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This is a guide to Lanayru's Boss Rush minigame in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn how to unlock the Thunder Dragon's challenges, rewards, as well as tips and tricks on how to succeed!
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After helping the Thunder Dragon Lanayru recover from his illness, he will offer you sets of challenges in exchange for different rewards.
He offers two different types of challenges: One pits you against consecutive battles against bosses you've fought in the game, and the other gives you a chance to replay Silent Realm Challenges.
The Boss Rush is an optional minigame where you have to have consecutive wins on boss fights without using items from the Adventure Pouch. However, you can equip one shield before starting the minigame.
Defeating bosses in the Boss Rush earns you rewards depending on the number of battles you have won. These rewards include treasures, a piece of heart and the Hylian Shield, the best shield in the game.
Lanayru lets you choose the first boss you'll face, while the rest will be randomized. He categroizes the bosses based on when you've fought them.
Below are the bosses you can choose from. Note that Ghirahim's 3rd Form, the Bokoblin Horde, and Demise can only be selected in Hero Mode.
|Boss Rush Bosses|
|The Beginning||The Middle||Later On|
|The Imprisoned||The Imprisoned||Demise*|
Below is a list of rewards for each battle you've successfully completed. You also get 50 Rupees if you set a new record or complete a battle for the first time.
Keep in mind that when you lose to a boss, you will not receive the rewards you've accumulated up to that point. You can only claim your reward in between boss battles. Note that the last three rewards are only available when playing in Hero Mode.
|2||Small Treasure (Eldin Ore or an Ornamental Skull)|
|4||Piece of Heart (200 Rupees after beating for the 2nd time)|
|6||Rare Treasure (Blue Bird Feather or Golden Skull)|
|8||Hylian Shield (1,000 Rupees after beating for the 2nd time)|
|10||3 Rare Treasures|
|12||9,900 Rupees. Make sure to get your wallet expansions and Tycoon Wallet to be able to carry all the loot.|
Since you cannot use potions, it is important to know how to replenish your health while in the Boss Rush.
See the table below to learn where to find hearts during the boss fights. Note that this does not apply in Hero Mode, as hearts will not appear even if you have Heart Medals equipped.
|Boss||Tips and Tricks|
|Ghirahim||Break pots around the arena.|
|Scaldera||Look at the top of the arena and you should find hearts.|
|The Imprisoned||Cut the grass around the area to find hearts. There are also plenty of hearts near the entrance to the Sacred Temple.|
|Koloktos||Try to lure the Koloktos to the pillars to get hearts. Once you steal his sword, you can destroy the pillars yourself.|
|Bokoblin Horde||Keep fighting Bokoblins to replenish your health, and only advance once your heart meter is full.|
Before starting the Boss Rush, drink a Guardian Potion + to become immune to damage for 3 minutes. This allows you the face the first boss with the potion's effect still in place.
If you have a Potion Medal, you can equip it and extend the potion's duration to 9 minutes!
When starting the Boss Rush, you have the option to choose which boss to fight first. It is recommended to face a boss you have trouble with first as you are able to battle it at full health and with a shield in perfect condition.
We recommend starting the Boss Rush with at least 16 hearts to ensure survivability. You can pick up additional heart pieces from various locations to form a Heart Container and increase the maximum number of hearts.
Make sure to get your Goddess Shield before starting the Boss Rush. This is extremely handy since the Goddess Shield self repairs and is resistant to fire and electricity.
Alternatively, Lanayru also offers a chance for you to revisit the Silent Realm and replay the different trials. This also offers you a chance to collect more Dusk Relics you may need to upgrade your materials.
The Thunder Dragon's Silent Realm challenge ends if you get hit by a guardian. Be sure to avoid watchers and check the map to learn where to find the nearest Sacred Tear.
In order to clear the Silent Realm challenges as fast as possible, it is important to manage your stamina gauge. You can pick up stamina flowers to recover the gauge fully, even when being chased by a guardian.
When starting the challenge, you can check the map to see the locations of all the Sacred Tears of the realm. From there, you need to find the best route to collect all the tears as fast as possible.
|All Silent Realm Guides|
|Farore's Silent Realm||Nayru's Silent Realm|
|Din's Silent Realm||The Goddess's Silent Realm|
After collecting all the Sacred Tears, you will be evaluated based on the clear time. There are four categories in total and shorter times earn you more valuable rewards.
|Silent Realm||Very Good||Good||Okay|
|Farore||180 seconds||225 seconds||285 seconds|
|Nayru||255 seconds||330 seconds||405 seconds|
|Din||360 seconds||450 seconds||540 seconds|
|The Goddess||240 seconds||315 seconds||390 seconds|
|Very Good||・Blue Bird Feather
|Not Good||5 Rupees|
|All Mini Games|
|Clean Cut Challenge||Thrill Digger|
|Skydiving Roulette||Bug Heaven|
|Pumpkin Pull||Rickety Coaster|
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