An Aeralfos from Twilight Princess
|Habitat(s)||City in the Sky|
Cave of Ordeals
Den of Trials
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.
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, breathe gusts of wind 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. The Link in the path of an Aeralfos' attack can also use a well-timed Gripshot to grab and discard its shield, leaving it more vulnerable to the Links' strikes.
A stronger variant called 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.
A purple variant of Super Aeralfos appear in the Den of Trials, as the final enemies encountered in the Baneful Zone before the Links battle against the Shadow Link bosses. These purple and black Aeralfos have greater endurance than Super Aeralfos, taking twice as many hits to defeat, and their gust breaths and sword attacks have the ability to Curse the Links in addition to dealing damage.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese|| ガーナイル (Gānairu)
- "Aeralfos" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 300 (TPHD))
- "You'll have to battle a new enemy here called an Aeralfos and they're incredibly tough." (Tri Force Heroes Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 184)
- "Winged, flying lizard-beast armed with a sword and shield" (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 17)
- "Mid Boss: Aeralfos" (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 378)
- "Encountered In: Dungeon 7: City in the Sky" (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 17)
- "You emerge on the Castle Battlements! Head straight forward, toward a large tower at the outer edge of the grounds. An Aeralfos swoops in to intercept you." (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 427)
- "As soon as he changes his pose to this, flapping his wings quickly and shielding himself, he's preparing for a nasty swooping charge!" (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 386)
- "As soon as you see him change pose, launch a Clawshot straigth at the shield. […] You pull the Aeralfos down and expose his belly. Quickly unsheathe your sword and really bash and slash the doe, getting at least four good strikes on him." (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 386)
- "Once you've destroyed all pottery look east, as a gate has opened. Clawshot up to the medallion, and run to the chest. Inside is what you've been waiting for: a second Clawshot, which doubles your shooting prowess!" (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 386)
- "Once all three Links touch down on the platform at the end of the stairs, two Super Aeralfos will appear." (Tri Force Heroes Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 188)
- "Defeating the Fiery Aeralfos will make enemy reinforcements appear!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)