself of your location.

Take the elevator down and head to the left. You’ll encounter some Tinsuits, who steal some of your experience points upon hitting you. Slash at them once to defeat them and continue to the left. You’ll eventually encounter an enemy Stalfos, so simply crouch stab at its legs to defeat it. At the end of this pathway, slash at the key to pick it up and then return to the first elevator.

Walk to the right of the elevator and through the locked door. Continue walking passed another elevator until you run into Bubbles, enemies that bounce all around the room. You can either ignore them or attempt to kill them for a large amount of experience, however, it will take quite a while. At the far right end of this floor, you’ll find a Fairy, so jump into it to restore your health. Use the nearby elevator and head up.

Go to the right and grab the key that is laying around. Continue to the right and you’ll encounter a Mace Thrower. These enemies do a lot of damage, so use the Shield spell if you’d like to. Wait for an opening in the Mace Thrower’s maces and quickly jump closer to the enemy. Slash away with your sword until he has been defeated. Grab the key and then slash at the statue to make a Red Potion appear. This will completely replenish your magic. Walk back to the elevator and ride it back down just one floor.

Walk back to the left and take the elevator down to the lower floor. You’ll find yourself in a room with four Bubbles, the last of which moves quite fast. Try your best to avoid them and continue running to the left. Jump up the stairs and kill the Bots. Each part of the bridge will crumble once you walk on it, so you’ll have to keep moving quickly. Right in the middle of the bridge, there is a Point Bag worth 50 points, but the crumbling bridge makes snagging it a bit difficult. If you fee brave, grab it, and then continue across the bridge and left a screen.

This room has another Mace Thrower, as well as an Iron Knuckle, so it would be smart to use your Shield spell. The best way to defeat an Iron Knuckle is to jump towards it and slash with your sword on your way down. If you get the timing down properly, you will hit the Iron Knuckle every single time. Afterward, open the locked door and get the palace item, the Candle. The Candle lets you see in dark caves, making it easier to navigate other portions of the overworld. This item is used automatically, so don’t worry about having to select it.

Backtrack to the right and take the elevator back up. Now head all the way to the right to the next elevator, right where you found the Fairy. This time take the elevator down a floor. Follow the pathway to the right, defeating a number of enemies before reaching the palace boss, Horsehead.

~ Horsehead ~

Before the battle, it is a good idea to use the Shield spell. Horsehead has only one attack: swinging his mace at Link. He wears body armor, which makes his head his only weak spot. Jump and slash his head to inflict damage.

There isn’t too much to this battle, but it is important not to take it too slowly. If you do so, Horsehead will back you into a corner. With precision jumps and some practice, Horsehead will be defeated. Grab the key he leaves behind and exit to the right.

Step onto the statue and Link will place the Crystal in its proper slot. After returning a crystal, you’ll automatically get full health and magic, along with a free level up. Congrats!

  • David Mitchell

    I think he’s talking about once you get to the dungeon. The Legend of Zelda did this too. You would get hits from old men that were specific to a certain dungeon and had nothing to do with where the old man is at.

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  • Scotty J.

    Something interesting to do with this game is to get all the Palace Secrets first, then go back and close all the Palaces. A different way of approaching things.

  • Keith Bishop

    This game (like many older console games) are much tougher when played on modern TVs. This is due to the lag with the response times of the refresh rates on flat screens. Older CRT tv’s weren’t like this and you didn’t have any lag (lag between what is displayed on the screen versus what is already taken place in the console’s CPU) This game is noticeable harder when fighting many of the tougher enemies. (wishing now I never got rid of my old Sony 32″ WEGA!!)

  • Chigo Johnson

    Just wanted to add a note that I wish I had realized during the first dungeon. You get free levels with every boss it seems so make sure that your experience points are as low as possible when you put the crystal in at the end of the dungeon. I was 200 shy of leveling in the third dungeon and it’s a waste to get a free level up with that small amount needed. So I backtracked through the entire dungeon until I made up those 200 points and went to place the crystal and got 2000 free experience points from finishing the dungeon.

    Again, I probably should have realized at the first dungeon but it wasn’t until I was at the third. Shame. Don’t make the same mistake in this impossible game!

