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Don't Break Your Skyward Sword!

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I'd heard that there was a potentially gamebreaking glitch in The Legnd of Zelda: Skyward Sword, so I made sure to check it out to make sure I didn't fall prey to it, and wanted to share the info with any of you who don't already know about it to save you the hassle of having to start all over again.

Basically, if you go for the song of the Thunder Dragon before the Fire and Water Dragon songs, you could potentially trigger a glitch that will make it impossible to complete the Fire and Water Dragon songs and therefore the game itself. The glitch is activated by going to the Lanayru Desert, speaking to Golo the Goron in the mine, completing the Thunder Dragon's event and receiving his song, and then speaking with Golo again before heading to the forest or volcano regions for the other songs. If you do that, the forest and volcano events won't happen, so you can't continue with the game.

I find it strange that Nintendo says that you either have to start the game over again or use an earlier save file since you're only allowed one save file in Zelda games. Basically you have to hope that you didn't save before starting the quest at all. Which at least for me, probably wouldn't have happened, because I save constantly.

Honestly, the best fix is to simply get the Fire and Water Dragon songs first, and go to the desert last. That's what I plan to do when I get to that point in the game, so as to avoid the issue entirely. Never have I been so glad to have slowed down my progress in Skyward Sword to complete another game! I know that some people are hoping Nintendo will release a patch, but they tend not to do that very often. However, with a AAA title like Skyward Sword, maybe they'll make an exception? I'll let you know if I hear anything.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Has A Game Breaking Glitch - Nintendo Responds
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5 Comments

rekuhs said:

'I find it strange that Nintendo says that you either have to start the game over again or use an earlier save file since you're only allowed one save file in Zelda games'

I haven't done it but I think you can make a copy of your save file before loading it up - there's a copy button there on the New Game/Load screen.
I assume that it just copies your save to an empty slot.

AnakinGeada said:

*Some spoilers*

One of the good things about Skyward Sword is that, like all Zelda games, it "leads" you along a rather specific way of playing, so most players would be unlikely to even encounter the bug.

When you first reach the lower world to follow Zelda, the game forces you to visit each of the three areas in a specific sequence: forest, then mountain, and finally desert. One area is not yet accessible until the previous area has been completed. When you have to power up your sword, the game again requires you to travel to the three areas in the same sequence in order to complete your task: forest, mountain, desert. When you are ready to collect the pieces of the song, you have already been quietly brainwashed into this pattern, but should you desire to travel out of sequence, the irritating Fi will be sure to tell you that she thinks you should visit the water dragon first, then the fire dragon, then the lightning dragon.

So most players, even understanding they technically could get the parts of the song in any sequence, are most likely to follow the same pattern as before, thus avoiding the chance of triggering this bug altogether. Even if the technical design of the game has this one game-breaking flaw, the psychological design of the game is strong enough to make it at least rare for an unsuspecting player to run into it, so people shouldn't really be too worried. :)

Kevin said:

AnakinGeada:

That's not completely true. You can go to the Sand Ship before you go to the Fire Sanctuary, or at least that's what I did, which I thought was a great way to break that psychological design for once. And following that pattern, I did the Thunder Dragon before I did the Fire Dragon - that's how I got myself into the situation of a game-breaking glitch.

Shounen said:

I've had multiple save files in every Zelda game I've ever played. =|

Kevin said:

By "only allowed one save file", he meant that when you save your game in Zelda, you don't have the option of saving it to multiple places without going out to the menu and actually copying the file.

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