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Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Silent Realm Guide How to Collect All Sacred Tears
This page is about the Silent Realm, an area found in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn what the Silent Realm is, how Silent Realm mechanics work, as well as how to collect Sacred Tears and clear all Silent Realm Trials.

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.

List of Silent Realm Trials

There are a total of four Silent Realms in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. Here are each of our guides for a detailed description of our suggested routes.

Farore's Silent Realm

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Located near the Viewing Platform Bird Monument in Faron Woods, this is the first Silent Realm that Link has to go through.

Farore's Silent Realm Guide

Nayru's Silent Realm

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Lanayru Desert Silent Realm Walkthrough.png
Located near the North Desert Bird Monument in the Lanayru Desert, this is the second Silent Realm that Link has to go through.

Nayru's Silent Realm Guide

Din's Silent Realm

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Eldin Volcano Silent Realm Walkthrough.png
Located near the Volcano Ascent Bird Monument in Eldin Volcano, this is the third Silent Realm that Link has to go through.

Din's Silent Realm Guide

The Goddess's Silent Realm

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Located in Skyloft Plaza, this is the final Silent Realm that Link has to go through.

The Goddess's Silent Realm Guide

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Three Sacred Flames
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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
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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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