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Guardian (Skyward Sword)

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For the enemies known as "Guardians" in Breath of the Wild, see Guardian (Breath of the Wild).
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An Earth Guardian
Habitat(s)Silent Realm
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Guardians are enemies that patrol Silent Realms in Skyward Sword.[1]


There are two types of Guardians that inhabit Silent Realms. The Earth Guardian wields a mace and can run quickly; however, it is limited by obstacles and generally confined to certain areas.[2] The other type, the Sky Guardian, is a robed beast that slowly hovers around with two blades, passing through any obstacle in its way.[3] Both types have three distinctive glowing eyes, pure white armor, and robes laced with black and gold. As Link is unarmed while in Silent Realms, Guardians are effectively indestructible.

While Link is in a Silent Realm, he must collect Sacred Tears to successfully complete the trial. Guardians will try to prevent him from accomplishing that goal by chasing him as soon as he leaves the safety of the circle he starts in.[4] If they land a single hit on Link, his spirit will shatter, failing the trial.[1] Link can stop the pursuit by collecting a Sacred Tear, which returns the creatures to their original positions in their inert statue-like state for 90 seconds.[5] A flower above the Spirit Vessel acts as a timer, with its petals disappearing to indicate how long the Silent Realm Guardians will remain inactive.[6] If Link is spotted by a Watcher or touches Waking Water, the effect of the tears will be nullified and the Guardians will reawaken, resuming their search for him.[7]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 守護者 (Shugo-sha) Same as English.
Canada FrenchCA Gardien Same as English.
Italian Republic Italian Guardiano Same as English.
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Guardiane Same as English.


See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "If a Guardian manages to land even a single hit on you, your spirit will shatter and you will fail the trial." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  2. "Earth Guardian" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Comics), pg. 345)
  3. "Sky Guardian" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Comics), pg. 345)
  4. "If you take even a single step outside the protective circle you stand in, the Guardians of this realm will wake up and pursue you, Master." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  5. "You got a Sacred Tear! This object's power halts the movements of the Guardians for just 90 seconds. Collect all 15 to pass the trial!" — N/A (Skyward Sword)
  6. "Guardians can't detect you as long as petals remain on your Spirit Vessel. Find tears to restore petals." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  7. "The unusual liquid substance that covers that area is known as Waking Water, and it has certain unique properties. If you make contact with Waking Water, the Guardians will be immediately alerted to your presence." — Fi (Skyward Sword)