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Several fans of the Zelda series have come up with alternative ways of playing and beating Zelda games that go beyond simply getting to and defeating the final boss while accomplishing some number of optional side quests. Some of these modes of gameplay such as speed runs are not unique to the Zelda series, but a few are, and by playing the games these ways can provide an entirely new playing experience. Below is a summary of some of these different challenges:
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Fans of [[The Legend of Zelda (Series)|''The Legend of Zelda'' series]] have come up with alternative '''Gameplay Challenges''', ways of playing and beating ''Zelda'' games that go beyond simply getting to and defeating the final boss while accomplishing some number of optional side quests.
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Some of these modes of gameplay such as speed runs are not unique to the ''Zelda'' series, but a few are, and by playing the games these ways can provide an entirely new playing experience. Below is a summary of some of these different challenges:
  
 
== General, Non Game-specific Challenges ==
 
== General, Non Game-specific Challenges ==
 
 
=== Speed Runs ===
 
=== Speed Runs ===
  
 
The object of a speed run is simply to time how long it takes to complete a game from start to finish. As a form of practice speed runners often break up the required milestones of the game into segments so that they can time, and improve upon their run through a specific required section of the game. Speed running can be conducted in a side-to-side marathon-like session, or simply recorded by an individual as a means to claim a speed run record. There are several variations on speed running, including:
 
The object of a speed run is simply to time how long it takes to complete a game from start to finish. As a form of practice speed runners often break up the required milestones of the game into segments so that they can time, and improve upon their run through a specific required section of the game. Speed running can be conducted in a side-to-side marathon-like session, or simply recorded by an individual as a means to claim a speed run record. There are several variations on speed running, including:
  
==== With Glitches/Exploits ====
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==== Any% Run ====
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Any% is a category often used in many speedruns. For most ''Zelda'' games, this allows the use of virtually any glitch that is available in the game, with a few exceptions. Timing begins at the start of the game and ends when the player completely loses control of the character and the credits begin to roll.
  
Several Zelda games have a number of unintended bugs that can be taken advantage of to improve a speed running time. For instance, in Ocarina of Time there are several hidden portals, ways to access blocked areas, and in Twilight Princess it is possible to walk at normal speed with the Iron Boots on.
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==== 100% Run ====
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See below
  
===== A List of Known Zelda Glitches/Exploits =====
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==== With Glitches/Exploits ====
 
 
==== 100% Run ====
 
  
See below
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Several ''Zelda'' games have a number of unintended bugs that can be taken advantage of to improve a speed running time. For instance, in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'' there are several hidden portals, ways to access blocked areas, and in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]'' it is possible to walk at normal speed with the [[Iron Boots]] on.
  
 
=== 100% Run ===
 
=== 100% Run ===
  
In a 100% run the player is required to complete all optional sidequests and obtain all items in the game, including heart pieces and other collectables. An 100% run can be completed as a speed run, or simply completed without any concern over how long it takes (this can require an extensive effort with some Zelda games)
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In a 100% run the player is required to complete all optional [[Side Quest|sidequests]] and obtain all items in the game, including heart pieces and other collectables. An 100% run can be completed as a speed run, or simply completed without any concern over how long it takes (this can require an extensive effort with some ''Zelda'' games)
  
 
=== X Heart Challenge ===
 
=== X Heart Challenge ===
  
This challenge requires that the player does not obtain any new full heart containers that results in Link's total number of hearts exceeding the number he started the game with. This means that the player must not pick up the full heart containers traditionally left after defeating the dungeon boss.
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This challenge requires that the player does not obtain any new full [[Heart Container]]s that results in Link's total number of hearts exceeding the number he started the game with. This means that the player must not pick up the Heart Containers traditionally left after defeating the [[dungeon]] [[boss]].
  
 
== Game Specific Challenges ==
 
== Game Specific Challenges ==
  
 
=== Six Day Cycle ===
 
=== Six Day Cycle ===
 
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This ''Majora's Mask'' challenge requires that the game is completed within two three-day cycles.
This Majora's Mask challenge requires that the game is completed within two three-day cycles.
 
  
 
Applicable to:
 
Applicable to:
 
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*''[[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|Majora's Mask]]''
*Majora's Mask
 
  
 
=== Shieldless ===
 
=== Shieldless ===
  
This challenge can be attempted on any Zelda game which does not require use of the shield.
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This challenge can be attempted on any ''Zelda'' game which does not require use of the shield.
  
