Zelda BotW How to Surf or Snowboard on the Shield

Shield-surfing or shield snowboarding is one of the many little side activities in Breath of the Wild. It might sound silly, but it’s a very useful mechanic. You can use it to slide down tall mountains, do the spin attack and even shoot arrows while surfing. In this guide, we’ll show you how to shield-surf in Zelda Breath of the Wild and what you can use it for.

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Zelda Breath of the Wild How to Surf on the Shield
Zelda Breath of the Wild How to Surf on the Shield

How to Surf on the Shield in Zelda BOTW

To be honest, shield-surfing is one of the most fun things that you can do in Breath of the Wild. It allows you to easily and quickly scoot down very tall mountains, you can perform tricks and do spin attacks. You can even let your inner Legolas out and shoot arrows while surfing on your shield.

Let’s explain how to surf on the shield. To execute the shield surf, stand on any slope that you want to go down. Then, hold ZL so that Link performs the shield block. Then just press A (or jump and press A) and you’ll be on your way down.

As we’ve said above, during your surf on your shield, you can do a 1080 spin by pressing Y (works as a Spin Attack) and you can apparently perform tricks by hitting X and tilting the left stick at the same time.

However, there’s one problem with the shield-surfing, and if you’ve played even for a short while, you can already guess what it is. Surfing on the shield, any shield, damages it significantly. Try and avoid going down rocky terrain and stick to snow and/or grass. However, even that won’t save your shield for long. Be especially careful not to let the shield brake while you’re mid-surf, since that will propel you forwards and deal damage or even send you careening down the mountain to your death. Don’t use any good shields to surf, particularly not the Hylian Shield. It’s better to have one or two throwaways for that.

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