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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Boss: Tentalus

Vincent Lau

(1 of 2) Cut down the tentacles blocking the way with Skyward Strikes.

Cut down the tentacles blocking the way with Skyward Strikes. (left), Dodge those barrels! (right)

You will begin by only seeing the boss’s tentacles briefly strike the control room. Exit this room and continue your way to the upper deck. As you proceed through the hall, you’ll find two of the boss’s tentacles staying in the wall. Be wary – if you get too close, you’ll be grabbed and launched out of the ship. Use a Skyward Strike to get rid of both tentacles, then go through the doorway and upstairs.

Here, go along the hall and avoid the barrels; they fall in a left-to-right pattern that is easy to predict. Continue along to the top floor of the ship. Use the nearby Bird Statue, then go through the door to the deck to find your next boss (the actual fight).

(1 of 2) Tentalus may look like a monster from a cartoon, but it can put up a good fight.

Tentalus may look like a monster from a cartoon, but it can put up a good fight. (left), Try to slash the tentacles horizontally or diagonally. (right)

Now, for the first phase of the actual fight. You’ll initially have to Skyward Strike some of the tentacles that break through the deck – whenever this thing starts to happen, always have a Skyward Strike at the ready. Move around the whole time and avoid being grabbed and hurt by a tentacle. Slice four down to continue.

(1 of 2) The unspoken Zelda rule: Eyeball = Shoot an arrow.

The unspoken Zelda rule: Eyeball = Shoot an arrow. (left), When Tentalus is down, poke its eye like no tomorrow. (right)

Tentalus will then rise from the water on one side of the deck. Ready your Bow and aim at the boss’s yellow eye, shooting when possible. Note that you can still move around while aiming with the Bow (so as to avoid the arm slams).

Once you hit the eye, Tentalus will slump onto the deck. Run up to him and start slicing the eye directly. You’ll repeat this, starting from the above paragraph, until Tentalus’s eye is damaged enough.

(1 of 2) Keep swinging your sword until the attack stops.

Keep swinging your sword until the attack stops. (left), Then do the same thing as the first phase. (right)

Once it is, the second phase begins. The tentacles will literally ravage the deck, similar to Bowser from Yoshi’s Island, and you’ll have to dash jump on a nearby crate to the higher ledge. Tentalus will focus on using its head tentacles to attack.

Slice the tentacles until you can find a time of relative peace, in which you can hit Tentalus’s eye with an arrow. Once this opening is found, blast an arrow at him, then start slicing his eye. Repeat the process if needed until dead.

After the battle, the thunderstorm will disperse, a crest emerges from below, and a Heart Container falls from the sky. Grab the Heart Container, then hit the crest with a Skyward Strike. You’ll soon purify your Goddess Longsword in Nayru’s Sacred Flame, allowing you to dowse up to eight targets, thereby transforming your sword into the Goddess White Sword.

Fi will tell you that it is time to learn another song from the Isle of Songs. We will automatically appear on the Lanayru Sand Sea. After the quick talk there, use the Bird Statue to return to the sky.

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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…

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