I Instruction Manual
Manual to Zelda I
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Link's Adventure Begins Here
Treasure - The Magic and the Mystery
The Legend Of Zelda ABC's
long, long time ago the World was in an age of Chaos. In the middle of this
chaos, in a little kingdom in the land of Hyrule,a legend was being banded down
from generation to generation, the legend of the "Triforce"; golden triangles
possessing mystical powers.
One day, an evil
army attacked this peaceful little kingdom and stole the Triceforce of
Power. This army was led by Gannon, the powerful Prince of Darkness who
sought to plunge the World into fear and darkness under his rule. Fearing
his wicked rule, Zelda, the princess of this kingdom, split up the Triforce
of Wisdom into eight fragments and hid them throughout the realm to save
the last remaining Triforce from the cluthes of the evil Ganon. At the
same time, she commanded her most trustworthy nursemaid, Impa, to secretly
escape into the land and go find a man with enough courage to destroy the
evil Gannon. Upon heraing this, Ganon grew angry, imprisoned the princess,
and sent out a party in search of Impa.
and mountains, Impa fled for her life from her pursuers. As she reached
the very limit of her energy, she found herself sourrounded by Gannon's
evil henchmen. Cornered! What could
she do? ... But wait!
All was not lost.
A young lad appeared. He skillfully drove off Ganon's henchmen, and saved
Impa from a fate worse than death. His name was Link. During his travels,
he had come across Impa and Ganon's henchmen. Impa told Link the whole
story of the princess Zelda and the evil Ganon. Burning with a sense of
justice, Link resolved to save Zelda, but Ganon was a powerful opponent.
He held the Triforce of Power. And so, in order to fight off Ganon, Link
had to bring the scattered eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom together
to rebuild the mystical Triangle.
If he couldn't
do this, there would be no chance Link could fight his way into Death Mountain
where Ganon lived. Can Link really destroy Ganon and save the Princess
Zelda? Only your skill can answer that question. Good luck. Use the Triforce
LINK'S ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE
Creating your own link Character:
Link, the hero
of the game, does not yet exist. Create Link by registering your name.
You may create a total of three different characters.
Load the game
pak in the unit and turn the power supply on. The title display appears
and the demonstration begins. Press the START button. Another display appears.
Line up the heart with REGISTER YOUR NAME using the SELECT button. Press
the START button. A third display appears. Use the SELECT button to line
up the heart with the Link you want to name. Enter your name (up to 8 letters)
using the control Pad (to select a letter) and the A button (to see a letter).
Once you have
registered your name, line up the heart with REGISTER END, and then press
the START button.
Erasing an Old Link Character:
If you want to
start your game with a new Link character, you can erase all the old Link
data using the ELIMINATION MODE. Line up the heart with ELIMINATION MODE
and press the START button. Move the heart to the Link you want to erase
and press the START button to erase the name. Move the heart to ELIMINATION
END and press START again. This permanently erases all data for that Link.
To create a new Link, enter your name like you did at the beginning.
Starting the game:
When you have created
a Link, you are ready to start. Using the SELECT button, move the heart
to the Link you want and press the START button.
"GAME OVER" Options:
The game is over
when Link's power level is zero. At this time, you have three options;
CONTINUE, SAVE and RETRY. Choose one by using SELECT button and then pressing
(1) CONTINUE (Carry on with the game)
This will start a new game where the last one
ended. Link will keep all his possessions from the last game and will start
with three life power hearts.
(2) SAVE (Store the Game information for
This will store al Link's possessions in your
Game Pak's memory so you continue with the same game later on.
(3) RETRY (Erase the Current Game Information)
This will return you to the starting Menu Display
without saving any information from the last game. Begin a new game by
selecting a Link character as usual.
* If your game ends while you are in a labyrinth,
and you select CONTINUE, your game continues from the entrance to that
labyrinth. Otherwise, you start from the beginning.
* Do not press the POWER or RESET switches
from the time that you have saved the game up to when the select display
appears. If you do this, you may loose the data.
* If you are saving your game data for later
play, you must keep the RESET switch pressed when turning off the power.
Failure to do so may result in the loss of your stored game data.
Playing With a Friend:
Take turns. At
the end of your game, select SAVE or RETRY and press START. Your friend
can start a game using a different Link. To start a different game, always
store the game in memory (SAVE) and turn off the power supply to the unit.
