Speedrun Guide (Any%) | Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)

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This is a Speedrun guide for the any% route in the Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Remake) for the Nintendo Switch. Click a link to see tips, strategy, and glitches that can be used for the fastest times possible.

Any% Speedrun Video

Below is a video for speedrunning the entire game on any% within 75 minutes done by Samura1man! (Be sure and support his channel with a Like and Subscribe!)

Any% Speedrun Route

Part 1 - Tail Cave Speedrun Any%

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Tail Cave Speedrun Any%

Estimated Time: 0:00 - 06:08

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Receive your shield from Tarin
2 Find your sword in Toronbo Shores
3 Obtain the Toadstool found inside the Mysterious Forest
4 Grab the 50 rupees from the chest surrounded by crystals
5 Find the witch in Koholint Prairie to obtain the Magic Powder
6 Sprinkle some Magic Powder on the strange raccoon in the forest and get the Tail Key
7 Go back to Mabe Village and proceed to Tail Cave

Estimated Time: 06:08 - 10:31

Tail Cave Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1
2 Obtain the Roc's Feather
3 Reload and get small key #2
4 Get small key #3
5 Get the Nightmare Key
6 Defeat Rolling Bones
7 Defeat Moldorm and obtain the Full Moon Cello

Part 2 - Bottle Grotto Speedrun Any%

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Bottle Grotto Speedrun Any%

Estimated Time: 10:31 - 12:14

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Bring a cuccoo from the village to the north entrance of the Mysterious Forest
2 BowWow Skip on the signpost
3 Travel to Bottle Grotto using the trees and spiked plants

Estimated Time: 12:14 - 18:11

Bottle Grotto Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1
2 Get small key #2
3 Defeat the hinox
4 Obtain the Power Bracelet
5 Get small key #3
6 Get the Nightmare Key
7 Defeat Genie and obtain the Conch Horn

Part 3 - Key Cavern Speedrun Any%

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Key Cavern Speedrun Any%

Estimated Time: 18:11 - 21:43

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Activate the warp point near Dampe's Shack
2 Have Secret Medicine applied to you
3 Enter the Town Tool Shop and buy bombs twice
4 Steal the Deluxe Shovel and the Bow
5 Lure the fox, activate the warp point in Ukuku Prairie, and perform Villa Skip
6 Get the Slime Key and proceed to Key Cavern

Estimated Time: 21:43 - 27:49

Key Cavern Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1
2 Get small key #2
3 Defeat the dodongo snakes
4 Obtain the Pegasus Boots
5 Get the Nightmare Key
6 Get small key #3 then reload
7 Get 300 rupees then reload
8 Get small key #4
9 Use the blue portal and get small key #5
10 Defeat Slime Eye to obtain the Sea Lily's Bell

Part 4 - Angler's Tunnel (First Half) Speedrun Any%

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Angler's Tunnel (First Half) Speedrun Any%

Estimated Time: 27:49 - 32:40

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Activate warp point near Seashell Mansion and warp to Dampe's Shack
2 Have Secret Medicine applied
3 Enter the Dream Shrine and obtain the Ocarina
4 Learn the Ballad of the Wind Fish
5 Lure the fox to Angler's Tunnel
6 Perform Angler Key Skip and enter Angler's Tunnel

Estimated Time: 32:40 - 35:44

Angler's Tunnel Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1
2 Get small key #2 then reload
3 Get small key #3
4 Get small key #4
5 Defeat Cue Ball
6 Obtain the Flippers, reload, and head outside

Part 5 - Catfish's Maw Speedrun Any%

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Catfish's Maw Speedrun Any%

Estimated Time: 35:44 - 37:32

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Learn Manbo's Mambo and warp to Seashell Mansion
2 Head to Martha's Bay and enter Catfish's Maw

Estimated Time: 37:32 - 44:48

Catfish's Maw Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1 and reload
2 Defeat Master Stalfos
3 Defeat Master Stalfos again
4 Defeat Master Stalfos for the third time then reload
5 Defeat Master Stalfos for the last time to obtain the Hookshot then reload
6 Get the Nightmare Key then reload
7 Perform an angle skew on the room before the Nightmare Lair to get to it and defeat Slime Eel to obtain the Wind Marimba

Part 6 - Face Shrine Speedrun Any%

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Face Shrine Speedrun Any%

Estimated Time: 44:48 - 47:51

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Warp to Seashell Mansion
2 Head to Ancient Ruins and enter the Southern Face Shrine
3 Defeat Armos Knight to obtain the Face Key
4 Warp back to Seashell Mansion and enter Face Shrine with the Face Key

Estimated Time: 47:51 - 56:14

Face Shrine Objectives
No. Objective
1 Obtain the Powerful Bracelet
2 Get small key #1 and reload
3 Defeat Smasher
4 Get small key #2 and reload
5 Use the blue portal and get small key #3
6 Defeat the dodongo snakes
7 Get the Nightmare Key and reload
8 Use the blue portal and defeat Facade to obtain the Coral Triangle

Part 7 - Early Turtle Rock Speedrun Any%

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Early Turtle Rock Speedrun Any%

Estimated Time: 56:14 - 1:01:11

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Warp to Ukuku Prairie and solve the Signpost Maze
2 Learn the Frog's Song of Soul
3 Warp again to Ukuku Prairie and resurrect the Flying Rooster
4 Perform Flame Skip on Tal Tal Mountain Range
5 Defeat Turtle Rock and enter the dungeon

Estimated Time: 1:01:11 - 1:02:14

Turtle Rock Objectives
No. Objective
1 Perform Hinox Skip on the hinox room
2 Obtain the Thunder Drum

Part 8 - Eagle's Tower Speedrun Any%

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Eagle's Tower Speedrun Any%

Estimated Time: 1:02:14 - 1:04:52

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Perform a no collider glitch on a ladder west of Mt. Tamaranch
2 Obtain the Bird Key and reload
3 Perform air climb on two different ladders to reach Eagle's Tower and use the Bird Key to enter

Estimated Time: 1:04:52 - 1:11:37

Eagle's Tower Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1
2 Destroy the first pillar
3 Destroy the second pillar
4 Destroy the third pillar
5 Defeat Grim Creeper
6 Obtain the Nightmare Key
7 Destroy the last pillar
8 Use the blue portal and defeat Evil Eagle to obtain the Organ of Evening Calm

Part 9 - Angler's Tunnel (Second Half) Speedrun Any%

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Angler's Tunnel (Second Half) Speedrun Any%

Estimated Time: 1:11:37 - 1:12:07

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Head straight to Angler's Tunnel

Estimated Time: 1:12:07 - 1:14:45

Angler's Tunnel Objectives
No. Objective
1 Use the blue portal and solve the tile puzzle
2 Obtain the Nightmare Key
3 Defeat Angler Fish to obtain the Surf Harp

Part 10 - Wind Fish's Egg Speedrun Any%

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Wind Fish's Egg Speedrun Any%

Estimated Time: 1:14:45 - 1:16:51

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Warp to Dampe's Shack and head to the Wind Fish's Egg in Mt. Tamaranch
2 Play the Ballad of the Wind Fish then go inside the egg

Estimated Time: 1:16:51 - 1:19:52

Wind Fish's Egg Objectives
No. Objective
1 Solve the egg maze
2 Defeat all six forms of Shadow Nightmare

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