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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fans will know that pulling the Master Sword from its pedestal is not a feat that just anyone can accomplish. It takes not only an adventurer who possesses the spirit of the legendary hero, but one who is strong enough to withstand the blade’s life-draining resistance. At least, that’s what we thought — until one player recently proved that it can be casually picked up by a random member of the evil Yiga Clan.

As ThornyFox explains in the description of their latest video, “The Yiga Clan will take anything they see on the ground, even weapons! So I decided to glitch one into Korok Forest and bring him to the Master Sword.”



Of course, the hardest part is leading a Yiga assassin into Korok Forest. This requires a lot of time and patience as you need to lure one across the expansive land of Hyrule, a strenuous journey that ThornyFox kindly cut down to just the highlights. Once the enemy reaches the center of the forest where the Master Sword lies, he casually approaches the Blade of Evil’s Bane and just… takes it. That’s right: no struggle, no dramatic camera angle, no climactic music — he just picks it up like it’s nothing. Perhaps it’s all the potassium gained from that heavy Mighty Banana diet?

The legendary sword falling into the hands of evil is the least of Link’s problems, however. After the Yiga Clan member picks up the sword and the player defeats him, he will not drop the Master Sword and it will not return to its place. As ThornyFox says, “I just deleted the Master Sword out of existence.”

It appears Link can at least still pull an invisible, glitched version of the sword, though wielding a weapon that can be easily misplaced probably isn’t the most practical way to save Hyrule. I’m just happy to see players still making amazing discoveries like this in Breath of the Wild while we continue to wait for the sequel.


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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!