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Zelda Breath of the Wild guide: Trial of the Sword: Underground Floor 16

Beat the Middle Trials and a guardian scout IV

Trial of the Sword: Middle Trials: Underground Floor 16 is a battle between you and a powerful Guardian Scout IV wielding a Guardian Spear+, Guardian Sword+ and an Ancient Battle Axe+. In effect, it’s a Major Test of Strength, like in Chaas Qeta shrine, but in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Master Trials DLC.

One hit from the axe will cost you nine hearts. The only way to beat your opponent is to be smart about using all of the tools at your disposal. In this guide — and the video above — we’ll show you how.

Middle Trials: Underground Floor 16 walkthrough

One hit from the guardian’s axe will cost you nine hearts. The only way to beat your opponent is to be smart about using all of the tools at your disposal.

The guardian scout IV is weak to guardian weapons, and you should have plenty from the last few levels. Equip your strongest guardian weapon and shield. This is also a good a place to eat a meal that boosts your defense — you don’t have any other fights after this one, so you’re safe to eat whatever you need to.

If you’re confident in your ability to perform a backflip and a perfect guard, by all means use them to unleash a flurry rush on the guardian scout IV. These advanced moves have a built-in risk-reward, though: Miss, and you’ll take a lot of damage. We decided to avoid them, given the limited amount of healing items we had. The risk seemed too high for the reward.

Instead, we relied heavily on stasis, which has a similar (albeit shorter) effect. Cast stasis on the guardian scout IV, and it’ll be defenseless for a few moments, during which you can unleash a smaller flurry of attacks … and then run away from any retaliation.

In short, cast stasis, hit the guardian scout IV several times while it’s immobilized and run away. We particularly like the spear, though it’s low damage, you get a lot of hits in. And it tends to knock the guardian scout IV back, which helps with the whole not getting hit thing.

When the guardian scout IV hunkers down and shoots its laser in a circle, approach and jump to catch the updraft. Deploy your bow and arrow and shoot until you run out of stamina.

When the guardian scout IV unleashes its powerful laser canon attack, you can do a couple of things:

  • Run behind a pillar to avoid the first attack, though keep in mind that the pillar will crumble when it’s hit.
  • It’s surprisingly easy to avoid the lasers at a distance. Just you walk laterally. You don’t even have to run.

Don’t hesitate to use your arrows, especially if you cast stasis from a distance. Even your standard arrows chip away at the guardian scout IV’s health, and every little bit counts.

When you defeat the guardian scout IV, you’ll return to Korok Forest, and your Master Sword will gain another 10 points of damage.

Middle Trials: Underground Floor 16 armor, weapons and food

Nearly every underground floor in Trial of the Sword includes some combination of armor, weapons and food that you should collect before leaving and use in subsequent levels. Here’s what you can find in this underground floor.

Middle Trials: Underground Floor 16 armor and weapons
  • None
Middle Trials: Underground Floor 16 food
  • None
Middle Trials: Underground Floor 16 treasure chest
  • None

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