Step by Step instructions on how to become Child Link after performing the DoT (Door of Time) Skip, of this particular method:
NOTE: THIS METHOD WILL ONLY WORK IF YOU HAVE NEVER ENTERED TEMPLE OF TIME. THE CUTSCENE OF FIRST ENTERING THE TEMPLE OF TIME MUST TRIGGER FOR THIS TRICK TO WORK. OTHERWISE, UPON ENTERING THE TEMPLE OF TIME IN DEATH HOLE MODE, THE ROOM WILL BE DARK AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO INTERACT WITH THE MASTER SWORD ON THE PEDESTAL.
As Child Link, acquire bombs from DC (Dodongo’s Cavern). Head up Death Mountain, and use these bombs to enter the Great Fairy Cave to receive Magic (Ocarina with Zelda’s Lullaby is required). Next, go to Zora’s Fountain, and bomb the wall surrounded by large rocks in the back right portion of the map to enter the Great Fairy Cave and acquire FW (Farore’s Wind). Set FW in Market (using the RI [Restricted Items] Glitch), coming from the Castle Town Entrance (the pathway after entering the Castle from Hyrule Field). Perform DH (Death Hole) via the jump attack method, making sure you do not have a fairy in any bottles. Don’t save, continue, and cast FW. You will be in Market. Enter the Shooting Gallery, and you will appear in the Temple of Time Courtyard. Enter the Temple of Time, and you will see the first entrance cutscene, followed by Link standing by the Master Sword. Press “A” on the Master Sword, and as the Ganondorf cutscene plays, the game will be returned to its normal mode, exiting Death Hole Mode.
There is a fundamental problem in becoming Child Link after performing this DoT skip. To return to Child Link regularly, you need to satisfy the following conditions:
- Acquire the Spiritual Stones of Forest, Fire, and Water (Kokiri’s Emerald, Goron’s Ruby, Zora’s Sapphire).
- Acquire the Ocarina of Time with the Song of Time
- Complete Forest Temple, allowing Link to travel back in time (after speaking to Sheik and obtaining the Prelude of Light)
Under these conditions, Adult Link cannot “legitimately” obtain the Song of Time. If at least the Zora’s Sapphire was obtained as Child Link (to my knowledge, as of the writing of this article, there is only one way to obtain the Zora’s Sapphire from defeating Barinade, and it involves using BA [Bottle Adventure] via the LACS [Light Arrow Cut-Scene], and this method is… inconvenient, to say the least), both the Kokiri’s Emerald and Goron’s Ruby can be obtained through Blue Warps after defeating Gohma and King Dodongo, respectively. But, even if you obtain all of the medallions directly in this method, without Song of Time, you cannot open the Door of Time.
Fortunately, RBA (Reverse Bottle Adventure) is badass! Enough rambling, let’s get to the Step by Step!
NOTE: The only items required to perform this trick are those necessary to perform RBA [a single Bottle], DH-FW-WW (Death Hole Farore’s Wind Wrong Warp) [Bombs, Farore’s Wind], and an Ocarina to play SoT (Song of Time) [Fairy Ocarina… if you have the Ocarina of Time, lolwut y r u here… but actually you could always perform ocarina items… more on this later!]. None of the Spiritual Stones are required beforehand.
- Perform DoT skip via the DH-FW-WW via FW @ Market from Castle Entrance. Unless you want to collect 10 Big Poes, obtain a Bottle as Child Link!
- Obtain the Forest Medallion by a method of your choosing. Method A: Complete Forest Temple like a total casual. Method B: Perform RBA, catching bugs with a bottle on B, with the trading quest item Odd Mushroom on II. This will grant you the Forest Medallion (as well as the Water, Spirit, and Shadow medallions. But, these are lame and unused here). I suggest Method B because… come on just read step 3.
- Perform RBA, catching bugs with a bottle on B, with the trading quest item Poacher’s Saw on II. This will grant you all three Spiritual Stones, as well as the Song of Time. You now have the Forest Medallion, all three Spiritual Stones, and the Song of Time. NOTE: Be careful with RBA! Performing RBA with other items on II, emptying bugs with the correct items on II, or performing RBA with other Bottle catch-ables may alter your inventory and take away some of these items. Regardless, Check your inventory to confirm you have everything!
- Enter the Temple of Time. Play the Song of Time. The Door of Time will open, and you can return to Child Link! Enjoy yo!