Early Lanayru Province

Discovered by Peteyboo


Obtaining the Master Sword early has the strange effect of leaving the player unable to enter Goron Mines after Forest Temple. However, accessing the Lanayru Province early and using one of the known techniques to enter Lakebed early to obtain the last Fused Shadow allows the player to skip Goron Mines entirely. Lanayru can be accessed much earlier than intended by entering the province from its south point by clipping through the gate blocking the path.

Lanayru Gate Clip as wolf

Discovered by RachelB, sidehop method by Arbiter Anomalies

By sidehopping or dashing, Wolf Link can clip through the center of the gate while it is swinging. The sidehop method is the standard, as the dash method is considered TAS-only.

There are two bulblins guarding the gate that should be dealt with before attempting the trick. Runners usually use a spin attack to knock them to the ground, then perform the skip before the bulblins get the chance to retaliate. Alternatively, one could kill the bulblins as wolf by doing two B-attacks (without dash speed) followed by a quickspin or as human (as some categories approach this gate on Epona) with a quickspin.

Once the bulblins are subdued, position Link slightly to the left of the center of the gate with an angle slightly right of parallel and hold target. Hold control stick left and press B to hit the gate and set it in motion. The gate will sway about four times before coming to a stop. Link can sidehop through the gate at any point during this animation, which lasts long enough for four sidehop attempts. The chance of success is not affected by how vigorously the gate is swinging, so one should prepare to input all four sidehops. Link should clip through within a couple of sidehops if the angle was good.

Video tutorial by Skyreon


A common mistake is to input control stick left too early. Make sure that target is properly held before moving the control stick, otherwise the intended left sidehop will turn into a left jump attack. Another common mistake is to set an angle that is too perpendicular to the gate. Note that if a retry is necessary it's a good idea to backwalk before bonking the gate again, otherwise Link will sidehop forward past the center of the gate.

TAS method

The original method of Eponaless Lanayru gate clip was to bonk into the gate then dash through on the correct frame. This is insanely difficult to pull off RTA as not only is it frame perfect, but the frame can vary and sometimes it isn't possible due to the RNG of the gate swinging.

Lanayru Gate Clip with Epona

This method is obsoleted by the wolf method above but was the original method used in speedruns for many years.

  1. Get on Epona and ride over to the western gate (GCN) which leads to Lake Hylia and the Lanaryu province.
  2. Align Epona at a slight acute angle with the gate (the less space between Epona and the gate, the more likely you are to clip).
  3. Sidehop into the acute angle and roll into the gate.
  4. If you setup Epona's alignment properly you should either:

    • immediately roll through the gate or
    • crash into the gate, and as you stand back up, get pushed through the gate by Epona.

After voyaging part-way into the province, you will be warped to the Great Bridge of Hylia by the twilight bulblin cutscene.

Consistent Lanayru Gate Clip with Epona setup

Discovered by Skyreon
  1. After killing the two bulblins, get in the corner on the right.
  2. Walk back until just past the center of the gate.
  3. Quickly align the map with the blood on the gate (edge of Eldin Bridge should be right next to the blood) - Note: You must set this up quickly before Epona goes into the idle animation.
  4. Backhop off Epona and go right into the right corner of the gate until you won't move anymore.
  5. C-Up and turn left until the camera moves and looks zoomed in.
  6. Sidehop left twice, hold L, and keep rolling. Usually you will clip through after 1-3 rolls if the setup was good.


  • If you have not performed the Early Master Sword glitch, you will not be able to complete the twilight because you can't turn into a wolf to kill the bugs, and you will therefore be unable to finish the game.
Last updated 07/28/2022 – bewildebeest