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

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Skyward Sword HD Tough Beetle

This is a guide to getting the Tough Beetle in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (HD) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn where to find Tough Beetle, as well as how to use it.

Tough Beetle Basic Information

Tough Beetle
Tough Beetle Set
Item Type Beetle
This fully upgraded Beetle flies longer than the conventional version.

Reach farther distances

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Along with the benefits of Hook Beetle and Quick Beetle, Tough Beetle can reach farther distances. It is also the most durable and can withstand hitting walls and objects more.

How to Get Tough Beetle

Upgrade Using Materials

Tough Beetle can be obtained after upgrading it with the necessary materials.

See the table below to learn which materials are needed to obtain the Tough Beetle.

Item Required Materials
Tough Beetle IconTough Beetle Quick Beetle
Goddess Plume x1
Blue Bird Feather x1
Ancient Flower x3
Amber Relic x4

All Tough Beetle Upgrades

Item Required Materials
Hook Beetle IconHook Beetle Beetle
Free upgrade of the Beetle from the Ancient Robot in the Lanayru Desert.
Quick Beetle IconQuick Beetle Hook Beetle
Hornet Larvae x2
Golden Skull x1
Ancient Flower x2
Upgrade Price: 50 Rupees
Tough Beetle IconTough Beetle Quick Beetle
Goddess Plume x1
Blue Bird Feather x1
Ancient Flower x3
Amber Relic x4
Upgrade Price: 50 Rupees

List of Upgrades

How to Use Tough Beetle

How to Equip from Inventory

Press and Hold the ZR Button

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Hold down the ZR Button on the Right Joy-Con to bring up the Items menu. Point the controller at the Beetle and let go of the ZR Button to equip it.

Press the ZR Button to Use it

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Once you have equipped the Beetle, press the ZR Button to use it. For both button only controls and motion controls, move your right joycon to aim.

How to Move

Button Only Controls

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Use the L Stick to pilot and move around on your Beetle!

Move for Motion Controls

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Move your right joycon to move around on your Beetle!

How to Carry Objects

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Carry objects by maneuvering your Tough Beetle or its upgrades to bombs and other carryable objects. The beetle will automatically hook to it.

For button controls, hold ZL button to Aim, then press ZR button to shoot.

For motion controls, move Joy-Con to aim, then press ZR button to shoot.

How to Speed up

Quick Beetle - Dash
Hold either your ZR or A button while the Beetle is flying to speed up your Tough Beetle or its upgrades. Let go of the button to stop.

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List of Items and Equipment

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Bottle Items Medals
List of Upgrades

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