Breath of the Wild Shields

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This is a list of shields found in Breath of the Wild.

Hylian Shield

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Main article: Hylian Shield

The Hylian Shield has a base Shield Guard of 90 and base durability of 800, making it easily the most durable shield in the game. Found in a large room in the Hyrule Castle Lockup, the room contains a Stalnox which must be defeated before a chest appears with the shield inside.

If the shield breaks, Link can go to Tarrey Town to buy a new one from Granté for 3000 rupees, provided the side quest From the Ground Up has been completed.

"A shield passes down through the Hylian royal family, along with the legend of the hero who wielded it. Its defensive capabilities and durability outshine all other shields."

— In-game description

Pot Lid

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Main article: Pot Lid

Pot Lids have a base Shield Guard of 1 and base durability of 10. One can be found on the Great Plateau, just outside of the Woodcutter's House, and they are typically found in urbanized areas, such as Hateno Village or Stables. As makeshift shields, often used by Bokoblins in defense, they have the lowest possible base Shield Guard.

They are the shield counterparts to the Soup Ladle. As they are related to cooking, Pot Lids can also be seen being used by the traveling chef Stamm, as well as the failed chef Moza. Despite their name, Pot Lids are never actually seen being used in cooking to cover a pot, only as a shield.

"The lid of a large soup pot. It smells vaguely of poultry broth... Yum! It can take quite a beating before breaking."

— In-game description

Wooden Shield

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Main article: Wooden Shield

Wooden Shields have a base Shield Guard of 2 and base durability of 12. They can mainly be found in and around the Great Plateau, occasionally being wielded by Bokoblins.

"This lightweight, simple shield is ideal for less-experienced fighters. It can withstand light attacks, but blocking stronger blows is not recommended."

— In-game description

Emblazoned Shield

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Main article: Emblazoned Shield

Emblazoned Shields have a base Shield Guard of 3 and base durability of 12. They can be found in various locations in Hyrule, but are most common in the Necluda province of Hyrule. A unique design is painted on the shield face, namely, a graphic of a deer in yellow. The construction of the shield is wooden, and has a close resemblance to the Wooden Shield.

"This shield features a traditional design from Necluda. Its combat capabilities aren't much better than the standard wooden shield, but it found popularity for its design."

— In-game description

Hunter's Shield

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Main article: Hunter's Shield

Hunter's Shields have a base Shield Guard of 3 and base durability of 10. They can be found in various locations in Hyrule, but are most common in the Necluda and Faron provinces of Hyrule. A design of two rabbits is emblazoned on the shield face. The construction of the shield is wooden, and shares a close resemblance to the Wooden Shield.

"Favored by hunters for its rabbit design, which is said to bring luck on hunts. It's easy to use, but its durability leaves something to be desired."

— In-game description

Fisherman's Shield

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Main article: Fisherman's Shield

Fisherman's Shields have a base Shield Guard of 3 and base durability of 10. They can be found in various locations in Hyrule, but are most common in the Necluda and Faron provinces of Hyrule. A unique design is painted on the shield face, namely, a graphic of a fish in blue. The construction of the shield is wooden, and has a close resemblance to the Wooden Shield.

"Often carried by fishermen for its fish design, which represents hope for a good catch. Its light wooden construction makes it convenient to take on a boat."

— In-game description

Traveler's Shield

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Main article: Traveler's Shield

Traveler's Shields have a base Shield Guard of 4 and base durability of 12. They are typically found in and around the Great Plateau, either simply on the ground, in Treasure Chests, or in the hands of a Bokoblin. Mainly wooden in design, with a metal band around the perimeter, they will burst into flames should they be brought too close to fire.

"A sturdy shield loved by many an adventurer. It is made of animal hide and sturdy wood and is best suited to defending against weak monsters or animals."

— In-game description

Soldier's Shield

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Main article: Soldier's Shield

Soldier's Shields have a base Shield Guard of 16 and base durability of 16. They are commonplace in and around the Necluda province of Hyrule, often in the hands of Bokoblins or in Treasure Chests. Mainly wooden in design with a blue paint-job, they will catch fire if exposed to flame.

