Master Sword  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Master Sword  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Link's Iconic Shield Created in Real Life https://www.gameskinny.com/1k8md/links-iconic-shield-created-in-real-life https://www.gameskinny.com/1k8md/links-iconic-shield-created-in-real-life Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:49:49 -0400 T.W. Francis

I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we have all seen the weapons Link carries in the Legend of Zelda games.  We all got excited when we picked up that master sword and received the final shield.

That feeling can now be brought into real life.  The folks over at Baltimore Knife and Sword (from the YouTube series Man at Arms: Reforged) used their master blacksmith skills and built the Hylian Shield.  It even has real amber for the Triforce Symbol and an intricate paint job.  These guys built the original Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past to go with the shieldbut with the red and green trim instead of the more common blue color.

The video shows how strong they made the shield by pelting it with objects and arrows.  This group has made and will most likely be making more iconic pieces.

Do you think their work does the game justice?

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You Could Be Just Like Link https://www.gameskinny.com/66owz/you-could-be-just-like-link https://www.gameskinny.com/66owz/you-could-be-just-like-link Mon, 09 Feb 2015 07:08:12 -0500 Left Foot

Have you ever thought to yourself "if I could be more like Link, all my problems would be solved." Well now you can with your very own Master Sword.

All right, you can't actually buy the Master Sword and it won't fix any of your problems. Unless your name is Link and you're trying to rescue Zelda from Ganondorf. 

Check out the Smosh YouTube channel for more funny videos.

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10 Best Swords from 'The Legend of Zelda' Series https://www.gameskinny.com/9bof7/10-best-swords-from-the-legend-of-zelda-series https://www.gameskinny.com/9bof7/10-best-swords-from-the-legend-of-zelda-series Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:30:06 -0500 Brian Spaen

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1. Master Sword

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  • Featured in nearly every iteration of The Legend of Zelda
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Let's be honest, people. While it sees a number of variations, that falls into the rules of this countdown (like the Goddess Sword). There is nothing like the Master Sword, which is deemed as the most nostalgic and important sword in the Zelda stratosphere. It's used to kill Ganon multiple times, it can be found in almost every Zelda game, and it's the main sword in two of the most successful Zelda adventures: A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time. In my eyes, the Master Sword is the clear winner without question.

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What are your thoughts on the sword countdown for The Legend of Zelda? Where would you have the swords listed? Are there any you would put on or drop off the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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2. Fierce Deity's Sword

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Whatever you want to call it, the Fierce Deity/Double Helix Sword has been a fan favorite for years. The unique style that reigns different from any other Zelda sword, its incredible power, and importance in Majora's Mask makes it considered by many as the series' best sword overall. Link is stuck with the sword until he removes Fierce Deity's mask, and it requires two hands to wield, so there are some limitations to the sword. But overall, it's hard to argue that it's one of the coolest looking swords in Zelda lore.

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3. Four Sword

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  • Featured in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and The Minish Cap
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While the sword may not be the most powerful or attractive, it's one of the deadliest and most useful swords in Zelda history. Not only can it create up to four Link clones, it can repel evil, create time traveling portals, lift curses, and seals evil. It was made famous in the various Four Swords games, but it also had an appearance in The Minish Cap.

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4. Great Fairy's Sword

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While I wasn't the biggest fan Majora's Mask personally, I'd be damned if I didn't admit it had the best looking swords in the series. Arguably, the Great Fairy's Sword is one of the coolest and most colorful. Not to mention one of the most deadly as it wields four times the attack power of a Kokiri Sword.

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An interesting caveat to this sword is unlike many other swords in Zelda adventures, it's not a standard sword. Players must equip it to an item button. To use its spin attack, players must rotate the analog stick on the controller instead of traditionally holding down the button. It's unsure if this was created on purpose or if it was a programming error.

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5. Biggoron's Sword

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While not a requirement in any edition of Zelda, the jointly-named Biggoron's sword is a blast to slash around with. Requiring two hands to wield, players opt to drop the defense in order to have a stronger offensive attack. The sword is received after completing various tasks in Ocarina of Time, but its downfall is not being able to be used to defeat the final boss.

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6. Magical Sword

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  • Featured in The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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It's a pretty standard blade that has a blue hue fused with red around the grip. So why is it so high on the list? Because of its important place in Zelda history. Many fans believe this was Nintendo's intention of the ultimate sword before it became the Master Sword in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and various iterations of the series afterwards. It's the ultimate sword in the original and it's the only sword that's used in Zelda II -- it just continues to get upgraded with the RPG-like elements of the adventure game. 

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7. Phantom Sword

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Once again, the Phantom Sword has a similar look to the Master Sword, and it's the most powerful sword that Link can receive in Phantom Hourglass. It fends off Phantoms the best and is the tool needed to defeat Bellum. The design slightly edges out the Lokomo, but both swords are very similar in the back-to-back Nintendo DS releases (with Spirit Tracks).

