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Game(s) Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch
The Wind Waker HD
Twilight Princess HD
Skyward Sword
Skyward Sword HD
A Link Between Worlds
Other media Hyrule Warriors
Feature(s)Increased difficulty

Hero Mode is a recurring mode in The Legend of Zelda series.[name reference needed][1][2][3][4]

Overview

Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch

In Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, Hero Mode is available at the beginning of the game and can be selected upon the creation of a new save file. In it, enemies deal double damage and Hearts do not appear. Mini-Bosses will also not yield Fairies upon defeat. The icon of a monster appears on the game file and on the bottom left corner of the screen when playing in Hero Mode.

The Wind Waker HD

In The Wind Waker HD, Hero Mode is available at the beginning of the game and can be selected upon the creation of a new save file. In it, enemies deal double damage and Hearts do not appear.[5] Hero Mode can be activated or deactivated at any point through the file selection screen.

Twilight Princess HD

In Twilight Princess HD, Hero Mode is available at the beginning of the game and can be selected upon the creation of a new save file. In it, enemies deal double damage and Hearts do not appear. Similarly to the Wii version of Twilight Princess, the entire map is flipped horizontally while in Hero Mode.

Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, Hero Mode is unlocked after completing the game and can be selected upon the creation of a new save file from the previous one.[6] In it, cutscenes can be skipped, enemies deal double damage, and Hearts and Heart Flowers do not appear unless Link is holding the Heart Medal.[7] The current amount of Treasures and Bugs from the previous game are retained. In addition, actions that consume stamina or air will deplete the Stamina Gauge and Oxygen Gauge faster. Furthermore, all the hints from Sheikah Stones are available from the beginning.[8] The battle against the Demon Horde, the third battle against Ghirahim, and Demise can also be fought in the Thunder Dragon's Lighting Round. Finally, the Skyward Strike keeps its powered-up form and, at the point in the game when it would have been powered up, the charge time gets removed completely.

In Skyward Sword HD, the save slot for Hero Mode can be chosen at will, and the Sheikah Stone is not available due to its removal from the HD version. In addition, the ability to skip cutscenes is no longer exclusive to Hero Mode.

A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, Hero Mode is unlocked after completing the game and can be selected upon the creation of a new save file. In it, enemies deal four times more damage. Unlike other games, Hearts appear normally. Additionally, Ravio's Diary can be found inside the Vacant House and a scene after Link deposits the Master Sword in the pedestal, with the sages cheering.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, Hero Mode appears as a difficulty setting for Scenarios in Legend Mode. It is unlocked after completing the original Scenarios in any other difficulty. In higher difficulties, enemies deal more damage and have increased defenses. Bonuses are also given by clearing Legend Mode Scenarios in a higher difficulty, such as an increase in Rupees gained. The Hard Mode Gold Skulltulas, also unlocked after completing the original Scenarios, can only be found by playing through the Scenarios in either Hard or Hero Mode difficulty in addition to fulfilling their other requirements.

Nomenclature

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Language Name Meaning
Canada FrenchCA Mode héroïque (SS)
Mode Héroïque (ALBW)
Heroic mode
Heroic Mode
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Partida héroe Triforce piece.png (SS)
Modo Héroe Triforce piece.png (SS)
Modo Héroe (ALBW)
Hero game
Hero Mode
Hero Mode

Gallery

Video Gallery

The Wind Waker HD Hero Mode trailer

See Also

References

  1. "In Hero Mode, you take double damage and won't be given recovery hearts at any point. This mode is only for the truest heroes!" — N/A (The Wind Waker HD)
  2. "In Hero Mode, the damage you take will be doubled, and no hearts will drop. For advanced players only." — N/A (Twilight Princess HD)
  3. "You can play again in Hero Mode using this save data. Do you want to continue?" — N/A (Skyward Sword)
  4. "Congratulations on completing the game! You can select Hero Mode when you start a new file if you'd like an extra challenge!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  5. "In Hero Mode, you take double damage and won't be given recovery hearts at any point." — Nintendo, WiiU - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - Hero Mode Trailer, YouTube (Video), published August 28, 2013.
  6. "I can see you're playing in Hero Mode, so clearly you've mastered all the puzzles out there before." — Sheikah Stone (Skyward Sword)
  7. "You have elected to engage Hard Mode, so hearts and heart flowers will not appear. I recommend utilizing potions." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  8. "Tell you what, I'm going to go ahead and give you access to all the hints right from the start." — Sheikah Stone (Skyward Sword)