Can the Master Sword Break in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom?

Discover the extent of the Master Sword's "restored" power.

by Marc Magrini
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Players of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will always have to keep weapon durability in mind. This is evident from the very start of the game, as the legendary Master Sword shatters from just a single strike. Eventually, it can be re-obtained, but the question still remains: can the Master Sword still break in Tears of the Kingdom through overuse, or does it no longer need to be recharged?

Will the Master Sword Break When Used in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

In relation to its appearance at the game’s beginning, the Master Sword will not shatter in the same way again. Unfortunately, just like in Breath of the Wild, it will “shatter” and need to recharge when used too often. It also doesn’t manage to retain its regained strength from Breath of the Wild’s expansion. In other words, outside of specific encounters, the Master Sword isn’t much better than basic fused weapons found halfway through the story.

Of course, the weapon still has plenty of upsides. It will regain its powered-up state in specific encounters, most notably against Gloom-infected enemies in the Depths. Plus, the weapon is still the Blade of Evil’s Bane, so it will be an incredibly strong tool against Ganondorf and his toughest followers. Even if its strength is lackluster for normal foes, you won’t want to miss it by the time you’re ready to clear the story.

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If you want to help the Master Sword reach some good damage numbers early on, consider using strength-enhancing food recipes. This will give it some especially-needed damage against dangerous black and silver foes. You should also remember to keep your health full as often as possible, as that will let you shoot beams with the Master Sword using the throw button. With some extra legwork, you can make this legendary sword live up to its legacy at all times!

- This article was updated on May 15th, 2023

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Marc has been a freelance writer for Attack of the Fanboy since 2022. He's most familiar with Nintendo franchises such as Mario, Pokémon, and Kirby, but he's well-versed in action-packed titles like Monster Hunter and the Souls games. With each article he publishes, Marc looks to improve his skills and make himself known as a top-quality writer, providing valuable tips and information that others might unknowingly ignore.