Permanently Missable Items
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These are items with limited chances to obtain. If certain decisions are made, or after changes occur in the game these items will no longer be available. This listing is intended to aid 100% Completion game runs.
Four Heart Containers in each quest are missable if Link chooses the Potion instead of the Heart Container. The young hero must never choose the Potion, as he can buy Potion at any time in the game, but once he passes up that Heart Container, it's gone forever. In the Second Quest, there are three rooms with a choice of paying 50 rupees or losing a Heart Container: He can earn the Rupees back at any time, but not the Heart Container. If Link finds that he doesn't have enough, then he must leave the room and hunt more Rupees, then return when there are enough.
Almost nothing is missable in this game, although it should be noted that whenever Link complete a palace, it turns to stone in the overworld and he will never be able to enter it again. However, it only becomes stone when he:
- A) obtains the main dungeon item, and
- B) places the crystal in the statue after the boss battle.
Therefore, if the young hero does B but not A, he can still return to claim the item. However, with both things being done, the palace will be closed, and Link won't be able to return to boost experience points, pick up Treasure Bags, or anything like that.
Also of note are the 1-Up Dolls. It's not possible to miss these permanently, with the exception of the one located in the sixth palace, for the reasons written above. Also, when Link does get one, it's gone for the rest of the save file, even after the player quits and returns to the game. Therefore, it's best to plan wisely and strategically when hunting them all down. For instance, it would probably be better to wait until all the palaces have been completed except the Great Palace, and then go retrieve them all. (Also note that once Link's stats are maxed at level 8 in all three areas (strength, life and magic), the character can get a 1-Up for each 9000 experience points being gained).
Treasure Bags containing experience points, as those are also one-shot deals as soon as Link obtains them. It's wise to collect them strategically because, once a bag is retrieved, the young hero cannot get it back. Therefore, Game Over cutscenes must be avoided at all costs after obtaining any of these set Treasure Bags without leveling up, since either a Game Over cutscene or restarting the game puts the experience points gained as of that moment back down to zero again. That said, there are many more Treasure Bags in this game than Dolls.
Dungeon Map and Lamp Chest
Because Hyrule Castle becomes inaccessible after defeating Agahnim in Hyrule Castle Tower, Link will not be able to access the dungeon's Dungeon Map if he fails to open the chest containing it. Not only that, but there are two rooms on the first floor that Link could fail to visit, leading the map to be incomplete. Finally, there is a chest next to Princess Zelda in the dungeon that contains either the Lamp (or more likely a Blue Rupee if Link already has the Lamp) which will also be inaccessible after defeating Agahnim. The Lamp is available from three chests, and Link needs it to progress through the secret passageway so it is not missable, but the chest next to Zelda is. Link would have to purposely avoid all such items unless he did not know how to open the chests, as Link has to visit all the rooms containing the chests as he progresses through the dungeon, and they are all in plain sight. Failing to explore all the rooms on the map, however, is an easier mistake to make, as there are two paths through the first floor. As the dungeon is inaccessible later, however, Link cannot check the map either way.
If Link does not open the chest containing the Boomerang in Hyrule Castle, he will not be able to obtain it from said chest when the dungeon becomes inaccessible after defeating Agahnim in Hyrule Castle Tower. However, the Boomerang itself is not permanently missable, as it can be obtained from a chest in Kakariko Village that would normally hold Arrows. The chest in Hyrule Castle will then contain arrows, but will still be missable, although arrows are freely available elsewhere. If Link does not collect the Boomerang from either chest, he has the option to get the Magical Boomerang from a chest in the Village of Outcasts which would normally contain 300 Rupees.
Four pictures (DX version only) out of the 12 are missable in this game. First, to trigger the photography side quest, Link must visit the Photo Shop and speak to the mouse who runs the place. After that, he'll show up at various times during the adventure to take pictures. It's possible to miss 4 of these such moments forever after a certain point, though. The last three, in fact, are all taken while escorting Marin to Animal Village. So here they all are:Kanalet Castle. It's required to walk to the castle entrance while it is still closed. Then Richard will appear and the photographer show up to take the picture. Link must not step on the switch inside Kanalet Castle until he has obtained this photograph! (see left)
2.) The second is the picture of Link with Marin on the seashore, at the southwesternmost tip of Koholint Island. It's simply about going straight there once she starts following Link, and the photographer will do the rest. (see right)
4.) The fourth is in the Mabe Village town square, in front of the weathercock, as Link poses with both Marin and Tarin. It's simply about going there when Marin is following Link, and Tarin and the photographer will meet them there. (see right)
For photos #2-4, he must not prompt Marin to awaken the walrus near Animal Village until he has obtained all three of these photographs. In the case of uncertainty, Link can check the photo shop near Tal Tal Heights before parting with Marin.
