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Top 3 Sidequests in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

by: David Sanchez ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

A big part of what makes The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time so much fun is the inclusion of optional side missions and minigames. These are the top 3 sidequests in Link's first Nintendo 64 adventure.

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    The Best Sidequests in Ocarina of Time

    Link is both a hero and an adventurer.  

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been known to feature some of the greatest side missions in the series. Twilight Princess sidequests; Spirit Tracks sidequests; and Minish Cap sidequests. All of these were engaging, but it’s hard to compete against the sidequests found in Ocarina of Time. With all of Hyrule to explore, you can literally spend hours participating in shooting galleries, traveling across the countryside in search of Pieces of Heart, or just taking a load off and doing a little fishing. Here are the top 3 sidequests in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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    Gold Skulltula Hunt

    Gold Skulltula  

    The first time you encounter a Gold Skulltula, it usually leads to confusion. You can’t target this gold-plated Skullwalltula; Navi won’t give details about it; and it drops a token after being killed. Upon collecting your first token, you realize that there are more of these, and you instinctively collect more as you play, hoping to figure out their purpose.

    As it turns out, Gold Skulltulas must be collected to help a rich family that was cursed due to their greed. Though you may be reluctant to aid these greedy people, it’s actually worth the effort. Collecting certain amounts of Gold Skulltula Tokens results in various rewards for Link. Suffice it to say that seeking out the Gold Skulltulas and reaping rewards from the rich family quickly becomes an engaging activity. Whether you’re a completist searching for all 100 tokens or just want to get some cool SWAG for Link, the search for Gold Skulltulas is a rewarding, time-consuming sidequest.

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    Selling Masks

    Happy Mask Salesman  

    The moment you set foot in the Happy Mask Shop, your inner child is immediately unleashed. Playing with masks is a long forgotten activity, but in Ocarina of Time, it’s a fun trading quest that requires you to seek out customers to sell masks to. Hearing what people have to say about the different masks is half the fun, and running around while wearing a mask as you seek out the right customer makes this sidequest very engaging. If you really want to find the right person to sell a mask to, then you’re going to have to get to know everyone by talking to them throughout the course of Link’s childhood.

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    Biggoron's Sword Trading Quest

    Biggoron's Sword  

    If ever there was a sidequest with huge implications, the quest for Biggoron’s Sword would be it. This trading sequence grants Link the strongest sword in the game upon completion. The lengthy sidequest begins in Kakariko Village, and it takes him throughout all of Hyrule.

    This is literally a back-and-forth mission, with many of the sidequest’s challenges being timed. Link talks to a number of characters, from the mysterious Grog to the visually impaired (at least for a short while) Biggoron. In the end, the struggle is well worth it, as you are granted Biggoron’s Sword, the strongest blade in the game.

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    Top Sidequests in Ocarina of Time

    The sidequests in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are truly special. They’re lengthy, they’re engaging, they’re rewarding, and they just feel worth the effort. Zelda games have become known for their long-lasting side missions. A Link to the Past, Majora’s Mask, and Spirit Tracks. Sidequests were a part of these and other Zelda games, and they felt like a big part of the game’s overall experience. Though we can debate which game has the best sidequests in the series, there’s no denying that hunting Gold Skulltulas, selling masks, and going across all of Hyrule for the strongest sword in the game are among the most memorable sidequests in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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