One of the mysteries that has left players scratching their heads in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is that of the game's dragons. The three dragons appear in the sky seemingly at random and are the key to some of the hardest-to-find upgrade parts. Fortunately, we've found the best way to track down each of these elusive beasts and get what you need from them.
Before you set out to claim your bounty you'll want to have plenty of arrows as well as a bow that's in decent shape, some wood and some flint. You'll be doing some camping and plenty of shooting, so you'll want to make sure you're fully stocked. Once you have these items in hand it's time to set out. There isn't a specific order in which you have to collect these dragon parts, so feel free to tackle any one you like first.
Each dragon can drop four parts, a shard of its horn, a shard of its fang, a scale and a claw. To get the horn you have to fire an arrow into the dragon's horn on its head, you'll be able to distinguish which part is the horn based on its colour: Dinraal's is red, Naydra's is blue and Farosh's is yellow. To get a fang you'll need to plant an arrow in the beast's mouth; you needn't worry about actually hitting a tooth, just land your arrow in the general area and you'll be okay. Scales are by far the easiest piece to come by, as you just need to hit the dragon anywhere but the horn, mouth or foot. Finally, the claw is obtained by putting an arrow in one of the dragon's feet. With these pointers in mind, let's get to the good stuff and find the dragons.
How to Find the Fire Dragon Dinraal
Dinraal is fairly routine in how it appears. To find Dinraal, you'll need to fast travel to Shae Loya Shrine, just South of Tabantha Bridge Stable.
Once you've reached the shrine, head over to the stable and rest in a bed or outside at the camp fire. You'll want to rest until morning.
Once Link wakes up, make a beeline for the center of Tabantha Great Bridge and look North. Around 6 AM, you'll see Dinraal in the distance; wait for it to get close and shoot it, then just wait for the part to drop.
You can only get one part per day, so if you need more than one you'll need to start this process over from the stable. We recommended donning the Flamebreaker Armour to prevent any incidental damage from Dinraal's flames.
How to Find the Ice Dragon Naydra
Naydra is by far the trickiest of the three to corner. To get to it, you'll need to have the Zora armour equipped and warp to Dow Na'eh Shrine, West of Mount Lanayru.
When you get there, jump into the water and swim up the waterfall and use the paraglider to glide over to the left, landing just above Lanayru Promenade.
To your right you'll see a small rock wall, climb it and follow the edge of the cliffs until you see the tree pictured below.
When the tree is in view, create a fire with wood and flint and sleep until morning. Keep following the cliffs as soon as you wake up and you should see Naydra in the sky above Mount Lanayru. We recommend equipping your Snowquill gear if you've leveled it up at a Great Fairy to level two, as the set bonus makes Link unfreezable.
Now all that remains is for you to wait for Naydra to get close to you, then line up and take your shot.
How to Find the Lightning Dragon Farosh
Farosh is far and away the easiest of the three to farm for parts. To hunt it down, you'll need to head to Shai Utoh Shrine, just outside of Lakeside Stable.
At Lakeside, camp at the fire until night and head out to the center of Floria Bridge.
Farosh will be there waiting for you. As soon as it's close enough for comfort, take aim at your favorite part and be ready to reap your reward.
Do you have a favourite dragon hunting spot? Which parts do you use most? Have you ever cooked with a dragon part? Let us know in the comments.
This is part of our Zelda Breath of the Wild walkthrough, which includes All Shrine Locations And Maps and help with specific shrines, including the Keo Ruug Shrine Puzzle Solution, Mirro Shaz Shrine Puzzle Solution, Sha Warvo Shrine Solution, Shae Loya Shrine Puzzle Solution, Eventide Island - How To Beat The Hardest Shrine Quest, and Shee Vaneer And Shee Venath Shrine Answers and Solutions.
If you're just starting out, Getting Started And Beginner Tips will be useful. We also have BOTW guides to help you with the Tarrey Town Quest, how to get equipment such as the Hylian Shield, the Master Sword, the Green Tunic, and the Radiant Set, plus advice on the Best Clothing And Armour Sets and How To Find Every Item in the Master Trials DLC. We can help you find key places such as All Captured Memory Locations, All Great Fairy Fountain Locations, and Where to find The Lord of the Mountain, too.
If you're looking for general advice on various topics, you might want to check out the Best Recipes And How To Cook Food, How To Farm Star Fragments, How To Farm Dragon Parts, How To Defeat Guardians, How To Shield Surf Like A Pro, and How To Get Unlimited Korok Seeds. And if you're wondering what amiibos work with the game, our guide to All amiibo Unlocks lists them all.
