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Swords are one of the main weapons of The Legend of Zelda games. It is Link's main offensive weapon in the main series, the Super Smash Bros. series, and the GameCube version of Soulcalibur II. There are several enemies with a specific variant that carries a sword around, such as Sword Moblins. Characters with a sword are usually also equipped with a shield as their defensive weapon. In many games, Link starts out with a weak sword but acquires a more powerful one later on, usually the Master Sword. In The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Link begins his journey with a generic sword.
Link's dexterity is often determined by which hand he holds the sword in. Link holds the sword in his left hand in most games except the Wii release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the Master Quest of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, the Hero Mode of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Due to sprite symmetry, he also holds it in his right hand when facing east in many two-dimensional games.
The Legend of Zelda series
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, the sword is given by an old man in the top-left cave from the starting area. If Link has enough Container Hearts, Link can also find and obtain the White Sword and Magical Sword, which are each twice as strong as the previous sword. Like all swords, it is capable of sword beams.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- Main article: Magical Sword
In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, the sword that Link has equipped the entire game is the Magical Sword.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the sword (also called the Fighter's Sword) is received by Link's uncle in Hyrule Castle along with the shield. It is replaced by the Master Sword during the course of the game, which itself has two upgrades. According to the Nintendo Player's Guide, every Hyrulian Sword is handcrafted by expert swordsmiths.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Link starts his journey having to find his sword (formatted as Sword in the original Game Boy version and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX), which is located at Toronbo Shores. Late into his journey, Link can replace his sword with the Koholint Sword if he goes to the Seashell Mansion with twenty Secret Seashells.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Main article: Kokiri Sword
In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, equipping the Kokiri Sword and Deku Shield will reluctantly stop Mido from blocking the way to the Great Deku Tree.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
- Main article: Kokiri Sword
In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the Kokiri Sword returns as Link's starting sword; however, Link must be in human form in order to use it.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages
- Main article: Wooden sword
In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, the most basic sword is the Wooden Sword.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Main article: Hero's Sword
In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the most basic sword is the Hero's Sword, obtained from Link's Grandma along with the Hero's Shield.
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
- Main article: Smith's Sword
In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, the most basic sword is the Smith's Sword, obtained from Smith.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Main article: Wooden sword
In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the most basic sword is the wooden sword, which is intended as a practice weapon for a brief part of the game. It is soon replaced by the Ordon sword.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
- Main article: Oshus's Sword
In The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, the most basic sword is Oshus's Sword.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
- Main article: Recruit's sword
In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the most basic sword is the recruit's sword.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Main article: Practice Sword
In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the most basic sword is the Practice Sword, which is intended for a tutorial part of the game on Skyloft. Before descending to the surface, Link obtains the Goddess Sword.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Main article: Forgotten Sword
In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the most basic sword is the Forgotten Sword.
Link: The Faces of Evil / Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
- Main article: Smart Sword
In Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, the sword that Link and Zelda use is called the Smart Sword.
In Hyrule Warriors, the 8-Bit Wooden Sword is available as a Hylian Sword as of Ver. 1.2.0. It is paired with a rendition of the original shield and is the functional equivalent of the Magical Sword. In Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, it is no longer a separate weapon and instead replaces the Darkmagic Sword in the "8-Bit Weapons" setting.
Names in other languages
Ken (reberu 1)
LV1 no Ken
|Sword (Zelda no Densetsu)|
Sword (level 1) (Kamigami no Triforce Shogakukan)
LV1 Sword (Inishie no Sekiban)
- ^ a b M. Arakawa. The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past Player's Guide. Page 142.
- ^ Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce Shogakukan guide, Jou volume, page 21.
