When you first start out in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll notice that Link is missing his iconic green tunic. As you progress in your adventure a couple more things will become evident, such as him also missing Epona and the Master Sword.
The Master Sword isn’t actually absent from Breath of the Wild but you do have to do some things first if you want to get it. You could run straight to it but you’ll see that isn’t the best option if that’s what you choose to do.
The Master Sword is found in the Lost Woods, you probably remember it as that annoying place from Ocarina of Time where you’ll restart at the beginning if you make a wrong turn. Once you make it through the woods, you’ll end up in the Korok Forest. Unless you loved going through the Lost Woods, grab the waypoint at the nearby shrine so you don’t have to go through the woods again.
Once you make it to the sword, you need to make sure you have at least 13 heart containers to pull it out. This means you’ll have needed to completed several shrines at this point or have defeated some of the Divine Beasts. If you’ve been putting all your points in stamina upgrades, you can actually get those switched to heart containers if you want the Master Sword. You will be able to switch back to stamina after obtaining the sword.
Once you get the sword, you’ll see it has 30 strength making it a very worthy weapon. It does more damage to Calamity Ganon and other things affected by his plague. The 60 damage it does against Calamity Ganon and his followers can become permanent if you complete the entire Trial of the Sword challenge found in the first DLC pack for Breath of the Wild.
The weapon can never break but it will weaken the more you use it. Instead of breaking, the weapon will instead need to go through a 10-minute recharge so it’s best to use this weapon when you really need it.