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EX Trial of the Sword
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Quest Giver ???
Location Korok Forest
Reward Permanently awakened Master Sword
Previous Quest
"The Hero's Sword"

"EX Trial of the Sword" is a Side Quest in Breath of the Wild.[1] It is exclusive to The Master Trials DLC Pack.


To activate this Side Quest, Link must have already pulled the Master Sword from its Pedestal. The overworld of Hyrule Kingdom must also be reloaded, which can be done by Warping, reloading a save file, dying, or leaving an Ancient Shrine. Once this is done, Link will hear the voice of a Sheikah Monk call out to him.[2][note 1] The Monk tells him that the time has come to test his courage,[3] and he is instructed to return to the Korok Forest.[4] Once he is there, he should listen to the words of The Great Deku Tree, at which point he will receive a trial.[5]

Upon approaching the Pedestal of the Master Sword, The Great Deku Tree will speak to Link and remark that the time has come.[6] In sharing the details of the upcoming trial, he reveals that the Master Sword has not yet realized its true power.[7] Through the Trial of the Sword, Link can prove his worthiness of such power, though it will be a challenge unlike any he has faced before.[8] Once Link begins the trial, all of his Weapons and Armor will be taken away, and he will be forced to fight enemies without them.[9] After proving himself, Link will be able to call the Master Sword his own.[10]

Based on Link's appearance, The Great Deku Tree believes he is ready to take on the Trial of the Sword.[11] He instructs Link to place the Master Sword back into its Pedestal to begin the trial.[12]

The Trial of the Sword is divided into three levels: the Beginning Trials, the Middle Trials, and the Final Trials. All three are separate from each other. When Link enters one of the sets, he is greeted by a Monk who presents him with the trial.[13] During the Beginning Trials, the Monk tells him he is not powerful enough to wield the Master Sword's true splendor.[14] To gain it, he must eliminate all obstacles in this trial.[15] Anything he obtains within this realm will be lost once the trial is compelte.[16] Finally, the Monk encourages him to overcome the Trial of the Sword.[17]

Once the Beginning Trials are complete, Link is transported to a room with several Monks. They commend Link for his efforts,[18] allowing him to take back the Master Sword and wield more of its strength.[19]

Once Link takes the Master Sword, he is returned to the Korok Forest. After the Beginning and Middle Trials, The Great Deku Tree takes note of both Link and the Master Sword, saying they look stronger than before.[20] He tells Link to place the Master Sword back in its Pedestal if he wishes for more power.[21]

At the start of the Middle Trials, the Monk greets Link the same, but they tell him that he still needs more power to wield the true splendor of the Master Sword.[22] All other dialogue, including that of the Monks at the end and The Great Deku Tree, remains the same.

The Final Trials also start the same, but this time the Monk tells Link he has almost proven his worth.[23] At the end of the trials, Link is able to approach all seven Monks, who tell him that he has done well.[24] They share that they were the ones who prepared the Trial of the Sword after receiving a vision from Hylia.[25] By overcoming their trial, Link has proven himself worthy of the Master Sword.[26] Now that Link has the power to defeat Calamity Ganon, their duty has been fulfilled.[27] As they fade away, the Monks tell Link to protect Hyrule Kingdom with the power of the awakened Master Sword.[28]

After drawing the Master Sword, Link is once again transported in front of The Great Deku Tree. When Link holds out the sword, it resonates with him. The Great Deku Tree notices his return and recognizes that he is now capable of wielding the Master Sword's full potential.[29] He tells Link that he is now one with the sword and that he will continue to watch over his journey.[30] He believes that Princess Zelda would be pleased with Link's accomplishments.[31] With this, the Side Quest is completed.


Stage Description
1 You heard a mysterious voice that mentioned something about a glorious trial...

What could this trial be? The voice instructed you to speak with the Great Deku Tree at Korok Forest to take on the challenge...
2 According to the Great Deku Tree, the Master Sword's true splendor has yet to be awakened. To do so, you must conquer the Trial of the Sword.

Challenge the Trial of the Sword by placing the Master Sword in its pedestal.
3 You have overcome part of the Trial, allowing you to wield more of the Master Sword's power.

But the Trial of the Sword has yet to be completely conquered... Continue the Trial to unlcok the true splendor of the Master Sword!

