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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
TLOZ ALttP box art.png
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date Super Nintendo:
Japan November 21, 1991
USA April 13, 1992
Europe September 24, 1992
Virtual Console (Wii):
Japan December 2, 2006
USA January 22, 2007
Europe March 23, 2007
Australia March 23, 2007
South Korea June 10, 2008
Virtual Console (Wii U):
Europe December 12, 2013
Australia December 12, 2013
USA January 30, 2014
Japan February 12, 2014
Virtual Console (New 3DS):
Japan March 4, 2016
Europe March 10, 2016
Australia March 10, 2016
USA April 14, 2016
Super NES Classic Edition:
USA September 29, 2017
Europe September 29, 2017
Australia September 30, 2017
Japan October 5, 2017
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
USA September 5, 2019[1]
Japan September 6, 2019[2]
Europe September 6, 2019[3]
Australia September 6, 2019[4]
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Console(s) Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U, 3DS)
Mode(s) Single player

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the third installment of The Legend of Zelda series. It was first released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, starting with Japan in late 1991 (on the Super Famicom) and then overseas the folowing year, 1992. The story is about Link, who goes on a journey through two realms, the Light World and the Dark World, to save Hyrule and the kidnapped maidens from Ganon.

The game returns to a top-down perspective like the first The Legend of Zelda game, thereby abandoning the side-scrolling gameplay of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Several series staples such as parallel worlds and the Master Sword were introduced in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is widely considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time and a landmark title for Nintendo. In 2002, the game received a Game Boy Advance port for the compilation title The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords, which also includes an exclusive multiplayer game, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was later re-released for the Virtual Console of the Wii (at a price of 800 Wii Points), then the Wii U, and the New Nintendo 3DS. The game is included on the Super NES Classic Edition and for Nintendo Switch Online. In 2013, the game received a direct sequel for Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.


It has been requested that this section be rewritten.


The introduction chronicles the Imprisoning War, which occurred many years before the events of the game. It describes Hyrule as a beautiful kingdom surrounded by forests and mountains, and tells of an omnipotent golden power that lies hidden in the Sacred Realm, a place which cannot normally be entered by mortals. However, a dark portal to the Sacred Realm opened, causing many people to quarrel and fight each other. While many men entered the Sacred Realm, none returned. Instead, an evil power began to issue forth from the dark portal. During the main story, it is discovered that the source of the evil power is a lowly thief named Ganondorf, who got his hands on a golden power named the Triforce, turning the Sacred Realm into the Dark World. The king commanded the Seven Sages to seal the gate to the Sacred Realm. Many knights had perished in the battle to protect the sages from the evil, but eventually, the seal was cast on the portal. The evil ceased to flow, and the portal was sealed.

Many years later, a mysterious wizard known as Agahnim appeared as if from nowhere, using his magic to vanquish the King of Hyrule and take over Hyrule Castle. In doing so, he cast a spell on the knights of Hyrule, forcing them to obey him and kidnap seven maidens, whom he intended on using to break the seal by making each of them disappear into the Dark World. Agahnim manages to send six of the maidens into the Dark World, leaving only the final descendant, Princess Zelda. Agahnim has also captured Zelda, but plans to send her into the Dark World to complete the destruction of the seal.

Light World[edit]

Link finds his uncle in the basement of Hyrule Castle, and is given a sword and a shield.

At the beginning of the game, a young boy named Link is awakened by a telepathic message from Princess Zelda, who says that she is locked in the basement of Hyrule Castle. As the message closes, Link's uncle goes to rescue her, telling Link to remain in bed. However, Link ignores his uncle's command, and goes to Hyrule Castle as well. He goes to Hyrule Castle and finds an underground passage in the courtyard. Link travels down it, and he finds his uncle in the hallway, severely wounded. Before passing out, Link's uncle tells gives link a sword and a shield, instructing him to rescue Zelda, and teaches him the Spin Attack technique. Link navigates the castle and rescues Zelda from her cell. Zelda guides Link to the throne room, where they take a secret passage through a sewer that leads to a sanctuary.

