Speedrun Guide (100%) | Zelda: Link's Awakening

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This is a Speedrun guide for the 100% 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.

100% Speedrun Video

Below is a video for speedrunning the entire game on 100% within 3 hours and 16 minutes done by Samura1man! (Be sure and support his channel with a Like and Subscribe!)

100% Speedrun Route

Note: The numbering used for the Pieces of Heart and Secret Seashells within this guide will differ from the numbering used elsewhere in the wiki. This guide numbers each Piece of Heart and Seashell in the order that will be most optimal to obtain for the purpose of this speedrun.

If you need explanations on how to actually obtain any of the Heart Pieces or Seashells, see the individual speedrun guides for each game section, or use our Heart Piece/Seashell Guides.

Pieces of Heart Locations Secret Seashell Locations

Part 1 - Tail Cave Speedrun 100%

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Tail Cave Speedrun 100%

Estimated Time: 00:00 - 09:55

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Receive your shield from Tarin
2 Get your sword in Toronbo Shores
3 Obtain the Toadstool from the Mysterious Forest
4 Go to the witch in Koholint Prairie and obtain some Magic Powder
6 Sprinkle some Magic Powder on the strange raccoon in the forest and get the Tail Key
7 Get Piece of Heart #1 and #2
8 Obtain the Yoshi Doll
9 Get Secret Seashell #1
10 Steal Piece of Heart #3, Deluxe Shovel, and the Bow and Arrow Set
11 Trade the Yoshi Doll for the Ribbon
12 Get Secret Seashell #2
13 Trade the Ribbon for the Dog Food
14 Enter Tail Cave

Estimated Time: 09:55 - 14:15

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 100%

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Bottle Grotto Speedrun 100%

Estimated Time: 14:15 - 18:40

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Trade the Dog Food for the Bananas
2 Get Secret Seashell #3
3 Get Piece of Heart #4
4 Rescue BowWow from King Moblin
5 Get Secret Seashell #4
6 Enter Bottle Grotto

Estimated Time: 18:40 - 24:42

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

Part 3 - Key Cavern Speedrun 100%

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Key Cavern Speedrun 100%

Estimated Time: 24:42 - 31:31

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get Secret Seashell #5
2 Get Piece of Heart #5
3 Villa Skip on Pothole Field
4 Get Secret Seashell #6
5 Get Piece of Heart #6
6 Get the Slime Key on Pothole Field
7 Get Secret Seashell #7
8 Give the bananas to Kiki the Monkey to get the Stick
9 Enter Key Cavern

Estimated Time: 31:31 - 37:51

Key Cavern Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1 and #2
2 Defeat the two dodongo snakes
3 Obtain the Pegasus Boots
4 Get the Nightmare Key
5 Get small key #3 and reload
6 Get 300 rupees from a chest then reload
7 Get small key #4 and #5
8 Defeat Slime Eye and obtain the Sea Lily's Bell

Part 4 - Color Dungeon Speedrun 100%

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Color Dungeon Speedrun 100%

Estimated Time: 37:51 - 41:15

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get Secret Seashell #8
2 Get Piece of Heart #7
3 Let Tarin borrow the stick to get the Honeycomb
4 Get Secret Seashell #9
5 Trade the honeycomb for a Pineapple
6 Get Piece of Heart #8
7 Get Secret Seashell #10
8 Enter Color Dungeon

Estimated Time: 41:15 - 45:23

Color Dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1 and #2
2 Defeat the Giant Buzz Blob
3 Get the Nightmare Key and reload
4 Defeat the Stone Hinox
5 Get small key #3
6 Defeat the Hardhit Beetle and choose the Red Mail as the reward from the Fairy Queen

Part 5 - Angler's Tunnel Speedrun 100%

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Angler's Tunnel Speedrun 100%

Estimated Time: 45:23 - 56:21

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get Chamber Stone #1 and #2
2 Obtain the Ocarina from the Dream Shrine
3 Get Secret Seashell #11 and #12
4 Defeat the Lanmola and get the Angler Key
5 Get Piece of Heart #9
6 Get Secret Seashell #13 and #14
7 Learn the Ballad of the Wind Fish from Marin
8 Get Piece of Heart #10
9 Trade the pineapple for the Hibiscus
10 Enter Angler's Tunnel

Estimated Time: 56:21 - 1:01:53

Angler's Tunnel Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1 to #4
2 Defeat the Cue Ball
3 Obtain the Flippers
4 Get the Nightmare Key
5 Defeat the Angler Fish and obtain the Surf Harp

