"Rumor speaks of an ancient, mythical beast that dwells beneath the Island of Time. The Empress of Time has put it to use guarding the island's most valuable artifacts. Few creatures can match the power and ferocity of the Griffin. The massive winged creature is capable of swift flight, allowing it to dodge most conventional attacks. It swings its bulky wings to fend off pesky opponents. The Griffin is said to be hundreds of years old, leading to the speculation that it can regenerate itself."
No one knows whether the Griffin was lured there, found in the hold of a wrecked ship or simply lived on the island prior to the Kaileena's arrival. Regardless, few creatures can match the power of the Griffon.
During the Prince's journeys as the Sand Wraith, he was attacked by the Griffin. The Prince fights and ultimately slays, it in the island's Sacred Caves shortly after finding the Mask of the Wraith. The creature then crashes into a wall and explodes. Before the Prince, no one ever faced the Griffin and lived to tell about it.