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Don’t miss Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s best early shield

The royal shield offers high defense and is easy to find

Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The best defense may be a good offense, but in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, a strong shield might just save your life. Fortunately, you don’t have to search Hyrule far and wide to secure the royal shield, one of the best early game shields in Tears of the Kingdom.

Players can find the Royal Shield in a buried treasure chest in the southwest corner of Central Hyrule. The location is west of Hopper Pond and almost directly south of Riogok Shrine in Hyrule Field. Its specific coordinates are (-1454, -1772, 0147). All you need is Link’s Ultrahand ability to pull it from the ground.

A map of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom shows the Royal Shield location. Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The royal shield of Tears of the Kingdom is just like the royal shield from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that players could get through Selmie’s shield-surfing minigame.

The royal shield has a 55 strength and 29 durability rating. It’s made of metal and will attract lightning if equipped during a thunderstorm, and will sink in water. Like other weapons and shields in Tears of the Kingdom, it degrades and will break, but is still worth going out of your way early on to acquire.

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