Link is told by a sage that Agahnim is planning to break the seal by sacrificing the seven maidens; the only thing that can defeat him is the Master Sword. He tells Link to visit the house of Sahasrahla, a wise man known to reside in Kakariko Village, marking the location on his map. By the time Link leaves the Sanctuary, the storm and rain clouds have vanished, yielding to clear skies. It also becomes evident that Link is wanted for kidnapping Princess Zelda. Once Link arrives at the wise man's house, he finds only the wise man's wife present, and she tells Link that her husband left the village when Agahnim took control of Hyrule Castle. Link talks to a boy, who tells Link that Sahasrahla is hiding near the East Palace, and marks the exact spot on his map. Link heads east, and arrives at a house where Sahasrahla is staying. Sahasrahla tells Link about the Master Sword, and instructs him to return with the Pendant of Courage from the East Palace.

Link makes his way to the East Palace. There, he solves a variety of puzzles, and eventually finds a Big Key, which unlocks not only the chest containing the Bow, but also the door leading to the lair of the palace's boss. Once he reaches the boss' room, he finds six large, blue statues called Armos Knights, which, sensing the presence of someone in the room, become animate and proceed to engage in battle with Link. After he defeats the Knights, Link takes the Pendant of Courage and exits the palace. He shows the pendant to Sahasrahla, who tells him that retrieving the Pendants of Virtue—Courage, Power, and Wisdom—and taking them to the Lost Woods allows Link to draw the Master Sword from its pedestal therein. Before Link leaves, Sahasrahla gives him the Pegasus Boots and tells Link of a helpful item to the east of Lake Hylia. He marks the locations of the other two pendants—one in the Desert Palace, and the other in the Tower of Hera at the top of Death Mountain—and the Master Sword on Link's map.

After acquiring the three pendants, Link returns them to the resting place of the Master Sword in the Lost Woods. Unfortunately, just as Link draws the sword from its pedestal, Zelda contacts him telepathically to call him urgently to Sanctuary because the Hyrule Castle soldiers have just arrived there. Link arrives at Sanctuary moments after the Soldiers have vacated it, where he learns from the dying sage that Zelda has been removed to Hyrule Castle. Link goes to rescue her, but arrives too late; Agahnim sends Zelda to the Dark World. Link defeats Agahnim in battle, but is also sent to the Dark World.

Dark World[edit]

The Dark World is where Ganon has been imprisoned by the elders of the light world and, once he has managed to capture the maidens in crystals (thanks to Agahnim's work), he is also able to harness their power to "break a path through to the light world" where, with the power of the Triforce, he will be able to rule both worlds.

Once in the Dark World, Link finds himself standing atop the Pyramid of Power where Hyrule Castle stands in the Light World (as the two worlds are essentially parallel dimensions). To restore the Sacred Realm (now the Dark World) and save the once-peaceful Hyrule (a.k.a. the Light World), Link must rescue the seven maidens from dungeons scattered across the Dark World, defeat Ganon, and reclaim the Triforce.

Once the maidens have been freed, they use their power to break the barrier around Ganon's Tower, where Link faces reincarnations of the first three bosses: The six Armos Knights, the three Lanmolas (sand worms), and the Moldorm (a giant Worm), and of course, meets Agahnim again. After Link defeats Agahnim the second time, a bat rises up from Agahnim's clothes and flies off, crashing into the Pyramid of Power. As Link arrives at the Pyramid (using the bird he can eventually summon after he obtains the flute), he drops down into the hole made by the bat to find that the bat is none other than the evil Ganon, who can only be defeated using Silver Arrows. After Ganon's demise at Link's hands, Link touches the Triforce and is granted the most noble wishes of his heart, among them, the Dark World to return its former glory as the Sacred Realm, peace to return to the Light World, his uncle to be healed, and all to be restored as it was. His quest completed, Link returns the Master Sword to its resting place.


