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2. Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda series

Top 10 Swords

An incredibly close battle that saw this sword make a comeback before succumbing to the Monado, the Master Sword is the iconic weapon from the legendary Zelda series. First appearing in A Link to the Past, the sword first takes its proper form (chronologically speaking) in Skyward Sword when the Goddess Sword is purified by three sacred flames and blessed by Zelda – the mortal incarnation of the goddess Hylia.

The Master Sword is the main weapon used against evil beings, such as Ganon through the majority of Zelda games and Demise in Skyward Sword. It can also dispel magical barriers and protect the user from curses.

But, as we know from Wind Waker, it takes more than just steel to make a great sword. The power infused into the sword takes the work of a few to work in its full state. But once awakened, the effects it can have are quite amazing to behold. And when Link was done with it, he would put the sword back in its pedestal for the next hero to come along and take hold of it.

1. The Monado from Xenoblade Chronicles

Top 10 Swords

Like the Ultima Weapon, the Monado is only as powerful as the user. Like Masamune, it not only has the power for great good but that of great evil. Like Ragnell, it is a blessed blade used for the purpose of stopping a god. Like the Master Sword, its full power needs to be awakened. Unlike all four of those swords, the Monado is merely a theory.

Oh, it is a physical sword, but the Monado is more than just what the user can touch. The true power of the Monado comes from what the wielder believes in. For Zanza, it was destruction. For Meyneth, it was creation. For Shulk… Freedom, maybe? It wasn’t completely clear. At the very least, it was the power to destroy Zanza and the other Monados.

But whatever the reason for the Monado, one thing is for sure: the Monado has the greatest potential to be shaped by its wielder. For this, we declare the Monado the greatest sword of all-time in video games.


And those, ladies and gentlemen, are our Top 10 Swords in Video Games. Agree? Disagree? Think we’re crazy and a “bunch of jokahs?” Let us know in the comments.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.


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