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The Master Sword,(ALttP | OoT | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | TP | SS | ALBW | NL | HWAoC) also known as the Blade of Evil's Bane,(ALttP | OoT | TWW | TP) the Legendary Sword,(BotW) the Sword of Legend,(BotW) the Master Sword of Resurrection,(BotW) the Sword that Seals the Darkness,(BotW) and the Sacred Sword,(HW) is a recurring legendary Sword in the The Legend of Zelda series.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Abilities
- 3 Appearances
- 4 Discrepancies
- 5 Other Appearances
- 5.1 Ancient Stone Tablets
- 5.2 A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
- 5.3 Super Smash Bros.
- 5.4 Animal Forest
- 5.5 Super Smash Bros. Melee
- 5.6 Soulcalibur II
- 5.7 Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- 5.8 Nintendo Land
- 5.9 Mario Kart 8
- 5.10 Hyrule Warriors
- 5.11 My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess
- 5.12 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
- 5.13 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- 5.14 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- 5.15 Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Nomenclature
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
The Master Sword was originally crafted by the goddess Hylia as the Goddess Sword, and was later forged into the Master Sword by the Goddess's chosen hero and its spirit, Fi, who bathed it in the three Sacred Flames located across the land that would become the Kingdom of Hyrule. Din's Flame in particular imbued the sword with the Power to Repel Evil, a power augmented after the Sword received the blessing of Zelda, which transformed the blade into the True Master Sword. It is usually the only sword that can defeat Ganon in the games it appears in.
The Sword is often seen to choose or accept its master by its own will, always a hero who has gone through great trials that test his courage, wisdom and power to prove him worthy of wielding it. This may be the conscious choice of the sword's spirit, Fi, who sleeps eternally within the sword and only assists her heroic master.
When the Master Sword was first introduced in artworks of A Link to the Past, the Sword's grip was red and its cross-guard yellow (in-game, both the grip and guard are red). However, in its pedestal, the Master Sword has a purple grip and blue guard. Its most conventional appearance was clearly defined in Ocarina of Time, with the purple grip and purple guard, though in subsequent games and the re-release of Ocarina of Time 3D, the purple has become more blue or indigo. In The Wind Waker, the grip and guard are royal blue as opposed to a deeper color. For the rest of the games, the Master Sword is a bastard sword with a narrow ricasso and a wide, shallow fuller that runs almost the entire length of the blade, although in some appearances it has no fuller at all. The Triforce can be seen engraved in the lower part of the blade and yellow gemstone is embedded in the cross guard. It is seen in The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword that the state of the gem and the cross guard are indicative of the sword's awakening and power. When Link acquires the unawakened Master Sword in The Wind Waker and the first form of the Master Sword in Skyward Sword, the gem in its cross guard is dark and the guard is retracted toward the grip. Once the Master Sword has been restored to its full power in both games, its cross guard regains its winged form and the gem its yellow color.
The Master Sword's most known ability is the power to vanquish evil. Infused with the sacred flames provided by the Golden Goddesses and blessed with Hylia's power, the sword is effective even against evil ones possessing the Triforce. However, in order to keep the power to repel evil intact, two Sages, known as the Sage of Earth and the Sage of Wind, are in charge of praying to the gods and thus infuse the Master Sword with the gods' power. Should something happen to these Sages, the Master Sword will weaken and lose its might to combat evil.
The sacred blade is also capable of destroying magical barriers and breaking curses that involve powerful, dark magic. In addition, it has the ability to lock away the remains of a demon. The Master Sword can also unleash Skyward Strikes by channeling heavenly energy. Even when low on power, the Master Sword can unleash Skyward Strikes through the use of lightning when it strikes the blade.
Only the true hero that is "pure of heart and strong of body" is capable of wielding the sacred blade, and as such, those with tainted hearts cannot even touch this powerful sword. If a hero who is too young to bear the title that comes with the Master Sword withdraws this blade from its pedestal, the Master Sword will seal away the hero's soul and awaken him when the bearer comes of age to wield it. However, if someone that is weak attempts to draw the Master Sword from its pedestal, they will lose their life.
The Master Sword also acts as a key to gain entrance to the Temple of Light. If the Master Sword is retrieved from its pedestal in the Temple of Time, the portal to the Sacred Realm will open, eventually leading to the Triforce. Additionally, the bearer of the sword can travel through time to some extent by simply thrusting the Master Sword into the Pedestal of Time. The hero is able to travel backwards and forwards through the seven years of his life that were lost when he was kept in the Sacred Realm until he was old enough to hold the sword.
Even in its final form, it is seen in A Link to the Past that the Master Sword can further be improved by smithing or magic means. However, after its task is accomplished and the sword returned into its pedestal, it will regain its original shape.
The Legend of Zelda
The Master Sword does not appear in The Legend of Zelda. However, a sword closely resembling it can be seen on an artwork referring to The Legend of Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America Inc..
A Link to the Past
The Master Sword in A Link to the Past is the legendary blade that rests in the Lost Woods of northwestern Hyrule in a pedestal with ancient Hylian inscribed on it. The ancient text says the hero with three symbols of virtue will wield it on cataclysm's eve, reading: "The Hero's triumph on Cataclysm's Eve wins three Symbols of Virtue. The Master Sword he will then retrieve, keeping the knights' line true."
