The Hylian Shield is Link's most famous Shield, making four total appearances. It is a fairly durable shield, not burning and absorbing tons of damage. In every game it appears in except 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 is 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 purchase it from the Bazaar in Castle Town in the present 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 receives in the game. Link can use it as a child and as an adult. However, the shield is too big for Link when he is a child, so when he uses it, he keeps it strapped to his back and crouches down to defend from above. Link uses it as a normal shield when he is an adult. Extra Hylian Shields can also be found scattered in treasure chests in dungeons. However, if Link already carries a Hylian Shield, it will be replaced with 5 Rupees. The design of the shield in Ocarina of Time is a little different than in other games; the design features a fourth triangle, and the reason for this triangle is unknown, but it may represent the Light Force revealed in The Minish Cap.
After clearing the Twilight from the Eldin Province, Link can purchase 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 Link 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 is 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, on the second floor after defeating four Wizzrobes. Because of Link'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 are its ability to block flames and beams, such as a Wizzrobe's attack or any flame-based projectile. Furthermore, it can block the Buzz Blob's electric attacks without hurting Link despite being made of metal. Even if the shield gets eaten along with Link by Like Likes, it won't be destroyed. As a result, it is very useful against enemies, particularly in the Treacherous Tower, where there are plenty of projectile-using foes.
Breath of the Wild
"A shield passed down through the Hyrulean royal family, along with the hero who wielded it. Its defensive capabilities and durability outshine all other shields."
Found in a large room in the Hyrule Castle Dungeon, it has 90 defense rating and looks exactly what you'd expect it to do. The room it is found in contains a Stalnox, after defeating said enemy a chest will appear with the shield inside. There is a Stone slab in the room stating that this was a test room for the Royal Guard, meaning if you wanted to be indoctrinated into the Royal Guard you'd have to defeat a Hinox in single combat. If the shield breaks, Link can go to Tarrey Town to get a new one, if he has completed the side quest From the Ground Up.
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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. Link 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.
- ↑ "Hylian Shield 80 Rupees" — Bazaar Item Sign, Ocarina of Time.
- ↑ "A [ 8C]Hylian shield will cost you 200 Rupees. Want one or not?" — Malo, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "On the second floor of the Turtle Rock dungeon, Link finds the Hylian Shield in a large chest after a battle with the four Wizzrobes." — Prima Games A Link Between Worlds Strategy Guide, pg. 24
- ↑ "Even if the Hylian Shield gets eaten by a monster, it won't be destroyed." — Hint Ghost, A Link Between Worlds
- ↑ "- Test of the Royal Guard - Strike down the giant foe to become recognized as a knight of the kingdom" — Stone Slab Inside Royal Guard Test Room, Breath of the Wild