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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword may be a more traditional Zelda experience compared to Breath of the Wild, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get lost in it. The Wii adventure is taking flight on Switch once again, and we’re here for anyone who missed its first take off or who needs a refresher on its length. Here’s some information on just how long it’ll take you to beat The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.


How long does it take to beat The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD?



Based on our experiences with the Wii original, you can expect The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD to be about 40 hours. This may run a little lower if you’re already familiar with its puzzles and progression, but when you consider extras and dabbling in side quests we still feel it’s a solid number for most players.

If you’re the type that wants to see and do everything, Skyward Sword can reach closer to about 60 hours. This accounts for things like Gratitude Crystals, weapon and item upgrades, and exploring areas thoroughly as can be.  


How many dungeons are in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD?


Skyward Sword HD contains seven dungeons for Link to explore throughout its take on Hyrule. 

In order, they are: 


  • Skyview Temple
  • Earth Temple
  • Lanayru Mining Facility
  • Ancient Cistern
  • Sandship
  • Fire Sanctuary
  • Sky Keep


You can also find three mini-dungeons in Skyward Sword HD, being smaller than the others. 

Also in order, these are: 


  • Waterfall Cave
  • Inside the Great Tree
  • Pirate Stronghold


Does The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD have Hero Mode? 


For anyone interested in a second quest, Skyward Sword (the Wii original) does include the new game plus that is Hero Mode. To unlock Hero Mode, you had to complete the game’s story once. We’re assuming that this is the same for Skyward Sword HD. As such, anyone that wants more out of their time with the game will be able to take on this challenge for added replayability.


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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.