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The Sword-Fighting Tournament is an event in The Minish Cap.[2]


The Sword-Fighting Tournament occurs each year at Hyrule Castle during the Picori Festival.[1] The winner of the Tournament is allowed to touch the Picori Blade.[3]

During The Minish Cap, Vaati wins the Tournament in record time,[4] using the opportunity of the award ceremony to shatter the Picori Blade,[5] causing the evil it had sealed away in the Bound Chest to return and plague Hyrule.

Each of the Blade Brothers won the Sword-Fighting Tournament,[6] and the Tournament's only recorded stalemate was between King Daltus and Smith, who participated back in their youth.[7]


  • In the Japanese version of The Minish Cap, the Sword-Fighting Tournament is simply called a "martial arts competition".[8] The term "martial arts" refers to a wide variety of armed and weaponless fighting styles around the world, including sword-fighting.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapanese武術大会 (Bujutsu Taikai)Martial Arts Competition
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  1. 1.0 1.1 "I'm just on my way back from seeing the tournament at Hyrule Castle. Let me tell you! Watching all those sword fights made me hungry!" — Hylian (The Minish Cap)
  2. "Say, wasn't there going to be a sword-fighting tournament at the castle? I wonder who won this year..." — Princess Zelda (The Minish Cap)
  3. "Whoever wins the competition wins the honor of touching the sacred blade." — Minister Potho (The Minish Cap)
  4. "The winner this year was a new face. I've been wondering where he's from. He used some incredible techniques and won the whole tourney in record time!" — Gepper (The Minish Cap)
  5. "Do not interfere with me... As victor, I've earned the right to approach the Picori Blade... I've been waiting for this moment!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
  6. "All of these self trained swordsmen have won the fighting tournament at the Picori Festival before. They see great potential in Link." — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  7. "The king of Hyrule. Reported to have been a fine swordsman, he appeared in the Picori Festival tournament as a youth and fought to a draw with Smith." — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  8. "そういえば お城で 武術大会が あったわね 今年は どんな人が 優勝したのかしら?" — Princess Zelda (The Minish Cap)