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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Basic Controls

By
Vincent Lau

Skyward Sword is unique for being one of the pioneering examples of a full-length game experience designed with motion-controls in mind.

Whether you’re playing on the Nintendo Wii or Switch, you can pretend you’re swinging a sword in real life and it’ll be reflected in the game, more or less.

Here, we’ll cover the basic controls.

Nintendo Switch

(1 of 2) The left stick moves your character, while the right stick moves the camera.

The left stick moves your character, while the right stick moves the camera. (left), Hold ZL to lock on to foes. (right)

Both Control Schemes

Input Function
Left stick Move around
A Interact, use pouch item
B Put away sword/gear/item, (hold button) dash
X Use Harp
R Hold/put away pouch item, (hold button) select pouch item
ZL Focus camera, (hold button) lock on
ZR Hold/use gear, (hold button) select gear
D-Pad Up First person view, dowse
D-Pad Down Summon Fi
D-Pad Right Display in-game help
- Open map
+ Open inventory menu

Motion Controls Only

Input Function
Move right Joy-Con Move/swing sword, aim gear
Shake left Joy-Con Shield bash, (while dashing) roll
Right stick Move camera
Y Reset Gyro

Button Controls Only

Input Function
Right stick Move/swing sword, aim gear
(Hold L) Right stick Move camera
Left stick: click inwards Shield bash, (while dashing) roll

How to Turn off Motion Controls

When you’re in control, press the + button to open the Inventory menu. Next, navigate to “Options”. From here, go to “Control Mode” and change it to “Button-only Mode”. You might also want to change motion controls for aiming and the camera to “Off”.

Nintendo Wii

(1 of 2) Use the left stick to move around; sadly, you can’t freely aim the camera.

Use the left stick to move around; sadly, you can’t freely aim the camera. (left), Press B to hold your gear and then press A to use it. (right)

Input Function
Left stick Move around
Move Wii remote Move/swing sword, aim gear
Shake nunchuck Shield bash, (while dashing) roll
A Interact, use gear/item, put away sword, (hold button) dash
B Hold/put away gear, (hold button) select gear
C First person view, dowse
Z Focus camera, (hold button) lock on
D-pad Up Use Harp
D-Pad Down Summon Fi, reset Gyro
- Hold/put away pouch item, (hold button) select pouch item
+ Open map
1 Open inventory menu
2 Display in-game help

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms
    Switch, Wii
  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    16 July 2021
  • Last Updated
    20 August 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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You are Link, a resident of Skyloft–a floating village in the vast sky. For ages, you’ve been training at the Knight Academy and, today, the day of your graduation has arrived. While your life thus far has been peaceful, soon nothing will be the same again, when your beloved friend, Zelda, is stolen from you…

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