While it’s true that some glitches in games reach a legendary status, some of these infamous glitches just never appear to be actually true. Take, for example, a certain glitch in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The glitch, named the “Barrier Skip,” by the speed-running community within the Zelda series, involves finding a certain way to exploit the game and pass through a specific wall in Hyrule that will lead you towards the end of the game.
This method has joined the ranks of mythical glitches until now. A streamer on Twitch has actually achieved this glitch and their exploit can still be seen on their profile here.
The video appears to show the user, LinkOscuro, clip through the huge barrier that blocks the player from reaching the end of the game quicker than usual. The particular barrier is a closed off portion of the game that contains a loading screen, which will allow the player to reach the conclusion of the story.
Ever since clipping through the barrier, the user has been trying to recreate what he thought he had achieved.
Apparently, what the player used is a certain method in the game that is exclusive to the HD remaster of Wind Waker. It’s called “Item Sliding,” and it involves the player building momentum with Link whilst also wearing the Iron Boots item.
The barrier is notably huge though, so it’s easy to see why some of the community extend a certain doubt towards LinkOscuro’s actions. It extends vertically and horizontally, and takes up a good portion of the screen. Any attempt to reach through the barrier will knock Link back off his feet.
Of course, for the Zelda community this was big news so LinkOscuro’s find was to be met with doubt. Before, there had been many discussions on Reddit as to whether to glitch truly exists.
Most posts admit that the evidence of the glitch in Wind Waker mirrors that of the existence of similar ones in Ocarina of Time. So the Barrier Skip glitch is not so much a new thing in the wider community of speed-running in Zelda games, but it’s still a benchmark of legendary glitches it seems.
One user on YouTube was even confident in claiming that the barrier is actually impossible to clip through. They point to how large the barrier is, and how there is no real concrete evidence of any player clipping through it over and over again.
So is LinkOscuro’s Twitch real evidence of the Barrier Skip in Wind Waker after all this time? If so, it seems to be exclusive to the HD version and it still remains to be seen if the glitch can be achieved in the original version.
If you’re interested, check out more information about the Barrier Skip glitch right here.