Since the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a breaking mechanic for the majority of its weapons, players might be wondering whether their Master Sword will break after excessive usage or not.
No, Master Sword does not break in Breath of the Wild. Instead, it loses its power when used excessively. The power gets restored in about 10mins and then it is ready for use again.
This basic and to-the-point guide will help you acquire Master Sword in Breath of the Wild if you already haven’t and tell you about its recharging mechanic.
How to Get the Master Sword in Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Before we talk about its breaking (charging) mechanics, let’s take a quick look at how can Link acquire this magical sword for himself in Breath of the Wild.
You can locate the Master Sword as soon as the game starts by making your way to the Lost Woods, which are located in the northern part of the map, just north of Central Hyrule.
Reach the entrance of the Lost Woods and then head inside. You’ll immediately notice how densely foggy it is inside. That’s because the Lost Woods present you with a maze-like puzzle where you have to follow the lit braziers to navigate through the forest and reach the Korok Forest.
Keep following the lit braziers until you reach a point where the path bifurcates into two and there are no more braziers for you to follow.
The trick here is to pick up and light the torch nearby. You’ll notice that the torch emits an amber trail due to the strong winds blowing inside the forest. Those ambers will act as your guide.
Just stand still and let the amber trail guide you through to the Korok forest.
Soon you’ll reach the Korok forest, where the Master Sword resides in wait for a worthy wielder. Link will meet the Deku tree there and upon conversing with him, you’ll find out that Master Sword chooses its owner based on their bravery, strength, and worthiness. If you came here early on in the game, and try to take the sword out, you’ll die.
Have Enough Heart Containers (HP)
You need to have 13 full Heart Containers to pull the Master Sword out. Temporary food and armor buff (yellow heart containers) do not count.
This should tell you that the Master Sword requires you to progress a fair bit into the story and defeat at least 2 Divine Beasts and solve around 40 shrines to have enough Heart Containers. You get a heart container after every 4 shrines you solve.
Once you have enough hearts, go back and pull the sword out. The Deku tree will tell you about the sword and its powers. You must use the sword only when it is needed ( a hint about its recharging ability).
Now that you have acquired the Master Sword and are ready to use it relentlessly against Ganon and his followers, you might be wondering whether it breaks or not.
Can the Master Sword Break in Zelda: Breath of the Wild?
The Master Sword does not break in Breath of the Wild. It does, however, run out of juice if you keep spamming it against weaker mobs. Once fully depleted, the Master Sword takes 10mins to fully recharge again.
This sword is especially useful against the more powerful, calamity-infused enemies you will encounter in the later stages of the game.
You should most definitely acquire the Master Sword in Breath of the Wild before heading up against the Divine Beast in the lava region and before you face off against Ganon.