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Skyward Sword how to dive guide - where to get the water dragon’s scale

Look out jaws, Link is on his way with this Skyward Sword how to dive guide.

Link swimming in a pool of water in a cave surrounded in mushrooms

If you want to peruse the waters in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, you first need to learn how to dive. Like every Zelda game, Skyward Sword upholds the tradition of underwater spelunking that’s both loved and hated by fans. However, you can’t just hop in the water straight away.

That’s where we come in. We’ve put together this Skyward Sword how to dive guide to help you get your sea legs in the HD remaster of this legendary classic. Actually controlling Link in the water is a pretty simple task, you can use the motion controls to pop beneath the surface with a downward swing, or use the D-pad and press the down button. The hard part is acquiring the necessary key item to embark on your nautical adventures.

If you find this useful, you should also check out our guides for Skyward Sword bosses, Skyward Sword eye door, or the Skyward Sword fatal blow. We also have a list full of the most beautiful Skyward Sword wallpapers to really show your appreciation for this stunning game.

How do I dive in Skyward Sword?

In order to dive, you first need to get your hands on the water dragon’s scale. This is a special, key item obtained through completing the Silent Realm Trial in Faron Woods. It’s the first Silent Realm you visit in Skyward Sword, so don’t worry – you’ll get there pretty quick! Once you get the water dragon’s scale, you will be able to make aquatic movements underwater, which allows you to swim freely, perform spin attacks to fight enemies, and get to previously unreachable locations.

Link with a tear from the trial

How do I get the water dragon’s scale?

If you want to get the water dragon’s scale, you will need to head to Farore’s Silent Realm in Faron Woods and test your courage.

  • In the Silent Realm, you will not be able to use any items and will explore a limited area. Find and collect tears to fill your spirit vessel – these can be seen much easier with a light fruit. This fruit makes a beam of light appear above the tears you need to collect for thirty seconds. Remember, these don’t stack, so keep them on you and only use one once the lights have faded.
  • Each tear you collect keeps the guardians asleep for 90 seconds, which is important, as you definitely don’t want to tangle with these big baddies.
  • As you move through the realm, avoid any shimmering waking water patches, or enemies with lamps, as both of these will alert and wake the guardians. If you get touched by a guardian, you have to start the trial over again – with only your dusk relics getting carried over into the next attempt.
  • There are 15 tears of Farore to collect in this realm. Once you’ve snagged them all, you’ll be awarded the water dragon’s scale, and can swim to your heart’s content.

Linke receiving the water dragon scale

If you want to test your courage and explore the depths, you can grab your copy of Skyward Sword HD from the eShop today. You can also take a look at our best Switch RPGs if you’re looking for something new to play.