Skyward Sword Items
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Link acquires many items during his journey through the land below and above the clouds. Link's Items will be listed here along with a description, there will further links leading to more detailed descriptions.
- 1 Equipment
- 1.1 Swords
- 1.2 Shields
- 1.3 Tunic
- 2 Items and Weapons
- 3 Bows
- 4 Slingshots
- 5 Bombs
- 6 Beetles
- 7 Whips
- 8 Bottles
- 9 Fungal Spores
- 10 Quest Items
- 11 Miscellaneous
During Link's journey he will find various items that are pertinent to attack and defense, these items will always be equipped, as opposed to items which are temporarily equipped before removed (placed back into bag).
- Main article: Sword
Link has more control over his sword in this adventure than ever before. By way of the Wii Motion Plus, the sword now can swing in whichever direction the player chooses, giving the experience of 1:1 swordplay. Often, this proves to be a very vital point in the game. Offensively, many enemies must be defeated by swinging the sword certain ways. Such is the case for Deku Babas, where Link must slash them in the way their mouth is open (either vertically or horizontally) to defeat them. Another example is the Mechanical Totem Pole, which must be sliced horizontally twice, and then stabbed to defeat. Other enemies will try to cover parts of their body from attack, whereas Link will have to attack the revealed areas to defeat the enemy. The Skulltula is a great example of this, as Link has to hit it so it becomes stunned and stands up on its hind legs, thus revealing a weak point. Others may have defenses up that must be broken with Sword, like the Spear Moblin, in order to defeat it. The player must use a variety of techniques to defeat a variety of enemies.
The sword also plays a key role in getting through doors. Certain doors will have an eye that will follow Link's sword as long as he is standing on a platform. Moving the sword in a circular motion will spin the eye around, causing a dizzying effect and allowing for the eye to be struck. Once destroyed, the doorway will be accessible to go through. A slash-able gear appears on another door version, which Link must quickly slash in two different directions in order to open.
One of the most interesting features of the sword is dowsing mode. To go into dowsing mode Link holds the sword straight forward. When Link goes into dowsing mode the screen changes to first person and you have to pick what you are looking for be it important items, heart pieces, rupees, or even Zelda herself. When Link is facing the direction you need to go to find the item, the sword emits a loud noise. This is going to play a key role in the game especially when it comes to finding Zelda.
The Zelda team has finally brought back the Sword Beam which is now called Skyward Strike. To charge the sword Link has to point his sword skyward until the light reaches the tip of the sword. You can then swing your in any direction to release the sword beam. This is going to both be used to attack enemies and to send large blue, silver boxes with the bird symbol called Goddess Boxes on the ground up to the sky where it will be replaced with a chest.
- Main article: Practice Sword
Link has more control over his sword in this adventure than ever before. By way of the Wii Motion Plus, the sword now can swing in whichever direction the player chooses, giving the experience of 1:1 swordplay. Often, this proves to be a very vital point in the game. Offensively, many enemies must be defeated by swinging the sword certain ways. Such is the case for Deku Babas, where Link must slash them in the way their mouth is open (either vertically or horizontally) to defeat them. Other enemies will try to cover sections of their body from attack, whereas Link will have to attack the revealed areas to defeat the enemy.
The sword also plays a key role in solving some puzzles. Certain locks must be opened by slashing the sword in a certain direction. Eyes appear on or around doors and will follow Link's sword. Moving the sword in a circular motion will spin the eye around, causing a dizzying effect and allowing for the eye to be struck. Once destroyed, the doorway or gate will be accessible to go through.
From the beginning of the game, Link carries around this simple sword, though there isn't much use for it in Skyloft, high above the evil surface.
- Main article: Goddess Sword
Link acquires this sword after Zelda is taken to the land below. Fi leads him to a secret room inside the goddess statue that is holding the sword. Link is able to use this more powerful sword on his quest to find Zelda. Lord Ghirahim cites this sword as the only reason Link still lives after their first encounter at the end of Sky Temple. Besides allowing Link to communicate with Fi, the Goddess Sword also has the power to unleash a sword beam after it's raised skyward while his hearts are full. The game will revolve around upgrading the Goddess Sword into the Master Sword.
- Main article: Goddess Sword
Goddess White Sword
- Main article: Goddess Sword
- Main article: Master Sword
True Master Sword
- Main article: Master Sword
The Master Sword, which appeared in Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past, and arguably the Oracle games, is first forged in Skyward Sword. It is the fully upgraded form of the Skyward Sword, and resembles the Skyward Sword's spirit Fi. Since Fi isn't seen in any other game, it's possible that she may have to make some sacrifice to make this transformation. This sword has the power to repel evil. It will eventually be placed in the Pedestal of Time within the Temple of Time as a key to the Sacred Realm.
