In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, finding the best armor and the best weapons is vital to your quest. If you can manage by just stealing your stuff directly on vanquished foes, Nintendo has hidden the most rare ones in Hyrule and acquiring them is quite the challenge. Since it’s a Zelda game, we can find Link’s legendary equipment. In this guide, we will show you how to find the iconic Hylian Shield, the best one you can get.
And if you want to complete your equipment, take a look at our Full Armor and Outfits Guide.
SPOILER!! What follows contains reveals about the game. You’ve been warned.
There is only one place in all the kingdom that you can find the Hylian Shield: Hyrule Castle (obvious). Yep, you’re going to have to plunge into the darkest place out there if you want to find the best shield of the game. But the good thing is that you can go there from as soon as you leave the Great Plateau.
So, first thing you’re going to do is go on the hill behind the castle, where there is a broken bridge. Place yourself on the western side of it, facing the castle (so towards the south). Then take a look at the islands in front of you, you should spot blue stones glowing on one of them. Jump and paraglide towards them. Just in front of where those stones are, you’ll see a low platform. It should be easy to glide there.
Once you’re on it, be careful because there’s a Guardian above you. Past that Guardian, there’s a door into the Castle. Go there, a sprint to it will do the trick. Once that’s done, you’ll face a gate with water beneath it. Use the Cryonis Rune to open the gate, walk through. Welcome in the Lockup.
The Lockup is some kind of prison. It’s full of ennemies, and you can get some pretty good loot there if you want to spend some time fighting them. But to go to the Hylian Shield, head to to end of the room. There’s a sideroom with a large skeleton in it, Stalnox. You will have to take it down, just like a Hinox (hit the eye with your bow, melee when it’s down). Once this foe is down, a chest will appear. There you go, enjoy your Hylian Shield!