It’s common for the Zelda games to dabble in stealth missions that require the player to be resourceful and creative versus relying on brawn strength to win the day, and when done right, these missions are a lot of fun. While many of the games feature stealth missions that are very basic, such as Ocarina of Time when Link has to sneak past the guards to meet with Princess Zelda, but there’s a mission in particular that sticks out to me as one of the best.

In Skyward Sword, the stealth mission is pretty extensive. After Link is captured and detained at Eldin Volcano, he has to break out and not only escape, but retrieve all of his equipment as well. It’s an inherently challenging task on top of the elaborate security measures that the Bokoblins have put together, with catapults that shoot boulders of death and spotlights while taking advantage of the volcanic environment to provide natural barriers as well. Because there’s a select number of tools at the start of the mission, it makes it initially difficult yet fun and rewarding as it progresses, with each piece of equipment allowing Link to reach a new area or stun the guards and defeat them more easily. This sequence may not have had a major impact on the story, but it was one of the defining moments of Skyward Sword that I remember fondly. What do you think? Which stealth mission stands out to you as being the most creative and interesting? Let us know in the comments!

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