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The Thunder Dragon's Lighting Round is a Mini-Game in Skyward Sword,[name reference needed] which becomes available after giving Lanayru the Life Tree Fruit.


The Thunder Dragon's Lighting Round is, as its name implies, a challenge that Lanayru presents to Link. The objective of the challenge is to either complete all 9 (12 in Hero Mode) boss battles or all of the Silent Realm challenges. In normal mode, Bosses cannot be fought if they haven't been fought already, and Demise can never be fought in normal mode; in Hero Mode, all 12 Bosses are available as soon as the Mini-Game is unlocked, and Demise is also available to fight. However, he will always be fought as the player's final battle in the round, unless he is picked manually at the start. However, the Horde Battle and Ghirahim's third fight can occur at any point.

Boss Battles[]

If Link chooses to replay Boss battles, he must face all of the Bosses in succession of each other without the use of bottled items. The only items Link will be able to use are the items he had at the time he fought each boss and whichever Shield he is currently equipped with, though the effects of the Stamina Potion, Guardian Potion, and Air Potion will persist through the fights, if any of these are consumed before starting the Lightning Round. The potions' bonuses will last until their timer runs out. At the start of the round, the young hero will be able to choose the first Boss battle. Then the Thunder Dragon will choose the next battle depending on how well Link performed in the battle.

The first time Link defeats a given Boss through the Lightning Round, and each time Link beats his record time thereafter, Lanayru will automatically reward him with 50 Rupees. If Link dies, he will only receive the Rupees he has earned by beating his best times.

Battles Won Reward
1 20 Rupees
2 Small Treasure
3 100 Rupees
4 Piece of Heart Triforce piece
5 300 Rupees
6 Rare Treasure
7 500 Rupees
8 Hylian Shield Triforce piece
9 2000 Rupees
10 3 Rare Treasures
11 3000 Rupees
12 9900 Rupees

Silent Realm[]

If Link chooses the Silent Realm challenge, he will have the option of which Silent Realm to start with. The young hero can earn between 5 to 100 Rupees depending on his performance.

Prize Clear Time
Farore's Silent Realm Nayru's Silent Realm Din's Silent Realm The Goddess's Silent Realm
Blue Bird Feather or
Golden Skull or
Goddess Plume
Less than 3:00 Less than 4:15 Less than 6:00 Less than 4:00
100 Rupees 3:00 - 3:45 4:15 - 5:30 6:00 - 7:30 4:00 - 5:15
20 Rupees 3:45 - 4:45 5:30 - 6:45 7:30 - 9:00 5:15 - 6:00
5 Rupees More than 4:45 More than 6:45 More than 9:00 More than 6:00


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 荒修行 (Ara Shugyou) Tough Training
Canada FrenchCA Grand défi du dragon de foudre Thunder dragon's Great Challenge
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Duelo atronador