Tracking down the Master Sword in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is no easy feat, as is upgrading the weapon itself. In this Zelda Breath of the Wild Master Sword guide, we'll be walking you through how to get the Master Sword in Breath of the Wild as easily as possible, which involves the Great Deku Tree.
How to Get the Master Sword in Breath of the Wild
The Master Sword in Zelda: Breath of the Wild is found by the Great Deku Tree in Korok Forest, behind the Lost Woods. This is found north of Hyrule Field and west of Death Mountain. You can't simply paraglide in and if you take a wrong direction at any point during the journey through it, you'll be put back at the start. There is a way to solve the maze, though, and it's actually quite simple.
All you need to do in order to make your way successfully through the Lost Woods is to follow the direction your flaming torch embers are blowing. In order to see which way to go you'll need to stop moving, otherwise the embers will trail behind you. Pay close attention to this and you'll find your way through without too much difficulty.
The Great Deku Tree guards the Master Sword, and if you try to get your hands on the legendary weapon too early you'll probably fail. The requirement to lift the Master Sword from the ground is simple: have 13 heart containers. This is actual permanent heart containers, so don't think you can cook a nice recipe and give Link a temporary heart buff. That won't work.
13 heart containers is actually quite a lot. To reach 13 heart containers you'll need to earn ten more than what you start with, which is the equivalent of completing 40 Shrines. If you go down the Shrines and Divine Beasts route, you'll need to complete 24 Shrines and defeat all four Divine Beasts.
Get the 13 heart containers and the Master Sword is yours. It's the only weapon in the game that is unbreakable, but it does need to recharge now and again to reach maximum power. It's worth saving it for battles against especially challenging foes.
The Master Sword is rated 30 for Damage, but it deals higher damage against Ganon and all foes that have been affected by the Calamity.
Now you've got the Master Sword, which you've no doubt wanted to use ever since Breath of the Wild was announced, you might just want to run around and hit things. If you want a breather from that, check out how to cook the best recipes in Breath of the Wild. You don't need the Master Sword to kill Guardians, and it doesn't really help you earn rupees quickly.
Alternatively, if you seek a greater challenge to unlock the true power of the Master Sword, then head over to our Breath of the Wild Trial of the Sword guide, for how to conquer every round and unlock a nice new ability for the Master Sword.
That's probably it for you. You've got the Master Sword you most desperately wanted and are now wandering around Hyrule leaving bokoblins running for cover. You're now the hero Hyrule deserved and needed. Just remember that the sword does run out of energy and will need recharging from time to time. Don't get caught short. Check out our video below for a full walkthrough to get the Master Sword.
With the final Breath of the Wild DLC released, we now have an entirely new guides hub dedicated to the new Champions' Ballad DLC Pack 2. For complete guides on how to solve every new Shrine in the expansion, as well as how to get your hands on the new Master Cycle Zero, head over to our Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad guides hub.