Ever played 1st or 2nd quest swordless? Tried to get certain items out of order? PY is all about that sort of thing. You can enter Level-9 at any point during your adventure, but it is up to you to determine if you are ready. Since the Bow is not located in Level 9, there is at least one bare essential you will have to go find in order to kill Ganon. Once you have it, you could enter Level-9 and find everything else that you absolutely NEED there... ...but you'll probably die instead.
The challenge of this quest is to see how fast/with how little you can complete it. Eight important items have their own dungeons, in addition to items scattered across the overworld.
Walk into the special statues on the overworld to activate whistle warps. These statues are also continue points for various areas.
Now, go make a mad dash for the magic rod!! Go look for challenge! Or if you want, try to collect everything and be safe.
Ganon has been mysteriously quiet as of late. Then, a spy informed Link and Zelda that he was hiding in a castle somewhere out in the country. Link is sent to investigate, but finds the castle is kinda out in the middle of nowhere! There's a small dirt-poor town around it, and a big city way up in the mountains, but not much else... Will he be able to find the supplies he needs?