The iconic Master Sword and Hylian Shield return in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and acquiring them is relatively easy. This guide will walk you through the process and requirements for both of these instantly recognizable items.
How To Get The Master Sword
The Master Sword is a one-handed weapon that is located atop the ever airborne Light Dragon’s head and will need to be extracted from it. The Light Dragon has a two hour long flight loop high up in the skies over Hyrule. Your best bet to come upon it is from the southern tip of Great Sky Island (0420, -1755, 2335). While you wait for it here, the Light Dragon will be clearly visible in the distance from this point, and you can launch yourself off of the edge and glide towards it, either using Tulin to give you a boost, or a Zonai device of your construction.
Before that though, you will need not just one, but two full Stamina Wheels in order to merely pull it out of the Light Dragon’s head, let alone wield it. This translates to five Stamina Vessels, or completing twenty Shrines, which will take some doing. On the plus side, the Master Sword has no limit to its durability, and thus is the only weapon in the game that will not inevitably break. It does still have an energy meter though, and this will have to recharge if used excessively, before you can use it again, just like in Breath of the Wild.
How To Get The Hylian Shield
The Hylian Shield is the single best shield in Zelda TOTK, and is fairly easy to get a hold of early in the game. It is located within the broken ruins of Hyrule Castle.
- Begin by acquiring a cache of Energizing Elixirs or any other recipes you have for Stamina restoration. This is because you will be gliding for a good long while, in order to reach your eventual destination of Hyrule Castle. Next, launch yourself from Lookout Landing Skyview Tower and glide your way over to the north-eastern corner or back right of the castle proper.
- Proceed to the tiny gap (-0139, 1084, 0063) and tunnel that will take you to Hyrule Docks. There is no need to combat the Gloom enemy here–simply wait it out while hiding in the waters nearby.
- This is level two of the docks with the unlit fire pit (-0175, 1155, 0037) and torches. Yep, it is a classic Zelda puzzle, so go ahead and light the fire pit with a Stick or Arrow using the torches, or your own most convenient method.
- That familiar chime will play, and a chest will spawn. Get it open to pick up your very own iconic Hylian Shield.
Unlike the Master Sword, the Hylian Shield can and will break, but only after a very long time.
Acquiring these two items will more or less set you up for success in Tears of the Kingdom, reducing the stress of dealing with durability issues, and giving you the best basis for Fusions with various materials.
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