Shields of Link's Awakening
Unlike previous games, Link needs to equip the shield for it to be of use. Pressing the button to which it is equipped causes him to actively block attacks, protecting him from most forms of damage if Link is facing his attacker. While blocking in this manner, Link can even bump into enemies without harm and do this to push some enemies out of his way without damaging them. For Spiked Beetles in particular, if Link bumps into one with his shield raised, it is flipped over and made vulnerable to other attacks.
Location and Uses
The Shield, or L-1 Shield, is the first Shield Link obtains. He gets it back from Tarin shortly after he wakes up in Marin and Tarin's house in Mabe Village. It seems this shield originally belonged to Link, but was presumably lost when he shipwrecked at the game's outset. Link can also obtain an effectively identical shield in the same village, by buying one for 20 Rupees from the Town Tool Shop.
This shield can be eaten by a Like Like if Link has it equipped when the creature attacks him, requiring him to buy a replacement from the Town Tool Shop.
- Main article: Mirror Shield
The Mirror Shield, or L-2 Shield, is the more powerful replacement to Link's first shield. It is acquired in Eagle's Tower, the seventh and penultimate dungeon in the game. The Mirror Shield can deflect beams and fiery attacks the initial shield cannot, and cannot be stolen from Link by Like Likes. It is essential for getting to the last dungeon, Turtle Rock, as it is used to pass through the flamethrower trap in a tunnel on the way to the dungeon.
Artwork of the Mirror Shield from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America Inc.
- "You got your shield back! Hold to repel enemies with it!" — N/A (Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch))
- "Well, Link, ya finally snapped out of it... Name's Tarin. Hope yer feelin' better... What? How did I know your name? You think it's weird, eh? Well, I saw it on back of this shield!" — Tarin (Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch))
- "You've got the Mirror Shield! You can now turn back the beams you couldn't block before!" — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)