I've been playing "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" a lot on my Switch lately. I have encountered two Stone Taluses. I have tried running behind them, but they just body slam me. I noticed a stone that looks like one you can mine with an Iron Sledgehammer. I know that you get a good bit of ore when you beat one. So how would you go about beating a Stone Talus?


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In order to kill a Stone Talus you must attack the Obsidian/Gem like outcropping on their back. The easiest way to do this to the simple Stone Taluses is to Climb onto their back and attack the growth with a Melee weapon. All weapons will work, but mining weapons like Hammer and Boulder Breaker are more effective in terms of damage.

Variant Taluses may be more difficult to climb, but you can get around it by neutralizing their elemental damage. Throwing bombs can also be moderately effective, but aiming them can be a bit difficult and finicky. If you have the resources Bomb arrows are also quite effective.

You can see an example of someone fighting a Stone Talus below:

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    I might be wrong on this, but I think two-handed blunt weapons do extra damage. Two handed swords do a lot, but even a normal hammer does a ton.
    – Mage Xy
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 16:43
  • @MageXy That is what I thought as well. I decided to err on the side of just two handed weapons though, as that is what the wiki says.
    – Malco
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 17:44
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    Its actually the iron sledgehammers(and boulder breakers) that have an innate 4x bonus. Knowing this is crucial when attempting the trial of swords on master mode.
    – l I
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 17:52
  • @lI Ah thanks that makes sense and matches my own personal experience, updated answer.
    – Malco
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 19:20
  • Might be worth mentioning that if you shoot the stone with an arrow, it will stun the Talus, making it easier to climb onto
    – Ben
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 0:31

For Elemental Taluses, shoot them with an arrow or hit them with a weapon of the opposite element (fire for ice and vice versa) before touching them. (Or equip iceproof/fireproof armor.)

Two cases:

  • For Taluses with the ore deposit on top of them, climb them, equip a two handed weapon and hold the attack button to keep spinning.

    If you have a mining weapon (Boulder Breaker, Iron Sledgehammer, Stone Smasher, Cobble Crusher), use it because you get a damage bonus multiplier:

    Iron Sledgehammer has a four times multiplier on Talus enemies. Boulder Breaker has a two times multiplier. The Stone Smasher and Cobble Crusher also have a two times multiplier.

  • For Taluses with the deposit on their back: two easy strategies.

    • Method 1: Climb them, then jump towards the deposit and keep shooting it in slow motion mode. Equipping a powerful bow and having stamina food is strongly recommended.

    • Method 2: If you have a spear, target the enemy and just keep hitting their deposit. They count as critical hits so the Talus will be stunned every time. Just be careful not to stand in its path. Repeat until it's dead.

  • For method 1: Bomb Arrows deal crits. It actually allows for a third method where you bomb their arm, then run around them. When they get up, shoot the ore. Run around them again (when they get up they will turn where you were previously), rinse and repeat.
    – Egor Hans
    Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 15:40

Just as an addendum to Malco's answer, if you destroy the Talus' arms with bombs, the Talus will collapse and temporarily be stunned, allowing you to climb up and deal some damage to the gem on it's back.

  • In addition, shooting elemental Talus' bodies with the opposite element arrow both neutralizes their elemental protection and causes them to temporarily be stunned.
    – Kevin
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 16:39
  • I didn't know that you could destroy the arms with bombs, just goes to show how much freedom and detail is packed into this game
    – Malco
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 17:42

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