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Durability is a recurring mechanic in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]


Durability causes Link's equipment to wear down with repeated use, eventually shattering when worn down too much.

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, the Giant's Knife will break after 8 hits or upon striking a wall, as it is a less durable version of the Biggoron's Sword.

Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, Shields' Durability is measured on the Shield Gauge. The Wooden Shield and Iron Shield will lose durability upon blocking a hit. They can be repaired by bringing them to Gondo in Skyloft's Bazaar or by using a Restoration Potion. The Goddess Shield will automatically restore itself over time, and the Hylian Shield has unlimited durability.

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, all weapons and shields have a limited number of uses before they shatter, with no way to repair them. The Master Sword will not permanently break, instead losing energy on each hit and having a 10-minute recharge period upon depletion.


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