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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

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Loftwing Controls

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To travel around the skies, you’ll need a pair of wings: enter the Loftwing. This giant bird is clever enough to respond to commands and is capable of carrying Hylian passengers (such as yourself) on its back.

You can summon your Loftwing from anywhere in the skies, by dashing off a wooden platform (in Skyloft) or anywhere (in the overworld), then pressing Down on the D-Pad to whistle, while you’re free-falling.


(1 of 2) Tilt left to fly left.

Tilt left to fly left. (left), Tilt right to fly right. (right)

While riding your Loftwing, you can direct its flight on the horizontal plane.

Motion Controls: Tilt the Wii remote or right Joy-Con left/right.

Button Controls: Press left/right on the left stick.


(1 of 2) Tilt up to ascend (for a while).

Tilt up to ascend (for a while). (left), Tilt down to descend and gain speed. (right)

Similarly, you can direct its flight on the vertical plane.

However, note that gravity still exists; without doing anything else, your Loftwing cannot ascend indefinitely.

Conversely, you can freely descend and doing so will also cause your Loftwing to speed up.

Motion Controls: Tilt the Wii remote or right Joy-Con up/down.

Button Controls: Press up/down on the left stick.

Gaining Height

(1 of 2) Flap your Loftwing's wings up and down…

Flap your Loftwing's wings up and down… (left), …and you'll steadily gain altitude. (right)

As time passes, your Loftwing will inevitably lose altitude. To counteract this, you can make your Loftwing do the thing all birds naturally do: flap its wings.

Motion Controls: Wave the Wii remote or right Joy-Con up and down continuously.

Button Controls: Press the A button continuously.


(1 of 2) In a rush to get somewhere?

In a rush to get somewhere? (left), Press A or X to consume a feather and dash. (right)

By default, your Loftwing glides at a pretty laid-back pace. You can speed it up by descending, but there’s another way to quickly gain speed: dashing.

See those feather icons near the bottom of the screen? Yup, if you’ve played Ocarina of Time, they’re the same as the carrots for Epona, which you can expend to gain a temporary speed boost. After a while, the feathers will replenish.

Also, dashing at enemies will hurt them.

Both Controls: Press the A (Wii remote) or X (Joy-Con) button.

Slowing Down

Sometimes, you may need to stop in a hurry. Don’t worry, your Loftwing is fitted with a pair of brakes.

Both Controls: Press the B button.

Looking Down

(1 of 2) As you approach an area of interest, press Z or ZL to look down.

As you approach an area of interest, press Z or ZL to look down. (left), This'll make it easier to know when to sky-dive. (right)

This gives you a literal bird’s eye view. Useful for when you need to decide on where to land.

Both Controls: Press the Z (Wii remote) or ZL (Joy-Con) button.

Getting Off

Finally, once you’ve had enough fun, it’s time to get off your ride. You can jump off your Loftwing and begin sky-diving to the ground. Don’t forget to use your Sailcloth (press B or ZR) before hitting the ground!

Both Controls: Press Down on the D-Pad.

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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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  • Revised and re-structured the walkthrough to make it more accessible.
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