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Hero's Shield

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Hero's Shield
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The Hero's Shield artwork from
Majora's Mask
Game(s)
Comparable Item(s) Hylian Shield

The Hero's Shield is the name of two different impregnable Shields used by Link in Majora's Mask and The Wind Waker.

Appearances

Majora's Mask

MM3D Hero's Shield Icon.png

In Majora's Mask, the Hero's Shield is used by Link at the beginning of the game. It is a strong metal shield that can also be bought at the Trading Post in Clock Town for 80 Rupees, in case Link gets his shield swallowed by a Like Like.

The Hero's Shield is permanently replaced by the Mirror Shield once Link obtains it in Beneath the Well.

The shield bares many similarities to the Hylian Shield's features, including the red Hylian eagle, the blue base, the Triforce, and the metal decals. However, the Hero's Shield features a simplified and abstract style in comparison. The bird's head is more hunched, and the shape cannot be seen, but its face is visible. Its wings are also much larger than its body, and point down. The Triforce has moved from above the bird to below it, greatly decreased in size.

The Wind Waker

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Link's Grandma presents Link with the family Shield in The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, the Hero's Shield is the basic shield received at the beginning of the game. It bears a slight resemblance to the Hylian Shield once used by the Hero of Legend. The Shield is sturdy and provides adequate protection against most attacks, although its flimsy appearance is mocked by Tetra. Despite this, the Hero's Shield will not burn upon contact with fire like most wooden Shields.

The Shield is an heirloom belonging to Link's family.[1] It is said that the family Shield was the legendary Shield used by the Hero himself.[2] The Shield is given to Link by his Grandma before he leaves Outset Island to save his sister, Aryll. It is with sadness that Grandma gives Link the Shield, as it symbolizes his departure from the island to face great danger. Link uses the Shield throughout a large portion of the game before obtaining the Mirror Shield in the Earth Temple, after which the Hero's Shield disappears from Link's inventory.

The Shield is predominantly brown as opposed to the blue seen in Majora's Mask. The Triforce is in the very center of the shield. There are long swirls surrounding it as well as three bolts at its corners. A winged creature with horns replaces the bird, but unlike the Majora's Mask version, it faces up with wings spread out like the original Hylian Shield.

Breath of the Wild

The Hero's Shield appears in Breath of the Wild, using its' appearance from Wind Waker. It is obtained randomly when the Wind Waker Princess Zelda amiibo is used.

Non-canon Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Series

See SmashWiki's article on Link's shields for more information.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, Toon Link uses the Hero's Shield in battle. It also appears as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
Hero's Shield SSBB Hylian Shield Sticker Icon.png The Wind Waker Shield Recovery +5 All

Trivia

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 勇者の盾 (Yuusha no Tate) Hero's Shield
Canada FrenchCA Bouclier du Heros (MM3D)
French Republic FrenchEU Bouclier du Héros (TWW)
Bouclier du Brave (MM)
Federal Republic of Germany German Heroen-Schild Hero's Shield
Italian Republic Italian Scudo dell'Eroe Hero's Shield
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Escudo del Héroe Hero's Shield
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Escudo del héroe (MM3D) Hero's shield

Gallery

References

  1. "In the olden days, this was the day boys were finally considered to be men. They were taught the ways of the sword to prepare them for battle with their enemies. Hanging the family shield on the wall as decoration is another tradition that has been carried down from those days." — Link's Grandma (The Wind Waker)
  2. "You got the Hero's Shield! This is the legendary shield said to have been used by the hero himself!" — N/A (The Wind Waker)