4 You have overcome parts of the Trial, allowing you to wield even more of the Master Sword's power.

But the Trial of the Sword continues...Persevere until you have unlocked the true splendor of the Master Sword!
Complete You conquered the merciless Trial of the Sword!

You now have the physical and mental strength necessary to use the Master Sword to its full potential.

Princess Zelda is no doubt quite happy with your achievement.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseEx 剣の試練 (Ex Ken no shiren)
ChinaChineseSIEx 剑之试练 (Ex jiàn zhī shìliàn)
Taiwan, Hong Kong, MacaoChineseTREx 劍之考驗 (Ex Jiàn zhī kǎoyàn)
NetherlandsDutchZwaardproef EX
FranceFrenchEUEX Les épreuves de l'épée
GermanyGermanEX: Prüfung des Schwerts
ItalyItalianLa prova della spada (EX)
South KoreaKoreanEx 검의 시련 (Ex Geomui siryeon)
RussiaRussian«EX Испытание Меча» («EX Ispytaniye Mecha»)
Latin AmericaSpanishLAExtra: El reto de la espada
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See Also


  1. If the DLC Pack is installed after drawing the Master Sword, Link will hear the voice as soon as the game is opened.


  1. "EX Trial of the Sword
    Korok Forest
    " — Adventure Log (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Chosen one... The hero called Link..." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "The time has come. You are now ready to test the limits of your courage." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "At the place where you reunited with the Master Sword, the sacred Korok Forest..." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Go there and heed the Great Deku Tree's words. Do so, and a glorious trail will be bestowed upon you." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "Hm? What's this? A voice beckoned you here? I see. So the time has come." — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "I shall now tell you all I know about the arduous trial that awaits you. That sword you have reunited with... the Master Sword...it has yet to realize its true splendor." — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "This trial shall test your courage to ensure you are worthy of this splendor. It is called the Trial of the Sword. It will challenge you as you have never been challenged before." — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "All of your weapons and armor will be sealed away. You must face your enemies without the tools you've come to rely on." — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "Oncr you have tempered your soul and proven your wisdom and courage by completing the Trial of the Sword... the Master Sword shall truly be yours!" — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "...Hm. Unless my eyes deceive me, you seem quite willing to take on this trial. A hero through and through!" — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "Now, Link... Place the Master Sword in its pedestal." — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "To the blade's chosen hero... In the name of the Goddess Hylia, I offer the Trial of the Sword." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "You presently lack the power necessary to wield the true splendor of the Master Sword..." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "You must fortify your mind, body, and soul by eradicating all obstacles that appear in this realm." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "In this illusory realm of sacred mystery, anything can happen... All that you obtain here will be lost upon your return to the reality you know." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "Chosen hero of the Master Sword... Overcome the Trial of the Sword and claim the blade's true splendor!" — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "To the one chosen by the sacred blade... I commend your efforts in this trial." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "You are now strong enough to wield more of the Master Sword's power than ever before. Courageous hero... chosen by the blade... Take hold of the Master Sword." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "Ah. You have finally returned. You look stronger than when I last saw you... The Master Sword you wield is now more powerful than before." — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "If you desire still more power and wish to retry to blade's test... once again place the Master Sword into its pedestal." — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "You must acquire still more power to wield the true splendor of the Master Sword..." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "You are nearly worthy of wielding the true splendor of the Master Sword..." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "You have done well... The depth of your heroism is beyond question." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "We are the ones who prepared this trial, following a revelation from the Goddess Hylia." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "To the one who has overcome the Trial of the Sword...you have proven your hand worthy of the legendary Master Sword." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  27. "Now that the hero has gained the power necessary to combat the Calamity, our sacred duty has been filfilled." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  28. "Chosen hero... with the awakened Master Sword, now boasting its true splendor... protect the kingdom of Hyrule... for now and for always..." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  29. "Ah. So you have finally returned. Your mind, body, and soul are now ready to wield the Master Sword at its full potential. You never fail to impress!" — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  30. "Now you are truly one with that sword of yours. I must say, its sacred glow suits you well. As ever, I shall watch over your journey from here..." — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
  31. "The princess... I am certain Hyrule's princess is pleased with your accomplishment as well..." — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)