"A shield once used by the guards of Hyrule Castle. It's easy to handle, but its core is made of wood, so it can catch fire."

— In-game description

Knight's Shield

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Main article: Knight's Shield

Knight's Shields have a base Shield Guard of 40 and base durability of 23. They are occasionally found in the hands of Black Lizalfos or Moblins in the outermost regions of Hyrule. With a fully metal construction, they will attract lightning, so Link should be wary of the forecast when holding these shields.

"A shield favored by the knights who served the Hyrulean royal family. Its sturdy metal construction makes it quite durable, but its weight requires decent skill to wield."

— In-game description

Royal Shield

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Main article: Royal Shield

Royal Shields have a base Shield Guard of 55 and base durability of 29. They boast a proud design, featuring many golden accents, along with a Hylian Crest situated at the top of the shield. The exterior is reminiscent of the Royal Guard's Shield, but with different colors.

"A shield issued to the Hyrulean royal family's immediate guard detail. It boasts a high defense, but these days it's more a collector's item due to its ornamentation."

— In-game description

Forest Dweller's Shield

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Main article: Forest Dweller's Shield

Forest Dweller's Shields have a base Shield Guard of 30 and base durability of 18. They can be found in various locations in Hyrule, but they are most common in the Korok Forest. These shields are made entirely from wood, meaning they will catch fire if brought into close proximity to a flame.

One of these shields must be equipped at all times whilst attempting the Test of Wood Shrine Quest, or Link will be disqualified and required to start again.

"The Koroks made this shield specifically for Hylians. It's made from the finest hard wood of trees that only grow in the Korok forest, so it's sturdier than it looks."

— In-game description

Silver Shield

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Main article: Silver Shield

Silver Shields have a base Shield Guard of 18 and base durability of 20. They can be found in various locations in Hyrule, but they are most common in and around Zora's Domain. Made entirely from metal, meaning they will attract lightning in the midst of a thunderstorm, these shields sport the classic Zora colors of blue and silver.

"A Zora-made shield adorned with intricate ornamentation. It's said that true masters of this shield can redirect attacks as a rock redirects rushing water."

— In-game description

Kite Shield

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Main article: Kite Shield

Kite Shields have a base Shield Guard of 14 and base durability of 16. One of the rarest shield types, they can only be found in three places; two Treasure Chests - one in North Tabantha Snowfield & one in an ice block near a Hebra Plunge waterfall - and one at Selmie's Spot, which can be won by beating Selmie's Shield Surfing Advanced Course in a time between 2:05 and 2:20. As wooden shields, they will burn if exposed to fire.

"Rito warriors cherish this shield. Its unique shape is designed with mid-battle flight in mind to facilitate aerial combat."

— In-game description

Gerudo Shield

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Main article: Gerudo Shield

Gerudo Shields have a base Shield Guard of 20 and base durability of 20. They can be found all over the Gerudo Desert, for example in Shrine of Trials. The standard-issue shield for Gerudo soldiers based in Gerudo Town - where many can be seen carrying them - their appearance is rather regal, featuring a large red gem in the center of the golden shield.

"The design of this metal shield has changed over time to match the Gerudo's sword-and-shield fighting style. It's favored by soldiers and travelers alike."

— In-game description

Radiant Shield

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Main article: Radiant Shield

Radiant Shields have a base Shield Guard of 35 and base durability of 26. They can be found in some Shrine of Trials in the Gerudo Desert. Its aesthetic is somewhat similar to the Gerudo Shield, however much of the shield is purple, and many more gems are affixed to the shield face.

"This extravagant shield is presented to Gerudo warriors who rise to the rank of captain. Its apparent opulence is rivaled only by its combat capabilities."

— In-game description

Daybreaker

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Main article: Daybreaker

Daybreaker has a base Shield Guard of 48 and base durability of 60. It can be obtained by returning to Gerudo Town and speaking with Riju after defeating Thunderblight Ganon inside of the Divine Beast Vah Naboris. It once belonged to the Gerudo Champion Urbosa. When destroyed, it can be remade if Link talks to Buliara and gives her a Gerudo Shield, a diamond and five flints.

