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Death Sword

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Death Sword
TP Death Sword art.jpg
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
“This thing just depresses me... Get him down here and introduce him to your blade!”
Midna, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Death Sword[1] is a demonic, skeletal, humanoid goat spirit with an enormous dark sword encountered as the miniboss of the Arbiter's Grounds in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It appears as a prisoner there, and has an askew neck implying it was executed by hanging.

When Link enters its room, it is sealed away while the sword is embedded in the ground, tied with ropes covered in ofuda charms. When Link cuts one of these ropes, the dark power in the sword activates, with it glowing red and burning the rest of the ropes. It then lifts out and seemingly levitates after Link, occasionally swinging or chopping. By using Wolf Link's senses, he can see the spirit itself. Similar to the dungeon's Poes, it is normally incorporeal, but whenever it is recovering its sword from a chop, it glows purple, signifying it can be attacked. Once Wolf Link successfully attacks it, it loses its facial cover, exposing its head, then turns fully solid and visible and floats high up into the air, moving back and forth and occasionally summoning blasts of magenta-colored fog to send at Link. In his human form, Link needs to use a ranged attack on it, after which it will spiral down onto him to slash him with its sword. At this moment, it is vulnerable to Link's sword. If he does not hit it in time, it turns invisible again and needs attacked with Wolf Link again. If he does successfully attack it with his sword, it becomes stunned and can be attacked consecutively, after which it flies back into the air. After three rounds of being attacked by Link's sword, Death Sword is defeated, and it and its weapon turn into a scattering swarm of moths as the room brightens up and the path to the Spinner is revealed.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴベラの剣
Gobera no Ken
Gobera's sword


  1. ^ Hodgson, David S. J., and Stephen Stratton. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess PRIMA Official Game Guide. (page number needed)