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|Game(s)||The Legend of Zelda|
A Link to the Past
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
|Non-canon Appearances||Animated series|
The Legend of Zelda comic
|Habitat(s)||Field, Mountainous Regions|
The Lynel is a centaur-like being common to the overworld of The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past, Oracle of Ages, and Oracle of Seasons that is known not only for its varying coloration, but its resistance to all forms of close combat attack. These foes are often seen prowling around, but not exclusive to, mountainous climates in the titles they appear in.
The Lynel is an elusive enemy, but a hardened one, in comparison to many of the commonplace overworld creatures such as Octoroks and Keese, both of which can often be defeated in one strike of the sword. Another trademark feature of this species is their ability to shoot projectiles from their mouths; for example, the incarnation seen in The Legend of Zelda fires beam sword-like projectiles at Link whenever he is close by, while the versions seen in A Link to the Past and the Oracle titles regurgitate fireballs. Interestingly, the sword-like shots coming from the Lynel of The Legend of Zelda cannot be blocked with the standard shield, and must be evaded at all costs if Link is to remain uninjured; at least until he upgrades to the Magical Shield. Only the Red Shield and Mirror Shield can deflect the Lynel's shots in A Link to the Past, and rightly so, as the small shield, as in The Legend of Zelda, is much too weak.
In Oracle of Seasons, the Lynel is one of the few foes, including Octoroks and Moblins, that may appear in a golden variety, considering certain conditions are met. Overall, the Lynel of the Oracle titles have the same general behavior with a slight change in physical appearance.
In all of its appearances, the Lynel appears in different forms, and hence different colors. There are two varieties, with increasing power and strength: the red Lynel, the most basic, will fire projectiles that inflict one heart of damage, while the blue Lynel has attack power that will be sure to leave an impact: each successful hit will take two hearts from Link.
Just because the Lynel is one of the most stringent enemies in the Zelda franchise does not mean it cannot be vanquished through conventional means. Link can defeat these enemies with his sword, although they can take a great deal of damage before falling. However, in A Link to the Past, Lynels are immune to every attack except the Sword, the Magic Hammer or a well aimed Silver Arrow.
- In the Oracle of Seasons book, Lynels are incorrectly identified as "Fire Cats", a reference to their lion-like appearance.
- In order to damage the Lynels in A Link to the Past with the Master Sword (Lv2), Link must hit them with a Spin Attack.
- There are only three Lynels in A Link to the Past, but five of them appear in the secret ending.
- ↑ "The guardian who attacks all those who come near Death Mountain." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 30)
- ↑ "Watch out! He's pretty strong, and Link's little shield can't stop his sword." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 30)
- ↑ "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)
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