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Breath of the Wild: How to Get the Master Sword

Here's our complete Zelda Breath of the Wild essential tips and tricks, including a beginner's guide to get you up and running in Hyrule.

Tracking down the Master Sword in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is no easy feat, as is upgrading the weapon itself. In this Zelda Breath of the Wild Master Sword guide, we'll be walking you through how to get the Master Sword in Breath of the Wild as easily as possible, which involves the Great Deku Tree.

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How to Get the Master Sword in Breath of the Wild

To get the Master Sword in Breath of the Wild you will need to head to the Lost Woods. It can be found North of Hyrule Field. You'll need to speak to the Great Deku tree in this area, and pull the sword out of the ground, King Arthur style.

Getting to the Master Sword in Breath of the Wild isn't as simple as it looks

How to Get to the Lost Woods

The Lost Woods are surrounded by a mist which will teleport you back to where you started gliding if you glide in. Instead of jumping from the nearby tower, look for the road leading to it and walk or ride up naturally.

How to Get through the Lost Woods

The Master Sword in Zelda: Breath of the Wild is found by the Great Deku Tree in Korok Forest, behind the Lost Woods. This is found north of Hyrule Field and west of Death Mountain. You can't simply paraglide in and if you take a wrong direction at any point during the journey through it, you'll be put back at the start. There is a way to solve the maze, though, and it's actually quite simple.

All you need to do in order to make your way successfully through the Lost Woods is to follow the direction your flaming torch embers are blowing. In order to see which way to go you'll need to stop moving, otherwise the embers will trail behind you. Pay close attention to this and you'll find your way through without too much difficulty.

Hello my precious!

The Great Deku Tree guards the Master Sword, and if you try to get your hands on the legendary weapon too early you'll probably fail. The requirement to lift the Master Sword from the ground is simple: have 13 heart containers. This is actual permanent heart containers, so don't think you can cook a nice recipe and give Link a temporary heart buff. That won't work.

How Many Hearts Do You Need to Lift the Master Sword?

13 heart containers is what you'll need to lift the Master Sword. To reach 13 heart containers you'll need to earn ten more than what you start with, which is the equivalent of completing 40 Shrines. If you go down the Shrines and Divine Beasts route, you'll need to complete 24 Shrines and defeat all four Divine Beasts.

Is the Master Sword Worth it?

The Master Sword is rated 30 for Damage, but it deals higher damage against Ganon and all foes that have been affected by the Calamity. When around Guardians and other enemies affected by Ganon, the sword will glow blue and will have its damage bumped up to 60. It's well worth making the effort to get it.

Now you've got the Master Sword, which you've no doubt wanted to use ever since Breath of the Wild was announced, you might just want to run around and hit things. If you want a breather from that, check out how to cook the best recipes in Breath of the Wild. You don't need the Master Sword to kill Guardians, and it doesn't really help you earn rupees quickly.

How to Upgrade the Master Sword

If you seek a greater challenge to unlock the true power of the Master Sword, then head over to our Breath of the Wild Trial of the Sword guide, for how to conquer every round and unlock a nice new ability for the Master Sword.

What to Do if the Master Sword Breaks?

If the Master Sword breaks don't fret! It will only be out of action for 10 minutes before being added back into your inventory. To check how long you have left until it recharges, head into the weapons section of your inventory.

If you're looking for more on Breath of the Wild, be sure to read Nadia's op-ed on why BOTW 2 needs to be as weird as Majora's Mask.. Elsewhere, there's Mike's original review of the game.

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