When I get to the insult sword-fighting stage of The Secret of Monkey Island, do I have to learn every single insult and comeback in order to beat the Sword Master?

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    You fight like a dairy farmer.
    – Gnoupi
    Jul 8, 2010 at 21:42
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    How appropriate... Jul 9, 2010 at 16:19
  • "You just don't have what it takes"
    – Kevin
    Mar 6, 2015 at 14:27
  • I am rubber, you are glue...
    – zigojacko
    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:41

4 Answers 4


Thankfully no, you don't have to learn them all. It is a bit tedious to get all the comebacks since some of the uncommon ones take a while to find.

To beat the Sword Master you only need to do comeback for a subset of all the insults, i.e. some of the Sword Master's insults have multiple comebacks. You can go to the Sword Master earlier but it requires some luck.

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    Thankfully? They were funny enough to learn all IMHO
    – Zommuter
    Jul 14, 2010 at 14:33
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    Oh don't get me wrong, the comebacks are all funny; but I wish it was equally funny to aquire them in the game. Only about 2-3 pirates respawn at a time, some more frequent than others, and chances are it'll take a long while to get the last ones.
    – Spoike
    Oct 9, 2010 at 8:12
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    In fact, some of the Sword Master's insults have multiple valid comebacks, so even if you haven't learnt the "correct" response to an insult, you might be able to use an alternate one.
    – hammar
    Dec 20, 2011 at 18:56

No, you can fight the sword master without knowing all the comebacks. It's all a matter of luck which insults she throws at you.


A defeated pirate will say "Wow! You're good enough to fight the Sword Master" once you have a good proportion of answers. I usually take this as the time I can go fight her:


If you don't know the answer to an insult from the Sword Master it isn't a real problem. You have a small margin of error before you are defeated... and I have never been given repeated insults in one fight so its not like she will continue to chain up the same insult in one single fight.


According to this source regarding insult responses:

There are 16 in all. Once you learn 12 and win three fights with normal pirates, they will begin to say 'You're good enough to fight the Sword Master'.

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    IIRC every insult can only be used once in a fight, the AI keeps to that rule as well.
    – Kevin
    Mar 6, 2015 at 14:21

IIRC no, you'll be able to beat the Sword Master once you have learned a certain quantity of insults, but you don't need all of them.

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