Fighting the Corrupted Naydra was the most epic part of the game. Better and more epic than any other 'boss' the game throws at you. Really disappointed of the Divine Beast fights tbh. Was expecting some kind of Shadow of the Colossus battles and what we got was just hugely underwhelming given the size of the Divine Beasts. Especially Vah Rudania and Vah Medoh were so lame!
Also, I've only gotten their scales for the shrines. Not really interested in armor upgrades and such as I'm already OP as is. I've seen Dinraal descending into shooting range by the Leviathan Skeleton in the Eldin region a buncha times, though. The sight of one of those dragons is always epic and inspiring to keep going imo.
has anyone managed to find the dragons wang part yet?
@GoldenGamer88 Vah Naboris was cool though; I died way too many times thanks to the speed of that thing.
@2CUTE4YOU Yeah, it was quite fast, though I was always closer by the Thunder Helmet so it was basically a waiting game for me. Too bad you only shoot its hoofs, though.
I've only found one dragon, Naydra, which was pretty easy as you couldn't miss it on top of Mount Lanaryu and right beside the spring. The other 2, one supposed to be in Faron and the other in Akkala, I've searched all over but can't find them, found the Springs alright but no dragons.
In other BotW news, did you see the video where someone tried to launch a boulder from one side of the map to the other? It's pretty interesting.
There are so much better locations to do these. Well, your Naydra is pretty much correct.
Farosh - go to Lake Hylia bridge and throw a campfire at either end of the bridge, under the arch in case of rain. Wait till morning. Win.
Dinraal - North/North East of the Thyplo Ruins, (no exact map for reference atm) there is a large hooked rock to climb up on (with a 50/50 chance of a silver hellspawn underneath) Put a fire on top if you wanna gamble with weather, fire under the hooked part if you don't. Rest till morning, look east, win.
Farosh: Why Lake Hylia, Floria Falls he flies right under the bridge, much easier to target there.
Dinrall: As long as you need scales, he's pretty easy to hit there in the Drenan Highlands, but it's hard to get above him there if you need his horn. It's easier to jump off the Tabantha bridge and take advantage of the wind he creates and the slow motion bow shot.
The locations in the article are the best places, in all 3 cases.
Does anyone know what the claw and fang are used for? I didn't even know they could drop those.
Who else discovered one of these dragons for the first time without being spoiled and thought "HOLY CRAP!!!! O.O"? XD
@Angelic_Lapras_King Me. Saw Farosh flying over Lake Hylia just after my first trip off the Plateau.
You know, the dragons are one of the best kept secrets of the game so I don't think it's really fair to be making an article about them just yet.
@AlternateButtons I'm not sure if links are allowed here. The video on YouTube is called "Journey of the Great Plateau Boulder."
@Alshain01 Lake Hylia because he flies literally just over the bridge about 20 feet from the camp spot.
It's not hard to get above Dinraal at all there. He flies right over the tip of the rock, about 10 feet above Link, with his updraft (or the Rito divine power if you're bad) you should never have any trouble with him. You might be thinking of the smaller version of the same rock further east, which is the other 50% spawn of the Lynel.
@Menchi187 Flying over the bridge is bad, he flies under the Floria bridge. Likewise, Dinraal flies under the Tabantha bridge.
I'm sure you can target them in all locations, but the ones listed are certainly the easiest access.
@Angelic_Lapras_King Yeah, after doing the Hateno Research Lab quest, I climbed the mountains to the east since I never left a region before doing all the shrines and sidequests I could do at that point. So I had read that there was a shrine at the Spring of Wisdom and when I got there I was like "What is THAT!?" Became one of my favorite moments from my playthrough thus far.
Naydra can be easier if you head to the Spring of Wisdom and head North East. You'll find your self gliding and seeing Naydra coming along the base of Mount Lanayru.
I finally beat the game all memories and divine beast.... 20.9% complete =(
Thanks for the guide.
Not wanting to interfere, but these are the ways I find them. None of them need campfires, and all of them can be found by sleeping until night, then rushing to the locations:
Dinraal - Warp to the Gorae Torr shrine on Gut Check Rock. Then run west and wait on the Eldin Leviathan bones.
Naydra - Warp to the Jitan Sa'mi shrine on Mount Lanayru. Glide west all the way to the base of the mountain and wait on the Lanaryu Road East Gate.
Farosh - Warp to Lake Tower and glide down to the southern end of Hylia Bridge. Wait atop the small tower there and the dragon will fly right past you.