- Main article: Skyward Sword Shields
A familiar item, the Shield returns in Skyward Sword. Link has used the Shield in every Zelda main series title since the beginning. The Shield is controlled using the nunchuck attachment. Link uses this to defend against attacking enemies slashing with their weapons or shooting projectiles at him, just as we have seen before. Additionally, Link can use his Shield to deflect certain items back at enemies by players moving the nunchuck in a forward, thrusting motion, an example being reflecting rocks back at Octoroks when they shoot towards him. It can quickly be held in defense following Sword combo. Motion control of the Shield is quite limited compared to the Sword, but it plays a vital roll in combat in nonetheless. In Skyward Sword, shields can be bought and upgraded at the Bazaar. The only exception is the Hylian Shield, which is awarded to Link by Lanayru.
- Main article: Wooden Shield
The wooden shield returns in Skyward Sword and will once again be the first form of defense for Link in the game. In Skyward Sword, through the use of Wii motion plus the nunchuk can be raised when in combat to block enemy melee attacks and can also be used when facing enemies with range attacks to deflect their projectiles. Enemy attacks will quickly damage your shield rendering it useless after only a small number of hits. While not confirmed the wooden shield's weakness of fire will most likely return in the newest Wii installment.
Due to its low resistance and from previous Zelda adventures it would seem that the wooden shield will be very cheap in comparison to its later upgrades. Due to its low dependency it would also be safe to assume that the price to have the wooden shield fixed when destroyed in battle will be more than affordable.
The Wooden shield is very basic, looks poorly built and has a single bird footprint on it.
Main article:Banded Shield The Banded shield is the first upgrade to the wooden shield and is a much more durable shield than the wooden shield and looks better built with a blue metal band around the sides and two wing symbols.
- Main article: Iron Shield
The iron shield is the second shield encountered in Skyward Sword and offers a much greater resistance to attacks than that of the wooden shield. While melee attacks and projectiles can still be blocked through the use of the nunchuk the amount of damage sustained by the shield is largely reduced making it far more durable.
The price point of the Iron shield will far higher than that of the wooden shield, with more valuable and durable materials used to craft the shield, any potential buyer would have to fork over more than a few rupees to own it. With a much higher breaking point, the cost of fixing such a shield would also be much greater than that of the wooden shield.
- Main article: Sacred Shield
The third shield found is the purple shield. For lack of a better term, this name has been given to purple shield seen in trailers. Features a birds talon.
It is controlled the same way as with all the other shields.
The first upgrade to the Sacred Shield is the Divine Shield. It features a large bird like on the Hylian Shield.
It is controlled the same way as with all the other shields.
- Main article: Hylian Shield
The final shield in the game is the legendary Hylian shield used by heroes all across time, future and past. The Hylian Shield offers all of the functionality of the other two shields (once again through the use of Wii motion plus and the nunchuk) with a much greater resistance to enemy attacks and projectiles.
The Hylian Shield is the strongest shield that can be forged in Skyward Sword and so costs a fair chunk of your wallet to take home. On the plus side the Hylian Shield is the most dependable shield in the game taking an extremely low amount of damage in combat. The price to repair such a shield if it were ever to break would then surely be as high as the Hylian Shield's shield meter.
- Main article: Tunic
Link's classic green tunic makes a return in Skyward Sword! The tunic is obtained in skyloft in the knight academy and is used as a uniform, each color corresponds to a different graduating class (this year's color being green).
Items and Weapons
During Link's journey, he will obtain many items that do a variety of different things. Most will be used in attacking and enemy or moving around the map. They may also have miscellaneous purposes, such as stealing items from an enemy.
- Main article: Bow
Almost every Zelda title thus far has made use of the Bow, and this one is no different. This time, however, the item will be controlled using Wii Motion Plus. With the Wii remote in the right hand and the nunchuck in the left, players will pull back the nunchuck just like they are pulling back the string on a bow, holding the C button on the nunchuck and releasing to shoot an arrow. As usual you can shoot enemies with the bow, and items can be knocked off trees and other objects. Additionally, items dropped by enemies (such as hearts) can also be shot with the bow and pinned to walls. Apparently, by doing this, Link can reclaim his dropped heart as well as his arrow.
Since the Bow and Arrow must be aimed with Wii Motion Plus, it cannot be used quickly in combat as easily as before but is more powerful. Another weapon now fits that battle role, the Slingshot.
Main article:Iron Bow
The Iron Bow is the secondary form of the Bow. It is obtained when upgraded in Gondo's Workshop at the Bazaar. When upgraded, the attack power is doubled.
Slingshots are helpful when you don't have enough time to stretch your bow. You can increase the maximum bullet hold with seed satchels.
