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Sword
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Master Sword from Ocarina of Time

Games

Every canonical game in the series

Uses

Damage enemies[1]
Reflects certain attacks

The Sword is Link's primary weapon in The Legend of Zelda series. The sword is one of the first weapons Link obtains, the other being the Shield. The Sword is also the most crucial weapon Link obtains, as it is used to defeat most foes he encounters. The Sword is also used to break open pots, trigger switches, and slash grass. In certain The Legend of Zelda games, the sword can be used to detect whether a wall can be destroyed with a Bomb through the hollow clang sound it makes when hitting a suspicious wall. Link holds the Sword in his left hand in most titles; he only uses his right hand in the Wii version of Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. Swords such as the Giant's Knife, Biggoron's Sword, and the Great Fairy's Sword require both hands to hold. Link acquires many different swords along his quests, and he can also learn various sword techniques and skills.

Types of Swords

Basic Swords

Usually the first sword Link obtains. Examples of basic Swords are the Recruit's Sword, Oshus's Sword, Ordon Sword, Wooden Sword, Smith's Sword, Hero's Sword, Kokiri Sword, Practice Sword, and Fighter's Sword.

Legendary Swords

Link often needs a sword stronger than a Basic Sword to defeat tougher bosses or the final boss. Some examples of Legendary Swords are the Lokomo Sword, Phantom Sword, Master Sword, and Four Sword.

Optional Swords

Optional swords include the Giant's Knife, Biggoron's Sword, and the Great Fairy's Sword.

Appearances in games

The Legend of Zelda

There are three swords acquirable in The Legend of Zelda, two of them being available before the first dungeon. Link can fire beams out of the tip of his sword if his heart gauge is full.

First Sword

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The first sword of The Legend of Zelda is appropriately named the Sword. It can be found in the cave on the Starting Screen, where the Old Man gives Link the Sword. It is the weakest sword in the game, but it gets the job done against simpler enemies.

White Sword

Main article: White Sword
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Once Link has six hearts, he can get the White Sword to replace the Wooden Sword. The White Sword does twice as much damage as the Wooden Sword. It is possible to get this blade before the first dungeon.

Magical Sword

Main article: Magical Sword
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The Magical Sword is the final sword in the game. It does three times as much damage as the Wooden Sword, and requires 12 hearts to obtain. It is possible to finish the game with just the Wooden Sword, but getting the Magical Sword makes it much simpler.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Link possesses the same sword throughout The Adventure of Link, though he is able to deal more damage by leveling up his attack power.

A Link to the Past

"Sword
The Sword. It's the most important weapon Link will get. Forged from aged cold steel and sweat, each Hyrulian Sword is handcrafted by expert swordsmiths. A Smithy of particular merit lies to the east of Kakariko Village. The master swordsmiths who work there will be eager to help Link if he helps them first.
"

— Nintendo Power Player's Guide

Link can have four swords in A Link to the Past, though two of them are upgrades.

Fighter's Sword

Main article: Fighter's Sword
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Link gets the Fighter's Sword fairly early on in the game. When Link first arrives in Hyrule Castle, his uncle will give it to him along with the shield, before his passing. It is fairly weak, and does minimal damage against enemies, but it gets the job done.

Master Sword

Main article: Master Sword
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After collecting the three Pendants (The Pendant of Courage, the Pendant of Power and the Pendant of Wisdom) Link earns the right to wield the legendary Master Sword. This legendary blade has twice the power of the Fighter's Sword. It can be upgraded into two more powerful weapons.

Tempered Sword

Main article: Tempered Sword
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The Tempered Sword is an upgrade from the Master Sword. After turning the frog back into a human and reuniting him with his friend, they will temper with Link's sword (hence the name) increasing the power to three times that of the Fighter's Sword.

Golden Sword

Main article: Golden Sword
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After purchasing a Super Bomb from the Bomb Shop in the Dark World, Link can blow up an area in the Pyramid of Power only accessible via this bomb. Inside, Link can throw in his Master or Tempered Sword to receive the final Sword upgrade, the Golden Sword. This blade has twice the power of the Master Sword, or four times the power of the Fighter's Sword, and makes the battle against Ganon much easier.

Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, Link obtains the Sword right after he awakens. It is the only required sword in the game, but it can be upgraded to the Level 2 Sword.

Seashell Sword

Main article: Seashell Sword

Once Link obtains 20 Secret Seashells, he can go to the Seashell Mansion and get the Level 2 Sword. This sword does more damage than the standard sword and can shoot Sword Beams.

Ocarina of Time

There are technically four swords Link can acquire in Ocarina of Time; however, one of them is very fragile, so it breaks.

Kokiri Sword

Main article: Kokiri Sword
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Link gets the Kokiri Sword very early on in the game and keeps it throughout Link's entire childhood. It is very weak, and only does minimal damage to enemies. It is the only sword usable as young Link, and cannot be used by adult Link.

Master Sword

Main article: Master Sword
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After acquiring the three Spiritual Stones, Zelda will throw the Ocarina of Time while fleeing from Ganondorf. This instrument can be used to open the Door of Time located in the Temple of Time where the Master Sword rests. When Link pulls it out of the pedestal, he goes through a seven year sleep, thus becoming an adult since he was too young to be the Hero of Time. The Master Sword does twice the damage of the Kokiri Sword, and is only wieldable by adult Link. Should Link choose to insert the sword back into the Pedestal, he will return to seven years in the past.
The Master Sword is the only weapon that can finish Ganondorf

Giant's Knife

Main article: Giant's Knife
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The Giant's Knife is an extremely powerful blade that is so long, it requires two hands to wield. It is only acquirable as adult Link. If Link blows up the walls on the third tier of Goron City, he will eventually find Medigoron who will sell him this knife for 200 Rupees. If Link swings it at a wall enough, it will eventually break, after which Link can purchase another one for the same price, which will also break.

Biggoron's Sword

Main article: Biggoron's Sword
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Biggoron's Sword is the last sword Link can receive during his journey to save Hyrule. It is tied with the Giant's Knife, see above, power wise, but will not break. It is the best sword in the game. The catch is, like the Giant's Knife, it requires two hands to carry. This means that Link cannot defend with his Shield while wielding this sword. It is given to Link by Biggoron after finishing a long Trading Sequence. It is a rather lengthy side quest, but it is well worth it as Biggoron's Sword does double the damage of the Master Sword.

Majora's Mask

There are four swords obtainable in Majora's Mask: Link's standard 'starting off' sword, and two upgrades. The fourth sword is an equippable item.

Kokiri Sword

Main article: Kokiri Sword
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Link begins his journey through Termina with his old Kokiri Sword. This is the weakest sword in the game, and the only one that it is required. However, it is highly recommended that Link upgrades it. It has two upgrades, and they are as follow: The Razor Sword, and the Gilded Sword.

Razor Sword

Main article: Razor Sword
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After defeating Goht, Link can bring his Kokiri Sword into the Mountain Smithy located in the Mountain Village. If Link pays him 100 rupees, he will sharpen it, upgrading it to the Razor Sword. This sword does double the damage of the Kokiri Sword, but it will break and return to the original after 100 swings. Link can get it re-upgraded as many times as he wants, but it will just keep breaking.

Gilded Sword

Main article: Gilded Sword
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If Link has enough time left in the current three day cycle, he can go to Biggoron for a Powder Keg lesson. Take the Powder Keg he gives Link, and carry it all the way to the entrance to the Mountain Village, but take a sharp right before entering the Village. Blow up the boulders at the top and compete in the Goron Races. Note: This is only available if it is spring. After winning, Link will be given some Gold Dust. Give this Gold Dust to the smithy, who will upgrade Link's Razor Sword into the Gilded Sword. It will not work if Link still has the Kokiri Sword. The Gilded Sword does three times the damage of the Kokiri Sword, and will not break.

Great Fairy's Sword

Main article: Great Fairy's Sword
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The Great Fairy's Sword is the most powerful sword in the game, doing four times the damage of the Kokiri Sword. The catch is that it is an equipable item, meaning Link can not use his shield while handling it. This blade is given to Link by the Great Fairy after rescuing all Stone Tower Temple Stray Fairies.

