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Dinraal, Naydra, and Farosh are benign spirits flying around their respective regions in the form of elemental dragons. Attacking them with arrows will make pieces fall to the ground depending on where they are hit. These pieces are used for a few shrines, but also for enhancing some Armours.

  • What is the best strategy to accumulate these pieces?
  • What sort of appearance patterns do each dragon have? Is this purely random, or is there a way to influence their arrival?
  • Is there a more effective trick to get a higher number of drops during a single encounter?

The pieces that drop are as follows:

  • Dragon's Scale: Shed by hitting the dragon over most areas of its body.
  • Dragon's Claw: Shed by hitting the dragon's limbs.
  • Dragon's Fang: Shed by hitting the dragon's mouth.
  • Shard of Dragon's Horn: Shed by hitting the dragon's horns.

Each dragon has their own set of four pieces.

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  • My recommendation would be to use the Ancient bow for Starters as it shoots in a straight line indefinitely. As far as their appearances go once you know the approximate location they tend to show up some where around there. Example, 80% of the time when I fast travel to Lake Hylia Farosh is there and if he isn't there/I travel to the Jungle over to the right (sorry I forgot the name) he'll be over there instead. – BlueBarren Mar 20 '17 at 20:23
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You can only obtain a single piece per encounter with a dragon so there's no point in shooting at them more than you have to. You only need to shoot at them until a flash of light where you hit them appears. That flash is the shard that will eventually fall down. Additional shots will yield nothing. In my experience, it's better to use a single arrow bow as close as possible to ensure that you hit the part you want. I couldn't tell if using stronger or weaker bows make a difference (I'm at the point in the game where all I have are bows 30+).

As for favorable spawning points, it can vary from time to time but here's some places I used to farm them and the time of days. They may or may not spawn immediately, try camping again at the time specified until they do. It will help to have a full set of Climbing clothes as you'll want to be climbing around to get to the best spots. Also having a fire sword/spear to light your fires for camping.

Dinraal

Due south of Hebra Tower there's a ledge where a Korok is hiding on the northern face of the canyon wall. Set up camp there on the eastern end of the ledge and wait until Morning to find him. Dinraal will be flying in from the northeast and will fly right though the canyon. When he's close enough and you feel the breeze, jump toward the center of the canyon and wait til you are close enough. Then take your shot.

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I recommend using a full set of Flamebreaker armor for the Fireproof set bonus so the fire he breathes doesn't hurt you.

Naydra

West of Mount Lanayru is the Lanayru Road - East Gate. Further in toward the Lanayru Promenade is a ledge on the south wall overlooking a platform on the north wall path. Set up camp at the top and wait until Morning. Naydra will be flying in high in the sky to the east from Mount Lanayru. He will fly right through the canyon very low and up close. Depending on the parts you want, you'll want to shoot from above for the scale, fang or horn. If you want claws, it would be easier to shoot from the north wall ledge.

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I recommend using a full set of Snowquill clothes for the Unfreezable set bonus so the ice balls he breathes don't hurt you.

Farosh

At Lake Hylia on the south tower of the Bridge of Hylia is a great place to camp. Wait until Night. Farosh will emerge out of the lake from the north east corner. He should come out immediately after getting getting up at 9pm (2100). If not, wait again until he does. Otherwise, you could try waiting til 1am (0100) in the late late night. But he always came immediately when I tried. He will first fly toward the west and will loop back and fly toward the east in front of you. Wait until he's close enough to feel the breeze then jump out along the bridge. Take your shot when you're close enough.

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I recommend using a full set of Rubber clothes for the Unshockable set bonus so the lightning he shoots doesn't hurt you.

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  • Thank you. Your answer is a wealth of information. Naydra seems to be the most difficult to make efficient, because there is no easy way back to the perch, especially if it starts to rain. Any additional advice there? – Gwellin Mar 21 '17 at 19:11
  • @Gwellin: I only placed the marker where I did since it was the closest point from the area you want to be and the likely direction you'll be coming from. In that case the closest shrine is the one to the South. You only really need to be in the area since the first place the dragon will be shootable from that position. But you can place your fire anywhere and it should still work. Just look for an area where it'll be easier to start a fire and get your shot from. He'll be really close in that area, so just about anywhere should be fine. – Jeff Mercado Mar 21 '17 at 19:25
  • I think the biggest question here is...did you ever find the Energetic Rhino Beetles you were looking for? :p – scohe001 Jun 20 '19 at 19:07
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While I use the Naydra method in the other answer, I prefer these two spots for the other two dragons.

Farosh:

Go to the Lakeside Stable, just south of Faron tower. Rest there until morning, then go across the bridge and to the section in the middle that looks like platform with a Korok puzzle on it. You'll see Farosh spawn above the waterfall directly in front of you, then come down the Waterfall and below the bridge. As he goes under the bridge, jump off and shoot him where you need to. Then, simply go back to Highland Stable and rest at cooking pot till morning again.

Dinraal:

Go to Tabantha Stables. Rest at the cooking pot till night. Then, go the middle of the bridge. At around 10:30, Dinraal will fly under the bridge. If you look north up the canyon, you'll see him as he spawns. If he hasn't appeared by 10:00, go back to the stable and rest again. When he goes under the bridge, jump down and shoot off whatever piece you need. Go back to the stable and repeat.

Both these methods have the advantage of you not needing large amounts of wood and flint/fire weapons for large scale farming.

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  • That's a lot of running around and waiting just to save a few pieces of wood. Wood is a practically infinite resource in the game and you could reuse a campfire as long as you stay nearby. – Jeff Mercado Mar 21 '17 at 15:48
  • I believe you mean Lakeside Stable for Farosh. I find these two suggestions to be rather convenient, not for saving firewood, but for the ease of returning to the lookout point after collecting the fallen piece. Just warp, sit at the readymade fire, then run a short distance. Dinraal has a little bit of a wait, but Farosh arrives very quickly. – Gwellin Mar 21 '17 at 19:20
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I have not done this but I have seen a lot of speed runners do this: They make a campfire by where the dragon will come to at either day noon or night (the start of that time). Then they shoot the dragon, use the campfire and do it again. They do that for a few minutes and what the dragon drops dose not despawn. So when you feel like you've done enough you can just pick up all of the scales.

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