There are plenty of puzzles to solve, and plenty of enemies to fight in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, but the Eye Sentry is one of the few that falls into both categories. Players will first encounter it in the Skyview Temple, blocking you from advancing onward, and may find themselves stuck trying to figure out how to deal with it. You will encounter many more of these sentries in dungeons later on, but once you know how to beat them, they aren’t all too bad.
How to Beat the Eye Sentry in Skyward Sword HD
The Eye Sentry is not a particularly difficult enemy to defeat, but it is very counterintuitive. Unlike most enemies in the game, slashing at the eye or trying to shoot it with a ranged weapon will do you no good, as the eye will close if you try to do so. Beating the eye will actually require no combat whatsoever.
You may have heard Fi mention that “this magical sentry has a natural tendency to stare at the tip of pointed objects.” This is a clue for how to defeat the Eye Sentry. What you need to do is rotate your sword around in a circle. The gaze of the sentry will be drawn to the tip of the sword as you spin, making it dizzy.
This isn’t a spin attack, you just simply need to point your sword forward toward the eye and rotate it in small circles, such that the sentry begins to roll its eye. Don’t do it too fast, but don’t do it too slow either.
After a few seconds of adequately paced sword spinning. the eye will turn red and become incapacitated and will roll back into its head before the face of the sentry falls off. At this point, the gate beneath it will open, allowing you to continue.
Later, you may encounter doors blocked by multiple eyes. In these cases, you need to make them dizzy all at once, so make use of elevated platforms to center yourself between them, such that you can incapacitate them all at once.