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ESO High Isle Dreadsail Reef Trial - How To Defeat Bow Breaker

Defeat the Bow Breaker and the High Isle Haj Motas in the Dreadsail Reef Trial in Elder Scrolls Online (ESO).
ESO High Isle Dreadsail Reef Trial - How To Defeat Bow Breaker

There are main bosses in the High Isle Dreadsail Reef Trial, and there are side bosses such as the Bow Breaker in Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). The Bow Breaker follows the Sail Ripper shortly after another bunch of levers and winding rivers.

This boss is harder than the Sail Ripper for sure but is still far easier than the three main bosses within Dreadsail Reef. Though this beast is considered a min-boss or a side option, it's still worth completing for the loot, and it's a great way to mark the halfway point in the Trial. In most runs, you will need to run through the area regardless.

How to defeat the Bow Breaker - Dreadsail Reef Trial ESO

Bow Breaker
Keep an eye out for dashes and AOE abilities. (Picture: Zenimax Online Studios)

Just like the Sail Ripper mini-boss, the Bow Breaker isn't very complicated in the Dreadsail Reef Trial. At first glance, the fight will look chaotic, and that's because there is a ton of action going on around the arena, especially with all of the AOE abilities thrown on the ground by enemies.

When you take the AOE abilities into account and actively evade them, the fight is automatically made easier. Going into your settings and making sure that ground attacks from enemies are highlighted in a brighter red or pink can be an immense help in these situations. On top of evasion, stacking with the healer will ensure that most players heal through the damage.

All the DPS will need to do is focus on the Haj Mota adds as they spawn because there will be a handful at a time that will eventually make the fight harder if no one deals with them, especially on Veteran modes in ESO. Once the Haj Mota and elite enemies are taken out, simply start burning down the Bow Breaker.

Tanks will need to hold aggro away from the group, especially because the boss will continuously throw his head into the ground and send multiple objects across the ground, which can also stagger. These are tough to evade, but blocking will mitigate, and DPS should be on the other side.

Haj Mota adds
DPS need to eliminate the adds as they spawn. (Picture: Zenimax Online Studios)

As the fight goes on, the arena will fill up with all kinds of elemental effects such as poison on the ground. Much of the damage will come from the plant spores around the arena, but some of it will be shot out by the Bow Breaker as well. Just like the other attacks, the idea is to evade and continue moving.

Aside from the Elder Scrolls Online basics, there are no special mechanics that can make or break the fight. On Veteran ranks, sitting in AOE can be devastating of course, but it will be hard to wipe with a coordinated team at this halfway point.

For more on the game, head over to our section dedicated to Elder Scrolls Online High Isle news, guides, features, and more!


Featured image courtesy of Zenimax Online Studios.