Bullhead Court: Proving Grounds 4 (Bastion Guide)

Small area of the Bullhead Court in Bastion

The Bullhead Court is the proving grounds for the Bullhead Shield.

The challenge is to fight off waves of enemies using only counter-blocks. You must do this while taking as few hits as possible.

Since the Shield can’t be upgraded, you’ll have to rely on your own skills here. In particular, you’ll need a good sense of timing.

Your prize will depend on the number of hits you received after defeating all enemies.

Bullhead Court
Rank Requirement Reward
1st 3 hits or less 1000 fragments
2nd 15 hits or less 500 fragments
3rd First clear 250 fragments


The only spirits that give bonuses to the Shield / Bastion
The only spirits that give bonuses to the Shield

Spirits can help a bit with the challenge.

First, the Lunkhead Liqueur doubles the damage of your counter-blocks. It guarantees that you’ll one-shot most enemies in the Court.

You can also equip the Cinderbrick Stout. It increases your move speed while your shield’s up.

This makes repositioning easier when you’re surrounded by several enemies.

Spirit Price Effect
Lunkhead Liqueur 200 fragments from the Lost-and-Found +100% Damage when counter-blocking
Cinderbrick Stout Free in the Distillery +33% Speed while defending

Strategy + Tips

At this point of the game, you should already be familiar with the enemies featured in the Court.

The first waves consist of easy ones, like the basic Blue Turrets and Blue Gasfellas.

From there, it gets trickier.

The composition of the later waves aren’t exact, but they’ll usually have faster variants. But here’s the most notable ones you should watch out for:

Teal Security Turrets

Watch out for all the orbs / Bastion
Watch out for all the orbs

These fire a burst of five orbs.

They have the same attack speed as that of the Blue Turrets, so they’re not hard to block. However, the orbs can hit you even after you’ve destroyed the Turret.

This can be a problem when you’re surrounded by other enemies.

You’ll want to move so that all foes are in one direction. That way, you can still block all the orbs and the remaining enemies.

Yellow Gasfellas

Yellow Gasfellas are faster than blue ones / Bastion
Yellow Gasfellas are faster than blue ones

These charge forward and attack faster than the Blue Gasfellas.

When they raise their pickaxes, defend as soon as they reach the highest point of their animation. You don’t have to be next to them since their attacks propel them to you.


A perfect counter can still miss a Squirt / Bastion
A perfect counter can still miss a Squirt

Despite being the weakest enemy, Squirts are deceptively tricky.

To be specific, the counter-block effect doesn’t always hit them due to their small hit boxes. The good thing is that they’re far apart.

So you should always confirm a kill before moving on to the next Squirt.


The Scumbag expands its body before charging / Bastion
The Scumbag expands its body before charging

The final wave consists of a lone Scumbag.

It’s the variant that charges forward and leaves a trail of slime.

Stepping on that slime damages you and counts as a hit, but it’ll disappear after a few seconds.

You can tell if the Scumbag’s going to charge when it puffs up a bit and pauses. Get ready to counter it when it does that.

It’s also easier to counter-block it if you’re at a moderate distance from it. That way, you can see when it’s going to hit you.

Louie Nelson Zafico

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As a frustrated otter who dreams of getting published, Louie instead wastes his life cuddling his cats. He spent his childhood playing Suikoden, grew up with Total War, and matured (somewhat) with EU4. He hopes to someday find a geopolitical JRPG with the 4X systems of a Paradox game.

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