The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Strategy Guide

  • Bonus music

    Enter "ZELDA" as a case-sensitive name.

  • Bomb-arrow

    Configure the bombs and arrows as the two button items, then press A + B to shoot.

  • Easy money

    In level three, the Boss will taunt you and say that you will never find him. To get infinite rupies, get to the Boss, but do not ram the wall with the Pegasus Boots. Kill the blobs that fall on the screen for easy money.

  • Cheaper purchases

    Select an expensive item from the counter, and begin payment. As your character's rupees are being deducted, quickly press A + B + Start + Select, then save and quit the game. Reload the saved game to keep the item and most of the rupees used to purchase it.

  • Always have Marin

    Complete the first three levels and get Marin as a follower. Use the teleport hole to travel to the animal village. Move to the left, then press Select just when you are about to enter the next screen. Your character should move across the screen. Marin will now remain in your party for the duration of the game.

  • Heart piece locations

    Refer to the game map as a grid with 1 to 16 going left to right and A to Z going up and down. The heart pieces are located at the following coordinates:

      1: 1-K
      2: 2-I
      3: 5-E
      4: 3-G
      5: 15-M
      6: 9-H
      7: 15-C
      8: 14-M
      9: 7-H
      10: 8-A
      11: 2-A
      12: 7-I

    A heart can also be found surrounded by holes in the forest when trying to rescue Bow-Bow.

  • Hints

      Your character can steal from shops by taking an item, and standing above the store keeper. As he looks towards the top of the screen, use the door to leave the shop. Note: Your character will be branded a thief and may never return to the same shop. However, the game can be saved and reloaded if your character is killed by a store keeper, which allows the store to be re-entered without penalty.


      Obtain the Boomerang and the Rooster. Throw the Boomerang and pick up the Rooster. The Boomerang should hover below you. You cannot get attacked by normal enemies but you may attack them.

      Wall check

      Use the sword to stab at the walls. If a hollow clank is heard, a bomb may be used to open the wall.

      Bonus seashells

      Find exactly five secret seashells, then go to the Seashell Mansion. Enter, then walk right until finding the water flowing up a big pipe. Another bonus shell can be found by doing this with exactly ten seashells. Note: Return to the Seashell Mansion with twenty seashells to obtain a level two power sword. This sword can shoot when your character's life is full.

      Crane mini-game

      Position the crane on the top left side of the screen, with the shadow over the left moving conveyer belt. Wait until the desired item in the bottom right corner before dropping the crane.

      Have Marin get thrown out of Crane mini-game

      Go to the Crane mini-game after Marin is following you around. She will ask if she can play. Answer yes and she will play, then pick up the Crane operator to get thrown out.

    Game Shark Codes

    Infinite Health01185ADB
    Infinite 14 Hearts (Only Use If You Have 14)01705ADB
    Infinite Arrows013045DB
    Infinite Bombs01304DDB
    Infinite Magic Powder01204CDB
    Infinite Small Keys0101D0DB
    Infinite Rupees01095DDB
    Cannot Gain or Lose Any Extra Rupees01995EDB
    Orciana Has All The Songs010749DB
    Have All 5 Golden Leaves [Note]010515DB
    A-Button Slot Modifier01??01DB
    B-Button Slot Modifier01??00DB
    Arrows Modifier01??45DB
    Bombs Modifier01??4DDB
    Magic Powder Modifier014CDB
    Bracelet Level Modifier010?43DB
    Shield Level Modifier010?44DB
    Sword Level Modifier010?4EDB
    Quantity Digits to Accompany Slot Modifier Codes
    00 - Blank
    01 - Sword
    02 - Bombs
    03 - Power Bracelet
    04 - Shield
    05 - Bow
    06 - Hookshot
    07 - Wand
    08 - Boots
    09 - Orciana
    0A - Feather
    0B - Shovel
    0C - Magic Powder
    0D - Boomerang

    Note: After giving Richard his key, save the game and turn the code off.

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