There are nearly fifty shields in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, not counting fusions which can make it hard to pick the best shield. This quick guide will help you locate the shields with an above average Base Defense rating early in a Zelda: TOTK run, so you have plenty of defensive leeway in combat.
Where to Find the Royal Guard’s Shield
Base Defense 70
“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.”
Launch yourself out of Lookout Landing Skyview Tower and glide your way over to Hyrule Castle, and the Sanctum within. Ascend the short stairway to the throne and then go further up the stairs on the right to -0224, 1058, 0356 where the Royal Guard’s Shield is just lying in some debris.
Best Shield in TOTK: Royal Shield
Base Defense 55
“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.”
The Royal Shield is located within a turret in Hyrule Castle at -0096, 0933, 0296. To reach there, launch yourself from Lookout Landing Skyview Tower and glide your way over to the Second Gatehouse in the lower right corner of Hyrule Castle. Once you land, look north-east for a pair of turrets with a balloon atop the shorter one. Cross the chasm, to the entrance at the base of the taller turret, and you will find a chest with the Royal Shield inside.
Tears of the Kingdom Best Shield: Forest Dweller’s Shield
Base Defense 30
“The Koroks made this shield for Hylians. It’s made from the finest hard wood of trees that grow only in Korok forest, so it’s sturdier than it looks.”
Navigate to 0421, 2150, 0150 in Korok Forest, and look up to the left of the tunnelway, for the Forest Dweller’s Shield just sort of stuck high up there. You will need to use Ultrahand to get it down and claim it as your own.
Those were just three of the best shields from a large selection to be found in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. If you’d like some better Armor to go along with them, read up on our best equipment guide right here.