It has been requested that this section be rewritten and expanded to include more information.

A gameplay screenshot of Link in the Light World (top) and the Dark World (bottom)
A gameplay screenshot of Link in the Light World (top) and the Dark World (bottom)
A gameplay screenshot of Link in the Light World (top) and the Dark World (bottom)

Instead of using the side-scrolling perspective in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past reverts to an overhead perspective similar to that of The Legend of Zelda. The game reuses mechanics and concepts from The Legend of Zelda while introducing several of its own. For instance, arrows have been made into their own item, so Rupees are no longer used as arrows.

The game introduces items and equipment that would become common throughout The Legend of Zelda series, most notably the Master Sword. The game also introduces Link's Spin Attack technique. Heart Containers make a returning appearance, but many are split into Pieces of Heart, and Link can collect four of them to make a Heart Container, adding a heart to his life bar. All dungeons are multi-level, requiring Link to walk between floors and sometimes fall through holes to land on lower levels. Control of Link was made more flexible than in previous games, as he can walk diagonally and can run with the aid of the Pegasus Boots. Link's sword attack was improved to swing sideways instead of merely stabbing forward; this gives his sword a broader range and makes combat easier.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the first The Legend of Zelda game to feature the existence of two parallel worlds between which Link travels. The first, called the Light World, is the ordinary Hyrule. The second is the Dark World that was created when Ganon corrupted the Sacred Realm. The Dark World is a decaying version of Hyrule. Each location in the Light World corresponds to a similar location in the Dark World, usually with a similar physical structure but an opposite nature (e.g. a desert in the Light World corresponds to a swamp in the Dark World, a peaceful village in the Light World corresponds to a dilapidated town of thieves in the Dark World).

Link can travel from the Dark World to the Light World at almost any outside location by using the Magic Mirror, and can travel back to the Dark World again from the same location using a temporary portal left behind on the map at the point where he reappears in the Light World. Otherwise, Link must use hidden warp locations throughout the Light World to travel from the Light World to the Dark World. Travel between worlds allows for puzzles in A Link to the Past that exploit structural differences between the Light and Dark Worlds, as Link may travel to otherwise inaccessible areas in one world by warping from parallel but accessible locations in the other world.


Playable character[edit]

Sprite Name Description
Link ALttP sprite.png Link Link is the main protagonist. He goes on a journey to rescue the Maidens and defeat Ganon to save Hyrule once more.

Supporting characters[edit]

Sprite Name Description
Aginah ALttP sprite.png Aginah
Duck ALttP sprite.png Duck
Blacksmith ALttP sprite.png Dwarven swordsmith
Faerie ALttP sprite.png Faerie
Great Fairy ALttP sprite.png Faerie Queen
King of Hyrule ALttP.png King of Hyrule
Link's Uncle ALttP sprite.png Link's uncle
Lost Old Man ALttP sprite.png Lost Old Man
Maiden 1 ALttP sprite.pngMaiden 2 ALttP sprite.pngMaiden 3 ALttP sprite.png
Maiden 4 ALttP sprite.pngMaiden 5 ALttP sprite.pngMaiden 3 ALttP sprite.png
Princess Zelda ALttP sprite.png Princess Zelda
Sahasrahla ALttP sprite.png Sahasrahla

Minor characters[edit]

