File Item Transfer

Discovered by LegendofLinkk and figured out by JakeZSR, RETIRE and azer67

Normal Trial and Glitched Trial

After defeating a boss for the first time in a dungeon, the game saves your inventory for later.

When entering a Trial in Ganon's Tower, the game is supposed to write your current inventory somewhere in the ram to save it, and give you back the inventory you had when you first fought the boss in its dungeon. When you then end the battle, the game uses the ramvalues and copies the saved inventory into your normal inventory, giving you back your items. That is a Normal Trial.

However, by fighting a boss in its dungeon without the telescope (done by performing Outset Escape), then the Trial associated with that boss will enter a Glitched state. That is probably because the game is looking for your telescope first in order to find your inventory. Since you didn't have the telescope when you fought the boss, the game fails to change your inventory and you get to keep your current items. This is a Glitched Trial.

File Item Transfer

The ramvalues used to save Link's inventory aren't wiped when quitting a file. This can be used to transfer items from one file to another, or delete most of your items.

When you enter a Glitched Trial, the game fails to give you back your old inventory and also fails to save your current inventory into ram. When no earlier data is written to the ramvalues, and you leave a Glitched Trial, the game tries to give you back an inventory that it didn't save. The game then overwrites the inventory with what it can read, only 00's when no set up is done, resulting in all items being removed. Savewarping will give you back some items (like the main items: grappling hook, boomerang, highest master sword upgrade...), but not all of them (pearls, triforce shards...).

However, by entering a Trial in a Normal State, Link's inventory is saved into ram, and by saving and quitting, the ramvalues used to save Link's inventory aren't wiped out. By then entering a Glitched Trial and leaving it (by saving and quitting for exemple), since the game failed to save your inventory in ram, you will get the items written previously into ram: the items from the file that entered the Normal Trial.

How to

To transfer items from one file to another, you will first need a file that has a Glitched Trial (called the main file), and a file that has a Normal Trial (called the setup file). The main file will receive items from the setup file (and it can only be that way).

On the setup file, enter a Normal Trial and quit to the title screen (saving or not doesn't matter). Then on the main file, enter a Glitched Trial. Then simply save warp, and you will now have the inventory from the setup file.

Here is a list of what gets transferred in between files:

  • Every main item (grappling hook, deku leaf, bombs, boomerang, bow, hookshot, skull hammer, iron boots, magic armor)
  • All Bags (delivery bag, spoils bag, bait bag), and their content
  • Telescope and Tingle Bottle
  • All Songs
  • All Triforce Shards
  • All Pearls
  • The Sail (Transferring the sail doesn't remove the softlock)
  • The Wind Waker (however, the wind waker is not usable without watching the wind waker cutscene)
  • Rupees (You can transfer more rupees that you can hold. This can allow you to buy items that are worth more rupees than your wallet can hold. Be careful, as updating your rupee count in any way will bring you back to your wallet max capacity).

And here is what does not get transferred:

  • Bottles
  • Pictobox and Deluxe Pictobox
  • Hearts
  • Magic
  • All Charts
  • Power Bracelets
  • Gossip Stone
  • The sword
  • The shield
  • Quivers, Bomb Bags and Wallets
  • Hero's Clothes
  • Hurricane Spin
  • Hero's Charm
  • Sea map progression

The Swift Sail only transfers when you don't have a sail on your main file.

Additional Notes

  • There are some interesting consequences to the deletion of the pearls: deleting Nayru's Pearl will make Endless Night start once again, and deleting Farore's Pearl will make KoRL refuse to sail in most of the ocean once more
  • This trick can be done in order to obtain the same letter several times, allowing for a way to dupe 2 heart pieces.
Last updated 07/18/2018 – gymnast86