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Pre-route Info

The purpose of this page is to remind runners where to go and what to do for the run. It does not go into specific detail on things such as movement or trick inputs. It is typically best to watch a high level run of the game from the leaderboards while following along with this route.

Language choice for this game is negligible due to how fast the text is.

The digital version has faster loading times than the cartridge version. There does not appear to be any difference between digital on a microSD card vs. digital on the Switch's internal storage. A general loading comparison can be seen here.

Runs can be done in either Normal Mode or Hero Mode, however it should be noted that Hero Mode is faster than Normal Mode due to increased skyward strike power and double damage making deathwarps faster.

The Zelda & Loftwing amiibo currently saves over 2 minutes in this route. Sections where it can be used are marked with AMIIBO and the corresponding sections without amiibo as NO AMIIBO.

Optimally your Hero Mode file will start with the following treasures:

  • 1 Ancient Flower

For general information on movement, please see this page


Skyloft

  • Zelda Cutscene at Goddess Statue
  • Groose Cutscene at Plaza
  • Practice Sword
  • Waterfall Cave
  • Rescue your Loftwing
  • Fast Loftwing Tutorial
  • Wing Ceremony and Sailcloth
  • Follow Fi to Goddess Statue
  • Goddess Sword
  • Place Emerald Tablet
  • Adventure Pouch
  • Wooden Shield from Owlan
  • Fly to Faron (Dive trick)

Faron Woods 1

  • Deku Babas
  • Skyward Strike in the pit
  • Revitalizing Potion
  • Impa and her beacon
  • Gorko Bokoblin fight
  • Log Jump to enter Faron
  • Machi Bokoblin fight
  • Roll into wall to knock vine loose
  • Machi conversation
  • Fight Bokoblins for Lopsa
  • Grass Cutting for Erla
  • Through the Hole for Oolo
  • Slingshot
  • Push down log above In the Woods statue
  • Deep Woods
  • Extending Blow OR Goddess Cube warp
  • If you did Goddess Cube Warp and NO AMIIBO:
    • Push down log on ledge nearby
  • Enter Skyview Temple

Skyview Temple

  • Shoot first switch with slingshot
  • Spin sword to defeat eye guardian
  • Activate switch on lower level
  • Roll past spider
  • Hit switch in western room to raise water
  • Hit switch on upper level in main room
  • Roll through crawlspace on lower level and hit switch to raise water
  • Return to main room and cross log to vines
  • Spin sword to defeat double eye guardians
  • Small Key
  • Get seed drop in right bush after opening locked door
  • Stalfos fight
  • Beetle
  • Activate switch over western door with beetle
  • Use beetle to knock down crate
  • Kill skulltula and spin sword to defeat triple eye guardians
  • Small Key
  • Slingshot snipe to raise water level
  • Enter eastern door in main circular room
  • Kill Staldra and continue
  • Spider skip (or use the beetle)
  • Open gate with slingshot
  • Vine swinging fun
  • Boss Key
  • Take vines back to boss door
  • Ghirahim
  • Get Heart Container
  • Ruby Tablet
  • If you did Extending Blow earlier and NO AMIIBO:
    • Push down log on ledge in Deep Woods
  • Fly to Skyloft (Goddess Statue)
  • Place Ruby Tablet
  • Fly to Eldin

Eldin Volcano 1

  • Remove wooden shield
  • Mogma cutscene
  • Run through lava cavern and bomb cavern
  • Pyrup Cutscene Skip
  • Bomb throwing trick to drain lava OR Run around and roll bomb across bone bridge
  • Enter Mogma Turf
  • Bokoblin Fight for Digging Mitts
  • Fire Maze
  • Mogma/Impa cutscenes
  • Scale the sandy slopes
  • Just sayin' cutscene
  • First three key pieces
  • Run by Temple Entrance statue to create autosave
  • Injure in burning room to 3-4 hearts
  • Collect 3 blue rupees down slope
  • Fourth key shard
  • Jumpslash bomb at last key piece
  • Deathwarp via lava
  • Enter Earth Temple

Earth Temple


Lanayru Desert 1

  • Push first minecart to cross gap
  • Slingshot timeshift stone
  • Pull and ride first minecart
  • Bomb down statue
  • Cross the quicksand (brakeslide)
  • Bomb rocks on minecart track
  • Roll bombs to activate timeshift stone
  • Pull and ride minecart to Desert
  • Dual Technoblin fight
  • Hook Beetle
  • Brake Slide to reach Fire Node
  • Fire generator room
  • Bomb open lightning generator
  • Lightning generator room
  • Bomb rocks around timeshift stone near generator lock
  • Bomb open water generator
  • Generator lock puzzle
  • Lanayru Mining Facility