 
Applicable to:
 
Applicable to:
 
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*''[[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|Majora's Mask]]''
*Majora's Mask
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*''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|The Wind Waker]]''
*The Wind Waker
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*''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]''
*Twilight Princess
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*''[[The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass|Phantom Hourglass]]''
*Phantom Hourglass
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*''[[The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks|Spirit Tracks]]''
*Spirit Tracks
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*''[[The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|Skyward Sword]]''
*Skyward Sword
 
  
 
=== Swordless ===
 
=== Swordless ===
  
This challenge can be attempted on any Zelda game which does not require use of the sword.
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This challenge can be attempted on any ''Zelda'' game which does not require use of the sword.
  
 
Applicable to:
 
Applicable to:
  
*The Legend of Zelda (original NES game)
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*''[[The Legend of Zelda]]'' (original NES game)
  
 
== Boss Challenges ==
 
== Boss Challenges ==
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=== Ocarina of Time ===
 
=== Ocarina of Time ===
  
*Defeat Volvagia (Fire Temple) using the Megaton Hammer only twice
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*Defeat [[Volvagia]] ([[Fire Temple (Ocarina of Time)|Fire Temple]]) using the [[Megaton Hammer]] only twice
*Defeat Morpha (Water Temple) using only the four central platforms
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*Defeat [[Morpha]] ([[Water Temple (Ocarina of Time)|Water Temple]]) using only the four central platforms
*Defeat the Iron Knuckles (Spirit Temple) with the Hover Boots on
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*Defeat the [[Iron Knuckle]]s ([[Spirit Temple]]) with the [[Hover Boots]] on
*Defeat Twinrova (Spirit Temple) with the Hover Boots on
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*Defeat [[Twinrova]] (Spirit Temple) with the Hover Boots on
*Reflect Ganon's energy ball volleys using spin attacks during the first phase of his attack
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*Reflect [[Ganondorf]]'s energy ball volleys using [[Spin Attack]]s during the first phase of his attack
*Defeat the final phase of Ganon without arrows, and/or without running between his legs
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*Defeat the final phase of [[Ganon]] without [[arrow]]s, and/or without running between his legs
  
 
=== Majora's Mask ===
 
=== Majora's Mask ===
  
*Defeat Woodfall Gecko (Woodfall) using only the Goron and/or Zora masks
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*Defeat Woodfall [[Gekko]] ([[Woodfall Temple]]) using only the [[Goron Mask|Goron]] and/or [[Zora Mask]]s
*Defeat Odolwa (Woodfall) using only the Deku, Goron, and/or Zora masks
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*Defeat [[Odolwa]] (Woodfall Temple) using only the [[Deku Mask|Deku]], Goron, and/or Zora masks
*Defeat Goht (Snowhead) using only the Blast Mask, Bombs, and/or Bomchus
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*Defeat [[Goht]] ([[Snowhead Temple]]) using only the [[Blast Mask]], [[Bomb]]s, and/or [[Bombchu]]s
*Defeat Wart (Water Temple) using only the Deku mask
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*Defeat [[Wart]] ([[Great Bay Temple]]) using only the Deku Mask
*Stun Gyorg (Water Temple) using the Deku or Goron masks, then attack him with the Zora mask
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*Stun [[Gyorg]] (Great Bay Temple) using the Deku or Goron Masks, then attack him with the Zora Mask
*Defeat Igos du Ikana (Ikana) while only using three hearts, and without the upgraded sword
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*Defeat [[Igos du Ikana]] ([[Ancient Castle of Ikana]]) while only using three hearts, and without the upgraded [[sword]]
*Defeat the Dinofols Trio (Ikana) using the Zora mask
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*Defeat the [[Dinolfos]] Trio (Ikana) using the [[Zora Mask]]
*Defeat Gomess (Stone Tower) with only three hearts, using nothing other than Link's sword
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*Defeat [[Gomess]] ([[Stone Tower Temple]]) with only three hearts, using nothing other than Link's sword
*Defeat Twinmold (Stone Tower) using only the Goron mask and Chateau Romani milk, or using only three hearts
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*Defeat [[Twinmold]] (Stone Tower Temple) using only the Goron Mask and [[Chateau Romani]] milk, or using only three hearts
*Defeat Majora using only Link's original, non-upgraded sword, or with only the Goron mask and Chateau Romani milk, or in only three hearts, or with three hearts and the Fierce Deity's Mask
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*Defeat [[Majora]] using only Link's original, non-upgraded sword, or with only the Goron Mask and Chateau Romani milk, or in only three hearts, or with three hearts and the Fierce Deity's Mask
  
