Any% (ZA)

This is the Wii ZA (Zora Armor) route for NA 1.0, PAL, and JP Wii versions of Twilight Princess. It is designed as an intermediate-advanced route branching off regular Wii Any%. While estimated to be 3-5 minutes slower than the "RTA" route, it is thought to be more consistent, such that it does Morpheel/Zant with ZA and doesn't need Helmasaur LJA.

The route now implements bomb bag duping as wolf. There are other variations included in the addenda below, but bomb duping is presumed the safest and fastest option for Zora Armor route.

Runs that use this route:

[Wii Any% up through Eldin Twilight]


Faron Province

  • South Faron Portal
  • Faron Vessel
  • First two bugs (Ignore tears)
  • Bug outside Coro
  • Bugs inside Coro's house
  • Bugs before tunnel (Ignore tears)
  • Dig shortcut in tunnel
  • Bugs on left wall (Ignore tears)
  • Midna jump to bugs in tree trunk
  • Ignore burrowed bugs
  • Early Master Sword (right wall)
  • Enter Sacred Grove

  • Grove chase
  • Skull Kid fight
  • Statues Puzzle [LD UUU RR DDD LU]
  • Master Sword
  • Warp South Faron with Midna
  • Collect remaining tears
  • Cross purple mist with lantern
  • Mist bugs before they burrow + collect tears
    • 10R in dig spot behind sign (10R)
  • North Faron Portal
  • Bugs outside Forest Temple
  • Collect final tears as human, vessel filled
  • Warp North Faron with Midna
  • Ending Blow
  • Enter Forest Temple

Forest Temple

  • Save 1st Monkey, knock down Walltulas
  • Defeat Skulltula and light torches
  • Go outside, skip CS, go back
  • Monkey swing to west door
  • Small key chest past bridge
  • Save 2nd Monkey
  • Back to center room + burn web
  • Early Boomerang Via Bridges
  • Ook and Gale Boomerang
    • [E: Lantern / Iron Boots / Gale]

Eldin Transition

  • Mail Man skips (NTSC 1.0 only):
  • No Mail Man skips (Every other version, 10s slower):
    • Call Epona and ride to HFS
    • Hit mailman trigger then ride to Eldin (west)
  • Enter Eldin Twilight
  • Kakariko Gorge Portal
  • Forced Warp South Faron
  • Dash back to Hyrule Field, then to east part of HFS
  • Lanayru Gate Clip
  • Skip bridge burning cutscene
  • Kargarok Battle
  • Kargarok Flight
  • Zora’s Domain Portal
  • Warp to North Faron, then warp bridge to Kakariko Gorge
  • Run around KB1 trigger
  • Kakariko Village Portal

Eldin Twilight

[Route diverges from Wii Any% here]

Lanayru Twilight

  • Warp Death Mountain
  • Warp meteor
  • Rutela CS skip
  • Talk to Lanayru for Vessel
  • Chase bug on bridges
  • Lake Hylia Portal
  • Stepping stones bug
  • Warp Zora’s Domain
  • Zora’s Domain bug
  • Skip Rutela as human again
  • Waterfall sidehop / swim out of waterfall
  • Drop to bug on East ZD
  • Lilypad bugs (keep them dry on 1.0)
  • Mother and Child bug
  • Iza bug
  • Swim against current to Hyrule Field North
  • Dash to Castle Town east
  • Castle Town Portal
  • Castle Town bug, warp Lake Hylia
  • Fyer bug
  • Kargarok bugs
  • Boss bug
  • Lanayru Vessel Complete

Getting the Zora Armor

  • Warp Zora’s Domain
  • Run to Upper Zora's River
  • Steal Lent Bomb Bag as wolf
    • If you trigger fight as human, savewarp then retry
    • After first steal, warp back to UZR to duplicate the bag
    • Talk to Iza at the end AGAIN to refill the duped bag
  • Warp Castle Town
  • Mailman skip as wolf
  • Enter Telma's Bar and start escort
    • A side effect is having 4 boomerangs equipped; just re-equip needed items over
    • [E: Gale / Lantern / Boots / Bombs]
  • King Bulblin 2 Skip
  • Start emptying bomb bag
    • If you forgot to refill bomb bag, not a run-ender. Refill in Lakebed
  • Grab the yellow rupees in boulder (45R)
  • Continue following wagon
  • Check for riders following you
  • King Bulblin 1 Trigger Skip
    • If you fail it then void in the Gorge
  • Follow Rutela to Graveyard
  • Zora Armor


  • Warp Lake Hylia
  • Swim to Isle of Riches platform as Wolf
  • Fyer Platform Midna Dive
    • Equip ZA either before or during the dive
  • Swim to Lakebed loading zone
  • Swim through entrance tunnel
  • Drop stalactites with bombs
  • Staircase room (no Ooccoo)
    • Down stairs, around, pull south lever
    • Up stairs and pull right lever
    • Down stairs and enter hallway
  • Small key in cog room
  • Back to central staircase room
  • Up the stairs to locked door on 2F
  • Finish emptying bag and open 5 WB chest
  • Drop the stalactite and climb vines to other side
  • Jump Attack onto platform from 2F
  • Moonboots JA bomb boost onto railing
    • Alternatively, moonboots JA onto railing from chest
    • Use water bomb to break underwater rock
  • Swim to Deku Toad room and enter normally
  • Deku Toad
  • Clawshot
    • [E: Clawshot / Bombs / Boots / Gale]
  • Head back out to central room
  • Vine clip, use clawshot or bombs
  • Morpheel with ZA
  • Lakebed done