Lanayru Mining Facility


Opening the Thunderhead

  • Learn Ballad of the Goddess
  • Damage down to 2 hearts by jumping down the spiral to Imp 1
  • Imprisoned 1
  • AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Faron using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Faron using Behind the Temple statue
  • Fly to Skyloft (Academy)
  • Talk to Gaepora
  • Leave via lower academy doors
  • Turn first windmill
  • Visit second windmill
  • Repair Scrapper
  • Potion Shop Bottle
  • Fly to Eldin (Temple Entrance) and retrieve windmill propeller
  • AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Eldin using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Eldin using Earth Temple statue
  • Fly to Skyloft and turn second windmill
  • Play Ballad of the Goddess on the Light Tower (with Harp Cancel)
  • Fly to Isle of Songs
  • Entrance Puzzle
  • Farore's Courage
  • AMIIBO:
    • Return to Eldin using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Leave Thunderhead
  • Fly to Faron Woods (Viewing Platform)

Faron Woods 2

  • Harp Cancel
  • Farore's Silent Realm
  • Water Dragon's Scale
  • AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Faron using amiibo
    • Fly to Faron (Forest Temple)
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Run to Skyview Temple
  • Activate Goddess Wall with harp
  • Run through main room to eastern room
  • Mogma Cutscene
  • Small key
  • Run through circular room
  • Skyward Strike the Bokoblin Archers
  • Triple Stalfos Fight
    • Bomb refill in jar
  • Fill bottle with water for stamina refill
  • Sacred Water
  • Deathwarp
  • AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Faron using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Leave Skyview
    • Fly out of Faron using Forest Temple statue
  • Fly to In the Woods
  • Early Lake Floria
  • Water Dragon cutscene
  • Enter Ancient Cistern

Ancient Cistern

  • Lilypad cutscene skip
  • Combination lock (UDLR)
  • Flip lilypad in next room
  • Red rupee in water (20 R for Air Potion later)
  • Small key
  • Back to main room and enter statue
  • Stalmaster fight
  • Whip
  • Go out using geysers
  • Whip switch to close off waterfall
  • Whirlpool room
  • Use beetle to drop spider on lilypad
  • Small Key from Bokoblin with whip
  • Take pipe out of basement water tunnel
  • Whip lever to raise the iron bars to the main room (AVOID AUTOSAVING NEAR THE STATUE)
  • Early Blessed Idol using Entrance Animation Transfer
  • Climb up the statue
  • Open boss door
  • Raise the statue
  • Koloktos
  • Farore's Flame

Lanayru Desert 2

  • AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Faron using amiibo
    • Fly to Lanayru (North Desert)
    • Fly out of Lanayru using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Faron using Lake Floria statue
  • Fly to Isle of Songs
  • Nayru's Wisdom
  • AMIIBO:
    • Return to Lanayru using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Fly to Lanayru (North Desert)
  • Harp Cancel
  • Nayru's Silent Realm
  • Clawshots
  • Clawshot/Run to Sand Sea
  • Hit timeshift stone on boat
  • Sail to Skipper's Retreat
  • Sail to Shipyard
    • Minecart roller coaster
    • Moldarach redux
  • Sail to Pirate Stronghold
    • Bomb refill at end of stronghold
    • Leave stronghold through side entrance
    • Sandship Dowsing
  • Sail to and attempt to blow up Sandship

Sandship

  • Run by first statue to create autosave
  • Avoid the Electro Spume or hit it with a skyward strike
  • Fi's boss door text (avoid nearby statue to prevent an autosave)
  • Injure to <= 2 hearts on door
  • Combination lock (DUDR)
  • Small key
  • Deathwarp via bombs
  • Scervo fight
  • Bow
  • Out to main deck
  • Shoot lifeboat and switch on mast
  • Mast skip via deathwarp
  • Activate both power generators
  • Climb down ladder to piston room
  • Early piston cycle
  • Small key from crew
  • Deathwarp via bombs
  • Climb ladder
  • Shoot timeshift stone (to present)
  • Enter captain's cabin
  • Shoot timeshift stone (to past)
  • Boss key
  • Exit cabin and drop to lifeboat
  • Open boss door
  • Escape the ship
  • Fill second bottle with water
  • Tentalus
  • Skip Heart Container
  • Nayru's Flame

