Throughout Link's quest the hero can acquire and wield three different types of swords which are used as the primary form of combat.
The first of these weapons is the Wooden Sword serving as the primary teaching tool for learning the basics of combat. The weapon itself isnt inheritely designed for intense combat and is incredibly weak although despite this the hero can take and use it against even the strongest of enemies. The only instances were this weapon will prove ineffective will be in the fights against the dragon Argorok, the Usurper King Zant and naturally the evil gerudo king Ganondorf and Possessed Zelda.
The upgrade and primary weapon used throughout a large portion of the quest is the Ordon Sword finely crafted by Rusl and is designed for intense combat going as far as being able to be used on every major enemy save for Zant and Ganondorf. Once acquired this weapon will replace the Wooden Sword and the hero will no longer be able to use it.
The final and most powerful weapon used throughout the remainder of the quest is the Master Sword a sword that can repel evil and is the key to removing the Shadow Crystal from the hero's body and is essential to defeating Zant and Ganondorf. Not only this but the sword acts as another key that opens the Temple of Time a dungeon the hero must traverse for one of the pieces of the Mirror of Twilight. Once all the pieces of the mirror are restored the hero can enter the Palace of Twilight were with the power of the light Sol's the hero can infuse the blade with light energy which finalizes the weapon into the Light Sword. When confronted with twilight enemies or if the hero is in the palace halls the blade will glow and it can be used to cast away dark fog created from shadow crystals which force the hero into Wolf form. Additionally the light energy can charge certain switches in the palace which activate platforms that aid in navigation to reaching Zant and is the most damaging weapon specifically to twilight monsters however this damage upgrade is limited only to that.