In order to defeat the evil wizard Agahnim that has taken over Hyrule Castle, Link must obtain the Master Sword. However, before the young hero can wield it, he must first acquire the three Pendants of Virtue that are scattered throughout the land. After doing so, he retrieves the sacred blade from the Pedestal of Time within the Lost Woods. With it, he is able to destroy the electrical barrier that Agahnim had placed in the upper floor of Hyrule Castle. With the Master Sword in hand Link manages to defeat Agahnim twice in the game and, eventually, Ganon. With Hyrule safe from evil, Link places the Master Sword back in its pedestal, never to be used again.
The Master Sword is twice as powerful as the Fighter's Sword and has a longer reach. When at full health, the Master Sword will also fire a Sword Beam when swung. In A Link to the Past & Four Swords, the Master Sword can also break Signs.[verification needed]
During the course of the game, Link can upgrade the Master Sword. Its first upgrade is the Tempered Sword, which is acquired when the Dwarven Swordsmith is reunited with his partner on the outskirts of Kakariko Village. In the tempered shape, the Master Sword is two times stronger than its standard form, has a glowing orange blade and makes a deeper swing sound as opposed to the usual slash sound. Its second and last upgrade is the Golden Sword, acquired by giving the Master Sword or Tempered Sword to the Cursed Fairy in the Mysterious Pond of the Dark World within the Pyramid of Power. In the golden shape, the Master Sword is four times stronger than its standard form, killing almost any enemy in one hit, has a golden blade and green hilt, has the ability to break jars and skull jars, and also make a deeper swing sound like the tempered form.
Ocarina of Time
Ten years after the Unification War in which a young Hero of Time is left an orphan in Kokiri Forest, he is sent out on a great quest to help him combat the Gerudo thief known as Ganondorf. To retrieve it from its pedestal, Link must collect the three Spiritual Stones, and play the "Song of Time" on the Ocarina of Time in front of the Door of Time to open the chamber where it is sealed. Only the one worthy of the title of the Hero of Time can draw the Master Sword; however, since Link was too young to bear such a title, the sacred blade sealed his spirit away in the Chamber of Sages until he came of age to be the Hero of Time. Additionally, because the Master Sword serves as a gateway between Hyrule and the Sacred Realm, Ganondorf was able to access the Temple of Light and steal the Triforce after Link pulled the sword from its pedestal.
After clearing the Forest Temple, Link can travel back to his original time by placing the Master Sword in the Pedestal of Time. This becomes necessary as the young hero journeys to awaken the remaining five Sages. Similarly, he can travel seven years into the future by simply taking the sword from its pedestal. Eventually, the young hero confronts the King of Evil and is able to defeat him with the power of the Master Sword along with the help of the Seven Sages. Princess Zelda feels guilt for the Hero of Time having lost his childhood just to save Hyrule and sends him back in time to relive the days he missed and thus creates a new history. Following this, Princess Zelda returns the Master Sword to the Pedestal of Time and sealed the entrance to the Sacred Realm.
Oracle of Seasons
The Master Sword makes a reappearance in Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, fittingly as the most powerful sword in the game. The only way to unlock the Master Sword is to have finished one of the games, and to have started a Linked Game on the opposite game. When a certain Secret in the game is found and told to Farore, she will upgrade the Noble Sword Link currently holds into the Master Sword. However, if Link still has the Wooden Sword, the Wooden Sword will become the Noble Sword, and the Master Sword will be found where the Noble Sword would have been.
The Master Sword in these games is not the actual Sword itself, but simply the Noble Sword upgraded so its power is similar to that of the Master Sword.
To get the Master Sword, find the Old Woman in South Lynna who will tell the Clock Shop Secret. She instructs the player to dig around the Clock Shop located in Holodrum. The old man inside will ask the player to play a game wherein 12 beasts must be beaten within 30 seconds.
If Link discovers the King Zora Secret after completing the Trading Quest, a Zora in Hero's Cave will reward him with the Master Sword. However, if Link has already completed the Trading Quest, then the legendary blade will be found resting in its pedestal in the Lost Woods of northwestern Holodrum.
Oracle of Ages
If Link discovers the Clock Shop Secret after completing the Trading Quest, the legendary blade will be given to him by the Old Woman in South Lynna. However, if the Secret is discovered before the Trading Quest is complete, then, the Old Zora who lives at the Coast of No Return will give him a broken sword, which Link has to take to Patch on top of Restoration Wall, for repairs. If the ceremony is successful, Patch will restore the broken blade. This will give Link an upgraded version of his sword, depending on what he had when the ceremony began. If Link has the Wooden Sword, Patch's restoration will give him the Noble Sword. If Link has the Noble Sword, the restoration will give him the Master Sword.
To obtain the Master Sword if Patch repairs the broken blade into the Noble Sword, you will need to use the Clock Shop Secret given to you by the Old Woman. Take her secret back to Oracle of Seasons, obtain the Master Sword in that game, and you'll get a new secret. This secret can be given to Farore in Oracle of Ages, and now you'll have the Master Sword.
