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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Wooden Shield

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(1 of 2) The Wooden Shield offers decent protection early on in the game.

The Wooden Shield offers decent protection early on in the game. (left), Use a well-timed Shield Bash to preserve your shield’s durability. (right)

The Wooden Shield is a basic shield that can be used to protect from attacks. However, since it’s made from wood, it’s flammable. So avoid bringing it to fiery environments.

To use your shield, waggle the nunchuck/left Joy Con/click the left stick inwards to perform a Shield Bash and raise your shield. While raised, the shield will negate damage, at the cost of expending the shield gauge.

Once the shield gauge is depleted, the shield will break and you’ll have to find a replacement. Before that happens, you can top up the shield gauge by drinking a Revitalizing Potion or by visiting the Scrap Shop.

If you perform a Shield Bash right before an attack, you’ll parry the attack, which often stuns the foe and doesn’t reduce your shield gauge.

Where to Find

Given to you by Horwell as you depart the Knight Academy, on your way to the surface world.

Afterwards, you can buy another Wooden Shield from the Gear Shop in the Bazaar for 50 Rupees.


The Wooden Shield can be upgraded to the Banded Shield.

Or you could wait for the Iron Shield, purchasable from the Bazaar after clearing Skyview Temple.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
  • Platforms,
    Switch, Wii
  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    16 July 2021
  • Last Updated
    20 August 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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You are Link, a resident of Skyloft–a floating village in the vast sky. For ages, you’ve been training at the Knight Academy and, today, the day of your graduation has arrived. While your life thus far has been peaceful, soon nothing will be the same again, when your beloved friend, Zelda, is stolen from you…

Our strategy guide for The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword (HD) contains all the necessary knowledge to search for and rescue Zelda, such as a full walkthrough with detailed maps. Plus every hero needs a rest; if you want to grab all the collectables and fix other people’s problems (sidequests), we can help you with that too!

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