Zelda: Skyward Sword

Nayru's Silent Realm Guide: Sacred Tears Locations and Best Route

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Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Lanayru Desert Silent Realm Walkthrough
This guide will explain how to complete the Silent Realm in the Lanayru Desert. Learn the best route for completing how to complete Nayru's trial without being caught by the Guardians.

Best Route for Lanayru Desert Silent Realm

Lanayru Desert Silent Realm Sacred Tears Map

The Sacred Tears are numbered in the recommended order of collection. There are fewer Waking Water sections but you'll have to be careful running across sink sand.

Lanayru Desert Silent Realm Recommended Route

You may refer to the image above to see each step's corresponding tear.

  1. On the stairs just ahead.
  2. Beyond the sink sand.
  3. On the protruding part of the wall. (Be careful of watchers)
  4. On the protruding part of the wall. (Be careful of watchers)
  5. On a block beside the building.
  6. Move the minecart, avoid the waking waters, and climb the minecart.
  7. Taken from a minecart
  8. Move the nearby minecart to get in the cage.
  9. Roll into the tree for the tear to drop.
  10. On a lower ledge (Be careful of watchers)
  11. On a barrier
  12. On a block beside the building.
  13. Climb up the slope south of the building and climb the vines.
  14. On a block beside the building.
  15. In front of the quarry.

Notable Tears

Sacred Tear No. 3 and No. 4 - On The Wall

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Nayru
Observe how the Watchers move. There are spots where you can safely pass and avoid detection. Alternatively, if you get spotted, run to the tears right away.

Sacred Tear No. 6 - Above the Minecart

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Nayru
Since this tear is high mid-air, you'll have to use the minecart to reach it. Move it to be beneath the tear while avoiding the Waking Waters.

Sacred Tear No. 10 and No. 11 - Among the Watchers

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Nayru
This area has a plethora of watchers that may be difficult to avoid. Don't be afraid to position yourself in a manner where you can intentionally trigger the watchers before running safely to the tear.

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Lanayru Desert Silent Realm Location

In front of the North Warehouse in the Lanayru Desert

When descending from the Sky onto Lanayru Desert, the closest bird monument is the North Desert.

The trial entrance should be visible from the bird monument. Drop down and move towards the northern warehouse. Play the Goddess Harp where the Blessed Butterflies gather.

Silent Realm Mechanics

The Silent Realm exists in a spiritual dimension where no gear, items, or other tools may be used, not even your sword. This leaves Link with no means of defense or offense.

For these trials, the player's familiarity with the environment, and natural interactions with the surroundings will be tested.

The Objective Is To Collect 15 Sacred Tears

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Collect Sacred Tears
In each Silent Realm, Link will be tasked to collect 15 sacred tears scattered around the area. They'll have to be gathered carefully since Watchers will be on patrol to alert the Guardians to your presence. Guardians on the other hand will hunt you down trying to prevent you from achieving your goal.

Keep in mind, collected sacred tears will show up on your map. So succeeding runs will usually be easier than the first.

If You Are Attacked by a Guardian, You Have To Start Over

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Alert Guardian
Alerted Guardians will pursue Link in whatever way they can. They will even pass through walls. Link should be fast enough to outrun them, but since stamina is limited, it's only a matter of time before they catch up to you.

The Guardians Stop Chasing You When You Pick Up a Tear

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Pick Up Sacred Tear
For each tear that is collected, the Guardians will become peaceful and will stop chasing Link for 90 seconds. The flower on the upper left corner of the screen will serve as a countdown of your safety. When all the petals wither, The Guardians will begin to pursue Link again.

The safest way to complete each trial is by making sure each tear is collected soon after another. Plan out a route where you can make sure that each drop is picked up within 90 seconds of each other.

Guardians Will Activate When Link Is Spotted by a Watcher

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Watchers
The other type of creature that can be found in the Silent Realm is the Watcher. If you step into their light, they will alert all of the Guardians in the area regardless of how recently you picked up a tear.

There are two types of Watchers. Sky Watchers float back and forth on the same route, while Earth Watchers are typically stationary and will chase Link when he gets close.

Sometimes you can risk getting detected by a Watcher as long as you know you can pick up a tear soon to calm the Guardians down.

Guardians Will Activate When Link Makes Contact With Waking Water

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Guardians Will Activate When Link Makes Contact With Waking Water
Any part of the map that used to have water will instead have Waking Water when in the Silent Realm. Making contact with Waking Water alerts Guardians immediately and will trigger their pursuit of Link. Avoid touching Waking Water to prevent unnecessary difficulty.

In addition, Waking Water may also appear in places that didn't have water on the original map.

Light Fruit Makes It Easier To Find Sacred Tears

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Light Fruit Makes It Easier To Find Sacred Tears
Aside from the tears, another item you can collect in the Silent Realm is the Light Fruit. These little white orbs will enable you to see beacons above the positions of Sacred Tears for 30 seconds. This should give you an idea of the general direction of where the remaining tears are.

After Collecting 15 Sacred Tears, Return to the Starting Point

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Return to the Starting Point
The Silent Realm will not revert to the regular world even after you collect all 15 tears. You'll also have to safely return to the starting point. Don't worry, Guardians will not activate after 90 seconds anymore. However, if a Watcher spots you, you'll still have to avoid getting caught.

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Main Locations

Three Ancient Tablets
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Skyloft Walkthrough.pngSkyloft Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Sealed Grounds Walkthrough.pngSealed Grounds
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Faron Woods Walkthrough.pngFaron Woods Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Skyview Temple Walkthrough.pngSkyview Temple
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Eldin Volcano Walkthrough.pngEldin Volcano Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Earth Temple Walkthrough.pngEarth Temple
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Lanayru Mine WalkthroughLanayru Mine Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Lanayru Desert Walkthrough.pngLanayru Desert
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Lanayru Mining Facility Walkthrough.pngLanayru Mining Facility Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Sealed Grounds Walkthrough.pngSealed Grounds (Second Visit)
Three Sacred Flames
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Skyloft Walkthrough.pngSkyloft (Second Visit) Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Isle of Songs Walkthrough.pngInside Thunderhead (Isle of Songs)
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Faron Woods Walkthrough.pngFaron Woods (Second Visit) Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Lake Floria Walkthrough.pngLake Floria
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Skyview Temple Walkthrough.pngSkyview Temple (Second Visit) Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Ancient Cistern Walkthrough.pngAncient Cistern
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Lanayru Sand Sea Walkthrough.pngLanayru Sand Sea Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Sandship Walkthrough.pngSandship
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Volcano Summit Walkthrough.pngVolcano Summit Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Fire Sanctuary Walkthrough.pngFire Sanctuary
Song of the Hero
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Sealed Grounds Walkthrough.pngSealed Grounds (Third Visit) Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Skyloft Walkthrough.pngSkyloft (Third Visit)
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Faron Woods Walkthrough.pngFaron Woods (Third Visit) Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Eldin Volcano Walkthrough.pngEldin Volcano (Second Visit)
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Lanayru Gorge Walkthrough.pngLanayru Gorge Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Sky Keep Walkthrough.pngSky Keep
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Final Showdown Walkthrough.pngFinal Battle

Silent Realm Trials

Silent Realm Trials
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Faron Woods Silent Realm Walkthrough.png Farore's Trial Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Lanayru Desert Silent Realm Walkthrough.pngNayru's Trial
Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Eldin Volcano Silent Realm Walkthrough.pngDin's Trial Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Skyloft Silent Realm Walkthrough.pngThe Goddess's Trial

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