The Wind Waker
The Master Sword is predominately referred to as the Blade of Evil's Bane in The Wind Waker's legends and lies in a hidden chamber in Hyrule Castle, deep beneath the waves of the Great Sea. With the Master Sword resting in the Pedestal of Time, the sacred blade serves as a key to seal away Ganondorf's magic, keeping Hyrule frozen in time and all those who inhabit it. However, the Master Sword's use as a key to lock evil away is broken when a young Link unknowingly draws the blade under the direction of the King of Red Lions. In doing so, he unwittingly awakens Ganondorf's army from their ancient slumber and also allows Ganon to use his magic again.
Later, Link learns that since Ganon murdered the Sages of Earth and Wind, Laruto and Fado respectively, the Master Sword's edge has dulled and its Power to Repel Evil has faded. As such, Link must awaken the two new Sages in order to regain that lost power. It is then explained that those Sages are necessary in order to pray to the gods for the Master Sword and the Hero who wields it, to restore its edge, and to keep it glowing with the power to repel evil.
When Link first draws the weakened Master Sword from its pedestal, its guard is curved into the blade rather than extending outward as it once did; moreover, the gem that rests at the base of the blade is black rather than gold, and the symbol of the Triforce is missing. As Link awakens the new Sages of Earth and Wind, the Sages return the power to repel evil to the blade: the guard's original position is recovered with the Earth Sage's prayers, and the gem and the Triforce symbol are restored with the prayers of the Wind Sage. When the sword is fully restored, it glows with the power to repel evil, allowing Link to shatter the magical barrier in Hyrule that impedes his path to Ganon's Tower.
After making his way to the top of the tower, Link, with the help of Princess Zelda, fights against Ganondorf using the Master Sword's power. To deal the final blow, the young hero thrusts the sacred blade into Ganondorf's forehead, which causes the King of Evil to completely turn into stone. Hyrule is then flooded by the wishes of the King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, leaving the Master Sword impaled in Ganon's skull as the forgotten kingdom is destroyed by the waves.
The Master Sword in Twilight Princess is located deep within the Faron Woods in the Sacred Grove, which are the ruins of the Temple of Time. The blade is said to have once been held by the Legendary Hero.
When Link is permanently turned into a wolf by Zant's magic, Princess Zelda mentions that the Master Sword is the only relic that can break the curse placed on him. Link then ventures to the Sacred Grove and draws the blade from its pedestal, allowing Link to return to his Hylian form.
The Master Sword in this game also allows Link access to other numerous hidden temples later in the game, such as the Temple of Time. When Link goes through the Door of Time in the Sacred Grove, he travels back to when the Temple of Time stood tall and before it fell into ruin. Here, Link can briefly thrust the Master Sword in the Pedestal of Time, making a set of staircases appear that lead to an unexplored area of the temple that serves as one of the game's dungeons. The sword's initial locations marks a link between A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time, as it resides in the temple's ruins, a place that is notably similar to the sword's resting place in 'A Link to the Past'.
The sword is, in comparison with the shield and the overall height of Link, considerably bigger than in the other 3D releases. Regardless, the general design is consistent throughout them all.
In the Palace of Twilight, Link fuses the Master Sword with the power of the Sols. This Light-Infused Master Sword enables Link to defeat most monsters of Twilight in a single blow. The sword is also capable of clearing away the Dark Fog that causes Link to revert back to wolf form. This upgrade is only usable while in the Twilight Realm.
In the final battle against Ganondorf, Link uses the Ending Blow to thrust the Master Sword into Ganondorf's chest, defeating him. During the ending credits, the sword is shown resting in its pedestal in the Sacred Grove.
In Skyward Sword, it is revealed that the Master Sword was originally known as the Goddess Sword, which rested in Skyloft, a floating island above the clouds. After sealing Demise, the goddess Hylia created Fi, an intelligent humanoid spirit who resides in the Sword, and gave it the purpose of assisting her chosen hero throughout his journey. Eventually, in order to open the Gate of Time at the Sealed Grounds, Impa explains to Link that he must seek out the three Sacred Flames and purify the Sword into their heat. Each time Link bathes the Goddess Sword in one of the flames, the Sword is empowered and is physically altered, with Din's Flame tempering the Goddess White Sword into the Master Sword and giving it the power to repel evil. Although it is in the same incomplete state as in The Wind Waker, it holds a sacred force of "tremendous power" considered to be a divine power that was left by the gods of old, and it is also capable of activating the Gate of Time.
In the past, Link's Sword is then blessed by Zelda to become the True Master Sword. Once blessed, it possesses the Light Force. In the form of the True Master Sword, the damage dealt by a sword strike increases threefold, and the Skyward Strike charges much faster and is colored blue. The Sword's appearance also slightly changes, similar to The Wind Waker: the cross-guard extends outwards and turns into a brighter shade of purple, the blade takes on a slight bluish luster, and the gem and the Triforce symbol are restored. Additionally, if looked at closely when it is in a hilt, or placed in the pedestal in the post-battle cutscenes, the guard forms the shape of a blue Loftwing, with the gem as the beak, and gold detailing as the talons. The Master Sword is used to defeat Demise, whose "residual consciousness" is absorbed into the Master Sword and is sealed away before promising that an incarnation of his hatred would haunt those with the Spirit of the Hero and the blood of the Goddess. Link then relinquishes the Sword into a pedestal in the Sealed Grounds and, thereafter, Fi enters the Master Sword to sleep forever.
