A Lynel from Breath of the Wild
Lynels are recurring centaur-like enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.
Characteristics and Weaknesses
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment
In The Legend of Zelda, Lynels appear in red and blue variations, with the blue one dealing twice as much damage. They can be found around Death Mountain. Lynels fire beam projectiles at Link, which cannot be blocked with the Wooden Shield, only with the Magical Shield.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, Lynels also appear in Death Mountain. They shoot fireballs at Link, which can only be deflected with the Red and Mirror Shields. They can only be damaged with the Magic Hammer, Silver Arrows, a Spin Attack from the Master Sword, or an attack from any of its upgrades.
In the Oracle series, Lynels appear in red and blue variations. They also shoot fireballs at Link. In Oracle of Seasons, a golden variation appears in the Tarm Ruins during winter after talking to the golden-robed Old Man. Defeating the Golden Lynel alongside the other golden monsters rewards Link with the Red Ring.
A Link Between Worlds
In A Link Between Worlds, Lynels appear in two variations, a white-maned type found on Death Mountain and a black variant with an orange mane that is found in the Treacherous Tower. They attack by breathing a stream of fire, which can only be blocked with the Hylian Shield.
Breath of the Wild
Hyrule Compendium Entry
In Breath of the Wild, Lynels appear in four different variations, including the standard red Lynels, Blue-Maned Lynels, White-Maned Lynels and Silver Lynels. After spotting Link, Lynels will sometimes refrain from attacking for a short period of time, allowing Link to escape before it initiates a battle. Depending on the area they are found, Lynels can wield a Sword and Shield combo, a spear or a mace. They also wield a Lynel Bow and can be equipped with either Fire Arrows, Ice Arrows or Shock Arrows. Lynels have a variety of attacks, both ranged and melee, such as shooting fireballs, body slamming and dashing. Link can perform a Perfect Dodge or a Perfect Guard on most of their attacks to leave them open for counterattacks. He can also utilize the wind gusts created by their fire attacks to glide up and shoot an Arrow at their head to stun them while inflicting double damage. Link can ride Lynels to deal damage without damaging the weapon used. Lynels can also teleport temporarily out of a fight. When defeated, Lynels drop their Hoofs, Horns, and Guts, along with their weapon, Bow, and a bundle of their Arrows. Silver Lynels occasionally drop ore and Star Fragments as well. A total of 22 Lynels can be found throughout Hyrule.
- In the Oracle of Seasons book, Lynels are incorrectly identified as "Fire Cats".
- Even though only three Lynels appear in A Link to the Past, five of them appear in the new ending added to the Game Boy Advance version.[verification needed]
|Names in Other Regions|
|SpanishEU||Centaleón||A combination of "centauro" (centaur) and "león" (lion)|
|SpanishLA||Centaleón||A combination of "centauro" (centaur) and "león" (lion)|
- "Watch out! He's pretty strong, and Link's little shield can't stop his sword." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 30)
- "Kilton's handmade Lynel headgear. It's so well crafted, it can deceive a real Lynel. Equip it to blend in with Lynels, but don't linger too long. Those beasts are smart." — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
- "Princess Zelda! Please, I must find Link! We need his help! [...] Lynels, Gannon's Death Mountain centaurs, set fire to my village! Many of my people were captured, or injured!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
- "See, how I alone can handle your foes? Stand up and fight, Saria! Together we can beat ALL the fiends!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
- "We have won! All hail Zelda!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
- "Before Link could enter Onox's Castle, he had to get by the two Fire Cats guarding the entrance." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Scholastic), pg. 52)