Shield Guard

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Shield Guard
Royal Shield Shield Guard Up - BotW Wii U.jpg
Link with a Royal Shield featuring a Shield Guard Up yellow modifier.

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Shield Guard is a property applied to shields in Breath of the Wild, expressed as a number visible on all shields in the menu.

Rather than being a simple measure of defence, it primarily relates to how much damage the shield's durability rating takes from a single hit. A Shield Guard higher than the enemy's weapon rating will greatly reduce the damage the shield takes while blocking, while the reverse can cause a shield to break much faster, even with the same durability.

It also relates to how an enemy will react when Link blocks their attack with a shield - a sufficiently high Shield Guard will cause the enemy to stagger or even be disarmed.

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