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Oracle of Seasons
1 Heart.png Contact
3-4 Heart.png Spear
Oracle of Ages
1 Heart.png Contact
3-4 Heart.png Spear


Oracle of Seasons
Blue Lynel
Sword - 6 hits
Red Lynel
Sword - 4 hits
Oracle of Ages
Blue Lynel
Sword - 6 hits
Red Lynel
Sword - 4 hits
In General



Lynels are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They are centaur-like beasts that have the body of a horse, the torso of a human, and the head of a lion.

The Legend of Zelda

Lynels make their debut in The Legend of Zelda. They continuously send out sword beam projectiles toward Link. They are found across the northwestern section of the overworld. They come in two color variations; red and blue. The blue Lynels have twice as much health and deal twice as much damage as the red Lynels.

A Link to the Past


Lynels appear exclusively atop Death Mountain while in the Dark World. Since they are on the path located between Turtle Rock and Ganon's Tower, these enemies are not encountered until very late in the quest.

Lynels in A Link to the Past have similar traits to their The Legend of Zelda counterparts. They once again shoot out projectiles toward Link, but this time in the form of fireballs instead of swords. Fortunately, these fireballs are not too damaging, doing only one heart of damage to Link when he has the Blue Mail on. Link's Fire Shield is not quite enough to deflect these fire attacks, but Link's Mirror Shield will do the trick. Simply coming into contact with a Lynel is more damaging, doing two full hearts of damage to Link when he wears the Blue Mail.

Link can defeat a Lynel in a variety of methods. His standard Master Sword will have no effect on these fearsome beasts. If Link has acquired either the Tempered Sword or the Golden Sword, then his sword can do damage. Alternatively, Link can hit a Lynel with his Master Sword, but only by performing a Spin Attack.

Link can also defeat a Lynel with three hits from his Magic Hammer, but this requires him to get very close. The other alternative is to shoot a single Silver Arrow to defeat one of these creatures.

Oracle of Seasons

Lynels are easily the most challenging enemies in the game. Referred to as Fire Cats in the booklet, these wolves charge up at Link and deal some massive damage, and once they start pounding him it's hard to get them off. Defend with the shield and run up for some quick slices to finish them off. Beware, as only the Mirror Shield (Lv. 3) can block their spears. They have a rather good sense of aim with their spears as well, so watch out.

Oracle of Ages

Lynels in Oracle of Ages are identical to their Oracle of Seasons counterparts. They are found exclusively within the Sea of No Return, located just outside the entrance to the Ancient Tomb.

A Link Between Worlds

Lynels in A Link Between Worlds can be found on Death Mountain, in both Hyrule and Lorule. They are easily the most dangerous enemy, as they deal four whole hearts of damage per hit. The best way to defeat them is to use the Ice Rod to stun them, then go over and slash away with the Captain's Sword or Master Sword.

Breath of the Wild

A standard, red-maned Lynel

"These fearsome monsters have lived in Hyrule since ancient times. They possess intense intelligence, resilience, and strength, making them amongst 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."

— In-Game Description

Lynels appear in Breath of the Wild as some of the strongest enemies in the game. There are many different types, each progressively getting stronger ranging from the standard Red-Maned Lynel to the deadly Silver Lynel. A good strategy is to stay close to them, as the Shock Arrows, Fire Arrows, or Ice Arrows the Lynel shoot are hard to dodge and do massive damage. Execute perfect dodges, and unleash flurry attacks on the Lynel to eventually defeat them. Alternatively, if you have the time you can either shoot its face or dodge its charge attack and mount it to get some hits in that do not damage your weapon at all. Additionally, you can use Urbosa's Fury to stun the Lynel and enable you to mount it.

Standard Red-Maned Lynels have 2000 HP, making them tougher than Moldugas (1500 HP), Stone Taluses (900 HP max), and Black Hinoxes (800 HP). There are six of these Lynels in the base game.

The more the World Level rises, the stronger the Lynels will spawn. For instance, the Lynels at the North Tabantha Snowfield will turn from White-Maned Lynels to Silver Lynels. However, some Lynels remain the same throughout the game, like the Lynels at Hyrule Castle and the Lynel of Ploymus Mountain.

Lynels are largely passive unless Link proves a threat to them. As such, in the early game, Lynels may choose not to engage Link unless attacked.