On a more minor note regarding the pictures, the very first picture Link takes is not missable, but it's variable--and whatever choice the character makes will be what he will see as long as the game file is current. During the first dialogue with the photographer, if Link agrees to take a picture, then the first picture will be of Link posing with a peace sign. If he continually rejects the photographer, though, he'll take a picture of a beat-up Link. As previously mentioned, however, only one of these images can be kept.Seashell Mansion to gain a 6th. Likewise, once he has exactly 10 Seashells (no more, no less), he must return there to gain an 11th. The third missable Seashell is the one near Kanalet Castle's entrance that must be accessed with the Flying Rooster (see above). None of this is actually a concerning issue, however, since Link only needs 20 of the 26 Secret Seashells to forge the L-2 Sword. After Link has powered his sword up, all remaining Secret Seashells in the game turn into Rupees, and the slot for Secret Seashells on the pause menu's inventory disappears. So if Link wants the transitory satisfaction of having all 26 Secret Seashells on the inventory, he must search them all out and hold off on returning to the Seashell Mansion until he has found them all. Once again, however, the number and seashell icon will vanish once Link gets the L-2 Sword.
Deku Nut Upgrade
A Deku Nut upgrade is permanently missable. As Link enters the Lost Woods from Kokiri Forest, and goes to the Forest Stage, if he wears the right mask, the Deku Scrubs will reward him. Wearing the Skull Mask results in earning the Deku Stick upgrade (this can be obtained at any time), and wear the Mask of Truth to get the Deku Nut upgrade.
However, the Deku Nut upgrade will only work if Link has not obtained the Poacher's Saw in the Adult Link era. If done the opposite, wearing the Mask of Truth in front of the Deku Scrubs will get a variety of reactions, but it won't result in the desired upgrade. It will be gone forever. As such, Link must not obtain the Poacher's Saw in the Trading Sequence until having obtained this upgrade. Also, contrary to some fan notions, the running man on Hyrule Field (to whom Link sells the Bunny Hood, the last step required before the Mask of Truth in the first place) can be found before pulling the Master Sword, as Link looks for him after obtaining Zora's Sapphire.
This happens because all the quests in the game have "finisher flags" that mark them as complete. A developer for the game mistakenly set the Poacher's Saw to the same flag as the Deku Nut Upgrade, probably because they tend to be set by area and the Saw and Upgrade are technically in the same area. So when the saw is obtained, the game will be told that the Deku Nut Upgrade has already been obtained as well, even if it hasn't. Only the upgrade suffered from this bug and not the saw, which explains why it was missed by the game's beta testers, who probably always obtained the upgrade before pulling the Master Sword and then would get the Poacher's Saw later.
This glitch has been fixed in Ocarina of Time 3D.
One Treasure Chest is missable at the very beginning of the game. It's on a spot in the chasm that precedes the area where Link finds the Happy Mask Salesman, and it contains Deku Nuts. It is not a major missable item, as it can be purchased later in a shop, and everything else is obtainable anytime thanks to the fact that time can be reset and certain actions can be reverted.
Ring Box Upgrade
The Ring Box L-3 upgrade is permanently missable through a glitch when playing a Linked Game in the Japanese versions of Oracle of Seasons or Oracle of Ages (the European versions fixed this glitch, but it is not currently known if it still affects the North American versions). If the player has already acquired a Ring Box L-2 over the normal course of the Linked Game (by receiving it from the Goron at Goron Mountain or by buying it in the Lynna Village Shop), the secret for Farore will not work anymore: it can still be entered on the password screen and a message appears that Link has received Ring Box L-3, but Ring Box L-2 will remain in the inventory. To avoid this, the player has to complete the Ruul Secret or the Symmetry Secret quest with Ring Box L-1 still in the inventory. Preferably, the secrets are taken back to Holodrum or Labrynna as soon as they become available (upon beating the second dungeon in the Linked Game). After upgrading the Ring Box in the non-linked game (the glitch won't happen in a non-linked game, so it doesn't matter if Ring Box L-1 or L-2 is in the inventory), the player receives a password which he then gives to Farore in the Linked Game. This will result in the Ring Box L-2 upgrade. From then on, Ring Box L-3 is available over the normal course of the game (receiving or buying, as mentioned above).
