I never have, and never will take notice of game reviews. After all, beauty is in "the eye of the beholder"That was not a bad game for it's time
Hey! Listen! Our guide for Skyward Sword will help you master the skies on your quest to save Zelda and fulfill your destiny as the chosen one.
Items & Equipment
Technically, you can complete Skyward Sword without seeking out the hidden pieces of heart, but it's an unorthodox approach. Most people who get into a game like Skyward Sword want to explore and uncover the secrets of Skyloft. For those people, we've compiled the locations of every last piece. When referencing a piece linked to a particular cube, we've noted the location of the cube itself*, as the corresponding chest will be identified with a little icon by Fi, on your map. *(GC) - Specifies a piece of heart that is linked to a goddess cube.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the optimal order in which to obtain heart pieces as early as possible.
1. Pumpkin Landing, Lumpy Pumpkin
The first and easiest piece of heart to obtain is waiting inside the Lumpy Pumpkin, on an island east of Skyloft. It's no wonder the proprietor of the Lumpy Pumpkin is so proud of his chandelier; it’s littered with rupees and a piece of heart! To get at the piece, run upstairs and roll into the banister closest to the chandelier. After three successive rolls, the chandelier (and the piece of heart) will come crashing to the ground.
2. Faron Woods
The next heart piece you will come across is in the Faron woods. When looking for the three Kikwis, keep an eye out for tight ropes between the great tree and a large stone wall. One of them will lead you to a relatively easy to acquire, piece of heart.
3. Island (GC)
There is a goddess cube directly outside of Skyview Temple. Strike it, and it will activate a goddess chest on an island south of Skyloft. Fi will mark activated goddess chests on your map with a small goddess crest.
4. Skyview Temple
After defeating the Stalfos mini-boss in Skyview Temple, use the beetle to deactivate the switch on top of the Stalfos' lair. This will release the heart from its cage, in the rear of the structure.
When Link places the tablet obtained from Skyview Temple within the secret chamber of the Goddess Statue, he will be prompted to find a little girl, Kukiel, by her mother. Go to sleep, wake up at night, and head to the cemetery. Push the last stone on the left in the far row to open the path to Batreaux, fearsome, ugly, and friend of young Kukiel. In order to become human, he requires that you collect gratitude crystals by helping people with tasks. When you reach certain milestones, he will award you with various prizes. At ten gratitude crystals, he will present Link with a piece of heart.
6. Eldin Volcano
When ascending the volcano, you will notice a piece of heart resting on top of a platform (it's relatively impossible to miss). The surrounding platforms will provide you with the means to reach it, so look for a series of platforms nearby a couple of pyrups to arrive atop the plateau in question.
7. Lanayru Desert
The dry nature of the desert means there are numerous cracked and crumbling walls in the area. In the northeast section of the map, you will find such a wall that shelters a treasure chest containing a piece of heart.
8. Lanayru Desert (GC)
There is a goddess cube in the desert, in the southwest portion of the map, and it requires that you sprint across sinksand to reach it. You can't normally cover that much ground, so use the enemies' shells nearby as a resting platform to regain some stamina, before making the final sprint.
9. Fun Fun Island
Once you've acquired Scrapper, during your quest to retrieve the fallen propeller from Eldin Volcano, you can also assist the ever so sad clown located on the colorful, Fun Fun Island. He needs to you to retrieve the Party Wheel from the desert. Once you return the wheel to Dodoh the clown, he will activate a skydiving mini game. Navigate through each of the multiplier rings and land in the 50 rupee zone, to net Link a piece of heart.
10. Lumpy Pumpkin
Don't forget that you owe the shopkeeper at the Lumpy Pumpkin a few favors, to repay for the damaged chandelier. The first requires Link to deliver soup to Eagus at the sparring hall in Skyloft. The second involves carrying a large stack of pumpkins to a shed, behind the Lumpy Pumpkin. Last but not least, Link must use his newly acquired harp to entertain the patrons of the pub. Successfully completing these challenges will earn Link a Piece of Heart.
11. Faron Woods
When Link has to return to the woods, its a good idea to put his bombs to use, as there are walls throughout the world of Skyward Sword that shelter valuable treasure. If you recall the section of woods where you encountered your first Kikwi, Machi, you'll remember it was characterized by groups of red and yellow mushrooms. There is a weakened wall in the area containing your next piece of heart.
