The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom guide – Shield surfing and rail grinding

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Shield surfing is back in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and better than ever. With new toys to play with you can up your surf game for more than just sledding down hills.

Fusion is a new mechanic that allows Link to make cool combinations of items and equipment. There’s basics like combining rocks and sticks to make a club, but how about combining a rocket with a shield?

Shield Surfing Guide

How to Shield Surf

Shield surfing is just as easy as it was in Breath of the Wild, just jump, block, and parry while midair and Link will put his shield underneath himself to slide around. Bear in mind that Shield surfing does bite into the durability of your shield, so maybe use a more disposable shield for your acrobatics.

You can also use shield surfing to grind rails in game, these rails are mostly found in abandoned mines and among other obstacles.

Shield Surfing and Fusion

One thing most people won’t realize right away is that you can change your shield while surfing. This won’t cancel the animation so you can keep sliding even when one shield is about to break.

We can also use this to swap out our boring old shield for one with a rocket attached, or even a spring. Now we can get speed and height without having to get off our shield. We can also use this to do cool jumps and ramp off of terrain with rocket power.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is now available for the Nintendo Switch.



A basement-dwelling ogre, Brandon's a fan of indie games and slice of life anime. Has too many games and not enough time.

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