Upgrading

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Upgrading,(SS)[1][name references needed] also known as Enhancing,(BotW)[2] is a recurring mechanic in The Legend of Zelda series. Most commonly, items such as the Master Sword or the Arrows can be upgraded into stronger versions, such as the Golden Sword and Silver Arrows, respectively.

Overview

While the ability to replace weaker items with stronger variants is prevalent in nearly every Zelda game, some games such as Skyward Sword feature more in-depth systems of upgrading, and it is often necessary to provide Treasures or Materials as the basic ingredients for the relevant upgrade.

Common upgrades throughout the series include: the Magical Boomerang, Magic Hammer, the White Sword, the Mirror Shield, Blue Mail and Red Mail, Light Arrows and Roc's Cape. Several equipment upgrades, such as the Quiver and Bomb Bag are prevalent in games that require ammunition. Wallet upgrades are commonplace, as well.

Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, items and Potions can be upgraded in the Skyloft Bazaar to give them added advantages, like extra strength or durability.[3] Gondo will enhance Link's equipment in the Scrap Shop,[4] while Bertie improves Potions at the Infusion Shop. All upgrades are permanent and take a few seconds to complete.[5] As Link progresses, he is able to upgrade more of his items.[6]

In order to fully upgrade all of Link's items, the following quantity of each treasure is required:

Quantities Required
Treasures: Materials
Hornet Larvae 4 Hornet Larvaes Bird Feather 5 Bird Feathers Tumbleweed 16 Tumbleweeds Lizard Tail 7 Lizard Tails
Eldin Ore 7 Eldin Ores Ancient Flower 7 Ancient Flowers Amber Relic 25 Amber Relics Dusk Relic 13 Dusk Relics
Jelly Blob 8 Jelly Blobs Monster Claw 17 Monster Claws Monster Horn 8 Monster Horns Ornamental Skull 12 Ornamental Skulls
Evil Crystal 4 Evil Crystals Blue Bird Feather 5 Blue Bird Feathers Golden Skull 4 Golden Skulls Goddess Plume 3 Goddess Plumes

Adventure Items

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Ability to grab items.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description
  • Increased flight speed.
  • Hold A Button to further increase the speed.
Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Can fly farther distances.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Increased power and range.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Further increased power and range.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Double the size.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Ability to dig and explore underground mazes.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Can be charged by holding A Button to scatter a single Deku Seed over a wide area.

ItemUpgradeMaterialsCostLocationDescription

Ability to grab items.

  • Increased flight speed.
  • Hold A Button to further increase the speed.

Can fly farther distances.

Increased power and range.

Further increased power and range.

Double the size.

Ability to dig and explore underground mazes.

Can be charged by holding A Button to scatter a single Deku Seed over a wide area.

Ammunition Containers

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Holds 10 extra Bombs.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Holds 15 extra Bombs.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Holds 10 extra Arrows.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Holds 15 extra Arrows.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Holds 20 extra Deku Seeds.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Holds 30 extra Deku Seeds.

Potion Infusions

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Description

Restores all Hearts.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Description

Restores all Hearts.
Includes two servings.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Description

Completely restores Shield meter for equipped Shield and activates automatically when the equipped Shield would have broken otherwise.
Restores eight Hearts.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Description

Completely restores Shield meter for equipped Shield and activates automatically when the equipped Shield would have broken otherwise.
Restores eight Hearts.
Contains two servings.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Description

Completely restores Stamina Gauge.
Prevents Stamina Gauge from depleting for 3 minutes.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Description

Completely restores Oxygen Gauge.
Prevents Oxygen Gauge from depleting for 3 minutes underwater.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Description

Prevents Link from sustaining any damage for 3 minutes.

ItemUpgradeMaterialsCostDescription

Restores all Hearts.

Restores all Hearts.
Includes two servings.

Completely restores Shield meter for equipped Shield and activates automatically when the equipped Shield would have broken otherwise.
Restores eight Hearts.

Completely restores Shield meter for equipped Shield and activates automatically when the equipped Shield would have broken otherwise.
Restores eight Hearts.
Contains two servings.

Completely restores Stamina Gauge.
Prevents Stamina Gauge from depleting for 3 minutes.

Completely restores Oxygen Gauge.
Prevents Oxygen Gauge from depleting for 3 minutes underwater.

Prevents Link from sustaining any damage for 3 minutes.

Shields

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Increased durability.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Further increased durability.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Increased durability.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Further increased durability.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Increased durability.

Item
Upgrade
Materials
Cost
Location
Description

Further increased durability.

A Link Between Worlds



Item Upgrades

Item
Upgrade
Requirement(s) and Location

Found in the Lost Woods.

Effect

Double the strength of the Forgotten Sword.

Item
Upgrade
Requirement(s) and Location

Giving two pieces of Master Ore to the Blacksmith in Hyrule.

Effect

Double the strength of the Master Sword.

Item
Upgrade
Requirement(s) and Location

Giving two pieces of Master Ore to the Blacksmith in Lorule.

Effect

Double the strength of the Master Sword Lv2.

Item
Upgrade
Requirement(s) and Location

Found in Big Chest in Turtle Rock.

Effect

Blocks magical attacks, beams and fire.

Item
Upgrade
Requirement(s) and Location

Found in Big Chest in Swamp Palace.

Effect

Cuts damage by half.

Item
Upgrade
Requirement(s) and Location

Found in Big Chest in Lorule Castle.

