How to Block in Zelda Tears Of The Kingdom

Knowing how to block in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom is probably going to save your life in more cases than you’d think. This is especially true for those of you that haven’t played Breath of the Wild. Even those that do have experience with the previous game might need a refresher. So, let’s find out how to defend yourself in Tears of the Kingdom.

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How to Block in Zelda Tears Of The Kingdom

How to Block in Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

In order to block in Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, you first have to find a shield. They drop from enemies and chests, and sometimes you see them just lying around in the open. Absolutely any will do. After you pick the shield up and equip it, you then have to press and hold Zl to keep it up. That’s the short story. The long story is that turtling is not really a viable strategy.

For one, all shields have limited durability, meaning that they break after a while. Of course, a rickety old wooden shield won’t last as long as a steel one, but none of them last. More powerful enemies will be able to destroy any shield in one stroke. Unless you pull of a successful parry, of course, or hop to the side. Also, keep in mind that you can’t have a shield equipped and also a two-handed weapon.

How to Block Without a Shield

If the this game is anything like Breath of the Wild, there will be a way to block without a shield in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Now, that’s not to say that it is easier than doing it properly, quite the opposite. See, what you’ll need to do is use Ultrahand to pick up a chest or a large slab of debris or any such object and float it between you and the enemy. Doing so will keep you safe for good long while. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to attack and your mobility will be severely impacted. If you’re skilled enough, though, you can drop your shield on your enemy’s head and hopefully stun them for a moment. This is a good way to get out of a pinch, and it’s so satisfying to pull off. Assuming Ultrahand can work like Magnesis did in BotW, that is.

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