Sprite Name Description
15-Second Game Operator ALttP male.png15-Second Game Operator ALttP female.png 15-Second Game Operators
Witch's assistant ALttP sprite.png Assistant
Bomb Boy ALttP sprite.png Bomb Boy
Merchant ALttP sprite.png Bottle Merchant
Bug-catching kid ALttP sprite.png Bug-catching kid
Bully ALttP sprite.png Bully
Bully's friend ALttP sprite.png Bully's friend
Catfish ALttP sprite.png Catfish
ALttP Cucco dark.png Chicken
ALttP Telepathy Tile.png Chris Houlihan
Dark World Shopkeeper ALttP sprite.png Dark World Shopkeeper
Digging Game Operator ALttP sprite.png Digging Game Operator
Fat Faerie ALttP sprite.png Fat Faerie
Flute Boy ALttP sprite.png Flute Boy
Flute Boy's father ALttP sprite.png Flute Boy's father
Fortune Teller ALttP sprite.pngFortune Teller ALttP sprite 2.png Fortune teller
Game of Chance Operator ALttP sprite.png Game of Chance Operator
Ghostly Proprietor ALttP sprite.png Ghostly Proprietor
Hooded Shopkeeper ALttP sprite.png Hooded Shopkeeper
Human Cucco ALttP sprite.png Human Cucco
Kakariko Inn Patron ALttP sprite.png Kakariko Inn Patron
Kakariko Storyteller ALttP sprite.png Kakariko Storyteller
Kiki ALttP sprite.png KiKi
Camper ALttP sprite.png Lazy Guy
Loyal Sage ALttP sprite.png Loyal Sage
Mad Batter ALttP sprite.png Mad Batter
Man in Blind's Hideout ALttP sprite.png Man in Blind's Hideout
Pikku ALttP sprite.png Pick
Quarreling Brother ALttP sprite.png Quarreling Brothers
Running Man ALttP sprite.png Running Man
Sahasrahla's grandson ALttP sprite.png Sahasrahla's grandson
Sahasrahla's wife ALttP sprite.png Sahasrahla's wife
Soldier normal ALttP blue.pngSoldier normal ALttP red.pngSoldier normal ALttP yellow.png Soldier
Storytelling Bird ALttP sprite.png Storytelling Bird
Storytelling Hand ALttP sprite.png Storytelling Hand
Storytelling Insect ALttP sprite.png Storytelling Insect
Storytelling Octopus ALttP sprite.png Storytelling Octopus
Storytelling Tree ALttP sprite.png Storytelling Tree
Sweeping Lady ALttP sprite.png Sweeping Lady
Talking Timber ALttP sprite.png Talking Timber
Lumberjacks ALttP sprite.png Twin Lumberjacks
Venus ALttP sprite.png Venus
Waterfall of Wishing Fairy ALttP sprite.png Water Faerie
Witch ALttP sprite.png Witch
Zora character ALttP sprite.png Zora


