Phantom Ganon

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Phantom Ganon is a recurring Boss in The Legend of Zelda series.(OoT | TWW | FSA | BotW | TotK)[4][5][6][name references needed]


Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, Phantom Ganon is the boss of the Forest Temple.[7] Once the battle starts, Phantom Ganon jumps into one of the six paintings around the room. Afterwards, it and two replicas will ride to the front of three paintings. The real one can be spotted by its lighter color. A purple vortex then appears revealing the real Phantom Ganon.[8] As Phantom Ganon jumps out of the painting, Link can shoot it with the Fairy Bow. If the Arrow misses or is delayed, it summons an electric ball on the ground that scatters across the platform. This can be avoided by standing on one of the Triforce images on each corner of the platform. After three shots, Phantom Ganon leaves its horse, starting the second part of the battle.

Phantom Ganon now attacks by shooting an energy ball from its staff at Link while hovering over the ground. Link can hit the ball back with the Master Sword or a Bottle. After enough hits, Phantom Ganon falls to the ground paralyzed, where it can be hit multiple times with the Master Sword. When its health is halved, Phantom Ganon can also attack by twirling his staff a few times and then charging at Link, dealing three hearts of damage. Once defeated, he is banished to the gap between dimensions by Ganondorf[9] and Link receives a Heart Container as well as the Forest Medallion.

The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, Phantom Ganon appears in the Forsaken Fortress and in Ganon's Castle.[10] It must be defeated by reflecting its blue orbs with the Sword or an empty Bottle.[11][10] Once hit by a reflected attack, Link can attack Phantom Ganon with his Sword. He can also attack it by intercepting its Sword attacks. After defeating Phantom Ganon in the Forsaken Fortress, Link receives the Skull Hammer.[12]

During its fight in Ganon's Castle, Phantom Ganon is accompanied by four illusions of itself. It now also attacks by throwing dark energy balls, which splits into a group of small bursts of energy flying towards Link. These can be sent back at it with a Spin Attack. After just one hit, Phantom Ganon disappears, leaving its Sword behind with the handle pointing at the door Link must open to advance.[13] Once the Light Arrows are found, they must be shot at Phantom Ganon once stunned in order to finally defeat it.

Link can grab Phantom Ganon's Sword to attack; however, it must be hold with both hands, leaving Link unable to use his Shield. After defeating Phantom Ganon in Ganon's Castle's labyrinth, Link must throw its Sword at the brick wall to gain access to the top of the Tower.[14]

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, Phantom Ganon first appears as the boss of Hyrule Castle. In order to defeat it, the Links must hit its energy balls back and forth with the Sword. Once stunned, it is vulnerable to slashes from the Sword. Phantom Ganon appears once again as the boss of the Temple of Darkness; however, it now summons clones to its aid. The real Phantom Ganon will throw green orbs that can be hit back, while the clones throw white balls that break when hit with the Sword.

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, Windblight Ganon, Thunderblight Ganon, Fireblight Ganon, and Waterblight Ganon are all collectively known as Phantom Ganons.[5] They are Calamity Ganon's creations that he sent out to the Divine Beasts, resulting in the death of the Champions.[15][16][17][18] When Link tries to activate the Main Control Unit of a Divine Beast, these Phantom Ganons will appear, and they must be defeated in order to continue.[19][20][21][22] When Link is victorious, a Heart Container will drop, and he will have access to the Main Control Unit.

Link can also dress up as the Phantom himself with the Phantom Ganon Set after completing the "EX Treasure: Dark Armor" Side Quest, which is exclusive to The Master Trials DLC Pack. The Phantom Ganon Set is comprised of the Phantom Ganon Skull, Phantom Ganon Armor, and Phantom Ganon Greaves. It is rumored that some believe this Armor Set is possessed by a dark entity resembling the Great King of Evil himself.[23][24][25][26] Each piece of the set grants Stealth Up and its has the same set bonus as the Radiant Set increasing the attack power of the Bokoblin Arm, Moblin Arm, and Lizalfos Arm bone Weapons. The Phantom Ganon Set also disguises Link from all Stal enemies, save for Stalnox and Cursed Enemies.

Tears of the Kingdom

Ganondorf utilizes Phantom Ganons disguised as Zelda to sow confusion across Hyrule. Two waves of Phantom Ganons (a set of three followed by a set of five) are fought inside the Sanctum at Hyrule Castle during the Main Quest as a Boss. A Phantom Ganon also appears when entering the insides of the Great Deku Tree in the Korok Forest. If a Gloom Spawn is defeated, a Phantom Ganon will appear where the last arm is slain immediately afterwards. In the distant past, Ganondorf used a Phantom Ganon disguised as Zelda to distract Queen Sonia so that he could sneak up on her and kill her.

