Although the Master Sword hasn’t always been a fixture in The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past immediately made a piece of iconography comparable to the Triforce. By Ocarina of Time, the Master Sword became the series’ logo along with the Hylian Shield. Games like Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild have only highlighted the Master Sword’s importance, with Age of Calamity being the latest Zelda to honor it.
Age of Calamity props up the Master Sword more than ever, making it Link’s de facto ultimate weapon narratively and through gameplay. While players might find other weapons that seemingly outclass the legendary blade, a fully upgraded Master Sword cuts through everything in its path with minimal resistance.
Unlock The Blade Of Evil’s Bane
The first step to overpowering the Master Sword is actually unlocking the Master Sword. Unlike in Breath of the Wild where the Blade of Evil’s Bane was completely optional, Age of Calamity gives Link the Master Sword as part of the main story. Simply defeat Astor at the end of Freeing Korok Forest – the first mission of Chapter 3 – and Link will pull the Master Sword from its pedestal before the battle’s end.
Grind To Lv 20
Once the Master Sword has been obtained, the next step is leveling the blade up to its first cap of 20. Head to the Hyrule Blacksmith and fuse weapons into the Master Sword in order to level it up. In doing this, the Master Sword will eventually have Seals attached to it which carry their own unique side effects.
So early in the game, it’s unlikely players will get the Seals they want (or even need) to make the Master Sword optimal. That said, it’s possible to remove any Seals down the line so prioritize getting the Master Sword to its max level before worrying about what to equip it with.
Attach Damage Per 100 KOs Seal
Now for the worrying. Seals don’t really matter on one-off weapons that’ll just become fusion fodder and unwanted Seals can be easily removed, but it’s important to equip the right Seals on the Master Sword. Not every buff will benefit the weapon to its fullest and some are downright useless.
The first Seal most players will want to equip ASAP is Damage Per 100 KOs. Age of Calamity’s battles are longer and they only get longer, so it pays to have a Seal that buffs the Master Sword every 100 kills. The increase in damage makes a noticeable difference, especially on huge maps.
Unlock Lv 25 Weapons
Lv 20 is the first of three level caps for weapons in Age of Calamity, with the other two caps unlocked through side missions. Completing A Monumental Undertaking allows players to level up their weapons to 25. To finish the mission, simply turn in 3 Luminous Stones, 30 Moblin Fangs, 5 Lynel Horns, 20 Moblin Trophies, and 1 Stone Talus Trophy. A Monumental Undertaking is unlocked after finishing Relentless as a Waterfall at the very start of Chapter 6.
Attach Attack Speed
Link is the most well rounded character in Age of Calamity and his One-Handed Weapons stand out as some of the strongest in the game – with the Master Sword no exception. An easily overlooked Seal is Attack Speed, which speeds up how quickly characters attack. This is especially useful for locking enemies into combos: the faster Link can attack, the more he can interrupt his opponents. Attack Speed on a fully upgraded Master Sword makes for a ferociously overpowered weapon.
Unlock Lv 30 Weapons
Unfortunately, the final level cap can’t be unlocked until after finishing Age of Calamity’s last story mission: The Future of Hyrule. Players can level their weapons up to 30 after completing The Legendary Blacksmith in the post-game. To finish The Legendary Blacksmith, exchange 4 Hinox Trophies, 1 Stone Talus Trophy, 4 Lynel Trophies, 1 Molduga Trophies, and 2 Ethereal Stones. Considering The Legendary Blacksmith is only available in the post-game, there are no shortage of missions to grind Trophies off of.
Max Out The Master Sword
Once A Monumental Undertaking and The Legendary Blacksmith have both been completed, all weapons in Age of Calamity will be able to be raised to their true max level of 30. The extra 10 levels between 20 and 30 make a notable difference, especially for the Master Sword.
A fully maxed out Master Sword not only has access to the Sword Beam, but the potential to turn it into a long range killing machine. Worth keeping in mind that Link will inevitably find stronger weapons than the Master Sword in the post-game, but the Blade of Evil’s Blade side effects are too unique to ignore.
Attach Damage At Full Hearts
Damage At Full Hearts is a must-have Seal for the Master Sword. Realistically, players should avoid taking damage as much as possible, which is what the Master Sword emphasizes through the Sword Beam (only accessed at full health). Paired with Damage At Full Hearts, the sheer amount of slaughter tied to the Sword Beam becomes staggering. Link will be able to drop most foes before he even reaches them, slicing through most maps like butter. While Link does have weapons with higher stats, only the Master Sword lets him unleash non-stop carnage over Hyrule.
Level Up Link
Age of Calamity doesn’t have an absurdly high level cap for player characters (yet), capping out at a reasonable 100. Once the Master Sword has reached its max level of 30, it’s time to level up Link to his max of 100. Since most players will have likely used Link during their playthrough, this shouldn’t be a particularly difficult task. For those that need to grind, however, cook any recipe that increases earned EXP and either finish off leftover side missions as Link or replay Blood Moon missions until hitting 100.
Cook Before Every Meal
On that note, make sure to cook. The real key to success in Age of Calamity is unlocking recipes and always having a steady stock of ingredients on hand. A fully maxed out Link with an equally maxed out Master Sword becomes even more overpowered when they’ve eaten before battle. Wheat Bread, Pumpkin Soup, and Creamy Heart Soup outright guarantee Link will be fighting at his full potential at all times.
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