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Lynel Guide - How To Beat & Locations

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Lynel is a strong enemy in Zelda Breath Of The Wild (BotW). Learn how to beat Lynel, spawn map locations, weaknesses, weapons and material drops in this walkthrough strategy guide.

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Lynel Appearance Location & Drops


It is said to inhabit the entire land of Hyrule since ancient times.
Half-human, half-beast monsters
Among the most dangerous monsters in the land
They possess great intellectual and physical abilities, making them formidable against all attacks.
They are unfazed by fire, ice, and electricity.
In battle, it's always best to be well-prepared and avoid half-hearted efforts.

Basic Information

Hyrule Compendium No.121 (125)
Basic Spawn LocationsLaneyru Great Spring, Hyrule Field
DropsLynel Horn
Lynel Hooves
Lynel Guts
Lynel Sword
Lynel Crusher
Lynel Spear
Lynel Shield
Lynel Bow

() The number in parentheses is the master mode book number.

Detailed Spawn Location

Changes With Progress

As you progress through the game, the type of Lynels that appear can change. Once you have defeated all four Divine Beasts, most Lynels, except for those in certain areas, will become Silver Lynels. If you are looking to collect weapons, be cautious of this change.

Lynel Will Always Appear At Ploymus Mountain


Regardless of the game progress, an ordinary Lynel appears at Ploymus Mountain, east of Zora's Domain, from the beginning to the end without any changes.

Initial Placement Where Lynel Appears

In the beginning of normal mode, the location where unmarked Lynel appears is not yet clarified.

Tabantha Bridge South
Ridgeland Tower
Ploymus Mountain
(Sword & Shield)
Lanayru Tower
North of Ose Plains
Lake Tower
Oseria Plains
Lake Tower
West Lake Tower
Faron Tower
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Lynel Walkthrough Strategy


Prepare To Equip Yourself With Sufficient Weapons

Regular Lynels have a staggering health pool of 2000. Given that weapons used in combat will inevitably break, it's highly recommended to prepare plenty of weapons beforehand.

Best Weapons & Armor

Focus On Defense If You Are Not Aiming For Flurry Rush

aim for a rush

To effectively fight Lynels, it's crucial to master the fundamental tactic of aiming for a Flurry Rush through well-timed dodges on specific attacks such as the two-handed sword and shield swings. Nevertheless, for those hard-to-dodge attacks, it's crucial to focus on evading them effectively.

Don't Run Away To The Top Of A Rock Or In The Air

When Lynels determine that normal attacks won't reach them, they will ready their bows and shoot Shock Arrows (3-5 rounds) at you. In particular, the shock arrows fired from above have a very high hit rate, so it's important to prevent Lynel from wielding its bow.

Dash To Escape The Fireball Attack

When Lynel takes some distance, he may spew flames three times in a row from his mouth. Put the weapon, run in a circle around Lynel and escape.

The Updraft After The Flame Is A Bow Arrow Chance

If the grass catches fire after a fireball attack, an updraft may occur, which can be used as an opportunity for mid-air shooting. If a headshot is successful, the Lynel will flinch and kneel, allowing for a chance to mount and attack.

Attacking While Mounted Doesn't Deplete Your Weapons

Landing repeated Y button attacks while riding a Lynel allows for dealing damage without depleting the weapon's durability. However, be mindful of the Stamina Wheel as it drains while riding, so avoid exhausting it completely.

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