- "You found the Mirror Shield! The shield's polished surface can reflect light or energy."
- — In-game description
The Mirror Shield (ミラーシールド Mirā Shīrudo?) is a recurring shield in the Legend of Zelda series. This special shield has a reflective surface that allows Link to reflect Sunlight and certain magical attacks. There have been multiple Mirror Shields throughout the series, often with variable designs.
The Mirror Shield is a large, gold-colored tower shield that can block beams that are shot in the shield's general direction. The Mirror Shield is the main treasure of Turtle Rock, the seventh dungeon in the Dark World.
The Mirror Shield can stop attacks, but cannot reflect them back at enemies. It is needed for Link to bypass a flame-throwing mechanism that blocks the path to Turtle Rock. The Mirror Shield is noticeably larger than the Standard Shield obtained earlier in the game. Interestingly, the Mirror Shield is not required for Link to complete Eagle's Tower, the dungeon it is obtained in, which is a rarity in the series.
|The Mirror Shield from Ocarina of Time, in its original (left) and altered (right) form|
The Mirror Shield is the treasure of the adult portion of the Spirit Temple, stored in a Treasure Chest found in the palm of the left hand of the Desert Colossus outside of the temple. It can reflect beams of Sunlight on to Sun Switches and other surfaces in order to solve puzzles. The symbol on the surface of the shield was changed in the final Nintendo 64 versions of the game and all subsequent re-releases, possibly due to the fact that it was similar to a religious symbol. Unlike the Deku Shield and the Hylian Shield, the Mirror Shield cannot be eaten by Like Likes because it cannot be repurchased.
When fighting Twinrova, Link must use the Mirror Shield in order to defeat them. In the first stage of the battle, Link must deflect Koume's attacks onto Kotake or vice versa. In the second stage of the battle, the Mirror Shield can absorb the fire or ice spells cast by the now combined Koume and Kotake. Once Link has stored three ice or fire attacks, a large beam of collected energy erupts from the shield. If Link hits Twinrova with this beam, she will be stunned and he will be able to damage her with his sword. If Link collects a different element before collecting three of the same element consecutively, he will suffer damage.
Interestingly, the Mirror Shield cannot reflect projectile attacks from Deku Scrubs, Octoroks, or Ganondorf. Additionally, due to the Mirror Shield being larger than the Hylian Shield, Link is unable to wield it as a child.
The Mirror Shield is found Beneath the Well in Ikana Canyon. It can be used to deflect beams of Sunlight activating Sun Switches and removing Sun Blocks. The design on the shield resembles a face with a distressed expression. Interestingly, a mask in exactly the same shape can be found on the Happy Mask Salesman's backpack. Unlike the Hero's Shield, it cannot be eaten by Like Likes. Also unlike the Hero's Shield, it will not deflect projectiles (ironic considering having a reflective surface), removing the easiest strategy for defeating Octoroks.
The Mirror Shield appears in both the Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons Linked Games, and is the third and final shield that can be found in the games. Obtaining the Mirror Shield is completely optional. While the Iron Shield is already able to block the majority of attacks, the Mirror Shield can still be useful for blocking and reflecting magical spells and beams, most notably those from Beamos and Lynels.
The Mirror Shield is found in the Earth Temple, guarded by three Stalfos. The shield's design is blue and is the same color as the hilt of the Master Sword. It can be used to reflect Sunlight in order to destroy statues and defeat Poes, including Jalhalla, leader of the Poes and boss of the Earth Temple. It can reflect sunlight to Medli's harp by aiming at the harp to reach somewhere the Mirror Shield can't reach, and vice versa. It can also be used to turn Dark ChuChus to stone. ReDeads can be stunned by reflected Sunlight from the Mirror Shield. This shield is also used in the fight against Ganondorf, as it is needed to deflect Princess Zelda's Light Arrows toward him when he starts dodging them. The Mirror Shield replaces the Hero's Shield when obtained.
The Mirror Shield, which is very similar in design to the one found in The Wind Waker, can be obtained once Link has completed the game. Link, after fusing Kinstones with a particular Goron, can feed Biggoron his Small Shield. Sometime later, Biggoron will give Link the stronger and bigger Mirror Shield as thanks for the meal. It functions identically to the original shield, but if hit by a projectile, the shield will fire a destructive beam in the direction Link is facing. This makes it a useful weapon against enemies that fire projectiles, such as Octoroks or bow wielding Moblins.
Link can use the Mirror Shield as one of his choices of weapon sets. It can be bought for 2200 gold in Chapters 6 and 7 and Subchapter 3. The shield in this game uses the new Gerudo Symbol introduced in Majora's Mask but features the same design as the shield from Ocarina of Time. Every time an enemy hits Link while he uses the Mirror Shield, 10% of the damage dealt is returned to the enemy, which serves as an in-game representation of its reflective properties.
The Mirror Shield from Majora's Mask appears as three badges (Mirror Shield I, Mirror Shield II, and Mirror Shield III) that can be crafted at the Bazaar's Badge Market. Each badge reduces damage taken on darkness-element-recommended stages.
The Mirror Shield might be based on the shield that Perseus used to kill Medusa in Greek mythology. By viewing Medusa's reflection in his polished shield, Perseus safely approached and cut off her head. Similarly, in the Spirit Temple Link reflects light onto a statue of a snake woman near the end of the temple to progress further.
There is also a Mirror Shield that appears as one of the three sacred treasures in the Kid Icarus series. The Mirror Shield in The Legend of Zelda series may have been inspired by the Mirror Shield from Kid Icarus, or more likely both shields were inspired by the shield used by Perseus (as the Kid Icarus series borrows heavily from Greek mythology and the shield is often used by Pit to combat the Kid Icarus series incarnation of Medusa).
| Ezlo · King Daltus · Link · Princess Zelda · Smith · Vaati|
—Full list of characters
|Big Green ChuChu · Gleerok · Mazaal · Big Octorok · Gyorg Pair · Vaati Reborn · Vaati Transfigured · Vaati's Wrath|
| Castor Wilds · Cloud Tops · Eastern Hills · Hyrule Town · Lake Hylia · Lon Lon Ranch · Minish Woods · Mount Crenel · Mt. Crenel's Base · North Hyrule Field · Royal Valley · South Hyrule Field · Trilby Highlands · Veil Falls · Western Wood · Wind Ruins|
|Deepwood Shrine · Cave of Flames · Fortress of Winds · Temple of Droplets · Royal Crypt · Palace of Winds · Dark Hyrule Castle|
|Smith's Sword · White Sword · Four Sword · Small Shield · Mirror Shield · Bombs · Boomerang · Bow · Cane of Pacci · Gust Jar|
|Bottle · Flame Lantern · Flippers · Grip Ring · Mole Mitts · Ocarina of Wind · Power Bracelets · Roc's Cape|
|Elements · Kinstones · Tiger Scrolls|
|Deku · Fairy · Goron · Human · Hylian · Minish · Wind Tribe|