Phantom Ganons can be equipped with a Gloom Sword, Gloom Club, or Gloom Spear, as well as a Demon King's Bow. While wielding a Gloom Club, they are capable of kicking Link. In between attacks, they will jump backwards and kick at Link if he is close to them. At low health, they will begin spreading Gloom around them to drain Link's maximum health and reduce his room to maneuver. When defeated, they will drop their Weapons and Dark Clumps. If they spot Link in a location they cannot reach, they will equip Demon King's Bows to attack from a distance. Attacks from a Phantom Ganon's melee Weapon or the Demon King's Bow will destroy any Zonai Devices they come into contact with.

The Phantom Ganons that appear from the Gloom Spawn is slightly tweaked however:

  • Only one Phantom Ganon appears, not as a group.
  • They lack phases due to being an overworld miniboss.
  • If Phantom Ganon loses sight of Link for a certain amount of time, they'll perform a gloom spread attack.
  • They cannot hear Link's noises (dashing, whistling, swinging a melee weapon, etc.). Same applies to the Gloom spawn.

Other Appearances

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)

Phantom Ganon appears in the Ocarina of Time Manga first appearing in Chapter 2: "The Sage of the Forest: Saria", answering Ganondorf's call to guard the Forest Temple and strike down the Hero of Time. When Link and Mido walk by a painting of Ganondorf, Phantom Ganon attacks. Despite a good fight, Phantom Ganon is defeated when Mido throws Link the Bow, defeating the specter of the King of Evil and releasing Saria from the painting.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Phantom Ganon appears as a Sticker.

Sticker Information

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by

Phantom Ganon
Ocarina of Time [Darkness] - Attack +40 This sticker is only usable by Ganondorf

Hyrule Warriors Legends

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, Phantom Ganon appears as a Giant Boss, and as the main villain of the Wind Waker series of Scenarios in Legend Mode. He had stolen Cia's dark magic and the Triforce of Power from Lana, creating a new dimensional rift that summons the world from the Era of the Great Sea. He is eventually defeated by Link, Lana, Tetra, King Daphnes, and Cia.

In battle, Phantom Ganon wields his sword, which he uses for various spin attacks. He is able to vanish and reappear closer to enemy Warriors for a surprise spin attack, or alternately to create copies of himself to surround and attack the Warrior. His projectile attacks consist of raising both of his arms to create many homing energy balls, or to simply create a single white energy ball. The latter can be used to expose his Weak Point Gauge if bounced back at him by striking it. Phantom Ganon has no specific weakness to any item, and the only way to damage him is by reflecting his own attacks at him.

After his health has been reduced to about half, he summons a second sword and switches his battle style to melee, using the two blades to violently hack at the enemy Warrior. He also lowers his hovering altitude, making himself reachable to attack, but will always shield himself similarly to wind waker Ganondorf if attacked at the front or the sides. His backside, however, will become vulnerable to attack. After striking his back enough times, he will fall to the ground, exposing his Weak Point Gauge.

When defeated, Phantom Ganon will occasionally drop his Cape as a silver Material, and rarely, his Sword as a gold Material.


  • In The Wind Waker, the Hylian script on Phantom Ganon's Sword reads "Zubora Gabora", the names of the blacksmiths who forge Link's Kokiri Sword in Majora's Mask.
  • The Wall Merging ability from A Link Between Worlds was inspired by Phantom Ganon from Ocarina of Time, who also has the ability to enter walls through paintings.[27]
    • In addition, his capturing of Saria in a painting would later be the main power of Yuga, Ganon's Lorulean counterpart.
  • Although Phantom Ganon himself does not appear, a concept art for Ganondorf in the Oracle games is described as representing "Ganondorf's phantom."[28]
  • In older versions of Tears of the Kingdom, If Link shoots two Arrows at Phantom Ganon's head consecutively between his attacks not being airborne, the second Arrow will not deal damage. He has no animation during the effect, other than a blue-colored spark indicating a block or immune to. This is fixed later versions, where instead, he always take damage from arrows head shots.


Names in Other Regions
  • ファントムガノン (Fantomu Ganon) (OoT | TWW | TotK)[32][33]
  • 異次元悪霊 (Ijigen Akuryō) (OoT)[34]
  • Same as English.
  • Otherworldly Evil Spirit
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
幻影加儂 (Huànyǐng Jiānóng) (TotK) 
The People's Republic of China
幻影加侬 (Huànyǐng Jiānóng) (TotK) 
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Fantoom-Ganon (TotK)[36]Same as English.
The French Republic
Fantôme de Ganon (TWW | TotK)[35] 
Fantôme de Ganon (TotK) 
The Federal Republic of Germany
Phantom-Ganon (TWW | TotK)[38] 
The Italian Republic
  • Spirito del Male (OoT)[29]
  • Spettro Ganon (OoT | OoT3D | FSA | TotK)[29][31]
  • Spirito del male (OoT3D)[31]
  • Spettroganon (TWW)[30]
  • Evil Spirit/Ghost
  • Phantom Ganon
  • Evil spirit
  • Phantom-Ganon
The Republic of Korea
팬텀 가논 (Paenteom Ganon) (TotK) 
Latin America
Ganon fantasma (TotK)[37] 
The Kingdom of Spain
Ganon fantasma (TWW | TotK)[39][40] 
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Other Names

