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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time/Unused Content in Used Actors & Objects

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This is a sub-page of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Unused Actor Variables

Player_Actor

There are actually reserved data for pointing to display lists for weapons normally not used by both Child and Adult Link. Said variables are nulled by default, but a simple display list port combined with editing the usability table can restore these items to full functionality. This includes using the Boomerang as Adult Link or the Megaton Hammer as Child Link.

Hmmm...
To do:
Does the info below belong in this section, or should it be moved somewhere else?

There is also a distinction between the Z/L-Targeting colors used for boss enemies and normal enemies, however they are both set to the same color in the final game. The colors are raw RGB hexadecimal values, and can easily be set to any color.

En_Item00

OoTUnusedHeartContainer.png
Actor Object Variable
0015 0001 0007

An early version of the Heart Container. Unlike the used iteration, it is almost completely opaque and does not have any animations. However, it acts as a normal Heart Container when collected.

This version of the Container appears in Room 119 of the Debug ROM, but cannot be accessed without a GameShark code in the retail version of the game.

Owing to the similarities between their names, it is likely that the actor for this object was originally Item_B_Heart. In the retail game, actor Item_B_Heart goes unused, but it is linked to a used object called object_gi_hearts, which contains the final Heart Piece and Heart Container. There are two copies of this model in the gameplay_keep file.

En_Test

0000

Loz oot invis stalfos.png
Actor Object Variable
0002 0032 0000

Variable 0000 is an invisible Stalfos that can only be seen with the Lens of Truth.

Hmmm...
To do:
Double-check variable number.

En_Door

FFFF

Oot double doors.png
Actor Object Variable
0009 0001 FFFF

Double wooden doors exist in the game and work perfectly fine, but are not used. There are a few variations;

  • Double wooden door, but door on left is locked.
  • Double wooden door, appears only if you face one side of it, crashes when try to open.
Hmmm...
To do:
Double-check variable number.

xxxx

Actor Object Variable
0009 0001 xxxx

This door is slightly ajar, but slams shut of its own volition when Link approaches it. If Link tries to open it, a message box with blue Navi text appears, reading "It won't open!"

These doors may have been present in the demo version of the game available in Seattle at an event called the 1998 Toy Test, which took place in July and August 1998. According to a contemporary account of a Zelda fan known as David C., when he visited Kakariko Village as Adult Link, most of the doors in the village were open, but when Link approached them they were slammed shut in his face.

One of these doors was seen on the E3 1998 demo's Kakariko Village as well.

LoZOoT-E3-1998-Kakariko door ajar.png
(Source: CBS News (Toy Test info), ZHQ.com (playthrough account))

Bg_Dy_Yoseizo

xxxx

OoT Early Great Fairy.png
Actor Object Variable
000B 000A xxxx

An unused version of the Great Fairy that is stationary and has no animations. Its lack of movement may be linked to its filename, Dy_Yoseizo, which translates to "Great Fairy - Fairy Statue".

En_Dodongo

xxxx

Actor Object Variable
0012 000C xxxx

This alternate version of the adult Dodongo has smoke and fire come from its mouth during the death animation.

Hmmm...
To do:
Figure out what variable this is, insert screenshot.

En_Goma

0008

Loz oot invis ghoma larva.png
Actor Object Variable
002B 001E 0008

This Gohma Larva comes in an invisible egg that cannot be revealed, even with the Lens of Truth.

En_A_Obj

0000

2001: A Zelda Odyssey
Actor Object Variable
0039 0000 0000

Variable 0000 is a rectangular box with no behavior or collision.

OoTLargeRectangletest.png

Interestingly, although Link cannot raise or throw it, if it were possible, it would fit perfectly in his hands and on his head.

0001

Still smaller than Xbox!
Actor Object Variable
0039 0000 0001

Variable 0001 is a slightly larger rectangular box with an oversized collision radius.

0002

Actor Object Variable
0039 0000 0002

Uses the same model of variables 0000 and 0001 but is larger than the rectangle of variable 0001, including the collision.

0003

OoT-bizarretangle.png
Actor Object Variable
0039 0000 0003

Variable 0003 is a rectangular box that lays horizontally on the ground, motionless. Once an object or character is placed upon it, it springs to life, rotating until it is vertical, then switches back to its initial position.

0004

Actor Object Variable
0039 0000 0004

Variable 0004 is a larger version of the rectangular box in variable 0003.

0005

OoT-unusedcube.png
Actor Object Variable
0039 0000 0005

Variable 0005 is a simple cube. Like variable 0000, it has no collision.

0007

OoTUnusedGrass.png
Actor Object Variable
0039 0000 0007

This grass has a slightly-oversized collision box. Its appearance is similar to the flora used in the Castle Courtyard moat.