Stopping the Game:
At any time, you
may end your game. With the sub screen displayed, simultaneously press
the A button on Controller 2 and the Control Pad. You can cancel the game
by doing this.
* The battery is used to retain the player's
data for five years. However, depending on the conditions under which the
game pak is kept (such as exposure to high temperatures, etc.), the life
of the battery may be shortened.
Let's start Link's Journey!
Let's get on with the game and begin Link's battle
with evil. But first, let's master some basics.
How to use the controller:
Arrow pad : Moves Link/Selects "B" item
SELECT : Pause/Restart buttons
START : For selecting
: For attacking with the sword
: For using and attacking with gadgets (treasures etc.)
What are the "main" and "sub" screens?
Use these two screens
skillfully to do well in this game. The main screen displays Link as he's
fighting the enemy and shows what's going on around him. The sub screen
displays his treasures. If you change over to the sub screen, you can choose
any treasure by moving the Control Pad left or Right.
Link meets all sorts of challenges above and
Fighting first starts in the Overworld.
Link must fight
many enemies in a beautiful world of forests, lakes, and mountains. Some
good people living in these places will help him.
is a maze of dangerous labyrinths with more enemies than the owerworld.
The Fragments of the Triforce of Wizdom are hidden somewhere inside these
Let's learn some skills for battling the enemy.
Learn the basics of how to defend yourself
and destroy the enemy.
Use the Sword!
To inflict damage
on almost all of the enemy. Use buttom A for the Sword. The enemy will
flash when wounded, and will be knocked backwards. There are three types
of swords, each with different
striking power. They are frame A at the top of
the main screen.
Use the treasures!
Link can use the
treasures instead of the sword. Use the button B to get to these treasures.
The treasures that Link can use right now are displayed in frame B above
the main screen.
Use the Shield!
When Link is not
attacking, use the shield to fend off the enemy's attacks. There are some
enemy attacks that Link can't defend against.
Link has this from the start of the game. Use
it to protect him from the enemy's spears and rocks.
* Magic Shield
This is a bigger shield. Use it to fend off the
enemy's spells and rocks, and Zola's beam.
The white hearts tells you how wounded Link
As the enemy attacks
Link, the life hearts at the top of the main screen turn white. These hearts
show show how much life Link has. The red hearts are Link's life force.
When all the hearts turns white, Link is dead. When all the hearts are
red, can Link throw his sword to attack the enemy from a distance.
(You can find many entrances to get into the labyrinths
in the ruins. However, sometimes you can find them hidden deep in the forrests
TREASURE - The Magic and the Mystery.
Link continues his adventure, he may find loads of magical items. If you
don't know how to use them, Link will never be able to defeat Ganon!
Rupees are money. They sometimes appear when
Link disposes of the enemy. If Link collects enough rupees (up to 255 yellow
rubies), he can buy treasures from the merchant. Blue rupees are worth
5 times more than the yellow ones.
2. Heart container and heart!
The heart container increases the number of life
hearts. A red heart also turns a white heart to a red. If Link defeats
the enemy and rescues the fairy, she will turn all the white hearts red.
3. Key and magic key!
Link needs these to open the doors in the labyrinths.
Link can use the magic key over and over again. "A" appears when he got
This treasure lets Link cross holes or rivers.
Link can float across seas and lakes when he
launches this from a
dock. (level 3)
(Note: Link can't launch the raft unless he's
at a dock. During the game there will be some places Link won't be able
to get to without using his raft.)
6. Map of the labyrinths and compass!
Link can discover the layout of the labyrinths
with the map, and using the compass he can find out where the Triforce
fragments are hidden.
7. Letter to the little old lady!
Choose this letter at the sub menu by pressing
button B. Link can show the letter to the little old lady who lives inside
8. Blue and red rings!
The blue ring halves the damage inflicted by
the enemy, and the red ring reduces damage to one quater.
9. Power bracelet!
This bracelet gives Link amazing strength. He
can lift giant rocks.
10. Magical clock!
The enemy stops moving when Link has this. It
works only for the screen he's presently at.
What you can find when you press button B.
1. Wodden boomerang and magical boomerang!
Link can use these to damage weak enemies. He
can stop most of the enemies by throwing the boomerang. The magical boomerang
flies further than the wodden boomerang.
Link can overpower the enemy with the explosive
blast of a bomb. For each bomb Link picks up, he get's 4 bombs. Link can
carry at most eight bombs. At the start of the game, he can't carry more
than 8 bombs.
