The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is capturing the attention of gamers for its playful and intuitive features, particularly the shield surfing mechanic. Building upon the concept introduced in Breath of the Wild, Tears of the Kingdom introduces the Fuse ability, adding an exciting twist to shield surfing.
The game’s lifelike physics and crafting systems contribute to the enjoyment and versatility of the shield surfing mechanic. Players have discovered various ways to utilize this feature, from solving puzzles and engaging in combat to simply having fun. One intriguing aspect is the ability to fuse random objects to Link’s shield, enhancing its defensive capabilities or modifying the shield surfing technique based on the attached items.
To master shield surfing, players must execute a specific button combination: X + ZL + A (or X + A + ZL). It’s important to note that only shields with smooth surfaces are suitable for surfing, while spiked shields, such as the Armor-Shard Shield, will cause Link to fall. Beginners are advised to practice shield surfing from a stationary position before attempting it with a running start, as momentum plays a role in determining the distance traveled. It’s worth mentioning that shield surfing will cause damage to the shield, so it’s advisable to use cheaper shields for recreational purposes or as a quick evasive maneuver to minimize damage.
Additionally, players can combine Zonai Carts and Sleds with shields for even more exhilarating experiences. Zonai devices can be found throughout Hyrule, with specific locations highlighted in the guide. By fusing a cart to the shield, players essentially gain a skateboard-like vehicle, offering greater control and travel distance. It’s even possible to perform ollies with a cart shield. Fusing a sled provides a snowboard-like experience that can be enjoyed on various terrains, including grass. Players can even surf while galloping on horses, offering a thrilling and unique adventure. However, it’s important to remember that shield surfing, even when fused with other objects, still subjects the shield to wear and tear, and it will eventually break.
Shield surfing is just one of the many exciting features Tears of the Kingdom has to offer. The introduction of the Fuse ability amplifies the fun and possibilities within the game. So, gather your courage, queue up some appropriate music, and embark on thrilling shield surfing adventures down steep slopes. The world of Tears of the Kingdom awaits, ready to provide both entertainment and strategic gameplay.