Sprite Name Description
Armos ALttP sprite.png ALttP Armos active.png Armos Statues that come alive when Link approaches and hop after him.
Arrgi ALttP sprite.png Arrgi Small spheres that cover Arrghus. They can only be destroyed if pulled off him first.
Ball and Chain Trooper ALttP gray sprite.png ALttP Ball & Chain Trooper gold.png Ball and Chain Trooper Rare but mighty soldiers that wield a far-reaching flail.
Bee ALttP sprite.png Bee A common insect that can be found in grass and trees and can be caught in a Magic Bottle.
Biri ALttP sprite.png Biri A small jellyfish split from a red Onoff, which acts exactly the same.
Babusu ALttP sprite.png Black Shade Shadowy ghost-like entities that charge out of dark holes in the wall.
Zoro ALttP sprite.png Black Spider Tiny creatures that move in droves from certain opened bombable walls.
Sluggula ALttP sprite.png Bomb Slug A quick-moving creature that occasionally lays down green bombs.
Bomb Soldier ALttP sprite.png Bomb Soldier A soldier that throws bombs from high atop battlements.
Hokkubokku ALttP sprite.png Bouncer A tall, segmented creature that hops around erratically.
Fire Faerie ALttP sprite.png Bubble A magic-draining spirit that turns into a faerie if sprinkled with Magic Powder.
Buzz Blob ALttP sprite.png Buzzblob A creature that will painfully zap Link if hit with a sword.
Chain Chomp ALttP sprite.png Chain Chomp An aggressive creature held back by a chain.
Clutch ALttP sprite.png Clutch A giant hand that falls from the ceiling at Link, and deposits him at where he entered the dungeon if it catches him.
Buzz ALttP sprite.png Cricket A small yet strong and fast insect that inhabits bright but little used areas.
Crow ALttP sprite.png Crow An aggressive bird that swoops down upon passerby.
Ku ALttP sprite.png Dark Zora Water monsters in the Dark World that spit fireballs.
Deadrock ALttP sprite.png ALttP Deadrock petrified.png Deadrock Quickly moving creatures that temporarily turn to stone if attacked.
Zazak ALttP indigo sprite.png Zazak ALttP red sprite.png Dragonman Reptilian humanoids that wander aimlessly, with the red ones shooting fire at intruders.
Chasupa ALttP sprite.png Eyeball Bat A large-eyed flying creature that flies erratically.
Firebat ALttP sprite.png Firebat A creation of Ganon's evil magic that can drop flames behind it.
Dacto ALttP sprite.png Flyceratops An aggressive and hard-hitting pterosaur that swoops at passerby, just like Crows.
Freezor ALttP sprite.png Freezor An icy golem that disguises itself as a wall relief, emerging if approached.
Geldman ALttP sprite.png Geldman Large-but-weak sand-based monsters that pop up from desert ground.
Gibdo ALttP sprite.png Gibdos Strong mummies with a crippling weakness to fire.
Good Bee ALttP sprite.png Good Bee A rare bee that will stay by Link's side a long time if caught, and fetches a high price.
Goriya ALttP green.png Goriya ALttP red.png Goriya Monsters that mirror Link's movement, with the red ones also shooting fire at him.
ALttP Green Glob.png Green Glob Large blobs of water that float up and bounce around diagonally at high speeds.
Hardhat Beetle ALttP blue.png Hardhat Beetle ALttP red.png Hardhat Beetle Creatures that try to bump Link into pits with their high recoil.
Helmasaur ALttP green sprite.png Helmasaur Mask-wearing reptiles that constantly charge around.
Hinox ALttP sprite.png Hinox Giant brutes who throw bombs, which they are also weak against.
Hoarder ALttP sprite.png ALttP Hoarder bush.png ALttP Hoarder rock.png Hoarder A small creature that hides under bushes and rocks and may drop Rupees if its cover is removed.
Hyu ALttP sprite.png Hyu Swooping ghosts found in the Dark World, which act essentially as strong Poes.
Keese ALttP sprite.png Keese Small, weak bats that fly around if disturbed.
ALttP Knight Archer grass.png Archer ALttP indigo sprite.png Knight Archer Soldiers that prefer to attack from a distance using their bows, sometimes hiding in grass.
Land Crab ALttP sprite.png Land Crab Small crabs found near Lake Hylia.
Leever ALttP green sprite.png Leever ALttP purple sprite.png Leever Spinning, sand-dwelling flowers that burrow.
Lynel ALttP sprite.png Lynel Strong lion centaurs that breath fire.
Skullrope ALttP sprite.png Masked Snake Green snakes with skull-like heads that appear after a trapped lever in Thieves' Town is pulled.
ALttP Mini-Dodongo red.png Kodongo ALttP sprite.png Mini-Dodongo Small dinosaurs that breath fire.
Mini Moldorm ALttP sprite.png Mini Moldorm Fast, erratic caterpillars common in caves.
