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Hero's Shields are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]

Location and Uses

Majora's Mask

The Hero's Shield is used by Link at the beginning of Majora's Mask. 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 bears many similarities to the Hylian Shield's features, including a red bird, 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

Link's Grandma presenting Link with the family Shield from The Wind Waker

The Hero's Shield is the basic Shield received at the beginning of The Wind Waker. 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.[3] It is said that the family Shield was the legendary Shield used by the Hero himself.[4] 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 from the Era of the Great Sea appears in Breath of the Wild. It is obtained randomly when 30th Anniversary series The Wind Waker-themed Princess Zelda amiibo is used is scanned using the amiibo Rune. Multiple can be obtained through repeatedly scanning the Rune. It is said this Shield was the favorite of a hero who travelled the open seas.[2] This Shield was apparently a family heirloom, passed down through generations.[2]

Being made of metal, the Hero's Shield will conduct Lightning if it's equipped during a thunderstorm. It will also sink if it's dropped in the water. However, it can be picked up with the Magnesis Rune, and it won't burn like wooden Shields do when exposed to Fire or a Scorching Climate.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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

Toon Link uses the Hero's Shield in battle. It also appears as a Sticker.

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

Hyrule Warriors

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

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

Toon Link uses the Hero's Shield in battle in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate



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  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 127 (MM | TWW)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Hero's Shield
    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.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "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." — Grandma (The Wind Waker)
  4. "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)