  • Dino Hajderovič

    Couldnt win the game at 12 now at 36 iam using this page to complete it! LOL! 🙂

  • Duke Taylor

    too funny. THIS IS exactly my situation, only I’m 38 now. NO SHAME. lol

  • Gabriel De Vasconcellos Pessoa

    Same here! lol! This game is so hard!

  • Dino Hajderovič

    Very hard.

  • Dino Hajderovič

    I hardly beated first boss. 🙂 LOL

  • Xtrafresh

    10 and 34, otherwise same story! I just beat this first boss, and almost gave up already. The struggle is real!

  • Petri Juhani Helenius

    While this game is by no means easy, it is not impossible either, I managed to beat it several times when I was around 10 – 14, it simply takes a shitload of practice at certain points, and Nintendo Power did come in handy while trying to figure out some of the more unnecessarily cryptic and esoteric secrets. The last palace was total bullshit though, unless you know the layout by heart or have a map there’s no way you get through it without several ragequits. Can’t remember for sure but I think there was some bullshit secret at some point you had to know in order to go on the correct route.

  • Greg

    Normally, is the authority on Zelda games. But they REALLY screwed up on Zelda II. Unless there’s a page I somehow missed, they completely neglected teaching you guys how to close dungeons and get thousands and thousands of xp.

    You can easily leave the first dungeon with a level 5 sword. If you’re slow or not very good, it’ll add maybe a 1/2 hour of game play to your run. That’s nothing considering how strong you’re going to come out.

    First, two things you need to know.
    1) The cost of leveling up your stats gets higher and higher as you go up.
    2) When you close a dungeon (put the gem in the statue at the end), you WILL level up to your next level. It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 xp away or 9999 xp away. Closing a dungeon ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS levels you up. Knowing this, you can abuse the system.

    When you start the game, you should try to pump your attack. Pumping your health up to 2 (or maybe even 3 if you’re really struggling) is fine, but do not go past that and don’t spend any xp on magic. There’s no real reason to and it just makes it harder to pump your attack value.

    To get your sword up to level 4, find a slow moving Bubble. It’s the flashy skull things that seem to be invincible. They’re not.
    I like to go down the elevator that has 4 Bubbles in the room and an armor statue on the right.
    After getting off the elevator, scoot left until the bubble comes on screen. Now you’re going to have to slash it a TON of times, but as long as you keep slashing it, it’ll never move and it can’t hurt you. At first, you will be required to scoot toward it to keep stabbing, as repeated stabs will push Link backward and will eventually result in you not being able to hit the enemy. Finally killing it nets you a respectable 50 xp.

    Unlike the other strong enemies in the dungeon, Bubbles respawn without having to leave the screen. So go right to the elevator and back left again. The Bubble you just killed should be respawned. Kill it again. And again. And again…

    Every time you level up your attack, it takes fewer and fewer hits to kill Bubbles.

    I’d advise getting up to at least sword 4. If you want to sit around and kill 40 of these guys to get sword 5, go ahead. You’ll leave with sword 6 instead and be even more powerful than you would’ve been at 5…at the cost of extra time farming xp.

    After you’re at 4 or 5, kill the boss.

    The “NEXT” in the upper right corner has to be more than whatever your 2nd most expensive trait is to level up. If your next level up for magic is 150 xp, health is 400 xp, and attack is at 2000, you have to have at least 401 xp before closing the dungeon/palace. If so, you’ll see your xp go from 400 to 2000, at which point you can level up. 🙂

    Luckily I had this all figured out when I was child and to this day I still use this tactic when I do a replay of the game. It makes things substantially easier. If you guys get stuck or have questions, feel free to askask.

    Also, another tactic I’ve used in the past is to beat the palace and the end boss and jump over the spot on the statue that forces you to place the gem. You can walk past the knight statue and leave the palace. This allows you to come back later and use all 6 dungeons to get your last 6 skill levelups. So when you hit 6 atk, 6 mag, 6 health, if you have all the dungeons done, you’re really at level 8 for every stat (which is max).

    Regardless of how you abuse the xp system here, just make sure you don’t end a dungeon with only needing a few hundred more xp. It’s a huge waste of xp and could tack hours onto your game.

  • Hoss

    40 here. SMH LOL