Zelda: Breath of the Wild – How to Get the Hylian Shield | Best Shield Guide

On WiiU & Switch: Equip Link with the best shield available. There are two ways to get it; defeat a hulking mid-boss, or buy the right amiibo.

The Hylian Shield is the best shield in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nothing else compares, and there’s only one of these powerful, unique shields available for Link to collect. Technically, you can spawn a replacement Hylian Shield using an alternative method — amiibo. Either way, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for collecting this awesome, unstoppable shield. Yes, it even deflects Guardian beams.

The Hylian Shield is just one of the incredible artifacts hidden in Hyrule Castle. The shield is absolutely required if you don’t have the Goron special ability unlocked, or if you don’t yet have an Ancient Shield. Only the Ancient Shield and the Hylian Shield can deflect Guardian blasts, making life so much easier when exploring the dangerous Central Tower Region.


How to Get the Hylian Shield | Best Shield Guide

To get the Hylian Shield, you’ll have to follow one of two methods:

  1. Enter the Hyrule Castle Lockup and defeat the Stalnox mid-boss.
  2. Scan the Breath of the Wild Zelda amiibo for a random chance to earn the Hylian Shield.

Breath of the Wild Zelda, the amiibo, doesn’t guarantee a Hylian Shield drop, but there is a chance you’ll get it. If you have that particular amiibo, scan daily for a shot at the best shield in Hyrule. Otherwise, you can follow the first method.


Where to Find the Hylian Shield | Hyrule Castle

NOTE: Hyrule Castle can be explored at any point of the story. Only difficult enemies and Guardians can stop you from pillaging the castle.

The Hylian Shield is located deep in the Lockup area of the castle. Circle around to the north face of the mote and look for a cavern leading deeper underground to a dockyard. To the right of the dockyard, there’s a platform with a Guardian Sentry standing watch. Further right of that stationary Guardian, there’s a door. This is at the lowest level of the castle, almost directly beneath the Sanctum.

  • Inside the Lockup area, which is completely separate from the rest of the castle interior, use Magnesis to lift the metal gate.
  • In the long jail corridor, Link can hit the switches to open the prison doors or bomb the walls to access more optional treasure chests.
  • The Hylian Shield is found in the final large room where you’ll see a giant pile of bones.

In the last chamber, the gate will fall when the Stalnox appears. The Stalnox is a skeletal Hilnox beast, and uses all the same attacks. To stun it, shoot the eye with arrows. When the Stalnox falls apart, attack the eye to completely destroy it.

After completing the trial, the treasure chest will activate and the exit gate will open. Now Link can collect his prize, the all-powerful Hylian Shield.


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