Legend of Zelda: Classic NES Series

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First Quest


Unless you enter your name as "ZELDA," your adventure begins in the First Quest. After defeating Ganon, you 
will then have the opportunity to embark on the Second Quest.


Second Quest


The Second Quest is basically the same game, but many of the dungeons and items have been switched 
around. To immediately begin the Second Quest, enter your name as "ZELDA."


First Quest.


Get the Wooden Sword


The Wooden Sword can be found inside the door on the screen where the game begins. Simply walk on top of 
the sword to pick it up.


Level One



Find Level One - From Start (where Link begins the game), go right one screen, up four screens and left one.


Get the Wooden Boomerang - From the beginning of Level One, go up three screens and right one. Destroy 
every last enemy in the room to make it appear.


Get the Bow - From the beginning of Level One, go up five screens, and left one. Destroy all of the enemies in 
this room to obtain the Bow.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Aquamentus, start at the beginning of Level One and go up three screens, 
right two and up one.


Defeat Aquamentus - Aquamentus can be easily defeated with the Bow and Arrow, but the Wooden Sword or 
Bombs are also quite effective. When attacking, aim for his horn.



Purchase the Blue Candle


The Blue Candle can be purchased from several merchants in the overworld for 60 Rupees. One of these 
merchants can be found up one screen and left one screen from Start.


Get the First Three Extra Heart Container



Heart Container One - From Start, go four screens to the right. Use your Bombs just left of the pathway 
leading up to find a secret door which leads to a Heart Container.


Heart Container Two - From the entrance to Level One, go one screen down and one screen left. Use the 
Candle to burn the fifth bush from the right to find a hidden staircase which leads to a Heart Container.


Heart Container Three - The third Heart Container is found in the desert. Exit the desert at the top right and 
use your Bombs on the lower-right corner of the big rock to find it.



Get the White Sword


From Start, go right one screen, up five, left one, up one, right three, up one, and enter the door. Simply step 
on the White Sword to pick it up.


Get the Letter to Old Woman


From Start, go right one screen, up five, right five, up one (without taking the ladder), right one and up one.


Purchase the Medicine


From Start, go right one screen. Use the Candle to burn the bottom-left tree. Inside, you'll be able to purchase 
the Medicine.


Level Two



Find Level Two - From Start, go right four screens, up two, right two, up one, left one and up one.


Get the Magic Boomerang - From the beginning of Level Two, go right one screen, up three and right one. 
Destroy every last enemy in the room to make the Magic Boomerang appear.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Dodongo, start at the beginning of Level Two and go right one screen, then 
up seven screens.


Defeat Dodongo - Feed Dodongo two Bombs to destroy him. To do this, let Dodongo walk toward you while 
you face him. Just before he bumps into you, lay a Bomb. If you place it correctly, the Bomb will go right into 
his mouth, and he will swell up when the Bomb explodes.



Level Three



Find Level Three - From Start, go up one screen, left four, down one and right one.


Get the Raft - From the beginning of Level Three, go left one screen, up two, left two, down one and take the 
Secret Passage


Find the Boss - To Find the Boss Manhandla, start at the beginning of Level Three and go left one screen, up 
three and right one. Bomb the right-hand wall, then go right one more screen.


Defeat Manhandla - Manhandla is vulnerable to Bombs. If you can hit it directly in the center, Manhandla can 
be destroyed with one shot. If Bombs are not available, destroy its leaves one petal at a time.



Get the Fourth Extra Heart Container


Walk to the East coast, then use the Ladder to get to the dock which has a Heart Container resting on it.


Purchase Arrow


The Arrow can be bought from several different merchants in the overworld. You only need to purchase the 
Arrow once. After that you'll use a Rupee each time you fire an Arrow.


Level Four



Find Level Four - From Start, go up one screen, left two and up one. Walk onto the dock and push up. If you 
have the Raft, you will cross the lake and arrive at the entrance to Level Four.


Get the Ladder - From the beginning of Level Four, go up two screens, left one, up two, right two and take the 
Secret Passage


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Gleeock, start at the beginning of Level Four and go up two screens, left one 
and up four. Bomb the right-hand wall then go right one. Bomb the right-hand wall and go right two rooms.


Defeat Gleeock - Stand just behind its heads (on top of its body) and swing your Sword as fast as you can. 
When one of the heads is cut off it will fly around the room. Do your best to avoid the severed heads, and 
continue attacking the attached ones.



