The Shields of Zelda

Eric Caoili
E. Caoili|06.08.07

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The Shields of Zelda
If you paid close attention to yesterday's Phantom Hourglass commercials, you might've spotted the lobster design (or is it a crayfish?) on Link's shield. What do you think of the new look? Wind Waker fans should recognize the crustacean shape, as it originally showed up on our hero's pajamas in the GameCube game.

Link's shield has been as much a staple of the Zelda series as the adventurer's green cap, deflecting octorok attacks and pushing away charging enemies. Over the past two decades, the defensive device's design has evolved much from its original cross emblem to incorporate Triforces, various winged figures, and decorative accents.

We've collected over a dozen of the different layouts that we spotted at The Hylia, leaving out mirror shields and other deviations (e.g. Ordon shield), and have lined them up for you to compare and constrast after the post break. Enjoy!

The Wind Waker & Twilight Princess:

Four Swords Adventures, Four Swords, and The Minish Cap:

Ocarina of Time & Majora's Mask:

Link's Awakening & Oracle of Seasons/Ages:

A Link to the Past:

The Legend of Zelda & The Adventure of Link:

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