Effect

Cuts damage by three fourths of the Green Tunic's.

Item
Upgrade
Requirement(s) and Location

Link must complete the Advanced level of the Treacherous Tower.

Effect

Illuminates areas more brightly.
Deals 8× more damage.

Item
Upgrade
Requirement(s) and Location

Link must complete the Advanced level of the Treacherous Tower twice.

Effect

Damages enemies within its spin radius.

Item
Upgrade
Requirement(s) and Location

Found in Big Chest in Desert Palace.

Effect

Allows Link to lift heavier objects.

ItemUpgradeRequirement(s) and LocationEffect

Found in the Lost Woods.

Double the strength of the Forgotten Sword.

Giving two pieces of Master Ore to the Blacksmith in Hyrule.

Double the strength of the Master Sword.

Giving two pieces of Master Ore to the Blacksmith in Lorule.

Double the strength of the Master Sword Lv2.

Found in Big Chest in Turtle Rock.

Blocks magical attacks, beams and fire.

Found in Big Chest in Swamp Palace.

Cuts damage by half.

Found in Big Chest in Lorule Castle.

Cuts damage by three fourths of the Green Tunic's.

Link must complete the Advanced level of the Treacherous Tower.

Illuminates areas more brightly.
Deals 8× more damage.

Link must complete the Advanced level of the Treacherous Tower twice.

Damages enemies within its spin radius.

Found in Big Chest in Desert Palace.

Allows Link to lift heavier objects.

Mother Maimai Upgrades

Item
Upgrade
Effect

Increased speed and range.
Throw three Boomerangs at a time.

Item
Upgrade
Effect

Damage doubled.
Increased blast radius.

Item
Upgrade
Effect

Fire three arrows at a time.

Item
Upgrade
Effect

Shoots Faster.

Item
Upgrade
Effect

Damage doubled.
Increased shock wave range.

Item
Upgrade
Effect

Damage doubled.
Wider and taller flame pillar.
Flame travels farther.

Item
Upgrade
Effect

Drop four ice blocks at once.

Item
Upgrade
Effect

Deals damage.
Increased gust radius.

Item
Upgrade
Effect

Sand pillars do not disappear until the Sand Rod is used on them again.

ItemUpgradeEffect

Increased speed and range.
Throw three Boomerangs at a time.

Damage doubled.
Increased blast radius.

Fire three arrows at a time.

Shoots Faster.

Damage doubled.
Increased shock wave range.

Damage doubled.
Wider and taller flame pillar.
Flame travels farther.

Drop four ice blocks at once.

Deals damage.
Increased gust radius.

Sand pillars do not disappear until the Sand Rod is used on them again.

Tri Force Heroes

Item
Upgrade
Required Outfit
Effect(s)

Enlarges the Boomerang.

Item
Upgrade
Required Outfit
Effect(s)

Turns picked up Bombs into Big Bombs.
Damage doubles.
Increases blast radius.

Item
Upgrade
Required Outfit
Effect(s)

Fires three Arrows at once.

Item
Upgrade
Required Outfit
Effect(s)

Fires three fire balls at once.

Item
Upgrade
Required Outfit
Effect(s)

Increases launching speed.
Increases distance reached.
Pulls enemies toward Link instead of stunning them.
Deals damage to enemies when grabbed.

Item
Upgrade
Required Outfit
Effect(s)

Increases the distance of the Gust Jar's blasts.
Reduces the time between blasts.

Item
Upgrade
Required Outfit
Effect(s)

Increases the Magic Hammer's shockwave radius.
Increases the speed of the Magic Hammer's swing.
Damage doubles.

Item
Upgrade
Required Outfit
Effect(s)

Increases water pillar's radius.

ItemUpgradeRequired OutfitEffect(s)

Enlarges the Boomerang.

Turns picked up Bombs into Big Bombs.
Damage doubles.
Increases blast radius.

Fires three Arrows at once.

Fires three fire balls at once.

Increases launching speed.
Increases distance reached.
Pulls enemies toward Link instead of stunning them.
Deals damage to enemies when grabbed.

Increases the distance of the Gust Jar's blasts.
Reduces the time between blasts.

Increases the Magic Hammer's shockwave radius.
Increases the speed of the Magic Hammer's swing.
Damage doubles.

Increases water pillar's radius.

Breath of the Wild



By visiting the Great Fairies, Link is able to Enhancing his Armor in exchange for Materials. Each piece of Armor can be Enhanced up to four times, though some pieces of Armor cannot be Enhanced.

Link can upgrade the Remote Bomb and Stasis Runes on his Sheikah Slate by providing Purah with Ancient Materials. By completing the Trials in The Champions' Ballad Downloadable Content pack, Link can also upgrade the Champion abilities given to him.

Nomenclature

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References

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword—Prima Official Game Guide (Collector, 2013), Prima Games, pg. 12
  2. "Thanks to you, I've been returned to my former glory. And as they say—one good turn deserves another. I can help you, boy. Allow me to enhance your clothing. It's the least I can do, but I will need the necessary materials..." — Mija (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "I can use the stuff you find to upgrade your gear and make it even stronger!" — Gondo (Skyward Sword)
  4. "Heyyyyy! Welcome to the Scrap Shop!" — Gondo (Skyward Sword)
  5. "All right. You want to upgrade this? There's no going back, y'hear?" — Gondo (Skyward Sword)
  6. "You got it! These are all the items you have that I can upgrade right now." — Gondo (Skyward Sword)