12. Sealed Grounds
When Link obtains the Goddess Harp, he will find himself back in the Sealed Temple. Gorko, the ever-questing Goron, is researching some curious butterflies nearby. Strumming the harp will activate a canvas for Link to draw on. Gorko offers Link hints, in the form of riddles, of what to draw. Every so often, you can return to Gorko and he will have a new riddle for Link. The final one calls for Link to draw a "crimson" source of life. Drawing a heart on these walls usually results in recovery hearts, but this time, Gorko will reward you with an actual piece of heart.
13. Faron Woods (GC)
Once you reach the top of the great tree during your quest to find the Water Dragon, you can descend from the viewing platform and land adjacent to the goddess cube below. This will activate a goddess chest on an island east of the portal to the Lanayru Desert.
14. Eldin Volcano (GC)
There is a goddess cube in Eldin Volcano, located east of the Earth Temple entrance, and the surrounding Bokoblin encampments. You may have activated it already, but the corresponding chest in Skyloft requires that Link has the dragon scale so he can swim underwater to reach it.
15. Lanayru Sand Sea, Pirate Stronghold (GC)
After gaining access to the Stronghold, use your newly acquired clawshot to access a goddess cube. There is a small series of clawshot targets behind Link, once you exit the stronghold, that will lead you to the goddess cube. The matching chest is located atop the waterfall in Skyloft, and can also be accessed using your clawshot.
16. Lanayru Sand Sea, Sandship
There is a piece of heart held captive by a treasure chest in the rear of the sandship. Once you reach the upper deck, work your way to the back of the ship and look for a hidden platform below, where you'll find a piece of heart within a chest.
17. Lanayru Sand Sea, Shipyard
When you complete the Sandship dungeon in the Lanayru desert, you can redo the mine cart sequence as part of a mini-game. Complete the expert-level course in less than 65 seconds, and you will be rewarded with a piece of heart.
18. Skyloft, Knight Academy, Zelda's Room
After acquiring the clawshot, return to Skyloft and use them to access the roof of the academy, via the chimney. Enter, and you'll find yourself in Zelda's room, with a piece of heart nearby.
19. Eldin Volcano, Volcano Summit (GC)
There is a point in the Volcano Summit, on your way to the Fire Sanctuary, where you'll find a deep pit with tall stone pillars. The environment seems to encourage you to jump into the void, although there is nothing in sight worth the risk. Not so! Hop off and slowly veer toward the bottom-left. It may take a few tries, but you can land on a platform with a goddess cube. The corresponding chest contains a piece of heart, and is located on Bug Island, within the Thunderhead.
20. Eldin Volcano, Volcano Summit
When you reach a series of fiery blockades flanked by frog statues, keep an eye out for a diggable dirt patch just before the second wall of fire. The right patch will lead you underground, and right to a shiny piece of heart.
21. Eldin Volcano, Fire Sanctuary
With the Mogma Mitts, you are able to burrow underground and explore tiny mazes that contain, treasure, enemies, and mogmas on the move. One such Mogma has a piece of heart that he will give to Link, when caught. You can burrow into a hole in the northwest section of the sanctuary to find him. With agility and whit, you can catch him and claim another hard earned piece of heart.
22. Skyloft, Sparring Hall
After helping Fledge boost his workout with stamina potions (a series of encounters that wraps up after the Fire Sanctuary), you will open his the Pumpkin Pull mini-game near the sparring hall. If you are able to reach a score of 600, he will rewards you with a piece of heart.
23. Lanayru Desert, Thunder Dragon's Lightning Round
Once you obtain the final song, from the Thunder Dragon, you can access his mini-game, known as the lightning round. You will face off against the bosses from the game up until that point, in series. Defeat four in a row, and you will be rewarded with a piece of heart.
