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Hidden Skills

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Walkthrough and Guide by SPV999  
 
 
 



Hidden Skills - Zelda: Twilight Princess


Gold Wolf


Hero's Spirit

In Twilight Princess, there are unique special attacks that can only be learned from a master. This master just happens to be dead.

To call him out, howl at a special stone while in wolf form, then find him after you return to your human form.

Here we'll take a look at the location of all these Howling Stones and look at the skills themselves a little closer.


Howling Stones


Stand next to a Howling Stone and press A. Listen to the pattern and try to copy it. Hold A to howl and use the joy stick to change the pitch.

The skills taught are always taught in order, regardless of the stone used to initiate the fight. That is, you could use stone #6 first, but you'd still just learn the shield attack.



Stone 1


Pattern

Location: Death Mountain
Song: Song of Healing (Majora's Mask)
Wolf Appears: Ordona Province, Spirit Spring


Stone 2


Pattern

Location: Upper Zora's River
Song: Requiem of Spirit (Ocarina of Time)
Wolf Appears: Outside Castle Town (east)


Stone 3


Pattern

Location: Entrance to Lost Woods
Song: Prelude of Light (Ocarina of Time)
Wolf Appears: Hyrule Field (south of Castle Town)


Stone 4


Pattern

Location: Lake Hylia
Song: Oath to Order (Majora's Mask)
Wolf Appears: Gerudo Desert (outside enemy camp)


Stone 5


Pattern

Location: Peak Province
Song: Wind's Requiem (Wind Waker)
Wolf Appears: Kakariko Graveyard


Stone 6


Pattern

Location: Hidden Village
Song: Ballad of Twilight (Twilight Princess)
Wolf Appears: Outside Hyrule Castle gates

 

Skills


There are 7 hidden skills to learn. Each is more deadly then the last. Honestly, you could pretty much stop at the fifth one, as you never use the final 3 (except maybe Great Spin, but don't count on it).

Skills are taught in the same order regardless of the stone used to summon the Hero's Spirit.

--== Skill 1: Ending Blow ==--


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Finish

How to:
Lock onto an enemy after they've been knocked to the ground. Press A and use the “Finish” prompt to make it so they don't get back up.

Comments:
The only skill that is given to you as part of the game. This skill is actually required for most bosses. Overall you wont be using outside of boss fights much as the conditions for using it have to be just right. 

--== Skill 2: Shield Attack ==--


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How to:
Thrust the nunchuk forward to thrust your shield. I find it easiest to hold the nunchuk vertical (with the joy stick facing you) and flick the top of it in a downward crescent forward.

Comments:
On it's own, the Shield Attack isn't that useful. It MAY make an enemy go off guard, however this is used later in conjunction with another skill that is very deadly. It can also be used to reflect projectiles back at your opponents.


--== Skill 3: Backslice ==--


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How to:
Dodge roll (lock on joy stick left/right A) twice to get behind your opponent, then swing your sword to strike their back.

Comments:
Easily the most useful and easy skill. Great on almost every enemy, especially armored foes like the Darknut. Also essential against some bosses (Ganon, King Bulblin)

--== Skill 4: Helm Splitter ==--


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Finish

Lock on to an enemy and when prompted do a shield attack. If they get knocked off guard, use the prompt A to jump over their head, swinging as you spin.

Comments:
Another great skill against armored foes. Can take down Stalfoes in one shot.

--== Skill 5: Mortal Draw ==--


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Finish

How to:
Sheath your sword and don't lock onto the enemy. Wait for him to get right next to you, then use the prompt A to perform a finishing blow.

Comments:
Abysmally useless. You almost always have your sword drawn (for good reason), and most enemies either hit you before you press A or before you make contact. Plus, you don't even look like Kenshin (your sword is on your back, not at your side) :(
Oh, and Mortal Draw does not work on boss or mini-boss enemies (or enemies that were once mini-bosses in another dungeon, like Darknuts).

--== Skill 6: Jump Strike ==--


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Finish

How to:
Lock on to an enemy then press and hold A. When a light runs up your sword and reaches the top, release to fly though the air, swing on either side of you, and finish with a earth shattering overhead strike that sends out a shockwave.

Comments:
Not “absolutely” useless, as it does kind of maybe work on Darknuts and Stalfoes, but pretty much yeah. Most enemies will either strike you when you're charging the attack or when you are in the air. This attack could have been made tolerable had they made you invulnerable when in the air (the charging time would balance out the attack against it's obscene power). IF you can pull it off, however, it is immensely powerful.

--== Skill 7: Great Spin ==--


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Finish

How to:
Do a regular spin attack when at full health.

Comments:
The only thing that makes this attack worth while is that you don't have go to through any special button combo to do it, just make sure your health is full. The drawback is... your health has to be full, which it never stays for long. This is, next to the Mortal Draw, the most powerful sword attack in the game if you can actually keep you health up during a fight where it would come in handy.


Hero's Spirit



Hero's Spirit

!SPECULATION WARNING!
The next section is pure conjecture from fans of the game.

The Hero's Spirit is shrouded in mystery. No one knows his exact origins. Most speculate that he is an ancestor of Link. Maybe not Link from another Zelda game, but some other warrior from Links past.

It is almost certain that he is related to Link somehow, however, as he makes a comment about how these skills have never left “our” bloodline (“...do not leave our bloodline”), while talking to link. “Our” is a pronoun, however, and could refer to anything (especially if he wasn't using proper English). He might have been referring to his family, thereby stressing the fact that these are powerful secret techniques that few have ever seen, meaning Link should be honored to learn them. 

