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Mountainous regions
Health2000 (BotW)
Attack(s)Spitting Fireballs
Using Lynel Weapons (BotW)
Causing explosions of Fire (BotW)
Dashing at their target (BotW)
Shooting Arrows (BotW)
SpoilsHeart (TLoZ)
Fairy (TLoZ)
One Rupee (TLoZ)
Four Bombs (TLoZ)
Clock (TLoZ)
Lynel Horn (BotW)
Lynel Hoof (BotW)
Lynel Guts (BotW)

Lynels are recurring lion centaur-like enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] [2] [name reference missing]


The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment

The Legend of Zelda


The guardian who attacks all those who come near Death Mountain. Watch out! He's pretty strong, and Link's little shield can't stop his sword.
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Lynels appear in red and blue variations in The Legend of Zelda, 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,[3] only with the Magical Shield. When defeated, red Lynels may drop either a Heart, a Fairy or one Rupee, while blue Lynels may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, four Bombs or a Clock.[note 1]

A Link to the Past

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Lynels appear on Death Mountain in A Link to the Past. 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.

Oracle of Seasons

Lynels appear in red and blue variations in Oracle of Seasons. They also shoot fireballs at Link. A Golden Lynel 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.

Oracle of Ages

Lynels appear in red and blue variations in Oracle of Ages.

A Link Between Worlds

Lynels appear in two variations in A Link Between Worlds, 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 long stream of fire that takes three hearts, which can only be blocked with the Hylian Shield.

Breath of the Wild

Hyrule Compendium Entry

121 (125) Lynel
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These fearsome monsters have lived in Hyrule since ancient times. They possess intense intelligence, resilience, and strength, making them among the most dangerous monsters in all the land. This is compounded by the fact that they have a natural resistance to all elements. You would be wise to challenge a Lynel only if you're very well prepared.
Common Locations
Lanayru Great Spring
Hyrule Field
Recoverable Materials
Lynel Horn Lynel Hoof Lynel Guts
Link using a Perfect Guard against a Lynel

Lynels appear in five different variations in Breath of the Wild, including the standard red-maned Lynels, Blue-Maned Lynels, White-Maned Lynels, Silver Lynels, and the Master Mode exclusive Golden Lynels. With the exception of the Lynel on Ploymus Mountain, after spotting Link, a Lynel will often refrain from attacking for a short period of time and instead stare him down. This allows Link to escape before it initiates a battle. Depending on their location, Lynels can wield a Sword and Shield combo, a Spear, or a Crusher. They also wield a Bow that is equipped with either Regular Arrows (only at Gerudo Summit), Fire Arrows, Ice Arrows, Shock Arrows, or Bomb Arrows. Though Lynel Spears and Lynel Crushers are two-handed Weapons, Lynels are capable of wielding them with one hand.

Lynels have a variety of attacks, both ranged and melee, such as shooting fireballs, body slamming, dashing, and trampling. Lynels also have the ability to teleport, doing so to either briefly flee from battle or to give chase after Link. Link can perform a Perfect Dodge or a Perfect Guard on most of their attacks, leaving them vulnerable for counterattacks. He can also utilize the wind gusts created by their fire attacks to glide up and shoot an Arrow at their head, stunning them and inflicting double damage. Link can temporarily mount Lynels either by sneaking up from behind, jumping on while they are stunned, using the Paraglider to drop onto them from above, or immediately after they perform a dashing Sword swipe or charge at Link. While mounted, Link can repeatedly attack the Lynel up to five times with any Weapon without it losing any Durability. If Link's Stamina runs out however, he will be thrown off and lose a quarter of a Heart. Though they can be mounted, they cannot be soothed. If Link dies while attempting to mount a Lynel, the Lynel will roar.

When defeated, Lynels drop their Hooves, Horns, and Guts, along with their Weapons and a bundle of their Arrows. Silver and Golden Lynels occasionally drop Gems and Star Fragments as well. A total of 22 Lynels can be found throughout Hyrule. An additional Lynel also appears on the Great Plateau in Master Mode. Two Lynels also appear in the Trial of the Sword.

Link can buy a Lynel Mask for 999 Mon from Kilton's Fang and Bone shop after completing three Divine Beasts. It can be used to temporarily avoid being attacked by Lynels.[5] Majora's Mask can also be worn to deceive Lynels.

Other Appearances

The Legend of Zelda TV Series

Lynels in the TV series

Two Lynels appear in the "Sing for the Unicorn" episode of The Legend of Zelda TV series. Before Link, Princess Zelda and Sing made their way to Ganon's lair, where Link must fight a pair of Lynels, one blue and one red. The hero blocks their attacks and then proceeds to zap both of them, with one of them dropping a Recorder that allows them to escape the Underworld later on in the episode.

The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)

In the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics, Lynels appear in the "Day of the Triforce" story. These foes, along with other of Ganon's minions, go to the Water Town of Saria to set fire to the village, as well as capturing and injuring many of its people.[6] When Cassiopia goes to the North Palace to inform Princess Zelda of what has happened, Zelda decides to go to Saria to aid Cassiopia and the rest of the citizens. Upon arrival, Zelda encourages the townsfolk to fight back,[7] and together, the princess along with the Saria people, successfully defeat the Lynels and the rest of the monsters.[8]

Cadence of Hyrule

Lynels appear as Minibosses in Cadence of Hyrule. They have five Hearts.



TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ライネル (Raineru) Same as English.
Raineru is a corruption of ライオン (Raion).
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 莱尼尔 (Láiníěr) Same as English.
Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao ChineseTR 萊尼爾 (Láiníěr) Same as English.
Netherlands Dutch Lynel
Canada FrenchCA Centaléo Portmanteau of centaure (centaur) and léo (lion).
French Republic FrenchEU Lynel
Federal Republic of Germany German Leune
Italian Republic Italian Lynel (BotW)
Republic of Korea Korean 라이넬 (Rainel) Same as English.
Russian Federation Russian Левр (Levr) From лев (lion).
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Centaleón Portmanteau of centauro (centaur) and león (lion).
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Centaleón Portmanteau of centauro (centaur) and león (lion).


See Also


  1. If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Recorder, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees. However, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armoses, Like Likes, Keeses, or Gels will not be counted.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 190 (ALttP | OoA | OoS | ALBW)
  2. "Defeated By: Lynel" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule)
  3. "Watch out! He's pretty strong, and Link's little shield can't stop his sword." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 30)
  4. n.a., Forced Drops,, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  5. "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)
  6. "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)
  7. "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)
  8. "We have won! All hail Zelda!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  9. "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)