A Link Between Worlds
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The Master Sword in A Link Between Worlds is the same legendary blade from A Link to the Past, which is once again found inside of the Lost Woods, presumably having been left there by the Link from A Link to the Past. Much like in A Link to the Past, the Master Sword is obtained by collecting the three Pendants of Virtue. One of the Pendants is given to Link by Princess Zelda, and the others are found in the Tower of Hera and the House of Gales. The Master Sword is the only thing that has the power to break the Barrier surrounding Hyrule Castle, which is necessary for Link to face Yuga atop the Castle, and subsequently travel to Lorule for the first time. When obtained, it replaced the previously-used Forgotten Sword.
The Master Sword can be upgraded twice by collecting pieces of Master Ore hidden throughout Lorule. By taking the Master Sword to the Blacksmith in Hyrule with two pieces of Master Ore, he will upgrade it to the Master Sword Lv2. The Master Sword Lv2 is twice as powerful as the standard Master Sword and has a tempered, red blade, making it almost identical to the Tempered Sword from A Link to the Past. When Link collects the remaining two pieces of Master Ore and takes them to the Blacksmith in Lorule, he will upgrade the sword again to the Master Sword Lv3. This final upgrade of the Master Sword is again twice as powerful, making it eight times as powerful as the Forgotten Sword. It also has a golden blade, making it almost identical to the Golden Sword from the A Link to the Past.
Despite its increased strength, the Master Sword Lv2's Sword Beam does the same base amount of damage as the Master Sword. The StreetPass Shadow Links and Gramps, the elderly man in Kakariko Village, are able to wield the Master Sword Lv3. The former can be attributed to the Shadow Links being mere shades, but no explanation is given as to why Gramps can wield the sword.
Breath of the Wild
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Link is told by Impa and Kass about a previous Hero who wielded the Master Sword ten thousand years prior to the events of Breath of the Wild and sealed Calamity Ganon away within Hyrule Castle using the Sword's power. The Master Sword was also wielded by the Link in Breath of the Wild one hundred years before the return of Calamity Ganon. During Link's first Recovered Memory, "Subdued Ceremony", the royal speech that Princess Zelda recites states that the Sword is bound to the Hero of Hyrule and always aided him whether "skyward bound", adrift in time, or steeped in the glowing embers of twilight." In Link's third Recovered Memory, "Resolve and Grief", Zelda asks Link if he can hear the Master Sword speaking to him. During Link's 17th Recovered Memory, "Zelda's Awakening", Link is greatly wounded and the Master Sword is in poor condition. After Zelda awakens her sealing power to save Link from a Guardian Stalker, Link collapses in exhaustion. The Master Sword speaks to Zelda, informing her what she must do to save Link and Hyrule. After putting Link in the Shrine of Resurrection for his one hundred year slumber, Zelda takes the Master Sword to its pedestal in Korok Forest and instructs the Great Deku Tree to protect it.
After Link awakens one hundred years later, the Master Sword still remains in Korok Forest beyond the Lost Woods. During his journey, Link hears some rumors about the Master Sword's location and in order for him to obtain it, he must reach the entrance of the Lost Woods. Upon reaching the Lost Woods, Link has to walk a certain path that leads to the Korok Forest. The Master Sword rests on its pedestal at the center of Korok Forest and is revealed to Link that if a person who is deemed weak attempts to draw the Master Sword from the pedestal, they would surely lose their life. Link must have at least 13 hearts to be able to draw the blade from its resting slumber.
The Master Sword has a base strength of 30 damage; however, its holy power is awakened in the presence of evil. While Link is inside a Dungeon or near Guardians or Malice, the blade glows with a blue aura. In this state, the Master Sword's power is doubled to 60. Unlike all other Weapons, it runs out of energy temporarily after a certain amount of uses instead of breaking. It is unusable in this state and will regain its energy after ten minutes. While in the awakened state, the Master Sword's energy lasts much longer, enduring approximately 11,400 damage before needing to recharge. Also unlike most other weapons, the Master Sword cannot be thrown. Instead, it can fire a Sword Beam when the 'R' button is held and released if Link has full health. The Beam inflicts 10 damage on enemies and the range is increased by the total amount of Heart Containers Link has obtained. Firing a Sword Beam will also slightly reduce the Master Sword's durability. The Sword Beam appears and functions like the Skyward Strike from Skyward Sword, with Link sending off a blue disc of energy from the Master Sword after charging it in the air. After completing the Trial of the Sword from the first DLC pack, the Master Sword will be awakened permanently and using the Sword Beam will no longer affect its durability.
Sequel to Breath of the Wild
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The Master Sword is set to appear in the Sequel to Breath of the Wild.
Until the release of Skyward Sword, the origin of the Master Sword was never seen and only alluded to in what could be considered legends that were corrupted by oral tradition; mistranslations from Japanese have further clouded the facts. For instance, according to the English manual of A Link to the Past, after Ganon entered the Golden Land and obtained the Triforce, the people of Hyrule forged a Sword resistant to magic, which could even repulse powers granted by the Triforce. The seven Sages searched for one worthy of wielding the Master Sword, but never found such a person, leaving them, with the aid of the knights of Hyrule, to seal away Ganon instead. Although the mistranslated English manual states that the Master Sword was not created until after Ganon invaded the Golden Land, the Japanese manual states that it was forged long before the Imprisoning War. The location of the blade was already forgotten by the time of the Imprisoning War, and no hero was found worthy of wielding it. This notion that the Master Sword was forged to protect the Triforce is supported by the fact that Hylia (The first wielder of the Goddess Sword) was the Triforce's guardian.
