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Guardian Skywatcher
BotW Guardian Skywatcher Model.png
Main appearance(s)
Other appearance(s)
Breath of the Wild
Shooting lasers
Effective Weapon(s)
Breath of the Wild
Guardian and Ancient weapons
Master Sword

Guardian Skywatchers,(BotW)[1] also known as Guardians,(HWAoC)[name reference needed] are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.


Breath of the Wild

Hyrule Compendium Entry

126 (131) Guardian Skywatcher
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The Sheikah of ancient Hyrule developed this as a weapon to combat Ganon. This flying model is an improvement over the walking type, capable of either attacking or surveying from the air. Destroying the propeller will ground it.
Common Locations
Hyrule Field
Akkala Highlands
Recoverable Materials
Ancient Screw Ancient Spring Ancient Gear Ancient Shaft Ancient Core Giant Ancient Core

Guardian Skywatchers are a flying type of Guardian. They scan their environment with a red searchlight, and will begin charging their laser upon locating Link. Many Guardian Skywatchers patrol around Hyrule Castle. In all locations, they're corrupted by the Malice of Calamity Ganon. However, three uncorrupted Guardian Skywatchers appear in The Champions' Ballad DLC Pack, as part of the Main Quest "EX Champion Mipha's Song".

Link must use aerial tactics to defeat Guardian Skywatchers, either by getting close with the Paraglider, or shooting Arrows. They fly with the use of propellers, which can be damaged to ground them. When firing their lasers, they will sometimes fire in rapid succession if their health is low enough and Link has not moved too far from when they fired their last laser. These rapid lasers will stop if Link gets hit too far from their last firing point, if Link is no longer within their range, or at a random stopping point.

If Link hits a Guardian Skywatcher in its eye using a Bow, it will temporarily be stunned. Sometimes when doing this, the Guardian Skywatcher will retract its head in order to mess up Link's aim. If Link is aiming at its eye while it has already retracted, its head may extend. Using Stasis + on a charging up Guardian Skywatcher will stun them afterwards, even if not hit during Stasis. On death, Guardian Skywatchers lose their propellers and fall to the ground before exploding. Guardian Skywatchers may be immobilized by shooting at its propellers with a Bow. All three propellers must be destroyed before the Guardian Skywatcher falls to the ground.

In Master Mode, Guardian Skywatchers will sometimes take slightly longer in their charge-up phase before firing their laser, in order to throw off Link's timing.


A Guardian Skywatcher drops between 8 and 12 of:

Drop Table
Item Percentage
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Ancient Gear
35 %
BotW Ancient Screw Icon.png
Ancient Screw
24 %
BotW Ancient Shaft Icon.png
Ancient Shaft
23 %
BotW Ancient Spring Icon.png
Ancient Spring
15 %
BotW Ancient Core Icon.png
Ancient Core
2.5 %
BotW Giant Ancient Core Icon.png
Giant Ancient Core
0.5 %

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseガーディアン(飛行型) (Gādian (Hikō-Gata))[2]
NetherlandsDutchVliegende Wachter[3]
CanadaFrenchCAGardien volant[4]
FranceFrenchEUGardien volant[5]
GermanyGermanWächter (Flieger)[6]
ItalyItalianGuardiano volante[7]
RussiaRussianЛетучий страж (Letuchiy strazh)[8]
SpainSpanishEUGuardián volador[9]
Latin AmericaSpanishLAGuardián volador[10]
This table was generated using translation pages.
To request an addition, please contact a staff member with a reference.


  • Guardian Skywatchers are inverted Guardian Turrets with the bolts on their half dome being replaced with propellers.[11]

See Also


  1. "Guardian Skywatcher" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "126 ガーディアン(飛行型)" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "126 Vliegende Wachter" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "126 Gardien volant" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "126 Gardien volant" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "126 Wächter (Flieger)" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "126 Guardiano volante" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "126 Летучий страж" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "126 Guardián volador" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "126 Guardián volador" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  11. Creating a Champion pg. 205