The Hylian Shield is Link's most famous shield, making four total appearances. It's a fairly durable shield, not burning and absorbing tons of damage. In every game it appears in bar Ocarina of Time, it is the last shield Link acquires.
The Hylian Shield has a wooden base with a metal overlay although in Twilight Princess the shield is completely metal. In all appearances the shield is resistant to fire, in Skyward Sword the shield is indestructable and is also resistant to electricity. It's very durable, capable of blocking a large variety of attacks without breaking. It is the shield the Hylian soldiers use in war.
Ocarina of Time
Link can find the Hylian Shield in a grave in the Kakariko Village Graveyard at Kakariko Village, or buy it from the Bazaar in Castle Town in the past or Kakariko Village in the future for 80 Rupees. Link can receive a discount at the Bazaar after giving Zelda's Letter to the soldier guarding the Death Mountain Trail. It is the second shield Link is receives in the game. Link can use it as Adult Link and Young Link. However, the shield is too big for Young Link, so when he uses it he keeps it strapped to his back and crouches down to defend from above. Adult Link uses it as a normal shield. Extra Hylian Shields can also be found scattered in treasure chests in dungeons. However if Link is already carrying a Hylian Shield it will be replaced with 5 Rupees. The design of the shield in Ocarina of Time is a little different then in other games, the design features a fourth triangle, the reason for this triangle is unknown, it may represent the light force as revealed in The Minish Cap however nothing official has been mentioned by Nintendo.
After clearing the Twilight from the Eldin Province, Link can buy the Hylian Shield at Malo Mart in Kakariko Village for 200 Rupees. It is the third and final shield in the game. Unlike the Wooden Shield and the Ordon Shield, it cannot burn from exposure to fire.
In Skyward Sword the Hylian Shield is obtained once the player mostly completes the Thunder Dragon's Lightning Round. This is the last shield in the game and is completely indestructible. Unlike previous shields in Skyward Sword, this one's durability meter will never decrease no matter how much it's used. It can resist fire and electric attacks.
A Link Between Worlds
"A shield that's based on Hylian design. Raise it with [R] to block flames and beams."
The Hylian Shield makes its fourth main series appearance in A Link Between Worlds. It is found within Turtle Rock, one of the seven Lorule dungeons. Because of the player's choice as to which dungeons to tackle in whatever order, the Hylian Shield can be acquired fairly early or even at the end of the adventure.
The main improvements in the Hylian Shield over the regular Shield is its ability to block flames and beams, such as a Wizzrobe's attack or any flame-based projectile. It is very useful against enemies, particularly in the Treacherous Tower, where there are plenty of projectile-using foes.
|This section describes a subject that is or may be outside the core Zelda canon.|
Soul Calibur II
In Soul Calibur II, the Hylian Shield is among Link's most common shields, used with almost every weapon he wields. It is his default shield, as it is used when combined with the Master Sword. He also uses the shield with the Razor Sword, Megaton Hammer, Cane of Byrna, Biggoron's Sword, Great Fairy's Sword, and Bug Net. Out of Link's 11 weapon sets, only four do not use the Hylian Shield.
- The Fighter's Shield from A Link to the Past is incredibly similar to the Hylian Shield judging by the official artwork posted by Nintendo. This shield was probably the basis for the Hylian Shield.
- The Hero's Shield from Majora's Mask and The Wind Waker are both very similar to the Hylian Shield.