Genshin Impact has many surprises in store, and the Ruin Guard might be a tough one to encounter! Let's take you through step-by-step on how to beat it. Also, it's a great resource to find Chaos Devices, so we have a few locations of where to find these Ghibli-esque machines.
How to Beat the Ruin Guard in Genshin Impact
The Ruin Guard in Genshin Impact is powerful, especially if you've underleveled. The first thing you want to do is to summon an archer to the battle. Most will probably choose Amber, but if you're incredibly lucky with that 0.6% drop rate, Venti can do the job too.
You'll want to send fully charged shots at the Ruin Guard's eye. Once hit a certain amount of times, the ancient robot will fumble down to the ground with its eye turned off. You'll then want to bring in your melee fighter to cause damage to the foe.
Unleash all those special attacks you've been saving up! We found that claymore users are particularly useful against it, and earth attacks give its HP a pretty decent dent too. If you want to stick to the archer, you can shoot its shoulder pads for extra damage. If you're using Amber and it's on fire, or using a different elemental archer you can also use this time to use some elemental combos on it.
Be careful when the ruin guard spins around to its back as it will release rockets shortly afterwards. Quickly dash away to the left or the right to avoid the incredible amount of damage the rockets cause (around 200 HP per rocket... ouch).
The Ruin Guard also has a spinning move that can be troublesome. As soon as it starts this attack, run away as fast as you can until it stops. Don't hesitate! It will also leap in the air all of the sudden so be ready to avoid it at any time.
If you struggle during the fight, you can go to the menu, inventory, and toggle over to food to restore HP for your party, just like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Once you've defeated the Ruin Guard in Genshin Impact, it will drop a Chaos Device, which will help improve the Raven Bow and Wolf's Gravestone in the Weapon Ascension menu.
Genshin Impact Ruin Guard Locations
We've found that the ruin guards in Genshin Impact are lingering around locations around the map. In Mondstadt, we found them in the Thousand Winds Temple. In Liyue, we have noticed them in the north of the Sea of Clouds (on the beach), southeast of Mingyun Village, and in the middle of the Guili Plains. Once you get your Adventurers Guide you can flip to the page about Bosses in the area and you'll normally be able to confirm the location of at least one.
However, your mileage may vary, as they can spawn in all sorts of locations. Additionally, they tend to be around Level 20-25 from what we've played, so watch out if you're underleveled!
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This tough fight has almost wiped out my party a few times. How about you? If you're a beginner and need help, check out our beginner's guide to Genshin Impact!