@Angelic_Lapras_King I did last nite. I was tower/shrine hunting trying to reveal the whole map and I saw one and thought holy smokes that's amazing. Didn't have my trusty steed on me so it disappeared before I got close but now I know what they are for exactly looking forward to seeing them again for some goodies
@Equinox Around 60 shrines and 70 seeds.
I have not continued with the star part yet, It takes you back before you fight Ganon.
This is how I catch them...
From Monya Toma Shrine, head to Serene Stable and pass time to night at fire, then run over to the ravine separating Hyrule and Hebra, and at around 3:00am Dinraal will come from northeast along the ravine. Use Golden Bow or Phrenic Bow for easy shooting.
From Dow Na'eh Shrine head to the boardwalk and catch Naydra as it flies overhead along the boardwalk path. Can climb the high wall too to get higher ground. Use Golden Bow or Phrenic Bow for easy shooting.
From either Ya Naga Shrine in the Center of Lake Hylia, you can catch Farosh right there over the island, or from Shoda Sah Shrine behind the Riola Spring waterfall, you can catch Farosh as it enters and exits the spring. Either one is easy. Probably won't need Phrenic Bow or Golden Bow but I'd have one on hand just in case.
I think you're just probably mistaken and it changed days without you realizing it. It really is only one part per day, and I can confirm that since I tried shooting a horn and scale after getting a scale and it does nothing. Of course, you could hit up all 3 dragons in a single day, in theory.
@Equinox None that I have noticed, except for major goals like Korok Seeds or the Encyclopedia or the Shrines giving you something mostly useless when truly completed.
@Angelic_Lapras_King the first time I spotted a dragon in the night sky I was overawed. I kept taking pictures of it and made sure not to approach it as such a giant would surely hit me with a one hit kill.
Finding corrupted Naydra was awesome. When I finally dared to approach and found out my mission I had a smile from ear to ear fighting the corruption and learning more about the dragons.
@GoldenGamer88 I think he was talkign about Thunderblight Ganon.
@MegaVel91 Could be. Though I do think Vah Naboris was quite fast as well. At least with my strategy.
I'm in Hyrule Castle now. I've taken my sweet time with this game to make sure I soak up all the atmosphere, but also because I know there aren't really any other games for a while.
The game is truly amazing and I don't want it to end. After 180+ hours gametime, I've gotten about 880 Korok Seeds, and I've got only 7 shrines left to do. There really isn't much left for me to do but to fight Ganon. I'll be a bit sad once it's over, and it's been an amazing journey from start to finish.
You need these to cook get the Ancient Key to ride inside a guardian.
@Moon besides mario kart 8 coming this month.
I would love to see these kind of pictures to be blurred until you click on the article and have some kind of "spoilery-tag"...but hey, that's just like...my opinion..man..
What can I do with them other than the quest related thing (SPOILER--------- Springs)?
I've been running away from these dragons. Never knew we could take parts from them 😀
Thar be dragons?!?
@EternalDragonX WHAAAT!? You can actually ride in a Guardian!? Well, I now know the last fun part I'll do before finishing Ganon off for good. Only gotta collect 449 more Korok seeds and do a bunch of other things I wanna collect before finishing the game.
@goldengamer88 Nope - April Fools
Crap I fought the corrupted Naydra already. Does that mean it's impossible to get those parts or does he respawn with blood moon?
@GoldenGamer88 video of it is up on gamespot. You need like all 3 dragon parts from different dragons and an ancient core and cook em.
Didn't see this mentioned but Farosh will also appear in Gerudo Highlands, "Gerudo Summit" being the ideal spot to target it; around where a Lynel is.
And, ya, like others, I avoided any spoilers I could. The first time I spotted Farosh in the distance over Faron Lake I freaked out a little and stared in awe as it disappeared then came back on its path to go back into the Spring.
@SetupDisk all dragons reappear everyday ... some show up in different areas pending on the time of day if you're in the area.
@EternalDragonX it was an April Fool's, man. A well crafted one, but ya ...
@JohnBlackstar @SetupDisk Nope what? they have a video over at gamespot of it. https://www.gamespot.com/articles/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-how-to-ride-a-guardian/1100-6449125/
@eternaldragonx Scroll down to the bottom paragraph in the link you provided. Gamespot pulled off a cruel joke this year.
Yeah that part was reaaly epic buddy the scenario the song and atmosphere! epic with capital E!
Wish we could redo this...
@Alshain01 If you cook all 3 dragons fangs together with a big ancient core, something epic happens. I'll just leave it at that.
Gamespot really got me on that Ancient Key prank.
I hate April Fools stuff but I'm not mad at all because without the prank then I wouldnt have known about the third dragon and the Naydra mission. And so far, that has been the most satisfying "battle" of the game for me simply because I felt like such a hero by freeing that beautiful dragon.
