Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Guides, Tips, And Tricks Roundup
The Goddess's chosen hero has a lot on his plate. Here's everything you need to know to find all the secrets hidden in the sky and on the surface in Skyward Sword HD.
Like any game in the Legend of Zelda franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is brimming with secrets to find. The game world is huge, spanning both a massive surface world and several floating islands in the sky, and mixed across both are collectibles that can aid you in your journey. While some of those items are hidden in the corners of the world or require you to revisit locations you've already seen once you have new items, you'll also need to interact with the game's various characters and help them solve their problems if you want to reach 100% completion.
Apart from that, though, Skyward Sword is unique among Zelda games because of its original focus on motion controls and other mechanical flourishes. While some of those ideas have popped up in other games, they don't quite come together in the same way as in Skyward Sword--and that means you'll need to develop some new skills to handle the game's control scheme and puzzles. We've put together a whole mess of guides to help you on your quest as the Goddess's chosen hero, covering side quests, Goddess Cubes, Pieces of Heart, and the iconic Hylian Shield.
Don't forget to also check out our Skyward Sword HD review to see how it stacks up to the original Wii version.
Essential Beginner's Tips & Tricks
Skyward Sword requires a different set of skills for Legend of Zelda players, whether you're new to the franchise or a veteran of fighting Ganon. It's also a game that can bog you down in non-essential content, especially early on, that kills the flow of the game. Our tips will get you into your adventure quicker, keep you alive longer, and help you overcome Skyward Sword's unique puzzles and challenges.
Heart Piece Locations
Every Zelda game is littered with collectible Pieces of Heart that allow you to boost your health pool, survive tougher combat, and become a real hero of legend. But those hearts aren't easy to come by, and you'll have to scour the world to locate them all. We take the pain out of checking every single corner and nook of Skyward Sword with a complete rundown of how you can max out Link's health as you play.
- Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Pieces of Heart Locations Guide
Goddess Cube Locations
Some of the best rewards in Skyward Sword require you to complete two steps to gather them: First, you'll need to find and activate a special Goddess Cube on the surface, then you'll need to return to Skyloft and locate the chest each cube unlocks. We've got a full rundown of where you can find each cube, what you need to reach it, and where you'll find the chest when you return to the sky.
- Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Goddess Cube Locations
Gratitude Crystal Side Quests
Most of the side quests in Skyward Sword reward Gratitude Crystals, a special currency that can net you some awesome rewards. Completing each side quest can be involved and confusing in its own right, however, and it all starts with you locating Batreaux, a special character hidden in the depths of Skyloft. We've got a full rundown of how to find all 80 Gratitude Crystals in the game, including the ones that are hidden throughout Skyloft, as well as smaller guides so you can zero in on exactly which side quest you want to know about.
- Zelda: Skyward Sword Gratitude Crystal Guide And Locations
- Finding Kukiel Side Quest Guide
- Parrow's Missing Sister Side Quest Guide
- Item Check Admirer Side Quest Guide
- Pipit's Dusty House Side Quest Guide
- Improving Fledge's Strength Side Quest Guide
- Haunted Bathroom Side Quest Guide
- Missing Baby Rattle Side Quest Guide
- Missing Crystal Ball Side Quest Guide
- Dodoh's Party Wheel Side Quest Guide
- Kina's Pumpkin Assistant Side Quest Guide
- Instructor Owlan's Request Side Quest Guide
- Beedle's Missing Beetle Side Quest Guide
Insects And Potion Infusions Guide
Skyward Sword is infested with bugs of all types, and once you have a Bug Net, you can go to town catching them. A little later in the game, you can start using bugs in the Bazaar in Skyloft to infuse your potions and make them even more powerful. You can also sell bugs, which is a great way to make some quick cash. Our guide will give you the low-down on all the bugs in the game, including where you can find them and what they're good for.
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