Both the English and Japanese manual of A Link to the Past describe that the Master Sword was forged by the people of Hyrule, and not necessarily by the Ancient Sages. It isn't until Twilight Princess that Princess Zelda mentions that the Ancient Sages crafted the Master Sword.
Skyward Sword, which takes place at the beginning of the Zelda Timeline, reveals the complete origin of the Master Sword, revealing that it was forged into its well-known current form from being the Goddess Sword created by the goddess Hylia.
The ending of A Link to the Past claims that the Master Sword "sleeps again, forever" after Link places it back in its shrine in the Lost Woods, but A Link Between Worlds, set after this game, shows Link once again taking up the Master Sword, indicating that this line was merely metaphorical.
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- In The Wind Waker, according to the original Japanese text, the Master Sword was sealing Ganon's minions and not his magic, as can be observed in-game.
- The Master Sword is a signature symbol of The Legend of Zelda series, being displayed in title logos such as in A Link to the Past and appearing as Link's main weapon in other games like Soulcalibur II and the Super Smash Bros. games.
- A weapon known as a Master Sword appears in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, released shortly after A Link to the Past. While it bears the same name and is a powerful weapon, it has a very different appearance to the weapon from The Legend of Zelda series. It also appears in the DS remake, and in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, where its appearance is closer to that of the Zelda blade. It also appears in Fire Emblem Heroes under the ownership of Reinhardt: Thunder's Sword, where it is called "Meisterschwert."
- The Snake Killer from The Frog For Whom the Bell Tolls is quite similar to the Master Sword. The Snake Killer was pulled from the ground in an area called the "Ice Cave", and was necessary to defeat the final boss, Delarin, who was a snake. An ancient tablet regarding the Snake Killer had this inscribed on it: "When thou seeth thy true friend, the golden sword shalt awaken." When the spring bell had rung, and Richard turned back into a human, the Snake Killer begins to glow, and Prince Sable uses the sword to slay Delarin.
- At the end of Skyward Sword, because of the time travel involved, the Goddess Sword and Master Sword exist simultaneously. The Master Sword is within the Sealed Temple while the Goddess Sword is up in Skyloft.
- A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds are the only games in which the Master Sword, already seemingly at its full power (as opposed to its powered-down appearances in The Wind Waker, Skyward Sword, and Breath of the Wild), can be permanently upgraded to deal more damage.
- In Four Swords Anniversary Edition, completing the Realm of Memories unlocks the Master Sword as Link's new sword. However, Link remains divided into four even after obtaining the sword, which implies that this sword is not the same as the true Master Sword, merely an upgrade of the conventional Four Sword. It is interesting to note that the Four Sword's original form, the Picori Blade, greatly resembled the Master Sword.
- In the A Link to the Past manga by Akira Himekawa, it is said that the Master Sword was made by the Sages by instruction of the Gods.
- While the Master Sword can be used in one hand, it is large enough to be used with two hands.
- In Twilight Princess, the gem and round area above the grip of the Master Sword are engraved with boxlike symbols reminiscent of Hylian. In Twilight Princess HD, the symbols were removed from the gem, and the cross guard engravings were replaced with the Latin alphabet represented by equivalent characters from the Greek alphabet. The exceptions are 'j' and 'v', for which there are no Greek equivalents; other characters are used instead.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||マスターソード (Masutā Sōdo) (ALttP | OoT)|
マスターソード(レバル1) (Masutā Sōdo (Rebaru Wan)) (ALttP)
|Same as English.|
Master Sword (Level 1)
|FrenchEU||Épée de légende (BotW)||Sword of legend|
|Modern Hebrew||Master Sword (Skyrim)|
|Italian||Spada Suprema (BotW)|
|Russian||Высший Меч (Vysshiy Mech) (BotW)||Supreme Sword|
|This table was generated using translation pages.|
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- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 131 (ALttP | OoT | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | TP | SS | ALBW)
- "Master Sword" — Monita (Nintendo Land)
- "Master Sword
The Legendary sword that seals the darkness. Its blade gleams with a sacred luster that can oppose the Calamity. Only a hero chosen by the sword itself may wield it." — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
- "Master Sword
The Legendary sword that seals the darkness. Its blade gleams with a sacred luster that can oppose the Calamity. Only a hero chosen by the sword itself may wield it." — Allies (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
- "This mighty weapon became known as the blade of evil's bane, or the Master Sword." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 5)
- "Beyond that, the Blade of Evil's Bane and key to the Sacred Realm (page 24), the Master Sword, sat in the Pedestal of Time." (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 26 (OoT))
- "It is none other than the Master Sword... The blade of evil's bane." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "Our world is one of balance... Just as there is light to drive away darkness, so, too, is there benevolence to banish evil. Head for the sacred grove that lies deep within the lands guarded by the spirit Faron. There you will find the blade of evil's bane that was crafted by the wisdom of the ancient sages...the Master Sword. The Master Sword is a sacred blade that evil can never touch. Evil cloaks you like a dark veil... and that blade is the only thing that can cleave it." — Princess Zelda (Twilight Princess)
- "Everyone knows the hero of Hyrule wields the legendary sword! You don't have it!" — Aliza (Breath of the Wild)
- "I take it you're looking for the fabled sword of legend too?" — Rex (Breath of the Wild)
- "This is the Master Sword of Resurrection. It is the Master Sword that you see here in the game logo, with a flower growing alongside it. This Master Sword has a slightly old and battered look to it." — Eiji Aonuma, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Limited Edition - Mr Aonuma unboxing, YouTube (Video), published February 22, 2017, retrieved July 26, 2017.