- Main article: Slingshot
Unlike the Bow in this game, the Slingshot only requires players to point and shoot with the Wii Remote. With this, the Slingshot isn't too different from the one we saw in Twilight Princess. Link will simply take aim at a target and shoot a projectile at it. It appears to be less powerful compared to the Bow, as it is in previous adventures. The Slingshot, however, can take out some weaker enemies, such as Keese, in one hit.
- Main article: Scattershot
An upgraded version of the slingshot. The scattershot can shoot many bullets at once, without any extra ammo consumption! However, it must be charged for a second by holding the button down.
- Main article: Bomb
These classic items also return in Skyward Sword. Link can equip Bombs just as usual, though in this adventure, he has the ability to throw them overhead a desired distance, as well as rolling them across the ground. Depending on how far the Wii Remote is from the screen, the distance of the Bomb to be thrown is determined. Players will swing the Wii Remote overhead to sling a Bomb that way, and underhanded to roll it across the ground. Certain low-leveled holes in walls hide bombable items or switched behind them, where rolling a Bomb underneath is the only way to access. The Beetle can also carry and drop Bombs to long distance locations, so as long as it doesn't explode before it gets there. The bomb looks to be a lot more accessible than in previous adventures. Unlike previous games, when exposed to fire the bombs explode causing Link damage.
The bomb flower returns in skyward sword, and this time around it can be placed in your bomb bag.
- Main article: Bomb Bag
The bomb bag is a bag you acquire when a Mogma asks you to look for it in the Fire temple and lets you keep it when you return it to him. As the name implies it is used to carry bombs. In this game however, instead of buying bombs from your local store you pick bomb flowers in the field and place them in the bag. Currently it is unknown how many bombs the bag can carry.
- Main article: Beetle
A new item, named the "Beetle" due to its resemblance to the insect of the same name, is a small mechanical-like device that can fly to reach areas Link could not reach himself. Players will equip the Beetle to the B button and release it with the A button, thus taking control of the item with Wii Motion Plus as it flies through the air, given a 3rd-person perspective from behind the Beetle as it flies. The Beetle has a limited distance it can fly before it shuts off and has to be re-equipped and re-launched, and must also be re-equipped when it hits a wall or other obstacle. Link can also call back the Beetle at any time during its flight.
The initial Beetle can be used to cut down spider webs or hit switches in otherwise unreachable areas. Upon defeating the Stalfos mini-boss in the Sky Temple, Link can obtain an Upgrade for his Beetle, which gives the Beetle a large pair of pincers. The pincers allow the Beetle to pick up and carry items to return to Link. The player can press the Z button while carrying the object to look down and drop the cargo. The Upgraded Beetle is also capable of cutting down Deku Babas at the stem.
As most items can be upgraded throughout the game, the Beetle too has other upgrades that can be obtained later on in the game. One confirmed upgrade for the Beetle is an increase in speed. It is unknown whether this will be another upgrade obtained within the dungeon like the Pincers or if it will be an optional upgrade from collected materials.
The Hook Beetle is obtained in the Lanayru Desert when saving a robot from Bokoblins. This item is similar to the Beetle, except for the fact that it can also carry objects such as Bombs to another location.
The Quick Beetle is the third Beetle and can be obtained when upgrading the Hook Beetle at Gondo's Workshop. The Quick Beetle has an additional option to allow it to fly faster.
- Main article: Whip
An item more recently added to the Zelda series with Spirit Tracks, the Whip makes a return in Skyward Sword. With the Wiimote, players can swing the Whip in any direction to cut down grass or stun enemies at a distance. You can also use the whip to grab items and pull them back by yanking the Wiimote back toward yourself. Some enemies, such as Keese, can be defeated by the Whip, but larger enemies can only be knocked back and stunned, opening them up to sword attacks. It is unclear what other functions the Whip may be used for, such as swinging from objects like in Spirit Tracks.
- Main article: Sailcloth
The Sailcloth in this game is very similar to the Deku Leaf in The Wind Waker although it is cloth and sports the bird symbol seen in many other places in the game. The sailcloth is essentially a parachute and is going to be used both for a safe landing when jumping off of your bird and to send Link back up from Hyrule to Skyloft. Another use for it is catching air vents and propelling Link to previously unreachable areas.
- Main article: Double Clawshots
An item Link obtains in his quest, speculated by some to be found in the unknown desert region. Its use is grapple onto targets and pull link toward them, with Link being able to use it again while on the target. It is practically the same item as in Twilight Princess albeit a different color scheme.
- Main article: Bug Net
A net for catching various bugs that will be used to upgrade Link's potions.
- Main article: Gust Bellows
The gust bellows is an item that shoots air out to clear away sand or push certain enemies away. Very little is known about this item at the moment.
