"These are the elite soldiers of the Yiga Clan. They favor the windcleaver blade and are extremely agile despite their bulky build. At this Yiga Clan rank, they have mastered a technique that allows them to manipulate the very earth. By striking the ground, they can create stone pillars and blasts of air."
Hyrule Compendium

Yiga Blademasters are enemies from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. They are Sheikah soldiers of the Yiga Clan. Link confronts them at the Yiga Clan Hideout in the Gerudo Highlands region. They are tough enemies due to a unique ability: getting hit by a Hideout Blademaster's attack will instantly kill Link, bypassing all Heart Containers, fairies and Mipha's Grace showing those that guard the hideout are highly skilled assassins. Blademasters encountered in the field lack this special One-Hit Kill ability, though they use a technique that summons a stone pillar or a Updraft from the ground beneath Link after a few seconds though Link can use the Paraglider to ride their Updrafts allowing him to attack from above with a Jump Slash, Downthrust, or trigger slow motion Bow attack.

After being defeated, Yiga Blademasters drop Mighty Bananas and various gemstones, and may drop their Windcleaver. A Blademaster appears to only drop his weapon if given a chance to retaliate in direct combat. Stealth kills will prevent the drop, as will keeping them constantly stunned until they go down, such as by switching between multiple shock weapons. Link must defeat a Yiga Blademaster during the Shrine quest "The Stolen Heirloom" to obtain the Sheikah Heirloom.


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