- "They do indeed... If I recall correctly, it was called the sword that seals the darkness." — Riju (Breath of the Wild)
- "The temple door is open! He who shall wield the Sacred Sword has appeared!" — Ghost Soldier (Hyrule Warriors)
- "Link, the goddess created Fi and the great blade she's a part of for very specific reasons." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
- "All the while, Link continued with his task of tempering the Goddess Sword in the Sacred Flames of the Golden Goddesses. Imbued with the immense, sacred power of the Force, the Goddess Sword was transformed into the Master Sword." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 75)
- "The sacred red flame has imbued your blade with a divine power that repels evil." — N/A (Skyward Sword)
- "You got the Master Sword! The legendary blade with the power to repel evil...once wielded by the legendary hero himself!" — N/A (The Wind Waker)
- "Along your travels you have found wisdom, power, and courage, and for this I shall bless your sword with the goddess's power. May it give you and your sword the strength to drive back the abomination that threatens this land!" — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
- "The goddess has blessed your blade, and the Master Sword has at last achieved its ultimate form! The sword is now imbued with the mythical power to drive back demons, and only Link may wield it!" — N/A (Skyward Sword)
- "It is none other than the Master Sword... The blade of evil's bane. It is the only sword that can banish Ganon from the world above!" — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "But now, at the end of my journey with you, as I prepare to sleep within the Master Sword forever, I experience a feeling I am unable to identify." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- "The fact that the Master Sword lost the power to repel evil suggests to me that something has happened to the sages who infused the blade with the gods' power." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "The sword you hold in your hand is the one and only Master Sword! Now that you possess that blade, you can break the barrier at the castle. [...] Why, that's incredible! How easily it cuts through such dark magic!" — Sahasrahla (A Link Between Worlds)
- "Now that the Master Sword is once again blessed with the power to repel evil, you should be able to break through Ganon's Barrier and enter the tower!" — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "The last remnants of Demise are decaying slowly within the sword." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- "I have confirmed the eradication of the demon king. His residual consciousness has been absorbed into the Master Sword...and is now sealed away." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- "To gather energy from the heavens and charge up a Skyward Strike, point your sword skyward." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- "It was so powerful that only one who was pure of heart and strong of body could wield it." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 5)
- "You got the Master Sword! Only the true hero can wield this legendary weapon!" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
- "The Master Sword is a sacred blade which evil ones may never touch...." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "The blade of evil's bane. Those with evil hearts cannot touch it." — Inventory (Twilight Princess)
- "Only one worthy of the title of "Hero of Time" can pull it from the Pedestal of Time....However, you were too young to be the Hero of Time.... Therefore, your spirit was sealed here for seven years." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "After you opened the door of time, the Master Sword sealed you away in the Sacred Realm..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "The Temple of Light, situated in the very center of the Sacred Realm, is the last stronghold against Ganondorf's evil forces. The Master Sword--the evil-destroying sword that you pulled out of the Pedestal of Time--was the final key to the Sacred Realm." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "The Master Sword is a ship with which you can sail upstream and downstream through time's river... The port for that ship is in the Temple of Time..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "Light filled the Master Sword! Its blade glows with a golden light in the Twilight Realm. With it, you can cut through dark fog!" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
- A Link to the Past ending
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 4
- "Take the three Pendants into the Lost Woods. The Master Sword awaits you there." — Sahasrahla (A Link to the Past)
- "The Hero's triumph on Cataclysm's Eve Wins three symbols of virtue. The Master Sword he will then retrieve, Keeping the Knight's line true." — N/A (A Link to the Past)
- "The only weapon potent enough to defeat the wizard is the legendary Master Sword." — Loyal Sage (A Link to the Past)
- "Not just anyone can use that weapon. Legends say only the Hero who has won the three Pendants can wield the sword." — Sahasrahla (A Link to the Past)
- "AND THE MASTER SWORD SLEEPS AGAIN... FOREVER!" — N/A (A Link to the Past)
- "Oh! Happy days are here again! You found my partner! ... We are very happy now... Drop by here again! At that time, we will temper your sword perfectly!" — Dwarven Swordsmith (A Link to the Past)
- "Hold up the Master Sword and you will get the magic of Ether." — N/A (A Link to the Past)
