link to the past:
- 13 heart containers
- Titan's mitt acquired
- sword upgrade: tempered - level 3
- crystals: 1, 2, 4
- fire rod acquired
- items: bow, level 2 [red] boomerang, hookshot, bombs, magic dust, lantern, hammer, bombos, quake, net, green book, 3 bottles, mirror, fire rod, cloak of invisibility, fourth and final bottle
pretty big events in the last hour.
i'll probably be able to finish the entire thing before i go to the movies tonight.
as you can see, by the panel on the right, the three lit crystals, which ordinarily light up clockwise, are not in order. this is because i still haven't finished the third dungeon. i just went in after beating the fourth and getting the cloak when i decided to take a break and eat. after a while, [and still having taken no break] i had gathered the fire rod using no keys, and headed straight for the boss. haven't gotten there yet.
i collected one key though, and am about to use it to open door number one, thereby shaving a very large part of what would otherwise be a very convoluted [literally -- i remember this part of the game and hate the under-bridge maze] leg of the dungeon off my itinerary.
anyway, the point of posting the picture is to display that you can indeed get the cloak of invisibility before finishing the third dungeon. you can get it before finishing the fourth too, but i didn't.
as it turns out, what's necessary is to.
my reasoning behind finishing the fourth dungeon sooner than the third other than to prove that it can be done, and that i don't like doing it how i'm sposta, is that the third dungeon is, has been and always will be a pain in the ass for me. if you can get the fourth one finished, you get Titan's mitt, which, through a series of subsequent events involving world-shifting, opens the doorway for acquisition of the Tempered sword.
that sword makes tough bosses and monsters real easy. it's twice as powerful as the Master Sword, being that is has been engineered on top of the god-willed sage's enchantment.