Hovering

Discovered by FierceLinkMaster

Trick Description

Hovering is often considered as the most useful trick in the game. The trick lets you backflip while already in the air to keep gaining height or distance and reach normally unreachable places through use of the shield, a damage source, and ISG.

Hovering uses the feature of ISG which prevents you from falling off edges when on the ground. When you shield a damage source in the air, the game temporarily places Link in the grounded state before he starts falling. Since ISG doesn't allow Link to start falling when on the ground, Link remains stuck in the air. From this position, link may do another backflip to hover higher.

If hovering close to the ground, the game will place link down on the ground after a few seconds. For this reason, hovering must either be performed off a ledge, or two hovers must be done off ground level in quick succession before the game has time to place link down so that link will stay in the air.

How To

The first step for hovering is to activate ISG. After ISG has been activated, there are various methods to perform the trick:

Bombchus:

  1. Backflip
  2. Pull bombchu while in midair
  3. Immediately press and hold R to shield

Bombs:

  1. Pull out a bomb
  2. Wait for the fuse to almost run out
  3. Hold up your shield and backflip such that the explosion hits your shield in midair

Blast Mask:

  1. Put on Blast Mask
  2. Backflip
  3. Press B and hold R to shield at the same time (Can be easily buffered)

Hovering from the Ground

As mentioned above, hovering from the ground can be done, however is difficult as it requires two hovers in quick succession.

Hovering from the ground is easier if the second hover is done with a Bombchu or Blast Mask. However, it is doable with 2 bombs using the "staircase" method.

Changing direction while Hovering

Discovered by MrGrunz

The camera is normally locked in a Z-target position during a hover, but it is possible to unlock the camera which the direction of hovering to be changed in the middle of the hover.

To unlock the camera, you need to find something to Z-target. This could be an enemy or a NPC or even a bombchu use to hover. For the bombchu, do a regular bombchu hover but hit Z soon shielding the bombchu. Once you unlock your camera, you should notice the black 'bars' at the top and bottom of the screen disappear.

Once you unlock the camera, you still won't be able to turn link around straight away. First you must hold up and slightly left or right on the analog stick. You should see link slowly walking towards the direction that you hold. If he is strafing sideways or not moving then you're holding too far left/right. Once you get into this position, let go of the analog stick for a very short amount of time and then tap the direction that you want to face, and link should turn to face that direction.

Other Notes

  • Hovering can be used in conjunction with the megaflip to save explosives. One megaflip hover goes the distance of 3 regular hovers and only uses 2 explosives.
  • Holding a direction and mashing the Ocarina button while in a hover is one of the methods of performing an Ocarina Dive.
  • Using a bottle or an event item will activate the cutscene and cause Link to fall. He will continue to fall, even if he encounters things like water or ice crystals, until he hits a floor.
  • Swinging your sword while hovering will cancel the ISG and cause you to immediately fall at top speed. Switching masks will also cause him to unstick, but Link will start from rest.
  • Switching to the zora mask from a hover is often used to reach up to ledges that are normally too high to reach.
  • You can hover off of any source of damage, just like in Ocarina of Time. However, considering how prevalent bombs and bombchus are in Majora's Mask, it isn't likely that you'll be using anything else as your source of damage.
  • Hovering against a wall is possible with all three methods. However, you must pull and shield the bombchu very quickly if you want to use the first method.
Last updated 01/22/2014 – mzxrules