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Top 10 Swords in "The Legend of Zelda"

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Link's Strongest Swords

As Link travels throughout Hyrule to save Zelda and defeat Ganon, he wields a vast assortment of weapons, but he's best known for his sword skills. Used alongside his shield, Link slashes his way through any monster he faces.

Hyrule's hero has wielded dozens of blades throughout his career, though not all of the land's strongest weapons belong to him—which reign supreme? Factoring in both lore and gameplay, these are the ten strongest swords throughout The Legend of Zelda! Spoilers ahead.

Scimitar of Twilight

Scimitar of Twilight

10. Scimitar of Twilight

First appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Zant uses this mysterious weapon to revive the demonic Stallord, leading to a fierce boss battle. The weapon's fate and exact abilities are unknown, but its capacity to summon ancient beasts demonstrates its power.

Savage Lynel Sword

Savage Lynel Sword

9. Savage Lynel Sword

First appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Despite its size and almost axe-like appearance, the Lynel Sword offers Breath of the Wild's strongest one-handed blade. While its power is eclipsed by the Savage Lynel Crusher, the Sword's superior speed lets it dish out more damage per second; you can find one by defeating White and Silver Lynel enemies.

Sword of the Six Sages

Sword of the Six Sages

8. Sword of the Six Sages

First appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Forged by the Six Sages to slay Ganondorf, this blade enters his possession when the execution fails, and he wields it against Link in the game's climax. Again, we're not exactly sure what powers the weapon holds, but Ganondorf declares he intends to "blot out the light forever" with it.

Phantom Sword

Phantom Sword

7. Phantom Sword

First appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Forged from three pure metals and the Phantom Hourglass itself, the Phantom Sword is the only weapon capable of harming Bellum. Additionally, the blade shields its user against the life-draining curse in the Temple of the Ocean King, and when used alongside a Phantom Sphere, Link gains the incredible power to halt time.

Biggoron's Sword

Biggoron's Sword

6. Biggoron's Sword

First appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

An optional weapon obtained by completing an elaborate trading quest, the Biggoron's Sword provides a sturdier Giant's Knife that never breaks. It's infamous for being stronger (in gameplay, at least) than the Master Sword, dealing twice as much damage and having a longer reach. However, it must be brandished with two hands, preventing Link from using his shield.

It returns as the strongest sword in Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, although you need passwords to obtain it.

Demise's Sword

Demise's Sword

5. Demise's Sword

First appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Ghirahim's true form, Demise, wields this ominous blade in Skyward Sword's final battle. The blade's enormous size gives it a menacing reach, and it can absorb lightning bolts to emit electric blasts.

Great Fairy Sword

Great Fairy Sword

4. Great Fairy's Sword

First appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

By returning the 15 scattered fairies in the Stone Tower Temple to Ikana Canyon's Fairy Fountain, Link will earn this brutal weapon. It functions similarly to the Biggoron's Sword, dealing extra damage and having extended reach but disabling Link's shield.

Strangely, the blade uses a C item slot (rather than equipping to the B slot like most swords). While a bit cumbersome, this actually helps against Blue Bubbles, who can disable your B-sword—but not your C-items. The Great Fairy's Sword also serves as Link's strongest weapon in his Soulcalibur 2 guest appearance, further highlighting its prowess.

Link's Four Sword Forms

Link's Four Sword Forms

3. Four Sword

First appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords

Like the Master Sword, this magical blade can only be used by pure-hearted warriors. Living up to its name, the Four Sword splits its user into four copies of (each wielding their own blade), giving foes like Vaati and Ganon quadruple the threat.

Occasionally, the Four Sword has also demonstrated the power to break curses and shoot sword beams while Link is at full health.

Fierce Deity Link and Sword

Fierce Deity Link and Sword

2. Fierce Deity Sword

First appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Collecting all other masks unlocks the optional Fierce Deity Mask, providing Link with a brutal transformation he can only use against bosses. The Fierce Deity's sword mimics the Great Fairy's Sword, having extended length and the same power but forgoing shield use.

However, as long as Link has magic remaining, the blade shoots an energy beam when locked onto foes, dealing double damage when both the beam and blade hit! Use the game's Chateau Romani drink to obtain unlimited magic and exploit the effect.

Master Sword and sheathe

Master Sword and sheathe

1. Master Sword

First appearance: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Probably the strongest weapon in lore, the infamous Master Sword is rightfully named the Blade of Evil's Bane, often serving as the mid-game upgrade on Link's starter sword.

True, sometimes the base Master Sword isn't actually the strongest blade in gameplay, but its occasional upgrades (like Skyward Sword's "True Master Sword" and A Link to the Past's "Master Sword Lv3") provide the sharpest blades in their respective titles.

More of Link's Best Swords

In addition to today's list, you'll find more of Link's strongest weapons throughout several non-canon adventures, like Caladbolg in his Cadence of Hyrule or various blades in the tv show and manga.

Use guides to discover which blade works best for each individual game, but for now, as we await Nintendo's next Zelda adventure, vote for your favorite weapon and I'll see you at our next gaming countdown!

© 2019 Jeremy Gill

Comments

Exsosus on October 24, 2019:

Thank you for this article!