Ganon's Tower

Trials Skip

The second room in Ganon's Tower consists of four doors each leading to a different trial, at the end of which you need to refight the boss of that area. You are supposed to refight all four bosses to break down the stone wall blocking the loading zone to the next area. It is however possible to skip these trials and go right to the loading zone by clipping out of bounds. There are three different ways to do it. The original method uses a Ledge Clip. It was more recently discovered that it is possible to use a Roll Clip to do the exact same thing.

Bomb Ledge Clip

Discovered by Aruki & KlydeStorm

This was the first method of skipping the trials that was found, although it used a frozen bokoblin instead of a bomb which is way more difficult. To do this Ledge Clip you need to make your way over to the door frame as shown in the video using an Item Slide.

  1. Dry Roll towards the edge and Ledge Hang off of it.
  2. Move as close to the wall as possible, then climb up.
  3. Hold ZL for the entirety of this trick form here forward until you are experienced with it.
  4. Pull a bomb, then drop it with B after it is fully above Link's head.
  5. Backflip and pull the Deku Leaf when you are roughly at the same level as the ledge the bomb is on.
  6. Float towards the ledge while facing a slight bit towards the wall you are about to clip in to, and cancel the leaf right before you hit it.
  7. Tap right on the control stick (or left if you use the other side compared to the video) with the correct timing to be pushed out of bounds. There is a 4 frame window.
  8. Pull the Deku Leaf before you fall too far.
  9. Provided you are still holding ZL, hold down-right to turn towards the loading zone.
  10. Glide to the loading zone. Leaf Pump as needed.

It is a common misbelief that you need to tap towards the wall on the control stick to move towards the wall. Do not do this. For Ledge Clips you will always tap away from the wall you're trying to go through. The item in turn then pushes you through the wall.

There is an older tutorial for this trick that uses the opposite ledge than shown in the video above. If you choose to follow this tutorial you can ignore the part about leafing between the pillars in the room and just Item Slide to the door frame in question.

Bomb Roll Clip

Discovered by Nap42

You can use a bomb to push you far enough in to the wall for you to do a roll clip.
1. Kill the bokoblin.
2. Dry Roll and Ledge Hang off the edge to your left.
3. Climb up and pull a bomb, then drop it with B after it is fully above Link's head.
4. Backflip and pull the leaf once you are at the same level as the ledge.
5. Grab the ledge between the wall and the bomb.
6. Do a partial Ledge Clip as soon as possible and then climb up the wall and perform a Roll Clip to the left.
8. Leaf Pump to the loading zone as need be.

Trials Roll Clip

Setup Discovered by TrogWW

A roll clip to skip the trials from the lower level is possible with nothing but the Deku Leaf. To do this you need to grab the ledge so that practically all of Link's left hand is in the wall.

  1. Kill the bokoblin.
  2. Grab the ledge and move as close to the wall as possible.
  3. Climb up the ledge then hit up on the c-stick.
  4. Align the B button with the door frame as shown.
  5. All while holding L, sidehop, pull the Deku Leaf around the same time as shown, and hold up.
  6. Cancel the Deku Leaf around the same time as shown in the video. A good visual cue is the black mark on the wall. You want to cancel the leaf right when you first are next to it.
  7. Climb up and ledge and hold left.
  8. Time a roll clip, followed by hitting the Deku Leaf button almost immediately almost as if you were doing a leaf pump.
  9. Leaf pump your way to the loading zone. This takes practice.

Optionally, you can tap down on the c-stick at some point before cancelling the leaf for the ledge grab to make it easier.

Leafless Method

Discovered by Quaforce

It is also possible to skip the Trials by using a series of tricky item slides.

Sidle into Door

Discovered by Nap42

Once you finally skip the trials, you will be on a staircase that has miniblins spawning at the top. Climb it and go through the door to make your way towards the tower's second section. You can also sidle on the side of the door to trigger the loading zone and skip opening it which is frames faster.

Forsaken Fortress Warp Room

Once going through the loading zone, you will be in a room with two doors and another stone wall that looks like it can be broken down. It can. Through the left door is a room that allows you to spawn a warp portal to the Forsaken Fortress provided you have the boomerang. It also "spawns" the King of Red Lions which you use to go back and forth through said portal. Funnily enough, the King of Red Lions is already spawned, but waiting out of bounds for you to hit the switches. With cheats you can get to him while out of bounds and do some silly stuff.

It is also possible to open the warp portal without the boomerang, by shooting the switches in very quick succession with the bow and the gyroscope. This allows one to be able to obtain the skull hammer after performing the Early Master Sword sequence break, since leaving through the portal avoids loading Tower of the Gods after Hyrule 2, which is the trigger for Forsaken Fortress 2 to become Forsaken Fortress 3 (and FF3 doesn't have the Phantom Ganon fight). If you decide to leave through this portal without having obtained Farore's Pearl, KoRL will try to auto-sail to Windfall, causing a softlock. That can be avoided however, because there is one frame for Link to leave the boat before the softlock occurs.

Light Arrows and the Phantom Ganon Maze

The door to the right is the path you need to take to get the Light Arrows. It is possible to skip these and we will go over that shortly. Once going through the door a short cutscene will play showing you the lights on the wall in a specific order. This is the order you would need to hit the switches in the other room to trigger the warp. Anyway, to continue towards the Light Arrows, jump down the pit. You can pull the Deku Leaf while over the pit to trigger the loading zone faster.

Upon the next area loading you will find yourself in a maze. The maze is the same every time so it is to your benefit to remember the directions for it. They are as follows...

  1. Back
  2. Left
  3. Straight
  4. Left
  5. Right
  6. Straight

When going through the final (6th) door, you can use a bomb pull before opening the door to skip a cutscene on the other side of the door as it bars itself shut behind Link. For more on that click here.

