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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Missing Loftwing

Vincent Lau


(1 of 2) Horwell is sympathetic to Link’s plight.

Horwell is sympathetic to Link’s plight. (left), Well, time to go find this Pipit fellow then! (right)

For the time being, you are told to tell Horwell about this problem. Go back through the courtyard and downstairs, then towards the Knight Academy. Tell Horwell about your predicament, and he’ll leave to speak with the Headmaster. Speaking with the girl nearby has us led to Pipit. Head into the Academy.

Knight Academy

(1 of 2) Good question, Pipit.

Good question, Pipit. (left), Well, the Loftwing isn’t here, so might as well ask around the plaza. (right)

Head downstairs and speak with Pipit; he is near the stairway and clothed in a yellowish garb. He tells you to ask around the plaza. Go down the hall and leave once more, via the large double doors.

Skyloft (Again)

You can now go through the gate to your right, so do so. Continue along the path and a boy will ask you to roll into the nearby tree. Dash at the tree and shake the Nunchuk to hit the tree.

(1 of 2) Link can never pass up a chance to help somebody.

Link can never pass up a chance to help somebody. (left), Shake the Nunchuck just before you run into the tree to give it a good smack. (right)

After this, go further along the path to find a few Knight Academy pupils in the southern plaza. Approach them and you’ll watch another scene, in which you are introduced to the bully, Groose, and his gang. You also get a bit of help from Zelda … and some other odd things.

After the scene, Zelda advises you to tell her father about what happened. So go to the Knight Academy and to the second floor.

Knight Academy (Again)

Go into the Headmaster’s room and speak with him, and it seems that the ceremony will be delayed for you. Yay, we’re so special~! Exit the academy via the double doors on the lower floor.

(1 of 2) Pipit and Fledge are standing near the Sparring Hall.

Pipit and Fledge are standing near the Sparring Hall. (left), Hmm, the Waterfall does sound like a good hiding place. (right)

Outside, go left and beneath the arch to be called over by Pipit. Go over to and speak with him. Fledge will be forced to tell you that he knows that Groose and his gang stole your Loftwing. Surprise, surprise. Anyhow, it is being kept underneath a waterfall, which happens to be marked on your map with an X. (You can check the map with the + button.) Next stop, the Sparring Hall. You’re actually quite near it, so head on in.

Sparring Hall

Upon entering, go to the other side of the room and into the back room to find a chest, inside which you’ll find the Practice Sword. Return to the room you originally entered and cut down the logs.

(1 of 2) Your Wiimote is your sword!

Your Wiimote is your sword! (left), Shake the Wiimote and Nunchuck together for a spin attack. (right)

  • Ignore the log hanging upon a rope.
  • Use a up-down (vertical) slash for the one split in half.
  • Use a horizontal slash for the one with the skinnied mid-section.
  • Use a thrust for the one with the diamond-ish hole.
  • Use a diagonal slash for the others.
  • After the above, you’ll do a spin attack, then the fatal blow.

Try to exit the Sparring Hall and there will be a scene, in which your instructor decides to let you “borrow” the Practice Sword. (In all honesty, it is odd how you never give borrowed swords back in the Legend of Zelda, this one included.) Then exit the hall.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
  • 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…

Our strategy guide for The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword (HD) contains all the necessary knowledge to search for and rescue Zelda, such as a full walkthrough with detailed maps. Plus every hero needs a rest; if you want to grab all the collectables and fix other people’s problems (sidequests), we can help you with that too!

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