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 do not 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 Link obtains in Ocarina of Time and can only be used while Link is a child. The shield can be purchased at the Kokiri 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 obtains, and is indicated as the L-1 Shield. It can be purchased at the Horon Village Shop for 30 Rupees. The shield is available right from the start of Link's quest.
Oracle of Ages
The Wooden Shield can be purchased in several locations in the Forest. The shield is used mainly for defense, but for certain enemies it is the only item that will harm them.
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 is a small plain brown shield, and has an Ordonian goat's head and horns patterned onto it.
This is the only time Link can obtain this shield, if it is burnt, it is 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 Link thrusts his 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 is pathetically weak, and will break in just a few hits in its non-upgraded form.
This shield is obtainable by speaking with Instructor Owlan after Zelda falls out of the sky. Getting the Wooden Shield for free at the beginning makes Faron Woods much easier since Link does not have to save up rupees and purchase the shield himself. The Wooden Shield can also be purchased for 50 rupees in the Bazaar's Gear Shop.
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 Publications Strategy Guide artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Hyrule Compendium picture of a Wooden Shield.