Legend of Zelda, The: A Link to the Past
Console icon SNES/Super Famicom

  • Complete Ganon's Tower without ever entering while possessing a sword, exiting or dying. Must start and finish in one attempt, entirely swordless.

    477 (436) of 25,690 – 1.86%

    1.70% of players have earned the achievement in hardcore mode
    1.86% of players have earned the achievement in softcore mode
  • Created by suspect15 on: 30 Apr, 2023 23:57
    Last modified: 26 May, 2023 03:40

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    KojiroS 29 May 2023 05:41
    @cykette IIRR you can ask the dwarves to temper the sword again and they will take the sword again. No idea if it can still be done after dipping it in fat fairy water.
    cykette 29 May 2023 18:56
    If you ask them again, you can still go through all the dialogue up to giving them your sword, but they won't take it. Instead, they say "Well, we can't make it any stronger than that... sorry!"
    Zaradur 2 Jun 2023 16:26
    If you think you will die. Use the mirror to leport to the entrance. Now you can Stock Up Life and you only have to defeat the 3 Worms again. The chest by the big Worms ist still there and you can skip the fight.
    rlxldk 13 Jun 2023 16:51
    All four bottles filled with blue potion strongly recommended. Hammer is not so good in reflecting -_-
    sseb22 29 Jun 2023 12:50
    Isn't it required to have the tempered sword in order to get the 4th bottle? Or is it possible to get it while we don't have the sword?
    KojiroS 29 Jun 2023 13:27
    @sseb22 You just need to reunite the dwarf twins for the bottle chest to spawn. I always get the bottle swordless. XD
    sseb22 29 Jun 2023 13:45
    Thanks. Then it also mean that we can get the bottle after reuniting the twins but before asking them to upgrade our sword which would mean with a sword (the normal Master Sword)?
    KojiroS 29 Jun 2023 14:33
    I can't say for sure, but I think just reuniting them spawns the chest, because I'm sure I grabbed the chest while doing the bottle-less run and freaked out for a second.
    sseb22 29 Jun 2023 15:19
    For sure!
    Jenkys 30 Jun 2023 15:57
    cykette 30 Jun 2023 17:17
    You just have to reunite the brothers before it will spawn. Asking them to temper your sword or not makes no difference. We do it in the 100% NMG speedrun route, actually.
    zandro 30 Jul 2023 19:25
    I tried to wrap the Agahnim hammer-only fight achievement in with this, but had to bail and use net after losing all my health reserves. It was a very good tradeoff for the time I was about to lose on this.
    Ness64 24 Nov 2023 15:54
    Quick reminder that none of the medallions work, because you need a sword to use them.

    The Hookshot helped me a lot more than I thought (it makes enemies much easier to kill if it doesn't kill them outright), the Magic Cape can help you skip some of the bullshit towards the end, Ice Rod + Hammer can help you with magic refills (on enemies that can be frozen) and finally, this is something I only remembered afterwards: on that one room with the invisible pathway and Wizzrobes, if you don't remember the path but don't want to check a map, you can still push the Cane of Somaria's block to check where it ends.

    Stacked this with the "Hammer on Agahnim" and "no bottles" achievements. I took quite a bit of damage on Agahnim, but it wasn't that bad. Watching Jenkys' video for Agahnim with the Hammer beforehand (https://youtu.be/vU3nplnBWmk) helped me learn the Hammer's timing pretty fast.
    If you're going Hammer-only too, focus on just reflecting 1 energy ball at a time and dodging the rest, this is best done if you're at a medium distance from the real Agahnim (just close enough to hit him) and far enough from all 3 that you have space to dodge everything. Most of the time you should have to dodge before you can reflect one back, sometimes you may have to dodge all 3, but patience pays off for this one
    suspect15 27 Dec 2023 04:39
    You can turn in your sword to get it tempered in the Dark World. Get all 7 crystals before you do this, then turn in your sword and while the blacksmiths have it, complete Ganon's Tower.
    ChinoKafuu 2 Jan 2024 21:23
    If you die does it void the achievement? So I have to reload save? And does fairy bottles count as dieing?
    suspect15 7 Jan 2024 04:03
    yes, you'll need to reload a load. this is to prevent a player from making significant progress in the tower, dying then reentering and getting to head to the end right away. i can't remember if the fairy bottles count as dying, but i'd recommend getting blue magic potions instead of fairies.
    rlxldk 7 Jan 2024 09:08
    Blue potion restore magic meter - fairy doesn't. Use blue potions Luke )
    ChinoKafuu 7 Jan 2024 15:51
    Thanks all won't be going for this achieve for a while. Had to start a second playthrough because of data loss. Now the bested achieves aren't popping. Don't want to get to the tower and this happen too. Until I figure out why.
    Wansti 4 Feb 2024 04:11
    First try after preparing for this for days!
    lagoooona 11 May 2024 17:19
    Can confirm fairy bottles DOES NOT count as dying. Fairy rezzed me and the achievement still popped at the end.

    This sounds harder than it is with all the various tools at your disposal, some close calls but fortunately managed to complete this first time. Massive respect to those who did this bottleless though!

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