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The Wind Waker HD optimal equipment guide

This is a no-nonsense, mobile-friendly guide for getting everything as soon as possible and in an efficient order. For description, more guides and feedback, see The Legend of Zelda optimal equipment guides.

Islands are identified with both names and coordinates. When viewing the map screen, imagine the letters A-E along the top edge (identifying the columns) and the numbers 1–7 along the left edge (identifying the rows). For example, Outset Island is [B7] (column B, row 7). Great Sea map squares (which you get from the Fishmen) is not covered in this guide. All Treasure Maps will be shown in the guide, but only the Piece of Heart rewards are directly included in the guide (you can get the Rupee chests whenever you need them and come across them, and the special charts are pointless since you’re following this guide).

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Outset Island 

Pirate Ship

Equipment/Quest

  • Hero’s Sword
  • Hero’s Shield

Action items

  • Telescope
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag

Upgrades

  • 3 Hearts

Forsaken Fortress 

Equipment/Quest

  • Hero’s Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm

Action items

  • Telescope
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag

Upgrades

  • 3 1/4 Hearts

Windfall Island 

Arrival and important stuff

Side Quests

Pawprint Isle [E2]

Equipment/Quest

  • Hero’s Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Sail

Action items

  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag

Upgrades

  • 4 Hearts

Dragon Roost Island 

Equipment/Quest

  • Hero’s Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Sail
  • Wind Waker

Action items

  • 1 Bottle
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag

Upgrades

  • 4 1/4 Hearts

Dragon Roost Cavern 

Equipment/Quest

  • Hero’s Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Din’s Pearl

Action items

  • 1 Bottle
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook

Upgrades

  • 5 1/4 Hearts

After Dragon Roost Cavern 

Dragon Roost Island

Windfall Island [D2]

Bomb Island [F5]

Forest Haven [F6]

Equipment/Quest

  • Hero’s Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing

Action items

  • 2 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf

Upgrades

  • 6 2/4 Hearts

Forbidden Woods 

Equipment/Quest

  • Hero’s Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Farore’s Pearl
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing

Action items

  • 2 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf
  • Boomerang

Upgrades

  • 7 2/4 Hearts

Nayru’s Pearl and lots of Great Sea goodies 

Forest Haven [F6]

Via Greatfish to Windfall

Windfall Island [D2]

Toward Outset Island

Outset Island [B7]

Lots and lots of goodies

Windfall Island [D2]

More Great Sea Goodies

Equipment/Quest

  • Hero’s Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Farore’s Pearl
  • Nayru’s Pearl
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing

Action items

  • 3 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf
  • Boomerang
  • Bombs
  • Magic Armor

Upgrades

  • 13 2/4 Hearts
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Biggest Wallet
  • Biggest Bomb Bag

Tower of the Gods 

Equipment/Quest

  • Hero’s Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Farore’s Pearl
  • Nayru’s Pearl
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing
  • Command Melody

Action items

  • 3 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf
  • Boomerang
  • Bombs
  • Magic Armor
  • Hero’s Bow

Upgrades

  • 14 2/4 Hearts
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Biggest Wallet
  • Biggest Bomb Bag

More Great Sea goodies 

Equipment/Quest

  • Master Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Farore’s Pearl
  • Nayru’s Pearl
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing
  • Command Melody
  • Ballad of Gales

Action items

  • 3 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf
  • Boomerang
  • Bombs
  • Magic Armor
  • Hero’s Bow

Upgrades

  • 15 Hearts
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Biggest Wallet
  • Biggest Bomb Bag
  • Hurricane Spin

Forsaken Fortress revisited 

Equipment/Quest

  • Master Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Farore’s Pearl
  • Nayru’s Pearl
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing
  • Command Melody
  • Ballad of Gales

Action items

  • 3 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf
  • Boomerang
  • Bombs
  • Magic Armor
  • Hero’s Bow
  • Skull Hammer

