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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - ‘Divine Beast Vah Medoh’ main quest guide and walkthrough

Finding the quest, solving the puzzles and beating the boss

Divine Beast Vah Medoh has been taunting you from your earliest moments in Breath of the Wild. In this guide, we’ll show you how to get there, how to solve its puzzles and how to defeat its boss.

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Divine Beast Vah Medoh

How to get there

Divine Beast Vah Medoh is located above Rito village, in the northwest corner of Breath of the Wild’s map. Tabantha tower is closest.

Preparing: Snowquill armor

Before you embark upon your journey to the Divine Beast Vah Medoh, you need to prepare. And preparation boils down to two things, really: having a bunch of arrows and the right armor.

There’s a shop in Rito village, where you should buy the snowquill armor set:

  • Snowquill tunic for 600 rupees
  • Snowquill trousers for 550 rupees
  • Snowquill headdress for 1,000 rupees

That’s 2,150 rupees all told. It’s not cheap, but buying this set will let you forget about cold climates, period. And Divine Beast Vah Medoh involves some of those. If you don’t have enough money, sell your gems and various monster parts until you do. It’s really that important.

Upgrade your armor

It’s also a good idea to warp to Ta'loh Neg shrine near Kakariko village and visit the Great Fairy to upgrade your new snowquill armor. Doing so will not only make your armor more powerful, but wearing all pieces of the snowquill armor will grant you a set bonus, making your cold resistance even better.

You’ll need red ChuChu jelly. If you’re low, just find hot area of ground and toss on some blue ChuChu jelly. That'll transform it into red ChuChu jelly. (Thanks to Polygon reader Josh Combs, who pointed out that the original version of this guide said to throw it in a cooking pot. Don't do that, unless you want some dubious food. And you probably don't.)

How to get the Divine Beast Vah Medoh quest

Rito chief Kaneli

Take the stairs all the way to the top of Rito village. Speak to the Rito chief, Kaneli, to unlock the Divine Beast Vah Medoh main quest. Walk to the alcove next to Kaneli to speak with Saki, who will tell you where to go next: the Flight Range. Jump off the platform just down the stairs from Saki and use your paraglider to fly toward the flags in the distance.

You can complete the Sha Warvo shrine here or just interact with it to unlock a waypoint.

The Flight Range

At the Flight Range, you’ll meet Teba. Complete his quest (which is no more complicated than using your paraglider, then holding ZR to shoot a few targets), and you’ll receive the falcon bow and 20 bomb arrows. You’ll also find a swallow bow near a cooking pot in this area.

Destroy the canons

After satisfying Teba, he’ll fly you up to Divine Beast Vah Medoh. Your actions at the Flight Range were a prologue to this. All you need to do is hop off of Teba, aim at the targets and hit them with your bomb arrows.

It’s to your benefit to do this with the fewest arrows as possible, and there’s very little danger up here. The Divine Beast Vah Medoh boss of this area is susceptible to bomb arrows, so the more you have, the better.

Solving the Divine Beast Vah Medoh puzzles and finding the terminals

After destroying the canons, you’ll land on Divine Beast Vah Medoh and automatically interact with the first terminal here and learn the way to the map terminal. Your goal is to interact with all of the terminals and then, ultimately, fight the boss.

Before heading in, turn around, and shoot the eyeball in the goo to unlock access to a treasure chest, where you can collect a sapphire.

Walk into the belly of the Divine Beast, and shoot the eyeball in goo to clear the path ahead of you. Fall down to the lower level, and kill the eyeball in goo blocking your way out. This unlocks an exit to the room and a treasure chest with an ancient shaft.

Head outside, and walk the perimeter of Divine Beast Vah Medoh. Destroy an eyeball to unlock a fan blowing up, then keep going around to destroy another eyeball that unlocks the second entrance to the room you fell into earlier.

Head back inside the room, and use your paraglider to take the upward draft up to level where you entered the Divine Beast Vah Medoh.

Two treasure chests

This time, instead of falling down, take the upward near the entrance and veer left. There are two treasure chests on the left side of the room. Grab onto the climbable area shown in the image above, and climb up to find a treasure chest with an ancient core. Jump off the far side and paraglide left to the other treasure chest, which has five bomb arrows.

Getting the map

Head back to where you entered. Use magnesis to pull one of the metal blocks toward you, so you can jump over the platforms. (See the gallery below for the exact positioning.)

Fight the guardian on the other side of the gap, and retrieve a guardian spear. Continue down the hallway, and interact with the terminal to get the map of Vah Medoh.

The map shows the location of five terminals, each located along the axis of Vah Medoh’s wings. It also enables divine beast controls. There are three points of movement: Level (center), curled up (high) and curled down (low).

Terminal 1 and a treasure chest

Stand overlooking the drop down from where you got the map. Use the map to tilt Vah Medoh’s wings to the highest position. Look on the ceiling, and you’ll see another eyeball. Destroy it with an arrow to unlock access to the next room.

