The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword features post-completion ‘Hero Mode’

For those hoping for plenty of challenge within The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, you will be pleased to learn that the game offers a ‘Hero Mode’ post-completion.

I’ve been playing this myself since completing the game for review to discover its secrets, but the official Prima Guide which landed on my doorstep this morning has shed even more light to that which I’d been able to glean myself.

Warning: The following contains what I’d deem as light spoilers regarding The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Opting to undertake the Hero Mode places you under some particularly dangerous parameters, and also requires you to sacrifice your previous playthrough. Not only does the player take double damage, but hearts and heart flowers will no longer appear, therefore meaning that the you’ll be required to utilise potions to restore your health throughout the entirety of the game.

There’s good news though, as an equipable Heart Medal available to be purchased from Beedle’s Shop (for 800 Rupees I do believe!) will allow hearts to spawn as they do within the regular game.

When you craft the True Master Sword, you will no longer have a charge time before you are able to perform a Skyward Strike meaning that raising the Wii Remote Plus vertically will allow you to fire a sword beam immediately – particularly handy to damage enemies from afar.

The story and ending are “basically the same” according to the Prima Guide, and certain dialogue also changes although it is best left for the player to discover which. Dungeon layout, game flow, puzzles and enemy placement are largely the same – items also no different to those gained in a normal playthrough.

If you are able to make it through to the Thunder Dragon’s Lightning Round, you will unlock a twelve-stage Boss Rush mode which includes a battle with the final boss in the game.

Lastly, you also carry across your collection of bugs and materials from your previous game allowing you to upgrade weapons, armour and potions more speedily once you’ve received them and gained enough Rupees!

So, do you think you’ll be undertaking The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’s Hero Mode?

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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  1. Sounds like fun, shame the Wii has no achievements or trophies as this would give more incentive to play through it, for shallow people like me. As would mixing up enemy placement. But it’s very welcome all the same, can’t wait to play this I’ll have it tomorrow. I will do hero mode as my second playthrough

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  2. I beat this game a couple days ago and started hero mode. its is crazy hard

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