Guardian Vehicles Enemy Guide [The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild]

This page contains an enemy guide on how to defeat the Guardian Vehicles inBreath of the Wild, including attacks, patterns and strategy. We will be updating this page as we go along.

This section provides details on the Guardian Vehicles. Guardian Vehicles are machines that harness energy beams to attack. They have huge amounts of HP and are usually durable against melee weapons. However, their own attack deals significant damage, making them prey to their own creation.

It shows the materials it drops when defeated, the different variants, and locations of the different Vehicles in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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Guardian Vehicles Enemy Guide


Source: Nintendo


Name HP Location
Guardian Stalker 1,500 Hyrule Field
Guardian Skywatcher 1,500 Hyrule Field
Akkala Highlands
Guardian Turret 1,500 Hyrule Castle
Decayed Guardian 500 Great Plateau
Death Mountain
Sentry 1,000 Hyrule Field
Hyrule Castle


Attack Description
Laser Beam Aims a red reticule that fires off a blue energy beam after a duration of time.


Ancient Arrows, Laser Beam


Item Function
Ancient Screw ?
Ancient Spring ?
Ancient Gear ?
Ancient Shaft ?
Ancient Core* ?
Giant Ancient Core*,** ?

*-not dropped by Decayed Guardian

**-not dropped by Sentry


They are ancient machines which sport high health and launch energy beams that take about 6 hearts(♥) worth of damage. When near Link, it will attempt to move away to get a good shot in firing their laser attacks.

There are two variants of the Guardian enemy one are smaller which dwell in Shrines, while others roam around the Kingdom of Hyrule near the Great Plateau.

If timed precisely, Link can deflect the laser attack of the small guardian using the Shield as soon as it is about to land. This gets tricky when the gap between Link and the Guardian is minimal. For longer distances, it might be easier to trace the movement of the beam, but for shorter ones, you should perform the deflect when the blue bolt of energy begins to concentrate near the machine’s ocular.

Melee weapons may be used at your disposal, however do note that their durability weakens significantly against these formidable opponents. Ranged Weapons such as Bows provide a safer approach if you do not feel confident to perform the deflects. By stocking up on Shock Arrows, it will inflict Electric bolts that nullifies the Guardian’s energy beam for a duration. Another option is to reload with Ancient Arrows to strike severe damage.

For certain Guardians, some melee tactics such as severing a Stalker’s limbs or destroying the Skywatcher’s propellers will stop their tracks.

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