Moblin ALttP sprite.png Moblin Spear-throwing pig men who are common in the dark world.
Taros ALttP blue sprite.png Taros ALttP red sprite.png Moblin Pikeman Minotaur creatures who charge after Link with different weapons.
Octoballoon ALttP sprite.png ALttP Octoballoon baby.png Octoballoon An inflatable Octorok that pops into several small versions of itself.
Octorok ALttP sprite.png Octorok A quick but weak rock-spitting octopus.
Bari ALttP blue sprite.png Bari ALttP red sprite.png Onoff A flying jellyfish capable of generating electricity. Red ones split into two Biris when attacked.
Pengator ALttP sprite.png Pengator Toothy creatures that slide on their bellies, jaws wide open.
Pikku ALttP sprite.png Pick Fox-like bandits in the Dark World.
Pikit ALttP sprite.png Pikit Long-tongued hopping plants that try to eat Link's items.
Poe ALttP sprite.png Poe Ghosts that swoop after Link.
Cukeman ALttP sprite.png Potatohead Singing creatures that are the result of sprinkling a Buzzblob with Magic Powder.
Rat ALttP sprite.png Rat Small animals that scurry around dark areas.
Gibo ALttP sprite.png Red Ghost A giant floating cell-like entity that can only be damaged when the nucleus is outside the membrane.
Slarok ALttP sprite.png Rock Frog A fast slug-like creature that spits rocks.
Eyegore ALttP green sprite.png Eyegore ALttP red sprite.png Rocklops Giant statue-like creatures that chase Link while showing their weak spot, that being the one large eye.
Rope ALttP sprite.png Rope Aggressive snakes that charge at Link if they see him.
ALttP Sand Worm indigo.png Devalant ALttP sprite.png Sand Worm Giant antlions that pop up from the sand, with red ones also shooting at him.
Shudan Bubble ALttP sprite.png Shūdan Bubble A clump of four Bubbles that breaks up if the room's other enemies are defeated.
Stalfos Knight ALttP sprite.png Skeleton Knight A giant skeleton that must be destroyed with a bomb once it crumbles.
Stal ALttP sprite.png Skull Rock A monster that disguises itself as one of the Dark World's many skull-shaped stones.
Slime ALttP sprite.png Slime A weak creature that results from sprinkling certain enemies with Magic Powder.
Popo ALttP sprite.png Snake Bushel A tangled mass that slowly wanders some dungeons.
Snap Dragon ALttP sprite.png Snap Dragon An aggressive plant monster with big jaws.
Soldier ALttP green sprite.png Soldier Basic soldiers brainwashed by Agahnim which simply wander around, speeding up if they see Link.
ALttP Spear Soldier green.png Spear Soldier ALttP red sprite.png Spear Throwing Soldier ALttP sprite.png ALttP Spear Throwing Soldier javelin.png Spear Soldier Strong soldiers that either aggressively pursue Link or throw their weapons as endless javelins, sometimes hiding in grass.
Stalfos ALttP blue sprite.png Stalfos ALttP red sprite.png ALttP Stalfos yellow.png ALttP Stalfos green.png ALttP Stalfos orange.png Stalfos Skeletons adept at jumping and capable of other behaviors.
Swamola ALttP sprite.png Swamola A swamp-dwelling centipede that leaps from its murky depths.
Sword Soldier ALttP green sprite.png Sword Soldier ALttP indigo sprite.png ALttP Elite Knight.png Sword Soldier Soldiers that charge after Link to hit him with their weapons.
Tektite ALttP blue sprite.png Tektite ALttP red sprite.png Tektite Jumping one-eyed spiders in the mountains.
Thief ALttP sprite.png Thief Ambushing bandits that try to force Link to drop his items.
Toppo ALttP sprite.png Toppo Small hares found in the grass that give Link rewards if caught.
Pirogusu ALttP sprite.png Torpedo Fish Rat-like fish that swim around in underground shallows.
Terrorpin ALttP sprite.png Turtle Tortoises with impenetrable shells, but soft underbellies.
Vulture ALttP sprite.png Vulture Large desert birds that circle potential prey.
Water Tektite ALttP sprite.png Water Tektite Large insects that skim along the surface of water.
Wizzrobe ALttP sprite.png ALttP Wizzrobe skull.png Wizzrobe Cloaked spellcasters who can make themselves disappear and reappear.
Ropa ALttP sprite.png Worm Basket Jumping sea anemones that are common in the Dark World.
Zirro ALttP green sprite.png Zirro ALttP blue sprite.png Zirro Flying mushroom creatures, of which the green type can drop bombs.
Zol ALttP red sprite.png Zol ALttP green sprite.png Zol ALttP yellow sprite.png Zol ALttP turquoise sprite.png Zol Slimes that pop up from behind Link and hop after him.
Zora ALttP water sprite.png Zora ALttP land sprite.png Zora Fish monsters who can spit fireballs or follow Link on foot through shallows.

