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This is a complete guide to Lanayru Sand Sea for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn more about how to progress through the story, where to find treasure chests, Goddess Cubes, Heart Pieces, and other collectibles, as well as how to beat story bosses and more!
List of Contents
|①||Ancient Sea Chart|
|Goddess Cube Location||Goddess Chest Location|
|Gold Rupee (300 Rupees)
At the Entrance of Lanayru Sand Sea, near where you first met Skipper, use your Clawshots on one of the boxes to reach the cavern.
Head behind Gondo's Scrap Shop at the Bazaar to find this Goddess Chest.
|Goddess Cube Location||Goddess Chest Location|
On a pillar in Skipper's Retreat, just ahead of the bridge, look to the left and you'll see a pillar with covered in vines. Use your Clawshots to reach the Goddess Cube.
Head northwest of Fun Fun Island and land on the small platform. Use the Clawshot to grapple over to the other island with the gate to reach the Goddess Chest.
|Goddess Cube Location||Goddess Chest Location|
|Piece of Heart
After completing the Pirate Stronghold dungeon go outside by the entrance. You should see a target above the door. Use your Clawshots. This leads to the Goddess Cube on a ledge.
Head to the eastern side of Skyloft and use the Clawshots to climb up the floating rock near the Waterfall cave to reach the Goddess Chest.
|Heart Piece #21|
|How to Get||Complete the "Heart Stopping!" course of the Rickety Coaster minigame in under 65 seconds.|
|1. Clear Nayru's Trial in Lanayru Desert|
|2. Obtain the Clawshot|
|3. Use the Clawshots to enter the Lanayru Caves|
|4. Get the Small Key from Golo the Goron.|
|5. Use the Small Key to go through the West door to reach the Lanayru Sand Sea.|
|6. Activate the timeshift stone on the boat. Speak to Skipper the LD301N Robot.|
|7. Head to Skipper's Retreat.|
|8. Use your clawshots on the floating plants to make your way across the stone pillars.|
|9. Use a bomb to clear the rocks in your way.|
|10. Use the Whip to pull out a plant from the ground.|
|11. Use the Beetle to cut down the Deku Baba blocking the clawshot target.|
|12. Enter Skipper's House. Use your Gust Bellows to blow the sand away to reveal the chest with the Ancient Sea Chart.|
|13. Head to the Shipyard.|
|14. Ride the minecart to find the shipyard's entrance.|
|15. Clear the sand here to reveal and battle the Moldarach.|
|16. Return to Skipper and head to the Pirate Stronghold.|
|17. Enter the Pirate Stronghold through the east entrance.|
|18. Retrieve the Timeshift Orb in the northern part of the Pirate Stronghold.|
|19. Bring the Beamos into the range of the Timeshift Orb to revive and defeat them.|
|20. Jump across the tops of the sand structures that appear when in range of the timeshift orb.|
|21. Leave the timeshift orb in front of the gate, make your way to its other side before pulling down the lever.|
|22. Push the iron box onto the pressure plate.|
|23. Place the timeshift orb on the other side of the wall with the lever, then pull the lever down.|
|24. Retrieve the timeshift orb and defeat the 2 Armos.|
|25. Place the timeshift orb on its receptacle.|
|26. Use dowsing to locate the Sandship.|
After descending to the North Desert section of the Lanayru Desert, you should be able to spot some Blessed Butterflies fluttering in front of the northern warehouse. Go to that spot and play the Goddess Harp.
The starting point of the trial should appear. Perform the Ballad of the Goddess to enter the Silent Realm. Acquire the Spirit Vessel.
As with before, you'll have to collect the 15 Tears of Nayru fast enough to not be caught by the Guardians. You will be rewarded with Clawshots allowing you to explore areas that were previously unreachable.
Head to the southwest part of the map that is currently marked with a question mark. It should be a short walk from the West Desert Bird Monument. Use the Clawshot to get up to the entrance.
You'll find yourself in the Lanayru Caves. Speak with Golo the Goron. He will give you the Small Key that lets you access the Lanayru Sand Sea.
Grapple up to where the locked door is. Open it with the Small Key to reach the Lanayru Sand Sea.
Use your Clawshots to traverse across the pillars until you reach the Ancient Harbor on the other side.
Walk on the narrow walkway past the bird monument. Activate the time shift stone on the boat and speak with the LD-301 here. Agree to help him and go to Skipper's Retreat.
