Sooner or later you're going to face a Guardian in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. When you do, you're likely to be blown to smithereens. Let us help you with that.
The first thing to note is that there are multiple types of Guardians. They are as follows:
- Decayed Guardian - These are cemented into position due to losing their legs. You encounter a couple of these toward the start of the game.
- Guardian - These are the standard type of Guardian that there are several dozen of patrolling around the map, particularly around Hyrule Castle.
- Skywatcher Guardian - These hover overhead and aren't usually encountered until much later in the game.
Although each of these enemies are tough, the best strategy for defeating them is the same.
Before you even begin to think about fighting a Guardian, make sure you have a shield equipped. What you're going to want to do is perform a shield parry on the lasers they shoot. To achieve this, you will want to hold the ZL button to bring up your shield. The moment that the Guardian fires its laser, you want to tap A. If timed correctly, it will deflect the laser back at the Guardian, killing it in one to three shots.
This is a difficult maneuver to pull off, but a few minutes of practice goes a long way. The best tip we can give you is to try to parry later rather than sooner. You want to press A right after the location where the laser is shot from turns white.
This process is made much easier if you have killed Fireblight Ganon in Death Mountain, which is one of the four Divine Beasts. This will provide you with Daruk's Protection, which when holding ZL will automatically deflect any Guardian lasers. Though, it will only deflect three before going on cooldown.
Alternatively, you can kill Guardians the old fashioned way with a melee weapon. If you choose to go this route, make sure you're using a guardian weapon (blue glow). The battle might take a while, but you can enjoy a nice, epic battle.
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