"This shield was cherished by the Gerudo Champion Urbosa. The gold used to make it was handpicked to ensure a design that is both lightweight and very durable."

— In-game description

Shield of the Mind's Eye

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Main article: Shield of the Mind's Eye

Shields of the Mind's Eye have a base Shield Guard of 16 and base durability of 16. They are wooden in design and so will burn on exposure to flame.

"A small Sheikah-made shield. Its design is intended to decrease blind spots without sacrificing too much defense."

— In-game description

Ancient Shield

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Main article: Ancient Shield

Ancient Shields have a base Shield Guard of 70 and base durability of 32. They can be obtained from "Cherry" in the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab for 1,000 Rupees, 10 Ancient Gears, 15 Ancient Springs, and 1 Giant Ancient Core per shield after lighting the tech lab's furnace with Blue Flame. As with Guardian Shields, they can deflect Guardian beams without needing to parry, at the cost of durability.

"This shield was made using ancient Sheikah technology. Its surface glows blue when raised in defense. Enhanced functionality allows it to deflect Guardian beams."

— In-game description

Rusty Shield

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Main article: Rusty Shield

Rusty Shields have a base Shield Guard of 3 and base durability of 16. They can be found in lone locations around the majority of Hyrule, but while they appear to have once been Knight's Shields, they have corroded heavily, reducing their guarding capability. They can be restored to as-new condition by feeding them to a Rock Octorok - what they will become when spat out partially depends on World Level.

"It's likely that this rusty old shield once belonged to a knight. It still has some defensive capabilities, but its usefulness has been worn down by time."

— In-game description

Royal Guard's Shield

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Main article: Royal Guard's Shield

Royal Guard's Shields have a base Shield Guard of 70 and base durability of 14. They can be found inside Hyrule Castle, sometimes wielded by Moblins or Lizalfos. While they have some of the highest base Shield Guards in the game, this is largely cancelled by their low durability. They bear close resemblance to Royal Shields, but in darker colors.

"This shield was forged using ancient Sheikah technology. It boasts extremely high stopping power, but its structural weakness made its low durability impractical for combat."

— In-game description

Boko Shield

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Main article: Boko Shield

Boko Shields have a base Shield Guard of 3 and base durability of 5. They are the standard-issue shield for many Red Bokoblins in and around the Great Plateau. Boko Shields have the lowest base durability of any shield in the game, and have a Shield Guard rating only slightly higher than Pot Lids and Wooden Shields. As wooden objects, if they touch fire, they will catch alight.

"A Bokoblin-made shield created by attaching a handhold to any flat tree bark picked up off the ground. It's pretty shoddy, so don't expect it to last very long."

— In-game description

Spiked Boko Shield

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Main article: Spiked Boko Shield

Spiked Boko Shields have a base Shield Guard of 10 and base durability of 7. They are first found wielded by Blue Bokoblins on the Great Plateau. The appearance is very similar to that of the Boko Shield, but bones have been affixed to offer additional defense.

Outside of the Great Plateau, Spiked Boko Shields can be seen wielded by Blue Bokoblin on the pathway that leads through the Dueling Peaks. Occasionally, the Spiked Boko Shield can be found wielded by a Stalkoblin, Black Bokoblin, or a Lizalfos.

"A Boko shield made of slightly stronger wood and reinforced with animal bones."

— In-game description

Dragonbone Boko Shield

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Main article: Dragonbone Boko Shield

Dragonbone Boko Shields have a base Shield Guard of 25 and base durability of 8. They are primarily worn by Black Bokoblins in the outer regions of Hyrule, such as Tabantha Frontier and the Ridgeland Tower region. While the strength is a significant improvement over the weaker Boko Shields, the low base durability still making them some of the most fragile shields in the game.

"This Boko shield is reinforced with fossilized bone. Its defensive capabilities are respectable, but its predictably slipshod craftsmanship spells low durability."

— In-game description

Lizal Shield

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Main article: Lizal Shield

Lizal Shields have a base Shield Guard of 15 and base durability of 8. They are typically found in the hands of Green Lizalfos in the Faron province of Hyrule. They feature a fully metal construction; meaning lightning will be attracted to the shield, so Link should stay alert in a thunderstorm and unequip them if necessary.

