How to shield surf in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

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Link looking out across Hyrule in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
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Being able to use your equipped shield as a surfboard is some of the most fun you can have while exploring the Kingdom of Hyrule. If you’re just as much of a fan of it as we are, then you might be wondering how to shield surf in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, or whether it's even possible at all! Fear not, for we’re here to explain everything.

With how easily obtainable shields are in The Legend of Zelda games, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular ways to get around. That being said, it’s certainly not the only one around. There are a few different horses you can choose from, all of which have their own stats and customisable options.

If you want to check out our review of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom before you jump in, you can do so here. We also have a guide on the different types of Amiibo rewards you can expect, as well as a full list of the voice actors for the game!

How to shield surf in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Shield surfing is a great way to travel in Tears of the Kingdom, not only because it’s fast but also a lot of fun. This is all the more important if you don’t have a horse at your disposal!

There are also quite a few advantages to shield surfing over normal running too, other than simply how fast you can go. For example, you can still shoot at enemies with your bow while you’re on the back of a shield, which can make for a great entrance into an enemy camp! You can also do a spinning attack once you’re in melee range with it.

Link with his shield in Tears of the Kingdom
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In order to shield surf in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, you need to make sure you have an appropriate shield equipped first. This is important, as not all shields will be suitable for this! If you’ve previously fused an item with it, or there’s an object on it that gets in the way, then you risk falling off it.

Once you’ve made sure the shield is good to go, you simply jump and press ZL + A while you throw yourself down that hill! Just make sure that you ride safe and don’t run into anything at those high speeds.

The only thing you need to look out for is the durability of the shield. Understandably, using it as a surfboard across potentially rough terrain is a nightmare for the structural integrity of the shield. If you’re caught riding it when it breaks, then you could potentially be in for a really bad time!

For more articles like this, take a look at our Guides and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom page.