- Main article: Digging Mitts
Similar to the Mole Mitts allow you to dig without the use of a shovel.
- Main article: Bottle
These handy items are so useful, they get their own main topic. You can use bottles to store tons of stuff. Said stored things are usually to restore Link's health, but sometimes do other useful things.
- Main article: Potion
Link's trusty medicine makes its return Skyward Sword and as always it must be stored within a bottle. The bottle can be equipped and drunk without a break in gameplay, meaning you will be vulnerable while drinking. Unlike before, though, Link will be able to run around while drinking.
- Main article: Fairy
Recovery fairies can be found throughout the game and they will fill up a number of Link's hearts when used. Link can store fairies inside of bottles and release them whenever he'd like. If Link has a fairy stored within a bottle, after he dies, the fairy will automatically be used to restore Link's life.
Fairies can be found in fairy fountains, underneath pots, or by breaking crates and other objects.
- Main article: Fungal Spore
Just what purpose these items serve is unclear. They can be acquired by cutting large blue mushrooms found in the Sky Temple and scooping the spores it releases into a Bottle. The in-game description for these items is vague, which implies the item's function could only come into play when doing something else. It is possible Fungal Spores are an item required to upgrade your equipment or an ingredient in mixing potions of some kind.
Items specific to Link's quest in that they hold no real purpose other than to allow one to advance past a certain area, such as boss keys, or something to let you to travel through a specific area that you otherwise could not due to something blocking your way.
- Main article: Bird Statue
The Bird Statue can be obtained during Flight Training at the start of the game. In this mini game, you must use your aerial skills to fly up to a bird holding the statue, and take it from him to win the mini game.
- Main article: Gold Sculpture
You can find the Gold Sculpture inside a Treasure Chest. It must be properly rotated to fit inside an indention in a hole leading to the boss of the dungeon. When it is rotated correctly, it will start to glow.
Piece of the Key
- Main article: Piece of the Key
Collect them all to make a important key needed to advance. (Possibly only of use at the Earth Temple)
- Main article: Small Key
Used to open a locked door.
Something that doesn't really fit anywhere in particular goes here. Things like collectibles, things not important enough to have their own page or too small to have their own page.
- Main article: Goddess's Harp
This Goddess's Harp originally belonged to Zelda. She holds it when she jumps down to Link after his victory in the birdriding competition. Eventually, Link receives this instrument and can play it by pressing up on the D-pad. The harp will have a similar function to the Spirit Flute, Wind Waker, and Ocarina of previous games. Zelda's harp is similar to Sheik's harp in Ocarina of Time. They may be the same or could be based on another.
In the menu screen there are five song slots for this instrument. What those five songs are right now a mystery.
- Main article: Heart Container
These have appeared since the first Zelda game and return in Skyward Sword as the items that increase Link's maximum hearts by 1. They will be acquired after each boss battle as usual, with a gorgeous new ornate appearance. It is incredibly likely that you will be able to acquire more Heart Containers by collected several Heart Pieces in the world, but this is unconfirmed.
Piece of Heart
- Main article: Piece of Heart
Collect a number of them to create a new Heart Container. They are hidden in secret places and in chests, also sometimes the reward for a side-quest.
- Main article: Recovery Heart
The usual method for recovering life returns in Skyward Sword. These can be received from enemies, pots, jars, and grass, and fill up one heart each. They can be pinned to a wall with the Bow as they are floating through the air, though it unclear how useful this will be.
- Main article: Rupee
Rupees are the standard currency of the Zelda world and return in Skyward Sword. So far 6 different colors of Rupee have been confirmed to appear in Skyward Sword, which is green, blue, yellow, purple, white, and red. It is likely they provide the same amount of Rupees as always, and if this is the case then Green Rupees shall be worth 1, Blue Rupees will be worth 5, yellow will be worth 10, Red Rupees will be worth 20, and purple will be worth 50. White however, is new to the series, and its value is unknown. also, orange and silver rupees might make a return, but it is unknown. It is also probable that white may be the silver rupees.
- Main article: Goddess Cube
You can find these spread throughout the land below. Striking them with a Sword Beam will cause them to rise into the sky where you can claim them for yourself. The locations of the raised Goddess Cubes/Chests can easily be found on the map while riding your bird.
- Main article: Bugs
Bugs are going to be caught throughout the game using the Bug Catching Net and can be used to upgrade Link's potions.
- Main article: Upgrade System
Skyward Sword is going to have an intricate upgrade system in the game where Link uses items he gets from killing enemies and exploration as well as his hard-earned rupees to make his items better throughout the game. Most items are up-gradable. To upgrade your item you have to see the Junk Shop owner located in the Bazaar in Skyloft.