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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Vincent Lau
Editor(s): Vincent Lau
First Published: 19-12-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-06-2020 / 06:10 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 16-07-2020 / 17:07 GMT

Once you've successfully StreetPassed somebody, a signpost will appear in the field below Gramps. Check the signpost to view the Shadow Link's bounty and location. Then it's just a matter of heading to the location and looking for an ominous, shadowy Link casually standing around. Speak with the Shadow Link and you'll be given the choice to fight him.

Before and after a Shadow Link battle, your health will be restored. Also, if you lose, it doesn't count as a Game Over, so you've got nothing to lose by fighting, except maybe some time.

The battle will take place in a variety of arenas, depending on the Shadow Link's location. For instance, if he's at Turtle Rock, you'll fight in a fiery arena. Shadow Link fights just like a normal Link would, using the exact same moves. Unlike other monsters, he's very aggressive and knows how to defend and manoeuvre around attacks. At the beginning, we'd advise against fighting Shadow Links with a higher bounty that yours, because you may lose. However, once you've had a few battles, you should become familiar with Shadow Link's behaviour.

To win, simply reduce the Shadow Link's heart count to zero. Our general tips for fighting are to keep moving and don't stay in the same place for long. To make life easier, bring an item that can stun, such as the Hookshot, Boomerang or Tornado Rod. Even though Shadow Link is smarter than your typical monster, at the end of the day he's still an AI and can be exploited. Wait for Shadow Link to attack, then look for an opening and immediately stun him, then hit him when he's vulnerable. Repeat for an easy win.

Should the battle drag on for a long time, time may run out and the battle will immediately end. Should this happen, the game will count the number of attacks each Link has made and the one who made the most number of attacks wins the battle--handy if the Shadow Link drank a blue potion, prolonging the fight.

Either way, after you emerge victorious, you will earn the Shadow Link's bounty and you may also unlock achievements, known as "Challenges".

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms
    3DS
  • Genre
    Action-adventure
  • Guide Release
    19 December 2013
  • Last Updated
    12 June 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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