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In both games, the Wooden Shield serves as the default shield that Link carries. It can be optionally replaced with the Iron Shield in both games. It can also be replaced with the Mirror Shield when playing a Linked Game.
The Wooden Shield an optional item. It is larger than the Ordon Shield and posesses a metal trim, but despite these visual differences, the two shields are functionally identical. If the Ordon Shield has been burned, a Wooden Shield can be purchased as a replacement from the Goron Shop in the Hot Spring or from the Malo Mart located in Kakariko Village. A Wooden Shield cannot be purchased if the Ordon Shield remains intact. This item could be considered a superfluous purchase, as the Wooden Shield becomes available at the same time as the Hylian Shield, a metal shield that will not burn. If one wishes to use a Wooden Shield regardless, it can be saved from burning by quickly putting the shield away when it is ignited, just like the Ordon Shield. In addition, there is one small, but somewhat helpful, benefit to using a Wooden Shield or the Ordon Shield instead of the Hylian Shield. Any enemy arrows that strike the shield will become stuck in it, and when Link puts the shield away, he will add any arrows stuck in the shield to his own stock. Arrows that strike the Hylian Shield will bounce off, so you cannot use the Hylian Shield to collect arrows.
Aside from a lobster symbol being engraved in the Wooden Shield, this shield is almost identical to the Hero's Shield from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It is available for purchase from the Mercay Island Shop or the shop on Goron Island for the price of 80 Rupees. If the shield is powered up using ten Wisdom Gems, Link will take less damage from attacks and have the ability to stun weak enemies, such as Red ChuChus, with his shield. Unlike most other Wooden Shields, this shield cannot burn. This is the only shield in the game. The design of this Wooden Shield in Phantom Hourglass is also shared by the Shield of Antiquity from Spirit Track.
The Wooden Shield is round, with a white bird claw emblem on it. Unlike in other games, the shield will break should it sustain too much damage, and Link will have to buy another. This can be prevented by bringing it to the Scrap Shop in the Bazaar or by using a Revitalizing Potion and repairing it before it breaks. The Wooden Shield can protect Link from electric based attacks but will burn if it comes in contact with fire. When on fire, the shield meter will quickly deplete. Link can save a Wooden shield from burning with a quick Spin Attack or roll. After obtaining the Bow from the Sandship, Link can use the Wooden Shield (and its upgrades) to block Arrows fired by Bokoblin Archers, allowing him to collect them when they become lodged in his shield.
In early phases of development, Link used a Wooden Shield with a design surprisingly similar to the one that later appeared in Twilight Princess (presumably its design was reused for the Wooden Shield that appeared in Twilight Princess). However this shield never made it into the final product as it was most likely replaced by the Deku Shield.
In the games opening cutscene, Link briefly wields a square Wooden Shield while training with one of the other cadets. He uses it to skillfully block an attack from the cadet's wooden spear, allowing him to counter attack with his Wooden Sword. This shield and Wooden Sword only appear in the opening cutscene and cannot be obtained.
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