24. Skyloft, Beedle's Airshop
If you've managed to purchase every item from Beedle's shop, he will have one last item for sale, the coveted, final, piece of heart. It won't be cheap, so make sure you've got a wallet big enough to carry 1600 rupees, and you will have completed your collection of heart pieces…
But wait! There are only 19 heart containers, compared to the usual 20. This is because you need to collect a second Life Medallion to reach maximum health. If you’ve made it to this point, you’ve already picked up one in your quest to buy every item from Beedle’s Airshop. The last one is located in a Goddess Chest.
Life Medallion #2: Lanayru Desert, West (GC)
There is a clawshot target nearby the “West Desert” bird statue that will lead you to the cube in question. Strike it and head to the skies to collect your prize on an island north of Fun Fun Island.
Finally, take a deep breath, and relish in the bounty of hearts in the top left corner of your screen. Feels good, huh?
So... that's it? The guide just stops? I usually like to struggle through LoZ (and this one hasn't been hard), but I for some reason am stuck. Google, here I come.
ok, just learned the 2nd song, now i'm at the academy at night...anyone know where to pick up paper???
Can someone please help. I am stuck trying to kill the bokoblin in ancient cistern pt 2 when u have to climb the rotating column. He shoots arrows at me n I always fall down. Any advice. Do I need potions? And if so which ones?
I am a long time Zelda fan. I was really excited to try out the motion controls with this since I've heard its the best use of motion yet. So far I'm impressed with the motion although I don't think motion in general is all its cracked up to be. I'm two and a half hours into the game. Here are my thoughts: first of all I'm disappointed with how long they took to set up the game and story. There is a lot of unnecessary conversations, the guide is a weird jananese woman who doesn't fit into the zelda universe, I havn't gotten to the first dungeon yet, and I'm doing a pointless fetch-quest. I'm sure the game will turn out to be great once I actually get into some dungeon action and boss battles. Also, the graphics are really washed out. I mean, wind waker even looked a lot sharper than this and that was 5 years ago at least. *Addendum : After sticking with the game and playing through the sky temple I remember what is so special about the Zelda series. I'm loving the game and the game design and use of motion controls is probably the most creativity i've seen in a game since metal gear solid. While it's still the same basic Zelda forumala it's one of the greatest in the world of videogames. They still didn't need all that wasted time in the beginning of the game but now its a joy to play.
This game is an absolute masterclass in game design, game interactivity, sound design and graphical design. Those that harken back to Ocarina really are under-stating Miyamoto's progression as a game designer and visionary. You can like OoT better if you must, but you must acknowledge Miyamoto's persistence in pushing Zelda to ever-increasing new heights. This game has double the creativity that OoT had as far as I have noticed (and I'm only 4 hours in).
Some of what u have to do for the first Gratitude Crystal Mini-Quest is left out. Like having to talk to the young woman close to the graveyard then going to Lumpy Pumpkin and talk to the old dude. Just clarifying.
Zelda: ocarina of time 3d is officially my new favorite game of all time but, Zelda: skyward sword is officially my new favorite game for the Wii, and I for one would love to see a HD port of this game for the Wii-u.
i enjoyed this zelda, but i think twilight princess was better. there is no replay value to this one, and zelda needs to grow up and get some voices. let Link and Zelda be voiceless but seriously, the towns people and villians need voices. This game was easier than the other Zeldas and the puzzles weren't all that spectacular, but still I am a zelda fan and enjoyed it, but i would like to see some serious development in the series.
in my opinion, this is the best zelda until now, cause the zelda games are just getting better and better... this is a really masterpiece for nintendo
this is yet another great zelda game. I love how i have actually played every console zelda since the beginning, and even though Link to Past or OOT stand out as being great...people think that Windwaker, TP or even SS arent as good as Link to Past. Well, u know what, TP is better then OOT. It might not have made the mark on this generations gaming as OOT did, but what else was there back then? Nothing. Each zelda game has only gotten better. I went into SS not sure if id like the new graphics. TP was def beautiful. But SS just feels like this is what a Zelda game should look like. I can pick out flaws, but it is a great game. and besides, does anyone really think that nintendo is going to let us down? 25 years....and it is still on top of its genre.
While I agree with you completely, Metal Gear>>>>>> Zelda. Honestly. And irony from someone with a Final Fantasy avie.