Get the Final Extra Heart Container


Beginning on the East Coast, use the Raft on a dock to travel north across the ocean. You'll soon find a door 
which leads to the final Heart Container.


Get the Power Bracelet


These directions can be used only if you have the Ladder. If you don't have the Ladder, use directions from the 
Second Quest. From Start, go right one screen, up five, left one, up one, left three and down one. Touch the 
top-right Armos Statue to reveal the Power Bracelet.


Get the Magic Sword


From Start, go right one screen, up five, left one, up one, left three, down one, left one, down one, left two 
and up one. Push a gravestone on this screen to reveal a Hidden Staircase. Take the stairs to get the Magic 
Sword.


Level Five



Find Level Five - From Start, go right one screen, up five, left one, up one and right four. This will take you to 
the Lost Hills. Keep going up until the screen stops repeating (about four or five times), and you will be at the 
entrance to Level Five.


Get the Whistle - From the beginning of Level Five, go up one screen, left two then take the Secret Passage Go 
left one screen and take another Secret Passage to find the Whistle.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Digdogger, start at the beginning of Level Five and go up two screens, right 
one, up three and left three.


Defeat Digdogger - If you blow the Whistle, it will shrivel up and you'll be able to attack it with your Sword. 
Occasionally, Digdogger will split into two or three smaller Digdoggers when you blow the Whistle. When this 
happens, just destroy one of them, leave the room, and immediately re-enter. The other two small 
Digdoggers will be gone.



Purchase the Blue Ring


From Start, go up one screen, left three, up three, then touch the Armos Statues to bring them to life. You will 
find a Hidden Staircase beneath one of them which leads to the Blue Ring.


Level Six



Find Level Six - From Start, go right two screens, and then push the left stone using the strength of the Power 
Bracelet. Enter the Hidden Staircase. When the man says, "Take any road you want," enter the middle stairway. 
Next, go down one screen, left one and up one to reach the entrance to Level Six.


Get the Magic Wand - From the beginning of Level Six, go left one screen, up five, right one, up two and 
through the Secret Passage


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Gohma, start at the beginning of Level Six and go left one screen, up five, 
right one, down one, right one and through a Secret Passage Then go down one, left one and up one.


Defeat Gohma - Wait for Gohma to open his eye, then shoot it with the Bow and Arrow. Red Gohmas take only 
one hit, while the blue variety requires three hits.



Buy Bait


From Start, go up one screen, left three, then up three and push the Armos Statues until you locate a set of 
stairs. Take the stairs and purchase it from the merchant for 60 rupees.


Level Seven



Find Level Seven - From Start, go up one screen, left four, up one, left one, up one, and blow the Whistle. To 
bypass the "Grumble, Grumble" monster, you must have the Monster Bait in your possession when you're 
standing in front of him.


Find the Red Candle - From the beginning of Level Seven, go up four screens, left one, up two, right two and 
take the Secret Passage.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Aquamentus, start at the beginning of Level Seven and go up four screens, 
left one, up two, right four, up one, right one, through the Secret Passage, and right one more screen.


Defeat Aquamentus - Aquamentus can be easily defeated with the Bow and Arrow, but the Sword or Bombs 
are very effective also. When attacking, you should aim for its horn.



Find Level Eight


From Start, go right one screen, up two and right three. Of the two paths on the right side of the screen, take 
the upper one then go right two screens and down one. You will see a tree blocking a pathway. Use the Candle 
on this tree to find Level Eight




Get the Magic Book - From the beginning of Level Eight, go left two screens and take the Secret Passage.


Get the Magic Key - From the beginning of Level Eight, go up six screens, right one, then take the Secret 
Passage.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Gleeock, start at the beginning of Level Eight and go up four screens, right 
one, through the Secret Passage, then up one more screen.


Defeat Gleeock - Stand just behind its heads (on top of its body) and swing your Sword as fast as you can. 
When one of the heads is cut off it will fly around the room. Try to avoid these, while continuing to attack the 
attached ones.



Level Nine



Find Level Nine - From Start, go right one screen, up five, left one, up one, cross the river, up one, and left 
two. Bomb the bottom of the left rock to find the entrance.


Get the Red Ring - From the beginning of Level Nine, go up two rooms, left one, then take the Secret Passage. 
Next, go right two, down one, right one (bomb the right wall), up two and take the Secret Passage.


