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Lizalfos from Skyward Sword
Game(s)Ocarina of Time
Twilight Princess
Skyward Sword
Non-canon AppearancesLink's Crossbow Training
Hyrule Warriors
Habitat(s)Dodongo's Cavern
Inside Jabu-Jabu's BellyTriforce piece.png
Fire TempleTriforce piece.png
Water TempleTriforce piece.png
Spirit Temple
Hyrule Field
Lakebed Temple
Temple of Time
City in the Sky
Hyrule Castle
Earth Temple
Lanayru Shipyard
Effective WeaponsSword
Deku Stick
TWW SpoilsLizard Tail
Theme Music
File:Lizalfos, Magmanos.ogg (SS)

Lizalfos is a recurring lizard-like enemy in The Legend of Zelda series.



Lizalfos are lizard-like enemies with large tails, and usually wield large Swords as weapons. In their Skyward Sword appearance, they wield large rocky gauntlets. It is common for Lizalfos to confront Link in pairs, but he will usually only have to actually fight with them one at a time. When one gets injured, it steps back and the other one takes charge. They are very agile in combat and tend to swing their weapon at Link whenever they get a chance, but there are always opportunities to attack when they drop their guard. They tend to circle Link first and then approach on the counter attack. They sometimes move longer distances by hopping swiftly.


Ocarina of Time

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In Ocarina of Time, Lizalfos bear Swords as weapons and have little armor. They are very agile, as they are able to jump far away from Link's attack range, and are even able to leap over Link's head to deliver a strike from behind. First appearing in Dodongo's Cavern in pairs as a mini-boss, they attack one by one, switching to the next in a tag-team style after one sustains enough damage, while the other stays far out of Link's range. They appear once again in Dodongo's Cavern in a later room. Lizalfos are relatively scarce within the game, only appearing as regular enemies later in the Spirit Temple and in certain other dungeons in Master Quest. A similar enemy, Dinolfos, appears later in this game, as well as in Majora's Mask.

Twilight Princess


In Twilight Princess, Lizalfos have a more dinosaur-like appearance and have axe blades roped to their tails as a secondary weapon. They come in two varieties, the normal "Axe-tail" variety and the "Skull-face" variation, wearing skull armor. They are fairly easy to defeat with Bomb Arrows or Hidden Skills such as the Back Slice. Wolf Link is able to leap and bite at their throats. A single Mortal Draw is also able to quickly dispose Lizalfos. Lizalfos are much more common here than in Ocarina of Time and often appear in parts of Hyrule Field, as well as numerous dungeons, including the Lakebed Temple, the Temple of Time, the City in the Sky, Hyrule Castle, and the Cave of Ordeals.

Similar but much larger and heavily armored enemies known as Dinolfos (also known as Dynalfos) appear in the Temple of Time. They are considerably more dangerous opponents capable of frequently dodging the Ending Blow and blocking other Hidden Skills and attacks.

The mini-boss Darkhammer is possibly a large Lizalfos covered with armor found in the Snowpeak Ruins. It wields the Ball and Chain, a weapon Link needs to progress through the game. Darkhammer wears very heavy armor covering its entire body save for its tail, which is its only vulnerable point. It attacks by swinging the Ball and Chain wildly in circles, knocking Link backwards if he is hit. However, its main attack flaw is that as long as it was swinging its weapon it had little in the way of a close range attack.

A winged variety of Lizalfos known as Aeralfos appear later in the game.

Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, Lizalfos first appear as regular enemies and as a pair as mini-bosses in the Earth Temple guarding the Bomb Bag, similar to their first appearance in Ocarina of Time. They later appear as enemies at the Volcano Summit. Lizalfos in Skyward Sword have a large, iron guantlet that they use to defend and attack with. Their guard prevents them from being knocked over from normal attacks. Apart from defending, Lizalfos are also very nimble and can dodge Link's attacks. They also attack by breathing fire and slamming the maces on their tails. Lizalfos appear at the Lanayru Shipyard, Pirate Stronghold, the Earth Temple, and the Volcano Summit. An efficient way to slay a Lizalfos is to use strong attacks that make them fall on the ground such as the Spin Attack. After this happens, Link can use the Fatal Blow to kill them.

Dark Lizalfos


Dark Lizalfos are dark blue/black Lizalfos that appear as mini-bosses in the Fire Sanctuary, though they also appear in the Sky Keep. They are stronger than normal Lizalfos, as they are also able to curse Link with their dark fire breath, immobilizing the hero. Dark Lizalfos also appear to have large bright orange crests that sit upon the tops of their heads.

Defeating either of the two varieties of Lizalfos will make it drop its tail, which can be collected as Treasure.

Other Appearances

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Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, Lizalfos attack with multiple Tail whip swings, charging and blowing flamethrowers and fireballs. Their design was originally similar to their Skyward Sword appearance, but was then replace by their Ocarina of Time one. They hold a yellow Shield on their left arm to block attacks. They are also shown to be capable of speech in this game.


  • In Twilight Princess, Arrows will stick to Lizalfos indefinitely and can be retrieved.
  • Dark Lizalfos have crests on their heads similar to those of Dairas from The Adventure of Link.
  • While Lizalfos do not appear in games prior to Ocarina of Time, similar enemies known as Geru appear in The Adventure of Link. These enemies may have provided inspiration for Lizalfos.


See Also

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan リザルフォス (Rizarufosu)
ヤミリザルフォス (Yami Rizarufosu)
Dark Lizalfos
Spanish Latin America Lizalfos
Lizalfos oscuro

Dark Lizalfos
French French-speaking countries Lizalfos
Lézalfos (OoT3D, SS)
Lézalfos sombre

Dark Lizalfos
German Germany Dinofol
Dino from "Dinosaur"
LizodorusTriforce piece.png
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 蜥蜴战士 (Xīyì Zhànshi) Lizard fighter

Bosses in The Legend of Zelda series

The Legend of ZeldaThe Adventure of LinkA Link to the PastLink's AwakeningOcarina of TimeMajora's MaskOracle of AgesOracle of SeasonsFour SwordsThe Wind WakerFour Swords AdventuresThe Minish CapTwilight PrincessPhantom HourglassSpirit TracksSkyward SwordA Link Between Worlds