Aeralfos from Twilight Princess
|Habitat(s)||City in the Sky|
Cave of Ordeals
Aeralfos are recurring enemies and bosses in The Legend of Zelda series. They are winged reptilian enemies that are usually armed with swords and shields.
Characteristics and Weaknesses
In Twilight Princess, the Aeralfos appear as mini-bosses. One is first encountered in City in the Sky, and later in Hyrule Castle. They also appear in the Cave of Ordeals as well. Their wings give them the ability to initially avoid most of Link's attacks with the Sword and other weapons. They are lightly armored and bear a tribal loincloth adorned with sharp fangs. They wield a Sword and Shield in combat.
When Link first encounters an Aeralfos, it will hover in the air, far out of his reach. It will frequently make dive attacks but will also raise its Shield before doing so to block any projectiles Link may use to stop him from initiating the attack. When its Shield is raised in this fashion, Link can use the Clawshot to latch onto its Shield and pull the Aeralfos down to the ground so that he can attack it with his Sword. As long as Link can maneuver around the Aeralfos' attacks and strike where it is unprotected, it will be unable to get back into the air.
The Aeralfos which Link encounters in the City in the Sky uses slightly different tactics than others of its kind. It will frequently fly through various large holes in the room and try to confuse Link. This forces him to constantly be alert and searching for the opening from which it will strike next. If Link can pinpoint the Aeralfos, he can use his Clawshot before the Aeralfos initiates its dive attack. Once the Aeralfos is on the ground, Link can defeat it in the same fashion as the rest of its kind. The Aeralfos guards the dungeon's item, which is a second Clawshot.
Tri Force Heroes
In Tri Force Heroes, Aeralfos appear as enemies in the last Stage of Dragon Citadel. They fly in the air and attempt to dive at the Links below, and attack them with their sword. They can be dangerous enemies to contend with, as their attacks can potentially inflict a lot of damage at once. Their backsides however are unprotected, so the Links can attack it from behind after it dives to attack. This is especially effective if a Link provokes an Aeralfos to dive towards him, and the other Links attack it from behind.
A stronger variant called a Super Aeralfos appear as enemies in the Sky Temple. These Aeralfos are blue in color, and are encountered at the temple's gateway, right before the Links' fight with Lady Maud. These Aeralfos attack similarly to their other variant, but can also breathe fire which will burn the Links if they are caught. These Aeralfos are fought in the same manner, in that the Links can strike their backsides.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese|| ガーナイル (Gānairu)
- "You'll have to battle a new enemy here called an Aeralfos and they're incredibly tough." (Tri Force Heroes Player's Guide (Prima Games), pg. 184)
- "Once all three Links touch down on the platform at the end of the stairs, two Super Aeralfos will appear." (Tri Force Heroes Player's Guide (Prima Games), pg. 188)