I've noticed that when I shield surf on minecart rails the shield seems to last longer than if I shield surf on solid ground. In fact, I've never seen a shield break from rail surfing. Does shield surfing on rails use up durability at all?

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No, shield surfing on rails does not affect durability.

According to Reddit, some actions don't reduce durability:

  • Hits that are non-reactive or have a small shine instead of the usual hit effect, like:

    • Hitting Zonai devices or shrine switches

    • Hitting a tree or rock with a weapon that can't damage it (Sticks, Bones, Spears, etc...)

    • Hitting Villagers or Koroks

  • Hitting walls without collision (it's like hitting air)

  • Cutting grass, small bushes, tree saplings, or other seemingly massless objects

  • Temporarily lighting your wooden weapon on fire (it will instantly break eventually, except torches)

  • Swinging a melee elemental weapon without hitting anything, like:

    • Windy weapons; like Rito weapons or weapons fused to a Korok-Frond or flat board

    • Weapons fused to Lizalfos Horns; Dragon Horns, Fangs, Scales, Claws, and Shard Spikes

    • Weapons fused to Gleeok Horns (which apparently have no elemental cooldown)

  • Hitting a Lynel while riding its back (but not if the weapon is fused with a Gibdo bone)

  • Successful shield parries

  • Shield surfing on snow, sand, or rails

  • Are you saying that weapons with korok fronds, lizalfos horns, dragon horns, or gleeok horns are immune to breaking? That doesn't sound right. Or are those meant to be sub-categories of "melee elemental weapon without hitting anything"?
    – Hearth
    Commented May 28, 2023 at 17:13
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    @Hearth it was poor formatting, let me clarify this
    – pinckerman
    Commented May 28, 2023 at 17:53
  • Can you mention the answer at the top of your post?
    – Stevoisiak
    Commented May 29, 2023 at 3:45
  • I can confirm that hitting a Lynel on its back does break fused Gibdo bones, though. Thought I was being clever with that but it still only lasted for one attack. Commented May 30, 2023 at 19:44

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