0008

OoT-Tree Stump.png
Actor Object Variable
0039 0001 0008

Variable 0008 is a tree stump with a collision radius four times its size. When struck, it sounds as though Link has hit a wall with his sword.

0009

Marks the spot?
Actor Object Variable
0039 0000 0009

The regular square signposts around Hyrule change in height depending on whether the player is set to Child or Adult. This sign is Adult Link-sized, but cannot be destroyed. It appears in several pre-release images from xxx.

Hmmm...
To do:
Locate the pre-release images on the wiki.

En_Niw

000E

Actor Object Variable
0019 xxxx 000E

En_Niw is the Cucco entity, and it has an unused behavior: it will check if it is placed in Link's house. If so, it will check the flag that determines if the cow should appear; if the cow shouldn't appear, then the Cucco will not appear either. This suggests that the Cucco could be placed in Link's house instead of (or alongside) the cow.

Psuedocode for the Cucco's behavior:

if (globalCtx->sceneNum == SCENE_LINK_HOME && !(gSaveContext.eventChkInf[1] & 0x4000)) {
	Actor_Kill(&this->actor);
}

Compare with the cow's behavior:

if (globalCtx->sceneNum == SCENE_LINK_HOME) {
	if (LINK_IS_CHILD) {
		Actor_Kill(&this->actor);
		return;
	}
	if (!(gSaveContext.eventChkInf[1] & 0x4000)) {
		Actor_Kill(&this->actor);
		return;
	}
}

Note that unlike the cow, the Cucco does not care about Link's age.

(Source: zel.)

En_Wood02

xxxx

Actor Object Variable
0077 007C xxxx

Variable xxxx is a huge tree that resemble those seen in the Lost Woods during the opening cutscene of Majora's Mask. Similar trees can be seen in Kakariko Village in pre-release screenshots from February, 1998.

Pre-release Screenshot Object Loaded In-Game
OoT-Kakariko Village.jpg OOT UnusedTrees.png
Hmmm...
To do:
Figure out how using the GameShark code 81241CF2 83F0 81241CFA 0000 (Debug ROM) at Hyrule Castle makes these appear, find variable, insert screenshot.

En_Vm

0000

Don't blink.
Actor Object Variable
008A 008B 0000

This Beamos does not fire lasers at you.

En_Rd

0003

OoTInvisibleRedead.png
Actor Object Variable
0090 0098 0003

This ReDead is only visible with the Lens of Truth. When it is loaded, it plays an animation that suggests it is rising out of a coffin, like the Gibdos in the Bottom of the Well.

Obj_Oshihiki

Actor Object Variable
00FF 0002 xxxx

This actor contains 4 color slots to use in pushable blocks, however some block colors were not used. Others are just black blocks that fill the empty space the developers didn't intend to use, found in Dodongo's Cavern, Forest Temple and Fire Temple.

Fire Temple block colors, on the left side, unused, the right is used.
In Water Temple, yellow and purple blocks are used, but not blue or green.
Location Color 1 Color 2 Color 3 Color 4
Deku Tree #6E5628 #6E5628 #6E5628 #6E5628
Dodongo's Cavern #6A786E #685014 #000000 #000000
Forest Temple #8E6356 #487660 #000000 #000000
Fire Temple #D29650 #D2AA50 #000000 #000000
Water Temple #6690B6 #B0A764 #64A764 #756160
Spirit Temple #E8D2B0 #E8D2B0 #E8D2B0 #E8D2B0
Shadow Temple #877D5F #877D5F #877D5F #877D5F
Ganon's Tower #FFFFFF #FFFFFF #FFFFFF #FFFFFF
Gerudo Training Ground #E8D2B0 #E8D2B0 #E8D2B0 #E8D2B0

Eff_Dust

0001

OoT-A0101 O0001 V0001.png
Actor Object Variable
0101 0001 0001

Eff_Dust is used when Link charges up a spin attack, in order to produce the effect of the energy being absorbed by his blade. An unused variable within the actor triggers a sparkle effect which doesn't dissipate, thus causing the game to slow down and eventually freeze.

(Source: Three_Pendants)

En_Ex_Ruppy

0001 & 0002

Actor Object Variable
0131 0001 XXXX

Variables 0001 and 0002 are the spawn parameters for the unused explosive Rupees. If they are spawned by the actor En_Heishi1, the soldiers in the Castle Courtyard Maze, the detection flag will be set to true when Link causes them to explode.

En_Syateki_Niw

0000

Actor Object Variable
0143 0013 0000

Variable 0000 is the spawn parameter for the Shooting Gallery Cucco and features some unique behavior: If the Cucco is hit during the game, it will approach Link, end the current round and reload the scene. The Cucco can be also seen in pre-release footage.