He also makes a comment at the end about Link being his child (“Go and do not falter, my child”). This is pretty common in romanticized martial arts where the master would act as a father figure to his best pupil, often referring to them as son or child.

Appearance wise, the Hero's Spirit looks like a cross between a Darknut and a Stalfos, two of the most common yet menacing enemies in the Zelda series, perhaps exemplifying his skill.



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Comments for Hidden Skills

 
Add your comment26 comments, latest first.
 
Ok so when I try to go to the howling stone it isn't glowing or doing the tone it just sits there and I have 6 but I need the 7th one and it won't let me get it

Guest
Added 12th Nov 2013, ID #319186

 
I have to geg the 7th hidden skill because i have to use it for the shafow curtain in te miror chamber. But i cant find it anywhere. And none of the howling stones glow. Can anyone help me out!!? I am stuck for days and i dont knkw what to do! Thank you allot!

Guest
Added 10th Jul 2013, ID #296398

 
FYI - my wife and I forgot to go get one of the special attacks from the wolf and were concerned we could not go back and get it. But after looking at the map in Telma's tavern, we found a wolf icon and went back to get the one we missed.

I wouldn't intentionally skip any of the special moves, but know that you CAN go back if you need to. At least we could in our game.

Guest
Added 20th Feb 2013, ID #256728

 
@ guy above me. If you can change inbetween wolf form and human form the statues dont need to glow for you to use them. How you can tell if you can use them is if you can here a tone. Also the wolf in the Gerudo Desert is infront of the path to the Sand Temple.

Guest
Added 9th Jan 2013, ID #240779

 
The wolf never appeared in the gerudo desert for me..... and I double check every site for the howling stones.... none of them are glowing anymore.... so did I just miss that one? Do I not get the last skill?

Guest
Added 1st Dec 2012, ID #213989

 
twilight princess is a great game i love the temple of time music its tight i love that stage its huge

Guest
Added 27th Aug 2012, ID #180761

 
When it gets dark the wolves will all come out at once, never during the day (assuming your trying to retrieve the stolen statue)

Guest
Added 26th Aug 2012, ID #180406

 
In south Hyrule field,how do you call the wolves out?

Guest
Added 8th Aug 2012, ID #173700

 
couldnt find all the hidden skills thanks alot

Guest
Added 29th Jun 2012, ID #158207

 
i can't find the last hidden move (Great Spin)

Guest
Added 26th May 2012, ID #145619

 
Bueno Dijamos que el Spirito del Heroe Se dise que es El Link de Ocarina of Time

Guest
Added 27th Mar 2012, ID #126965

 
but where do u learn to walk on air

Guest
Added 3rd Oct 2011, ID #78179

 
(this is to prove that jump strike can be used wen ever you want.) I learned that when you do a spin attack that shiny light goes down your sword and(this is so awesome) you can do the jump strike in wolf form!!!

ryo 89
Added 21st Sep 2011, ID #75798

 
I have all the hidden skills and they're awesome!

Guest
Added 6th Sep 2011, ID #73001

 
I dunno why you guys say its so difficult to use the Great Spin. Personally I have no great effort keeping my health at full and I find the Great Spin very useful for hewing threw the enemies. I mean guys, come on.. It is possible to block/dodge every attack in the game. Learn to play like a boss!

Guest
Added 18th Jul 2011, ID #58875

 
favorite skills:
1.mortal draw
2.helm splitter
3.jump strike
4.back slice
5.great spin
6.ending blow
7.shield attack

bestgamer9999
Added 22nd Jun 2011, ID #51194

 
Also, the mortal draw is the only way to kill those freeze ice things that slide around on the ice in cold areas such as snowpeak ruins. Well, that or bombs, but does anybody really want to waste bombs aimlessly trying to place one to hit them with it.

Guest
Added 12th May 2011, ID #42666

 
The Mortal Draw isn't ABSOULTY usless, If you're fighting some really strong but slow enemy, or a bublin(the green things with clubs or bows.)

Guest
Added 22nd Jan 2011, ID #26456

 
He has the sword from skyward sword

Guest
Added 25th Sep 2010, ID #13575

 
WARNING!!! If you fail to visit the wolf after howling at each stone before howling at the next stone you WILL NOT get all the hidden skills!!!

rstevenson1976
Added 13th Sep 2010, ID #12492

 
HOW COULD YOU SAY MORTAL DRAW AND JUMP ATTACK ARE USELESS??!?!
Ok, it's official. I am going to kill someone painfully now.

Guest
Added 2nd Sep 2010, ID #11121

 
how do you howl to copy the human blowing on a piece of grass as a wolf near the patches of grass to summon the bird monster to come pick you up

melanie hicks
Added 5th Aug 2010, ID #7554

 
if you used the howling stone it would tell you its behind onne of the buildinges on the right eser if village completed

Guest
Added 19th Jul 2010, ID #5113

 
where do you find the last hidden skill.. when the spirit is the golden wolf?? where do you find it we dont know where it is but we went to hidden village to get it but dont know where the wolf went??? i dont

Guest
Added 13th Jul 2010, ID #4308

 
greal good

Guest
Added 4th Jul 2010, ID #3052

 
this game is very cool

Guest
Added 26th Jun 2010, ID #1962

 
 
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