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Skyward Sword Walkthrough Chapter 3: Forging into Faron Woods

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Chapter 3: Forging into Faron Woods


Skyward Sword Walkthrough

Skyward Sword Story Guides:

Skyward Sword Secrets Guides:



Objectives:

  1. Follow the strange forest creature.
  2. Meet the Kikwi elder at the center of Faron Woods.
  3. Track down the missing Kikwis.
  4. Use the Slingshot to cross the Deep Woods and enter Skyview Temple.

Important Obtainables:

New Enemies:

Secrets:

1 - Follow the strange forest creature.

Dash towards the hanging rope ahead and you'll jump automatically towards it and grab on (assuming you lined up your leap correctly). While holding onto a hanging rope or vine, swing the Wii Remote back and forth in tempo with Link's movements to gain momentum. When you're at the apex of your swing, press the A button to let go and leap forward.

Just ahead you'll find a set of choppable trees, and beyond them more Bokoblins terrorizing a little forest creature. Fend them off just as you did the ones antagonizing Gorko and it'll reveal itself before running away. Apparently it's terrified of you. For some reason, your Dowsing ability tunes into these creatures, known as Kikwis. Fi suggests that Zelda may have had some contact with them before you arrived. This means you can use your Dowsing signature to track down Kikwis.

Follow it up the hill and into the main forest area. At first, it'll hide behind a pair of mushrooms to either side of the path. You can't catch it here, but you can scare it away by slashing the mushrooms with your sword. Watch out for the Deku Babas lining the path. Eventually you'll find it huddled behind a tree at the end of the path.

2 - Meet the Kikwi elder at the center of Faron Woods.

This one's name is Machi, and he'll suggest you talk to the Kikwi Elder, Bucha. He's a giant Kikwi located roughly in the center of the woods. Just beyond the path is another large log that you can roll down to the lower area, where you rescued Machi from the Bokoblins. This does two things - it forms a shortcut back here and reveals an Amber Relic lying beneath. The Amber Relic is one of many Treasures you can find scattered across the surface. Bring certain combinations of Treasure back to the Scrap Shop in Skyloft and Gondo, its proprietor, can improve some of your items and gear later on.

As this is the way you came, you don't want to head down - instead backtrack a little bit and run up the hill along the path's opposite fork. Avoid the Deku Baba as you climb and crush it with one of the large boulders at the top of the incline if you like, otherwise stick to the path and you'll reach a small waterfall flanked by Bokoblins and another new enemy: the Octorok. Defeat them and continue along the path up the short hill to the left - stopping only to push down the large log off to the right - where you'll fight your way past some more Octoroks. At the end of the path is another rope. Cut the plant it's tied to and you'll create a way to swing across to the central plateau where Bucha is attempting to "hide" from enemies.

Octorok
OctorokOctoroks attack you both on land and in the sky. Sky Octoroks latch onto floating islands and try to shoot you from your bird, while land-bound varieties disguise themselves as bushes and burrow in holes in the grounds to hide. Using a Shield Bash to repel their rocks back at them will defeat them.

Find out more at Zeldapedia: Octorok.

3 - Track down the missing Kikwis.

Bucha will help you find Zelda, but first you'll have to track down the other hiding Kikwis for him. Fi will adds Kikwis as an independent Dowsing target to help you in the search.

Crawl through the small space nearby Bucha to reach a hidden area. Climb the vines and you'll see a tightrope spanning a short gap. Tread carefully across it, tilting the Wii Remote back and forth in tempo with Link's steps to avoid losing your balance, and you'll reach a small forest grove. Fend off the Bokoblins here and then roll into the tree nearby to knock the Kikwi from its boughs. This will also knock down the curled vine, which you can grab onto and use to swing your way out of here.

Head back towards the path you first followed to enter the woods (use your map to find Machi if you need some help reorienting yourself to the area). Instead of approaching Machi, cut right and scramble up the ledges nearby to reach another path area. Another set of ledges on your left lead to what appears to be some slight ruins of a brick building. Fight off the Octoroks here and look for a hole in the ground. Jump down and you'll find a small cave leading to one of the Kikwis - Oolo. This one's trying to disguise itself as a bush, so pluck it from the ground to get its attention. (Before you drop in the hole to reach Oolo, you can cross a series of tightropes in the opposite direction to reach a Heart Piece.)

