Artwork of the Hero's Shield from The Wind Waker
|First appearance||Majora's Mask (2000)|
The Wind Waker
Four Swords Adventures
(The Wind Waker)
|Use||Defends holder against projectiles and attacks|
- "You got the Hero's Shield! This is the legendary shield said to have been used by the hero himself!"
- — In-game description
Link brings this shield along with him on his quest through the Lost Woods to find his lost companion. It is essentially a child-sized Hylian Shield with a different design. Later, after entering Termina, he discards this shield and replaces it with the Mirror Shield. The Hero's Shield can be swallowed by Like Likes; Link can buy a new Hero's Shield from the Trading Post in West Clock Town if he does not already have the Mirror Shield in his possession.
At the start of the game, a Hero's Shield is used as decor in the house of Link's Grandma. He later needs the shield in order to sail with Tetra and her pirates to the Forsaken Fortress. Link's grandmother is sad that she must give the shield to Link and watch her grandson sail away, but she gives the shield to him, regardless. It is replaced later by the Mirror Shield. This Hero's Shield was said to have been wielded by none other than "the legendary hero himself". Due to the many generations difference between Hyrule before and after the Great Flood, this is likely just a rumor; it looks considerably different from the Hylian Shield used by the Hero of Time in the legend. It is also possible that this shield was used by another hero.
The shield itself appears to be constructed mostly of wood with metal bracing (as can be seen behind it, most likely to save weight) and an external metal covering on the front and edges that allows sufficient protection from most standard attacks, even those involving fire. This gives it the distinction of how unlike most wooden shields in the series, it will not ignite upon contact with fire.
The Hero's Shield is the basic shield that the Links have, and no background information is given on the shields in the game. The shields are similar in appearance to the Hero's Shield from The Wind Waker.
Link wields a shield identical in appearance to the Hero's Shield from Majora's Mask during his swordfight with Ganondorf. As Ganondorf and Link continue their battle after a short rest, Link drops the shield and strikes the Master Sword against Ganondorf's wide-tipped sword.
|Link (x4) · Princess Zelda · Six Maidens · Vaati|
—Full list of characters
|Phantom Ganon · Helmaroc King · Stone Arrghus · Jalhalla · Dagtail · Frostare · Big Dodongo · Vaati · Ganon|
| Whereabouts of the Wind · Eastern Hyrule · Death Mountain · Near the Fields · The Dark World · The Desert of Doubt · Frozen Hyrule · Realm of the Heavens|
—Full list of locations
|Bomb · Bombos Medallion · Boomerang · Bow · Fire Rod · Four Sword · Lantern · Magic Hammer · Quake Medallion · Shield · Slingshot|
|Blue Bracelet · Carrot · Force Gem · Force Fairy · Heart · Heart Container · Moon Pearl · Pegasus Boots · Power Bracelet · Roc's Feather · Shovel · Small Key|
|Knight Mark · Letter · Magic Book · Royal Jewels · Vaati Barrier|
|Gerudo · Goron · Hylian · Zuna|