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It is born of magic, Sire, and it can only be killed by magic

A Griffin is a creature that has the body of a lion and the head and often wings of an eagle. They are resistant to most weapons and can only be killed using a magical enchantment.


One particular Griffin attacked Camelot during the reign of Uther Pendragon, who sent his son and a battalion of knights to attempt to kill it. They failed, but the griffin was later killed when Lancelot charged at it with a lance imbued with magic by Merlin. Prior to this attack, the griffin was believed to exist only in myth. Information on griffins was obtained by Camelot 's court physician Gaius in the castle library (Lancelot).

Lancelot killing the Griffin

In Merlin's rant at Gaius about his daily routine since arriving in Camelot, Merlin mentioned fighting Griffins (The Once and Future Queen).


Series 1
Series 2
The Once and Future Queen (Mentioned only)

Behind the Scenes

Series 1 Enemies
The Dragon's Call: Mary Collins † • Lady Helen (indirect) †
Valiant: Valiant † • DevlinSerpent Shield
The Mark of Nimueh: Nimueh † • Afanc
The Poisoned Chalice: Nimueh † • Balorian SpidersCockatrice
Lancelot: Griffin
A Remedy to Cure All Ills: Edwin Muirden † • Elanthia Beetles
The Gates of Avalon: Sophia † • Aulfric † • Sidhe elder
The Beginning of the End: Uther Pendragon
Excalibur: Nimueh † • Tristan de Bois
The Moment of Truth: Kanen
The Labyrinth of Gedref: Arthur Pendragon (indirect) †
To Kill the King: TaurenMorgana † • Uther Pendragon
Le Morte d'Arthur: Nimueh † • Questing BeastKilgharrah