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Classic NES Series: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link



In the GBA version, press the start button and then simultaneously press the select button and up on the D-pad to skip to a menu with the options to "continue" or "save." This is the same menu that appears when you run out of lives. Selecting "save" records your progress and returns you to the title screen. Please be aware that selecting "continue" restarts you with full lives from Zelda's castle. There is no way to cancel this menu once it is brought up.

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Bypass forced encounters

You can bypass a forced encounter if you enter the tile while it’s being occupied by a random battle monster. Instead of fighting through the forced encounter you will fight a random battle. After the battle, you can simply step off the tile and continue.

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Move through locked doors without keys.

If you need to get through a locked door in a palace but you don't have a key you can use the spell of Fairy and then fly through the gate using this glitch. Handy if you don't know where a key is or want to save time.

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Stay alive after a fatal hit.

If you fall off the side of the screen when you get hit, you won't die, even if your HP is at 0. Stand very close to the edge of the screen, and attack from there. You can use this to level up without the risk of losing your EXP to a gameover. Especially at screens with jumping fish.

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Use spells with less cost to your magic.

A handy glitch in this port lets you cast spells while saving magic. When you grab a magic refill jar if you quickly switch to your spell menu, select a spell and then use it while the meter is still being filled from the jar you just grabbed the spell will be cast and the meter will continue to fill, making up for the difference in magic that the spell just used. You have to be quick to get it to work right; I've gotten this to fill it all the way back up sometimes but it appears to be based on just how fast you get it done.

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There is a spell hidden in each town. Their magic cost depends on your Magic level. Shield reduces damage by 50%; Jump doubles your jump; Life restores 3 hearts; Fairy allows you to fly and pass through keyholds; Fire lets you shoot fireballs from your sword; Reflect lets you block fire and reflect magic waves; Spell turns all monsters into blobs and unlocks the Magic Key at the end of Kasuto; Thunder kills everything on the screen.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Find the Water of Life behind a boulder in the swamp, take it to MidoFairy
Examine the fountain in Nabooru then talk to the thirsty womanFire
Find the Trophy north of Zelda and take it to RutoJump
Find a mirror in an empty house in Saria and take it next doorLife
Find the child in the origin of the river in the maze and take him to DaruniaReflect
Talk to the old man in RauruShield
Talk to the old man in Kasuto (you must hammer a tree in the woods farthest to the east)Spell
Once you have everything else, talk to the man in the old ghost town of KasutoThunder

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Sword Techniques.

There are two additional sword techniques that can be learned to help Link but they aren't really necessary to beat the game.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Jump to the church tower in Mido and speak to the Knight inside.Downward Stab
Go down the chimney of the first house in the middle section of Darunia. Speak to the Knight inside to be taught the move.Upward Stab

Contributed By: AWing Pilot.