Genshin Impact, the free-to-play action-RPG from miHoYo, was one of the biggest surprises of 2020. Despite initial skepticism regarding its monetization and Gacha mechanics, the game has received a warm reception from fans and critics alike. Heavily-inspired by the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Genshin Impact features an expansive world to explore.
The world of Genshin Impact is littered with ancient ruins for players to plunder, but they’re rarely unguarded. One of the most dangerous enemies players can expect to encounter while ruin-raiding is the Ruin Guard, an ancient and powerful humanoid war machine.
Ruin Guards can be found all across Genshin Impact‘s map, but there are a few that are easiest to track down. In the first few hours of the main story players will encounter one at the Thousand Winds Temple in Mondstadt.
Other Ruin Guards can often be found in Brightcrown Canyon, Stormbearer Mountains, Guili Plains, and north of the Sea of Clouds. Ruin Guards are most often guarding chests in Genshin Impact, and there are a few world quests that involve them.
The Ruin Guard has five attacks, which it will rotate through based on the player’s position:
- Clap: The Ruin Guard will bend forward and clap its hands together for a powerful explosion. This move is telegraphed by the Ruin Guard bending down and flames running across its arms.
- Stomp: The Ruin Guard will attempt to stomp on anyone too close, telegraphed by raising its foot. The Ruin Guard will take a second to recover after the stomp. This gives players with a powerful weapon like the Skyward Blade the chance to deal some big damage.
- Spinning Attack: The Ruin Guard will spin the upper half of its body and move forward to strike the player with its flailing arms. These strikes can be avoided by jumping onto the Ruin Guard itself, which is its only blind spot.
- Punch and Jump Combo: The Ruin Guard will make two swift punches, and follow up by attempting to jump on the player. The jump is the harder part to avoid, so players should be aware of what’s coming after the first punch.
- Bombardment: The Ruin Guard’s special attack begins by it targeting a farther off player with a crosshair. After this, it will crouch and rotate its torso to fire a swarm of homing missiles. Each of these only deals moderate damage, but together they can be extremely deadly. Fortunately, they move quite slowly, so most can be dodged with good timing. This attack can be cancelled with a Charged Shot to the weak point on its back.
The best strategy for defeating the Ruin Guard is to use an archer to target the weak point on its head. Two successive hits to this point will cause the machine to temporarily shut down, allowing one of Genshin Impact‘s melee characters to get in for some real damage against its core.
Genshin Impact is available for Mobile, PC, and PS4, with PS5 and Switch versions in development.