How to Avoid Game-Halting Bug in Skyward Sword

Posted by at 10:48 am on December 6, 2011

If you’re currently many hours deep into The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword — say, around the “Song of the Hero” quest — you’d better be careful. According to an email from Nintendo sent to Zelda Informer, you may encounter a game-breaking glitch if you complete tasks in a certain order during the “Song of the Hero” quest. If you save after the bug is in effect and don’t have an earlier file as a backup, you’ll have to start Skyward Sword over.

If you complete the quest’s desert leg first and speak to a Goron gentleman not once, but twice, the game locks out completion of the other two portions, halting all progress in the game. That said, it’s pretty easy to avoid: just don’t talk to the Goron more than once. Done! (Alternatively, do not complete the desert part first.)

The Work Around

If the game has been saved after completing the sequence of events, it will no longer be possible to proceed through the game on that save file. The only options at that point are to either start the game over or to use an earlier save file to continue.

The situation is caused by performing the following sequence of events during the Song of the Hero quest:

1. At the beginning of the quest, go to Lanayru Desert to retrieve the song of the Thunder Dragon.

2. In the Lanayru Mine, speak with Golo the Goron.

3. Complete the Thunder Dragon’s event, and receive his song.

4. Before heading to the forest or volcano regions, speak with Golo in the mine again.

5. At this point, the forest and volcano events will no longer occur, making it impossible to continue.


This issue WILL NOT OCCUR if the Fire and Water Dragon songs have already been collected before collecting the Thunder Dragon’s song. Talking to Golo in the Lanayru Caves will also NOT trigger this issue.

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