Get the Silver Arrows - From the beginning of Level Nine, go up two screens, left one, through the Secret 
Passage, then right two, up one, left one (bomb the wall), through another Secret Passage, left two, through 
yet another Secret passage, then up one (bomb the wall), and through the last Secret Passage.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Ganon, start at the beginning of Level Nine then go up two screens, left one, 
through the Secret Passage, right two, up one, left one, through another Secret Passage, left two, up three, left 
one, through yet another Secret Passage, left one, through the last Secret Passage, and up one more screen.


Defeat Ganon -As soon as Ganon begins his attack, he vanishes. Start swinging your sword in the area where 
you think he is hidden. If you hit him, his magic spell will be broken temporarily, and he will be visible for a 
few seconds. At this point he is still too strong to be defeated.


After he turns invisible again, try to hit him again with the Sword. Wait for him to become invisible and hit him 
one more time. This time when he becomes visible, he should be brown. At this point, he is weakened enough 
to be destroyed with the Silver Arrow. Shoot him with the Silver Arrow, and watch him turn to dust!


Find Princess Zelda - After defeating Ganon, pick up his Triforce and head for the next room. At last, you have 
found Princess Zelda There is a problem, however, because Zelda is surrounded by flames! Strike the flames 
with your Sword to reach the Princess.



When you are reunited with Zelda, you will both hold up your Triforces in triumph as the credits roll by. After 
the credits you will be given the opportunity to begin the Second Quest.



Second Quest


Second Quest: Get the Wooden Sword


The Wooden Sword can be found inside the door on the screen where the game begins. Simply walk on top of 
the sword to pick it up.


Second Quest: Purchase the Blue Ring


From Start (where Link begins the game), go right four screens, up five, right two, up one and right two. Push 
on the top wall of this screen to find the shop that sells Bait and the Blue Ring.


Second Quest: Level One



Find Level One - From Start, go right one screen, up four and left one.


Get the Wooden Boomerang - From the beginning of Level One, go right one screen and destroy all enemies in 
the room to make the Wooden Boomerang appear.


Find the Boss - To find the boss Aquamentus, start at the beginning of Level One then go up one screen, right 
one, through the Secret Passage, left one and up one.


Defeat Aquamentus - Aquamentus be easily defeated with the Bow and Arrow, but the Sword or Bombs are 
very effective also. When attacking you should aim for its horn.



Second Quest: Get the Power Bracelet


From Start, go up one screen, left five, up one, left one and down one. This will put you in the Lost Woods. To 
get out, go up one, left one, down one and left one. You will emerge below the graveyard. Now go up three, 
right three, up the right ladder and right one more screen. Touch the top right Armos Statue to reveal the 
Power Bracelet.


Second Quest: Get the First Extra Heart Container


Push a gravestone (you need the Power Bracelet) in the upper-left screen of the graveyard to reveal a staircase 
which leads to the Heart Container.


Second Quest: Get the Letter to Old Woman


From Start, go up one screen, left four screens, up one screen, left two screens (use top path), and down one 
screen. You'll now be in the Lost WoodsLost Woods. To get out of the Lost Woods, go up one screen, left one 
screen, down one screen, and left one screen. Next, go up three screens, right three screens, up one screen 
(use the right path), right one screen, up one screen, left two screens, up one screen, left one screen, down 
one screen, and use the Power Bracelet to lift the rocks. Take the stairs and speak to the old man to get the 
Letter.


Second Quest: Get the Medicine


Once you have the Letter to the Old Lady, you can buy the Medicine at shops scattered throughout the 
overworld. One such shop can be found one screen right of where Link starts the game. To enter, use the 
Candle to burn the bottom-left tree.


Second Quest: Get the White Sword


From Start, go right one screen, up five, left one, up one, right three, up one, and enter the door. Simply step 
on the Sword to pick it up.


Second Quest: Level Two



Find Level Two - From Start, go up one screen, left three, up three, and touch the Statues to find a stairway.


Get the Whistle - From the beginning of Level Two, go up six screens, right one, down one and WalkThrough 
the bottom wall by pushing against the center of the wall. In the next room, go down the stairs to find the 
Whistle.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Gleeock, start at the beginning of Level Two then go up three screens, right 
two, down three, through the Secret Passage, and up one.


