Link performing the Sword Beam in The Minish Cap
Ranged attacking with a Sword
Sword Beams,[name reference needed] also known as Skyward Strikes,(SS) are a recurring Sword skill in The Legend of Zelda series. It is often utilized by Link wherein, when he is at full health, an attack with his Sword will result in a beam of light streaking out and striking anything in its path. It is useful for when one does not wish to engage in close quarters combat or use ammunition like Arrows. Depending on the game, it can be utilized with any blade; at others, only special blades like the Master Sword will create a Sword Beam when swung.
- 1 Overview
- 1.1 The Legend of Zelda
- 1.2 The Adventure of Link
- 1.3 A Link to the Past
- 1.4 Link's Awakening
- 1.5 Majora's Mask
- 1.6 Oracle of Seasons
- 1.7 Oracle of Ages
- 1.8 Four Swords
- 1.9 Four Swords Adventures
- 1.10 The Minish Cap
- 1.11 Phantom Hourglass
- 1.12 Spirit Tracks
- 1.13 Skyward Sword
- 1.14 A Link Between Worlds
- 1.15 Tri Force Heroes
- 1.16 Breath of the Wild
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Nomenclature
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
The Legend of Zelda
Whenever Link has full health in The Legend of Zelda, he is capable of performing a Sword-shaped Sword Beam from the Sword, the White Sword, and the Magical Sword. Lynels are also capable of using Sword Beams.
The Adventure of Link
A Link to the Past
Link can fire swirls of circular Sword Beams while equipped with the Master Sword, the Tempered Sword, or the Golden Sword in A Link to the Past, provided he has full health. The purple Dark Link in the Palace of the Four Sword is capable of using Sword Beams as well in the Game Boy Advance version of A Link to the Past.
When Link is wearing the Fierce Deity's Mask in Majora's Mask, he will be able to shoot out a blue, crescent-shaped Sword Beam from his Sword. However, this ability can only be used when L-Targeting,[note 1] and it consumes Magic Power.
Oracle of Seasons
If Link has the Noble Sword or the Master Sword, he can fire a Sword-shaped Sword Beam from his Sword while his health is full. If the Light Ring is transferred to Oracle of Seasons in a Linked Game from Oracle of Ages, Link is capable of using it. While wearing the Light Ring, Link can use Sword Beams from the Noble Sword and Master Sword even with up to two Hearts of damage. The Light Ring L-2 increases this limit to a maximum of three Hearts of damage.
Oracle of Ages
If Link has the Noble Sword or the Master Sword, he can fire a Sword-shaped Sword Beam from his Sword while his health is full. While wearing the Light Ring, Link can use Sword Beams from the Noble Sword and Master Sword even with up to two Hearts of damage. The Light Ring L-2 increases this limit to a maximum of three Hearts of damage.
In A Link to the Past & Four Swords, circular Sword Beam swirls can be fired from the Four Sword once Link has obtained the Master Sword in A Link to the Past on the same save file, provided that the Links have full health. In Four Swords Anniversary Edition, Sword Beams can be executed after the Links have full health and have obtained Master Sword by completing the Realm of Memories.
Four Swords Adventures
The Four Sword can be empowered to use Sword-shaped Sword Beams in Four Swords Adventures, once the Links have obtained 2,000 Force Gems. Unlike in prior games, the Sword Beam is not affected by the Links' health.
The Minish Cap
Link can learn to perform a standard blade-shaped Sword Beam from Grimblade in the Hyrule Castle Garden in The Minish Cap. Like other titles, the Sword Beam can only be executed while Link has full health. A similar technique that only works while Link has one Heart or less remaining, known as the Peril Beam, can be learned from Waveblade in Lake Hylia.
After Link infuses the Four Sword with all Four Elements, his Sword will shoot a circular Sword Beam swirl after performing a Spin Attack. This circular version of the Sword Beam is capable of breaking Vaati's curse on the inhabitants of Hyrule Castle.
Regardless of Link's health, he can execute Sword-shaped Sword Beams after collecting at least 10 Courage Gems having Ciela equipped as his active Fairy in Phantom Hourglass. If Link obtains 20 Courage Gems and has Ciela equipped as his Fairy, the Sword Beams shot from his Sword will become wider.
In Skyward Sword, Skyward Strikes are one of Link's Special Sword Strikes. They can be executed by raising the Goddess Sword, Goddess Longsword, Goddess White Sword, the Master Sword, or the True Master Sword into the air to charge it, then slash to fire a versatile beam. In his final battle in Hylia's Realm, Ghirahim is capable of firing red, circular Sword Beam waves from his sword in an identical manner to the Skyward Strike.
A Link Between Worlds
Tri Force Heroes
The Links can shoot Sword Beams while their collective health is full in Tri Force Heroes by wearing the Sword Suit or the Sword Master Suit. The Fierce Deity Armor also allows any Links wearing the Outfit to shoot Sword Beams in four directions at once with full health. Alternatively, Sword Beams can be shot with the Fierce Deity Armor after executing a Spin Attack, regardless of health.
Although Sword Beams can only be shot while wearing Outfits that strengthen the Links' Swords, the Sword Beams themselves only deal the damage of a regular Sword strike.
Breath of the Wild
Disc-shaped Sword Beams can be fired from the Master Sword if Link has full health in Breath of the Wild. To execute a Sword Beam, Link must "throw" the Master Sword in the direction that he wants the Sword Beam to go. The use of Sword Beams slowly deteriorates the Master Sword and will contribute to its loss of energy.
- In a Q&A page in 1998, Dan Owsen of Nintendo confirmed that Sword Beams were present in Ocarina of Time, though they were inexplicably removed before release. The code for the Sword Beam can still be found in the game's debug ROM.
|Names in Other Regions|
|FrenchEU||Attaque Lasser (ALttP)
|Italian||Raggi Spada||Sword Ray|
|SpanishLA||Ataque con rayo (ALBW)||Attack with ray|
- Z-Targeting in N64 versions of Majora's Mask.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword — Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 7
- "Two zaps! One more and you're history, Ganon!" — Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode Underworld Connections )
- "Ow! Hey! That's no magic creature. It's a real person like us." — Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode "Sing for the Unicorn" )
- "You're doing it wrong! Two hands for a beginner." — Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 12 )
- Dan Owsen, Ask Dan, Nintendo (archive), published June 8th, 1998, retrieved March 29, 2014.