The Hinox come in a few different colors in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but all of them can be deadly to Link. In this Zelda Breath of the Wild Hinox guide, we'll be walking you through how to kill a Hinox in Breath of the Wild, as well as detailing the differences between the colors of the beast.
How to Kill a Hinox in Breath of the Wild
The most common variant of Hinox found throughout Hyrule, the red Hinox, is also the weakest of the three, sporting significantly less health points than either the blue or black types of Hinox. However, this doesn't mean it'll be an easy fight, as the red Hinox will still present a fair challenge to an unprepared Link.
Firstly, if you have the option, you should always try and get Link on top of the Hinox while it slumbers. You can do this by paragliding and then dropping onto its stomach, enabling Link to snag the various weapons that a Hinox will always have around its neck. While the red Hinox obviously won't have as powerful weapons as the blue or black variants, it'll still provide some decent weapons in case Link's current ones should break.
Once the fight inevitably breaks out, you should always target the eye of the Hinox with an arrow of any type, as although fire, frost, shock and bomb arrows will deal more damage to the Hinox, any hit will temporarily down the beast, leaving it open for a series of attacks from Link. Make sure to repeat this tactic when you can, as once you've successfully hit the eye of the Hinox three times it'll shield the eye from all further ranged attacks, meaning Link will have to take it down through close quarters combat.
When getting in close to the Hinox, it's always a good idea to try and stay behind the monster when possible, as this will avoid Link getting hit by any of its swiping attacks. However, this still leaves the player open to the nasty area of effect slam attack that the Hinox can pull off, and when you see the Hinox preparing to jump, be sure to retreat to a safe distance. As soon as the monster hits the floor, be sure to sprint back in to land a previous few hits.
Should you need help on taking down other vicious beasts found within Breath of the Wild, we've got guides on how to take down any Lynels found in Hyrule, as well as a guide on how to kill both the Stone and Igneo varieties of Talus. On top of this, we've compiled a comprehensive guide of the best melee weapons, bows and shields in Breath of the Wild.
Keep repeating these tactics, and in virtually no time at all you'll be able to lay waste to any unfortunate Hinox that should happen to cross Link.
There's a whole bunch more Breath of the Wild articles to read right here on USG. There's Nadia's article on Ganon's new form. Also this piece on how younger BOTW developers have been inspired by Red Dead Redemption 2.