Glitches in A Link to the Past
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Turn Red Shield Blue
- Effect: changes the color of the Red Shield to blue
- Prerequisites: Red Shield, Ether Medallion
- How To: Go to an area where a Pikit resides. Let it take as many items from you, until it takes the Red Shield. Quickly use the Ether Medallion, kill it, and pick up the Red Shield. It will turn blue until you go to the next screen.
- Notes: The shield will turn back to its normal color when you change screens. This only works in the SNES and Wii versions.
Go Anywhere Glitch 1 (SNES/Wii)
- Effect: Go anywhere
- Prerequisites: none
- How To: Go to any ledge and jump off of it. As you just enter the air, save and quit. Re-enter the file, and be hit by any enemy. You will turn invisible, and be able to go anywhere (similar to the Ocarina glitch in The Minish Cap).
- Notes: This can only be performed on the SNES or Wii version of A Link to the Past.
Go Anywhere Glitch 2 (GBA)
- Effect: Go anywhere
- Prerequisites: Have the Mirror, Pegasus Boots
- How To: Go to any ledge in a dungeon and jump off of it. As you enter the air, use the Mirror to warp to the entrance. Run into a wall with Pegasus Boots. You will turn invisible, and be able to go anywhere (similar to the Ocarina glitch in The Minish Cap.
- Notes: You can't do the SNES/Wii method on GBA because the saving function is different, and you can't use the GBA method on SNES/Wii because it just makes link move slower. This glitch is very useful, because it allows you to move screens endlessly, eventually allowing you to enter Dark World dungeons from the Light World, (including Palace of the Four Sword) and vice versa. One small problem while trying to go to a certain place, watch out for enemies (they activate the glitch when hit). Some certain cliffs activate the glitch too (i.e. Links house cliff).
NOTE:This glitch doesn't allow you to go up stairs, making it useless in Ganon's tower, and The Palace of the Four Sword.
- Effect: Run fast
- Prerequisites: Have the Pegasus Boots and Flute
- How To: Go somewhere in the overworld where there is a pair of wooden stairs. Use the Flute, and just before the bird grabs you, use the Pegasus Boots. When the map appears, cancel. When you land, start going down the stairs, but then come off. You will run very fast.
- Depending on when you are picked up by the bird (ex:actually charging, and preparing to charge), you may also crash into things infinitely and get caught between two solid surfaces.
- Crashing into an object while running fast cancels the effect of the stairs and you must reactivate that part of the glitch.
- When this glitch is in effect there is a possibility of jumping off angled border walls(ex: into the water on the side of town) if there is no path back out of the water, diving and swimming towards the shore may let you jump back on to land(though it may take a while)
- Effect: Boomerang loops across the screen, possibly destroying terrain.
- Prerequisites: Have the Pegasus Boots, Flute, and the Magic Boomerang
- How To: Go to the town. Clear the enemies along the path you chase the red hatted kid. Throw the boomerang away from you and dash down the path to the other side, if done correctly, the boomerang will fly rapidly across the screen, and can destroy bushes as well as squares of terrain.
- This glitch is completely useless and doesn't really do anything other than make you feel somewhat accomplished.
- The boomerang does not give you any of the things it would pick up, and it does not effect enemies.
- The boomerang must pass over a bush twice to destroy it.
- The boomerang eventually slows down and follows you as you move up or down, sometimes stopping where you are.
- If you leave the area you get the boomerang back.
- This glitch is easier to do if you use the flute glitch.
Ghost of Misery Mire
- Effect: An invisible enemy in Misery Mire of A Link to the Past. There are three of them throughout the swamp.
- Prerequisites: Have the Flute and Titan's Mitt
- How To: Enter the Swamp of Evil using the portal in the Desert of Mystery, and then immediately use the Bombos Medallion. An invisible enemy will catch fire and then die. It is also possible to find this phantom enemy using other weapons.
- The Golden Bee is unable to detect the ghost.
- Hitting a ghost with the Pegasus Boots makes the sound of the Hookshot.
- Unlike most enemies, the Ice Rod will instantly kill a ghost.
- According to the game's code, the ghost is most likely a Ku that has been accidentally placed on shallow water, causing it to exist in a state it was never programmed to be in.
Glitch Your Way Into Palace of Four Sword (GBA)
Effect: Enter the Palace of the Four Sword without using the multiplayer function.
Prerequisites:Magic Mirror, Access to level four in the dark world
How to: Start in level four. Then at the first ledge, as soon as you jump, use the mirror. Make sure link said "hup" as you warp or it will not work. then, using only stairs to move between floors, make your way one room north, then one room east without getting hit. go to the northeasternmost corner. destroy the pot and dash into the railing. if you are underground, you are doing the glitch correctly. go right until you enter a black screen. then go one screen left then down in to a large square room. get the north and south sides of the wall into view (you cant see the blue of the walls, so just make sure you see the little pattern against the wall), then dash west letting go of the d-pad. if done correctly, you will be stuck in a wall at a river. MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT TRY MOVING UP!! if you do, you must restart the glitch all over. move DOWN, then left. you should be in the river now. go down (even though you cant go up.)then leave the water. if you light the torch, the water will slow down, allowing you to go north and fight arghus. (level 2 boss), or you can go east and explore other rooms. your choice. defeating the toughened versions of the level 1 2 3 and 4 bosses, you should have found four swords. then you can destroy the bat in the central room and fight the four dark links. hopefully this helps! 
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