Beta Login          

Skyward Sword Item Upgrades Guide

Skyward Sword Item Upgrades Guide

Upgrade your items at the Scrap Shop in Skyloft's Bazaar
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword introduces a new gameplay mechanic to the Zelda mix - item upgrades. By finding loot and other materials in the field or as enemy drops, Link can synthesize them with his equipment to create better gear and even brand-new items!

As part of our Skyward Sword Walkthrough project, we're committed to providing info on every upgrade and piece of loot in the game - from shield buffs to full-blown transformations, bugs to raw minterals.

We also have a Skyward Sword Heart Piece Guide that details all the hidden locations of Heart Pieces. It's broken down by area and designed to be easy to refer back to every time you get a new piece of equipment, so keep checking back each time you complete a new area. No matter what you're searching for, we've got a guide to help!

Skyward Sword Walkthrough Home:

Other Secrets Guides:

Skyward Sword Story Guides:



Table of Contents

How to Upgrade Your Items

If you want to upgrade your items and equipment, you'll need to head to the Scrap Shop, located in the Skyloft Bazaar. Look for the large complex at the center of town with the large Rupee icons adorning its entrances. Inside you'll find a large marketplace full of all kinds of shops, fortune-tellers, and the like. You're looking for the Scrap Shop, a workshop of sorts run by a blacksmith.

The Bazaar is full of odds and ends and shops and things This guy's the smithy who runs the Scrap Shop

In order to upgrade your items, you'll need a few things:
  • An item that's ready for upgrade. Common sense, really.
  • Raw materials needed to improve your items. These are found in the field or from defeated enemies and can be anything from monster bones to ore to wads of goo. (See the Collection List for details on what kinds of items can be used for upgrade.)
  • The required Rupee fee. What, did you think the smithy would work for free?
Select the item you want to upgrade from the menu and pony up the required costs and the Scrap Shop guy will set right to creating it. When he's done, you'll have some newly improved gear! Upgraded gear is often more powerful than standard gear but also changes in appearance and usually acquires additional abilities or effects...

Occasionally you'll receive Item Upgrades through more ordinary means: as gifts, in dungeons, et cetera. There are far more upgrades available through the Scrap Shop, but the "required upgrades" are all out in the field.

You can also upgrade Potions in a similar manner at the Infusion Shop. Potions involve a different set of Collection Items - Bugs - which you can catch using your Bug Net. Upgrading potions increases their effects. For example, an upgraded Heart Potion will restore all of your hearts!

Item Upgrade Paths

Here you can browse all the possible item upgrades to see what materials you need and how much they cost. They're sorted by both item class and the starting point in the upgrade chain - shields first, equip items second, and other gear last.

Shield Upgrades


Banded Shield | Braced Shield | Reinforced Shield | Fortified Shield | Divine Shield | Goddess Shield

Banded Shield

Banded Shield Upgraded from: Wooden Shield
Upgrades: Braced Shield
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Amber Relic (2), Monster Claw (1), Jelly Blob (1)
Price: 30 Rupees
Description: This is a more durable Wooden Shield, forged at the Scrap Shop. It'll help you survive a few more hits, but it's still pretty brittle.

Braced Shield

Braced Shield Upgraded from: Banded Shield
Upgrades: None
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Amber Relic (3), Monster Claw (2), Tumbleweed (2), Ornamental Skull (1)
Price: Unknown
Description: This is the strongest Wooden Shield money can buy, forged at the Scrap Shop. It can't block fire, but it's insulated against electric attacks.

Reinforced Shield

Reinforced Shield Upgraded from: Iron Shield
Upgrades: Fortified Shield
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Eldin Ore (2), Monster Claw (2), Ornamental Skull (2)
Price: 50 Rupees
Description: This is a more durable Iron Shield, forged at the Scrap Shop. It adds increased durability to your already fairly-hardly metal one.

Fortified Shield

Upgraded from: Reinforced Shield
Upgrades: None
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Eldin Ore (3), Monster Claw (3), Tumbleweed (3), Blue Bird Feather (1)
Price: Unknown
Description: This is the strongest Iron Shield, forged at the Scrap Shop. It still doesn't play nice with electricity, but man is it hardy!

Divine Shield

Divine Shield Upgraded from: Sacred Shield
Upgrades: Goddess Shield
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Dusk Relic (1), Bird Feather (2), Ornamental Skull (1)
Price: Unknown
Description: This is a more durable Sacred Shield, forged at the Scrap Shop. If you thought your original Sacred Shield could take a lot of hits - think again!

Goddess Shield

Upgraded from: Divine Shield
Upgrades: None
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Dusk Relic (4), Bird Feather (3), Monster Horn (4), Blue Bird Feather (1)
Price: 150 Rupees
Description: This shield retains all the self-regenerating powers of its previous forms, but can take quite a beating in the meantime! It contains designs related to the Goddess herself.