Midna's Desperate Hour

  • Equips revert back to pre-Iza
    • Bomb bag reverts to 30 normal bombs to use for rest of run
    • [E: Lantern / null / Boots / Gale]
  • Dash as wolf to Telma's bar
  • Push box once then jump to window
  • Ropes through Telma's Bar
  • Jovani's Poe
  • Return to Sewers
  • First Web with stick as wolf
  • Second Web with lantern as human
  • Dig into hole
  • Bulblin Archer
  • Tower ascent
  • Early Wind Cycle
  • Zelda cutscene

Snowpeak Ruins

  • Warp Zora's Domain and dash to Snowpeak
  • Map glitch
  • Snowpeak ascent
  • Howling stone to reload map
  • Climb ladder and vines in ice cave
    • [E: Clawshot / Bombs / Boots / Gale]
  • Snowpeak Messenger Skip / Snowpeak portal
  • Snowboarding (70R)
  • Enter SPR
  • Talk to Yeta
  • Talk to Yeto
  • Block puzzle in next room
  • Moonboots JA Bomb Boost in courtyard
    • Equip Lantern over Boots
  • 1F Freezard clip
  • Darkhammer
    • [E: Ball & Chain / Clawshot / Lantern / Bombs]
  • 100R in back (170R)
  • Savewarp
  • 100R in Lobby (270R)
  • Leave Snowpeak

Into the Desert

  • Warp Lake Hylia
  • Auru's memo
    • [E: Memo / Clawshot / Lantern / Bombs]
  • Swim to Fyer
  • Cannon to Gerudo Desert
    • [E: B&C / Clawshot / Lantern / Bombs]
  • Dash through desert
  • Dash past the riders
  • Enter Bulblin camp without boar
  • Map Glitch to KB3
  • King Bulblin 3
  • Enter Arbiter’s Grounds

Arbiter's Grounds

  • Pull chain and get small key
  • Spooky lantern room
  • Poe cutscene
  • Poe 1 skip on Wii
  • Push box 8 times, pull chandelier
  • Defeat Stalfos with B&C or bombs
  • Lantern puzzle (center, right)
  • Poe 4 and Poe scent
  • Back to center room, pull chain
  • Redead and small key and 20R (290R)
  • Back upstairs to Poe 2
  • Poe 2
  • Back to center room, east door
  • Go upstairs
  • Redead(s) outside Poe 3 (300R)
  • Poe 3
  • Gate
  • Early Boss Key
  • Spinner room backwards
  • Triple Stalfos with Bombs
  • Death Sword
  • Spinner and savewarp
    • [E: Spinner / Lantern / Bombs / Clawshot]
  • Backtrack to Stallord
  • Stallord
  • Arbiter’s done

City in the Sky

  • Mirror Chamber
  • Warp Kak to escape raising mirror
    • [E: Spinner / Gale / Boots / Clawshot]
  • Early City in the Sky
  • Talk to Fyer to repair cannon (0R)
  • Go to CitS

Palace of Twilight

Hyrule Castle


Without Bomb Duping

If bomb duping isn't for you, here's what the old route did:

  • After Lanayru Twilight, warp ZD and go to Snowpeak via map glitch
  • Snowpeak cave without clawshot
  • In SPR, get Snowpeak Ooccoo
  • Steal the Lent bag with Ooccoo, then return to Snowpeak Ruins
  • Do the rest of Snowpeak as written up to Ball and Chain
  • 100R in back, then leave and Ooccoo out
  • Warp Castle Town
  • Escort and Zora Armor (same as above)
  • All of Lakebed as described, but can use B&C to get to Deku Toad
  • Morpheel
  • Route continues as written, but without a trip to Snowpeak
    • Note that you do not have bombs and rely solely on B&C

[Editor's Note: it is probable that using itemless steal instead of Ooccoo makes this variation faster, but this has not been properly tested.]

No KB1 Trigger Skip (Delay Iron Boots)

KB1TS saves around 2 minutes, but costs around that much to fail. If you are not comfortable with this trick then you may:

  • In Ordon, go straight to Sewers after goat herding
  • In Lanayru Twilight, no Rutela skip, talk to Rutela instead
  • After obtaining Zora Armor, warp S. Faron and dash to Bo's house
  • Obtain Iron Boots, then warp Lake Hylia and go to Lakebed
  • Continue with route as normal

No KB1 Trigger Skip (Clear KB1)

A simpler but slower alternative is to do the following:

  • After Eldin Twilight, run out of Kakariko Village into the trigger (transform to human first)
  • Fight King Bulblin 1
  • After cutscenes, warp to Death Mountain etc.
  • Continue with route as normal
  • Take it easy during escort :)

Other Alternatives

  • In Snowpeak Ruins, instead of doing the courtyard bomb boost, you may:
  • You may also do Snowpeak Ruins after Arbiter's Grounds, if you prefer spinner bomb boost
  • If early game is too daunting, then the beginner route which does not do Sword and Shield Skip can be found here.
Last updated 04/01/2024 – bewildebeest