Defends Link from projectiles and sword slashes
Wooden shields can block most attacks but are highly susceptible to fire and leaves Link bereft of a shield. This is a weakness that only wooden shields possess, since all metal shields don't have a weakness that causes them to break. In Skyward Sword, they offer resistance to electricity to make up for their weakness to fire.
The Legend of Zelda
The Wooden Shield is the shield Link starts with at the beginning of The Legend of Zelda. It is able to block basic attacks such as arrows and rocks but cannot defend against magical attacks, like a Wizzrobe's beam. This shield cannot be eaten by Like Likes.
Ocarina of Time
- Main article: Deku Shield
While the Wooden Shield does not appear by name in Ocarina of Time, a Wooden shield does appear, called the Deku Shield. It is the first shield obtained by Link in Ocarina of Time and can only be used while Link is a child. The shield can be purchased at the shop in Kokiri Forest for 40 Rupees. This shield will burn if it comes into contact with fire but a replacement can be purchased at any time. The shield appears to be made from a piece of thick tree bark, the front of the shield is carved with a symbol representing the Kokiri's Emerald and is painted red.
Oracle of Seasons
In Oracle of Seasons, the Wooden Shield is the first shield Link collects, and is indicated as the L-1 Shield. It can be purchased at the Horon Village Shop for 30 Rupees. However, the shop is only opened after Link has completed the Gnarled Root Dungeon.
Oracle of Ages
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The Wooden Shield from Twilight Princess is an optional item that can be purchased from the Malo Mart in Kakariko Village. This shield is larger than the Ordon Shield but comes with the same weakness to fire. This shield can be purchased again if it is burnt. The design on the front resembles something like a bird and appears to be painted with white paint. This shield is generally considered a meaningless purchase due to the fact that it becomes available at the same time as the Hylian Shield, a far stronger and more preferable shield.
- Main article: Ordon Shield
Similarly to the Deku Shield from Ocarina of Time, the Ordon Shield is a Wooden shield that appears in Twilight Princess. Wolf Link steals it from Jaggle's House after Midna tells him to search the village for a Sword and Shield. It's a small plain brown shield, and has a Ordonian goat's head and horns patterned onto it.
This is the only time Link can obtain this shield, if it is burnt, it's lost forever.
Unlike previous games, Link's shield now has a durability meter. This means that after a certain number of hits, it will break. However, if he thrusts your shield just as the attack is coming at him the shield will not take damage. As incentive for using this shield later in the game, it insulates Link from electricity-based attacks. This is the first shield obtainable in Skyward Sword. It's pathetically weak, and will break in just a few hits in its non-upgraded form. The Wooden Shield can be purchased for a very low price in Skyloft's Bazaar.
This shield is also obtainable by speaking with Instructor Owlan after Zelda falls out of the sky and you have to start your adventure. Getting the wooden shield for free at the beginning makes Faron woods much easier since you don't have to save up rupee's and buy the shield yourself.
- Main article: Banded Shield
An upgraded form of the Wooden Shield with a higher durability, this shield requires 2 Amber Relics, 1 Monster Claw, 1 Jelly Blob and 30 rupees to upgrade. Much more durable than the wooden shield, but still very weak. Burns from fire.
- Main article: Braced Shield
Upgraded from the Banded Shield and more durable, this shield requires 3 Amber Relics, 2 Monster Claws, 2 Tumbleweeds, 1 Ornamental Skull and 50 rupees to upgrade. Although stronger it is still wood and can burn easily.
Breath of the Wild
"This lightweight, simple shield is ideal for less-experienced fighters. It can withstand light attacks, but blocking stronger blows is not recommended."
The wooden shield makes a return once more in Breath of the Wild, this time as a shield available early on in Link's quest, with a defense rating of just 2, it should only be used as a last resort. These shields can mainly be found in and around the Great Plateau, occasionally being wielded by Bokoblins.
Wooden Shield Million Publishing Artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Wooden Shield Sprite from The Legend of Zelda
Wooden Shield Model from Twilight Princess
Wooden Shield Model from Skyward Sword