The Legend of Zelda franchise is renowned for its iconic equipment, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is no exception with its introduction of the powerful Zonai Devices. However, among all the items, the Master Sword and the Hylian Shield stand out as timeless classics, integral to the series.
While obtaining the Master Sword in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom can be a time-consuming endeavour, the Hylian Shield, considered one of the game’s best shields, is accessible early in Link’s journey. This guide will provide a step-by-step explanation of how players can venture into Hyrule Castle, acquire the shield, and safely exit the castle’s depths. Scroll down for more information.
How to Get the Hylian Shield in TotK
Swim Across Water:
Link must make his way to the other end of the chamber from the two small braziers. The link must reach a much larger brazier (-0175, 1156, 0037), which is located directly above a grey brick wall with a massive stone shield etched into it. If Link follows the steps, he will come across a Gloom Spawn (Gloom Hands), which can be extremely hazardous if Link is unprepared. Link should instead swim across the ocean and climb the wall.
Light Large Brazier:
Link will notice the enormous brazier as he reaches the top. Fans of Breath of the Wild will remember this brazier from Hyrule Castle’s only shrine puzzle. This time, burning the brazier with a torch or a fire-fused arrow will raise a little stone treasure chest from beneath the ground. This chest contains the Hylian Shield. With the Hylian Shield in hand, all that remains is to locate the Master Sword and complete Link’s legendary equipment combination.
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How to Replace a Lost or Broken Hylian Shield in TotK
Even though TotK’s Hylian Shield is extraordinarily strong, it will eventually break. Link may also lose the Hylian Shield in some combat conditions, such as getting electrocuted. Link does not need to be concerned if he loses his legendary shield. Tears of the Kingdom has a unique merchant who becomes available after completing a series of quests.
To begin, Link must locate Cece, Hateno Village’s well-known apparel designer. When Link encounters her at her business (3359, -2138, 0120), he will become embroiled in a political squabble that can only be resolved by conducting a new mayoral election. The mayoral election quest line in Tears of the Kingdom is triggered by this occurrence.
After Link interacts with Cece and her sister, Sophie, the first quest, “Team Cece or Team Reede?” will begin. The link must next accomplish two side quests, “Reede’s Secret” and “Cece’s Secret,” before concluding with “The Mayoral Election.” These tasks are all extremely basic and can be finished in a short amount of time. Cece will then open her shop to Link, selling the Hylian Shield for 3,000 rupees. Link can only buy the shield if he does not already have it in his inventory. Fortunately, once the store is open, Link can return as many times as he wants to purchase the Hylian Shield in TotK.
How to Find TotK’s Hylian Shield
Obtaining The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s Hylian Shield requires Link to navigate his way to the floating island, once Hyrule Castle. Fortunately, by following the correct approach, Link can undertake this journey with minimal risk, securing the immensely powerful shield early in the game. To embark on this expedition, Link will need just a few essential items.
- Paraglider: The paraglider is an absolute necessity here. While there may be other routes into the castle that become available later in the game, this route to the Hylian Shield will require Link to use the glider.
- Stamina Replenishing Food/Potions: Link will be required to glide for a good distance; it’s a good idea to bring several items that can refill Link’s Stamina Wheel. Cook with items such as the Stamella Shroom, Endura Carrots and Shrooms, Staminoka Bass, Stambulb, etc. Anything that sounds like stamina or energy will usually help.
- Complete Wind Temple: Acquiring help from the Sage of Wind can be helpful during a specific jump, but they are not completely necessary. Link can acquire the Vow of Tulin by completing the Rito missions in the “Regional Phenomena” main quest. The link will travel to the Docks portion of Hyrule Castle. The parts that follow will detail how to tackle this endeavour.
Head to Lookout Landing Skyview Tower:
Link will want to start this journey at Lookout Landing’s tower. This will raise Link high enough to allow him to glide all the way to Hyrule Castle. Link could technically float all the way to the Docks without stopping, but for his own safety, he should use Serutabomac Shrine as a fast-travel point. Link will be able to try his jump to the Docks numerous times without having to return to Lookout Landing.
Landing at Serutabomac Shrine:
Locating this shrine is relatively straightforward, situated on the northeast section of the castle, near the island’s peak. When gliding in from Lookout Landing, it’s essential to ensure that Link has an ample supply of meals or potions to recharge his stamina gauge due to the substantial stamina expenditure.
While progressing over the steeple, Link will notice the distinct green spiral, indicating the presence of a shrine. To pinpoint its precise location, refer to the map above with coordinates -0179, 1170, and 0280.
This location serves as an excellent central point for Link to plan his descent onto the dock below. It primarily relies on Tears of the Kingdom’s new Ascend ability, making it a relatively straightforward task. Even if Link chooses not to complete it, registering his hand at the entrance will unlock the fast-travel point.
Making the Jump to the Docks:
Starting from the shrine, head west along the cliff’s edge until you reach a cave entrance. Be cautious not to enter the cave, as it’s inhabited by high-level Horriblins. Instead, leap off the cliff just before the cave entrance. Glide outward, maintaining a distance from the cliff until you have a full view of the map.
Look for a noticeable gap in the land along the cliff’s edge (refer to the image for precise details). This gap is the entrance to the cave that leads Link to the Docks. As Link descends closer to the water level, he’ll spot the cave entrance. It might be challenging to spot from a distance, so ensure the Link stays within the channel between the land break.
This is where the Vow of Tulin comes in handy. The cave Link enters is relatively small, and the gust of wind provided by the vow can help him reach land swiftly. While it’s possible without the vow, ensure Link has ample stamina. Aim for a section with two small braziers at coordinates -0269, 1153, and 0024, as it’s the easiest area to reach. Stay tuned with the thetecheducation.com for the latest updates like this!