Defending from attacks
Wooden Shields are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series. These Shields are usually unable to protect against fire and magical attacks, and may even be burnt by them. The Wooden Shield is usually superseded by a stronger, metallic Shield.
Location and Uses
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, the Wooden Shield is Link's starting Shield. It is capable of blocking basic attacks, such as rocks fired from Octoroks or Arrows shot by Moblins. Link can upgrade the Shield by buying a Magical Shield from various shops around Hyrule; however, if a Like Like attacks Link, he will lose the Magical Shield and revert back to the Wooden Shield. The Wooden Shield, however, cannot be swallowed by Like Likes.
Oracle of Seasons
In Twilight Princess, Wooden Shields can be bought at Malo Mart in Kakariko Village or the Hot Spring Shop on Death Mountain. They serve as replacements to the one-of-a-kind and flammable Ordon Shield, the first Shield Link obtains. Wooden Shields are larger than the Ordon Shield and have metal trims, but are functionally identical and may also catch on fire. If it catches fire, the Wooden Shield can be saved by putting it away. Like the Ordon Shield, the Wooden Shield is able to block and subsequently catch Arrows, a feature that Hylian Shields are incapable of.
In Phantom Hourglass, the Wooden Shield is the only Shield available. In order to improve his defense, Link must use Neri's powers to improve the Shield's capabilities, such as blocking more projectiles and stunning enemies that run into the Shield. The Shield also appears in Spirit Tracks, known as the Shield of Antiquity, where it cannot be eaten by Like Likes.
In Skyward Sword, the Wooden Shield can be obtained from Owlan by talking to him after obtaining the Goddess Sword. It can also be bought from the Gear Shop at the Skyloft Bazaar for 50 Rupees. It is the most basic Shield in the game. It is weak to fire and will burn up if Link falls into lava. However, it is immune to electric attacks, making it useful in the Lanayru Desert. The Shield's special property is that it will not only block enemy Arrows, but also enable Link to collect any of them that are lodged into it; however, while a well-timed Shield Bash will protect it from most fire-based attacks, a flaming Arrow will make it start to burn. By trading Gondo some Rupees and Treasure, Link can upgrade the Wooden Shield at the Scrap Shop. Despite their increased durability, they still retain their weakness to fire.
|Increased durability.|| × 2 Amber Relics|
× 1 Monster Claw
× 1 Jelly Blob
|30 Rupees||Scrap Shop|
|Further increased durability.|| × 3 Amber Relics|
× 2 Monster Claws
× 2 Tumbleweeds
× 1 Ornamental Skull
|50 Rupees||Scrap Shop|
Breath of the Wild
Hyrule Compendium Entry
Wooden Shields are simple shields in Breath of the Wild. Wooden Shields have low defensive power and are flammable.
Hyrule Warriors Legends
|Names in Other Regions|
|French||Bouclier en Bois||Wooden Shield|
|FrenchCA||Bouclier de Bois (SS)|
|Italian||Scudo di Legno||Wooden Shield|
|Spanish||Escudo de Madera||Wood Shield|
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 143 (OoS | OoA | TP | SS)