Choices spanning both games
While these are not missables, some choices must be made throughout the course of the (linked) adventures which will carry over from the first game into the second, linked game as well.
The first area of decision is the sidequest involving the growth and development of Bipin and Blossom's son, whom Link even gets the honor of naming. Certain decisions Link makes for him at one stage of his life will permanently affect the course that later stages of his life will take. The second area of decision is the choice of animal companion and their accompanying flute. Link can choose between three companions--Ricky, Dimitri, or Moosh--and once the choice is made, Link gets that one's particular flute, which means he can't get a flute for the other two. The following shows briefly how to choose the particular animal for Link in each game.
Oracle of Ages:
- Moosh: Since Moosh is Link's default partner in this game, he simply has to carry on in his quest as normal, and once he leaves Lynna City (in the present) to the west, he needs to go north once up the steps and use an Ember Seed to burn the bush across the river, activating the switch that builds a bridge. He then has to go across and north, then Moosh will be his.
- Dimitri: To recruit Dimitri instead, Link simply has to buy his flute from the shop in Lynna City (present) for 150 Rupees. He must not burn the bush and activate the bridge switch north of Lynna City until he's bought Dimitri's Flute if this is the animal Link wants for his heroic character.
- Ricky: To recruit Ricky instead, keeping winning the Shooting Gallery mini-game in Lynna Village (past) until the prize given out to Link is Ricky's Flute. He must not burn the bush and activate the bride switch north of Lynna City until he's won Ricky's Flute if this is the animal Link wants for his heroic character.
Oracle of Seasons:
- Ricky: Since Ricky the kangaroo is Link's default partner in this game, he simply has to carry on in his quest as normal, and once he reaches the area 1 screen north and west of the tree stump where he originally met Din (this would be North Horon), picking up the rock and going north through the gate, then Ricky will be his.
- Dimitri: To recruit Dimitri the dinosaur, Link needs to keep winning the Subrosian Dance (after he's won the Boomerang) until the prize given out to him is Dimitri's Flute. He must not enter the area of North Horon where he must lift the stone and pass through the northern gate until he's won Dimitri's Flute if this is the animal Link wants for his heroic character.
- Moosh: If Link likes to join up with Moosh the bear, the first step is to simply buy his flute from the Horon Village shop for 150 Rupees. Again, Link must not enter the area of North Horon where he must lift the stone and pass through the northern gate until he's bought Moosh's Flute if this is the animal Link wants for his heroic character.
Nintendo Gallery Figurines
16 figurines in the Nintendo Gallery sidequest are permanently missable in this game. The Wind Waker does allow Link to continue in a second quest after beating it, where he starts out with nothing in their inventory except a Deluxe Picto Box (needed to take color pictographs for the figurines, as the regular Picto Box will not work for this sidequest), and all figurines from the previous quest carry over as well. Nevertheless, it is possible (despite popular belief) to collect all 134 figurines on the first go-around if Link is vigilant. The objective is to take a color pictograph of a character and show it to Carlov at the Nintendo Gallery by Forest Haven. If he approves it, he'll make a figurine of that character to put in a room inside the gallery.
Blue Potion in the Potion Shop
Link needs 15 samples of Chu Jelly to help the shopkeeper from Windfall Island, Doc Bandam, to make the Blue Potion. There are only 23 sources of Blue Chu sample across the Great Sea, so if the young hero sells more than eight of them to Beedle, this objective will be ruined permanently.
Light Arrows are missable. If Link reaches Cloud Tops (via the whirlwind atop Veil Falls) having not rid him of the ghost, Gregal will be dead and the Light Arrows permanently out of reach. So Link must not ride the whirlwind to Cloud Tops until having warped to the Tower of Winds and healed Gregal of his ghost.
In the PAL version of the game (Europe, Australia, etc.), one Kinstone Fusion becomes impossible after a certain point in the game, resulting in the loss of one Bottle, an appearance by Biggoron, and the Mirror Shield. The source of this problem is Eenie, a farmer in the Eastern Hills region. If Link begins to fuse with him but then quits and leaves the area, a glitch will activate, and the game will never give the option to perform the fusion again. This glitch is not present in the Japanese and North American versions of the game.
