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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Fighting Monsters

Vincent Lau

Another one bites the dust!

During Link’s adventure, he will encounter a variety of unfriendly inhabitants. You can choose to avoid these monsters and in some cases, it may be wise to do so. However when you’re itching for a brawl or if must defeat monsters to proceed, you’ll want to know how to deal with them.

For starters, touching most monsters or getting hit by their attacks will usually result in Link getting hurt and his heart count depleting. Link’s heart count is shown in the bottom-left corner of the top screen. Once the hearts are fully depleted, Link will keel over and you’ll get a Game Over.

As you can see, losing hearts is bad, so don’t let monsters get too close. If the going gets tough, don’t hesitate to run away or find a safe place to recover. Once you get the shield, you can press R to raise it, protecting Link from most attacks.

You know about defence; now it’s time to talk offence. Typically, Link can hurt monsters with a simple swing of the sword with the B button; some monsters go down in one hit, others may require more his before croaking.

Against tougher monsters or when surrounded by the fiends, hold the B button to charge the sword and wait for a circle to briefly appear around Link, then let go to perform a sword spin, attacking all nearby monsters around Link.

Not all monsters are weak to the sword though; some have unique weaknesses, but all monsters have at least one weakness. Should you face such a monster, you’ll have to use your noggin’, a little. Check what items you possess and think “would this be useful against this monster?”, then try it out on the monster.

One monster has a hard outer shell that causes the sword to bounce right off, but if you pound with the Hammer, the monster will flip over and reveal its soft underbelly. The same applies to boss battles–these guys are big, but they’re still monsters and they still have weaknesses.

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  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    19 December 2013
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Released in 1992, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, introduced SNES gamers to a whole new story that took place in the kingdom of Hyrule. This handheld sequel, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds continues this tale – while bringing some unique new elements to the fore as well as fully immersive 3D environments.

Inside Version 1.0:

  • The secrets to beating every dungeon (and boss) with incredible ease.
  • Locate all of the hidden items (such as the Pegasus Boots).
  • Find all 24 Heart Pieces (including that annoying Octoball one).
  • Rescue all 100 MaiMai’s and your rewards for doing so.
  • Fully upgrade your sword with all four hidden Master Ore pieces.
  • Topple the Treacherous Tower with ease and earn those secret weapons!
  • How to use StreetPass to fight mysterious ShadowLinks!
  • Unlock the game’s deepest secrets and Easter Eggs.
  • Screenshots with extra tips to give additional help.

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