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8. Lokomo Sword

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It's in similar taste to the Master Sword, but the Lokomo Sword is one of the most handiest swords in Spirit Tracks. After wielding it, Link becomes twice as strong when compared to using the Recruit's Sword. It can also stun Phantoms in the game for Zelda to possess. 

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9. Goddess Sword

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The main sword in Skyward Sword has various upgrades throughout the adventure, and we'll include them all in this category. Its blue hue is captivating and attractive, and unleashes a Skyward Strike attack to unveil artifacts around Hylia. It may not be the most powerful sword in the game (that belongs to the True Master Sword), but it is named after it. That's important enough, right? 

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10. Phantom Ganon's Sword

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Kicking off the countdown is a sword that's barely used during the game, but breaks into the list for two reasons. Spoiler alert on the first reason -- it plays a big role in Ganon's Tower, the final dungeon in Wind Waker. Another is the extremely cool design. The cel-shaded nature of WW created some great sword illustrations. Since it's only a temporary sword that's wielded when Phantom Gannon drops it, the Beast's Blade can't go any higher than the entry point.

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Man at Arms recently recreated a real-life Fierce Deity's Sword (also known as the Double Helix Sword) and used it to slice a pumpkin in half. The video and GIFs were so damn awesome that it inspired us to create a list of the ten best swords that players can find in the entire Legend of Zelda series.

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This was a fun list to create, and should spark a huge debate over what swords should be ranked where. With an arsenal as huge as the Zelda universe, it was really hard narrowing it down to just 10. But it happened, and here's the result.

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The Games We Carry: An Ongoing Look at the Games That Impacted My Life https://www.gameskinny.com/3l5y5/the-games-we-carry-an-ongoing-look-at-the-games-that-impacted-my-life https://www.gameskinny.com/3l5y5/the-games-we-carry-an-ongoing-look-at-the-games-that-impacted-my-life Wed, 14 May 2014 14:03:13 -0400 Rocky Linderman

We spend countless hours playing games, but few make a lasting impression on us. This is an ongoing series that will catalogue the moments that resonated with me. 

Few titles have been influential enough to me that I would hold them up as a gold standard for what gaming can be and what it represents.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of those games. When I was growing up my sister and I would visit our cousins in Florida every summer. I always looked forward to these visits not because it was a fun trip to a warmer climate, but because my cousins owned a Super Nintendo. 

During one of our visits we had started a game on A Link to the Past and all four of us played on one save file. We would take turns playing through dungeons, each of us giving our opinion about how to beat a particular boss or what needed to be done to that suspicious crack in the wall. 

Being that we were children and we only ever played during the summers once a year, it took us quite some time to get anywhere in that game. We cleared the first few dungeons and managed to claim the three pendants to retrieve the Master Sword, all of which seemed like enormous accomplishments at the time. But I'll never forget the moment we made back into Hyrule Castle and challenged Agahnim, the evil wizard, to a fight. 

He used magic attacks that we were defenseless against, no matter what weapon we tried we couldn't hurt him. Arrows, bombs and even the Master Sword were all useless against him. We quickly found ourselves spinning around in a circle and landing with Link's face on the ground - luckily we had discovered that keeping a fairy in a bottle would revive Link. So now it was time for round two. 

My cousin handed off the remote after his death, which was our custom and now it was my turn to try. Again, nothing we tried worked, the best we could was to avoid his attacks and stay alive. I hit the pause menu and looked over our items, we collectively wracked our brains, searching for what we were missing. We had tried everything against him, we had even been desperate enough to try lighting him on fire with the lantern and nothing worked. 

Eventually I couldn't keep up with his attacks and he killed me. We had one last bottle with one last fairy in it, so luckily it wasn't a "Game Over" yet. I handed the remote to my sister, she hit the pause button and studied the inventory for some time before landing on the bug net.

My cousins and I laughed in her face, we mocked her saying, "What are you going to do? Put that over his head?" 

She just smiled and stood in front of Agahnim, waiting for him to launch one of his magic attacks at her. When he finally did she swung the bug net at him, catching the bolt and hurled it back into his face, damaging him for the first time in all of our attempts. We stood up and began cheering, none of us could believe that had worked! With a little more patience combined with some trial and error we discovered that you could only fling one of his attack types back at him. 

We had unlocked Agahnim's secret and from there it only took us a few more tries to defeat him. We had done what we thought was impossible and it felt great to have done it together. Even to this day, it's hard for me to recall a time when I felt closer to my family than I did at that exact moment. 

Of course now that I'm older I know you can just hit back his attacks with the Master Sword, but back then we were too uncoordinated to time our swings correctly, which only makes our achievement feel that much better. Together we had overcome something that was incredibly difficult and to top it off we had done it in our own way. 

Playing The Legend of Zelda had brought us all together in a way that no other experience had done before. Crowding around my cousin's tv, taking turns playing their SNES produced some of my most cherished memories and I have A Link to the Past to thank for them. 

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