- "A sword forged with magical light, making it light as a feather. Use the Strong Attack button to gather the power of light, and strike with more devastating strength when using a Combo Attack!"
- — In-game description
The Rapier is the default weapon moveset for Princess Zelda in Hyrule Warriors. It is said to be a sword forged with magical light, making it as light as a feather. This weapon type has a Light Elemental Attribute and its Strong Attack allows Zelda to gather the power of light and strike with more devastating strength when using a Combo Attack. Due to being forged with magic, Zelda can transform her Rapier into a Bow of Light to fire Light Arrows. One of her combos involves generating a triangular column of light energy the damages near by enemies. During Zelda's Focus Spirit Attack, she uses it to cast Nayru's Love, Farore's Wind, and Din's Fire for a triple magic attack.
- Level 1 - Polished Rapier
- Level 2 - Glittering Rapier
- Level 3 - Gleaming Rapier
- Level 4 - Gleaming Rapier +
- Level 4+ - Gloomy Rapier
- 8-bit - 8-Bit White Sword
The Rapier's moveset appears to be inspired by Zelda's Sword, a sword wielded by Princess Zelda and Possessed Zelda in Twilight Princess that resembles her Polished Rapier. Interestingly, some of Zelda's attacks are partially inspired by those used by Possessed Zelda, such as her ball of light attack and her triangular energy field. The Rapier's ability to transform into a Bow of Light also appears to be based on the Bow Zelda receives from the Light Spirits and the way she summons her Rapier in her battle intro cutscene echoes the scene where she prays to the Light Spirits in Twilight Princess.
Aside from the above, it could have also been based on a similar rapier found on the title screen of The Legend of Zelda.
Her use of Din's Fire, Farore's Wind, and Nayru's Love as her Focus Spirit Attack is a reference to the magic spells from Ocarina of Time and may be a reference to their use as her special attacks from her playable appearances in the non-canon Super Smash Bros. series.