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Submission #4145: TASeditor's NES The Legend of Zelda "all items" in 32:16.98

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: The Legend of Zelda
Game version: USA PRG0
ROM filename: Legend of Zelda, The (U) (PRG0).nes
Branch: all items
Emulator: FCEUX 2.20.10
Movie length: 32:16.98
FrameCount: 116410
Re-record count: 202394
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Author's nickname: TASeditor
Submitter: TASeditor
Submitted at: 2013-12-30 20:00:51
Text last edited at: 2014-01-05 15:33:00
Text last edited by: Ilari
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
Today I present you another version of the 100% run. It gets the Red Potion and the Big Shield additionally to the old TAS, therefore this run is over half a minute longer and nearly impossible to watch due to its non-existent entertaimnemt value. I hope more people will like the TAS now , but feel free to vote no, since I already know it will be cancelled/rejected . Seriously this is the last time I make any kind of 100% Zelda run. The luck manipulation is itensivly hard and it requires a lot of attention and knowlegde to perform it correctly. I anybody wants to see a 100% run with another definition, make yourself one. I'm never going to include arbritary things like visiting all rooms or finish the game with 255 rupees. However this run was still fun to make.


Game objectives

  • Emulator used: FCEUX 2.20.10
  • Heavy luck manipulation
  • Glitch abuse
  • Takes damage to save time
  • Uses a game restart sequence
  • Collects everything


Commentary is mostly the same as in the cancelled TAS.

All items

  • all Heart Containers
  • all Maps
  • all Compasses
  • Letter
  • 16 Bomb Upgrade
  • Bow
  • Silver Arrows, also the Arrows are collected first but they will be replaced with the Silver Arrows
  • Magic Boomerang
  • Ladder
  • Raft
  • Flute
  • Master Sword, of course I collected the Wood Sword at the beginning
  • Red Candle, first I collected the Blue Candle, but it will be replaced
  • Power Bracelet
  • Magic Wand
  • Magic Book
  • Magic Key
  • Red Ring
  • Enemy Bait, I need to buy this item twice
  • Red Potion
  • Big Shield

Techniques used in this run


Screen scroll glitch
This glitch allows to warp from one side to the other on the overworld.

Going inside blocks
It's the same input sequence as the screen scroll glitch. It's possible to went inside blocks and save time by being 8 pixel ahead before bombed entrances or burnt bushes opens, to bypass obstacles and to overcome the deacceleration on the blue stairs on the overworld, which saves four frames. I also used this to walk on water.

Luck manipulation

Enemy behaviour
The enemy behaviour can be manipulated by entering the room a frame later or by pausing the game with the Select button for a cost of at least two frames. They can also be manipulated depending on which position Link is, this means the enemies are going to follow Link. Bats are different since they only can be manipulated by pausing and sometimes they have a much longer timer until they are changing there movements.

Item dropping patterns
The items which the enemies are going to drop are depended how many enemies where killed. There's also a value which gives a good item, such as a fairy, bomb or 5 rupees. A good run requires a lot of preparation in item drops from beginning and it's crucial to know when to kill an enemy or not. This run has alot of damage boost where enemies are attacked to cycle the item drop pattern.

Gambing game
There's a simply four frame rule. The gambling game is overused in this run

Combat tricks

In the dungeons before the Master Sword is obtained the main weapon are bombs. But afterwards the Sword finally gets some usage too. Fighting with Bombs and the Master Sword is a lot harder to optimize than it would be just with Bombs, but it kills enemies quicker.

For more information read the submission text of the published 2nd quest run.


Here is a lua script which shows useful information required for luck manipulation on screen.

Ram Address List

Adrress Description
$0070 X Position
$0248 Y Position
$052A Item Drop RNG
$0050 Good Item RNG
$0486 to $0490 Enemy Energy
$0413 to $041D Enemy Item Drop

Individual level comments

Start to Level 3

It's simply the same as the current published any% run. I got the wodden sword and went straight to Level 3

Level 3

And again there's no much difference to the published any% run. I've collected bombs, Raft, Compass and the map. A game restart sequence is used to save time.

Level 3 to Level 4

I had used a reset to the starting screen, then I went to the gambling game and got 255 rupees for stuff. In the shop I bought the blue candle.

Level 4

The same as in the cancelled version, except I didn't need to worry about 5 rupees drops.

Level 4 to Level 1

I went directly from the fourth dungeon to the first one. On the way I bought the Enemy Bait, the Big Shield and collected one heart container. This run now has more damage boost to level 1.

Level 1

After entering the first level I went into the room to the right and collected the key. Then used a restart, exit and entered the dungeon again. This is a glitch which opens the first door without using a key, so I saved one key. I collected the bow which is used then in dungeon number 8. Overall this dungeon wasn't very hard.

Level 1 to Level 8

After beating Level 1, I used another reset. I collected three heart containers, 100 rupees and the wooden arrows before I actually entered the eight level.

Level 8

This dungeon required some tricky enemy behaviour manipulation. I collected the magic book and magic key which means that I never need to pick up keys again.

Level 8 to Level 2

I went to Level without doing anyhing special.

Level 2

This was some easy level.

Level 2 to Level 5

First I collected the last heart container from the overworld, did another gambling game, then I went to a secret place where I got 100 rupees. I collected the letter, bought the Red Potion and went directly to fifth dungeon.

Level 5

In the room where I collected the bomb upgrade, I harmed the old man which made the fire attacking me and this saved a frame. And it wasn't possible to pick up the triforce with full energy.

Level 5 to Level 7

I let Link blow the whistle and warped to the third dungeon. On the way to the seventh dungeon I collected another 100 rupees which are used later for the second bomb upgrade.

Level 7

In this dungeon I got the second bomb upgrade.

Level 7 to Level 6

I got the master sword and went straight to dungeon 6.

Level 6

This was some hard dungeon, cause I ran out of bombs and need to pick up some rupees to finish the dungeon with exactly 100 rupees. This was very hard to manipulate

Level 6 to Level 9

I bought the enemy bait a second time.

Level 9

I manipulated the enemies very well to damage boost everytime it was possible.


Nobody, because not a single person gave feedback on the WIPs.

Baxter: Nearly everyone is content with the 100% definition of this well-TASed run, accepting!

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