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

Characteristics and Weaknesses

Lizalfos are sword wielding lizard-like enemies with large tails. In Skyward Sword, they outfit themselves with large rocky gauntlets. It is common for Lizalfos to confront Link in pairs, but he will usually only have to actually fight with one at a time. When a member of the pair 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, though there are always opportunities to attack the creatures when they drop their guard. They tend to circle Link first and then approach on the counter attack; they can cover long distances by swiftly hopping.

Ocarina of Time

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In Ocarina of Time, Lizalfos brandish swords and have little armor. They are very agile, for they are able to jump far out of Link's attack range, as well as capable of leaping over the young hero's head to deliver a strike from behind. They first appear in Dodongo's Cavern, where two pairs act as the dungeon's mini-bosses. Despite having to face off against a duo, Link does not have to fight both simutaneously, because one engages the young hero, while the other watches from afar. Befitting their tendency to fight in pairs, after one Lizalfos sustains enough damage, the two switch roles with one another. They are seldom encountered within the game, only appearing as regular enemies later in the Spirit Temple and in certain other dungeons in Master Quest. A similar enemy known as Dinolfos appears later in the game, as well as in Majora's Mask (in which Lizalfos do not make an appearance).

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Lizalfos have an appearance that is more reminiscent of a dinosaur, their tails now roped with an axe blade that they can use as a secondary weapon. They come in two varieties: the normal "Axe-tail" variety and the "Skull-face" variation, which don skulls as helmets. They are easily defeated with Bomb Arrows or Hidden Skills such as the Back Slice and the Mortal Draw. In addition, Wolf Link is able to leap at and bite at their throats. Unlike Ocarina of Time, Lizalfos are much more common - appearing in parts of Hyrule Field in Lanayru Province in addition to 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 and the City in the Sky. They are considerably more dangerous opponents than Lizalfos, capable of dodging the Ending Blow and blocking many other attacks. A winged variety of Lizalfos called the Aeralfos also appears later in the game.

Skyward Sword

See also: Dark Lizalfos

In Skyward Sword, Lizalfos are first encountered in the Earth Temple as regular enemies, and a pair also acts as the dungeon's miniboss, guarding the Bomb Bag, similar to their first appearance in Ocarina of Time. They adorn their forearms with large iron gauntlets that they can utilize in both their offense and defense. For example, the guard prevents them from being knocked over from normal attacks. Besides being adept defenders, Lizalfos are very nimble and can swiftly dodge sword strikes, and they can harm Link by blowing streams of fire and by mashing him with the maces found on the tips of their tails. In addition to the Earth Temple, the saurian creatures can be found at the Lanayru Shipyard, the Pirate Stronghold, 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. Defeating a Lizalfos will make it drop a Lizard Tail, which can be collected as Treasure.

A stronger variant known as Dark Lizalfos appear in the Fire Sanctuary and Sky Keep.

Breath of the Wild

Lizalfos appear as chameleon-like enemies in Breath of the Wild. They tend to appear in groups and use Lizal Spears, which they use to hunt for fish and defend themselves.[1] When defeated, they may drop Lizalfos Horns and Lizalfos Talons.

A variation of these Lizalfos have electrified horns with with they can generate an electric field.

Other Appearances

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Link's Crossbow Training

Lizalfos in Link's Crossbow Training

In Link's Crossbow Training, Lizalfos appear as enemies in Level 7: Temple of Time: Ranger. Similar to their appearance from Twilight Princess, Lizalfos can move quickly and counter Link's attacks. They are able to block Link's Crossbow shots with the gauntlet on their left claw, and attack by slashing either the blade they carry or the blade attached to their tails. They can also jump across the room in an attempt to surround Link.

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Hyrule Warriors

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Lizalfos appear as elite enemies in Hyrule Warriors, serving as Captains in several Forces. They resemble a combination between their Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword incarnations. They carry blades and arm gauntlets with them, with which they use to attack and defend with. Lizalfos may also attack either by slamming their foes with their tails or by breathing fire in the form of fireballs or streams. When blowing streams of fire, their Weak Point Gauge is exposed. They are also weak to Bombs.

Lizalfos also appear as minor characters in certain Scenarios. In "Ganondorf's Return", a Lizalfos leads the Monster Forces of the Gerudo Desert. In the Scenario "The Dragon of the Caves" of Cia's Tale, Lizalfos appear as Captains in Volga's Forces, called Lizalfos Chieftains. They are accompanied by Dinolfos Chieftains, and arrive as reinforcements when Cia tries to enlist Volga into her army.

When defeated, Lizalfos may drop their Scales as a Bronze Material, and occasionally their Gauntlet as a Silver Material.


  • 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.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
link= Japanese リザルフォス (Rizarufosu) Lizalfos
link= SpanishLA Lizalfos
link= FrenchEU Lizalfos
Lézalfos (OoT3D, SS)
link= German Dinofol
Dino from "Dinosaur"
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link= Italian Lizalfos
link= ChineseSI 蜥蜴战士 (Xīyì Zhànshi) Lizard fighter


See Also


  1. "Judging by the harpoon-like spearhead of this Lizalfos-made spear, the Lizalfos use it for fishing as well as combat. Try not to get caught on the wrong end of its barbs." — N/A (Breath of the Wild)

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