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How to Defeat the Lynel on Shatterback Point in “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.

There will come a time in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild where Link is required to travel to Shatterback Point on Ploymus Mountain. He is tasked with acquiring Shock Arrows in preparation for facing Divine Beast Vah Ruta.

Though the main story tasks in this game can be completed in any order, the Zora people are generally found first since their domain is easy to come across. If this sounds like you, then it's likely that Link doesn't have many Spirit Orbs yet, meaning he might be low on hearts and stamina. Facing the Lynel on Shatterback Point, then, might seem like an impossible challenge.

"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" screenshot

"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" screenshot

Though the task itself is to pick up the Lynel's fallen Shock Arrows and doesn't require you to actually defeat him, you might be determined to show this centaur-like beast who's boss! Despite his speed and powerful blows, it's perfectly possible to destroy the Lynel even if you're low on power yourself. Here is a strategy guide on how to take him down.

Finding the Lynel

To get to Shatterback Point, equip the Zora armor given to you by King Dorephan and scale the waterfalls on the east side of Zora's Domain. Constant rainfall makes it impossible for Link to scale the cliffs, but there is a path that leads to the top of Ploymus Mountain.

The Lynel is patrolling a flat battlefield. The field has large puddles and boulders, both of which are useful in fighting him.


  • Equip Link with the best armor you have, though speed is more important than defense in this battle (unless you own something particularly strong, in which case, go ahead and use it).
  • Be sure to also equip a strong weapon, preferably one-handed, though spears work well, too, for long-range stabbing.
  • Get a decent shield in case you fumble the dodge. A Guardian Shield works well against the Lynel's blows.
  • Get plenty of arrows. You can buy these from Beedle at a Stable or from Kakariko Village.
  • Keep food and elixirs on hand for if he hits you. However, it's likely one hit from this monster will K.O. Link if you're still a beginner; dodging and avoiding being hit at all is essential for this battle if you're low on hearts.
Use arrows to shoot the Lynel from afar.

Use arrows to shoot the Lynel from afar.


Use arrows to shoot the Lynel from afar. A lucky hit on his head can knock him out for a few seconds. Ideally, you'll be able to hit him several times before you have to switch to your melee weapon.

The Lynel's Attacks

The Lynel uses several types of attacks. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Shock Arrows (drink the shock-resistant elixir, if you have it, to combat their effects).
  • Charge (he runs at you on all his legs).
  • A triple sweep (he hits at you with his weapons three times in a row).

Standing far enough away from the Lynel is a good way to get him to shoot Shock Arrows at you, but it's not recommended as the arrows can be deadly. However, it's a good way to pick up extra arrows.

Equip your weapon and get ready to dodge and backflip away from the Lynel's oncoming attacks. This can take some practice to time correctly and it's likely he'll defeat you a couple of times, but don't be disheartened!

Flurry Rush

If you manage to land a Perfect Dodge, you'll be given the chance to attack the Lynel multiple times with your weapon. Just mash Y when this happens. Get ready to start dodging again right after. With this method, it's possible to get two or three Flurry Rushes in a row, dealing massive damage.

When he charges at Link, dodge sideways. When he does his triple sweep, do a backflip.

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After an attack, the Lynel will gallop away momentarily. Use this time window to shoot arrows at him. Sometimes, if you're lucky, the opportunity will arise to mount him. Link can jump onto his back and attack him for a couple of seconds before he's thrown off.

The Lynel is a tough enemy and it's unlikely you'll beat him first time.

The Lynel is a tough enemy and it's unlikely you'll beat him first time.

At Half-Health

Like many boss-like monsters in this game, the Lynel gains a new power when his health bar is below half. He will breathe three consecutive balls of fire at Link. This is where the water comes in!

Dodge the flames by sprinting out of their way. The fireballs aren't too quick (unlike other enemies' projectiles such as Guardians). Run into the water to avoid the grass-catching fire. When opportunities arise, shoot arrows at him for extra damage.

Persevere! The Lynel is a tough enemy, and it's unlikely you'll beat him the first time. When you're learning his movements and the windows of opportunity to get in some damage, he'll be all yours.


The objective of the quest itself is to collect 20 Shock Arrows, but taking down this annoying beast will also reward you with:

  • The Lynel Sword
  • The Lynel Bow
  • Lynel Horn x2
  • Lynel Hoof
  • An extra 10 Shock Arrows

After this triumph, Link is safe to explore the top of the mountain, including grabbing all of the extra Shock Arrows he can carry.

It can be frustrating to take on a Lynel this early in the game, but it's extremely satisfying to defeat this vicious creature! With these tips, this aggressive monster will be all yours, making you the new champion of Ploymus Mountain and ready to help Divine Beast Vah Ruta.

© 2019 Poppy


Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 25, 2020:

You can put off the quest until you've got some better weapons and armour. It's an open-world game, so Link can go off and do other things and get more hearts before facing the Lynel.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 25, 2020:

Pull the control stick towards you.

187348 on June 25, 2020:

how do you skip the lynel? please tell me this guy is on the verge of putting me off the whole game forever

lynelishardtokill on June 25, 2020:

what do you mean by backwards?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 25, 2020:

Backwards and A

lynelishardtokill on June 25, 2020:

how do you make Link backflip?

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 24, 2020:

Yes, it's difficult, but with some perseverance it's possible!

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 24, 2020:

You're welcome, Max! Thank you for stopping by.

max on June 24, 2020:

overall, is it hard to defeat the lynel

Max on June 24, 2020:

I haven't defeated the Lynel Yet, but I think this guide will be extremely useful thank yu poppy :-)

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on May 20, 2020:

Oh no! That's terrible luck. All you can do now is run!

lynelbuttkicker on May 20, 2020:

killed him with 21 hearts 3 stamina vessles a lizal sheild and bow and the rusy broadsword. took 27 tries and fails and tthen when i picked up all his stuff a blood moon came and i was like why

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 14, 2020:

Nice! It is much easier when you've got more hearts and decent armour of course, but well done on getting it done so early!

Craig on February 13, 2020:

I beat my head against this guy like 15 times before I finally got him. Only had 3 hearts and I didnt realize he was skippable (no guides). Brutal

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 04, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely comment! I'm glad it's helpful :)

A Breath of the Wild Gamer on February 04, 2020:

This guide is very useful, thanks!

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 10, 2019:

Thank you, Van! I hope you kick the Lynel's butt soon :D

Van on November 10, 2019:

This is so encouraging, thanks for this guide :)

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