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Shields in Breath of the Wild

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Breath of the Wild features several different pieces of equipment to use as protection. The diverse range of Shields available allows Link to deviate from the standard Sword and Shield dynamic. Many of these Shields follow a series of archetypes, such as "Boko," "Soldier's," and "Traveler's." Initially, Link can carry up to four Shields at a time in his inventory; however, he can obtain additional slots by giving Korok Seeds to Hestu. Hestu will upgrade Link's slots up to a full page, or 20 slots, of weapons. If Link takes another Shield while his inventory is full, he will drop the Shield or put it back if it came from a Treasure Chest. Each Shield, including duplicates, occupies its own slot in the inventory.

Each hit a Shield receives lowers it durability, breaking once it reaches zero. Performing a Perfect Guard prevents the Shield from taking damage while stunning the enemy or deflecting its projectile. By using a Shield while jumping, Link is capable of Shield Surfing at the cost of the Shield's integrity provided the Shield is being ridden on coarse terrain. If Link Shield Surfs on snow or sand, the Shield will not take damage.

List of Shields

Shield Compendium No. Strength Durability Description
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Hylian Shield
350/355 90 800 A shield passed down through the Hyrulean royal family, along with the legend of the hero who wielded it. Its defensive capabilities and durability outshine all other shields.
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Pot Lid
351/356 1 10 The lid of a large soup pot. It smells vaguely of chicken broth... Yum! It can take quite a beating before breaking.
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Wooden Shield
352/357 2 12 This lightweight, simple shield is ideal for less-experienced fighters. It can withstand light attacks, but blocking stronger blows is not recommended.
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Emblazoned Shield
353/358 3 12 This shield features a traditional design from Necluda. Its combat capabilities aren't much better than the standard wooden shield, but it found popularity for its design.
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Hunter's Shield
354/359 3 10 Favored by hunters for its rabbit design, which is said to bring luck on hunts. It's easy to use, but its durability leaves something to be desired.
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Fisherman's Shield
355/360 3 10 Often carried by fishermen for its fish design, which represents hope for a great catch. Its light wooden structure makes it convenient to take on a boat.
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Traveler's Shield
356/361 4 12 A sturdy shield loved by many an adventurer. It is made of animal hide and sturdy wood and is best suited to defending against weak monsters or animals.
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Soldier's Shield
357/362 16 16 A shield once used by the guards of Hyrule Castle. It's easy to handle, but its core is made of wood, so it can catch fire.
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Knight's Shield
358/363 40 23 A shield favored by the knights who served the Hyrulean royal family. Its sturdy metal construction makes it quite durable, but its weight requires decent skill to wield.
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Royal Shield
359/364 55 29 A shield issued to the Hyrulean royal family's immediate guard detail. It boasts a high defense, but these days it's more a collector's item due to its ornamentation.
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Forest Dweller's Shield
360/365 30 18 The Koroks made this shield specifically for Hylians. It's made from the finest hard wood of trees that grow only in the Korok forest, so it's sturdier than it looks.
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Silver Shield
361/366 18 20 A Zora-made shield adorned with intricate ornamentation. It's said that true masters of this shield can redirect attacks as a rock redirects running water.
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Kite Shield
362/367 14 16 Rito warriors cherish this shield. Its unique shape is designed with mid-battle flight in mind to facilitate aerial combat.
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Gerudo Shield
363/368 20 20 The design of this metal shield has changed over time to match the Gerudo's sword-and-shield fighting style. It's favored by soldiers and travelers alike.
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Radiant Shield
364/369 35 26 This extravagant shield is presented to Gerudo warriors who rise up to the rank of captain. Its apparent opulence is rivaled only by its combat capabilities.
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Daybreaker
365/370 48 60 This shield was cherished by the Gerudo Champion Urbosa. The gold used to make it was handpicked to ensure a design that is both lightweight and very durable.
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Shield of the Mind's Eye
366/371 16 16 A small Sheikah-made shield. Its design is intended to decrease blind spots without sacrificing too much defense.
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Ancient Shield
367/372 70 32 This shield was made using ancient Sheikah technology. Its surface glows blue when raised in defense. Enhanced functionality allows it to deflect Guardian beams.
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Rusty Shield
368/373 3 16 It's likely this rusty old shield once belonged to a knight. It still has some defensive capabilities, but its usefulness has been worn down by time.
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Royal Guard's Shield
369/374 70 14 This shield was forged using ancient Sheikah technology. It boasts extremely high stopping power, but its structural weakness made its low durability impractical for combat.
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Hero's Shield
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65 90 A shield said to have been the favorite of a hero who traveled the open seas. It was apparently a family heirloom, passed down through many generations.
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Boko Shield
370/375 3 5 A Bokoblin-made shield created by attaching a handhold to any flat tree bark picked up off the ground. It's pretty shoddy, so don't expect it to last very long.
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Spiked Boko Shield
371/376 10 7 A Boko shield made of slightly stronger wood. It's been reinforced with animal bones.
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Dragonbone Boko Shield
372/377 25 8 This Boko shield is reinforced with fossilized bone. Its defensive capabilities are respectable, but its predictably slipshod craftsmanship spells low disability.
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Lizal Shield
373/378 15 8 A common shield found among the Lizalfos. It's made of metal, but its sloppy craftsmanship offers poor durability.
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Reinforced Lizal Shield
374/379 22 12 This Lizal shield has been strengthened by adding a different type of metal to the mix. The edge is lined with spikes, so handle with care.
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Steel Lizal Shield
375/380 35 15 This Lizal shield is adorned with several metal shells as a means of reinforcement. Its defensive capabilities are high, but its weight requires a skilled soldier to bear.
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Guardian Shield
376/381 18 10 A shield made with ancient Sheikah technology. It can deflect a Guardian Scout's beam.
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Guardian Shield+
377/382 30 13 The larger version of a Guardian shield has had its output level boosted. Its defensive capabilities are comparable to those of a metal shield's.
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Guardian Shield++
378/383 42 20 The output level of this shield has been boosted to maximum. Its combat capabilities surpass those of metallic shields, and it can deflect Guardian Scout beams.
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Lynel Shield
379/384 30 12 A sturdy shield favored by Lynels for its defensive and offensive capabilities. First and foremost a shield, but the banded edges can deal slashing attacks when deflecting.
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Mighty Lynel Shield
380/385 44 15 This Lynel-made shield has been reinforced with armor and even more blades. Stronger in both defense and offense, it can tear through basic armor when deflecting.
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Savage Lynel Shield
381/386 62 20 This ultimate Lynel shield is used only by the white-haired Lynels. It excels at defending against even the most brutal of attacks and cutting down powerful fores when deflecting.

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