I've recently come into possession of a lovely boomerang.

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Its description says something about how wonderfully it returns to one when thrown, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to throw it.

It's in the melee weapons part of the inventory, and functions like one: when you press Y, you just swing it like a stick.

The same is true of spears: some of their descriptions go on about how well weighted they are for throwing... but there doesn't seem to be any way to throw em.

Am I missing something?


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You can throw any weapon by holding down and releasing the upper right shoulder button (R). A thrown weapon will deal double it's base damage and stagger most enemies.

Source on double damage:

Critical Hits – Weapons that you have no use for are perfect for throwing at monsters. If one hits, it will deal double damage.

Keep in mind that throwing a weapon will take away a lot of it's durability, sometimes destroying it instantly.

Boomerangs fly back to you when thrown but you still have to catch them manually by pressing A in the correct moment.

Throwing a normal weapon is usually a good idea if there's only one hit left.

  • @Seiyria The loading screen remark is just a tip to get extra damage out of your weapon. If it's about to break anyway, you might as well get some more damage out of it.
    – Pyritie
    Mar 16, 2017 at 14:41
  • I found this out when I accidentally threw my first axe (only weapon at the time) off a cliff. Mar 17, 2017 at 3:28

While your weapon is drawn, hold down the R button, the release it when aimed where you want to hit. This can be done with any weapon, not just spears and boomerangs.

When the boomerangs returns to you, you need to press A to actually grab it, otherwise it will simply go past you.

  • Isn't it "R" not "ZR" to throw?
    – BlueBarren
    Mar 16, 2017 at 14:02
  • @BlueBarren Damn Nintendo with their button naming scheme. It'd be RB on any other controller, and the trigger would generally be R, but Nintendo have to switch it around.
    – SGR
    Mar 16, 2017 at 14:03
  • 4
    actually it's RB and RT on Xbox and R1 and R2 on Playstation sooo ;P
    – BlueBarren
    Mar 16, 2017 at 14:05
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    Not only that, but Nintendo has been using L/R and ZL/ZR for years now. This is not new to the Switch.
    – user428517
    Mar 16, 2017 at 16:51
  • It's been this way since they released the classic controller on the Wii. Mar 16, 2017 at 17:44

Push the shoulder button R. Be prepared to catch it when it comes back using the A button. Just some advice: Hitting anything causes major damage to the enemy the boomerang hits.

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