Tears of the Kingdom Hylian Shield Location

The Hylian Shield is the best shield in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, here's everything you want to know about it!

Tears of the Kingdom: Hylian Shield
Tears of the Kingdom: Hylian Shield

Acquiring the Hylian Shield, Link’s finest and most iconic shield, is quick, especially if you know its location. Here’s a guide covering everything about the Hylian Shield.

Key Takeaways

  • The Hylian Shield is an iconic staple of the Legend of Zelda series.
  • The Hylian Shield is the best in the game regarding defense stats.
  • It is a late-game item, but getting it earlier in your playthrough is possible.
  • There are two ways to reach the shield. The first is by traversing water, and the second is by descending by the castle ruins.
  • The Hylian Shield is durable and can break, so it must be repaired after each break.
Tears of the Kingdom: Hylian Shield
Tears of the Kingdom: Hylian Shield

Hylian Shield Location

Hylian Shield Location
Hylian Shield Location

Fortunately, the shield hasn’t been relocated too far away. It has been discreetly placed in the Hyrule Castle Docks, which remain accessible despite a portion of the castle floating in the air. There are two primary approaches to reaching this location.

First Approach

Water Path
Water Path

The first approach involves utilizing water as your means of entry. The easiest method entails using the Castle Town Prison on the western island adjacent to the castle itself.

  1. Search near the far northern tip for a dock equipped with a raft.
  2. To enhance your navigation, consider incorporating Zonai Devices.
  3. Fusing your raft with steering sticks or a fan would be an easy but beneficial change.
  4. Direct the boat toward the northern side, where you’ll discover an exit leading to the Hyrule Castle Lockup.
  5. At this point, another dock will come into view.
  6. Continue along the northern moat until you stumble upon a small cave entrance granting access to the docks.
  7. Within the expansive cave, you’ll notice inner docks lining the water alongside a path on the left side that leads to a staircase ascending to a higher path.
  8. Follow this path until you reach the highest area above the docks, where the shield is located.

Second Approach

Castle Ruins Path
Castle Ruins Path

The second approach involves descending from the castle ruins to locate the hole left behind by a secret passage. In the previous version of Breath of the Wild, a hidden bookcase existed in the Library, unveiling a tunnel that descended to the docks. Since the library went from being grounded to now levitating high up in the air, you must search for the passage along the side of the chasm wall.

  1. Move alongside the eastern side of the chasm exterior, slightly west of the ramparts, and observe a large, plateau-like area with a faint cobblestone path indicating its presence.
  2. Below this area, you’ll discover a small cave opening serving as an entrance to the docks.
Group of Gloom Spawn Hands
Group of Gloom Spawn Hands


Exercise caution, as a formidable enemy stands guard in the vicinity. If you use the first approach, a bunch of Gloom Spawn Hands will emerge from the top of one of the staircases and launch a swift attack. They can also pursue you if you enter from the upper passage; even so, they may not immediately detect or gain aggro.

You have the choice to engage in combat or make a hasty retreat. By keeping your distance and reaching the higher ground or finding a flotation device, they will eventually disappear, leaving behind a Dark Clump.

Alternatively, if you prefer confronting them directly for the reward, you must swiftly eliminate the hands using explosives and prepare yourself for the true evil concealed within them.

Docks Puzzle Solution

Light the Brazier
Light the Brazier
  1. After ensuring the area is free from obstacles, proceed toward the most elevated platform above the Docks.
  2. You will come across a collection of smaller-lit braziers when transitioning to the location.
  3. Among them, there is a larger unlit one. 
  4. To resolve the puzzle, throw a Fire Fruit or a similar elemental item of significant size into the unlit brazier.
  5. By taking this action, a chest will manifest itself.
  6. Inside the chest, you will find the renowned Hylian Shield.

This extraordinary shield boasts an impressive Defense rating of 90, surpassing any other shield in the game. Despite its high durability, it is not entirely indestructible.

Repair Hylian Shield

Hylian Shield Treasure Chest
Hylian Shield Treasure Chest

If your Hylian Shield breaks, you can obtain a new one, but it requires effort and expenditure. Firstly, you must travel to Hateno Village and participate in the Mayoral Race Side Adventure. In this adventure, you will assist Cece and the current mayor in their campaign.

Once you have completed all the smaller quests and the election winner is announced, Cece will return to her clothing shop. Furthermore, Cece will offer to sell you “rare outfits,” including the Hylian Shield you might have already acquired and sold during your previous adventures.

Would I Recommend?

Hylian Shield is a strong item that boasts good stats for offering decent defense. But it is still not perfect and is prone to break. I strongly recommend getting your hands on the shield early in the game, as it will significantly enhance your playthrough experience. 

If you’re seeking the ultimate item for blocking and parrying in the game, the Hylian Shield is a relatively simple acquisition, even if you’re just starting your journey in Hyrule. 

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