A Link to the Past Glitches - Sword Degration

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? 1.0 1.1 1.2 GBA
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Discovered: Unknown
Verified: Yes


You must not have drawn the Master Sword. This means that you will need to use a glitch to get to the Dark World early.


  1. Get to the Dark World without drawing the Master Sword.
  2. Go through crystal dungeons 1-4 with the Fighter's Sword and obtain the items within. Defeating the bosses is not necessary; however, if you choose to do so, you will need to use spin attacks or the Hammer to kill the bosses.
  3. Using the Titan's Mitt, go get the Tempered Sword. The dwarf will still temper the L1 sword.
  4. Take the Tempered Sword and draw the Master Sword.


The L3 sword has degraded into the L2 sword!

Furthermore, if you hold off doing the latter half of step 4 until you're able to obtain the Super Bomb and gain entrance into the fairy fountain at the Pyramid of Power, you can upgrade to the L4 sword (the Golden Sword) and then degrade that all the way down to L2. After you do this, then you can temper the L2 sword to get the L3 sword again, then give it to the fat faerie to get the Golden Sword again.

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