3. Bow, and wodden and silver arrows!
Link can use them only if he has both the bow
and arrow. For each arrow Link shoots, he loses one rupee. There are some
enemies that can only be defeated by the bow and arrow.
4. Blue and red candles!
Use them to brighten up dark labyrinth rooms.
Blue candles are good for one screen only, but the red ones can light up
rooms for serveral screens.
A really mysterious item with magical powers.
(Note: The whistle is the most mysterious of all
the treasures in this game. Blow the whistle and it'll let out a strange
sound. People says it opens paths for Link.)
6. Enemy bait!
Link can use this bait to lure the enemy and
defeat them as they come to eat it. This doesn't work for all of the enemy.
7. Water of life!
Drink this to turn all of link's life hearts
red. Red water turns blue when Link sips it. Drink the blue water and that's
the last of the water.
8. Magic Wand!
This is the Wand that Wizzrobe uses. Wave it
to let loose magic spells. If Link picks up the Book of Magic and learns
some new spells, he can chant some fiery spells and send out flames. (level
Now let's get the Triforce together!
The fragments of the
Triforce are hidden in the many labyrinth levels. They are arranged as
All of Link's LIFE
hearts turn red when he finds a Triforce fragment in a labyrinth, and he
will return to the labyrinth entrance. The Triforce fragments are displayed
in the sub screen at each level. Once Link has collected the last fragment,
Link can warp to the entrance to the ninth labyrinth by blowing the whistle
and summoning the whirlwind.
In order to get the eight Triforce fragments, Link must first move around
above ground and find an entrance to the underground labyrinths. Let's
introduce some basics of how to travel in the Overworld.
At the start of
the game look at the top left of the main screen. You see a little map
there. This is Link's radar. Use it to check roughly where he is. Link
will appear at the scene on the right in new games.
Use the cross
button to move Link to the edge of the screen. When you get there, it scrolls
right and you enter the neighboring scene. Do the same to move Link to
the next scene.
Link can meet all sorts of people above ground,
not just enemies.
All sorts of people
live in the caves above ground. When Link meets them he can buy all sorts
of weapons, and get them to tell him loads of useful information.
To buy things
from the merchant, get Link to pick up what he wants. If Link is going
to pay money for information, then point to the number of rupees
he wants to pay. The merchant will ignore
Link if he hasn't got enough rupees.
The nasty characters Link bumps into in the
These spidery things that jump, have little fighting
power. Red ones move about faster than blue ones.
An octopus, red or blue, that lives above the
ground. The blue ones spit out rocks at Link.
They live in the ground and eat up the energy
of creatures that approach them. Blue Leevers are a little stronger.
The ghost of a flower with little attacking power.
Link can eliminate it only when it's standing still.
A bulldog-like goblin who lives in the forest.
He attacks by throwing spears.
A fairly strong soldier who has been turned into
a stone statue. He moves and attacks if touched by Link.
(Hint: The water of life is a medicine that can
beat anything. So, those who don't have the right credentials can't buy
A ghost as strong as Armos who lives in the graveyard.
There are two types; Ghinis who are there from the start, and those who
appears when Link touches the gravestones.
Guards Death Mountain. Link's little shield can't
stop his sword attacks.
Half-fish, half-woman who lives in the water.
She attacks by spitting out a ball that Link's little shield can't hold
These indestructible rocks fall off Death Mountain
to attack Link.
The faries in the springs give Link extra life.
Faries live in
the springs here and there. They have a magical power that turns all of
Link's LIFE hearts back to red.
Caves are hidden here and there.
Caves are not only
in the places you can see. Link might be able to pass through the pathways
he hasen't been able to get through. He has to use something else to do
(Hint: Legend has it that there are caves in every
possible place above ground. Link is bound to find then as long as he has
that Link's found an entrance to the labyrinths, he can begin his fight
to find the Triforce fragments. Once inside the labyrinths, the above ground
radar at the top left of the screen turns into a radar of the labyrinths.
If Link has the map of the labyrinths, then the map also will be displayed
on the radar. There's also the LEVEL display. If you think that the present
labyrinth LEVEL is too tough for Link, judging from previous experience,
then you'd better get out fast!
Let's walk around inside the labyrinth.
Let's try moving
Link around in various directions. He has to use candles to light up the
pitch-black rooms. Link leaves tracks behind him as he goes forward.
