Zelda II high playthrough log part 2/2

Two palaces to go and then the Great Palace... I intend to beat the rest of this game tonight while vaping weed, and beat it before the high session is over.

I still can't get passed that devil south of Nabooru... but there is one lead I have on where to go next.

It is said the east of Nabooru has...
There is in fact a path going east of Nabooru, and it stops right at the shore of the ocean... with the boots, you can continue walking east across the water, and it leads to the next palace as well as a hidden area with the 3rd heart container.



Level 5 - Water Palace



I'm still on the lookout for a false wall somewhere, due to that one NPC hint I came across earlier...

These fire wizards are annoying as hell...  got several level ups during this, at very convenient times to restore my magic and health... Found the boss before finding the dungeon item... at least I know where that is. Now have to go back and explore everywhere else in this dungeon... there's a lot of elevators going between certain floors and not others, making it a bit confusing to keep track of where you are...

Aw man, a dead end with nothing but a blue iron knuckle... oh wait... THIS was the palace that the false wall hint was referring to! It lead to a key, a couple locked doors, and the recorder item... I also found a magic restore in a statue... hell yeah.

Went back to the boss, and defeated Gooma.. I would've beaten this entire dungeon in 1 try without dying if Gooma wasn't so tricky... it's another boss that's only vulnerable at the head... oh wait, you don't actually have to jump and hit its head... you can actually just walk forward and stab it in the stomach, and then back off to avoid its ball and chain... That made this boss way easier.

Now that I have the recorder, I can play music to get rid of the river devil blocking the path south of Nabooru... had to go through an action segment with lizard enemies throwing stuff at me from behind a fence...



Down here is another graveyard and an ominous looking mountain path...



A forest/swamp/river area to the east... south of that I found the seashore, with 4 suspicious rocks arranged in a diamond pattern...



West of that is the ruined town of Kasuto.
Kasuto. Strange... It is deserted.
The only thing here besides invisible ghost enemies is a wise man in one of the houses, but he won't teach me anything until I get all the magic containers... he also says
The town is dead. Look in the east woods.
I guess that was worth nearly dying to expore this ghost town... I then explored the woods to the north... the enemies in these woods are very hard but it's a good way to level up... went in a cave, and came out on the east shore, where there's a little batch of woods... found the hidden town of New Kasuto by pressing A on a certain part of the woods...


So much stuff here... found the 4th magic container, got the "Spell" spell from another wise man in a basement... No idea what it does... but when I followed a hint about a secret at the edge of town, and used the "Spell" spell at the dead end, it revealed a shrine with the magical key inside...


Back through the cave, I followed the hint that said "Call for help at the 3 eye rocks", and figured one of those 4 rocks at the beach were fake... used the recorder there, and yep, that bottom rock was revealed as the 6th palace!


But before that, I remembered another hint I saw regarding those 3 rocks... explored east near the water, and found the 4th heart container!



Level 6 - Hidden 3-Eyed Palace


I'm finding a lot of EXP bags here... especially near that "endless loop" pit an NPC was talking about.

Died quite a few times here, but gained some quick level ups... some of the pits here are instant death... you also have to use Fairy a lot to navigate around... Even though the magical key makes normal keys useless, this dungeon still has them and I'm still collecting them regardless just so I know that I've been to those areas already.

Tried staying on the top path first... fell through a fake floor... more wizzrobes, don't wanna waste magic using Reflect against them... oh wait their's a P-bag... hell yeah, I can use my magic on them and then level up and restore everything.

Defeated the Iron Knuckle rider again... the boss from level 4... and behind him is the Cross item. This lets you see the invisible enemies that were swarming around in Old Kasuto.

That path with the cross was a dead end, so I figured you need to go through that other path at the endless loop pit to get to the boss... Decided to leave the palace for now and go back to Nabooru to heal... Getting back here from Nabooru is not a problem at all.

The path to the boss is pretty straightforward, but not easy at all... so many floating head enemies and instant death pits... defeated another Iron Knuckle rider, found a 1up doll... I guess... yeah you know what, I'll game over myself here and then come back and take that 1up. Then after beating the palace I'll go around and stock up on all the 1up items I found.

Found the boss by using the Fairy spell while dropping down a pit to get to a ledge... Barba is a dragon that comes up out of a random pit, and you have to jump and hit its head while dodging its fireballs... the main threat here of course is the knockback sending you into a pit. But I managed to beat it on the first try.


After this, I went to check out the Old Kasuto town again... and yeah it's way less dangerous once you can see the enemies. Learned the Thunder spell from the old man in this town...


Stocked up on lives... next part of the game is the Valley of Death... the hardest part of the game by far...

These lizard enemies are so damn annoying... at this point I'm using Fairy to skip past all the action segments where you can fall into a pit... there, made it to the Great Palace... with 3 lives left...

Level 7 - Great Palace


That was insanely fun holy shit... It took me several game overs before I learned the best route to take to get to the boss... Fortunately there are several fairies on the last part of the level, so you can save up your magic to use Thunder on the Thunderbird... once I got there I defeated the Thunderbird and Shadow Link easily on the first try.


This game is amazing for its time...


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