Ganon's Tower

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This article is about the Dungeon in A Link to the Past. For the Dungeon in The Wind Waker that is also known as Ganon's Tower, see Ganon's Castle.

Ganon's Tower,(ALttP)[1][name references needed] also known as the Tower of Ganon,(ALttP)[2] and Level 8,(ALttP)[3] is a recurring Dungeon and Stage in The Legend of Zelda series.

Overview

A Link to the Past

Entrance to Ganon's Tower

Ganon's Tower is located in the Dark World. The seal on it can be only broken by the descendants of the Seven Sages, and as such, Link must free the Seven Maidens to break the barrier and reveal the staircase leading to the inside of the tower.[4]

Themes and Navigation

Ganon's Tower consists of a large basement where the Red Mail, Map and Compass are located; however, all of these items are optional and are not required to complete the Dungeon. Link will, however, have to negotiate this floor in order to reach the sub-basement where the Big Key is located. In order to obtain the Big Key and thus the Red Mail, Link must fight the Armos Knights from the first Light World Dungeon. Above the ground floor are four floors leading to a balcony where Agahnim waits. Each of the floors are infested with enemies that will try to impede Link's progress, but the young hero is not required to defeat most of the enemies to scale up the tower. He is, however, required to fight the other two Light World Bosses again as he ascends, making it necessary to fight all three Light World Bosses to complete the Dungeon. Most rooms are also filled with deadly obstacles like spikes and conveyor belts, and even the former Bosses appearing as Sub-Boss have hazards added to their rooms. Once Link reaches the balcony, he must fight Agahnim yet again where, upon the wizard's defeat, Ganon abandons Agahnim's body and escapes to the inside of the Pyramid of Power.

Minor Enemies

The Wind Waker

Main article: Ganon's Castle

Ganon's Castle is also known as Ganon's Tower.

Other Appearances

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

Ganon's Tower, as seen in the A Link to the Past comic

Ganon's Tower is also featured in the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori. After Zelda is rescued from Turtle Rock,[5] she asks for the Maiden's help to allow Link, Roam, and her to enter the pitch-dark tower.[6] Inside, The group is attacked by illusions of Link's past foes,[7] and when Roam attacks a specter of Agahnim that was dangerously approaching Zelda,[8] he is killed, with Ganon afterwards rising from the defeated illusion.

Link attacks Ganon but he is easily thrown back by Ganon's Trident. With Ganon distracted fighting Link, Zelda takes up Roam's Crossbow as Link is trapped in between the trident. While Ganon mocks Zelda,[9] Link uses the opportunity to slash the evil thief's trident in half and, as he is falling down, the young hero slashes over Ganon's chest, leaving him paralyzed.[10] Zelda begins to ask for the aid of the maidens and fires an ordinary arrow from the crossbow, but as it approaches Ganon, the power of the maidens, Zelda, Link, and Roam, turn the arrow into the Silver Arrow,[11] destroying Ganon. The Triforce rises from his body, and the Essence of the Triforce tells Link that the Triforce is waiting for a new master now that Ganon has been defeated, asking that the young hero touch it with a wish in his heart.[12] As Link touches the Triforce, Epheremelda sadly bids him goodbye,[13] and Link and Zelda are transported back to Hyrule.

Hyrule Warriors

Ganon's Tower is a reskin of Hyrule Field, and shares the same map layout and Keeps, with the exception of the Mine Entrance. It contains "Liberation of the Triforce", the second Scenario of the Grand Finale arc in Legend Mode.

In Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, it also contains "The Other Hero", the fifth Scenario of the Linkle's Tale arc in Legend Mode.

Liberation of the Triforce

The Other Hero

Main article: The Other Hero

Trivia

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
  • ガノンの塔 (Ganon no Tō) (ALttP)[16]
  • ガノン城 (Ganon-jō) (HW)
  • Gannon's/Ganon's Tower
  •  
Canada
FrenchCA
Château de Ganon (HWDE)Ganon's Castle
The French Republic
FrenchEU
Château de Ganon (HWDE)[18]Ganon's Castle
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
Ganons Schloss (HWDE)[17]Ganon's Castle
The Italian Republic
Italian
  • Torre di Ganon (ALttP)[14]
  • Castello di Ganon (HWDE)[15]
  • Ganon's Tower
  • Ganon Castle
Latin America
SpanishLA
Castillo de Ganon (HWDE)[19]Ganon Castle
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
Castillo de Ganon (HWDE)Ganon Castle
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Other Names

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References

  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 147
  2. "I appreciate your coming so far to rescue me. As I thought, you are the legendary Hero. I have felt this from the first time we met. ... ... ... Ganon is waiting inside of his tower to pass through the gate linking the two worlds. Once Ganon enters the Light World, it is unlikely that anyone can stop him. But if he stays in the closed space of this world, you can find him wherever he runs. Now, go to the Tower of Ganon! We will use our combined powers to break the barrier. Let's return peace to the country without fail... ... ... ..." — Princess Zelda (A Link to the Past)
  3. "Level 8
    Ganon's Tower
    " — N/A (A Link to the Past, Game Boy Advance version)
  4. "Link, we are going to break the barrier of Ganon's Tower with our power." — Princess Zelda (A Link to the Past)
  5. "Oh, mystical maidens... Lend us your power..." (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 10)
  6. "It's pitch dark... I can't see anything!" (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 10)
  7. "It--It's Agahnim! It can't be! I destroyed him! [...] The Lanmola?! The Moldorm?! They can't be real! I defeat them all!" (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 11)
  8. "You! I'll get it, Zelda!" (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 14)
  9. "What do you mean to do with that bow, Princess?" (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 4)
  10. "His sword... I am paralyzed..." (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 6)
  11. "It was the enchanted arrow..." (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 6)
  12. "Welcome, Link... I am the Essence of the Triforce. [...] You have totally destroyed Ganon. The Triforce is waiting for a new master. Its Golden Power is in your hands--touch it with a wish in your heart." (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 8)
  13. "Good-bye, Link..." (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 9)
  14. "8 Torre di Ganon" — Credits (A Link to the Past, Italian localization)
  15. "Castello di Ganon" — Select Scenario (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  16. Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 2, Shogakukan, pg. 3
  17. "Ganons Schloss" — Select Scenario (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  18. "Château de Ganon" — Select Scenario (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  19. "Castillo de Ganon" — Select Scenario (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time—Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 6