In this room you will fight Phantom Ganon for the Light Arrows. The fight is very short and extremely easy. He has three different attacks. He can throw a white orb at you, a red orb, or he can spawn all around you with four clones. If he spawns in the air he will be using either the white or red orb. If he spawns on the ground you will know it.

  • If he spawns in the air and goes to throw a white orb at you, get as close to him as possible before he throws it. If you are close enough you will only have to hit it back once for it to stun him. Simply slash him as he falls to the ground to kill him.

  • If he spawns in the air and holds a red orb above his head, charge a spin attack by holding B. When he throws the orb it will break in to eight smaller orbs. Release your spin attack when they are all about to hit you so they all fly back to him. Hit him with your sword when he falls to the ground to kill him.

  • If he spawns all around you with his clones, simply hit the one that spawned behind you. The real one will always spawn behind you so it is best to stand still once you walk forward a little bit. Hit him again to finish him off.

Open the chest for Light Arrows. Go through the door that opens to head back to the main room for this area.

Skip the Light Arrows

Discovered by Mugg

Break a pot containing a heart and, with only 1/4 heart, place a bomb next to Link and throw the boomerang at the heart. Then perform a zombie hover to reach one of the door frames before the boomerang comes back to Link. The boomerang will heal Link, and once up there you can perform a ledge clip or a roll clip to go out of bounds and then leaf to the loading zone leading to the final staircase. This trick skips the entire maze as well as picking up the light arrows. However, this also requires doing a backflip lift-off for the hover, since pulling out the sword too early will also make the boomerang come back to Link too early. It is most likely TAS-only.

Skip using the Light Arrows against Phantom Ganon

Discovered by ChaoticAce

After obtaining the light arrows, you will go back to the main room, where Phantom Ganon's final battle occurs. By performing a parry off a ground spawn from Phantom Ganon, with the right position and angle, you can land on the door frame without needing a zombie hover, and from there perform a ledge clip or a roll clip to go out of bounds and then simply leaf to the loading zone behind the wall. It is important to note that this trick doesn't skip the light arrows, since Phantom Ganon will only spawn in that room if you did get them in the maze. However, this is useful in order to reach the final fight without a quiver.

Grand Staircase Battle Skip

Discovered by Mugg

At the very top of the grand staircase, align with the pillar on the left as shown. Backflip and pull out the deku leaf. Just as you are about to hit the ledge, put the deku leaf away to grab it, and shuffle your way as far to the right as you can go. Now climb up the ledge and immediately jump towards the wall to clip through it. If you wait to long Link will simply fall off the ledge and you will have to start over. From here, make your way to the loading zone, being careful not to fall.

Puppet Ganon Cutscene Skip

Discovered by LegendOfLinkk

After performing the Grand Staircase Battle Skip, you can throw a bomb behind the door. On Hero Mode and with 1/2 heart left, leaf under the loading zone. The bomb will damage boost you up into the loading zone. By hitting the loading trigger after getting hit and before having 0 health, the fade-out will happen and you will successfully cancel the Puppet Ganon cutscene.

Because the Puppet Ganon fight can only trigger at the end of the cutscene, and because that cutscene can only play once, you will have to perform a zombie hover with almost perfect mashing towards one of the pots containing a fairy, and get healed by it, in order to reach the final fight.

Note: the video above uses a moonjump cheat to reattempt the trick.

Puppet Ganon Skip

Method 1

originally Discovered by Aruki, HD setup by gymnast86

In Puppet Ganon's chamber, angle yourself towards the path that leads to Ganondorf. Deminish you health to 1/4 heart and zombie hover. This is a mostly luck based hover, as the conditions have to be perfect in order to prevent from getting knocked down by the Keese. Once you are above the red wooden entrance to the Ganondorf battle, wait for a few Keese to come and attack you. In order to survive the hover, you will need to kill a keese while hovering and get the heart they drop. There are several ways to do so:

You can kill the keese with bombs: equip the deku leaf and bombs. Quickly press the button the bombs are on, followed by the deku leaf, then B. If done correctly, you will drop a bomb and get a heart drop from the Keese.

You can kill a keese using the bow.

Or you can kill a keese using the boomerang.

Out of these three methods, only the bombs one is close to RTA-viable.

Method 2

discovered by gymnast86

If you performed Puppet Ganon Cutscene Skip, there will be no keese spawning in that room, and so the hovers above won't work. Instead, you can still manage to reach the Ganondorf fight by hovering to a fairy pot, breaking it, and getting healed by the fairy.

Morth Hover

discovered by gymnast86

In Any%, the hoookshot is skipped, and thus cannot be used to gain access to the Ganondorf fight. Instead a Zombie Hover must be used in conjunction with a morth enemy dropping a heart to successfully get on top of the platform. To do this, you want to stand close to a morth, and then stab it (forward + B) so that Link will kill the morth and it will attach onto Link at the same time. (This sets the flag for the morth to drop a heart when it dies, which can only be activated if Link kills the morth with his sword). Now Link can shake off the morth with a roll (the direction of which is random, but will always be somewhere behind Link), and use the Leaf to blow the morth up onto the platform which has the loading zone to the Ganon fight. After the morth has been shaken off though, Link cannot move at full speed as this will causes the morth to try and move towards Link. This is advantageous after the morth is already up on the platform however, as it can be used to position the morth at the edge of the platform where we can shoot it with an arrow from below. From here we can place down a bomb, shoot the morth, pull out and throw a bomb (this puts the bow away without picking up the bomb in front of Link) and then pull out the sword to begin the Zombie Hover. Once you've hovered up to the heart, proceed into the loading zone.

Last updated 01/15/2019 – azer67