- "That's right... The Temple of Time is the entrance through which you can enter the Sacred Realm from our world. But the entrance is sealed with a stone wall called the Door of Time. And, in order to open the door, it is said that you need to collect three Spiritual Stones. And another thing you need...is the treasure that the Royal Family keeps along with this legend..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "Only one worthy of the title of "Hero of Time" can pull it from the Pedestal of Time.... However, you were too young to be the Hero of Time.... Therefore, your spirit was sealed here for seven years." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "But, remember... Though you opened the Door of Time in the name of peace... Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves, used it to enter this forbidden Sacred Realm! He obtained the Triforce from the Temple of Light, and with its power, he became the King of Evil..." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "If you want to return to your original time, return the Master Sword to the Pedestal of Time. By doing this, you will travel back in time seven years...." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "When evil rules all, an awakening voice from the Sacred Realm will call those destined to be Sages, who dwell in the five temples. One in a deep forest... One on a high mountain... One under a vast lake... One within the house of the dead... One inside a goddess of the sand... Together with the Hero of Time, the awakened ones will bind the evil and return the light of peace to the world..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "Link! Finish him off with the sword of time, the Master Sword!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "You must lay the Master Sword to rest and close the Door of Time... However, by doing this, the road between times will be closed..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "You got the Master Sword! The legendary blade with the power to repel evil...once wielded by the legendary hero himself!" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
- "In Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, connecting Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages upgrades the Noble Sword, giving it power akin to the Master Sword." (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 83)
- "The item you seek is hidden somewhere in this castle. To find it, you must find the entrance to the basement. But...that entrance has been blocked by a mighty threshold, firmly sealed to prevent evil from ever gaining access." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "By the way, boy... When you drew that sword of yours out of its pedestal... Did you by chance notice how all the monsters frozen in time down there suddenly began stirring again? Do you understand precisely what that means? ...I highly doubt you do. Foolish child. While that sword is indeed the blade of evil's bane, at the same time, it has long played another role... You see, it is also a sort of key... a most wretched little key that has kept the seal on me and my magic intact! By withdrawing the blade, you have broken that seal..." — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker)
- "You cannot defeat me with a blade that does not sparkle with the power to repel evil! What you hold is useless. Go back to the world below, and tell that to the pathetic fools who made this blade! Its power is gone, and its edges are dull!" — Ganon (The Wind Waker)
- "O great hero, chosen by the Master Sword! My name is Laruto. I am a Zora sage. For an age, I offered my prayers here in the Earth Temple, praying that the power to repel evil would ever remain within the Master Sword. And yet... unfortunately, due to Ganondorf's evil designs, the Master Sword you hold has lost this power. After his defeat at the hands of the Hero of Time, Ganondorf was sealed away... but not for all time. He was revived, and he returned to Hyrule in a red wrath. He attacked this temple and stole my soul, knowing that he had to remove the power contained in that enchanted blade. In order to return the power to repel evil to your sword, you must find another to take my stead in this temple and ask the gods for their assistance." — Laruto (The Wind Waker)
- "Link, the power to repel evil is not yet fully awakened. To complete the awakening of the Master Sword, you must go to the Wind Temple for one more prayer. Now, Link... Step into the light behind you and return to the surface. Your next duty is to find the sage of the Wind Temple. I will remain here and continue to pray." — Medli (The Wind Waker)
- "Link, I have fully restored the power to repel evil to your Master Sword. ...And my ancestors are most satisfied. I shall continue praying to the gods here." — Makar (The Wind Waker)
- "The sword accepted you as its master..." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
- "Amazing... The power of the Sols has been transferred to your sword... The guardian deities of my world are on our side, too! You really are the chosen one, Link... A true hero! As long as you have that sword, you should be able to repel the shadows Zant has spread!" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
- "First, she created Fi. She made the spirit that resides in your sword to serve a single purpose: to assist her chosen hero on his mission." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
- "First, you and your sword must grow together. Faron Woods...Eldin Volcano...and Lanayru Desert... A sacred flame is hidden somewhere in each of these lands. Seek them out, and purify your sword in their heat. Only after your blade has been tempered by these three fires will it be fully imbued with the great power for which you search." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- "Master, now that it has been tempered by the last of the sacred flames, your blade has finally revealed its true form. You now hold the Master Sword." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- "There can be no doubt. The sacred flames have purified this blade. Well done, Link. That sword holds tremendous power. That power is a sacred force. It is a divine power left to us by the gods of old. The same power that is spoken of in the Ballad of the Goddess." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- "The True Master Sword, blessed by the goddess Hylia in Skyward Sword, possesses the Light Force that is the source of all life in the world." (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 82)
- ""Their characters become Shadow Link characters in this world. Once they appear you can then battle them."" — Gramps (A Link Between Worlds)
- ""He might be a shadow, but he seems pretty solid to your sword."" — Nintendo, , Official Website for A Link Between Worlds.
