Breath of the Wild: How to Find and Defeat the Stone Talus

Breath of the Wild: How to Find and Defeat the Stone Talus

This is our guide on finding and defeating the Stone Talus in Zelda Breath of the Wild.

The Great Plateau is the very first area that you'll start on in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In this Zelda Breath of the Wild Stone Talus guide, we'll be walking you through defeating one of the first boss characters in the entire game.

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How to Beat the Stone Talus in Breath of the Wild

Head here to fight the game's first large enemy

If this rock monster is your first boss encounter in the game, chances are you're going to be quite intimidated. The beast awakens as soon as you wander over to the large pile of rocks in the clearing. This thing is massive and packs quite a punch. If you are hit by one of the flying rock attacks most of your health will be depleted unless you've significantly increased your heart containers before attempting this battle.

To down the Stone Talus you must attack the ore deposit on its back. Remember that Link can climb things in Breath of the Wild, and that includes Mr Stone Talus here. Run round the back of him, then jump up onto his back and climb to the ore deposit. You could target the ore with an arrow, with a hit sending the Stone Talus to its knees, but there's really no need.

Attack the black ore with a mining weapon for maximum damage

As far as battles go, this fight's difficulty entirely depends on the equipment you've got at your disposal. You're going to want to equip a mining tool, such as the Iron Sledgehammer. If you attempt to hack away at the ore with a standard weapon this battle is going to take a long time. With the Iron Sledgehammer (damage rating of 12) it's possible to climb up onto the monster's back, then perform one continuous swing using a charged attack and fell the creature in one move.

What Do You Get For Killing the Stone Talus?

With the stone talus turned to dust, you're left to pick up the spoils. On the ground where the Talus once stood you'll find a mixture of amber, opals and rubies.

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All your loot combined should fetch a nice amount if sold to a trader, earning some hard to come by rupees. From Beedle, found outside the Duelling Peaks Stable, you'll get 60 rupees per Opal, 30 rupees per Amber, and 210 rupees per Ruby. Head over to our guide on finding Impa in Kakariko Village for info on finding the stable. There are a lot of secret chests to be found in the Great Plateau so it'll be worth making sure you've got them all. Take a look at our guide on how to kill Guardians and also how to get as many rupees as possible.

Sweet, sweet loot!

That's all we have on this subject, but worry not as there's plenty more Breath of the Wild content right here on USG. First off, there's this news story on Twitch Plays beating its first Guardian. After that, be sure to head over to our write-up of the awesome Wind Waker easter egg hidden in the game.

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Tom Orry

Audience Development Manager, Gamer Network

Tom started life on a circus in Australia before his family moved to the UK. His love of gaming started soon after, which essentially meant he bought every video game magazine available and worked numerous part-time jobs as a child in order to afford costly N64 games. He created UK site, of which he was the Editor for over a decade. He now doesn't like circuses.

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