The Goddess Silent Realm Guide: Sacred Tears Locations and Best Route | Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch)

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This guide will explain how to complete the Silent Realm in Skyloft. Learn the best route for completing how to complete the Goddess' trial without being caught by the Guardians.

Skyloft Silent Realm Location

In the Skyloft Plaza

On Skyloft, the entrance is at Skyloft Plaza. 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.

Silent Realm Mechanics

The Objective Is To Collect 15 Sacred Tears

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Best Route for Skyloft Silent Realm

Skyloft Silent Realm Sacred Tears Map

The Sacred Tears are numbered in the recommended order of collection. All areas that used to have water now has waking water instead.

Skyloft Silent Realm Recommended Route

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

  1. Right by the starting point.
  2. At the top of the lighthouse.
  3. In the middle of the bridge.
  4. At the back of the graveyard.
  5. Close to flowing waking water.
  6. In the center of a group of circling watchers.
  7. Along the path.
  8. Along the path.
  9. Across the stone platforms.
  10. On a narrow wooden support beam.
  11. At the gate to the Goddess Statue.
  12. On the second floor of the knight academy, move the wooden box to reach it.
  13. On the roof of the Knight Academy.
  14. Near the Bazaar.
  15. Near the entrance of the Bazaar.

Notable Tears

Sacred Tear No. 3 - Center of the Bridge

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Be mindful of the watcher here. You can also intentionally trigger the watcher before picking it up.

Sacred Tear No. 4 - In the Graveyard

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Since the Graveyard doesn't have a lot of space, it'll be hard to avoid the observer here. You can intentionally let yourself get caught before pocking up the tear.

Sacred Tear No. 5 - Past Kukiel's House

Sacred Tear No. 5 - Past Kukiel
Be mindful of the ebb and flow of the waking waters.

Sacred Tear No. 6 - In the Center of the Watchers

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Time your movement well. Walking might actually help you more instead of dashing.

Sacred Tear No. 10 - On the Narrow Bridge

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On a very narrow path, be careful not to fall off.

Sacred Tear No. 12 - On a box on the Academy Roof

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Since this tear is in mid-air, you'll need to get on a box. However, be careful not to be detected by the watcher here.

Sacred Tear No. 13 - On the Academy Roof

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This is close to where you retrieved Headmaster Gaepora's pet at the start of the game. Be sure to run quickly as the nearby watcher might detect you.

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