Traps and obstacles[edit]

Sprite Name Description
Ball ALttP sprite.png Ball
Boulder ALttP sprite.png Boulder
Bumper ALttP sprite.png Bumper
ALttP cactus.png Cactus
Wall Turret ALttP sprite.png Cannon
Guruguru Bar ALttP sprite.png Fire bar
Winder ALttP sprite.png Fire Snake
Flying Tile ALttP sprite.png Flying Tile
Giant Ball ALttP sprite.png Giant Ball
ALttP landmine.png Landmine
Laser Eye ALttP sprite.png Laser Eye
ALttP Lightning Lock.png Lightning Lock
Medusa ALttP sprite.png Medusa
Mole ALttP sprite.png Mole
Spiked Roller ALttP sprite.png Rolling Pin
Beamos ALttP sprite.png Rotating Green Laser Statue
Spark ALttP sprite.png Spark
Blade Trap ALttP sprite.png Giant Blade Trap ALttP sprite.png Trap
Rabbit Beam ALttP sprite.png Usagi Beam
Fireball Cannon ALttP sprite.png Yomo Medusa


Sprite Name Location Description
Armos Knight ALttP sprite.png Armos Knight ALttP sprite.png Armos Knight ALttP sprite.png
Armos Knight ALttP sprite.png Armos Knight ALttP sprite.png Armos Knight ALttP sprite.png
Armos Knights East Palace
Lanmola ALttP sprite.png
Lanmola ALttP sprite.png Lanmola ALttP sprite.png
Lanmolas Desert Palace
Moldorm boss ALttP sprite.png Moldorm Mountain Tower
Agahnim ALttP sprite.png Agahnim Hyrule Castle
Helmasaur King ALttP sprite.png Helmasaur King Dark Palace
ALttP Arrghus covered.png Arrghus Swamp Palace
Mothula ALttP sprite.png Mothula Skull Woods
Blind the Thief ALttP sprite.png Blind the Thief Thieves' Town
ALTTP Kholdstare sprite.png Kholdstare Ice Palace
ALttP Vitreous cluster.png Vitreous Misery Mire
ALttP Trinexx 1.png Trinexx Turtle Rock
ALttP Agahnim copy.png Agahnim ALttP sprite.png ALttP Agahnim copy.png Agahnim Ganon's Tower
Ganon ALttP sprite.png Ganon Pyramid


These are items that Link can obtain more than once.

Sprite Name Description
Arrow ALttP overworld sprite.png Arrow
Bomb ALttP overworld sprite.png Bomb
Recovery Heart ALttP overworld sprite.png Heart
Heart Container ALttP sprite.png Heart Container
Bottle ALttP overworld sprite.png Magic Bottle
Magic Jar small ALttP sprite.png Magic Jar big ALttP sprite.png Magic Decanter
Magic Powder ALttP overworld sprite.png Magic Powder
Piece of Heart ALttP overworld sprite.png Piece of Heart
Rupee ALttP green sprite.png Rupee ALttP blue sprite.png Rupee ALttP red sprite.png Rupee

These are some usable items and weapons that Link only obtains once.