Eldin Volcano 2

  • Fly out of Lanayru using Desert Harbor statue
  • AMIIBO:
    • Fly to Eldin (Volcano Ascent)
    • Fly out of Eldin using amiibo
    • Fly to Isle of Songs
    • Din's Power
    • Return to Eldin using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Fly to Isle of Songs
    • Din's Power
    • Fly to Eldin (Volcano Ascent)
  • Harp Cancel
  • Din's Silent Realm
  • Fireshield Earrings
  • Bomb rocks and take vents up
  • Volcano Summit
  • Fly to Faron (Floria Waterfall)
  • Water Basin
  • AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Faron using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Faron using Lake Floria Statue
  • Fly to Eldin
  • Fast Escort Strats
  • Enter Fire Sanctuary

Fire Sanctuary

  • Small key
  • Guld Skip
  • First Magmanos room
  • Dark Lizalfos fight
  • Beetle-bomb rocks to make lava flow
  • Small key in mogma room
  • Water plant jumpslash trick in next room
  • Double Magmanos fight
  • Mogma Mitts
  • Burrow underground to next room
  • Run past bird statue for autosave
  • Use gust bellows to reveal digging spot
  • Open gate and cross bridge to map room
  • Solve double gate puzzle
  • Use waterplant to douse fire wall
  • Use Whip to save the mogma
  • Bomb open hidden wall for small key
  • Deathwarp
  • Cross lava river
  • Mogma catching game
  • Start lava river flowing
  • Float down river and jump to left statue's mouth
  • Double Dark Lizalfos fight
  • Underground puzzle and Moldorm fight
  • Boss Key
  • Ghirahim 2
  • Skip Heart Container
  • Din's Flame
  • Fly to Faron (Behind the Temple)

The Hunt for Levias

  • Imprisoned 2
    • Damage to 2 hearts via fall damage before fight
  • Open Gate of Time
  • True Master Sword
  • Back to Present
  • AMIIBO::
    • Fly out of Faron using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Faron using Behind the Temple statue
  • Fly to Skyloft (Bazaar)
  • Buy Heart Potion (20 R)
  • Buy Air Potion (0 R)
  • Talk to Gaepora and Owlan
  • Spiral Charge Tutorial Skip
  • Get soup from the Lumpy Pumpkin
  • Enter Thunderhead and fight Bilocyte
  • Deathwarp via bombs

Song of the Hero

  • Fly to Lanayru (West Desert)
  • Talk to Golo in the caves
  • Use beetle to snag small key
  • Minecart Auto-scroller. Optimally, take free damage during auto-scroller if deathwarping afterwards.
  • Life Tree Seedling
  • AMIIBO::
    • Fly out of Lanayru using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Deathwarp by slashing a bomb into the void if you took damage during the auto-scroller. Otherwise, Shoot timeshift stone with arrow
    • Fly out of Lanayru using Lanayru Gorge statue
  • Fly to Faron (Behind the Temple)
  • Go through Gate of Time and plant Tree of Life
  • Tree of Life Fruit
  • AMIIBO::
    • Fly out of Faron using amiibo
  • NO AMIIBO:
    • Fly out of Faron using Behind the Temple statue
  • Fly to Lanayru (Lanayru Gorge)
  • Revive Thunder Dragon for Song of the Hero part
  • Fly to Faron (Sealed Grounds)
  • Imprisoned 3
  • Use Groosenator to reach flooded woods
  • Tadtones with Air Potion
  • Deathwarp
  • Talk to Water Dragon for Song of the Hero part
  • Fly to Eldin
  • Bokoblin Base
    • Mogma Mitts
    • Gust Bellows
    • Clawshots
    • Whip
    • Peahat Skip
    • Slingshot
    • Bombs
    • True Master Sword
    • Enter and leave Fire Dragon's Room
    • Adventure Pouch and other items
    • Deathwarp
  • Talk to Fire Dragon for last Song of the Hero Part
  • Fly to Levias
  • Learn Song of the Hero
  • Fly to Skyloft (Plaza)
  • Harp Cancel
  • Goddess's Silent Realm
  • Stone of Trials
  • Enter Sky Keep

Sky Keep


Last updated 08/10/2021 – gymnast86