Equip Item Upgrades


Scattershot | Hook Beetle | Quick Beetle | Tough Beetle | Iron Bow | Sacred Bow

Scattershot

Link's Scattershot fires a burst of seeds, like a shotgun Upgraded from: Slingshot
Upgrades: None
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Dusk Relic (@), Amber Relic (2), Jelly Blob (3)
Price: 50 Rupees
Description: The Scattershot causes the seeds fired from the Slingshot to spread out to hit a wider area. It makes the Slingshot much more viable in the later stages of the game. Upgrade it at the Scrap Shop to try it out!

Hook Beetle

The Hook Beetle Upgraded from: Beetle
Upgrades: Quick Beetle
Location: Lanayru Desert
How to obtain: One of the Ancient Robots will upgrade your standard Beetle.
Description: The Hook Beetle can use its powerful mandibles to grab onto small objects like Bomb Flowers and carry them around. It can also drop its payload on any targets immediately below.

Quick Beetle

Quick Beetle Upgraded from: Hook Beetle
Upgrades: Tough Beetle
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Ancient Flower (2), Hornet Larvae (2), Golden Skull (1)
Price: 50 Rupees
Description: The Quick Beetle upgrade adds additional speed to your Hook Beetle, allowing it to travel farther before it runs out of power.

Tough Beetle

Tough Beetle Upgraded from: Quick Beetle
Upgrades: None
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Ancient Flower (2), Amber Relic (4), Blue Bird Feather (1), Goddess Plume (1)
Price: 50 Rupees
Description: The Tough Beetle doesn't get an extra burst of speed, but it can fly farther than its companion items.

Big Bug Net

Big Bug Net Upgraded from: Bug Net
Upgrades: None
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Unknown
Price: ?? Rupees
Description: This larger Bug Net can catch even more insects at once than the standard model. Get huntin'!

Iron Bow

Iron Bow Upgraded from: Bow
Upgrades: Sacred Bow
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Description: The Iron Bow increases your Bow's attack power, meaning it has more offensive sniping potential in the field.

Sacred Bow

Sacred Bow Upgraded from: Iron Bow
Upgrades: None
How to obtain: Upgrade at the Scrap Shop.
Materials needed: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Description: The Sacred Bow upgrades your Bow's attack power to maximum with the Goddess's power, meaning it's the ultimate weapon for ranged combat!

Gear Upgrades


Mogma Mitts | Extra Wallet | Medium Wallet | Big Wallet | Giant Wallet | Tycoon Wallet
Adventure Pouch Expansion | Extra Seed Satchel | Extra Bomb Bag | Extra Quiver

Mogma Mitts

Mogma Mitts Upgraded from: Digging Mitts
Upgrades: None
Location: Fire Sanctuary
How to obtain: You'll obtain this as the dungeon item of the Fire Sanctuary.
Description: These upgraded Digging Mitts offer the same functions as your original gloves but also have the ability to tunnel through underground passages, which can serve as shortcuts and pathways between areas. Crawl through narrow spaces and use the gloves to break up rocks that block your path.

Extra Wallet

Extra Wallet Satchel Type: Wallet
Capacity: 300 Rupees
Location: Beedle's Airshop
Cost: 100 Rupees
Description: This Extra Wallet allows you to carry 300 more Rupees. That's double your original capacity! What are you going to do with all that extra cash? Buy more goods, of course! If you get all the Extra Wallets, you'll be able to carry quick a lot of Rupees. Luckily, the game will do the counting for you...

Medium Wallet

Satchel Type: Wallet
Capacity: 500 Rupees
Location: Batreaux's House
Cost: 5 Gratitude Crystals
Description: The Medium Wallet upgrade increases the capacity of your starting Small Wallet by 200 to a total of 500 Rupees.

Big Wallet

Satchel Type: Wallet
Capacity: 1,000 Rupees
Location: Batreaux's House
Cost: 30 Gratitude Crystals
Description: The Big Wallet upgrade increases the capacity of your Medium Wallet by 500 to a pretty hefty total of 1,000 Rupees.

Giant Wallet

Satchel Type: Wallet
Capacity: 5,000 Rupees
Location: Batreaux's House
Cost: 50 Gratitude Crystals
Description: The Giant Wallet upgrade increases the capacity of your Big Wallet by 4,000 to a massive total of 5,000 Rupees.

Tycoon Wallet

Satchel Type: Wallet
Capacity: 9,000 Rupees
Location: Batreaux's House
Cost: 80 Gratitude Crystals
Description: The Tycoon Wallet upgrade increases the capacity of your Medium Wallet by 4,000 more to a whopping grand total of 9,000 Rupees.

