[Top 3] Zelda: Ocarina of Time Best Swords That Are Powerful (And How To Get Them)

No wonder Link's name is engraved in Legend

Even though there are only 3 usable swords in Ocarina of Time, each varies with attack damage. Furthermore, 2 of these swords are required to complete the game. Because of the time travel mechanic, some swords won’t be available to the player at certain points in the game even after obtaining them. In this list, I’ll be narrowing down each sword from least powerful to most powerful. Without further ado, let’s jump right into it.

3. Kokiri Sword

Awe, what a cute sword.

During the intro stage, shortly after Link’s nightmare cutscene, you’ll obtain the Kokiri Sword. Mido, the annoying kid blocking the entrance to the Deku Tree will inform you that a “sword and shield” is required to pass. This makes the Kokiri Sword a required weapon and item. 

The sword is in a treasure chest within a nook in the forest called the “Hole of L” which is in the Forest Training Center. Unfortunately, the Kokiri Sword is the only sword Link can wield as a child and it’s also the weakest. 

After the first 3 dungeons, the Kokiri Sword is replaced with the Master Sword. On a scale from 1-4 on the strength meter, the Kokiri Sword is a measly 1, which is the same damage dealt with enemies using the Slingshot or Boomerang. When Link performs a Jump or Spin Attack, the Kokiri Swords deals 2/4 damage.

Even though the Kokiri Sword isn’t a weapon to write home about, it’s the first weapon in the game and therefore holds more cherishing value, kind of like Saria’s Ocarina. And despite its weaker aspects, it gets the job done.

Why the Kokiri Sword is Great

  • It’s the first weapon you receive in the game!
  • Most reliable weapon until adulthood 
  • Does what it needs to do

The Kokiri Sword full details:

  • Deals 1/4 damage
  • Required
  • Can only be used as Young Link

2. Master Sword

The sword of legend.

The Master Sword is the most legendary weapon in the game with its equally legendary nickname, “The Sword of Evil’s Bane”. The Master Sword has become a defining facet of Link’s identity throughout the series, including Ocarina of Time. Like the Kokiri Sword, The Master Sword is required to complete the game.

It’s located behind the Door of Time in the Temple of Time, which is in Castle Town. To open the door, you’ll need to obtain the three spiritual stones and play the Song of Time in front of the Door of Time on the Ocarina of Time.  

Once Link picks up the blade, he’ll speedrun through puberty and instantly become a grown man. Link can use the Master Sword to traverse time – at certain parts of the game, this is required. And after completing the Forest Temple, you can use the pedestal anytime you like. 

The Master Sword deals double the damage the Kokiri Sword does; 2/4. Even though it’s the game’s coolest weapon, it’s not the most powerful. However, during the game’s final boss (Ganon), the Master Sword is required to defeat him. 

In comparison to other weapons, the Master Sword deals the same amount of damage as an Arrow, Light Arrows, Bombs, the Megaton Hammer, the Hookshot, and a Deku Stick. However, the Master Sword deals 4/4 damage when applying the Jump or Spin Attack.

Why the Master Sword is Great

  • It has the best lore out of any weapon/item in the game
  • You can time travel with it
  • Double the strength of the Kokiri Sword

The Master Sword full details: 

  • Deals 2/4 damage
  • Required
  • Can only be used as an adult

1. Biggoron's Sword

How could Link get any cooler? With this!

The Biggoron’s Sword is a two-handed weapon and is acquired through the game’s trading quest. The trading quest can only be completed as Adult Link. Before beginning the quest, make sure you’ve freed King Zora from the red ice. 

Unlike the other items on this list, the Biggoron’s Sword is optional, however, it’s the most powerful melee weapon in the game. Coming from personal experience, I recommend getting the Biggoron’s Sword, especially if you’ve never played Ocarina of Time to the fullest. 

The sword was made by Biggoron, who is literally a big Goron. Even though there’s much more to the quest, one of the primary goals of getting the Sword is retrieving the “World’s Finest Eye Drops” so Biggoron can create the sword for you. 

The Biggoron Sword is essentially an upgraded version of the “Broken Giant’s Knife” or “Broken Goron’s Sword”, made originally by Medigoron, Biggoron’s incompetent brother. Medigoron’s sword is degradable after brief usage whereas the Biggoron’s Sword is unbreakable. 

In terms of its power, the Biggoron’s Sword inflicts double the damage compared to the Master Sword; 4/4. When applying a Jump or Spin attack, the sword deals a whopping 8/4 damage, making it the most effective weapon in the entire game. Despite being larger than any other weapon, it doesn’t negatively impact Link’s speed or agility.

Why the Biggoron’s Sword is Great:

  • Deals max damage 
  • Has a massive attack radius
  • A giant Goron made it, it must be cool

The Biggoron Sword full details:

  • Is acquired through the trading quest
  • Is optional
  • Deals 4/4 damage

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