Defeat Gleeock - Stand just behind its heads (on top of its body) and swing your Sword as fast as you can. 
When one of the heads is cut off it will fly around the room. Try to avoid these, while continuing to attack the 
attached heads.



Second Quest: Get the Second and Third Extra Heart Containers



Heart Container One - Go to the screen where Level Nine was located in the First Quest (one screen right of 
Spectacle Rock). Blow the Whistle to reveal a Hidden Staircase.


Heart Container Two - Use the Whistle in the lower-left screen of the Desert to open a Hidden Staircase.



Second Quest: Purchase Bait


From Start, go right one screen, up five, right five, up one, then right two. Push on the top wall of this screen 
to find the shop that sells the Blue Ring and Bait for 60 Rupees.


Second Quest: Level Three



Find Level Three - From Start, go right four screens, up two, right two, up one, left one, up one, then use the 
Whistle to reveal the entrance. This is where Level Two was located in the First Quest.


Get the Magic Boomerang - From the beginning of Level Three, go up six screens and destroy all of the 
enemies in the room to make the Magic Boomerang appear.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Dodongo, start at the beginning of Level Three then go up one screen, and 
right one screen.


Defeat Dodongo - You must feed him two Bombs to destroy him. To do this, let Dodongo walk toward you, 
and face him. Just before he bumps into you, lay a Bomb. The Bomb should go right into his mouth. He will 
stop and swell up when the Bomb explodes.


Find and defeat Goriya - From the beginning of Level Three, go up one screen, right one, down one and 
through the Secret Passage. The blue Goriya are pretty strong, so try to freeze them with your Boomerang, 
then attack quickly with the Sword.



Second Quest: Purchase the Blue Candle


From Start, go up one screen, left one screen, then enter the shop.


Second Quest: Level Four



Find Level Four - From Start, go right one screen, up five, left one, up one and right four. This puts you in the 
Lost Hills. Push a stone on this screen to reveal the entrance to Level Four.


Get the Magic Book - From the beginning of Level Four, go up one screen, left one, up one, right two and take 
the Secret Passage.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Digdogger, start at the beginning of Level Four then go up one screen, left 
one, up six, right two, through the Secret Passage, and up one more screen.


Defeat Digdogger - Blow the Whistle, then strike Digdogger when it shrivels up. Occasionally, Digdogger will 
split into two or three smaller Digdoggers when you blow the Whistle. When this happens, just destroy one of 
them, leave the room, and immediately re-enter. The other two small Digdoggers will be gone.


Get the Raft - From the beginning of Level Four, go up one screen, left one, up six, right two, through the 
Secret Passage, up two, through the top wall of The Triforce room, and up three more rooms. The Secret 
Passage to the Raft is in this room.



Second Quest - Get the Fourth Extra Heart Container


Use the raft on the Eastern Seacoast, in the same place that you found a Heart Container in the First Quest.


Second Quest: Purchase the Arrows


The Arrows can be purchased from several merchants in the overworld.


Second Quest: Level Five



Find Level Five - From Start, go up one screen, left two, up one, step onto the pier and use the Raft to find the 
entrance. This is the same place where Level Four was found in the First Quest.


Get the Bow - From the beginning of Level Five, go up one screen, left one, down one, through the Secret 
Passage, then right one and down one.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Gleeock, start at the beginning of Level Five then go up one screen, left two, 
up two, right one, up one, right one, up one, through the Secret Passage, then left one.


Defeat Gleeock - Stand just behind its heads (on top of its body) and swing your Sword as fast as you can. 
When one of the heads is cut off it will fly around the room. Try to avoid these, while continuing to attack the 
attached heads.



Second Quest: Level Six



Find Level Six - From Start, go right two then push a stone to open the "Choose any Road" screen. Use the 
middle staircase, then go down one screen, left three and use the Whistle to open the entrance to Level Six.


Get the Ladder - From the beginning of Level Six, go up two screens, left three (using a Key) and take the 
Secret Passage.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Gohma, start at the beginning of Level Six then go up five screens, through 
the Secret Passage, right two, through another Secret Passage, and up one more screen.


Defeat Gohma - You must wait for him to open up his eye, then shoot it with the Bow and Arrow. Red Gohmas 
take only one hit, while the blue variety requires three.



Second Quest: Get the Fifth Extra Heart Container


Use the ladder on the Eastern Seacoast, in the same place that you found a heart in the First Quest.


