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The Deku Shield is an item in Ocarina of Time.[1] It is the first Shield usable by Link.


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The Deku Shield is a simple wooden shield crafted from the bark of the Great Deku Tree.[2] The Kokiri Symbol painted on its surface resembles the Kokiri's Spiritual Stone, the Kokiri's Emerald. Link must first purchase the shield in the Kokiri Shop found in the Kokiri Forest for 40 Rupees to convince Mido that he is worthy of his council with the Great Deku Tree.[3][4] After passing Mido, Link can purchase another shield from Business Scrubs in either the Lost Woods, Inside the Deku Tree, or within Dodongo's Cavern for 50 Rupees.[5] It is fairly functional, but its durability may be compromised by certain flame attacks, as it instantly burns up if a Fire Keese touches Link or a Dodongo's breath harms him.[6] The Deku Shield can only be equipped while Link is in child form.[7] Although the Hylian Shield is available to child Link, it is far too heavy and it hinders his movement into a sort of "turtle shield" technique. However, the Deku Shield provides a more mobile defense and is well utilized by the Z-Targeting system.

Other Appearances

Lana wielding the Deku Shield in Hyrule Warriors

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)

In the Ocarina of Time manga by Akira Himekawa, once Link and Mido had lifted the curse of Queen Gohma and relieved her from inside the Great Deku Tree, he requests Link to carve a shield, the Deku Shield, out of his remains once he passes away so it may protect him from evil on his coming journey outside the forest.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Young Link carries the Deku Shield. He can use it to block incoming projectiles while crouching. Despite the Deku Shield's vulnerability to flames in Ocarina of Time, in Super Smash Bros. Melee it can block fire projectiles.

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors when using the Spear weapon, Lana is capable of having it transform into various different forest themed weapons, one of them being the Deku Shield. It transforms into the shield while guarding, and appears on her left arm while attacking with the spear in the other during her Focus Spirit Special.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Deku Shield is wielded by Young Link in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


  • The doors inside the Forbidden Woods in The Wind Waker are similar to the Deku Shield, as the red Kokiri symbol appears on the brown doors, forming a Deku Shield-like shape and look. This characteristic is also shared with the doors of the Forest Temple from Twilight Princess.
  • During development of Ocarina of Time, the Deku Shield would use Link's family crest.[8] This could mean that the Kokiri symbol was meant to be Link's family crest, or that the Shield used a different symbol originally.
  • The Deku Shield can be seen in very early screenshots of Majora's Mask, as the game used Link's model from Ocarina of Time as a placeholder.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese デクの盾 (Deku no Tate) Deku Shield
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 德库木盾 (Dékù Mùdǔn) Deku Wood Shield
French Republic FrenchEU Bouclier Mojo Mojo Shield
Federal Republic of Germany German Deku-Schild Deku Shield
Italian Republic Italian Scudo Deku Deku Shield
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Escudo Deku Deku Shield



  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 121 (OoT)
  2. "Crafted from the wood of the mighty Deku Tree, the Deku Shield would protect Link from the fury of many foes. He found this sturdy shield in the Kokiri Shop and believed forty Rupees to be a fair price."  (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power) pg. )
  3. "Deku Shield: 40 Rupees
    Once equipped, you can defend with R Button. If set on fire, it will burn!
    " — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  4. "Eh, what's that?! Oh, you have a Deku Shield… And what's THAT?! Is that the Kokiri Sword?! GOOD GRIEF!" — Mido (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  5. "I give up! If you let me go,I will sell you a Deku Shield! It's 50 Rupees!" — Business Scrub (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "Fire Keese-Destroy it before it flies into you! If you don't, its flames will burn up your Deku Shield!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "Hi, mister! You can't use a Deku Shield! It's only for kids!" — Kokiri (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "First of all, it's made of wood. In the center is Link's family crest." —Shigeru Miyamoto (The Z-Files)