This is a guide to the different secrets, easter eggs, and other references found in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to see what secrets you might have missed on Skyloft and the Surface!
During the Wing Ceremony, Instructor Owlan remarks that the Knight Academy is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
This is a reference to how the series was also celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, which was the original game's release date.
After acquiring the Clawshots, you can enter Zelda's room in the Knight Academy. You need to climb on top of the building and use the Clawshots to grapple the target on the chimney to enter the room.
|Zelda's Room Secrets|
You can also find additional secrets inside Zelda's room. These include a Tingle doll on a desk, a portrait of Zelda and Gaebora, and Zelda's journal that you can read by sitting on the chair.
If you enter the chimney leading to Zelda's room at night, toggle first-person view and look down to find Gaepora taking a bath below.
This gameplay mechanic first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. In that game, you use the Bug Net to catch bees and fairies to put them into Empty Bottles.
On the left of the Goddess Statue area in Skyloft, you can find a target on the wall that you can grapple using the Clawshots.
Use the Clawshots to climb over the wall and jump over to the other side. On the flower field, you can find five Remlits that will follow you around in the area.
The spores have various effects and can be used five times. Using the spores at a heart turns it into a fairy, changes the value of a Rupee, stuns enemies and bugs, as well as make Gossip Stones shrink.
If you play the Goddess's Harp near a Remlit, it will sit in front of you and meow to the sound of the harp.
Sitting on a stool next to a character will activate a unique dialogue that provides information on certain characters. For example, sitting on the stool in the Sealed Grounds gives you extra dialogue from The Old One.
If you sit down on a stool for too long, Link will start to slowly fall asleep.
While skydiving, you may find flying squirrel-like creatures that will appear near Pumpkin Landing. If you gathered all ten of them in a circle before landing, you will receive a Red Rupee (20 Rupees) as a reward.
Rupoors also spawn from these ores, so be sure to only aim at the green and blue ores!
Using the Gust Bellows on people causes them to shield themselves from the wind. One exception is Mallara, who has a different reaction when using the weapon towards her.
The final puzzle inside the Lanayru Mining Facility involves hitting three red crystals based on the patterns that appear on a wall opposite of it.
The number sequence, 2-3-1, is the same puzzle solution used to open the door leading to the Gohma boss in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
If you head outside Pipit's house at night after completing Mallara's side quest, you will hear the two arguing on paying someone with the money Pipit earned to clean the house.
Despite this, you can still talk to Mallara and clean the house for 20 Rupees.
Inside the house in Skipper's Retreat are a series of photos hanging on the wall. One of these includes an Ancient robot carrying another similar to the iconic scene from the 1997 film, Titanic.
The statues also react to different actions. Shooting it with an arrow allows you to get Green Rupees, slashing it with a sword makes it sway, using the Gust Bellows or Glittering Spore makes them shrink, and using a bomb causes them to fly away.
Link will have a different idle animation if he is inside the Fire Sanctuary. Instead of looking around and stretching his arms, he will repeatedly wipe his forehead.
If you hold down the ZL button to target a character and press Down on the D-Pad, Fi will provide a short description of the character being targeted.
At night, if you go to the Waterfall Cave east of Skyloft you can find a swarm of Blessed Butterflies flying around near the cave. The butterflies only appear after completing The Goddess's Silent Realm trial.
If you play the Goddess's Harp, you can summon the Moonlight Merchant. Unlike the other Sheikah Stones, this statue does not have a treasure chest upon discovery and instead sells you rare treasures.
How to Find the Moonlight Merchant
If you keep visiting Beedle's shop without purchasing anything, he will eventually get angry and release a trap door as you leave the shop.
You can find cupboards inside houses or at the rooms in the Knight Academy. If you open one, the game will tell you that you shouldn't open other people's cupboards without permission.
You can find a picture of Link's face on a punching bag in Groose's room at the Knight Academy.
Several characters such as Yerbal and the Parella say the line: "It's a secret to everybody". This is a quote found in the original Zelda game that has become famous and is reused in other Zelda games.
If Link decides to show affection towards Peatrice at the end of her side quest, Fi will comment that he is interested to her and that he should not mention it the next time he encounters Zelda.
One side quest in Skyward Sword HD gives you the choice to deliver Cawlin's letter to Karane or to the ghost in the bathroom at the Knight Academy.
If you deliver the letter to the ghost, you can find its floating hand as it asks for a piece of paper. This is similar to the character known as ??? who also asks for paper in previous Zelda games.
You can find Batreaux at the restaurant area of the Bazaar during the day after you have collected all 80 Gratitude Crystals.
When meeting Lanayru for the first time, he assigns Link the model number, LD-Link-16, similar to the ancient robots.
The "LD" indicates that the robots came from Lanayru Desert while the number sixteen is a reference to the original game as the sixteenth Zelda game released.
After the Goddess Statue falls down to the Sealed Grounds near the end of the game, look at the ceiling to see decorative elements that bear striking resemblance to the Chamber of Sages from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
During the second phase of Demise's fight, you can use the Bug Net to deflect Demise's sword beam attack.
In addition, you can also use the Bug Net to temporarily distract him. This is similar to how you can also distract Ganondorf with a Fishing Net in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
You can press and hold the A Button and swing the right Joy-Con, or the right thumbstick for button-only controls, to play the Goddess's Harp during the game's end credits sequence.
|Gameplay and Controls|
|Controls and Best Settings||How to Fast Travel|
|Loftwing Controls and How to Fly||How to Roll|
|How to Swim Underwater||How to Dive|
|How to Do a Fatal Blow||How to Move the Camera|
|How to Do a Backflip||-|
|All Pieces of Heart Locations||All Goddess Cube Locations|
|Rupee Farming Guide||How to Get All Empty Bottles|
|Hero Mode Guide and How to Unlock||100 Percent Completion Guide|
|All Secrets and Easter Eggs||All Sheikah Stone Locations|
|How to Find Your Loftwing||How to Upgrade Your Wallet|
|How to Upgrade Your Adventure Pouch||Dowsing List and How to Dowse|
|Where to Find Stools||How to Equip and Use a Shield|
|How to Use Potions||How to Get to Beedle's Shop|
|How to Get Into Zelda's Room||Faron Woods Missing Kikwi Locations|
|Eldin Volcano Key Piece Locations||Lanayru Power Node Locations|
|How to Find the Windmill Propeller||How to Draw Goddess Wall Symbols|
|Ancient Cistern Lock Combo: Secret Order for Door Puzzle||Sandship Lock Combo: Secret Order for Door Puzzle|
|Tadtones Guide: How to Find All Tadtones||How to Catch Birds: Bird Farming Guide|
|How to Sell Items||-|
|How to Save||How Long is Skyward Sword HD?|
|How to Fly at Night||-|
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