Sandship Dungeon Walkthrough – Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a meaty game, with hours of dungeons and puzzles for you to fight your way through. In this guide, we’ll cover how to tackle what can initially be one of the most confusing dungeons in the entire game: The Sand Ship.
the Sandship is a large ship that you will have boarded in the middle of the desert after following our Lanayru Sand Sea walkthrough, which you can read here if you haven’t found the Sandship yet. The Sandship is home to former pirates and a bunch of time-shifting stone stuff you need to keep in mind. It can be confusing, but follow our guide in detail and you’ll soon find your way through this tricky dungeon. Be sure to check out our guide on Lanayru Sand Sea if you haven’t made it this far yet.
How to get the bow, Sandship – Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
The bow is the main item you’ll need to get through this dungeon, and it’s hiding behind a mini-boss. Follow our instructions in detail here to find the arc quickly and easily.
First, make your way to the only open doors on the Sandship Bridge, to the left of the entrance. The only other door here is locked, so you’ll have to go downstairs. Head to the right side of the ship first and go through the gates here. There’s an enemy lurking in the sand – finish it off with a bomb, and you can pretty much get over that gap with a full stamina bar. Walk to the end of the hall and go down the next flight of stairs.
Run down the hallway filled with enemies and you will find the boss door, but it is securely locked. Keep going through the boss door and down the hallway and through another door. This brig is filled with sand, so take out the gust bellows and clear the ground. The door here is another order puzzle and can be cleared using the clues on the ground under the sand. You have to hit the gems in this order: down, up, down, right.
Inside you will find a chest, open it and you will find… a small key! Don’t worry, we’ll have the arc soon. Get out of the brig and run to the ship’s deck, where we passed the locked door earlier. Open it with the small key and head inside.
This is where you find the Sandship mini-boss, Scervo the pirate. You’ll be fighting a similar enemy much later in the game, but for now, if you need any advice on how to beat that enemy, we’ve got a guide here.
Once Scervo is pushed back to the edge and out of the ship, a chest will appear, and yes, this one contains the bow. Now there is a lot more to see on the Sandship.
Activate the Timeshift Stone and Release the Ship, Sandship – Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Now that you’ve got the bow armed, head back to the Sandship’s outer deck. The eyes you will see around the dungeon are actually targets for your bow. Immediately after exiting the gate, look up at the mast and you’ll see an eye pulling out, which reveals a large Time Shift Stone. Hit it with another arrow and the ship will come to life, along with enemies. Let’s deal with them.
You can shoot enemies standing on the mast and rigging of the ship before going up, which is recommended. Then climb the ladder onto the mast. To your right is a platform connected to a zipline and you can shoot the target at the other end of the zipline to access it. Once on the other side, climb up to the opposite end of the ship and repeat with the next zipline. Now that you’re at the top, you can defeat the enemy here and smash the mechanism back into place, unlocking the cage around the timeshift stone and the ship’s door. There is another zipline you can use here, taking you to the back of the ship, just up.
Descend to the deck just above where you climbed the mast and on the left side of the ship you will notice a lifeboat. Shooting the eye target at the top will lower it, which you can use later. Now we have to find the boss key to complete the dungeon.
Activation of the two generators, Sandship – Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Head inside the same ship doors as before, and you’ll find that things are very different with the Timeshift Stone turned on. Go down the stairs and right into the same area as before. Face the enemies here and take the second door on your left. While here there is light coming down from the ceiling – aim and you can see and shoot the timeshift stone to deactivate the electrified door here. Go through and open the chest to get the dungeon map. You can flip a switch in the vault room to permanently open this path.
Then go down the hallway to that room and take the second door on the left, leading to a room with two enemies and a puzzle of blocks and switches. This will open the windows to the room, allowing you to mount the lifeboat you lowered earlier. Now go back to the previous room where you found the dungeon map to deactivate the Timeshift Stone again.
Walk down the same hallway, but this time stop between the two doors on the right, and watch the light streaming through the fan grille. There is a switch that you can pull through this hole to open the door. Go inside and move the block to the right side of the room away from the fan grill. Then stand on the switch on the left side of the room and aim through the fan grille towards the target in the next room, which unlocks that door. Now activate the Time Shift Stone again.
Return to the room with access to the lifeboat, second left in the hallway. Jump on the lifeboat and lift it up again, shooting it in the eye again. Once at the top, deactivate the Time Shift Stone, then go back down and return to the room. This deactivates the electric field blocking the next room, and if you use the switch here, it finally unlocks all the doors in the main hallway. From this room you can again aim through a grid in the ceiling to activate the Timeshift Stone, then you can ram your sword into the nearby generator to ignite it.
Exit through the door and enter the door opposite. Here is another generator – turn it on too. This sets the engine room on fire, which we will need very soon.
Freeing the brig crew, Sandship – Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Return to the lifeboat room again, but this time exit through the left window and descend to the lower deck of the ship. Enter and you will find yourself in the engine room. Jump into the hole here and run under the motor gears without getting run over. Go up the ladder and use the whip to cross – there is also a bunch of treasure chests at the top of the ladder on your right here.
When done, head under the next set of motor gears and you will have to climb on the next set using the whip to climb over it – remember, you can’t ride these gears. Flip the switch at the top here to open a shortcut through the engine room and head to the crawl space next door. Climb the ladder at the end, activate another switch and you will be in the brig, after freeing the crew. Pleasant. The robots will give you a small key as a token of appreciation, allowing you to access the last areas of the Sandship.
Obtaining Boss Key, Squid Sculpture, Sandship – Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Once you’re done with your robot friends, return to the crawl space and engine room, to the lifeboat, and back up to the upper deck. This will take you straight to the door locked with a small key lock. Before entering, turn off the Time Shift Stone. Go down the stairs and go through the last door on the left, then shoot the Time Shift Stone through the ceiling grid to activate it again. Defeat the enemies that appear. Stand on the switch on one side of the room to open a small vent, through which you can shoot a target, unlock the door, and allow yourself to pass.
Three totems here to beat, so take them out quickly – you’ll probably take some damage in the attempt, honestly. Once they are all down, the door keeping the chest will open and you will get the squid sculpture. You can now bring this key to the control room we passed earlier, marked on your map. Once you open the door with the Squid Carving, you will be able to face the Abyssal Leviathan: Tentalus. Lucky for you, we’ve got a full guide to that fight here.
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