Tips for Attacking a Lynel (BotW)

Lynels are mighty foes in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and many people when beginning encounter them and either hope to live or fast travel away as quickly as possible. But the gear these Lynels have is immensely powerful! If only there was a way to attack them, recover their gear and live! Well I’m here to tell you, there is!

What is a Lynel?

In case you didn’t know, the Lynel is one of the toughest monsters in all of BotW! Ranging from the simplest and easiest Red Lynel all the way to The Golden Lynel, with its Savage Lynel Crusher, Sword, Bow, Shield and Spear! Did you know the Golden Lynel has even more hitpoints than Ganon?! But don’t let they’re terrifying stats let you down, this guide will show you how to take them out with ease!

Simple attacks

A lot of people think that simple attacks in BotW don’t do much because new glitches deal much more damage, but even the easiest of attacks can still help!

Instant Spin Attack!

By spinning your left joy-con in a circle quickly and pressing Y, link will do the same spin attack as charging Y, but faster! Links spin will depend on whichever direction you spin your joy-con.

If you’ve managed to stun the Lynel, you can instant spin to deal that extra bit of damage! This helps more than you think!

The Perfect Parry

This move can help loads when attacking a Lynel, you can use it to stop the monster in its tracks and shoot it in the head to stun it! You can deal so much damage with this technique by either attacking the creature in a mad fury of attacks or by mounting it and attacking it then!

Cool Lynel Parry Image in Zelda Breath of the Wild

You can practise parrying with simple Bokoblins and work your way up! Parrying can also help with Guardians!

Fun Fact!

When mounting a Lynel, any and all attacks dealt will deal no damage to the durability on your weapon, meaning if you only attack the lynel by mounting it, you can defeat without losing any durability!

Dodging its rush attack

Did you know you can make the Lynel completely go through you?! That’s right! It will completely miss you by performing this trick!

In order to pull off this awesome trick, hold an item, bow or bomb, press and hold ZL while looking at it and jump backwards, the Lynel will completely miss its attack! This trick is brilliant for scary moments when you can’t get out of the way fast enough!

Multi-Shot Bomb Arrows!

One of the easiest ways is to just used an Ancient Arrow to kill the Lynel if it’s posing a threat. However, there are better ways to kill the Lynel and keep all of its gear for you! I give you, the flurry rush of BOMB ARROWS!

This is a pretty straightforward technique and you can probably see what to do, but I’ll explain everything I’ve done here.

  1. I collected all three of the Barbarian armour pieces and equipped them before the battle.
  2. I defeated another Lynel using the techniques I’ve previously mentioned and collected its multi-shot bow.
  3. I bought the 60 Bomb Arrows from the arrow merchant in Gerudo Town, (If you need rupees, check out our Top 3 things to do in Hyrule Castle before beating Ganon! (BotW).)
  4. I entered bullet-time, you can do this by paragliding down from a higher area, jumping off the horse or Master Cycle Zero etc. etc.
  5. I finally bombarded the Lynel with as many bomb arrows as I could before running out of stamina.
  6. I repeated steps 4 and 5 until the Lynel was defeated!

I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope it helped! If you need some gear to take on some Lynels, check out our Gathering Equipment & Weaponry in Breath of the Wild Tutorial to get the best gear in the game!


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