Weapon-Related Attack/Movement Patterns

  • All Lynels will:
    • Charge Link with weapon side strikes (exploitable with both Perfect Guards and Perfect Dodges);
    • Charge Link by crouching and bounding on all their limbs (exploitable with both Perfect Guards and Perfect Dodges);
    • Put distance between them and Link to shoot fire from their mouths 3 times; these can be avoided by running perpendicularly from the path of the fireballs, or by running in the same manner close to the Lynel (in grassy areas, this will create an updraft that can be exploited);
    • Use their bows with elemental arrows and teleport their shots on top of Link if he attempts to put some distance between him and them;
    • Roar and rear rampant slowly in order to perform their explosive attacks by striking the ground (in grassy areas, this will create an updraft that can be exploited);
    • Teleport close to Link if he climbs to higher ground while still on their range;
    • Be stunned when shot in the head with an arrow, or by striking them with Urbosa's Fury;
    • Ignore the stunning effect and bonus damage of electricity other than the above;
    • Be rideable when stunned; Link can attack 5 times with the weapon he has equipped while riding the Lynel at the cost of stamina, which doesn't wear down the weapon since Link is attacking with the hilt of the particular weapon;
    • Be frozen in time, even during a charge or other attack, by a successful application of Stasis+ (the amount of time they can be frozen decreases as the tier of the Lynel increases);
    • Be stunned for a few seconds, interrupting their attack if they take damage while in Stasis.
  • One-Handed Weapon-wielding Lynels will:
    • Swing three (3) times on close quarters with their weapon
    • Swing one (1) time on close quarters with both their weapon and shield. All these attacks can be exploited with Perfect Dodges and Perfect Guards.
  • Spear-wielding Lynels will:
    • Ground-strike Link after jumping, but not all of these attacks can be avoided with Perfect Dodges because they sometimes produce shockwaves that reach Link even during bullet-time. As such, Link would have to perform a Perfect Guard to create openings to strike these Lynels.
    • Charge towards Link, attacking with the reach of their spears after they're past Link
  • Two-Handed Weapon-wielding Lynels will:
    • Strike the ground after charging. These shouldn't be parried with a Perfect Dodge because they sometimes produce shockwaves.
    • If on close quarters, will strike with its club three times, and these attacks can be avoided with the Perfect Dodge.
    • If one stands behind them, they will attempt a spinning attack. To avoid it, one can run away from it, crouch underneath the Lynel or perform a Perfect Guard against it.


The drops include some of the best items in the game, including the Savage Lynel Bow, the Sword the Shield, among others. These drops also have mighty and normal versions, both of which are weaker than the savage weapons, with mighty weapons being stronger than the normal Lynel weapons. They can also drop a Lynel Hoof, a Lynel Horn and Lynel Guts. These are used for enhancing many pieces of armor in the game, such as the Barbarian Armor.

Recoverable Materials (for Red-Maned Lynel)
Lynel Horn.pngLynel Horn Lynel Hoof.pngLynel Hoof Lynel Guts.pngLynel Guts
Carried Weapons (for Red-Maned Lynel)
Lynel-sword.pngLynel Sword or

Lynel-shield.pngLynel Shield

Lynel-bow.pngLynel Bow
Lynel-spear.pngLynel Spear

Lynel-bow.pngLynel Bow
Lynel-crusher.pngLynel Crusher

Lynel-bow.pngLynel Bow
Fire-arrow.pngFire Arrows, or
Shock-arrow.pngShock Arrows, or
Ice-arrow.pngIce Arrows



  • Despite being considerably more harmful and dangerous than Hinoxes, Moldugas and Stone Taluses, Lynels are not included in the overworld mini-bosses qualifier like the other three, nor slaying them all award any medals from Kilton. In some cases, the most powerful species of Lynels are more difficult to kill than some of the Blights or even Calamity Ganon.
  • Unlike bosses, however, they are vulnerable to Ancient Arrows. One hit from an Ancient Arrow vaporises them, leaving no trace or drops.
  • Lynels are among the only weapon-wielding enemies in the game (the other being the Wizzrobes) that do not drop their weapons when they're stunned, nor pick up dropped weapons.

Age of Calamity

Lynels in Age of Calamity serve as mini-bosses that are prevalent in early scenarios and challenges, with stronger variants appearing in the later game. The first Lynel appears in the Mipha, the Zora Princess scenario, where it is threatening to attack a young Prince Sidon. Lynels have a variety of attacks, including the ability to shoot blasts of fire out towards nearby warriors, launching arrow strikes, and dashing forward with their bodies and weapons. When preparing a fire attack, they are oftentimes vulnerable to Remote Bomb strikes, which can lower their health gauge.

When defeated, a Lynel may drop a Lynel Hoof, a Lynel Horn, or some Lynel Guts as a reward. Additionally, the player will receive a Lynel Trophy each time one of these bosses are defeated. These can be used to complete quests or upgrade weapons of the various warriors. Stronger variants and elemental variants of Lynel also appear throughout Age of Calamity, including Blue-Maned Lynel, White-Maned Lynel, Silver Lynel, Electric Lynel, Fire Lynel, Ice Lynel, and Malice Lynel.

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Names in Other Languages

  • Simplified Chinese: 莱尼尔 (Láiníěr)
  • Traditional Chinese: 萊尼爾 (Láiníěr)
  • Dutch: Lynel
  • EN US: Lynel
  • EN UK: Lynel
  • CA French: Centaléo
  • EU French: Lynel
  • German: Leune
  • Italian: Lynel
  • Japanese: ライネル (Raineru)
  • Korean: 라이넬 (Lainel)
  • Portuguese: Lynel
  • Russian: Левр (Levr)
  • LA Spanish: Centaleón
  • EU Spanish: Centaleón