Zelda: Breath of the Wild - How to to Kill Guardians

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In Breath of the Wild there are plenty of dangers to contend with, but while out roaming the land there is nothing more terrifying than spotting a Guardian. In this Breath of the Wild guide we'll tell you how to defend yourself against and kill Guardians in Breath of the Wild. It'll take some skill and good weapons, but you'll get there.

For other essential info head over to our Breath of the Wild Quest Walkthrough and Shrines Guide. None of that is going to be as cool as killing Guardians, but there's some very useful info in there.

Different Guardian Types in Breath of the Wild

  • Decayed Guardian: You'll see these early on in the game, locked into one position due to having lost their legs. They can still rotate, but you're able to retreat and take cover.
  • Guardian: Fully functioning Guardian that has legs and can chase Link across the map.
  • Skywatcher: This Guardian is seen flying in the sky in certain areas of Hyrule.
  • Turret Guardian: Found on Hyrule Castle, these are locked in position but can alter their height to fire at distant targets.

How to Disable or Temporarily Stun Guardians Before Killing Them in Breath of the Wild

Link is proud of this kill

At the start of Breath of the Wild the Guardians are incredibly scary death machines. You probably thought you could take them out and confidently attacked with a feeble sword only to be blasted into dust (well, not actual dust but you would have been had Nintendo allowed that kind of violence). These creatures are strong.

There is a way to temporarily stop Guardians from functioning, achieved by shooting an arrow into their eye. If you only have weak weapons don't bother doing anything more than this. Take the period of downtime to make a run for it.

Regular Guardians are tricky as they get around quickly on their legs. To stand a better chance against them your best option is to stun them using the arrow in the eye trick, then hack away at their legs. Again, if you want to kill them you're going to need powerful weapons, so don't bother tapping them with a tree branch. Skywatcher Guardians need to be grounded before you can properly attack them, so target their propellers first.

Best Weapons to Kill Guardians in Breath of the Wild

As we've already mentioned, don't get into a fight against a Guardian of any sort with flimsy weapons. You're going to want an inventory full with high damage weapons. The ideal weapons are of the Ancient variety, such as a the Guardian Sword that is dropped in numerous Shrines after defeating smaller ancient foes. You can also exchange ancient items for strong weapons in the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab, found in the northeast of the game map.

If you'd rather take out Guardians in a single shot you're going to have to use ancient arrows. These aren't easy to get, being found in Hyrule Castle or the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab. One shot into the eye with one of these will result in an instant kill, and even if you miss you'll dish out a lot of damage.

With an ancient weapon equipped you'll soon be defeating these previously feared mechanical beasts, but just be careful not to be hit by their laser blasts as they are still deadly.

It's also possible to knock Guardians over by hitting them with large metal objects. Use Magnesis to grab large metal balls or blocks, then ram them into the Guardian. If you topple them they'll explode and you win!

How to Kill Guardians with a Shield Parry

Performing a parry kill on a Guardian is one of the coolest moves in the game

If you don't yet have any ancient weapons there is another surefire way to kill Guardians. While it's risky, you can perform a shield parry (by pressing A) just as a Guardian fires its beam at you. Link will deflect it back in the Guardians eye, and then KABOOM! If you pull this off you'll feel like the legendary warrior Link is, but it's easy to misjudge the timing and be killed.

For a visual demonstration of how to kill guardians with your shield in Breath of the Wild, take a look at the video below.

Killing Guardians is a great way to collect ancient items such as screws, springs, and gears, which can be used to upgrade your Sheikah Slate or to buy new weapons in Akkala. Already deceased Guardians can also be scavenged for some ancient item loot. You could also sell these items to get more rupees. You're also going to want to know how to cook and how to respec Link's health and stamina.

With your new Guardian killing skills in the bag, take some time to wander around the game map and practice. You never know when one of those pesky Guardians will appear as if from nowhere and catch you unawares.

With the final Breath of the Wild DLC released, we now have an entirely new guides hub dedicated to the new Champions' Ballad DLC Pack 2. For complete guides on how to solve every new Shrine in the expansion, as well as how to get your hands on the new Master Cycle Zero, head over to our Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad guides hub.

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