The inside of the labyrinth is made up of lots
Each of the blocks
in the labyrinths are rooms closed by : (1) blocks that Link can through
whenever he wants, (2) shutters with doors and devices that won't open
unless he's got the key, (3) and walls.
There are other treasures as well as the Triforce.
Link can find lots
of other treasure (eg. heart containers). Link will never make it to Death
Mountain if he doesen't get these and the Triforce.
Find the map of the nine labyrinths & the
The map and compass
are very handy in the labyrinths. The picture below shows some notes that
Link wrote down from what Impa told him. Find the map.
(Hint: In the caves where people live are invisible
The enemies that attack Link in the underground
1. Zol & Gel
Zols are Jelly-like monsters that split into
two Gels when cut by Link. Gels have less attacking power than Zols.
A poisonous snake with little attacking power.
It senses other creatures quickly and suddenly comes after them.
3. Vire & Keese
Vire is a devil that splits into Keeses when
cut by Link's sword. Keeses have less attacking power.
(Hint: The game will be easier for you if you
always go where the fairy lives just after starting the game.)
A skeleton with attacking power.
5. Wall Master
A monster hand that appears out of the labyrinth
wall. If it catches Link, it takes him back to the entrance of the labyrinth.
A blue or red little devil that uses boomerangs.
Blue Goriyas are stronger.
The powerful Master of Movement. He appears here
and there letting out magic spells that Link's little shield can't hold
A knight with lots of attacking power. He repels
Link's attacks from the front with his shield.
9. Pols Voice
A ghost with big ears and a weak point - he hates
A fast-moving gigantic centipede. Attacking his
head won't work.
11. Like Like
A tube-like monster that eats magic shields.
A powerful Mummy Man with strange powers.
The huge worm living in the labyrinths. It grows
smaler as Link attacks.
A giant Rhinocerus with little attacking power.
It bounces off attacks with its thick hide.
A large, mean man-eating flower with four hands.
It moves faster as it looses it hands.
A Unicorn having lots of attacking power. It
The Patra attack in strong groups.
(Hint: More often that not, the shutter devices
are closed by the magical power of the enemy in that room. So dispose of
Big, strong sea urchins. They shrivel up when
The super-huge crab with a hard shell that repulses
any attack. Attack its weak point with a special weapon.
A huge dragon that has 2 to 4 heads and spits
out beams at Link. The heads cut off by Link fly around in the air
21. Head of Gleeok
The spirit of the dead. When it catches Link,
he won't be able to unsheath his sword for while.
23. Traps and Stone Statues
They suddently attack Link when he approaches
* Once the traps move, they
don't move until they've gone back to their original positions. Take this
opportunity to go forward.
And now the fight to death with Ganon!
Link has now collected
the eight fragments and completed the Triforce of Wisdom. Now he's ready
to fight Ganon in the depths of Death Mountain!
* Link's no match for Ganon and his might.
Whatever attack Link uses, Ganon just repels him. But if Link uses the
magical sword and some other object, he'll manage to topple the mighty
(Hint: Pay attention to the rooms Link can't get
to in the map. There are hidden passageways in the rooms that Link's already
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA ABC's
The complete strategy for getting to Level
1 - Eagle
We're going to
help you out in the following pages, and teach you how to reach the first
First go to the cave!
When Link stes out on his travels, he can see
a cave before him. Go into this cave.
Now get the sword!
Inside the cave, Link'll find an old man who
tells Link to take the sword for his adventures.
Go Noth young man!
With this sowrd in hand, go North. Here Link
will have his first fights. They're weak fighters compared to those coming
Then East into the forest!
Link will come out into a forrest if he goes
East. Fight the enemy skillfully using the trees as cover.
Keep on fighting in the forest!
Go North and keep on fighting. You'll need all
the treasures you can get later on in the game!
Go North and to the lake!
Go North again, and to the lake. Zola, the monster
in the lake, will attack Link. If Link doesen't fight her off skillfully,
that'll be the end of Link.
Link's found the bridge!
While Link is advancing North, he comes across
the bridge. Fight the enemy here and get as many LIFE hearts as possible.
Cross the bridge to the Eagle labyrinth
When Link crosses the bridge he will find Eagle
- the level 1 underground labyrinth. Now find the map and compass. Take
the Triforce fragment and as much treasure as possible.
(Hint: Link will surprise himself if he hits upon
Pols Voice's weak point.)
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