Double Helix Sword

Main article: Double Helix Sword
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The Double Helix Sword is the sole weapon used by Fierce Deity Link. It shoots a Sword Beam, that can inflict up to eight times the damage of that of the Kokiri Sword

Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages

Wooden Sword

Main article: Wooden Sword

This sword is given to Link by Impa at the start of each game.

Noble Sword

Main article: Noble Sword

Link can get the Noble Sword from several different methods. He can acquire it through the in-game Trading Sequence, or by using the password from a linked game.

Master Sword

Main article: Master Sword

The Master Sword is obtainable in a linked game.

The Wind Waker

There are two swords obtainable in The Wind Waker.

Hero's Sword

Main article: Hero's Sword
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Link gets the Hero's Sword fairly early on, after seeing Tetra fall into the woods on Outset Island. It is fairly weak, but it gets the job done. It is given to Link by Orca after completing his test only after witnessing Tetra's fall.

Master Sword

Main article: Master Sword
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The Legendary Blade of Evil's Bane, the Master Sword makes a return in The Wind Waker. After completing the puzzle in Hyrule Castle, Link can pick it up out of the pedestal in the basement. It does not possess the full power to banquish evil anymore, and must be restored to its original state. Restoring it does not actually increase its power, but it does enable Link to hurt Ganondorf. To restore it, Link needs to receive a prayer from the two Sages that watch over the Earth and Wind Temples (Medli and Makar). Only then can Link use it to finish off Ganondorf by stabbing it through his head.

Four Swords

There is only one sword in Four Swords, and that is the Four Sword. Originally the Picori Blade, this sword has the power to split the hero into four different Links.

Four Swords Adventures

There is only one sword in Four Swords Adventures, and that is the Four Sword. Originally the Picori Blade, this sword has the power to split the hero into four different Links. Once collecting 200 Force Gems in each level, the sword will be filled with the power to repel evil.

The Minish Cap

There are six swords in The Minish Cap, except most of them are upgrades.

Smith's Sword

Main article: Smith's Sword

Link gets the Smith's Sword fairly early. It is given to Link by the King during his first visit to Hyrule Castle. It is the weakest of all the swords in the game, but at least it gets the job done.

Broken Picori Blade

Main article: Picori Blade

This legendary blade was broken by Vaati near the start of the game. Link cannot use it, as it is broken, but the king still gives it to him in hopes that he will get it reforged to restore peace to Hyrule.

White Sword

Main article: White Sword

The first upgrade of the Picori Blade. It is forged by Melari while Link battles through the Cave of Flames. It is twice as powerful as the Smith's Sword.

White Sword (2 elements)

Once Link has obtained the White Sword, he can add elements to it to make it stronger. Link can almost immediately infuse the blade with the power of the Earth and Fire elements, making it slightly stronger. Using the power of this sword, Link can duplicate himself at certain tiles around Hyrule.

White Sword (3 elements)

Link can infuse his blade with the water element after completing the Temple of Droplets, making it slightly more powerful. Link can now split into three copies of himself rather than just four.

Four Sword

Main article: Four Sword

After infusing the power of the Wind element into the White Sword, it becomes the more powerful Four Sword. Link can now charge up beams to shoot out of the tip of his blade, as well as separate into four copies of himself.

Twilight Princess

There are three swords in Twilight Princess, each more powerful than the last.

Wooden Sword

Main article: Wooden Sword

The Wooden Sword is given to Link after Rusl repairs it. It is a very weak sword, taking eight hits to defeat a standard Bokoblin.

Ordon Sword

Main article: Ordon Sword

Part of the gift that was to be delivered to Hyrule, the Ordon Sword is the second sword obtained. It is twice as powerful as the Wooden Sword, and is kept for much longer.

Master Sword

Main article: Master Sword

Making another appearance, the Master Sword is the most powerful sword in the game. It is twice as powerful as the Ordon Sword, and is the only tool that can utterly defeat Ganondorf. It appears to have been made longer in this game. The Wooden Sword makes a return here and Link gets it fairly early on, after Rusl repairs it for him. It is quickly replaced though, by the Ordon Sword once Midna takes Link back to Ordon Village. Eventually, Link acquires the Master Sword after completing the Lakebed Temple. Link eventually places the power of two Sols inside it, enabling it to cut through darkness.

