Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — How to Duplicate Weapons and Shields in TotK

Wondering how the TotK weapon and shield duplication glitch works? Our guide explains what to do.

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom weapons and shields duplication glitch is bound to make your day. With it, you can quickly gain copies of your strongest armaments, even the rarest equipment. Here’s our guide on how to dupe weapons and shields in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

How to Duplicate Weapons and Shields in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The TotK weapon and shield dupe method is almost similar to the items/materials dupe method, with some important caveats. Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of the glitch:

  • Equip the type of weapon or shield you want to dupe.
  • Press B to exit your inventory.
  • Press + to reopen your inventory.
  • Now, without leaving the menu, cycle through the options until you get to the system tab. Save the game.
  • Still without leaving the menu, cycle back to your inventory screen.
  • Drop the weapon you want to dupe.
  • Equip another weapon.
  • This part is extremely important: You’ll need to press the + button twice in quick succession, basically unpausing then pausing again immediately.
  • Drop the new weapon you just equipped.
  • Without leaving the menu, go to the system tab and load your save.
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If you did it right, the first weapon will still be in your inventory. However, a copy, the one you dropped, will also be on the ground next to you. This is how you duplicate weapons in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Moreover, I found this TotK dupe glitch works for bows and shields, too, not just melee weapons. And, yes, this also applies to unique armaments, including the Lightscale Trident, Biggoron Sword, Fierce Deity Sword, and Hylian Shield. One clear exception is the Master Sword, since you won’t be able to drop it from your inventory at all.

The Benefits and Uses of Duping Weapons and Shields in TotK

So, how exactly does this method to duplicate weapons in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom benefit you in the long run? I’ll give you some examples based on my 120 hours with the game:

  • For starters, if you already have something that can deal a lot of damage, or one that has a high-end fuse material, you could just keep making copies of that.
  • Moreover, you’ll never need to worry about weapon degradation if you have extras.
  • Rare finds, like a Savage Lynel Bow that can shoot up to five arrows simultaneously, can be yours to hoard.
  • I also doubt enemies will ever make a dent when your Hylian Shield is fused with another Hylian Shield.

There are many fascinating results that you can get with the TotK weapon and shield duplication method, as well as the items/materials dupe method. It’s something to try if you’re looking for different ways to play the game. For more tips, walkthroughs, and strategies, head over to our Zelda: TotK guides page.

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Jason Rodriguez

Jason Rodriguez is a game reviewer and guides writer from the Philippines. With around 5,000 published articles, he's freelanced for numerous outlets, including GameSkinny, GameSpot, Polygon, IGN, PCGamesN, PC Invasion, and more.