Hidden Skills
  1. 1. How to learn hidden skills
  2. 2. Ending Blow
  3. 3. Death Mountain Howling Stone
  4. 4. Zora’s River Howling Stone
  5. 5. Faron Woods Howling Stone
  6. 6. Lake Hylia Howling Stone
  7. 7. Snowpeak Mountain Howling Stone
  8. 8. Hidden Village Howling Stone

1 How to learn hidden skills

There are seven hidden skills in Twilight Princess. Each one is a technique that adds more variety to how you can defeat enemies. You are never required to use the hidden skills to complete the game, and only one skill – the Ending Blow – is learned as a required part of the game.

To learn a hidden skill, you must first find a Howling Stone while playing as Wolf Link. Listen to the tune that the stone plays, and then howl the same tune from memory. Doing so will prompt the Golden Wolf to appear somewhere in Hyrule. The location where the Golden Wolf is hiding is always marked on the game map. Find the Golden Wolf while not in wolf form to learn the a hidden skill.The hidden skills are always learned in the same order. It does not matter which order you visit the Howling Stones.

The seven hidden skills are:

1. Ending Blow
2. Shield Attack
3. Back Slice
4. Helm Splitter
5. Mortal Draw
6. Jump Strike
7. Great Spin

The order shown below is the order that the howling stones and hidden skills becoming accessible throughout the game. Most players will encounter the stones in this order, but if you miss a howling stone, you can always return later to activate it.

2 Ending Blow

The Ending Blow is different from the other hidden skills because there is no Howling Stone, and you must learn this skill. Even so, you are never required to use the skill to complete the game.

You will encounter the Golden Wolf on your way to the Forest Temple from Faron Woods near the beginning of the game. You will then meet the Hero’s Shade and learn the Ending Blow before entering the dungeon. You can learn more about this part of the game by reading our walkthrough.

3 Death Mountain Howling Stone

The howling stone on Death Mountain is found roughly half way up the mountain in an area filled with geysers. This stone is difficult to miss, because it sits in the middle of the path forward. You can activate this stone on your first trip to Death Mountain while hunting the Shadow Insects.

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When activated first, the Golden Wolf will be located at the Ordon Spring, and you will learn the Shield Attack.

4 Zora’s River Howling Stone

The howling stone near Zora’s River is located on a cliff near Iza’s house and Hena’s fishing hole. You can activate this stone on your first trip to Zora’s Domain after you have unfrozen the area.

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When activated second, the Golden Wolf will be located outside the entrance to Castle Town near Lake Hylia, and you will learn the Back Slice.

5 Faron Woods Howling Stone

The howling stone in Faron Woods is located along the path leading to the Sacred Grove. Like the stone on Death Mountain, this stone is difficult to miss because it is located in the middle of the path forward. You can activate this stone on your first trip to the Sacred Grove, before obtaining the Master Sword.

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When activated third, the Golden Wolf will be located near the southern entrance to Castle Town, and you will learn the Helm Splitter.

6 Lake Hylia Howling Stone

The howling stone near Lake Hylia is located at the edge of a cliff near the watch tower where you first meet Auru. You will not be able to activate this howling stone on your first visit to Lake Hylia. You must return after you obtain the Master Sword on your way to the Gerudo Desert.

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When activated fourth, the Golden Wolf will be located in the Gerudo Desert near the entrance to Arbiter’s Grounds, and you will learn Mortal Draw.

7 Snowpeak Mountain Howling Stone

The howling stone on Snowpeak Mountain is very easy to miss. It is located on the edge of a cliff as you climb the mountain. You can activate this statue while following the Reekfish scent on your way to Snowpeak Ruins. However, the howling stone is not along the path of the scent. If you follow the scent trail too closely without exploring the surrounding area, you will miss the howling stone.

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When activated fifth, the Golden Wolf will be located in the Graveyard of Kakariko Village, and you will learn the Jump Strike.

8 Hidden Village Howling Stone

The howling stone in Hidden Village is hidden behind the buildings in town. You cannot activate the stone until after you have rescued Impaz. It can be mildly difficult to activate wolf form in the Hidden Village. Midna will not allow you to transform if there are any animals nearby. Your best bet is to hide inside one of the buildings to transform or to transform before entering the Hidden Village.

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When activated sixth, the Golden Wolf will be located on the bridge north of Castle Town leading into Hyrule Castle, and you will learn the Great Spin.

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