Phantom Hourglass

There are two swords in Phantom Hourglass. They are both required to complete the game.

Oshus's Sword

Main article: Oshus's Sword

Link gets Oshus's Sword from the old man Oshus himself after breaking into his secret storage cage and "stealing" it. It is Link's average ordinary beginner sword: Not to powerful, but usable. It is the weakest of the two swords.

Phantom Sword

Main article: Phantom Sword

Oshus's Sword is replaced by the Phantom Sword much later on in the game. The Phantom Sword is the only weapon able to defeat Bellum, and can be used to defeat Phantoms as well. It is given to Link only as a blade by Zauz after collecting the three Pure Metals. If Link gives Oshus the blade, he will forge it into the Phantom Sword, which is more powerful than Oshus's sword. It has the power to turn back time during the final boss battles.

Spirit Tracks

Like in Phantom Hourglass, there are two swords in Spirit Tracks, also both required to complete the game.

Recruit's Sword

Main article: Recruit's Sword

Link gets the Recruit's Sword from the Knights after he passes the sword test. It is the weakest of the two swords, and is not able to defeat the final boss.

Lokomo Sword

Main article: Lokomo Sword

The Recruit's Sword is eventually replaced by Anjean who gives Link the Lokomo Sword near the end of the game. This blade is more powerful, and is the only weapon that can defeat the Demon King Malladus.

Skyward Sword

There are a variety of swords in Skyward Sword, mostly forged from the Goddess Sword, with one exception.

Practice Sword

Main article: Practice Sword

The Practice Sword is the first sword acquired in Skyward Sword. It is found in a treasure chest in the Sparring Hall. It is mostly used for practice on the logs for knights. It is the weakest sword in the game, and Link does not have it for very long.

Goddess Sword

Main article: Goddess Sword

The Goddess Sword is the second sword acquired in Skyward Sword. After Zelda goes missing, Link will follow the spirit Fi to the Statue of the Goddess, inside which the Goddess Sword is held. This blade is twice as powerful as the Practice Sword, but is still fairly weak.
The Goddess Sword has the ability to create sword beams when raised skyward. This is called a Skyward Strike, and can be used to activate anything with the Goddess's symbol on it. Link keeps this sword for the duration of the first four dungeons.

Goddess Longsword

Main article: Goddess Longsword

The Goddess Longsword is forged from the Goddess Sword. After defeating Koloktos in the Ancient Cistern, Link will encounter Farore's Flame, the first of the three Sacred Flames. Using the power of this flame, the Goddess Sword is able to be forged into this blade, which has twice the power and is slightly longer.

Goddess White Sword

Main article: Goddess White Sword

The Goddess White Sword is an enhanced version of the Goddess Longsword, forged from the Goddess Sword. After defeating Tentalus in the Sandship, Link will encounter Nayru's Flame, second of the three Sacred Flames. Using the power of Nayru's Flame, the Goddess Longsword will be forged into the Goddess White Sword, which has enhanced Dowsing abilities.

Master Sword

Main article: Master Sword

The Master Sword is an enhanced version of the Goddess White Sword, forged from the Goddess Longsword. After defeating Ghirahim in the Fire Sanctuary, Link will encounter Din's Flame, the last of the three Sacred Flames. Using the power of Din's Flame, the Goddess White Sword will be forged into the more powerful Master Sword, which has three times the power of the Goddess Sword.

True Master Sword

Main article: Master Sword

The True Master Sword is the final, and best sword in the game. The Master Sword is powerful, but does not have the power to repel evil. Because of this, Zelda herself will bless the Master Sword with the power of the Goddess Hylia, turning it into the True Master Sword. This sword is the only weapon that can finish Demise, and can load Skyward Strikes much faster.

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References

  1. "Link can use his sword to inflict damage on almost all of the enemy." — The Legend of Zelda Game Manual, pg. 19