- "Whether skyward bound, adrift in time, or steeped in the glowing embers of twilight...The sacred blade is forever bound to the soul of the Hero" — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
- "Legend says that an ancient voice resonates inside it. Can you hear it yet...hero?" — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
- "The sword stands as a test to anyone who would dare attempt to possess it. As you are now, I cannot say whether you are worthy or not... If you sought to free the sword in any sort of weakened state, you would surely lose your life where you stand." — The Great Deku Tree (Breath of the Wild)
- "Master Sword
The Legendary sword that seals the darkness, a blade whose sacred glow can combat the Calamity. Link's triumphs over the Trial of the Sword has awakened its true splendor." — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
- "Suspecting that Ganon's power was based on the Triforce's magic, the people of Hyrule forged a sword resistant to magic which could repulse even powers granted by the Triforce. This mighty weapon became known as the blade of evil's bane, or the Master Sword." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 5)
- "As the Seven Wise Men searched for a valiant person to take up the Master Sword, Ganon's evil army swarmed from the tainted Golden Land into Hyrule and attacked the castle." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 6)
- "However, it could not be assumed that only a good person would get their hands on the Triforce. For that reason, the people of Hyrule were told by the gods to make something that would repulse any evil that may kidnap the Triforce: the blade of evil's bane." (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (JP version) manual, pg. 7)
- "The Sages first had to search for the existence of the Master Sword and a hero to use it." (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (JP version) manual, pg. 7)
- "Master Sword?! I've heard of that legend... The ancient scrolls tell of a prosperous people who once inhabited this land... They created many powerful weapons and hid them throughout Hyrule. The Master Sword was their ultimate treasure... Its blade was specially tempered to resist evil power, or so I've heard... Now, it is sleeping deep in the forest known as the Lost Woods!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 6)
- "It's no use fighting Agahnim with an ordinary sword! You need the Master Sword of legends past!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 17)
- "Yes... I am INDEED Sahasrahla! But you... You are just a BOY... I cannot believe a youngster like you is looking for the Master Sword! Not just anyone can use that mighty blade!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 12,13)
- "Link, do not put all your trust in the Master Sword! Even its mighty magic cannot harm Agahnim's body!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 10)
- "What are you saying?! It's my only chance! Huh?! Then it's true?!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 10)
- "Link:I...I can't move!!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 14)
- "Hummph... The puny fool's rage is somehow being channeled by the Master Sword! He and the sword are as one!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 2)
- "Link, listen! Agahnim's magic is like a double-edged sword... The Master Sword was also forged to repel evil magic!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 4)
- "It can defend as well as attack? I have you now, Agahnim! Your own evil energy will be the end of you!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 4)
- "And as the centuries pass, the legendary Master Sword lies waiting in the depths of the Lost Woods, waiting for the time when disaster again befalls Hyrule..waiting to call a hero to arms." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 15)
- "Link's most familiar and well-balanced weapon." — N/A (Soulcalibur II)
- "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch includes all-new gameplay features like motion controls for combat and lockpicking, outfits and gear from The Legend of Zelda, plus additional loot unlocked from compatible The Legend of Zelda Amiibos. Take down enemies with the Master Sword, protect yourself with the Hylian Shield or look heroic in the Champion’s Tunic. Skyrim also includes all official add-ons – Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn." — The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Nintendo Switch, The Elder Scrolls Official Site, published June 12, 2017, retrieved June 12, 2017.
- "The Champion's Tunic, the Hylian Shield, and the Master Sword can be acquired by tapping a compatible Legend of Zelda amiibo figure. Or, you can always seek out these treasures as you explore the vast world." — Nintendo, Nintendo Direct 9.13.2017, YouTube (Video), published September 13, 2017, retrieved September 13, 2017.
- "その剣は、魔を撃退する退魔の剣 であると同時に、 我が魔族を封じていた、いまいましい封印 そのものなのだよ！" — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker, Japanese version) (Translation by jacensolo06)
- "The King called the 7 Sages and the Guardian Knights to seal the origin of the evil flow. Then, the Sages, by a divine message from God, created the sword that could repel the power of the Triforce being controlled by evil. The Master Sword was made." — Sahasrahla (A Link to the Past (Himekawa))
- A Link to the Past manual, pg. 7
- Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 152
- Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1 (Shogakukan 1) pg. 21
- "THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
אחרי שזכה במעל ל-200 תארי "משחק השנה", Skyrim מגיע לקונסולת ה-Nintendo Switch.
הרפתקת העולם הפתוח מאת Bethesda Games, בה אפשר להיות כל אחד ולעשות כל דבר, כעת הולכת איתכם לכל מקום – בבית ובדרכים! כעת עם פיצ'רים חדשים כמו שליטת תנועה, ציוד המבוסס על סדרת The Legend of Zelda ותמיכה ב-Amiibo.
הדרקונים, שאבדו בספרי ההיסטוריה, חזרו כעת והעתיד של סקיירים תלוי על בלימה. בתור Dragonborn, הגיבור שנחזה כי יוולד עם כוחות הדרקונים וישא את "הקול", אתם היחידים שיכולים לעמוד מולם.
חיו חיים אחרים, בעולם אחר – הילחמו בדרקונים עתיקים, חקרו הרים מלאי מסתורין, בנו בית או התמחו במאות נשקים, יכולות וכשפים. בפעם הראשונה – הילחמו עם ה-Master Sword, הגנו עם ה-Hylian Shield ולבשו את ה-Champion’s Tunic – מתוך המשחק The Legend of Zelda.
המשחק כולל גם את התוספות הרשמיות של המשחק: Dawnguard, Hearthfire ו-Dragonborn" — Nintendo, THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM - משחקים ל-Switch, Official Israel Site, published n.d., retrieved May 10, 2019.