"A common shield found among the Lizalfos. It's made of metal, but its sloppy craftsmanship offers poor durability."

— In-game description

Reinforced Lizal Shield

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Main article: Reinforced Lizal Shield

Reinforced Lizal Shields have a base Shield Guard of 22 and base durability of 12. They are typically found in the hands of Lizalfos in the Gerudo province of Hyrule. They feature a fully metal construction; meaning lightning will be attracted to the shield, so Link should stay alert in a thunderstorm and unequip them if necessary.

"This Lizal shield has been strengthened by adding a different type of metal to the mix. The edge is lined with spikes, so handle with care."

— In-game description

Steel Lizal Shield

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Main article: Steel Lizal Shield

Steel Lizal Shields have a base Shield Guard of 35 and base durability of 15. They are typically wielded by Black Lizalfos in the outermost regions of Hyrule. The steel will act as a lightning rod during a thunderstorm, so the player should stay wary and unequip if need be.

"This Lizal shield is adorned with several metal shells as a means of reinforcement. Its defensive capabilities are high, but its weight requires a skilled soldier to bear."

— In-game description

Guardian Shield

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Main article: Guardian Shield

Guardian Shields have a base Shield Guard of 18 and base durability of 10. They can be obtained by defeating weaker Guardian Scouts in Shrine of Trials or Divine Beasts. When Link is carrying these shields, only the centerpiece shows; the blue parts only show up once held in the hand.

As with Ancient Shields, they can deflect Guardian beams without needing to parry, at the cost of durability.

"A shield made with ancient Sheikah technology. It can deflect a Guardian Scout's beam."

— In-game description

Guardian Shield+

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Main article: Guardian Shield+

Guardian Shield+s have a base Shield Guard of 30 and base durability of 13. They can be obtained by defeating Guardian Scout IIIs in "A Modest Test of Strength" Shrine of Trials. When Link is carrying these shields, only the centerpiece shows; the blue parts only show up once it is held in the hand.

As with Ancient Shields, they can deflect Guardian beams without needing to parry, at the cost of durability.

"This larger version of a Guardian shield has had its output level boosted. Its defensive capabilities are comparable to those of a metal shield's."

— In-game description

Guardian Shield++

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Main article: Guardian Shield++

Guardian Shield++s have a base Shield Guard of 40 and base durability of 20. They can be obtained by defeating a Guardian Scout IV in "A Major Test of Strength" Shrine of Trials. When Link is carrying these shields, only the centerpiece shows; the blue parts only show up once held in the hand.

As with Ancient Shields, they can deflect Guardian beams without needing to parry, at the cost of durability.

"The output level of this shield has been boosted to a maximum. Its combat capabilities surpass those of metallic shields, and it can deflect Guardian Scout beams."

— In-game description

Lynel Shield

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Main article: Lynel Shield

Lynel Shields have a base Shield Guard of 30 and base durability of 12. They can be obtained by defeating standard, red-maned Lynels scattered in the overworld, for example on Ploymus Mountain. The aesthetic is akin to other Lynel property, with a large metal centerpiece.

"A sturdy shield favored by Lynels for its defensive and offensive capabilities. First and foremost a shield, but the bladed edges can deal slashing attacks when deflecting."

— In-game description

Mighty Lynel Shield

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Main article: Mighty Lynel Shield

Mighty Lynel Shields have a base Shield Guard of 44 and base durability of 15. They can be obtained by defeating Blue-Maned Lynels scattered in the overworld, for example in Deep Akkala until the World Level upgrades it.

"This Lynel-made shield has been reinforced with armor and even more blades. Stronger in both defense and offense, it can tear through basic armor when deflecting."

— In-game description

Savage Lynel Shield

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Main article: Savage Lynel Shield

Savage Lynel Shields have a base Shield Guard of 62 and base durability of 20. They can be obtained by defeating White-Maned Lynels or Silver Lynels scattered in the overworld, for example in the Coliseum Ruins.

"This ultimate Lynel shield is used only by the white-haired Lynels. It excels at defending against even the most brutal of attacks and cutting down powerful foes when deflecting."

— In-game description