Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hyrule Warriors - Weapon Element Count

So, let's check this again. Each weapon type is bound to an element. Some weapon types support various elements with different attacks, but still have a main element. E.g. Sheik's harp uses primarily the Storm element, but can also cause Shadow, Water, Light and Fire attacks. Or Ganondorf's Great Sword can cause Light, Fire and Storm damage. The main element also effects the color of the "Focus Spirit" mode.

  • Link's Sword: Light
  • Link's Rod: Fire
  • Link's Gauntlet: Storm
  • Link's 4th: ???
  • Lana's Book: Storm
  • Lana's Stick: Water
  • Lana's Portal: ???
  • Impa's Giant Knife: Water
  • Impa's Naginata: Fire
  • Zelda's Rapier: Light
  • Zelda's Baton: Storm
  • Sheik's Harp: Storm
  • Darunia's Hammer: Fire
  • Ruto's Scale: Water
  • Agitha's Parasol: Light
  • Midna's Shackle: Shadow
  • Midna's 2nd: ???
  • Fi's Goddess Sword: Light
  • Ghirahim's Demon Sword: Shadow
  • Zanto's Scimitars: Shadow
  • Ganondorf's Great Sword: Shadow
  • Cia's Staff: Shadow
  • Valga's Lance: Fire
  • Wizro's Ring: Shadow

Now the element count:

  • Light - 4
  • Shadow - 6
  • Fire - 4
  • Water - 3
  • Storm - 4

Quite the pattern! Water is one short, so I'm still pretty sure that Link's final weapon type will be a water based whip (with the Fishing Rod as a joke skin).

It seems like characters with multiple weapon types, get different elements with each weapon. So, for Link only Water or Shadow would be left. And considering that we already got six different Shadow weapon types and only three water types, I'm placing my bets on water. That and it would be weird to have the Hero fighting with dark magic, except for the Fierce Deity form, which they'll most likely save for the sequel.

As for Lana's Portal and Midna's 2nd weapon (probably used by her true self), I'm guessing that both will be Light based. I don't think Lana would use Fire (it doesn't suit her nature theme) or Shadow and the Portals don't look like they are Fire or Shadow based, so they probably make the most sense as a Light weapon. Maybe it's Storm, but she already has a Storm weapon. And with Midna it would create a beautiful contrast to have her use Light in her true form.

With that we would get an equal number of Light and Shadow weapons and the other elements all get four weapon types each. This would fit nicely:

  • Light - 6
  • Shadow - 6
  • Fire - 4
  • Water - 4
  • Storm - 4


Okay, with the Japanese release it turned out that Cia, Volga and Wizzro sadly are not playable and therefore do not count. Also, Midna does not have a 2nd weapon anymore. While Link's fourth weapon (which I won't spoil, but funnily enough they already showed it in the character trailer!) really is water based, Lana's portal is very different from what I originally thought and actually a fire weapon. So, we have a total of four weapons per element.

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