Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – Boarding Vah Ruta

By Alex Donaldson, Wednesday, 3 May 2017 00:29 GMT

Swim, shoot and shock your way to glory.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Walkthrough – Main Quest: Boarding Divine Beast Vah Ruta

If you’ve been following our guide, you should have now made your way to Zora’s Domain, met the domain’s Prince and King, learned about your history with the Princess and, most importantly of all, got some leads on how to take back the Divine Beast Vah Ruta from Ganon.

Zora Prince Sidon has built a plan, and though it’s risky to storm the gigantic robot elephant on its own turf, Link is always up for the challenge. You should’ve picked up the lightning arrows from the Lynel nearby as part of the previous quest, and now it’s time for a full assault.

You’ll need your Zora Armor equipped for this mission, and consider upgrading it at a fairy fountain before you go further. You should also stock up on any supplies and prepare any food you think you’ll need: this leads directly into the dungeon.

Boss Battle: Boarding Vah Ruta

This boss is explained pretty well in the game, but allow me to reiterate also: your task here is to ride Sidon’s back and protect him as the two of you push forwards to get close to Vah Ruta.

Vah Ruta isn’t going to take that sitting down, however – and the beast will deploy ice in an attempt to stop you. First this takes the form of giant cubes of ice that he’ll hurl at you. You’ll want to switch to regular arrows and shoot at them – the arrows will shatter the ice so it can’t hit or hurt the two of you.

On later phases Ruta will also send spiked balls of ice after you. Unlike the blocks that are thrown at you these will hit the water and follow behind you, homing in on you, so keep an eye out for them.

In the final phase you’ll have to contend with both at once, so be careful and turn the camera a lot to keep track. Generally speaking the two threats will alternate – first a block, then a spiked ball, and so on and so forth.

Through all of the phases of the fight, once Sidon can get you close enough you’ll approach the waterfalls that lead up Vah Ruta’s body. Hit A as soon as you reach the waterfall to swim up it. When you hit the top, you’ll naturally pull into a glide with your paraglider. Pull the right trigger and make sure you’re switched to shock arrows.

Time will slow for a while here, governed by your stamina meter. This is classic boss fight stuff: hit the bright glowing red weak point with shock arrows. Put the arrows into their target and then move on to the next.

You’ll have to do this four times, because this is a Nintendo game and those old rules die hard. When you’re done, there’ll be a cutscene and you’ll finally be on Vah Ruta proper. It’s time… for a dungeon. A real, proper one – or as close as Breath of the Wild gets.

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