Sometimes, you get a 'Random Boss Encounter'... Theres a big HP bar on top of the screen, but you are in the middle of the open world.

What are the possibilities for these random boss encounters, and is there a reliable way to trigger them? If there isn't, what could be the factors that do spawn a boss? Is it just completely random?


They're always in the same spot (and after a Blood Moon, they all respawn). You can see a full map of them at IGN's Hyrule map.

You can find a few types of bosses:

  • Hinox: These are the one eyed giants. They primarily drop a handful of weapons.
  • Stalnox: These are like Hinox, but only available to fight at night. They're a bit different from Hinox as they throw bones at you frequently (making it harder to run away and fight them at the same time). You can stop them by shooting them in the eye.
  • Talus: These are the rock type monsters. They drop lots of valuable gems.
  • Molduga: This guy is always in the same spot in Gerudo Desert. He drops treasure chests and crafting materials.

A worthwhile mention is Lynels. They don't get a health bar, but they're very mean and drop some crafting materials for end-game stuff as well.

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  • I also encountered a skelton-version of a Hinox (forgot his name, though). Drops and fight are about the same as a Hinox, but apparently only happens at night. – Ian Mar 13 '17 at 7:16
  • Yes, those are called Stalnox. I mentally just categorized them as Hinox but I'll note them since they do have some differences. – Seiyria Mar 13 '17 at 12:30

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