From here, hop down from Oolo's ledge and head to the left and back to the hill with the Deku Baba that we climbed earlier. This time when you climb it, don't stay on the path, but cut left, past the tall grass and the spiny obstacles there and up the hill. Here you'll find a small pond as well as a series of ledges you can cross over to reach a temple-like complex. There's a Bird Statue on the main structure's viewing platform, which overlooks the area, if you need to save your game. Otherwise, continue forward, past the Bokoblins and Guays, until you reach a set of vines high on the wall to the right.

Guay
GuayGuay will dive-bomb you and peck away, just as annoying as the Keese, but they also have an extra ability: they can lay droppings on your head. These potent heaps of nasty will slowly drain health as you choke in an effort to breathe in the noxious fumes.

Find out more at Zeldapedia: Guay.

Climb up the massive tree root to reach them, then carefully make your way up, preserving your stamina as you go. You'll find gaps between the vines that you'll need to leap across with a shake of the Wii Remote. There's a single Stamina Fruit placed just when you're about to run out, so grab it if you need it. At the top you'll find a bunch of tall grass with a Kikwi attempting to camouflage itself. Cut down all the grass to eliminate its hiding spot and it'll reveal itself.

Now that you've found all the Kikwis, return to Bucha and he'll give you the Slingshot! You'll need to climb up onto his back to reach it...

Slingshot
Slingshot This Slingshot looks like a kid's toy, but it can stun enemies and even take out some small fry such as Keese. The Kikwi elder, Bucha, gives you this Kikwi heirloom to use against monsters as you hunt down the missing Kikwi. Its seeds don't fly very far, but they're strong enough to strike certain switches.

Find out more at Zeldapedia: Slingshot.

4 - Use the Slingshot to cross the Deep Woods and enter Skyview Temple.

Follow Bucha's instructions and shoot down the curled vine nearby with your Slingshot, then head back to the viewing platform area. Nearby the Bird Statue is another curled vine. Shoot it down, then grab onto it and use it to swing onto the cliff at the beginning of the path leading to the Deep Woods. As you pass into the area, a mysterious figure will materialize behind you. It's clear you're being followed...

Fight off the Bokoblins here and shoot down the hornets' nest with your Slingshot if you wish to collect some Hornet Larvae (watch out for the hornets themselves, they'll sting you!), and then continue on the path towards the temple. A tightrope spans the nearby gap, but before you cross you should knock down the Hornets' Nest hanging above it to avoid getting stung. Cross carefully and cut left to push down a log to form another shortcut, then head back along the path and continue until you reach another tightrope.

This one's plagued by sticky traps and a Bokoblin will try to knock you off as you cross. You can shake the Wii Remote to jostle the rope, which will tip off both the stickies and the Bokoblin. This might cause you to lose your balance, forcing you to hang onto the rope with your hands, but it's all right - you can still shake the rope while you're holding on. Just watch your stamina and climb back onto the rope with the Control Stick when you get the chance.

Climb up the plateau here to reach a Bird Statue as well as another rope you can use to swing across to the upper ledge. Look out for Quadro Babas, golden enhancements of the normal Deku Baba, and make your way to Gorko, who's found what he calls a Goddess Cube. Follow his instructions to unlock the Goddess Cube and send its power to the sky with a Skyward Strike. Be on the lookout for other Goddess Cubes as you quest across the surface.

Quadro Baba
Quadro BabaThis gold colored Deku Baba is more durable than its blue cousin and also possesses the ability to open its mouth in multiple directions. Pay close attention to these dynamic changes as you fight. It's still got all the other vulnerabilities, too...

Find out more at Zeldapedia: Quadro Baba.

Head down the ledges towards the temple, being sure to push the log at the very end to create a shortcut, and you'll fine the entrance as well as a second Goddess Cube. The entrance is sealed for now, but if you shoot your Slingshot at the crystal switch above the doors, you can unlock them. Proceed inside to enter your very first Skyward Sword dungeon!