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Dauntless Shrike - how to kill it

Let's be honest here. The Shrike from Dauntless is an Owlbear in all but name - that classic Dungeons & Dragons monster, except this one can fly around and create projectiles out of the wind itself. It also presents one of the first Behemoths that uses slightly altered attacks in its enraged form.

Those new to hunting Behemoths should brush up on the basics. Head over to our Dauntless Behemoths guide to find the rest of the bosses, or head back to our Dauntless guide & tips for more tips and tricks.

Dauntless Shrike guide

This guide has the full tips and tricks to killing the Shrike boss in Dauntless. It also has the resource table for the Behemoth and how to obtain the resources for each part.

Shrike Stats

  • ShrikeThreat Level: 4 (Recommended power: 150)
  • Moonreaver Shrike: Threat Level 9 (Recommended power: 325)
  • Moonreaver Shrike Heroic: Threat Level 14 (Recommended power: 450)

Shrike Elements

  • Strong: N/A
  • Weak: N/A

Shrike preparing to use its whirlwind.

How to kill the Shrike

The Shrike is easy once you work out its attacks because it has plenty of opportunity to attack it in-between these moves. It has plenty of moves, including the most casual looking set of swipes I've seen in a long time, as well as a shockwave attack. The shockwave has a visual and audio tell, so as soon as you hear the charging sound, get ready to dodge as the wave is very quick.

Another attack to watch out for is its slam. If it jumps, try to train your camera on it. Sometimes it'll just jump behind you, but if it stays in the air, it's going to try and come down on top of you with great force. Just before it hits, dodge roll. The invincibility frames will prevent you from being damaged and enable you to attack it while it recovers. This becomes harder to dodge with the Moonreaver Shrike variant as it slams twice.

There are two attacks that can be followed up with the swoop attack and the swoop is able to be interrupted. The first is when the Shrike charges after screaming at you, so dodge to the side and ready your special attack. The War Pike can be a little fiddly to get ready in time for the swoop, but it is possible. Sometimes it will bait you into thinking that it's going to swoop, when in fact it'll do the wave instead. You can interrupt your own charge by dodging, so have your fingers over that dodge button in case it tries to trick you. The second attack the swoop can be used as a follow up is when it leaps back and produces a whirlwind. Dodge to the side to avoid the whirlwind and be ready for the charge. This won't work as well for the Moonreaver Shrike as it's a little more unpredictable, but just be aware that it can swoop at any time.

When it's enraged, Shrike gets a lot more dangerous, but also presents you with a free window of opportunity. It'll always go into multiple swoops after going berserk, so use that to take it down from the skies. After recovering, it'll use the same attacks as before, but the shockwave now has a second attack that you can dodge immediately after the first. Eventually it'll tire itself out a little bit, enabling you to get in close and attack.

Shrike resources

Before we go, here are the resources you can obtain for slaying and damaging the Shrike. These are a 100% chance to obtain an item, as long as you break specific parts, but there are rarities for each one as explained below:

ResourceHow to get resourceVariants
Torn ShrikefeatherSlay the ShrikeShrike
Razor BeakBreak its headShrike
ShrikedownBreak its legsShrike
Shrike BladefeatherBreak its wingsShrike
Shrike TailfeatherBreak its tailShrike
Torn MoonfeatherBreak any partMoonreaver Shrike
Pristine MoonfeatherBreak any partMoonreaver Shrike
Broken MoonbeakBreak its headMoonreaver Shrike
Pristine Moonbeak (Rare)Break its headMoonreaver Shrike
Perfect Moonbeak (Epic)Break its headMoonreaver Shrike
MoonmantleBreak its legsMoonreaver Shrike
Pristine Moonmantle (Rare)Break its legsMoonreaver Shrike
Perfect Moonmantle (Epic)Break its legsMoonreaver Shrike
ReaverdownBreak its tailMoonreaver Shrike
Pristine Reaverdown (Rare)Break its tailMoonreaver Shrike
Perfect Reaverdown (Epic)Break its tailMoonreaver Shrike
PlumeSlay the Moonreaver ShrikeMoonreaver Shrike (Heroic)

That's it for our Shrike guide, but we'll have more boss guides coming soon. For more on what you can build with the Shrike resources, go to our Dauntless weapons and or Dauntless armor guides respectively.

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