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I've noticed my shield only seems capable of taking a few hits, at least right now, so I'm leery about using it.

If my shield breaks, is it completely useless, or are there some attacks it is still able to block? Furthermore, is it possible to repair a broken shield?

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Did you try turning it off and on again? – atticae Nov 21 '11 at 1:28
i found the sheilds very usfull in the first couple doungeons if used right. if you swing the nun chuck at the right moment the shield takes NO Damage. if you are using it wrong then you will lose your sheild. – user17408 Dec 30 '11 at 11:49
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If you completely destroy your shield, you lose it forever and will have to buy a new one. If your shield is close to breaking, make sure you repair it back at the Bazaar or use a Revitalizing Potion. Otherwise don't use it if you wish to save it.

You can always upgrade your shields so they would be more durable and can take more damage (2 additional levels of upgrades) but they can still be destroyed.

One of the shields can auto-repair over time, the Sacred Shield (the third available at the Bazaar). It can still be damaged and destroyed like the others, you'll just have to take a break from using it to allow it to repair itself.

There is an indestructible shield too that you can get later in the game, the Hylian Shield. You can get that winning the Boss Rush mode.

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As I played through the game, I hardly ever used the shield. IIRC, you don't really need it for the first dungeon at all. The Octorocks pose little threat and could just be ignored. – Jeff Mercado Nov 21 '11 at 1:01
Thus far I haven't been using it as well, since it just doesn't seem worth it. It can only take a handful of hits, so it seems rather useless. – Wipqozn Nov 21 '11 at 1:12
Well, you will need the shield eventually to make some boss battles much easier. It took me a while for me to figure that I needed it. – Jeff Mercado Nov 21 '11 at 1:30
@JeffMercado I was under the impression that you needed the shield to beat Stalfos, who appears as a mini-boss in Dungeon 1. – user2974 Nov 21 '11 at 4:30
You all do know that correct usage of the shield (i.e. by thrusting the nunchuck), do you? If you do it correctly, with the correct timing, then the shield will block without taking any damage (plus it does the shield attack). – poke Dec 2 '11 at 19:25

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