How to Get the Bow and Arrow: Location and How to Use | Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch)

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Zelda Skyward Sword HD - How to Get the Bow Location and How to Use
This is a guide to getting the Bow in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (HD) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn where to find Bow, as well as how to use it.

Bow Basic Information

Bow Set
Item Type Bow
A potent weapon that allows you to strike distant targets. Charge your shot to increase its power.

How to Get the Bow

How to Obtain Bow

Item Unlock Condition
Bow IconBow Obtained from a chest in Sandship.

Defeat LD-002S Scervo in the Sandship

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Obtain the Bow
The Bow is obtained as a reward for defeating LD-002S Scervo inside the Sandship.

Sandship Walkthrough

How to Get Arrows

Break Objects

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Obtain Arrows
Look for large pots or barrels in the area and break them as they may drop ten arrows in the process.

Draw an Arrow on Goddess Walls

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Goddess Wall
If there is a Goddess Wall in the area, you can perform a Skyward Strike and draw an arrow on the wall to receive three packs of arrows.

Note that you need to draw the arrow symbol in one stroke for the wall to register your drawing properly.

Goddess Wall Symbols and How to Draw

Pick Up Arrows from the Wooden Shield

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Wooden Shield

You can equip and use the Wooden Shield to gather arrows from the Red Bokoblin archers. Using the Wooden Shield, and its upgrades, results to the arrows becoming stuck to the shield allowing you to collect them.

Note that the arrows can still damage the shield, so you need to have some Revitalizing Potions in your Adventure Pouch to repair it.

How to Get the Wooden Shield

All Bow Upgrades

Bow Upgrades

Item Required Materials
Iron Bow IconIron Bow Bow
Tumbleweed x3
Monster Claw x3
Evil Crystal x1
Eldin Ore x2
Upgrade Price: 50 Rupees
Sacred Bow IconSacred Bow Iron Bow
Tumbleweed x5
Lizard Tail x3
Goddess Plume x1
Evil Crystal x2
Upgrade Price: 100 Rupees

Upgrading the Bow strengthens the damage output and range of your arrows.

Quiver Upgrades

Item Required Materials
Medium Quiver IconMedium Quiver Small Quiver
Monster Horn x3
Dusk Relic x3
Amber Relic x5
Upgrade Price: 50 Rupees
Effects: Lets you hold 10 additional Arrows.
Large Quiver IconLarge Quiver Medium Quiver
Monster Horn x2
Golden Skull x1
Goddess Plume x1
Dusk Relic x3
Upgrade Price: 100 Rupees
Effects: Lets you hold 15 additional Arrows.

The Quiver is the item that holds the ammunition for the Bow. Upgrading it allows you to hold more arrows in one quiver.

You can also equip multiple Quivers in the Adventure Pouch to increase its capacity without upgrading it. However, since the pouch has limited slots, we recommend upgrading the quiver to increase its maximum capacity.

List of Upgrades

How to Use the Bow

Press and Hold the ZR Button

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Bow Item Menu
Hold down the ZR Button on the Right Joy-Con to bring up the Items menu. Point the controller at the Bow and let go of the ZR Button to equip it.

Press the ZR Button to Use it

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Aiming Bow
Once you have equipped the Bow, press the ZR Button to use it. For both button only controls and motion controls, move your Right Joy-Con to aim.

Hold down the ZR Button while aiming to power up the bow and unleash a strong attack.

Activate Switches

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Activate Switches
You can use the Bow to activate switches in dungeons. These include the circular switches, as well as Timeshift Stones.

Defeat Enemies

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Defeat Enemies
The Bow is also used to defeat enemies from a distance. Be sure to press and hold the ZR Button while aiming to power up the weapon, as this allows you to defeat certain enemies in one hit.

Break the Water Fruits

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Hit Water Fruits using Bow
You can use the Bow to destroy the water fruits found in the Eldin region, particulary inside the Fire Sanctuary.

Fire Sanctuary Walkthrough

Enter Beedle's Shop

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Enter Beedle
You can use the Bow to enter Beedle's shop at Skyloft. Hit the bell with the weapon and a rope will come down, allowing you to grab it and enter the shop.

How to Go to Beedle's Shop and Island

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Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Items and Equipment Partial

List of Items and Equipment

Items and Equipment
Weapons Equipment
Bottle Items Medals
List of Upgrades

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