"this is actually our yearly April Fools' Day joke! Happy holiday, everyone!" Damn you gamespot!
@LiberatedAnimal Yes, I saw that prank. I didn't believe it. The in-guardian artwork was uncharacteristically awful, which was a dead giveaway.
But does anyone know what they really do? I know what the horns and scales are for.
@JohnBlackstar dammit it looked so real lol watch nintendo actually add that to the game
@JohnBlackstar Oh man! See that's why I don't like April Fools. I'm told all this awesome stuff and while most is platantly obvious, some just looks too convincing without doing more detailed research. Oh well, back to Korok hunting, I guess ...
@GoldenGamer88 i know right wth. Screw the koroks man after 900 u get crap.
Approaching Hyrule Castle from the South there was a scale in a chest under a slab.
My game save must be corrupted or something. After searching for the Farosh dragon in Faron for weeks and having no success, I finally gave in and followed the online instructions to find it. And guess what? Nothing happens.
@Alshain01 You'll need them for SPOILER set.
@EternalDragonX Yeah, I'm just at 451 Koroks (using the incredibly helpful interactive map from Zeldadungeon.net) and I'm already sick of them. Maybe it's because it's the same five puzzles or so on repeat or the fact that Persona 5 is releasing tomorrow, which after over 110 hours of Zelda within a months I'd much rather play at this point. Anyway, I'll power through them nonetheless. After that, it's Boss Rush time to get the Kilton Medals (thankfully there's no Lynel Medal lol), purchase the missing Hyrule Collection entries and unlock the rest of the clothes through amiibo. Then defeat Ganon for the first time, get the medals from Kilton and defeat Ganon because I want that to be the very last thing I'd do in the game pre-DLC.
I really hope I'll be done by next week.
That would be some really good selling power for the dlc.
I'M SICK OF THIS WEBSITE AND ITS SPOILERS IN ARTICLE PICTURE AND HEADLINE!
@BornInNorway81 Look, you can't have guides without spoilers. It's not possible. If you have a problem with that, don't come here.. or any Nintendo fansite. I didn't come here for weeks after buying BotW.
A simple picture of a dragon isn't really a spoiler. You can find them quite easily and early in the game.
@TromboneGamer this is fair. Oddly though, I spotted a dragon in my first day of playing! Maybe it was the second day, but very early.
i don't give a hoot about spoilers for anything though. shrug!
@Camilla That's just under 4 weeks away. That's a long time to wait between games, and besides... As awesome as it is, I've already beaten Mario Kart 8.
I just think Nintendo isn't one to straight up copy, so making the divine beasts not only look like the colossi but also play out exactly the same as a boss, well...
That would have been more disappointing than what we got since SotC on PS2 already beat them to the punch forever ago.
BotW's overworld is where they excelled where that game couldn't deliver.
@Alshain01 Tried to get you. Lol They're are for cooking. They increase buff times dramatically. Especially the Horns.
@GoldenGamer88 sounds very annoying lol. I'm just enjoying as i go and when i get sick of the game ill go fight ganon.
I believe that after you beat the game, more silver enemies show up and make your game miserable.
I don't like any guide that turns playing a Zelda game into farming.
@EternalDragonX Well, I'm so close to completing the game in its current, pre-DLC stage, I think I'll just power through it.
@GoldenGamer88 I havent tred to 100% games years, I have a huge backlog of XBox one and Playstation 4 games. Zelda is putting a major road block in my returning to finish games.
@EternalDragonX Me neither (the last one was Mario Galaxy 1, I think). Nowadays, it's even noteworthy that I manage to finish a game with my huge backlog and busy university life. But BotW is imho a game perfect enough to deserve nothing less than absolute completion from me.
Kind of a spoiler, don't you think? I was lucky enough to see a dragon on my own the first time and I've been making a point not to spoil my friend about the dragons so she can experience the same. On top of that, the guide kinda sucks as others have pointed out above. There's better spots.
Farosh is easily found at Lake Hylia.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Just keep resetting should show up. Had it happen to me a couple of times had to load up the save again, and campfire to the correct time of day, sometimes its not exact. Give it a few minutes in game.
@Nin10doh No, it wouldn't happen. I had to meet Impa before a lot of things started happening in the game.
I have to agree, Farosh is the easiest of the three dragons. One of my favorite places to search for it was at the Lake Hylia. If you camp around the islands West of the bridge, it's an easy wait for it to pass by. And, I've noticed that Farosh appears there TWICE, instead of once. Once at the start of night, and again at midnight
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