Sprite Name Description
Bombos Medallion ALttP overworld sprite.png Bombos Medallion
Book of Mudora ALttP overworld sprite.png Book of Mudora
Boomerang ALttP overworld sprite.png Boomerang
Bow and Arrows ALttP overworld sprite.png Bow and Silver Arrows ALttP overworld sprite.png Bow
Bug-Catching Net ALttP overworld sprite.png Bug-Catching Net
Cane of Byrna ALttP overworld sprite.png Cane of Byrna
Cane of Somaria ALttP overworld sprite.png Cane of Somaria
Ether Medallion ALttP overworld sprite.png Ether Medallion
Fire Rod ALttP overworld sprite.png Fire Rod
Flute ALttP overworld sprite.png Flute
Hook Shot ALttP overworld sprite.png Hook Shot
Ice Rod ALttP overworld sprite.png Ice Rod
Lamp ALttP overworld sprite.png Lamp
Magic Cape ALttP overworld sprite.png Magic Cape
Magic Hammer ALttP overworld sprite.png Magic Hammer
Magic Mirror ALttP overworld sprite.png Magic Mirror
Magical Boomerang ALttP overworld sprite.png Magical Boomerang
Quake Medallion ALttP overworld sprite.png Quake Medallion
Shovel ALttP overworld sprite.png Shovel
Super Bomb ALttP overworld sprite.png Super Bomb

There are items that Link can only obtain in the dungeons.

Sprite Name Description
Big Key ALttP overworld sprite.png Big Key
Compass ALttP overworld sprite.png Compass
Dungeon Map ALttP overworld sprite.png Dungeon Map
Heart Container ALttP sprite.png Heart Container
Small Key ALttP overworld sprite.png Small Key

There are some items that Link can store inside a Magic Bottle.

Sprite Name Description
Bottled bee ALttP sprite.png Bee / Good Bee
Bottled faerie ALttP sprite.png Faerie
Red Potion cauldron ALttP sprite.png Red Potion bottle ALttP sprite.png Medicine of Life
Blue Potion cauldron ALttP sprite.png Blue Potion bottle ALttP sprite.png Medicine of Life and Magic
Green Potion cauldron ALttP sprite.png Green Potion bottle ALttP sprite.png Medicine of Magic

Aside from a heart, another special item is rewarded at the end of each dungeon. The Light World dungeons reward a Pendant while the Dark World ones reward a crystal.

Sprite Name Description
Crystal ALttP sprite.png Crystal
Pendant of Courage ALttP overworld sprite.png Pendant of Courage
Pendant of Power ALttP overworld sprite.png Pendant of Power
Pendant of Wisdom ALttP overworld sprite.png Pendant of Wisdom


Link is permanently equipped with these items once he obtains them. If Link obtains a new sword or shield, it replaces the one that he was previously equipped with.

Sprite Name Description
Blue Mail ALttP overworld sprite.png Blue Mail
Fighter's Shield ALttP overworld sprite.png Shield
Fighter's Sword ALttP overworld sprite.png Sword
Fire Shield ALttP overworld sprite.png Red Shield
Golden Sword ALttP overworld sprite.png Golden Sword
Green Jerkin ALttP overworld sprite.png Green Jerkin
Master Sword ALttP overworld sprite.png Master Sword
Mirror Shield ALttP overworld sprite.png Mirror Shield
Moon Pearl ALttP overworld sprite.png Moon Pearl
Pegasus Boots ALttP overworld sprite.png Pegasus Shoes
Power Glove ALttP overworld sprite.png Power Glove
Red Mail ALttP overworld sprite.png Red Mail
Tempered Sword ALttP overworld sprite.png Tempered Sword
Titan's Mitt ALttP overworld sprite.png Titan's Mitt
Zora's Flippers ALttP overworld sprite.png Zora's Flippers


The game's overworld takes place in both the Light World and the Dark World. From a birds-eye view, they have a similar layout, though the locations, namely the dungeons, are different.


These are the dungeons of the Light World:

These are the dungeons of the Dark World:


For this game's image gallery, see Gallery:The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゼルダの伝説 神々のトライフォース
Zeruda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Toraifōsu
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods



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