After a little exploring, I went to Fun Fun Island to try the skydiving game again.
I kept playing until I got a perfect score: The 50-coin landing spot with the 10x bonus multiplier. That gave me 500 rupees, but also the special prize for winning: A piece of heart.
Earlier, I found a gratitude crystal outside the Lumpy Pumpkin. That brought my total to 79, just one short of the 80 I needed for my next reward from Batreaux. I knew of one other crystal that was actually locked inside Zelda’s room, but I never could figure out how to get it. But since I only needed one more, I was determined to get it. And indeed, I figured out a way to break in. While going through the vents, I watched saw Zelda’s dad taking a bath. That’s a weird Easter egg to include in a Zelda game…
Anyway, I got to Zelda’s room and got the gratitude crystal. I also found a piece of heart. And now the door to her room is unlocked, which is convenient for times when I need a nap without having to go all the way back to my room. So anyway, I went to see Batreaux. He told me that I had now found all of the gratitude crystals in the world! I was wondering how many there were, and for a while I wondered if there were 100. But 80 is the max. He rewarded me with a tycoon wallet, which can hold 9,000 rupees.
Also, he then said he could now become human. So he transformed…sort of.
His skin color changed, sure. And his horns are now hair. But otherwise, he looks exactly the same, facially. And maybe he stopped drinking Red Bull, because he doesn’t have wings any more. The next day, I went to the bazaar and he was in there, enjoying the atmosphere.
I decided to finally buy a sacred shield. I think I was previously scared off because the description says it’s fragile. But I went on and bought it and upgraded it to the Goddess shield. At this point, I saved my game.
Considering that there are no more gratitude crystals to be found, I believe I’m basically done with the side-quests (except for the thunder dragon one to get the best shield). And I know there are still heart pieces hidden out there, but I never really try to track down every single piece of heart in Zelda games. They could be hidden in any of a million obscures spots anywhere in the game, including dungeons, and I’m not concerned with finding them all.
Everything I have done so far in Skyward Sword has been without using guides or getting any help online. I’ve even avoided spoilers as much as possible. But after I (hopefully) get the best shield from the thunder dragon, I may browse through guides to see if there’s anything significant that I missed. I know of one situation that had two possible outcomes, involving a love letter. I want to see what I missed by making the choice I did.
So my to-do list is quite short now:
- Attempt to get the best shield from the thunder dragon
- Consult an online guide to see if I missed anything significant