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Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Master Sword Location and Quest

Getting the Master Sword in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a tough process. Unlike previous Zelda titles, you can go the whole game without even encountering the Master Sword. The Master Sword isn't necessarily required to defeat Calamity Ganon, though it is helpful. However, for longtime fans of the Zelda franchise, getting the Master Sword is a must-do in Zelda: BOTW. Below, we'll tell you how to reach the Master Sword, and what you have to do to draw it from its resting place.

Where is the Master Sword?

Finding the Master Sword is difficult enough. Throughout Zelda: Breath of the Wild people from Link's past allude to a sword he once carried that can "seal the darkness." Fans of the franchise will quickly understand that they're talking about "The Blade of Evil's Bane," the Master Sword. However, there aren't many clues given about its location. The best way to find where the Master Sword lies is by completing the Main Quest "Captured Memories," which tells the story of Zelda and Link before the calamity. Or you could just do what I did and accidentally run into it exploring Hyrule.

Getting Through the Lost Woods

The first step to finding the Master Sword in Zelda: Breath of the Wild is making it to the Great Hyrule Forest. If you approach from the South of the forest, you'll enter the Lost Woods. The Lost Woods are appropriately named because you'll more than likely get lost in them.

Never fear, though, you can use the video above to see how we got through the Lost Woods. Once you make it through the woods, you'll end up in Korok Forest where you'll meet the Great Deku Tree. In front of the Great Deku Tree, embedded in a stone pedestal, is the Master Sword.

How Many Hearts Do I Need to Get The Master Sword?

During the Calamity, Zelda took the Master Sword to the Great Hyrule Forest where she knew the Great Deku Tree would protect it. As an added safeguard, the Master Sword can only be pulled from its resting place by a person as strong as her Champion. When Link slept off his injuries for 100 years, he lost a lot of his strength, so it's up to you to get it back for him.

If you try to draw the Master Sword from its pedestal, you'll find that it starts to drain your health. This is its way of measuring your strength to see if you're worthy to wield it. Before you can lay claim to the Master Sword in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild you'll need to have at least 13 hearts. Once you have 13 hearts, you can go attempt to pull the Master Sword from its resting place in front of the Great Deku Tree and right before your 13th heart runs out Link will pull it free. Be warned, the first time you try to take the Master Sword without the required amount of hearts, the Great Deku Tree will stop you from dying. However, each time after that, if you hold on too long with 12 or less hearts, you will die.

Does the Master Sword Break?

The Master Sword has the same rules about durability that the rest of the weapons in Breath of the Wild do. The difference is that the Master Sword will return to your inventory after a certain amount of time when it breaks.

How Strong is the Master Sword in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild?

The Master Sword normally has 30 attack power and above average durability when you're using it, but it has a secret power that helps a lot with the end dungeon. When you've entered the grounds of Hyrule Castle to defeat Calamity Ganon the Master Sword's attack power increases to 60, and it becomes almost unbreakable. Having the Master Sword makes getting to Ganon much easier, and is almost essential for storming Hyrule Castle.

Got the Master Sword? Why don't you learn how to get Epona in our BOTW amiibo guide. For more helpful tips see our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide.