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Lynels (ライネル Raineru?) are recurring enemies in the Legend of Zelda series. They are usually portrayed as centaur-like beasts, with the body of a horse, the torso of a human and the head of a lion, complete with a mane of long hair.


The Legend of Zelda

Blue Lynel (The Legend of Zelda) Lynels inhabit the mountainous terrain surrounding Death Mountain. They come in two varieties, red and blue, with the latter being stronger. Lynels are depicted in artwork as wielding a sword and a shield, however, the in-game sprites appear to dual-wield swords. They can shoot beams from their swords in the same way Link can at full health. These sword beams do significant damage and can only be blocked with the Magical Shield.

One specific blue Lynel is found guarding the cave where the Old Man who gives Link the White Sword resides.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Lynel (A Link to the Past)

Similar to their earlier installment appearance, Lynels are considered to be among the hardest enemies in the game. There are, however, only three encountered in the entire game. Lynels spew fireballs at Link rather than throwing swords at him, and they also maintain their distance. The sword and the Magic Hammer are two of the few items able to damage them, and only the Mirror Shield can block their fireballs. Lynels can be killed with a single Silver Arrow, however.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

Red Lynel (Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons)

They are very similar to their The Legend of Zelda counterparts, with minor discrepancies in their appearance. Once again, they appear in the blue and red variety, with the blue variety being more powerful than the red. Their main methods of attack are charging at Link and firing sword beams in his direction that can only be blocked with the Mirror Shield. Among the common enemies in the game, they are generally considered the most dangerous along with Ball & Chain Troopers. There is a special Lynel in Oracle of Seasons known as the Golden Lynel. It is one of the four golden beasts Link must defeat in order to obtain the Red Ring. The Golden Lynel appears only in the Tarm Ruins during the winter.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

They are very similar to their The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past counterparts, appearing in only the red variety. Their main methods of attack are blowing streams of fire at Link, for which the Hylian Shield is an effective defense. The damage dealt by the fire is very heavy, especially in Hero Mode. The Fire and Ice Rods are good tools for avoiding Lynels.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

"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

In Breath of the Wild, Lynels are mini-bosses and giant creatures with black skin and hair, and a red mane. They have 2000 HP and drop Lynel Hooves, Lynel Horns and Lynel Guts. They can wield the Lynel Sword, Lynel Bow and Lynel Shield.

One Lynel is found near the top of Ploymus Mountain and shoots shock arrows, which are lodged in trees around the area. This Lynel is recommended by the Zora as a good place to obtain the Shock Arrows necessary to enter the Divine Beast Vah Ruta.

There are three other variants, the blue Blue-Maned Lynels, the White-Maned Lynels and the stronger Silver Lynels. Found in the overworld, Lynels are equipped with various weapons and multiple kinds of elemental arrows. They are able to move very quickly, even being able to keep up with Link on horseback. To defeat them, getting up close to trigger their melee attacks is recommended, as they are much easier to dodge and do less damage then their arrows. Flurry Rush attacks are very effective as well as throwing a boulder on them that deals massive damage. If Link strays too far from a Lynel mid-fight it will teleport near him to continue the battle.

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