 
=== The Wind Waker ===
 
=== The Wind Waker ===
  
*Defeat Gohdan (Tower of the Gods) without L-targeting, using the smallest quiver, and with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[Gohdan]] ([[Tower of the Gods]]) using the smallest [[quiver]], without [[L-Targeting]], and with only 3-6 [[Heart Container]]s and no [[fairy|fairies]], [[potion]]s, or other healing items
*Defeat Jalhalla (Earth Temple) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[Jalhalla]] ([[Earth Temple (The Wind Waker)|Earth Temple]]) while wearing the [[Iron Boots]], and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
*Defeat Molgera (Wind Temple) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[Molgera]] ([[Wind Temple]]) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
*Defeat Puppet Ganon (Forsaken Fortress) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[Puppet Ganon]] ([[Forsaken Fortress]]) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
*Defeat Ganon while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[Ganon]] while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
  
 
=== Twilight Princess ===
 
=== Twilight Princess ===
  
*Defeat Fyrus (Goron Mines) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[Fyrus]] ([[Goron Mines]]) while wearing the [Iron Boots]], and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
*Defeat Deku Toad (Lakebed Temple) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[Deku Toad]] ([[Lakebed Temple]]) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
*Defeat Darkhammer (Snowpeak Ruins) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[Darkhammer]] ([[Snowpeak Ruins]]) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
*Defeat Blizzeta (Snowpeak Ruins) while wearing the Iron Boots and Zora Tunic, and with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[Blizzeta]] ([[Snowpeak Ruins]]) while wearing the Iron Boots and Zora Tunic, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
*Defeat Phantom Zant using only the Spinner with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[Phantom Zant]] using only the Spinner with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
*Defeat King Bulblin (Hyrule Castle) with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items
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*Defeat [[King Bulblin]] ([[Hyrule Castle (Twilight Princess)|Hyrule Castle]]) with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
*Defeat Ganon while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 heart containers and no, fairies, potions, or any other items or chance attacks
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*Defeat [[Ganon]] while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, other healing items or chance attacks
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=== Skyward Sword ===
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*Complete the [[Thunder Dragon's Lightning Round]] without potions
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*Complete the Thunder Dragon's Lightning Round without a shield
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Revision as of 03:44, February 23, 2021

Fans of The Legend of Zelda series have come up with alternative Gameplay Challenges, ways of playing and beating Zelda games that go beyond simply getting to and defeating the final boss while accomplishing some number of optional side quests.

Some of these modes of gameplay such as speed runs are not unique to the Zelda series, but a few are, and by playing the games these ways can provide an entirely new playing experience. Below is a summary of some of these different challenges:

General, Non Game-specific Challenges

Speed Runs

The object of a speed run is simply to time how long it takes to complete a game from start to finish. As a form of practice speed runners often break up the required milestones of the game into segments so that they can time, and improve upon their run through a specific required section of the game. Speed running can be conducted in a side-to-side marathon-like session, or simply recorded by an individual as a means to claim a speed run record. There are several variations on speed running, including:

Any% Run

Any% is a category often used in many speedruns. For most Zelda games, this allows the use of virtually any glitch that is available in the game, with a few exceptions. Timing begins at the start of the game and ends when the player completely loses control of the character and the credits begin to roll.

100% Run

See below

With Glitches/Exploits

Several Zelda games have a number of unintended bugs that can be taken advantage of to improve a speed running time. For instance, in Ocarina of Time there are several hidden portals, ways to access blocked areas, and in Twilight Princess it is possible to walk at normal speed with the Iron Boots on.

100% Run

In a 100% run the player is required to complete all optional sidequests and obtain all items in the game, including heart pieces and other collectables. An 100% run can be completed as a speed run, or simply completed without any concern over how long it takes (this can require an extensive effort with some Zelda games)

X Heart Challenge

This challenge requires that the player does not obtain any new full Heart Containers that results in Link's total number of hearts exceeding the number he started the game with. This means that the player must not pick up the Heart Containers traditionally left after defeating the dungeon boss.

Game Specific Challenges

Six Day Cycle

This Majora's Mask challenge requires that the game is completed within two three-day cycles.

Applicable to:

Shieldless

This challenge can be attempted on any Zelda game which does not require use of the shield.

Applicable to:

Swordless

This challenge can be attempted on any Zelda game which does not require use of the sword.

Applicable to:

Boss Challenges

Ocarina of Time

Majora's Mask

The Wind Waker

Twilight Princess

  • Defeat Fyrus (Goron Mines) while wearing the [Iron Boots]], and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
  • Defeat Deku Toad (Lakebed Temple) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
  • Defeat Darkhammer (Snowpeak Ruins) while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
  • Defeat Blizzeta (Snowpeak Ruins) while wearing the Iron Boots and Zora Tunic, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
  • Defeat Phantom Zant using only the Spinner with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
  • Defeat King Bulblin (Hyrule Castle) with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, or other healing items
  • Defeat Ganon while wearing the Iron Boots, and with only 3-6 Heart Containers and no fairies, potions, other healing items or chance attacks

Skyward Sword