Zelda Breath of the Wild Best Shields - Where to Find the Best Shields in Breath of the Wild

Zelda Breath of the Wild Best Shields - Where to Find the Best Shields in Breath of the Wild

Weapons, bows and shields - we’ve got all the inside information on where to find the very best of the best weapons and equipment, scattered throughout Hyrule in Breath of the Wild.

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild has a ton of different types of weapons and armor items for you to play around with, one type of which are shields. In this Zelda Breath of the Wild shields guide, we'll be walking you through a complete list of the best shields in Breath of the Wild, so you'll know which ones are going to give Link the best protection against the strongest enemies in Hyrule.

If it wasn't the best shields that you were after in Breath of the Wild, then you should instead head over to our main guides hub for the game, featuring everything from solving the earlier shrines in the Great Plateau, to taking down Calamity Ganon in Hyrule Castle.

Zelda Breath of the Wild Best Shields

Check out the full list of the very best Breath of the Wild shields just below. It might be quite a journey from the starting point of the Great Plateau for Link to track some of these elusive items down, so make sure to stock up on potions and food before you venture out.

Ancient Shield

Like the Ancient Bow, Link will have to have completed Robbie's side quest at the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab in order to purchase the Ancient Shield from him. While the Ancient Shield has a moderate durability, it's parry power is virtually unmatched in Breath of the Wild.

Whereas Link would have to parry at just the right time with other shields, the Ancient Shield doesn't require this when deflecting the beams of Guardians, meaning as long as the shield isn't at breaking point, Link has basically nothing to fear from the Guardians.

Daybreaker Shield

In order to obtain the Daybreaker Shield, Link will first of all have to travel to Gerudo Town within Gerudo Desert, in the south west corner of the map. Once there, he must speak to the village Elder and resolve the Divine Beast Vah Naboris problem, reclaiming it from the clutches of Calamity Ganon.

Although the Daybreaker Shield doesn't quite have the same parry powers as the previously mentioned Ancient Shield, it does have a far superior durability level, meaning that it's a trusty shield that Link can rely on throughout his adventures in Hyrule.

The Hylian Shield

Found deep within Hyrule Castle - effectively the final area of Breath of the Wild - the Hylian Shield is one of the most powerful items in the game for Link to possess. Giving him an unparalleled amount of protection from virtually all enemy attacks.

To reach the Hylian Shield, Link will have to journey deep into Hyrule Castle, to an area on the west side of the castle called the Lockup. You're best off approaching the castle itself from the rear, and then journeying round the outside area to the Lockup itself.

Hyrule Castle is an especially dangerous place, and should you need any help on guiding Link through it, consult our guide on how to make it through Hyrule Castle.

Royal Guard's Shield

Another item that can be found scattered around Hyrule Castle, the Royal Guard's Shield boasts an extremely high parry power, at the drawback of featuring a very low durability level, meaning it won't last long for Link.

Should you need to find the specific locations of the various Royal Guard's Shields found in the castle, or help on making it through the castle in general, head over to our guide on the entire Hyrule Castle area.

Savage Lynel Shield

As with the other powerful items that Lynels occasionally drop, like the Savage Lynel Crusher and Savage Lynel Spear, the Savage Lynel Shield is no different in power from the aforementioned unique items, boasting an extremely high parry power.

However, the Savage Lynel Shield can only be obtained by defeating either the white-maned or silver Lynels. In other words, Link will have to take down one of the toughest enemies in Hyrule in order to stand a chance of getting the Savage Lynel Shield. Silver Lynels can be found in the very north of the map in the Hebra region, while a white-maned Lynel can be found in the colosseum ruins.

The very best shields in Breath of the Wild can be seen in the video we've embedded for you below.

Should you need a helping hand in killing any of the aforementioned types of Lynel, consult our guide on how to defeat all manner of Lynels.

Just in case you need a refresher on what this guide has already covered, make sure to head back to our pages on the best melee weapons found in Hyrule, as well as the best bows to obtain in Breath of the Wild. Or, you can return back to the beginning of this guide to the best equipment found within Breath of the Wild.

Now that you're fully versed on the best assorted weapons, armour and shields to obtain from around Hyrule, you should have no problem dealing with any enemies that dare to cross Link.

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Hirun Cryer

Guides Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

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