Chris Houlihan Room

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Chris Houlihan Room
Game(s) A Link to the Past
Item(s) 225 Rupees

The Chris Houlihan Room is a secret room in A Link to the Past. It contains 45 Blue Rupees scattered on a shining blue floor and a Telepathy Tile on the back wall. The tile says "My name is Chris Houlihan. This is my top secret room. Keep it between us, okay?"[1] This may be a reference to the famous quote from The Legend of Zelda. While the room exists in the Game Boy Advance version of the game, the Telepathy Tile is not there.



The room is not an intended part of normal gameplay, but rather a crash prevention measure. It is a failsafe room that the game sends Link to when it can't determine which room he should be sent to. There are at least five different ways to access this room. One of the most well-known methods involves a series of well-timed dashes using the Pegasus Boots starting from the Sanctuary all the way to the secret entrance Link used to enter Hyrule Castle's dungeon the first time. If executed correctly, Link will find himself in the underground room. If Link exits the room, he will find himself outside of his house.


Nintendo held a contest in a 1990 Nintendo Power magazine, where a randomly-selected winner would get to appear in a future NES game. To win, the person had to take a picture of the elusive Warmech boss in the game Final Fantasy, and mail it to Nintendo Power. Chris Houlihan received the grand prize: a cameo appearance in A Link to the Past.


Shows 5 different methods of reaching this room.


  1. "My name is Chris Houlihan. This is my top secret room. Keep it between us, OK?" — Chris Houlihan (A Link to the Past)

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 秘密の部屋 (Himitsu no Heya) Secret Room