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Zelda Breath of the Wild guide: Trial of the Sword: Beginning Trials: Underground Floor 12 (hinox) walkthrough

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You against a hinox

Trial of the Sword: Beginning Trials: Underground Floor 12 — the final floor of the Beginning Trials — is another sub-boss fight. This time you’re up against a hinox. It’s time to use everything you’ve been hoarding because it’ll all disappear once you leave. There’s not a lot to know here — there’s a hinox and you should hit him.

Underground Floor 12 walkthrough

Before you wake up the hinox and start the fight, make sure you have one weapon, one bow and one shield slot available. If you’ve got an attack up meal — something you cooked back on Underground Floor 7 that involved the razorshrooms or some mighty bananas — now is the time to eat it. Equip your best bow and get ready to fight.

The only environmental weapon you have on this floor is a metal crate in the water on the right side of the room. You’re only going to get one shot with it and it doesn’t deal much damage, but every little bit helps. That metal crate is a good way to start the fight. And it has some arrows inside, so it’s good to get those early, too.

Your first task is to get the hinox to sit down just once. When it lands, run up between its legs and grab the knight’s shield, sword and bow from its necklace. These are much better than anything you’ve got.

This hinox is wearing armored greaves, so you can’t do much damage to it unless it’s sitting down. Just keep moving and watch for a clear shot on its eye — and use stasis to freeze him in place to line up an eye shot. Shooting the eye with your bow will make the hinox sit down, and then you can start dealing damage.

There’s another way you can get the hinox to sit down: run between its legs. It’s a dangerous strategy because of the damage it causes. That big butt landing on your head has the potential to be be a one-hit kill. Still, it’s a viable strategy. Watch the video above to see how it’s done.

And then it’s just lather, rinse and repeat. Stay out of reach, watch for a clear shot on its eye and hit it with your new knight’s sword as much as you can before it stands up again.

Underground Floor 12 armor and weapons

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.

Underground Floor 12 armor and weapons
  • Knight’s sword (on hinox’s necklace)
  • Knight’s shield (on hinox’s necklace)
  • Knight’s bow (on hinox’s necklace)
Underground Floor 12 food
  • None

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