Second Quest: Get the Magic Sword


From Start, go up one screen, left five, up one, left one and down one. This will put you in the Lost WoodsLost 
Woods. To get out, go up one, left one, down one then left one. This will bring you out below the graveyard. 
From there, go up three screens, right three, up the right ladder, right one, up one, right three, up one and 
right two. You will be on a screen with a formation of rocks shaped like an arrow. Push on the rocks to reveal 
a Hidden Stairway.


Second Quest: Level Seven



Find Level Seven - From Start, go right four screens, up two, right one using the top path, then down one. 
Walk to the left until you are standing to the right of the two bushes. Face left and use the Candle on the 
second tree to the left. Once the entrance is exposed, walk up one screen, left one, down one, then right one 
to enter Level Seven.


Get the Red Candle - From the beginning of Level Seven, go right three screens, take the Secret Passage, then 
go down one and take another Secret Passage to find the Candle.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Gleeock, start at the beginning of Level Seven then go right five screens, up 
five, through the Secret Passage, up one, right one, down one, through the Secret Passage, and left two more 
screens.


Defeat Gleeock - Stand just behind its heads (on top of its body) and swing your Sword as fast as you can. 
When one of the heads is cut off it will fly around the room. Try to avoid these, while continuing to attack the 
attached heads.



Second Quest: Purchase More Bait


From Start, go right one screen, up five, right five, up one, then right two. Push on the top wall of this screen 
to find the shop that sells Bait for 60 Rupees.


Second Quest: Level Eight



Find Level Eight - From Start, go right one screen, up five, left one, up one, then right two. Stand below the 
river, and place a Bomb on the fifth brick from the left at the top of the screen (you'll need to use the Ladder 
to cross over the river in order to place the Bomb). You should be one screen left of the waterfall.


Get the Magic Key - From the beginning of Level Eight, go up seven screens, left five, take the Secret Passage 
and then go left one.


Get the Magic Wand - From the beginning of Level Eight, go up one screen, through the Secret Passage, down 
two and through another Secret Passage.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Dodongo, start at the beginning of Level Eight then go up seven screens, left 
five, through the Secret Passage, down one, left one, down one, right two through another Secret Passage, and 
up one more screen.


Defeat Dodongo - You must feed him two Bombs to destroy him. To do this, let Dodongo walk toward you, 
then face him. Just before he bumps into you, lay a Bomb. The Bomb should go right into his mouth. He will 
stop and swell up when the Bomb explodes.



Second Quest: Level Nine



Find Level Nine - From Start, go right one screen, up five, left one, up one and use the Ladder to cross the 
river. Next, go left five screens, up one, left two, and use Bombs on the rocks above the pathway to find the 
entrance.


Get the Red Ring - From the beginning of Level Nine, go up one screen, left three, up two, left one, right one, 
up one, right one, up one, right one, up one, left two, up one, left one and take the Secret Passage.


Get the Silver Arrow - From the beginning of Level Nine, go up two screens, right two, up one, left one and 
through the Secret Passage.


Find the Boss - To find the Boss Ganon, start at the beginning of Level Nine then go up one screen, left three, 
up two, left one, right one, up one, right one, up one, right one, up one, left two, up one, through the Secret 
Passage, and right two more screens.


Defeat Ganon - As soon as Ganon begins his attack, he vanishes. Start swinging your sword in the area where 
you think he is hidden. If you hit him, his magic spell will be broken temporarily, and he will be visible for a 
few seconds. At this point he is still too strong to be defeated.


After he turns invisible again, try to hit him again with the Sword. Wait for him to become invisible and hit him 
one more time. This time when he becomes visible, he should be brown. Now he is weakened enough to be 
destroyed with the Silver Arrow. Shoot him with the Silver Arrow, and watch him turn to dust!


Find Princess Zelda - After defeating Ganon, pick up The Triforce and head for the next room. Extinguish the 
flames surrounding Princess Zelda with the Sword, then you will be free to reach your goal.


When you are reunited with Zelda, you will both hold up your Triforces in triumph as the credits roll by. After 
the credits you will be informed that you have reached the end of Legend of Zelda.


Note About Secret Passages
To open secret passages, you must first destroy all the enemies in any given room. After all enemies are 
destroyed, push any stones that are present. If there is a passage in this room, it will open.

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