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See Also


  1. Only if Link has not defeated him in Hyrule Castle.


  1. "Evil Spirit from Beyond
    " — Game Screen (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "The Demon King's Phantom Saboteur
    Phantom Ganon
    " — Game Screen (Tears of the Kingdom)
  3. "Scourge of the Deku Tree
    Phantom Ganon
    " — Game Screen (Tears of the Kingdom)
  4. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 197 (OoT | OoT3D | TWW | TWWHD | FSA)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 80
  6. "Phantom Ganon" — Hyrule Compendium (Tears of the Kingdom)
  7. "Phantom Ganon It's an evil ghost of the Forest Temple! He comes out of one of the pictures. Answer his magic attack with an attack of your own!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "Phantom Ganon Attack him when he comes out of one of the pictures! Watch out for the fake one!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "Hey kid, you did quite well... It looks like you may be gaining some slight skill... But you have defeated only my phantom... When you fight the real me, it won't be so easy! What a worthless creation that ghost was! I will banish it to the gap between dimensions!!" — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker—Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 33
  11. "To defeat Phantom Ganon, swing your sword so it hits the ball of magic and sends it back at Phantom Ganon, who knocks it back at you. It's like a tennis game-keep returning Phantom Ganon's shots until he misses and is stunned by his own attack." (The Wind Waker manual, pg. 79)
  12. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker—Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 79
  13. "The sword-hilts of my servants who lurk deep in the darkness shall be the guideposts that point to me." — Stone in Ganon's Tower (The Wind Waker)
  14. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker—Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 119
  15. "Watch yourself now! That ugly pain in the crag is Ganon's handiwork. Thing got the best of my a hundred years ago." — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "Please take care. That...thing is one of Ganon's creations. I put up as much of a fight as I could, but it proved to be my demise 100 years ago..." — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "Good luck! That thing is one of Ganon's own, and it plays dirty! It defeated me 100 years ago... but only because I was winging it." — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "Stay on your edge, Link! This formidable adversary was made by Ganon and brought me to a warrior's demise 100 years ago." — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "Good luck, little guy! Go get 'im!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "Regardless...I believe that you are well prepared for this moment. I have faith in you!" — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "I can't believe I'm actually saying this... But you must avenge me, Link!" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "Do not allow this to be your end. Fight for your life...and its death!" — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)
  23. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 191
  24. "Phantom Ganon Skull
    Some believe this eerie headgear is inspirited by a dark entity resembling the Great King of Evil himself. It's a rather rare find.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "Phantom Ganon Armor
    Some believe this armor is inspirited by a dark entity resembling the Great King of Evil himself. It's a rather rare find.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "Phantom Ganon Greaves
    Some believe these greaves are inspirited by a dark entity resembling the Great King of Evil himself. They're a rather rare find.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  27. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 302
  28. "A design sketch depicting Ganondorf’s phantom. Ganondorf never appears in the Oracle series, however. Only his beast form, Ganon, is seen." (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 169)
  29. 29.0 29.1 Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 197
  30. "Spettroganon
    Habitat: Fortezza dei Demoni.
    Vulnerabile: alle Frecce della Luce, alla Spada Suprema.
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  31. 31.0 31.1 "Spettro Ganon - Spirito del male" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  32. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 145
  33. "ファントムガノン
    生息場所 魔獣島
    有効武器 光の矢、マスターソード
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  34. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 95
  35. "Fantôme de Ganon
    Lieu de résidence: Forteresse Maudite.
    Armes efficaces: Flèche de Lumière, Excalibur.
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  36. "Fantoom-Ganon" — Hyrule Compendium (Tears of the Kingdom)
  37. "Ganon fantasma" — Hyrule Compendium (Tears of the Kingdom, Latin American Spanish localization)
  38. "Phantom-Ganon
    Heimat: Die Verwunschene Bastion
    Wirksame Waffe: Lichtpfeile, Master-Schwert
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  39. "Ganon fantasma
    Hábitat: Isla del Diablo
    Armas efectivas: Flechas de luz [...] Espada maestra
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  40. "Ganon fantasma" — Hyrule Compendium (Tears of the Kingdom, European Spanish localization)
  41. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D—Prima Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 101