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A Lynel from Breath of the Wild
Other Media
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]


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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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,[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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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.

Oracle Series


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

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

In Breath of the Wild, Lynels appear in five different variations, 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. 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, 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 ride Lynels by mounting them either by sneaking, 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 without his weapon losing any durability. Lynels also have the ability to teleport, doing so to either briefly flee from battle or to give chase after Link. 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 mount a Lynel, but cannot tame it. He can however attack the Lynel up to five times with any weapon, after which he will jump off. If Link's Stamina runs out however, he will be thrown off and lose a quarter of a Heart. If Link dies as a result of this, then the Lynel taunts and roars at Link after his death.

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, as well as Bokoblins, Moblins, Lizalfos, and Stal creatures.

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]


  • In the Oracle of Seasons book by Craig Wessel, Lynels are incorrectly identified as "Fire Cats".[9]
  • 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]
  • In Breath of the Wild, it is possible to get trampled (and take damage) by Lynels by positioning Link to be in front of them when they are moving forward fast enough.
  • In Breath of the Wild, Lynels are capable of wielding a spear and a crusher (when not swinging) with the single hand, thus making them the only non-boss enemies to wield a two-handed weapon with a single hand.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ライネル (Raineru) Lynel (spelled after ライオン (lion))
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 莱尼尔 (Láiníěr) Lynel
Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao ChineseTR 萊尼爾 (Láiníěr) Lynel
Netherlands Dutch Lynel
Canada FrenchCA Centaléo A combination 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) Lynel
Russian Federation Russian Левр (Levr) From лев (lion)
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Centaleón A combination of centauro (centaur) and león (lion)
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Centaleón A combination of centauro (centaur) and león (lion)



  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. "Lynel" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 119 (TLoZ))
  2. "LYNEL" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 391 (ALttP&FS))
  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, redcandle.us, 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)
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