Upon arriving at Skipper's Retreat, you'll be tasked to retrieve the sea chart from his shack. Use your Clawshots and slowly make your way up across the platforms. Taking care of the enemies along the way.
Use your whip to pull out the flying plant which you'll need to zip to the next higher platform.
One of the grappling spots has a Deku Baba blocking it. Use the Beetle to cut its stem before zipping to it.
Once you reach Skipper's Retreat, head inside the house. Keep in mind there is a zipline nearby allowing for easier backtracking later on.
Inside Skipper's Retreat, use the Gust Bellows to clear the sand away. You'll soon reveal a Blue Chest with the Ancient Sea Chart. With chart in hand, head outside and take the zipline down back to Skipper.
Speak with Skipper and agree to set sail in search for his ship. He will mark the destination on the updated map. Head to the marked spot.
Once you reach the Shipyard, head towards the mine-cart station. Take out the 2 Lizalfos along the way.
Ride the minecart being careful not to fly off the tracks. Once you reach the other side, you can use a nearby zipline for easier backtracking. For now, ride the next minecart.
This second track will require you to tilt your minecart onto the proper rails to progress further. Steer the cart right to exit the loop, then right again to avoid flying off, and finally hop up just before the gap to land properly on the rail.
On the other side of the rail, steer left to avoid flying off, then right, then maintain your balance for the rest of the track. Remember to slow down when you get too fast.
When you get to the end of the line, get out of the cart and enter the door here.
Once inside the shipyard, use the Gust Bellows to blow away the sand here. You will unearth a Moldarach in the process, so get ready to defeat it.
Return to Skipper and agree to investigate the Pirate's Stronghold. He will mark the destination on the map. Head to the marked spot.
Once you reach the Pirate Stronghold, head up the steps and down the boxes on the right. Enter the Stronghold through the east entrance.
Head to the northern-most part of the Pirate Stronghold to grab a Timeshift Orb.
Carry this Timeshift Orb back to the receptacle at the entrance. You'll have to defeat several Technoblins and a Beamos along the way.
As you follow along the path, you'll come across a sand pit with rising platforms. Continue carrying the Timeshift Orb as you jump across the tops.
Drop the Timeshift Orb just before the barred gate. Walking around to the other side to pull a lever opening the gate and picking up the Timeshift Orb again.
In the next room, drop the Timeshift Orb temporarily and step out of its' influence. Go into the smaller room and push the iron box onto the pressure plate. This will open the gate allowing you to proceed.
In the next room, place the Timeshift Orb in a position where it will give you access to the lever.
Take out the Armos in the way before entering the next room.
You'll find yourself back near the entrance. Here you can place the Timeshift Orb and a cutscene will play.
Head outside and join Skipper. Use your Dowsing to track and shoot the Sandship. After hitting it three times, it will be fully revealed and will come to a stop. Link will climb on board allowing you to explore the Sandship
Continue to the Sandship Walkthrough
While technically a miniboss, you'll encounter a second Moldarach after blowing away the sand inside the Shipyard. Use the same strategy from the previous encounter to defeat this miniboss!
|List of Enemies||Strategy|
|Water Spume||Throw bombs or defeat by using the ship's cannons.|
|Cranioc||Stun them by hitting it against a wall or with a spin attack. Once they flip over, attack them on their stomachs.|
|Three Ancient Tablets|
|Faron Woods||Skyview Temple|
|Eldin Volcano||Earth Temple|
|Lanayru Mine||Lanayru Desert|
|Lanayru Mining Facility||Sealed Grounds (Second Visit)|
|Three Sacred Flames|
|Skyloft (Second Visit)||Inside Thunderhead (Isle of Songs)|
|Faron Woods (Second Visit)||Lake Floria|
|Skyview Temple (Second Visit)||Ancient Cistern|
|Lanayru Sand Sea||Sandship|
|Volcano Summit||Fire Sanctuary|
|Song of the Hero|
|Sealed Grounds (Third Visit)||Skyloft (Third Visit)|
|Faron Woods (Third Visit)||Eldin Volcano (Second Visit)|
|Lanayru Gorge||Sky Keep|
|Silent Realm Trials|
|Farore's Trial||Nayru's Trial|
|Din's Trial||The Goddess' Trial|
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