Bomb Bag Upgrade
Due to another glitch in the PAL version of the game, the Bomb Bag upgrade in Stockwell's Shop cannot be purchased (and always is permanently missable), because it does not appear on the shelf after purchasing the Boomerang. This glitch is not present in the Japanese and North American versions of the game.
One treasure chest is missable underneath the Royal Hyrule Library in Hyrule Town. The significance of this is that later in the game, once Link returns to the Elemental Sanctuary with all four Elements and fuse the Four Sword, the library (along with the treasure chest in question) will be closed off to the Hero for the rest of the game. As such, Link must not enter the Elemental Sanctuary with all four Elements until having thawed and opened this treasure chest. The young hero must make sure to do any possible business in the library before fusing the Four Sword because once that sword is in possession, the library is closed to Link for the rest of the game.
- The first letter from Ooccoo says she was happy to meet Link and will appear again at a different location (i.e. another dungeon). She adds a P.S. about a son she has. Anyway, Link gets this letter after completing the Forest Temple, as long as he doesn't use her to warp out of that dungeon. This is, Link must find Ooccoo, but not use her, in the first dungeon.
- The second letter from Ooccoo says she was happy to meet up with Link and happy to see her son again, concluding by saying she'll be going to another location (i.e. dungeon). He can get this letter after most any dungeon in the game by using Ooccoo there. But the last dungeon where Ooccoo will appear is City in the Sky (there are two others after that, Palace of Twilight and Hyrule Castle, but Ooccoo will not be at either one), so therefore Link must find and use Ooccoo before finishing the dungeon prior to City in the Sky: The Temple of Time. Therefore, the completionist must not defeat Armogohma and clear the Temple of Time until having used Ooccoo to warp out of a dungeon and back in at least once.
The Ordon Shield is losable if it gets burned by fire. This is just a minor note as he can easily purchase a Wooden Shield from numerous shops in Hyrule. The Wooden Shield works just the same as the Ordon Shield, but it has a different design and different name.
Eddo's Letter and Ship Part
After the third visit to the Temple of the Ocean King, the Salvage Arm must be purchased. Upon approaching a mailbox, Link receives a letter from Eddo advising him that the Salvage Arm is ready. However, the better course of action is to go directly to Eddo and buy the Salvage Arm before checking the mailbox. If this is done, the letter will instead thank Link for his purchase, and a bonus Ship Part will be included.
One Heart Container in a treasure chest is missable, but this only happens under some obscure conditions. After the defeat of the Diabolical Cubus Sisters on the Ghost Ship, the prize will be the usual Heart Container in the large treasure chest. However, since the Ghost Ship is the one dungeon that can never be reentered, it is possible to bypass this chest and go on without it. Mercifully, even if Link does pass it up, the next day (on his/her DS's internal calendar), the Postman will come and attempt to deliver it to Link. When he brings it to him, he asks Link if he wants it. Choosing "Yes" would be the best option, but choosing "No" instead will make it be gone forever.
Treasure Chests on Ghost Ship
There are some Treasure Chests on the Ghost Ship that can be permanently missed. One contains a random Treasure, one contains ten Rupoors and a couple of others contain either Potions or Rupees. There are also two Crystals, at least one of which is optional. Again, once the Ghost Ship level has been completed, it cannot be revisited so all of these items are permanently lost.
Isle of the Goddess Treasure Chest
There is a small treasure chest on the pathways winding around the Isle of the Goddess. Although it is hard to miss at the beginning of the game, when Fi leads Link past it, the chest disappears once the Sky Keep is revealed.
- ↑ "Hey you, Link! I've got some very big news. Big, big news. See, I've been working on a Salvage Arm for a long time, but now it's ready! This gorgeous piece of machinery lets ships pull up treasure from the sea floor! I'm gonna sell this thing to the first one who gets here. Ready, set...sail! Who's gonna be the lucky customer to claim it?" — Eddo (Phantom Hourglass)
- ↑ "Hey, Link! Thanks for buying the Salvage Arm! As an added bonus, I'm sending you this gift! Seriously, take it! It's all yours!" — Eddo (Phantom Hourglass)