Swords of A Link to the Past
There are four available levels of sword strength in A Link to the Past. The Fighter's Sword, the Master Sword, the Tempered Sword and the Golden Sword. Of these, the Fighter's Sword and the Master Sword at the only two unique swords, the other two are upgrades to the Master Sword.
Link's Uncle will give this sword to Link early in the game (together with the Fighter's Shield) as he enters Hyrule Castle, and teaches Link the Whirling Blade Technique. He will use this blade during the game until he can find the Master Sword. During the ending sequence of the game, Link's Uncle is shown with this sword again.
In Ancient Stone Tablets, this sword is renamed the LV1 Sword and is the first item the player obtains from a chest.
- Main article: Master Sword
Once Link has found all three Pendants of Virtue, he may enter the Lost Woods and retrieve the Master Sword from its pedestal. The Master Sword is required to advance in the game because the Fighter's Sword is incapable of breaking the Lightning Lock Agahnim has placed across Hyrule Castle's entrance. In addition to being twice as strong as the Fighter's Sword and having a longer reach, the Master Sword can also fire a Beam Attack when Link is at full health. The Beam Attack does as much damage as the Fighter's Sword. In the GBA remake, the Master Sword, as well as its upgrades, can break signs.
In Ancient Stone Tablets, this sword is renamed the LV2 Sword. It is acquired when the missing Dwarven Smith is reunited with his partner. At this point, the pair will temper the youth's sword for free. Otherwise, the player can rent a higher level sword for 10 minutes in a rental shop.
The Tempered Sword is the third sword level. In A Link to the Past, it is acquired the same way as the LV2 Sword in Ancient Stone Tablets, but for the tiny sum of 10 Rupees in this game. However, the forging process will take time, and Link will be forced to leave his sword with them and wait. During this time, Link can perform the actions of swinging a blade without one in his possession, essentially causing him to punch out at enemies. This, however, will cause no damage to any enemy, so he will have to rely on his other items to fight until he returns for his blade. Tempering the Master Sword makes the sword much stronger, gives it a reddish-orange glow, and causes it to make a deeper swing sound as opposed to the usual slash sound. It is four times stronger than the Fighter's Sword, but the Beam Attack still retains its original power, and continues to do so even as the sword is upgraded again.
In Ancient Stone Tablets, this sword is renamed the LV3 Sword. It is obtainable in a chest in Level 5. Like the previous sword, the player can rent the next level.
In A Link Between Worlds, it is called the Master Sword Lv2. It is obtained by bringing two pieces of Master Ore to Hyrule's blacksmith. Unlike its appearance in A Link to the Past, it is only three times as powerful as the starting sword. However, its Sword Beams are 1.5 times as powerful.
If Link throws the Tempered Sword into the Mysterious Pond of the Dark World within the Pyramid of Power, the Fat Fairy will transform it into the Golden Sword, which has a golden blade and green hilt, and is eight times stronger than the Fighter's Sword. In the Game Boy Advance version of the game, it also has the ability to break jars (or skulls in the Dark World).
In Ancient Stone Tablets, this sword is renamed the LV4 Sword. When the Hero of Light draws the Master Sword from the Lost Woods, (s)he obtains it at this power level from the start, due to it being strengthened to this state by Link prior to the events of the game. The Golden Sword is seemingly the strongest variation of the Master Sword to yet appear in a Zelda game, it's the only sword which shoots Sword Beams and it is the only sword that is able to harm Ganon without using the Whirling Blade Technique. When obtained, the rental shops will no longer offer a higher level.
- A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds are the only games in which the Master Sword, already seemingly at its full power (as opposed to its powered-down appearances in The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword), can be permanently upgraded to deal more damage.
- THE GREAT HYRULE ENCYCLOPEDIA, Zelda.com.