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Habitat(s)City in the Sky
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Effective Weapon(s)Clawshot
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Aeralfos are recurring enemies and bosses in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] They are winged reptilian enemies armed with swords and shields.[2]


Twilight Princess

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Aeralfos (City in the Sky)

Take a good look at his shield! When he holds it up, that's your chance! When he's holding his shield up, your arrows will just bounce off...but that's exactly the chance you need! If your timing is right, you could use it to pull him down.
Link shooting his Clawshot at the Aeralfos's Shield

In Twilight Princess, the Aeralfos appear as mini-bosses.[3] One is first encountered in City in the Sky,[4] and later in Hyrule Castle.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

Aeralfos in Link's Crossbow Training

In Link's Crossbow Training, Aeralfos appear as enemies in Level 7: City in the Sky. Their attack patterns are similar to their Twilight Princess appearance; they dive-bomb at Link while defending themselves with their shields. However, their attack can be interrupted after being shot by the Crossbow, after which they will fly around the field momentarily. They can be taken out in one shot with a charged up Bomb Arrow.

Hyrule Warriors

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Aeralfos appear as elite enemies in Hyrule Warriors. They move around the battle field by flying close to the ground, and attack their enemies by swooping down at them. Aeralfos possess a number of other attacks as well, including breathing fire. Aeralfos may breathe a stream of fire around them before briefly landing, or stab the ground with a thrust of their sword, creating a small shockwave. Whenever they land, their Weak Point Gauge is exposed, leaving them open to direct attack. Like the Aeralfos of Twilight Princess, their shields can also be grappled onto using the Hookshot while they are in flight. Doing so lets the attacking Warrior strike them midair, and also exposes their Weak Point Gauge.

When defeated, they may drop Aeralfos Leather as Bronze Material, and occasionally Round Aeralfos Shields as Silver Material.

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An alternate variant called Fiery Aeralfos also appears.[10] They appear as red-colored Aeralfos with blue wings, although their attack strategy and weakness are identical to their common counterparts. When defeated, they may drop Fiery Aeralfos Leather as Bronze Material, and occasionally Fiery Aeralfos Wings as Silver Material.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ガーナイル (Gānairu)
リザルナーグ (Rizarunāgu)
French Republic FrenchEU Aéralfos
Federal Republic of Germany German Aeralfos
Italian Republic Italian Aeralfos
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Aeralfos


See Also


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 162 (TP | TFH)
  2. "Winged, flying lizard-beast armed with a sword and shield" (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 17)
  3. "Mid Boss: Aeralfos" (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 378)
  4. "Encountered In: Dungeon 7: City in the Sky" (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 17)
  5. "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)
  6. "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)
  7. "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)
  8. "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)
  9. "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)
  10. "Defeating the Fiery Aeralfos will make enemy reinforcements appear!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
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