Adventure Pouch Expansion

Satchel Type: Adventure Pouch
Capacity: One piece of Gear
Location: Beedle's Airshop, Faron Woods Goddess Cube 1
Cost: 300 Rupees
Description: This bigger Adventure Pouch allows you to store one additional piece of Gear.

Extra Seed Satchel

Satchel Type: Seed Satchel
Capacity: 10 extra Deku Seeds per upgrade
Location: Beedle's Airship Shop, Scrap Shop
Cost: 100 Rupees (after Skyview Temple), Unknown (upgrades)
Description: This extra Seed Satchel allows you to carry 10 extra Deku Seeds when it's added in your Adventure Pouch. You can upgrade it at the Scrap Shop so it has a larger capacity.

Extra Bomb Bag

Satchel Type: Bomb Bag
Capacity: Five extra Bomb Flowers per upgrade
Location: Unknown
Cost: Unknown
Description: This extra Bomb Bag allows you to carry five extra Bomb Flowers when it's added in your Adventure Pouch. You can upgrade it at the Scrap Shop so it has a larger capacity.

Extra Quiver

Satchel Type: Quiver
Capacity: Five extra Arrows per upgrade
Location: Unknown
Cost: Unknown
Description: This extra Quiver allows you to carry five extra arrows when it's added in your Adventure Pouch. You can upgrade it at the Scrap Shop so it has a larger capacity.

Potion Upgrade Paths

We've got a catalog of all the known potion recipes available for your viewing pleasure also. They're all available at the Infusion Shop in the Skyloft Bazaar.

Heart Potion +

Heart Potion +

Upgraded from: Heart Potion
Added effect: Restores full hearts
Insects needed: Woodland Rhino Beetle (1), Blessed Butterfly (3), Volcanic Ladybug (1)
Price: 20 Rupees

Heart Potion ++

Heart Potion ++

Upgraded from: Heart Potion +
Added effect: Has two servings
Insects needed: Blessed Butterfly (3), Deku Hornet (3), Sand Cicada (1), Eldin Roller (1)
Price: 30 Rupees

Stamina Potion +

Stamina Potion +

Upgraded from: Stamina Potion
Added effect: Stamina does not reduce at all during the three minute effect period
Insects needed: Volcanic Ladybug (3), Sky Stag Beetle (2), Gerudo Dragonfly (2), Faron Grasshopper (1)
Price: 20 Rupees

Air Potion +

Upgraded from: Air Potion
Added effect: Air does not reduce at all during the three minute effect period
Insects needed: Unknown
Price: ?? Rupees

Revitalizing Potion +

Upgraded from: Revitalizing Potion
Added effect: Restores eight hearts instead of four
Insects needed: Unknown
Price: ?? Rupees

Revitalizing Potion ++

Upgraded from: Revitalizing Potion +
Added effect: Has two servings
Insects needed: Unknown
Price: ?? Rupees

Guardian Potion +

Upgraded from: Guardian Potion
Added effect: Prevents you from taking any damage at all during the effect period
Insects needed: Unknown
Price: ?? Rupees

Collection Items

Here you can browse through a list of all the Collection Items in the game - insects, raw materials, and other collection pieces. We'll be adding to it as we encounter more collection items.

Insect Glossary:
Deku Hornet | Blessed Butterfly | Gerudo Dragonfly | Starry Firefly
Woodland Rhino Beetle | Volcanic Ladybug | Sand Cicada | Sky Stag Beetle
Faron Grasshopper | Skyloft Mantis | Lanayru Ant | Eldin Roller

Deku Hornet

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): Faron Woods
Used for: Unknown
Description: The venom of these insects can be heated to infuse a potent medicine. Just be careful not to get attacked by an angry swarm!

Blessed Butterfly

Blessed Butterfly

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): Everywhere, it seems
Used for: Heart Potion
Description: These insects are commonly found in every province. In rare cases, you can find them flying in strange locations.

Gerudo Dragonfly

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): Lanayru Desert
Used for: Unknown
Description: These stunning insects have compound eyes more beautiful than Rupees and wings as transparent as glass!

Starry Firefly

Starry Firefly Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): The Sky
Used for: Unknown
Description: These insects are among the rarest in the skies and can only be found in dark places.

Woodland Rhino Beetle

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): Faron Woods
Used for: Heart Potion
Description: Collectors often polish the hard carapaces of these beetles to make them tougher. It's the strongest of all the insects.

Volcanic Ladybug

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): Eldin Volcano
Used for: Heart Potion
Description: They say these bugs get their deep-red hue from the ore they eat. They are slow moving and tend to stay in one place.