@grim0187 forgive my grammar. well it always depends on the gamers perspective. some gamers love a game so much that they would give it a 10, but someone else might go meh its a good game, id give it an 8, you get what im saying, cause i understand what your saying and i respect that. i absolutely love MGS and Zelda, they are at the top of my fav series, but not everyone likes them as much as i do, i respect that too. so what games do you like? ;)
@almossbb Okay, this line "i dont give for the review score cause i love the game" Is that supposed to say I dont CARE for the review score? Whatever.... Anyways, Metal Gear is another series that is meh and that has been around forever. Im not saying its not a good game. Im just saying its not as good as people think it is. Link to the past is the best zelda game. Always has been, always will be. The rest follow in its footsteps, yes even Ocarina of Time.
Oh lawd, you fanboys are hilarious. I am a huge Zelda fan and I even realize that this one is far from perfect. Cry some more, newbs.
Man... I just bought the game... and it is wonderful... There are no problems with the control... and the characters are just brilliant... along with the graphics and the environment... You know, when a game is as good as this, you don´t care about the review. If the reviewer did not know how to play when he reviewed it, who cares. If he is a real gamer, he will re-review it. If he does not, well, I feel really sorry for him, because he does not know how to look at a masterpiece, and he is going to lose his chance of playing one of the best games ever made in the real way he should play it. Personally, I´m happy that other Gamespot editors are enjoying and creating excellent walktroughs for the game. In fact, I´m so happy, that I think that is not necessary to leave Gamespot because of their review for the game. I´m in peace with gaming.
What an amazing game. This reviewer certainly did work with a broken controller or something... I've had nearly zero problems. Nothing game breaking anyway. The controls are fantastic and I can only hope they will mark the future.
@grim0187 i dont give for the review score cause i love the game if zelda has always been a "meh" title, it would not have continued for 25 years, think about that. im not asking you to like zelda, if you dont then fine by me whatever...
@tremblay343 We could argue about this all day, and maybe If we want to we could fill all these comments with our comments LOL... but have you seen the Zelda hotspot? Peter Brown is the one is the one backing up TM, so I know who is writing the guide, I even saw his face LOL. It's not gonna be long, but I just want to say, I love this game, this game is amazing, the controller works, even though is not 100% works it didn't ruin my experience with this game, the story line is amazing, one of the scene is definitely going to be my top 5 greatest moment in Zelda... There's no such thing as 100% works especially in motion controllers... I play kinect, does it work? yes it works... does it always 100% works? no, it's lagging... even classic controllers does not always works... but does the controller troublesome just like TM mentioned in his review? no... not at all... I love it and and "most" of the people will love this game too, for me this is going to be GoTY Contender for 2011 and probably for other websites too, but for GS, who knows, probably Zelda going to be the worst game that will become the GoTY contenders in GS... LOL... Anyway I really enjoyed the game, that's the most important, I just feel sorry for some people who didn't feel like I feel...
@xjonathan2005 Also IGN gets games first. That's just how it is. They almost always have first review up. Of course their guide is going to be a little bit ahead. You even said the IGN isn't complete, so WHY would the gamespot one be finished yet? It gets updated every day, just like the IGN one. Also maybe the guy likes SS more than Tom? It's laughable that you think a guides editor writes a guide "from the heart". A lot of people, including ex-ign Colin Moriarty and ex-gamespot Matt Rorie hated writing guides because you play way more of a game than you'd like to and you have to search every corner for every stupid collectible. So unless you know the person who's writing this guide, none of what you said makes any sense or is justifiable in any way.
@xjonathan2005 Yes I do think they were playing it properly. This game has faults. Granted not many, but faults exist. Just because Tom doesn't go insane everytime he plays this game does not mean he did it wrong. This is a Zelda game. Some people are tired of Zelda games. You do a dungeon, you unlock a new piece of land, explore, go into a dungeon. There is a hookshot, a boomerang(kind of), bombs and you can shoot lasers out of your sword. This game is not a revolution. The controls are cool. Do they work all the time? No. Do they work most of the time? Yeah. While I do think 7.5 is low, I don't think it's very far off the mark. I have been playing Zelda games for a very long time. They definitely improved the combat, but just because people have a different opinion about the fun they're having (which is purely subjective btw!) does not mean they're "playing it wrong". Not everyone is 12 and and an irrational fanboy.
