"The lid of a large soup pot. It smells vaguely of poultry broth... Yum! It can take quite a beating before breaking."
Despite their name, Pot Lids are never actually seen being used in cooking to cover a pot, only as a shield.
Breath of the Wild
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.
The Pot Lid is one of the worst shields in the game for shield surfing due to its low durability. However, it has average friction and damage rate, making only the Royal Guard's Shield worse overall for surfing.
As part of The Champions' Ballad DLC, a story is told in Daruk's Training Journal where Link encounters an out of control Guardian. During a test, the Guardian lost control and started to shoot out deadly beams. Link grabbed a nearby Pot Lid and performed a Perfect Guard, deflecting the beam back at the Guardian, defeating it. This caught the eye of the King Rhoam, which led to Link being appointed the guard of Princess Zelda.
Tears of the Kingdom
Breath of the Wild Hyrule Compendium picture of the Pot Lid.
- ↑ I hear one of those ancient machine things went nuts during some test and shot out deadly beams! With true Goron spirit, Link grabbed a pot lid from the ground and deflected the blast. He nailed the thing in its weak spot and saved the day. His bravery caught the king's eye, and not long after that, he was appointed to guard Zelda! - Daruk's Training Journal