Shields in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

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Sky­ward Sword offers a large vari­ety of shields, but which is best?  The obvi­ous answer is the “insanely durable” shield from the boss trial offered by the earth dragon, since it will pro­tect you from both fire/​electricity, AND it will never break, but what if you’re early on in your quest, what offers bet­ter pro­tec­tion against phys­i­cal attacks? An upgraded wooden shield, or a metal shield straight off the shelf?  I wasn’t able to find spe­cific infor­ma­tion any­where, so I did some test­ing.  I bought a few of each shield, and got one of each upgrade level, and brought it out to a sin­gle Keese (the bat-​​type enemy).  I chose a keese because it deals only a very small amount (half a heart) of non-​​elemental dam­age.  Allow­ing the keese to hit my raised shield mul­ti­ple times, I counted the num­ber of hits until it broke, and repeated the process with each shield of each upgrade level, and fig­ured out the num­ber of hearts worth of dam­age each shield can take (you can find the infor­ma­tion in the table to the left).

Now there are some other things to know about each shield, the metal shields won’t pro­tect you from elec­tric attacks, and the wooden shields not only won’t pro­tect you from fire attacks, but will burn up if they come into con­tact with one.  The sacred shields pro­tect from both types of dam­age, as well as cursed ene­mies (the undead will cower in fear if you hold up your shield), and while they look much weaker, they actu­ally repair them­selves at a very quick rate (I have yet to break my God­dess Shield, despite heavy use).  It won’t stand up to being spammed at an enemy, but through nor­mal use it is very dif­fi­cult to wear down.

The next thing I want to talk about is the shield bash.  This is when you time rais­ing your shield per­fectly, so you raise it just moments before an enemy strikes it.  Not only will this pre­vent your shield from tak­ing dam­age, but it will also tem­porar­ily stun the enemy, or knock back pro­jec­tiles.  The shield bash is very use­ful for killing Deku Babas (the giant plant things), they will only take one hit to destroy while stunned, as your attack will hit their weak spot (the stem). The Hylian Shield can take an unlim­ited num­ber of hits, and will pro­tect you from every­thing, but lacks the effect the sacred shields have on the undead.

Dura­bil­ity 4 Hearts 6 Hearts 8 Hearts 6 Hearts 9 Hearts 12 Hearts 3 Hearts 4.5 Hearts 6 Hearts Infi­nite

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