A Lynel from Breath of the Wild
|Attack(s)||Fire ball Attacks|
Swings of their weapon
One Rupee (TLoZ)
Four Bombs (TLoZ)
Lynel Horn (BotW)
Lynel Hoof (BotW)
Lynel Guts (BotW)
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. 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.
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 five different variations, including the standard red-maned Lynels, Blue-Maned Lynels, White-Maned Lynels, Silver Lynels, and Golden Lynels (which only appear in Master Mode). After spotting Link, a Lynel will often refrain from attacking for a short period of time, instead opting to stare down its opponent. 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 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 either mounting them while they are stunned or by using the Paraglider to drop onto them from above. 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. Counting the two in Trial of the Sword and the one in the Great Plateau (which can only be found in Master Mode), makes the total up to 25.
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. Majora's Mask can also be worn to deceive Lynels, as well as Bokoblins, Moblins, Lizalfos, and Stal creatures.
- 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|
|FrenchCA||Centaléo||A combination of centaure (centaur) and léo (lion)|
|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)