Part 6 - Catfish's Maw Speedrun 100%

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Catfish's Maw Speedrun 100%

Estimated Time: 1:01:53 - 1:09:43

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Learn Manbo's Mambo from Manbo
2 Trade the hibiscus for the Letter
3 Get Secret Seashell #15 to #17
4 Get Piece of Heart #11
5 Get Secret Seashell #18
6 Get Fairy Bottle #1
7 Get Piece of Heart #12
8 Get Secret Seashell #19 and #20
9 Get Piece of Heart #13
10 Enter Catfish's Maw

Estimated Time: 1:09:43 - 1:17:20

Catfish's Maw Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1 and reload
2 Defeat the Masater Stalfos three times then reload
3 Defeat Master Stalfos for the last time, obtain the Hookshot, then reload
4 Get the Nightmare Key then reload
5 Defeat the Slime Eel and obtain the Wind Marimba

Part 7 - Face Shrine Speedrun 100%

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Face Shrine Speedrun 100%

Estimated Time: 1:17:20 - 1:27:27

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get Piece of Heart #14
2 Give the letter to Mr. Write to obtain the Broom
3 Get Piece of Heart #15
4 Get Secret Seashell #21 to #23
5 Get Piece of Heart #16 to #18
6 Get Secret Seashell #24 and #25
7 Defeat the Armos Knight and get the Face Key
8 Get Secret Seashell #26 and #27
9 Get Piece of Heart #19
10 Get Secret Seashell #28
11 Enter Face Shrine

Estimated Time: 1:27:27 - 1:36:44

Face Shrine Objectives
No. Objective
1 Obtain the Powerful Bracelet
2 Get Secret Seashell #29
3 Get small key #1
4 Defeat Smasher
5 Get small key #2 and reload
6 Get small key #3
7 Defeat the two dodongo snakes
8 Get the Nightmare Key and reload
9 Defeat Facade and obtain the Coral Triangle

Part 8 - Early Turtle Rock Speedrun 100%

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Early Turtle Rock Speedrun 100%

Estimated Time: 1:36:44 - 1:52:44

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get Secret Seashell #30
2 Learn the Frog's Song of Soul from Mamu for 300 Rupees
3 Resurrect the Flying Rooster
4 Obtain all possible rewards from the Fishing Pond
5 Get Secret Seashell #33
6 Perfrom the Trading Sequence Skip and get the Magnifying Lens
7 Get Secret Seashell #34
8 Obtain the Boomerang
9 Get Secret Seashell #35 and #36
10 Get Piece of Heart #22
11 Get Secret Seashell #37 and #38
12 Defeat the Turtle Rock and enter the dungeon

Estimated Time: 1:52:44 - 1:55:42

Turtle Rock Objectives
No. Objective
1 Execute the Hinox Throw glitch, get the Magic Rod, then reload
2 Hinox Skip to the Nightmare Lair
3 Defeat Hot Head and obtain the Thunder Drum

Part 9 - Eagle's Tower Speedrun 100%

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Eagle's Tower Speedrun 100%

Estimated Time: 1:55:42 - 2:05:15

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Re-enter Turtle Rock, execute the Hinox Throw glitch again, and get Piece of Heart #23
2 Get Secret Seashell #39
3 Get Piece of Heart #24
4 Get Secret Seashell #40 and #41
5 Get the Bird Key
6 Get Secret Seashell #42
7 Get Piece of Heart #25
8 Get Secret Seashell #43
9 Obtain Seashell Mansion reward #1 to #4
10 Enter Eagle's Tower

Estimated Time: 2:05:15 - 2:12:25

Eagle's Tower Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get small key #1
2 Break the first pillar
3 Break the second pillar
4 Break the third pillar
5 Obtain the Mirror Shield
6 Defeat Grim Creeper
7 Get the Nightmare Key
8 Get Secret Seashell #44
9 Break the fourth pillar
10 Defeat Evil Eagle and obtain the Organ of Evening Calm

Part 10 - Wind Fish's Egg Speedrun 100%

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Wind Fish's Egg Speedrun 100%

Estimated Time: 2:12:25 - 2:15:13

Pre-dungeon Objectives
No. Objective
1 Get Secret Seashell #45
2 Play the Ballad of the Wind Fish in front of the Wind Fish's Egg then enter

Estimated Time: 2:15:13 - 2:24:40

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

Part 11 - Achieving 100%

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Achieving 100%

Estimated Time: 2:24:40 - 3:15:20

No. Objective
1 Get Secret Seashell #46
2 Get Piece of Heart #27
3 Obtain all possible rewards from the Rapids Race
4 Get Piece of Heart #29
5 Steal Chamber Stone #7 to #11
6 Obtain Secret Seashell #48 and #49, Chamber Stone #12, Piece of Heart #30, and all the figures available on Trendy Game, then place the figures on their respective stands
7 Clear Chamber Dungeon Level 1 to 3
8 Obtain Seashell Mansion reward #5

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