Unreferenced Content in Objects

gameplay_keep

Debug Tetrahedron

OoT Debug Tetrahedron.png

Model 0x0035C0. Unknown use.

Debug Arrow

OoT Debug Arrow.png

Model 0x0039F0. Used to mark invisible items, wind direction, and Ocarina spots, among others.

Debug Camera

OoT Debug Camera.png

Model 0x003C90. Used in Debug Camera option for free camera function.

Giant Checkerboard

OoT-ChessPlan.png

The first model of gameplay_keep, located at 0x3FC8. The squares make a 16×16 pattern, double what most chessboards have. May have been used for debugging purposes.

Broken Pyramid

OoT-BrokenPyramid.png

Located at 0x39E90, this model uses the unused white rectangles.

Giant Rectangle Stone

OoT-GiantRectangleStone.png

Located at 0x03A0C0, this model also uses the unused white rectangles but has a darker shade.

Angry Speech Bubble - Angry

OoT-Spiked Shape.png
  • Filename: fukidashi_ikari_model (speech bubble - rage - model)

An untextured black shape located at 0x0547E0. According to its filename sourced from the iQue leak, it was used as a text box.

Cloud Shape

OoT-Cloud Shape.png
  • Filename: fukidashi_kumo_model (speech bubble - cloud - model)

An untextured black shape located at 0x055810. According to its filename sourced from the iQue leak, it was used as a text box.

Rounded Shape

OoT-Rounded Shape.png
  • Filename: fukidashi_maru_model (speech bubble - circle - model)

An untextured black shape located at 0x0567B0. According to its filename sourced from the iQue leak, it was used as a text box.

gameplay_field_keep

Huge Ornamental Goldfish

This fish has a body and a tail as separate models. Its fins are not rendered behind, which means that this fish would have been just for decoration.

gameplay_dangeon_keep

Huge Switch

Actor Object Variable
xxxx 0001 xxxx

This switch has the same texture as regular switches. Because of its large size and the fact that its coloring is reminiscent of the Fire Temple, it may have been used with the Megaton Hammer. The offset is 0x63F0.

Object Loaded In-Game Pressed Down
OoT-unusedSwitch01.png OoT-unusedSwitch02.png

Crystal Switch

Actor Object Variable
xxxx 0001 xxxx

This crystal switch has no animations. The offset is 0x77B0.

object_mori_objects

Picture Frame Hook

Zelda 64 - Unused Hooks on Ladders.png
Actor Object Variable
00E2 0072 FFFF

This hook, contained within the Forest Temple object file, once held up ladders that could be shot off their hooks like the one in the Deku Tree, without the cutscene.

object_wood02

Actor Object Variable
xxxx 007C xxxx

Several unused trees and bushes are contained within the object file that holds Hyrule's plant life. Most are 2D images, but there is also an incomplete, textureless trunk section matching the type of tree that appears in the Adult version of Kakariko Village.

object_trap

OoT unusedspikes.png
Actor Object Variable
0080 0085 xxxx
OoT Unused texture222.png

The object file that contains the Sliding Blade Trap also holds a small, spiky trap that has no linked actor.

object_hs

OOT-MQ-carpenters-son-alt-hair.png
Actor Object Variable
xxxx 0128 xxxx

The object file containing the Carpenter Boss' son, known as Grog in Majora's Mask, is apparently hiding a rockin' mohawk. It appears in Majora's Mask, though his large bangs do not.

object_gi_arrowcase

OOT-bronzequiver.png
Actor Object Variable
xxxx 00BE xxxx

This object is used when Link gets the Big Quiver or Biggest Quiver. There is a version for a Bronze Quiver that is not used anywhere.

The object uses shader number 15 inside Link's file to define its color.

object_link_child

Actor Object Variable
xxxx 0015 xxxx

Early Tunic Color

This image shows an unused color during the game.

Inside the object object_link_child is an unused color registration in each model of Child Link's tunic. The models in question have a 0xFA header to colors #50BC08. This color is present in several pre-release images.

Unused Shield and Scabbard

The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Link Unused Display List.png

Unused display list for Child Link, this model is located in the offset 0x15010. This could have been for when Link was holding his sword without a shield.

object_cow

Actor Object Variable
xxxx 018B xxxx

Cow Ring

The cows were initially supposed to, oddly enough, have cow rings. The ring was restored as seen in the video on the right. Interestingly, this made its way into the Japanese version of Majora's Mask and Ocarina of Time 3D. Located at 0x2628 in object_cow file.

To Sort

OoT Invisible Cucco.png

In setup 00 of Kakariko Village, there is an invisible Cucco near the tree. Presumably used for sound effects, the Cucco is invisible, indestructible, and begins to smoke when it takes damage.