Upgrades

  • 16 Hearts
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Biggest Wallet
  • Biggest Bomb Bag
  • Hurricane Spin

Finding the Earth Temple 

Windfall Island [D2]

The Great Sea

Equipment/Quest

  • Master Sword
  • Hero’s Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Power Bracelets
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Farore’s Pearl
  • Nayru’s Pearl
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing
  • Command Melody
  • Ballad of Gales
  • Earth God’s Lyric

Action items

  • 4 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf
  • Boomerang
  • Bombs
  • Magic Armor
  • Hero’s Bow
  • Fire and Ice Arrows
  • Skull Hammer
  • Iron Boots

Upgrades

  • 17 1/4 Hearts
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Biggest Wallet
  • Biggest Bomb Bag
  • Biggest Quiver
  • Hurricane Spin

Earth Temple 

Equipment/Quest

  • Master Sword
  • Mirror Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Power Bracelets
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Farore’s Pearl
  • Nayru’s Pearl
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing
  • Command Melody
  • Ballad of Gales
  • Earth God’s Lyric

Action items

  • 4 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf
  • Boomerang
  • Bombs
  • Magic Armor
  • Hero’s Bow
  • Fire and Ice Arrows
  • Skull Hammer
  • Iron Boots

Upgrades

  • 18 1/4 Hearts
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Biggest Wallet
  • Biggest Bomb Bag
  • Biggest Quiver
  • Hurricane Spin

Finding the Wind Temple 

Equipment/Quest

  • Master Sword
  • Mirror Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Power Bracelets
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Farore’s Pearl
  • Nayru’s Pearl
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing
  • Command Melody
  • Ballad of Gales
  • Earth God’s Lyric
  • Wind God’s Aria

Action items

  • 4 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf
  • Boomerang
  • Bombs
  • Magic Armor
  • Hero’s Bow
  • Fire and Ice Arrows
  • Skull Hammer
  • Iron Boots

Upgrades

  • 18 2/4 Hearts
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Biggest Wallet
  • Biggest Bomb Bag
  • Biggest Quiver
  • Hurricane Spin

Wind Temple 

Equipment/Quest

  • Master Sword
  • Mirror Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Power Bracelets
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Farore’s Pearl
  • Nayru’s Pearl
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing
  • Command Melody
  • Ballad of Gales
  • Earth God’s Lyric
  • Wind God’s Aria

Action items

  • 4 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf
  • Boomerang
  • Bombs
  • Magic Armor
  • Hero’s Bow
  • Fire and Ice Arrows
  • Skull Hammer
  • Iron Boots
  • Hookshot

Upgrades

  • 19 2/4 Hearts
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Biggest Wallet
  • Biggest Bomb Bag
  • Biggest Quiver
  • Hurricane Spin

The Triforce of Courage 

Equipment/Quest

  • Master Sword
  • Mirror Shield
  • Pirate’s Charm
  • Swift Sail
  • Wind Waker
  • Power Bracelets
  • Hero’s Charm
  • Din’s Pearl
  • Farore’s Pearl
  • Nayru’s Pearl
  • Triforce of Courage
  • Wind’s Requiem
  • Song of Passing
  • Command Melody
  • Ballad of Gales
  • Earth God’s Lyric
  • Wind God’s Aria

Action items

  • 4 Bottles
  • Telescope
  • Tingle Bottle
  • Deluxe Picto Box
  • Spoils Bag
  • Bait Bag
  • Delivery Bag
  • Grappling Hook
  • Deku Leaf
  • Boomerang
  • Bombs
  • Magic Armor
  • Hero’s Bow
  • Fire and Ice Arrows
  • Skull Hammer
  • Iron Boots
  • Hookshot

Upgrades

  • 20 Hearts
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Biggest Wallet
  • Biggest Bomb Bag
  • Biggest Quiver
  • Hurricane Spin

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