| The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (DX) (Nintendo Switch)
|Main and supporting
||Link • Marin • Tarin • BowWow • Owl • Flying Rooster • Wind Fish
||Bear Cub • Chef Bear • Christine • CiaoCiao • Crazy Tracy • Dampé*** • Fairy Queen* • Fisherman • Gar and Dion* • Ghost • Grandma Yahoo • Goriya • Great Fairies • Henhouse Keeper • Hippo Model • Kiki the Monkey • Li'l Devil • Madam MeowMeow • Mamasha • Mamu • Manbo • Mermaid • Mr. Write • Old Man Ulrira • Papahl • Photographer** • Quadruplets • Raccoon • Richard • Sale • Schule Donavitch • Shopkeeper • Toucan • Trendy Gamester • Walrus • Witch
||Bee • Bird • Chicken • Fairy • Fish • Fox • Frog • Mini Bow-Wow • Monkey • Mouse • Rabbit • Seagull
||Armos • Ball and Chain Trooper • Ballereen • Beetle • Birky • Blooper • Boarblin • Bomb Trooper • Bombite • Bonewing* • Boo • Buzz Blob • Cheep Cheep • Crow • Cukeman • Dacto • Darknut • Firebat • Ghini • Giant Ghini • Gibdo • Giant Goponga Flower • Goo Specter • Goomba • Goponga Flower • Hardhat Beetle • Helmasaur • Hollow Mimic • Hue Ball* • K.K. Sniper • Keese • Leever • Like Like • Mini Angler • Mini-Moldorm • Mini Zol • Moblin • Octorok • Pairodd • Peahat • Pincer • Piranha • Piranha Plant • Pokey • Pols Voice • Rope • Sand Crab • Sea Urchin • Shrouded Stalfos • Shy Guy • Spark • Spiny • Spiny Beetle • Stalfos • Sword Moblin • Sword Stalfos • Tektite • Three-of-a-Kind • Vire • Voidmaster • Water Tektite • Winged Octorok • Wizzrobe • Zirro • Zol • Zombie • Zora
|Traps and obstacles
||Anti-Faery • Blade Trap • Boulder • Eye Guard • Face Lamp • Flame Fountain • Flying Tile • Giant Bubble • Laser • Lava • Mega Thwomp • Podoboo • Quick Sand • Shadow Link*** • Spiked Thwomp • Stone Elevator • Thwomp • Wallmaster***
||Armos Knight • Avalaunch* • Blaino • Dodongo Snake • Giant Buzz Blob* • Gohma • Grim Creeper and Creeps • Hinox • Hydrosoar • Lanmola • Master Stalfos • Moblin Chief • Rover • Spike Roller • Turtle Rock
||Moldorm • Genie • Slime Eye • Angler Fish • Slime Eel • Facade • Evil Eagle • Hot Head • Shadow Nightmares (Giant Zol Shadow • Agahnim Shadow • Moldorm Shadow • Ganon Shadow • Lanmola Shadow • Death Shadow) • Hardhit Beetle*
||Bomb • Boomerang • Bow and Arrows • Hookshot • Magic Rod • Pegasus Boots • Power Bracelet (Powerful Bracelet) • Shield (Mirror Shield) • Sword (Koholint Sword)
||Blue Clothes* • Compass • Dungeon Map • Fairy • Flippers • Golden Leaf • Guardian Acorn • Heart • Heart Container • Magnifying Lens • Nightmare Key • Piece of Heart • Piece of Power • Red Clothes* • Rupee • Secret medicine • Secret Seashell • Small Key • Stone beak • Toadstool • Trading sequence items (Yoshi Doll, Ribbon, Canned food, Bananas, Stick, Honeycomb, Pineapple, Hibiscus, Goat's letter, Broom, Fishing hook, Necklace/Bra, Mermaid's Scale)
||Tail Key • Slime Key • Angler Key • Face Key • Bird Key
|Instruments of the Sirens
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||Animal Village • Cemetery • East of the Bay • Goponga Swamp • Koholint Prairie • Mabe Village • Martha's Bay • Mt. Tamaranch • Mysterious Forest • Pothole Field • Rapids Ride • Shrine Waterfall • Signpost Maze • South of the Village • Tabahl Wasteland • Tal Tal Heights • Tal Tal Mountain Range • Toronbo Shores • Ukuku Prairie • Yarna Desert
||Level 1 - Tail Cave • Level 2 - Bottle Grotto • Level 3 - Key Cavern • Level 4 - Angler's Tunnel • Level 5 - Catfish's Maw • Level 6 - Face Shrine • Level 7 - Eagle's Tower • Level 8 - Turtle Rock • Wind Fish's Egg • Color Dungeon*
||Crazy Tracy's Health Spa • Henhouse • House by the Bay • Manbo's Pond • Madam MeowMeow's House • Marin and Tarin's House • Old Man Ulrira's House • Quadruplets House • Raft Shop • Richard's Villa • Sale's House o' Bananas • Seashell Mansion • Telephone Booth • Town Tool Shop • Trendy Game • Under the bridge • Village Library • Weird Mr. Write • Witch's Hut
||Ancient Ruins • Camera Shop** • Chamber Dungeon*** • Dampé's Shack*** • Dream Shrine • Faerie Spring • Fishing Pond • Kanalet Castle • Mermaid Statue • Moblin Cave • Warp point • Weathervane • Well
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