Early Goddess Sword

Method 1 - BiTSave

After speaking with Instructor Horwell, save at the Upper Academy statue. Activate BiT via the killing post (the top right post on the bridge leading to the goddess statue). Perform a BiTSave using the Upper Academy statue to reach BiT Skyloft, then run to the goddess statue to obtain the Goddess Sword.

Note that, due to text differences, this trick is actually slower in the Japanese version by about 3 seconds. Thus, this trick would only be used for PAL or NTSC version speedruns. This method is generally prefered over the following one in routes that has to perform many Early Light Pillars. This is because after obtaining the Goddess Sword you can strike the Goddess Crest then leave (without placing the Tablet) to rescue your loftwing. This will allow you to have the tablet pedestal immediately raised during Back in Time if you keep a file saved on Skyloft.

If the timesave from raising the pedestal isn't significant, then the following method is usually faster.

Method 2 - Goddess Sword RBM

This method is usually performed after meeting Zelda. Save at the Lower Academy Statue, then activate BiT via the west cliff. In BiT, sidehop off the bridge to your right as you get control over Link and bonk the tree behind you after having opened the splash screen to load the scene flags from your skyloft file. This opens the Lower Academy Gates via Modified BiTMagic. Go through the lower gates and enter the Goddess Statue. Pick up the Goddess Sword and start your file right as you finish charging the skyward strike. This will set the inventory flag for having the goddess sword on your file.

Video forthcoming

You will not know at first if you succeded at the back in time, as you will need to reload the area before the sword appears on Link's back. Simply run into the Groose cutscene and you will know if it worked after you skip it.

Skip the Wing Ceremony Cutscene

Discovered by Aruki

After the flight tutorial, it's possible to skip the cutscene leading into the Wing Ceremony by sidehopping out of the trigger before it starts. Hold Z while you select cancel at the save prompt, and then mash or time the sidehop. The window for this is only 2 frames, so it can be difficult to get. Once you're outside the cutscene trigger, you can dive off Skyloft to start the Wing Ceremony.

As a backup strat, you can save at the prompt before attempting this trick; then if you miss it, activate BiT via a Corrupt File and BiTWarp to the Bazaar statue. You can then dive off the platform to start the Wing Ceremony. This loses a minute to the sidehop method, but saves time over watching the cutscene.

The prompt only gives you the 2-frame window to sidehop if you continue playing from the prompt. You will be unable to get it if you attempt to reload your file at this prompt to continue attempting the sidehop, as it does not allow for any inputs.

Skip the Fi Chase

After obtaining the Sailcloth, save and quit at the Upper Academy statue. Activate BiT using a Corrupt File. Perform a BiTSave using the Upper Academy statue to reach BiT Skyloft, then run to the Goddess Statue to place the Emerald Tablet.

This is only a couple seconds faster than chasing Fi optimally; also note that if you do not do Early Goddess Sword, you will not have a Corrupt File, and thus must chase Fi normally.

Skip the Sailcloth

The Sailcloth Skip was once only useful in Harp speedruns; however, with Song of the Hero skip, both Any% and All Dungeons speedruns can skip the Spiral Charge, and thus do not need to unlock the doors on the upper floor of the academy. This allows Sailcloth Skip to be used in these runs.

After the flight tutorial, save and quit at the prompt. Activate BiT using a Corrupt File. Once in BiT, perform modified BiTMagic by bonking the tree right below where you spawn to open the academy gates, skipping having to jump off Skyloft and respawn and saving a few seconds. From there you have two options

Method 1 - Reverse BiTWarp

Go towards the goddess statue, start your file first then enter the loading zone to end Back in Time and load your file inside the Goddess Statue. From there, place the Emerald Tablet.

This ONLY works if you are saved at the Wing Ceremony Save Prompt: a Reverse BiTWarp will simply load the area you try to enter normally while ending BiT in that case. If you attempt this Reverse BiTWarp while saved at a statue instead you will end up OoB in the Goddess Statue, causing a softlock.

Method 2 - BiTSave

Perform a BiTSave at the Upper Academy statue to reach BiT Skyloft, then run to the goddess statue and place the Emerald Tablet. Continue normally from there.

