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Tears of the Kingdom Best Weapons: Shield, Bows & Melee

Tears of the Kingdom brings back the weapon durability mechanic but the new fuse ability allows us to create some of the best weapons.

Tears of the Kingdom’s best weapons are not available to pick in the open world but are actually crafted using the all-new fuse mechanic, which allows us to join two weapons or an item with a weapon to power it up. Most of the weapons on my list are dependent on the Fuse ability, which is unlocked at the Great Sky Island, and that is actually the tutorial area.

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Key Takeaways
  • The best weapons in TOTK include the best melee weapons, shields, and bows.
  • The fuse ability plays a major role in making the best melee weapons.
  • These are the best weapons in Tears of The Kingdom:
    1. Master Sword has unlimited durability and only needs to be recharged before dealing massive damage to the evil armies.
    2. Mighty Zonaite Longsword, fused with a Captain Construct Horn, makes for a really strong and durable weapon.
    3. You can fuse almost any boss part with a melee weapon to get strong weapons during the early game.
    4. Silver and Black enemies drop horns, and these can be fused with melee weapons and undead enemy parts to create powerful weapons.
    5. Magic rods can be fused with different elemental rocks like topaz or sapphire to make strong elemental weapons.
    6. You can also fuse the undead body parts of undead enemies to create something strong and durable.
    7. Dragons also drop horns, and these can be fused with melee weapons.
    8. Boss Bokoblin’s enemies can be fought fairly early, and their horns can be used to strengthen melee weapons.
  • Hylian Shield, Royal Guard’s Shield, Cannon Shield, Elemental Emitter Shield, and Royal Shield are included in the best shields.
    • Hylian Shield is the strongest, whereas the Cannon and Elemental Emitter Shields are more versatile.
  • Royal Guard’s Bow, Demon King’s Bow, and Steel Lizal Bow are included in the best bows category.
Important: Minor spoilers have been mentioned to discuss some end-game weapons!

Best Tears of the Kingdom Melee Weapons

The whole arsenal of weapons includes melee weapons, shields, and bows that Link can use to defeat the evil forces of Ganondorf in Hyrule. Firstly, I will list the best melee weapons that can be picked up or fused in your adventure to save Zelda. Except 1 melee weapon, all others have certain durability, and it is a necessary mechanic, as explained in this subreddit post.

Master Sword

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The Master Sword In Tears of the Kingdom (Image Captured by Us)

The Master Sword was the best melee weapon in Breath of the Wild, and it retains its title in the sequel as well simply because this weapon does not break upon use. However, it needs to be charged from time to time, but that is still better than looking for more weapons when the ones you’re using break.

  • Aside from its durability, Master Sword is an extremely strong weapon.
  • It is especially useful against the evil forces of Ganondorf and against the final boss itself. 
  • You’ll need to find the Light Dragon if you want to get your hands on the fixed Master Sword, as the one Link owns gets broken at the beginning.

Mighty Zonaite Long Sword + Captain Construct Parts

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Mighty Zonaite Longsword Fused With A Captain Construct’s Horn In Tears of the Kingdom (Image Captured by eXputer)

The Mighty Zonaite Longsword is a really strong weapon on its own, but fusing it with Captain Construct Parts is just overkill and makes the weapon extremely deadly. The sword itself is obtained in the end-game, depending on how you play.

  • Captain Construct Parts include horns dropped by Captain Construct enemies that are majorly present on Sky Islands.
  • These are tougher versions of Soldier Constructs and have the ability to fuse weapons as well.
  • You can fuse their horns with the Mighty Zoanaite Longsword to greatly increase the attack power.
  • There are additionally four different levels of the horns that you can obtain, and the highest level horns give the maximum boost to damage.

Boss Parts + Melee Weapons

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The Colgera Boomerang In Tears of the Kingdom (Image by eXputer)

TOTK is filled with various unique bosses, and killing a boss will most probably net you some items like horns that you can fuse with a melee weapon to make it really strong. Beating early-game bosses and fusing their parts with a melee weapon would make for some of the best weapons for beginners in Tears of the Kingdom.

  • In my case, I was able to triple the damage of my boomerang by fusing it with a jaw of a boss.
  • Fuse will play an extremely important role in making strong weapons during the early game.

Silver/Black Enemy Parts + Undead Melee Weapons

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The Black Lizal Reaper In Tears of the Kingdom (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

Various silver and black colored enemies are encountered in TOTK, and their horns can also be fused with undead body parts that you obtain by killing undead enemies to create sturdy and strong weapons.

  • Silver enemies are harder to beat than black enemies and will drop better items to fuse.
  • Undead body parts are obtained by killing undead enemies that mostly come out at night.

Silver/Black Enemy Parts + Melee Weapons

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The Silver Boko Reaper In Tears of the Kingdom (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

You can also fuse silver and black enemy parts with other melee weapons, but the resulting craft will be weaker than what you can obtain by fusing the parts with an undead melee weapon. Black enemies can be found during mid-game, whereas black enemies mostly spawn during the end game.

Magic Rods + Elemental Rocks

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Magic Rod Fused With Topaz In Tears of the Kingdom (Image credit: eXputer)

The Magic Rods are mostly obtained from random chests, and fusing them with elemental rocks can make for some of the best weapons for beginners in Tears of the Kingdom

  • Elemental rocks include topaz, sapphire, ruby, opal, etc.
  • Topaz applies the electric effect to the magic rod.
  • Sapphire induces cryo or freeze.
  • Ruby will add fire damage to the rod.
  • Opal makes the rod deal water damage.

Undead Enemy Parts Fused

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Undead Body Parts Fused Together In Tears of the Kingdom (Image Captured by Us)

Fusing undead enemy parts together boosts the durability and damage of these weapons, making them strong melee weapons to use, especially during the early game. Undead enemies are not even that hard to kill, and fusing their weak body parts can net you powerful melee weapons.

