Recovering the Hero's Sword

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Recovering the Hero's Sword





Defeat Phantom Ganon at the bottom of the Deku Tree Chasm


Speak to Great Deku Tree


Find Master Sword in the head of the Light Dragon





Recovering the Hero's Sword is a Main Quest in Tears of the Kingdom.


Note: This quest is not required to retrieve the Master Sword. If Link already has the Master Sword when he is given the quest, it will complete immediately.

When Link arrives at the Lost Woods, he finds there is no way through. To enter Korok Forest, the only way in is through the Depths - he can Ascend through a column near in Korok Grove. When he does, he finds everything in the forest is statue-like, showing no signs of life. The cause can be found at the bottom of the Deku Tree Chasm - a Gloom Spawn and Phantom Ganon are keeping the forest immobile. When they are destroyed, Link can finally speak to the Great Deku Tree, who tells him he can sense the Master Sword in the Sky, but it is moving. He gives Link's Purah Pad the ability to track it down.

Once he finds it, embedded in the head of the Light Dragon, he can attempt to pull it, but will only succeed if he has 2 full wheels of stamina or more; if successful then in addition to regaining the sword itself, he has a vision of Zelda. In it, the princess, with the Decayed Master Sword clutched tightly to her chest, addresses Link directly, and wishes for him to defeat the Demon King using Zelda's strength through the regenerated Master Sword (who she refers to with feminine pronouns).


Free Korok Forest of gloom by defeating Phantom Ganon in the base of the Deku Tree Chasm. 2 wheels (5 Stamina Vessels beyond the default value) of stamina to pull the Master Sword out.


  • Link will first need to complete the Trail of the Master Sword quest, by defeating the Gloom Spawn and Phantom Ganon in the base of the Deku Tree Chasm. After doing so, he can speak with the Great Deku Tree to begin the quest.
  • The Master Sword can be found impaled onto the head of the Light Dragon, who flies around throughout Hyrule. After speaking with the Great Deku Tree, the Great Deku Tree will be able to sense the Master Sword and Link can then see where it is moving at all times.
  • Link can launch himself into the air, using one of the Skyview Towers, and then land right on top of the Light Dragon. Here, Link can walk up and pull out the Master Sword. However, it requires Link to have at least two full wheels of Stamina in order to do so.
  • Successfully pulling the Master Sword will uncover the final memory, Zelda's Wish, and it will complete the Recovering the Hero's Sword quest.

Adventure Log

Step Description
The darkness-sealing sword, the Master Sword, vanished in the Temple of Time on the Great Sky Island.

The Deku Tree can feel the sword's presence and says that the Master Sword is moving. What could that mean...

You found the Master Sword with the white dragon soaring in the skies. The legendary sword that seals the darkness has returned to your hand, along with Zelda's wish.