Zelda Breath of the Wild Lynel spawn and farming locations

Lynel is an open world mini boss in Zelda: Breath of the Wild and also one of the toughest opponents in the game. Their greatest value comes from the fact that they drop parts that are used to upgrade several armor sets. Barbarian set requires a ton of Lynel parts and you need them to even upgrade to one star version. Soldier’s Armor and Radiant set also require some parts for the four star upgrade. If you need Lynel Hoof, Guts or Horn read this guide and we’ll show you several locations that Lynel frequent as well as some tips on how to defeat them.

zelda Lynel spawn and farming locations

Lynel spawn locations in Zelda

They are scattered sporadically throughout Hyrule. We found several spots where you can find more of them close by. I’ll also mark on the map all the other spots, so you can fight them as you do other stuff. There are three flavors of the mini boss in the world of Zelda: Red, Blue and Silver. Silver are the toughest, with the widest variety of attacks, but drop the best weapons and shields. For farming materials best face the red ones, because they are the easiest of the bunch (but drop the lowest level loot). We found three silver ones in the snowy region north of Hebra tower, just west of the Qaza Tokki maze. Two red ones are roaming the canyon southwest of the Lake Tower. There are others around the world and you can see them on the map bellow:

Zelda botw Lynel farming locations map

How to fight Lynel?

All Lynels have similar attacks. They have an AOE fire attack you will recognize because of it doing a roar first (run away from it). They charge you and swing a weapon (backflip dodge this). They charge without their weapons (hold your shield up to not get damage, or just move out of the way). At 50% and 10% health they do a roar fire AOE so watch out for that.

You will have to master the art of Backflip. This is essential. You need to backflip right at the moment Lynel does his weapon attack. If you time it just right you will get a time slowdown and a chance to do a flurry attack. This is how you beat down these enemies. Avoid all their other attacks and prepare for their weapon swings that you can backflip out of and do a counter attack. You will probably go through a lot of weapons when fighting silver mane ones, while red can be killed with one or two weapons.

Recommendation: Skip Lynels that have two handed clubs. They are the only ones I have a very tough time with. They do an overhead attack with their two-hander and have very few swinging attacks that trigger backflip/flurry attack opportunities

There is also a trick to glide into the Lynel and start aiming your bow, slowing time in the meantime, and hitting him with the arrows into the head. Up to three hits should stun him. You charge your attack than and do the heavy charged combo attack while spinning around him. This is a tough to master technique, but isn’t every Lynel fight like that?.

You can also instant-kill a Lynel with an ancient arrow, but they do not drop any parts or weapons this way and you lose a very valuable weapon for nothing. Here’s a video showing how to kill them:

7 thoughts on “Lynel spawn and farming locations

  1. Batts64

    Thanks for pointing out several locations I hadn’t found yet! There’s a spot or two also worth mentioning, a blue lynel(some have reported it as silver, maybe it upgrades!) is on the peninsula just northeast of Mount Lanayru, and a red one where you have a star marked on that map, just east of the Lanayru Road – East Gate.

    As a quick correction, there are FOUR lynel types. Red(2000HP), Blue(3000HP), White(4000HP) and Silver(5000HP). I think Silver Lynels only have a chance to show up later in the game, perhaps triggered by collected hearts? The Lynel at Colosseum Ruins is Silver for me, not Red for instance. If you’re not sure if you see a white or silver lynel in the distance, use your camera rune! They have different torso/horse coloring, with purple stripes.

    Other tips for combat: Sidehops! Backflip practice is super rewarding, but so is the sidehop! All lynels have an attack where they sheathe their weapon and rush you with their arms on the ground. A well timed sidehop to the left of right will trigger a perfect dodge here. Sidehops are also how you trigger perfect dodges from the scarier club-weilding lynels who like to smash from overhead more often than not (their clubs are some of the absolute highest attack weapons in the game, along with their beastly bows and savage shields!)

    Also: Mounting! Whenever you get a stun off by accurately shooting a lynel in the face(Tip, you’ll have a great opportunity after they finish shooting fireballs at you), you can run towards it and press A to mount! Sadly, it’s not like taming a horse(how awesome would that be?) but you’ll get the opportunity to mash your melee attack button for up to five hits while he tries to buck you off. It adds up to some pretty hefty damage, and the best part? It doesn’t use up any durability on your weapons!

    As a last tip: DO NOT TRY TO FIGHT LYNELS AT LONG RANGE WITH YOUR BOW. They have deadly aim with their elemental arrows, and will even fire into the sky if you try to take cover behind objects, raining pain from above.

    Good luck and have fun, future lynel hunters! Bring plenty of fairies and recovery food if you’re just starting out– they pack a serious wallop!

  2. mark

    Use the updrafts from the fires he creates to use slo-mo.

    The two in the southwest canyon are both silver for me.

  3. Justin

    Odd you don’t have the lynel near the Zora kingdom where you get all the shock arrows for entering the divine beast

    1. Gosu No0b Post author

      I didn’t do the Zora questline at the time the article was written. Found the others while hunting for shrines *shrugs*

  4. Linklight2

    Other than the fighting tips mentioned, I have here 5 tips for you to keep in mind for facing lynels.

    1: When you try and dodge his sweeping attack when he trots at you, don’t be discouraged if you don’t get the flurry rush. He’ll circle around you, and that will be your chance to slash at his legs with your sword. This will make him stop and fight you in close range; lynels are extremely predictable in close range combat.

    2: Club lynels don’t have attacks that can’t be flurry rushed, unlike spear or sword lynels. Some might complain about the resulting shockwave from the overhead attack, but it can be flurry rushed with a side-hop, as long as you aren’t too close to the lynel. Try staying close to the tip of the club, and then side-hop. The results won’t disappoint.

    3: Spear lynels have 1 attack that can’t be flurry rushed. And that is when they back up and jump at you with their spear. My advice? Inch forward, and then shield bash him once he gets to you. Then slash at him with your weapon, or if you have a stasis rune+ prepared, pop him in the face with a few arrows.

    4: Never use heavy type weapons. When using a heavy weapon, your shield is de-equipped. Your shield is your last assurance for stupid mistakes, and even a single slip up can be fatal against lynels. Plus, lynels have a ton of health and won’t be affected by the greatest asset to a heavy type weapon, knock-back. Using a heavy type weapon cripples your offense and defense, so you would be better off only using it if it does less than double the damage of a sword or triple the damage of a spear. Honestly, spears aren’t that great against them either, but the range is helpful against sword type lynels.

    5: Prioritize attack over defense when considering your player stats. Lets be honest, most lynels will one shot you when you’re at the early to mid stages of the game, and boosted hearts don’t help much. And even in the late stages of the game, lynels will shave off huge portions of your health at a time, and it’s heartbreaking to use up all of your heart recovery items. So to effectively kill a lynel, one must avoid getting hit.

    His attack strategy is predictable, but the longer things drag on, the more likely you will make a mistake. A good offense therefore, is the best defense. With a percentage boost of attack of say 20%, you will kill the lynel 20% faster. It’s just that simple.


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