Dragon Parts + Melee Weapons

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The Light Dragon Reaper In Tears of the Kingdom (Image Captured by eXputer)

You can attack the flying elemental dragons in Tears of the Kingdom as well, but attacking them serves a greater purpose here as compared to Breath of the Wild.

  • Not only will you get elemental buffs, but also damage buffs by fusing melee weapons with dragon parts.
  • These dragon parts include horns and scales that are obtained by hitting the dragons with your weapons.

Gloom Weapons

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The Gloom Spear In Tears of the Kingdom (Image by eXputer)

Gloom weapons is an extremely strong class of weapons with a downside which is why I put these weapons on the lower end of the list. 

  • These weapons deal continuous damage to their user in exchange for dealing massive damage to enemies.
  • If you can compensate for that vitality loss, which is continuous, then Gloom Weapons can be used to wreak havoc and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Boss Bokoblin Parts + Melee Weapons

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The Black Boss Boko Two-Handed Axe In Tears of the Kingdom (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

Lastly, boss bokoblin enemies can be killed in order to obtain their horns which can be fused with various melee weapons to increase damage and durability. 

This fusion makes for strong weapons during the early game and is good for beginners, but it isn’t something that you should rely on later in Tears of the Kingdom, where Master Sword and the Zonaite Weapons fused with Soldier Construct parts are superior.

Best Tears of the Kingdom Shields

Shields are used to defending against attacks, or they can also be utilized to parry enemies, which can lead to a huge opening for dealing damage. Additionally, shields are also essential for traversal as you can use these to slide in the mountains. Shields can also be fused with various items, just like melee weapons to enhance their uses further. 

Hylian Shield

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The Hylian Shield In Tears of the Kingdom (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

The Hylian Shield makes a return and definitely takes the title of Tears of the Kingdom’s best shield. If you’re looking for a shield to block massive incoming attacks and parrying, then go with the Hylian Shield. No other shield is as durable or defensive as the Hylian Shield, but aside from blocking, parrying, and traversal, there are not many uses for it.

Royal Guard’s Shield

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The Royal Guard’s Shield In Tears of the Kingdom (Image credit: eXputer)

This shield is also really strong and is one of the best shields in Tears of the Kingdom that can be used to block life-endangering attacks, but it lacks the same durability of the Hylian Shield and will break only after a few uses. However, you can save the Royal Guard’s Shield and use it only when necessary.

Cannon Shield

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Mighty Zonaite Shield Fused With A Cannon In Tears of the Kingdom (Image Captured by Us)

Yes! It is exactly what it sounds like, you can attach a cannon to a shield, and it is even better to attach the cannon to a Zonaite Shield.

  • The Mighty Zonaite Shield is already really great for defense.
  • The added cannon adds a layer of offense that obliterates enemies when you hold the block button.
  • However, energy cells are utilized to power the cannon.

Elemental Emitter Shield

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Mighty Zonaite Shield Fused With Shock Emitter In Tears of the Kingdom (Image Captured by eXputer)

Elemental emitters can throw fire, ice, and shock on enemies while you’re guarding using the shield. Fuse these emitters with the Zonaite Shileds to get the best results and overpower your enemies with status effects whilst blocking their incoming attacks.

  • Energy cells are also utilized when these emitters are used while blocking.

Royal Shield

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The Royal Shield In Tears of the Kingdom (Image by eXputer)

Royal Shield is another great choice and is better than most other shields for defense in Tears of the Kingdom. However, if you get your hands on the shields mentioned above, then it is not really worth it to keep this shield in your inventory. Until then, the Royal Shield will serve its purpose of providing great defense.

Best Tears of the Kingdom Bows

Bows can be used to take out enemies from range and can even stun mini-bosses if you manage to land a headshot mid-fight. Even at the range, headshots can deal double damage with the bows, and players can efficiently switch between them and melee weapons to add variety to combat.

Here are the best Bows in Tears of the Kingdom:

Royal Guard’s Bow

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The Royal Guard’s Bow In Tears of the Kingdom (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

This bow beats most other bows in Tears of the Kingdom in terms of damage and fire rate. It is really fast and has the potential of one-shotting enemies if you end up landing headshots which is why it is one of the best bows in Tears of the Kingdom. However, Royal Guard’s Bow’s durability is extremely low, and it is the only negative thing about the weapon.

Demon King’s Bow

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The Demon King’s Bow In Tears of the Kingdom (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

The Demon King’s Bow might not seem like a powerful bow at first, but it is definitely worth it in the long run. Basically, the damage output of this bow depends on Link’s vitality; the higher the number of hearts you have, the higher will be the damage. Demon King’s Bow shines during the end game.

Steel Lizal Bow

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The Steel Lizal Bow In Tears of the Kingdom (Image credit: eXputer)

Steel Lizal Bow is another good choice for a bow, and you should use it until you obtain either Royal Guard’s Bow or the Demon King’s Bow. Additionally, this bow is strong enough to take care of most enemies, so you can save the Royal Guard’s Bow for the toughest enemies in Tears of the Kingdom.

Summary

The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom has received a lot of praise and is just as successful as its predecessor in introducing something revolutionary in the video games industry. You can obtain the trademark outfit known as the Archaic Tunic early, unlike Breath of the Wild. The Tears of the Kingdom plot is a direct sequel to BOTW, and Ganondorf as the new villain, really makes the story more interesting.

This concludes my guide on Tears of the Kingdom’s Best Weapons. I have not only entailed the best melee weapons but have also mentioned the best shields and bows. I hope that guide was useful in learning about the best arsenal of weapons for Link. Let me know what you think about The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom in the comments below!


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