Method 3 - BiTSave combined with Practice Sword Story Flag RBM

Discovered by sva

Obtaining the Practice Sword sets a story flag that allows the Sheikah Stone cutscene to play outside the Sparring Hall. That Sheikah Stone cutscene is useful because when activated during Back in Time, it sets a scene flag that allows Dousing the Second Flame Wall outside of the Fire Sanctuary using the Reverse BiTMagic technique, skipping the use for the clawshots. If you skip the Practice Sword (using the Early Goddess Sword technique), then you will not be able to trigger that cutscene and you won't be able to enter the Fire Sanctuary without the Clawshots in a fast maneur.

This trick sets the story flag for having obtained the Practice Sword without collecting the Practice Sword legitimately on your file. BiTSave your file at the UA statue, then enter the Sparring Hall. Select a Corrupt File then open the Practice Sword chest. Wait for the Practice Sword text to appear on screen then select your run file, and start your run file on the 2nd textbox. Now you will be able to trigger the sheikah stone cutscene later during Back in Time using that file.


  • Do not collect a rupee/stamina fruit/heart with any file other than the Corrupt File, and do not open the Practice Sword chest with any other file either, otherwise the game will crash.
  • This RBM does not grant you the Practice Sword even if done before obtaining any sword. To obtain the Practice Sword via Back in Time the timing is different (you need to start your file a lot earlier).

Skip the Adventure Pouch

After placing the Emerald Tablet, save and quit at the prompt. Activate BiT using a Corrupt File. Perform a BiTSave using the Bazaar statue, then dive off Skyloft to fly to the surface.

This trick can be used in Harp speedruns, but is only slightly faster for non-Japanese speedruns. It is much slower to perform in a full game run, as you would usually use a bottle to access the Fire Sanctuary. While skipping the bottle is possible it is much slower.

Spawn Closer to Faron

When you first fly to the surface, jump off the platform at the bottom of the lower academy stairs. Curve your skydive so that Link is aiming to the left and then call your loftwing. You will hit a spawn point closer to Faron than if you had just jumped off normally.

Early Goddess's Silent Realm

Using Reverse BiTMagic and Faron Back in Time, it is possible to load the Trial Gate for the final Silent Realm onto Skyloft. This skips the entire Song of the Hero, but allows the Stone of Trials to be obtained for accessing Sky Keep. This makes it ideal for All Dungeons speedruns. There are 2 methods for performing it:

Method 1 - Faron Woods BiT

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This trick requires a file saved right before bonking the mushrooms that Machi the Kikwi hides behind at the start of Faron Woods. The corresponding flag is set after bonking the second mushroom. The file setup for this trick is specific (the slots can be switched around):

  • File 1: Run File, saved in Skyloft
  • File 2: File saved before Machi Mushrooms
  • File 3: Faron BiT enabled file

After accessing Faron BiT in the usual way, enter the Behind the Temple area with File 2 selected, and enter Faron Woods with File 2 selected. Then keep File 2 selected in BiT go near the 2nd mushroom then call Fi. You can the select File 1, and start the file at the end of the 2nd Fi textbox to RBM the flag to Skyloft.

You do need to commit the flag before exiting Skyloft; a common method is to shoot a lamp outside the bazaar to spawn a hidden rupee, but it can be any scene flag change.

Method 2 - Lumpy Pumpkin BiT

Video forthcoming

This variant is slower but gives more freedom to the file management. The corresponding flag is talking to Keet (the youngest customer) in the Lumpy Pumpkin after having met Batreaux. This does mean that one of your file needs to have met Batreaux. It is good to know that meeting Batreaux in Back in Time (for exemple for Early ToT statue) does work for this. The following file setup will work:

  • File 1: Run File, saved in Skyloft
  • File 2: Faron BiT enabled file

After accessing Faron BiT, return to the Sky with File 2 selected. Once in the Sky, quickly select File 1 (or any file that has the ability to jump off the loftwing) before Link mounts the Loftwing. Fly very high up then perform a long dive to the Lumpy Pumpkin. Enter the Lumpy Pumpkin, select the file that met Batreaux then talk to Keet. Switch to File 1 and start your file on the last textbox.

You do need to commit the flag before exiting Skyloft; a common method is to shoot a lamp outside the bazaar to spawn a hidden rupee, but it can be any scene flag change.

