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Lizalfos and their various relatives such as Dinolfos and Aeralfos are a recurring enemy race in The Legend of Zelda franchise. Whilst initially random enemies without characterization, over the years Lizalfos became characterized as a villainous army in their own right, much like their allies, the Moblins. They frequently work under Ganondorf.
- 1 Characteristics and Appearance
- 2 Biography
- 3 Other Media
- 4 Members
- 5 Navigation
Characteristics and Appearance
Lizalfos are humanoid lizards which is implied by their name, Lizal being Hylian for "lizard" and Fos being the Hylian word for "folk". Lizalfos stand taller then Hylian (humans who live in the Hyrule setting) and always have long tails. Their scales are typically green and are very tough. Lizalfos can work metal in all era and as such, always wear some armor on their body.
Most Lizalfos are skilled fighters and are very agile; using Swords, boomerangs, spears, maces and many other weapons with great ease. Their prehensile tails can be armed with weapons such as axe or mace tips. In some eras, they can also breathe fire or change their color for camouflage.
Various Lizalfos with powers from the various elements exist.
Ice Breath Lizalfos
Ice Breath Lizalfos are lizalfos who are adapted to snowy mountainy regions and have learned to breathe ice. Whilst resistance to ice based damage, they have a crippling weakness to heat.
Fire Breath Lizalfos
Fire Breath Lizalfos are lizalfos who are adapted to volcanic regions and have learned to breathe fire. Whilst nearly immune to fire based damage, they are intensely vulnerable to heat.
Mostly found in desert regions, these yellow scaled Lizalfos can generate electric fields with their horns, though they may release a accidental discharge if their horn is damaged.
Dark Breath Lizalfos
Black Lizalfos with mohawk-like crests, they can breathe out dark smoke which curses Link and prevents him from using his sword.
Geru are Lizardmen with smooth scales that closely resemble the Lizalfos of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. They are simply called "Lizalfos" in many English sources after the release of the aforementioned Ocarina of Time, and at the very least, can be considered a prototype for the Lizalfos.
Geru wear armor, shields and wield various weapons. They are Ganon's most powerful followers within the game and give the most EXP out of the generic enemies contained within the game.
Like other enemies they are organized by color. Orange Geru wield tridents with which they attack from high or low, forcing Link to be on the defensive. Geru forts contain Orange Geru who simply throw stones at Link whilst hiding behind a wall. also Red Geru attack with Maces that can't be blocked by Link's shield unless he empowers it with the reflect spell. Blue Geru also attack with maces that can only be blocked with reflect, but throw their weapons for a long range attack. All Geru, bar the rock throwing variant, can move their shield up and down to keep up with Link's sword attacks.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Regrouping after Ganon's death, his monster followers figure out that they can revive their leader by killing Link and pouring his blood on Ganon's ashes to bring their demonic master to life again. Summoned from the Underworld, Daira and Geru formed a major part of the plot to assassinate Link. A group of Geru also kidnapped a boy from Darunia, presumably to ransom or sacrifice.
The Geru themselves formed the most dangerous and organized members of Ganon's army, establishing great forts in the Valley of Death. Link's last encounter with Ganon's followers involves passing their fort on his journey to the Great Palace.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Lizalfos and Dinalfos both appear as major enemies.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Lizalfos appear as some of the regular enemies that can be found and fought around Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Normally idle, should Link attack them from a distance with arrows, the Lizalfos will be alerted to having been sneak attacked, but if Link was far enough away initially when he shot them, they will be unable to pinpoint his location. When they do fight him, they use their knife and wrist-mounted shield to fight, and if Link can knock them down, he can deliver an Ending Blow to them, allowing him to flurry his sword before sheathing it. Some Lizalfos wear skulls as protective helmets, but are just as vulnerable as their non-helmeted selves. A stronger variant is known as a Dynalfos, who are better armored and use an hand axe and larger wrist-mounted shield to fight, making it trickier to knock them down long enough to deliver an Ending Blow as they recover faster. They can still be sneak attacked if idle, but will be wary of further attempts and block them after the first hit, thus giving away Link's position to them.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Lizalfos first appear as guardians in the Earth Temple, which Link must defeat to obtain the Bomb Bag. They are armed with iron gauntlets which serve as shields and blunt weapons, along with spiked maces attached to their tails. They can also breathe fire. To supplement their weapon arsenal, they are also agile enough to evade Link's sword strikes.
They also show up guarding the Lanayru Shipyard and Pirate Stronghold in the Lanayru region and the Volcano Summit in Eldin Volcano.
Dark Lizalfos are a stronger variant that appear in the Fire Sanctuary - and later in the Sky Keep; instead of fire, they breathe dark mist that can curse Link, rendering him unable to access his items.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Link's Crossbow Training
In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the Lizalfos serve as some of the regular infantry used by Calamity Ganon during his attacks on Hyrule as the game's events take place 100 years before Link's awakening in the ravaged Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Some Lizalfos use their camouflage abilities to hide in plain sight and reveal themselves when Link or his allies get too close to their positions. There are also elemental types that use fire, ice, or lightning to attack, making them much more dangerous if not treated with caution. Most Lizalfos will attack using either their boomerangs or saliva, giving them ranged abilities against their foes. Elemental types use fire spit, ice spit, or lightning spit to damage their foes.
Cadence of Hyrule
The Legend of Zelda: Adventure of Link
In the The Legend of Zelda: Adventure of Link by Ran Maru, both Geru and Daira appear as Ganon's remnant followers. They are joined by a unique and unnamed Geru who acts as The Magician's second in command in the cult to revive Ganon. A Daira General also attempts to lay siege to the Town of Darunia and assassinate Link, though he is ultimately slain by Link.
On the way to the final palace, Link and Zelda II are forced to pass a Fortress of Ganon's cult with the latter taking the form of Link to confuse the enemy's forces, during this battle, Zelda II is mortally wounded by the Geru commander who takes her blood back to the Magician to revive Ganon. However due to Zelda not actually being Link, Ganon is only partially revived and kills the Geru for his blunder.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time manga
Dark Hammer is a miniboss in the Snowpeak Ruins dungeon. It is a heavily armored giant Lizalfos-like enemy that wields a heavy Ball and Chain, and Link must avoid that weapon and strike its exposed tail. Link can then collect its Ball and Chain after defeating it.