The Golden Lynel, an enemy exclusive to the Master Mode in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is the stuff of nightmares. Luckily, you only have to encounter one at a time, unless you’re particularly brave and modify the game so every single enemy is another one of those mythical beasts. Which, naturally, someone has done.
The culprit is none other than PointCrow, a Twitch streamer with a following of approximately 115,000. He spends a lot of time playing games in ways they weren’t meant to be played, to the delight of the many fans who witness his exploits. One of his favorite targets is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. A world full of Golden Lynel enemies is a great way to turn the relatively tame kingdom of Hyrule into his personal Dark Souls.
For those who haven’t had the pleasure, the Golden Lynel is a buffed up version of the standard variation that already provided tough resistance in the base version of Breath of the Wild. The proud Lynel breed goes all the way back to The Legend of Zelda on the NES, where they guarded the cave where you found the White Sword (in blue form) and even the entrance to Death Mountain (in red form). In Master Mode in this newest game, they regain health and can one-hit kill anyone foolish enough to come within range.
Speaking of range, if you encounter a Golden Lynel yourself in Breath of the Wild and you get too close as it slams its weapon into the ground, you’ll get caught up in an explosive blast. PointCrow learns about this himself when he encounters a whole crew of the golden beasts. There’s a reason his video keeps track of total deaths, and it’s not because PointCrow is some invincible god. He very much isn’t.
If you would like to watch the video yourself, set aside 20 minutes or so and enjoy. We’ve embedded the YouTube version above, to save you the trouble of hunting it down on Twitch. After all, you can better spend that time starting a run through Breath of the Wild yourself. Say “hi” to Lynel for us.