Skip the Spiral Charge Tutorial

Discovered by sva

Link is actually granted the Spiral Charge as he finishes talking to Professor Owlan on Skyloft, right before jumping into the tutorial. You are not supposed to be able to get away from Owlan with the Spiral Charge however, as there is a ground trigger preventing you from escaping going into the tutorial. If you could jump over that trigger, you could clawshot up to the highest island on Skyloft and go to the Sky from there. This avoids the loading zone to the Spiral Charge Tutorial and leads you to the real Sky with the Spiral Charge. From there you can get the Pumpkin Soup and fight Bilocyte. This skips the tutorial completely.

There are 2 known methods to skip it.

Method 1 - Deathwarp

Talk to Owlan and tell him you give up on learning the Spiral Charge. This removes the Spiral Charge ability. Enter a loading zone then go back to Skyloft and ask Owlan to start the tutorial. Instead of entering the Sky, die to respawn away from Owlan. From there clawshot up to the highest island and enter the Sky to skip the tutorial.

Video forthcoming

Method 2 - Combined with Early Life Tree Seedling

This method is best combined with Early Life Tree Seedling, but this means you have to go to the past a second time during the Faron SotH quest. Have your run file saved on Skyloft, and perform Early Life Tree Seedling, except you will want to start your file right before planting the seedling into the ground (instead of closing the textbox). This RBMs the Life Tree Seedling to be planted on Skyloft. After this, enter the Academy, talk to the Headmaster and Owlan. After talking to Owlan on Skyloft, turn around to look at the Pumpkin patch and you will be teleported to it. Get the Life Tree Seedling then clawshot up to the highest island and fly into the Sky to skip the Spiral Charge Tutorial.

Video forthcoming

TAS Strategies - Unused Strategies

Small Cutscene Skip before Loftwing rescue

Discovered by sva

After Zelda joins you in your quest to rescue your loftwing (after going through the waterfall cave, there is a small cutscene where Zelda sees and points at your Loftwing. That cutscene can be skipped with an incredibly precise jump-jumpslash. This is considered only worth it in a TAS.

Repeat the Wing Ceremony Indefinitely

Discovered by tlozsr

It is possible to do the Wing Ceremony more than one time. After obtaining the Sailcloth, save at the Upper Academy statue. Activate BiT (a Corrupt File is probably fastest). Perform a BiTSave using the Upper Academy statue to reach BiT Skyloft. Enter the goddess statue and immediately leave. When you dive off Skyloft, the Wing Ceremony will start again.

After you win, you'll do the Sailcloth skydive again, but nothing will happen when you land. You can then dive off Skyloft to do the Wing Ceremony again, and repeat this as many times as you want.

To escape from this, perform another BiTSave to reach BiT Skyloft and place the Emerald Tablet.

Sparring Hall Clip

Discovered by weegeechan

It is possible to clip through the floor in the Practice Sword room of the Sparring Hall. Use a bomb to Highflip onto the bins of swords, then jump towards the crate. You should slowly land, and by moving around and using first person view, you can fall through the floor.

There is no known use for this trick, but it could lead to other clip ideas.

Early Zelda's Room

Discovered by Eero_454

Enter Karane's room in the Knight Academy. Roll so that you clip partly into her desk chair, release the control stick, and mash A, and you should sit in the chair. When you stand up you'll end up on top of her desk. From there you can jump along her furniture to reach the wall next to Zelda's bed, where you can sleep. When you wake up, you can run into Zelda's room.

This trick is not useful for full game runs, because Zelda's door is locked and it's impossible to escape her room.

Enter Sky Keep Without Clawshots

It is possible to enter Sky Keep without the use of the Clawshots using the Reverse BiTWarp technique. To do so, save your file either at the Skyview Boss Door Statue or at the Fire Sanctuary Overwolrd Bird Statue. Perform BiT and enter Orielle's house. Once inside the house, start your file and open the door leading to Skyloft outside. This will Reverse BiTWarp you to Skyloft and make you fall off the map. A Knight will save you and put you at the Sky Keep Entrance, allowing you to enter without Clawshots.

This is currently useless as the Clawshots are needed inside Sky Keep to obtain the Triforce of Wisdom.

Last updated 01/13/2020 – Deesh