The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is certainly changing things up a bit. While the open world approach is certainly “unconventional” for the long-standing franchise, that’s not the only thing Nintendo has changed. Unlike previous games in the franchise, Like starts off fairly weak, without the Master Sword. The thing is, it’s entirely possible to play and complete the entire game without ever actually obtaining the iconic weapon.While this might trick some people into thinking the weapon doesn’t exist in the game, it actually is possible to find and obtain Link’s legendary Master Sword. Here’s how:
How to find and get the Master Sword in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
FIRST, make sure you have 13 permanent hearts.This is the minimum requirement you’ll need to get it.
Find the Great Hyrule Forest and navigate through it
Just north of the castle under Gannon’s rule, there’s a small forest you can find. Once you’ve made your way into the Lost Woods at the entrance of the forest, you’ll need to carefully navigate your way through. Follow the steps below very carefully as the Lost Woods are essentially a maze and will reset your progress if you make a wrong turn. As you make your way through, there are sets of torches along the way. Follow these all the way through until you hit a singular torch (pictured below) where it seems like there are no more torches to be found.
From here, go west until you hit two more torches by some large trees. Pick up the handheld torch resting against the one on the right and light it. This is absolutely essential to get you through the Lost Woods.
Continue through the Lost Woods using the torch embers as a guide
From here on, there will be no more torches to guide you through so you’ll have to use the embers that fall off your torch to help guide you. Follow the direction of the embers and if your shrine indicator starts to go off, you’ll know you’re going in the right direction. Although you don’t have to, we highly recommend activating the shrine so you have a travel point for later.
You’ll eventually see a clearing to the east on your mini-map, go towards it and you should hit the Korok Forest.
Take the Master Sword
After a short walk into the forest, you’ll find the sword sticking out of the ground; however, you won’t be able to just yank it out of the ground — you’re going to have to prove your worth. In order to pull the Master Sword out of the ground, you’ll need 13 hearts. Elixers and other enhancements that give you additional gold hearts will not work, you need 13 permanent hearts. Defeating the 4 Divine Beasts and knocking out some shrines for Spirit Orbs will earn you some hearts.
Once you have the required health, pull it out and there you have it! The sword does 30 damage and doesn’t appear to be breakable but sometimes you’ll have to put it away to let it recharge after extended use. The sword will not only be helpful against regular enemies but will prove to be incredibly helpful during your battle against Gannon at the end of the game.