In Twilight Princess, the Aeralfos appear as mini-bosses. One is first encountered in City in the Sky, and later in Hyrule Castle. They also appear in the Cave of Ordeals. Their wings give them the ability to initially avoid most of Link's attacks with the Sword and other weapons. They are lightly armored and bear a tribal loincloth adorned with sharp fangs.
When Link first encounters an Aeralfos, it will hover in the air, far out of his reach. It will frequently make dive attacks but will also raise its Shield before doing so to block any projectiles Link may use to stop him from initiating the attack. When its Shield is raised in this fashion, Link can use the Clawshot to latch onto its Shield and pull the Aeralfos down to the ground so that he can attack it with his Sword. As long as Link can maneuver around the Aeralfos' attacks and strike where it is unprotected, it will be unable to get back into the air.
The Aeralfos which Link encounters in the City in the Sky uses slightly different tactics than others of its kind. It will frequently fly through various large holes in the room and try to confuse Link. This forces him to constantly be alert and searching for the opening from which it will strike next. If Link can pinpoint the Aeralfos, he can use his Clawshot before the Aeralfos initiates its dive attack. Once the Aeralfos is on the ground, Link can defeat it in the same fashion as the rest of its kind. The Aeralfos guards the dungeon's item, which is a second Clawshot.
Tri Force Heroes
In Tri Force Heroes, Aeralfos appear as enemies in the last Stage of Dragon Citadel. They fly in the air, breathe gusts of wind and attempt to dive at the Links below, and attack them with their sword, finishing off with a Spin Attack. They can be dangerous enemies to contend with, as their attacks can potentially inflict a lot of damage at once. Their backsides however are unprotected, so the Links can attack it from behind after it dives to attack. This is especially effective if a Link provokes an Aeralfos to dive towards him, and the other Links attack it from behind. The Link in the path of an Aeralfos' attack can also use a well-timed Gripshot to grab and discard its shield, leaving it more vulnerable to the Links' strikes.
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- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 162 (TP | TFH)
- "City in the Sky: Defender
Aeralfos can fly high or attack from the ground, so watch your radar!" — Stage Select (Link's Crossbow Training)
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 386
- "Aeralfos" — Battlefield Info (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)