How to get the Master Sword in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

The Master Sword on Link's back in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
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The Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Master Sword is the best weapon in the game but, after being broken in the opening minutes, you might be concerned it's lost for good. Don't worry, you can fix the Master Sword and I'll explain where to find it and how to do just that in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom below, as well as how it works once you have it.

WARNING: This guide has been written with the absolute minimum amount of spoilers necessary to explain everything, but a few shots and references to later events have been included where absolutely relevant to the guide.

How to get the Master Sword in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

The Master Sword in Link's inventory in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

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You'll start Zelda Tears of the Kingdom with the unblemished Master Sword and then keep it during the during the Great Sky Islands tutorials, albeit in a broken, reduced form. You'll lose it near the tail end of that sequence and after that, if you want to get it, you'll need to do the following:

  1. Find the memories in all eleven Geoglyphs spread around the map
  2. Find the newly-unlocked twelfth memory in the middle of Rist Peninsula
  3. Get to the head of the Light Dragon
  4. Use stamina to pull out the Master Sword

Clearly there's a lot to do here, so I'll go through it all below - but don't worry, it's worth it. Aside from being an icon of the series, the Master Sword is the best weapon in the game, has a built-in ranged attack, and does huge damage on specific foes - namely, anything associated with Ganon or the Gloom (it'll glow blue when they're close).

Find Geoglyphs and Dragon Tears to find the Master Sword

The map of Geoglyphs in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

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There are Geoglyphs spread across the map, with eleven in total to find. Get them all We've gone into full detail in our Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Geoglyphs guide, so you can use that if you need the help, but are the basics:

  1. The Geoglyphs are spread across the entire map. Looking down from the sky islands or after launching yourself with a fast travel tower is the best way to spot them.
  2. If you're having trouble, you can narrow down their location using the carved map (shown above) at the back of the Forgotten Temple Impa shows you in the ravine between Tabantha Tundra and Great Hyrule Forest (coordinates -0973, 2795, -0092)
  3. Looking down at them, each Geoglyph has numerous teardrop shapes built into the design. However, you're looking for the teardrop that isn't hollow, the one that's a solid shape, not just the empty outline of a tear.
  4. Go to that tear and interact with it to reveal a little pit - and the memory vision inside.

Once you've found all eleven Geoglyphs and the Dragon Tear memories within, a new one will appear in a cinematic - and you've got to find it.

The last Dragon Tear memory in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

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The last Dragon Tear memory is in the very middle of Rist Peninsula, the spiral path on the East coast of the map near the Akkala region (coordinates are 4535, 2143, 0000). There's a shrine right next to it, so if you've unlocked that already, you'll be able to fast travel there. There's no Geoglyph this time, just the Dragon Tear memory out in the open and surrounded by Silent Princess flowers. 

Trigger it, and after the memory you'll see a new dragon appear - a Light Dragon. You need to land on its head.

How to reach the Light Dragon and get the Master Sword

Link stands on the nose of the Light Dragon in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

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The Light Dragon starts to hang around the Akkala region at this point, though after you get the Master Sword it will move randomly across all of Hyrule. The best way we've found to get it is to use the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Skyview Tower in Ulri Mountain, West of the Peninsula, to launch yourself into the air, then glide down onto the Light Dragon's nose, where you'll see the Master Sword waiting for you between its eyes.

How much stamina do you need to pull the Master Sword out?

Link tries to draw the Master Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Master Sword

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Like last time, you need to have levelled up to a certain point to successfully pull out the Master Sword. However, now it's not Hearts and health you need, but Stamina. Specifically, you need at least two full wheels of Stamina, which is the same as five stamina upgrades at the goddess statues. Once you have two wheels you'll be able to draw the Master Sword and make it a permanent addition to your arsenal! Sort of.

Does the Master Sword break in Tears of the Kingdom?

The Master Sword breaks in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

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Yes, like last time, the Master Sword does break in Tears of the Kingdom, or at least "run out of energy". When this happens, it effectively goes into a cooldown, and takes ten minutes to come back. However, it does come back infinitely, and will never break forever - the event in the game's intro is a one-off.

Can you use Fusion on the Master Sword?

Links uses Fusion on the Master Sword in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

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You can Fuse things with the Master Sword, like in the image above, where we mixed it with... er, a cart. Like with regular Fusions, this increases durability, damage and adds different effects. It's also not permanent - Fusions last either until the attached item breaks (which depends on the item itself), or until the Master Sword runs out of energy, which will reset it when it comes back from its cooldown.

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Joel Franey
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