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How to get the Master Sword in Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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The sword that seals the darkness can be yours, for a price

The Master Sword
Polygon via Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild wouldn’t be a proper Zelda game if it didn’t have the legendary Master Sword. The Master Sword is unique in that it doesn’t break like every other weapon in the game.

Instead of shattering and being lost forever, the Master Sword loses energy. After extended use, the Master Sword will run out of energy and will explode as if it were breaking. Instead of being gone, it sits in your inventory and is unusable until it recharges. So how long does it take for the Master Sword to recharge? Just 10 minutes of real time. You’ll get a notification once it’s recharged and usable again.

Now let’s talk about how to get the Master Sword.

WHERE IS THE MASTER SWORD?

Despite its status as “the sword that seals the darkness,” getting your hands on the Master Sword is quite easy as long as you know how to get through The Lost Woods and you meet another requirement.

Once you make it through the center of The Lost Woods, you’ll be greeted by a host of Koroks, you old friend the Great Deku Tree — and of course, the Master Sword itself. All you need to do is grab it from the ground, and it’s yours. Actually before you do that, there is one requirement …

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET THE MASTER SWORD

Getting the Master Sword takes a lot of heart
Nintendo via Polygon

While the Master Sword is sitting there, ripe for the taking, Link can’t just waltz up and grab the sword without a price to pay.

To obtain the Master Sword, you’ll need 13 full heart containers. While it’s easy to get temporary hearts, unfortunately, this will not cut it. You need 10 Heart Containers in addition to the three hearts you start with from the beginning of the game. You can get Heart Containers from beating Divine Beasts or by trading in Spirit Orbs you get from all the Shrines around Hyrule. And if you’ve traded in a bunch of Spirit Orbs on Stamina Vessels, don’t worry: You can actually trade Stamina Vessels for Heart Containers and vice versa.

As you pull the sword from the ground, it will drain Link’s health until he’s an inch from death. Right before dying, Link will pull the sword from the stone and ta-da, you are now the proud owner of the Master Sword!

Now you’re playing with power
Nintendo

The Master Sword also has a neat feature that isn’t immediately obvious. When you have full health, if you hold down the R button, when you release it, Link will throw a wave of energy forward for a ranged attack, just like the old Zelda games.

Getting the Master Sword isn’t as hard as you would imagine, so it’s worth investing the time to get once you have the hearts for it. Have fun sealing the darkness!