Sand Cicada

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): Lanayru Desert
Used for: Unknown
Description: The larvae of these bugs stay underground for 10 years or longer. No bug is harder to catch!

Sky Stag Beetle

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): The Sky
Used for: Unknown
Description: These bugs are really popular with the children of Skyloft. Their pincers pack a lot of crunch, so watch your fingers!

Faron Grasshopper

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): Faron Woods
Used for: Unknown
Description: It's said that these bugs reproduce in massive numbers once every 10 years, eating every plant in sight.

Skyloft Mantis

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): Skyloft
Used for: Unknown
Description: These bugs catch prey with their sharp jaws. They are often seen up above the clouds.

Lanayru Ant

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): Lanayru Desert
Used for: Unknown
Description: It's said these ants store water deep in their nests, allowing them to thrive even in the intense heat of the open desert.

Eldin Roller

Collection Type: Insect
How to obtain: Bug-Catching Net
Location(s): Eldin Volcano
Used for: Unknown
Description: These small- bodied bugs roll a big ball of...something. The way they busily roll stuff back to their nest is quite adorable.

Treasure Glossary:
Hornet Larvae | Bird Feather | Tumbleweed | Lizard Tail
Eldin Ore | Ancient Flower | Amber Relic | Dusk Relic | Jelly Blob
Monster Claw | Monster Horn | Ornamental Skull
Evil Crystal | Blue Bird Feather | Golden Skull | Goddess Bloom

Hornet Larvae

Hornet Larave

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Forage - knock down a Hornets' Nest using your Slingshot or by rolling into a tree and you can recover the Hornet Larvae.
Location(s): Faron Woods
Used for: Unknown
Description: They're a precious source of protein that comes from a Deku Hornet's hive. This material might be good for making something.

Bird Feather

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Forage - catch a bird in your Bug Net and you'll earn a Bird Feather for doing so.
Location(s): Faron Woods
Used for: Unknown
Description: These highly prized feathers come from birds foreign to Skyloft, and can serve as a useful material.

Tumbleweed

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Forage
Location(s): Lanayru Desert
Used for: Unknown
Description: This dried mass of plant material could come in handy. Might as well take it with you.

Lizard Tail

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Loot
Enemy: Lizalfos
Used for: Unknown
Description: It's the tail of a large lizard with a spiked ball on the end. Sure, it's a little gross, but you never know when you might need one.

Eldin Ore

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Forage - find Eldin Ore either on the ground or by digging with the Digging Mitts.
Location(s): Eldin Volcano, Earth Temple
Used for: Unknown
Description: This hard concretion sparkles brightly. It also has lots of different uses.

Ancient Flower

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Forage
Location(s): Lanayru Desert
Used for: Unknown
Description: Legends say this beautiful flower flourished in the ancient past. Supposedly it glows in the dark...

Amber Relic

Amber Relic

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Forage - pick Amber Relics up at various locations throughout Faron Woods.
Location(s): Faron Woods, Skyview Temple
Used for: Banded Shield
Description: It's an amber-colored chunk of precious stone. Nobody knows why it's this shape.

Dusk Relic

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Forage
Location(s): Caves
Used for: Unknown
Description: This item is similar in appearance to an Amber Relic, yet very different. It can only be found in certain places.

Jelly Blob

Jelly Blob

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Loot
Enemy: Chu Chu, Deku Baba
Used for: Banded Shield
Description: It may look like a boring wad of gunk, but it's used to make all sorts of things!

Monster Claw

Monster Claw

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Loot
Enemy: Keese
Used for: Banded Shield
Description: These extremely sharp claws look painful to even touch!

Monster Horn

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Loot
Enemy: Bokoblin
Used for: Unknown
Description: This well-crafted horn is made of sturdy animal bone. You might find a use for this as a material.

Ornamental Skull

Ornamental Skull

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Loot
Enemy: Bokoblin
Used for: Unknown
Description: This simple, slightly macabre fashion statement bears the Bokoblin symbol.

Evil Crystal

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Forage
Location(s): Unknown
Used for: Unknown
Description: This solid chunk of pure, crystallized monster malice is extremely rare!

Blue Bird Feather

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Forage - catch a blue bird with your Bug Net and you'll earn Blue Bird Feathers.
Location(s): Faron Woods
Used for: Unknown
Description: Very few small birds possess this sky-blue plumage, making these feathers extremely rare!

Golden Skull

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Loot
Enemy: Bokoblin
Used for: Unknown
Description: A real rarity among skull ornaments, it shines with an eerie, golden color.

Goddess Plume

Collection Type: Treasure
How to obtain: Forage
Location(s): Unknown
Used for: Unknown
Description: Rumors say this item was dropped by the goddess in a long-forgotten era. It's a legendary treasure few will ever behold!