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Moldarach Boss Guide: How to Beat Moldarach

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Zelda Skyward Sword HD -  Moldarach Boss Guide: How to Beat Moldarach

This is a guide for Moldarach, the boss at Lanayru Mining Facility, Shipyard
in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn strategies for how to beat Moldarach, see Moldarach's moves, and learn rewards for beating them!

How to Beat Moldarach

CheckmarkAlign the direction of your attack with the direction of his pincers

CheckmarkWhen he dives in the sand, use Gust Bellows

CheckmarkIf you break one of his pincers, stab the eye on the pincer

Align the direction of your attack with the direction of his pincers

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Hit the eyes on moldarach
Moldarach has a weak point on the eyes attached to his pincers, which you can hit according to the direction of the pincers.

When he dives in the sand, use Gust Bellows

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Use Gust Bellows on Moldarach
Moldarach occasionally dives into the sand. You will then be attacked from behind, so use the Gust Bellows to blow off the lump of sand and stab it on its eye.

Stab the eye on his body after destroying both pincers

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Stab Moldarach
Breaking all the pincers reveals Moldarach's last weakness. In this state, only stab attacks are effective, so fire stab attacks in rapid succession.

Moldarach's Attack Patterns

CheckmarkPinch Attack

CheckmarkSlam Attack

CheckmarkTail Swing

CheckmarkTail Thrust

CheckmarkRush Attack

Pinch Attack

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Moldarach

Backstep when Moldarach's eyes turn red

Moldarach attacks whenever his eyes (on his pincers) turn red. If you keep your distance, you won't get hit. So if you see his eyes turn red, make sure you step backwards (focus on the enemy and use the A button + downwards motion on the joystick).

It is also recommended to attack and interrupt the weak points before being caught by the enemy.

Slam Attack

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Moldarach

Break Free when pinched

A Slam attack is a technique derived from a Pinch Attack. If you do not resist while being grabbed, you will receive additional damage, so shake the remote control and shake it off.

Tail Swing

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Moldarach

If Moldarach tilts his tail, step back

When Moldarach's eyes turn red and tilts his tail a lot, he will swing his tail. This attack has a long horizontal range, so it is recommended to backstep to escape out of range.

Tail Thrust

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Moldarach

Move left and right when Moldarach's eyes turn red with his tail upright

When you destroy one of Moldarach's pincers, use a stab attack at his eyes. If your eyes turn red with your tail up, it's a signal for this attack, so move left and right to avoid it.

Rush Attack

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Moldarach

Use Shield Attack or Repel at the right time

When Moldarach closes his eyes and folds his tail, he will do a Rush Attack. This attack is difficult to avoid by stepping because the enemy's tracking ability is high.

Defeat Moladarach before the Rush Attack or use a shield and repel it a moment after he folds his tail.

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