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Sitting Northeast of Outset Island, Shark Island is one of the most challenging islands in The Wind Waker. It’s also one of my favorite islands to visit.
At first glance, the island may seem like nothing more than a mass of land shaped like a shark with four random switches on it. However, what makes this island amazing is that one of the game’s biggest battles hides inside the grotto at the center of the island. When I first came across this battle, I had a very difficult time going through. Eventually, after numerous runs, the battle quickly became child’s play to me as I began to use it to replenish my resources.
The battle started out with a few Miniblins and Bokoblins. For people who may not remember the horror of Miniblins, they are the tiny little imps that poke Link with the pitchforks and then laugh like they accomplished something monumental. Their purpose wasn’t any different in this battle. Shortly after the defeat of a few Bokoblins, Moblins began to enter the battle. Six Moblins appeared throughout the fight, though thankfully they appeared at different moments throughout the battle — I probably would’ve thrown my controller out the window if I was suddenly bombarded by six Moblins at once! Two Wizzrobes also appeared in the fight, but like the Moblins, they appeared at different points in the battle. I am unsure what activated their appearance, but the Wizzrobes made the battle far more chaotic with their fireballs, so I quickly eliminated them.
As I faced all these enemies, one by one, Darknuts dropped into battle. Two waves of them appeared during the battle. The first wave consisted of three Darknuts that dropped into battle at different moments, and the last wave of Darknuts appeared after all the previous Darknuts were defeated as well as every Moblin, Bokoblin, and Wizzrobe. Miniblins appeared infinitely but they stopped spawning after the last wave started. I was relieved when the Miniblins stopped spawning because I was able to focus on the last three Darknuts.
I had a difficult time getting through all the enemies, but eventually, I defeated them only to get a measly Silver Rupee. Regardless of whether the Silver Rupee is taken or not, the battle will always restart when entering the grotto. Despite the poor reward, I decided to take advantage of that and returned to the hole multiple times because I enjoyed the challenge. The battle allowed me to learn the mechanics of the game’s fighting and come up with tricks to defeat some of the most common enemies in the game. I also used this battle to stock up on Joy Pendants, Skull Necklaces, and Knight’s Crests.
Shark Island may not have much on the surface, but the secret grotto in the center of the island will always offer plenty of entertainment. The battle is great for players who need some resources, want to brush up on their skills or feel like messing with some Moblins and Bokoblins.