Use magnesis to pull the left magnetic block close to you. Tilt Vah Medoh down. Take the path up across the magnetic block, up the climbable wall and past the treasure chest. Glide into the room you opened when you killed the eyeball on the ceiling.

Turn left and kill the eyeball. You may also have to kill the floating skulls it left behind.

Tilt Vah Medoh back to level, walk up the ramp on the right side of the room, and tilt Vah Medoh to high. Walk to the farthest edge of the ramp, and paraglide to the treasure chest for a knight's claymore.

Walk back up the ramp, and shoot the switch with an arrow, which opens a hole that shoots air across the room. Paraglide across the room using the draft to interact with the first terminal. One down, five to go.

Terminal 2

In the same room where you found terminal 1, take out a round bomb, and roll it into the next room through the hole in the wall. Detonte it where it stops to destroy the stone barrier.

Drop another round bomb through, and hit the switch to your right after it can't roll anymore. That'll blow air into the room from the right, pushing the round bomb to the far left side of the room. Detonate the bomb when it can't go anymore. That’ll destroy the rock wall and reveal a giant metal ball.

Hit the switch to stop the wind. Use the map to turn Vah Medoh to its lowest position. The ball will roll twoard you. Use magnesis to bring it ot the other side of the room, where you put the bomb earlier. Move Vah Medoh to the top position. The ball will roll, hit the switch and raise the gate. Enter the room, and turn left to activate the terminal. Two down, three to go.

Terminal 3

Lower Vah Medoh to its middle (or straight) position. You can see your destination from the exit in the room with the first two terminals. Tilt Vah Medoh down, and paraglide across the gap into the room on the opposite side.

While you’re paragliding, keep to the right, and you'll find a treasure chest with a knight's bow.

Hop down and destroy the eyeball on the ceiling at the far end of the room. That will drop a treasure chest near the closed gate at the far end of the room. Open it for 10 ice arrows.

Tilt Vah Medoh to its highest position, and make your way back to the room on the other side where you got the first two terminals.

Use magnesis to grab the giant ball and take it up the ramp to leave. Extend the ball with magnesis as far as you can, and place it on the right. Paraglide down to where you placed the giant ball, grab it with magnesis again, and put it in the room across the way from the room with the first two terminals. Paraglide in. (You can see the exact positioning in the gallery above.)

Tilt Vah Medoh to the top position. The ball will roll along the track and hit the switch, which lifts the gate and reveals the third terminal. Three down, two to go.

Terminal 4

Go back down to the lowest floor, and walk out onto the edge where you destroyed the eyeball at the beginning. Head to Vah Medoh’s right wing. Turn the divine beast to its highest position, and fly into the room. Interact with the terminal there. Four down, one to go.

Terminal 5

Tilt Vah Medoh to lowest position, and fly into lowest floor room again. Head straight through, turn left and walk up the little ledge to the left of the door. Destroy the eyeball in the distance with an arrow.

Tilt Vah Medoh to its highest position, which will bring a gondola toward your position. Tilt Vah Medoh straight so you can walk up the ramp and get in the gondola. Now tilt Vah Medoh down, and ride across. Exit, interact with terminal. Five down, a new terminal to go.

The final, main terminal

Interacting with all five terminals will add a new glowing point on your map. Use the process above in reverse to get to the lowest floor again. Walk the through room, and take the upward draft all the way to the top of Divine Beast Vah Medoh. Interact with the main terminal in the middle of the area to start the boss fight.

Before you fight the boss, we have two strong recommendations: Make sure you have a lot of bomb arrows (go buy a bunch if you need to), and go cook yourself Breath of the Wild’s most powerful meal to give yourself as many as 20 extra (temporary) hearts.

Windblight ganon boss fight

In both phases of your fight with Windblight Ganon, it's all about updrafts and bomb arrows. Catch an updraft, deploy your paraglider and press ZR to slow down time. That gives you time to aim and fire (and keeps you away from his ground-based attacks).

The only time you should be on the ground is when you’re running between updrafts. And the very process of doing that is a great way to avoid his attacks.

If you can't see Windblight Ganon (like, say he puts a tornado between you), drop to the ground and run to the nearest updraft. Circle it until you find him, and then take the updraft to try again.

After you do enough damage, Windblight Ganon will fall to the ground, immobilized. If you’re close enough, by all means wack away at him with your strongest weapon. But using the strategy above, getting damage in here was of little consequence.

Defeat Windblight Ganon, and you’ll get a heart container. You’ll also get Revali's Gale, which creates an upward draft on demand. (Just X to charge your jump.)

Interact with the terminal to leave.

Finishing the Divine Beast Vah Medoh main quest

Return to Ruto village, and speak to chief Kaneli again to end the quest.

Before you leave, open the treasure chest near Kaneli for great eagle bow. Talk to Harth (two huts down from the chief), who says he can repair the bow if it breaks. You’ll need a swallow bow, five bundles of wood and a diamond. (Jeez.) Good news, though: There's a swallow bow in his house … hutt … thing.