I've played this game for around 20 hours and so far it's been awesome. The controls are near perfect, with the only major complaint so far being swimming. Was Tom holding the Wiimote upside down or what? :/
I love this Tom and Peter were hating on Zelda through the entire Hotspot show except for maybe one or two positive comments and now they make a walkthrough. Why?
I lol so hard at how so many people get butthurt over a review score. It doesnt matter if the controles are fixed and the game is rereviewed. I bet it would only bring the score up by like .5. Fact is, this is a "meh" title. Zelda has ALWAYS been "meh." But its legion of die hard fanboys cant see past the tears in their eyes or breath through the froth at their mouths. Hilarious...
@ElmorePOW everybody HAS to love this game right? opinions are for chumps but for what it's worth, i love this game
What's wrong Gamespot? Could not blackmail enough money from Nintendo? Your review score of Skyward Sword looks ridiculous compared to general consensus that can be read from Metacritic. It is sad that this site has gone beyond the border when they do not recognize one of the greatest Zelda games ever made. I've played Skyward Sword for 10 hours now and the sheer quality of this game stuns me. Nobody cares if you re-write your review or not, because gamespot has lost the last of its respectability it ever had.
@Tremblay343 Is not that I am amazing, This game is Amazing! Some people don't realize or don't know or can't figure it out how amazing this game is... And that some people did the review, and the group from that some people are doing the walkthrough... For some people who has realize that this is an amazing game will agree with me, how could they make a guide if they can't even appreciate the amazingness of the game? You saw the review, do you think that they are playing it properly? I am not the judge here, and fyi, check on IGN's wiki, it's much better and more complete, even though some dungeons are still missing but at least they appreciate the game and they are doing the walkthrough from their heart... unlike this walkthrough they are doing it just to get more hits... 7.5 doesn't deserve a walkthrough, what would they doing it now? once again, I'm not the judge here...
Why would anyone want to use a Gamespot walkthrough? It'd probably tell you to waggle your way through the game.
Why would anyone in their right mind read a walkthrough made by people who don't even know how to play the game properly? This is comedic.
Has Gamespot done a re-review with any game? because I think that Skyward Sword really deserves one, and I don´t want to leave Gamespot :(
What I enjoy about this walkthrough, more than anything else, are the cheesy names he gives the next pages....."Break on Through to The Other Side"......hahaha....Bravo, editor :D
@xjonathan2005 Someone completely different from the review is doing the guide. Just because you don't agree with the score does not mean they're not playing it properly. I myself and experiencing issues when trying to throw/roll bombs and having to recenter the cursor all the time is really annoying. Swordplay is cool, but using stuff that requires manual aim can be fussy. Sorry we're not all amazing like you are.
They can't even play properly, now they are going to make a walkthrough? that's like I can't cook but I'm making a cooking guide... btw, Gamespot's walkthrough is late, IGN's walkthrough already on for 3 days now...
Table of Contents
- Knight Academy Dormitory
- Search for Link's Missing Loftwing
- Wing Ceremony
- Fi's Introduction
- Sir Link of Skyloft
- Break on Through to the Other Side
- Goronius Maximus
- Faron Woods
- The Kikwi Hunt
- The Deep Woods
- Skyview Temple Part 1
- Skyview Temple Part 2
- Skyview Temple Boss
- Skyview Spring
- Eldin Volcano Part 1
- Eldin Volcano Part 2
- Eldin Volcano Part 3
- Earth Temple Part 1
- Earth Temple Part 2
- Earth Temple Boss
- Lanayru Mine
- Lanayru Desert
- The Desert Gorge
- Power Node Hunt
- Lanayru Mining Facility Part 1
- Lanayru Mining Facility Part 2
- Lanayru Mining Facility Part 3
- Lanayru Mining Facility Boss
- A Link to the Past
- Inside the Thunderhead
- First Trial - Faron Woods
- Inside the Great Tree
- Lake Floria
- Skyview Temple Revisited
- Ancient Cistern Part 1
- Ancient Cistern Part 2
- Ancient Cistern Part 3
- Ancient Cistern Boss
- Second Trial - Lanayru Desert
- Lanayru Sand Sea