One of the many ways The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild breaks radically from series conventions is in how it handles weapons. In past Zelda games, Link would acquire a wide variety of special tools, such as boomerangs and hookshots, but would only use a handful of swords over the course of any given adventure. Breath of the Wild goes the opposite direction — almost every weapon has a finite lifespan, and breaks after a certain number of strikes. Link will easily churn through dozens, if not hundreds of weapons over the course of his time in Hyrule. Don’t get too attached to anything, from the first stick you pick up off the ground to that glowing, ancient blade pried from the grip of a dead guardian.
Part of the game’s fun is just going with the flow and working with what you find, since the weapons you pick up in a given area are usually good enough to handle the local wildlife. For those times when you need something a bit more high-end, however, we’ve compiled a list of the best weapons you can find. Breath of the Wild is enormous, so this list is far from comprehensive, but rather it’s a selection of some of the coolest, toughest weapons that we’ve found in each category , and where you can locate them. Note that weapons taken from defeated enemies or that spawn out in the world will respawn during the periodic Blood Moon events, but anything found in a chest is only available there once.
Demon Carver (40)
Yiga assassins will periodically attack you throughout the game. They won’t let up even after you’ve defeated their boss, Master Kohga, back at their HQ in the Gerudo Desert. They will come better equipped, however, including upgrading to this nasty, circular blade. One of the most consistent places we’ve found an avenging Yiga is by the broken down wagon between Scout’s Hill and the eastern edge of the Great Plateau.
Savage Lynel Sword (58)
The most powerful one-handed weapon, you can use a Savage Lynel Sword after you pry it from the cold, dead hands of a Silver-maned Lynel, one of the deadliest foes in the game. If you’re up for the challenge, you can find one in the forest grove of North Akkala Valley, about midway between the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab and the summit of Death Mountain.
Royal Claymore (52)
From the Woodland Tower, northeast of Hyrule Castle, simply climb on top of the stone mass blocking its northern face and you’ll find it stuck in a cleft.
Savage Lynel Crusher (78)
As far as we know this monster has the single largest damage value of any weapon in the game. Again, the only way to get it is is to take down a Silver-maned Lynel. We found a crusher-carrying Lynel just south of the Tabantha Great Bridge.
Savage Lynel Bow (32 x 3)
Like the other Savage Lynel weapons, this bow drops periodically from Silver-Maned and White Lynels , including one that can be found in the Coliseum Ruins just north of the Great Plateau. Like several other bows in the game, this gives you three-for-one with every arrow you fire, which is especially great value given how stingy the game can generally be with arrows.
Meteor Rod (10 x 3)
Elemental rods are relatively common, dropping throughout Hyrule from Wizzrobes of their respective element. The most powerful rod we’ve found shoots three fireballs at once, rather than just one. You can find it in Tabantha, in chest on raised platform just south of Great Fairy Fountain.