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Tridents are recurring Objects in The Legend of Zelda series.(ALttP | BotW | TotK | HWAoC)[1][2][3][4][5][name references needed]

Location and Uses

A Link to the Past

The Trident makes its first appearance in A Link to the Past, where Ganon uses it in the first stage of his boss battle. He will spin it and toss it at Link while sending Blazing Bats after him. After a certain point, Ganon will abandon this tactic and use his secret technique of Darkness in lieu of the Trident.[6]

Link's Awakening

Although a Trident-wielding Ganon does not appear anywhere in Link's Awakening, the Shadow of Ganon form of the Shadow Nightmares attacks Link by throwing a Trident at him in a similar fashion to how Ganon attacked in A Link to the Past.

Ocarina of Time

The Trident reappears in Ocarina of Time, wielded by Phantom Ganon, who uses it to summon energy balls and throw them at Link.

Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

When Ganon is revived in the Linked Game ending for either Oracle of Ages or Oracle of Seasons, he uses a Trident to battle Link. He either attacks with a vicious direct swipe or a flurry of energy balls. Most of these attacks can be dodged using the Roc's Feather or Roc's Cape.

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, Ganondorf found the Trident when he broke Gerudo law and entered the Pyramid across the Desert of Doubt.[7] Inside, he found it underneath an inscription that promised its wielder the power to become the King of Darkness.[8] Ganon uses this Trident during the final battle, where his attacks include throwing the Trident with a trail of blue fire, and shooting a flurry of lightning bolts that send the Links into the Dark World.

Ganon believes that his Trident will grant him the power to destroy the Links, threatening to skewer them on it.[9] Princess Zelda recognizes the Trident and refers to Ganon as the "ancient demon reborn" because he wields it.[10]

A Knight of Hyrule mentions that Ganon used the Trident to defeat the Knights and send them into the Dark World.[11]

A Link Between Worlds

Yuga Ganon attacking Link with his Trident

When Ganon and Yuga join together, they wield a golden weapon that is a combination of Ganon's Trident, and Yuga's magical paintbrush staff. Yuga Ganon uses this Trident in order to combat Link at the end of the game until he absorbs the Triforce of Wisdom and begins using magic instead. The Trident is infused with dark power and is also used as a throwing weapon once more, but also retains Yuga's paintbrush staffs ability to transform other beings into paintings. After Yuga Ganon is defeated, the Trident is destroyed along with him.

Breath of the Wild

Tears of the Kingdom

Main article: Ceremonial Trident

Other Appearances

BS The Legend of Zelda

In BS The Legend of Zelda, Ganon fights similarly to how he fought in the original The Legend of Zelda, by turning invisible and shooting fireballs. As such, the Trident is merely cosmetic and not actually used in combat.

Ancient Stone Tablets

In Ancient Stone Tablets, he uses it just as he does in A Link to the Past.

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, Ganon is seen wielding his Trident in the final battle. At first, Ganon's trident easily overpowers Link, and the young hero even gets stuck in between it, rendering him incapable of moving. After Link and Zelda defeat Ganon, Link is seen holding the Trident in his hand as the Triforce asks him to make his wish.

Zelda's Adventure

Gannon wields a Trident in Zelda's Adventure. Using this Trident, he is able to summon shock waves of Electricity to fight Princess Zelda.

Hyrule Warriors

Ganondorf wielding the Thief's Trident from Hyrule Warriors Legends

Ganon wields the Trident in Ganon's Fury in Hyrule Warriors. Ganon uses his Trident when activating his Focus Spirit to expose enemies' Weak Point Gauges, as well as when performing a Weak Point Smash.

Yuga can also summon the King of Evil Trident to attack enemies as part of the moveset for his Picture Frame Weapon.

The Trident is also a class of Weapon used by Ganondorf. It is associated with Lightning. As with the five Warriors from the base game of Hyrule Warriors Legends, it can be transferred to Hyrule Warriors via a code, or purchased through the Legends Character DLC Pack. In Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, the Trident is unlocked in Adventure Mode as the Reward for an A-Rank Victory in either Battle B-8 on the Adventure Map or Battle A-1 on the Great Sea Map.


The default form of the Trident is the Thief's Trident. The second from of the Trident is the King of Evil Trident, which is identical to the Trident that Ganon uses in Ganon's Fury. The third form is the Trident of Demise.

Weapon Power
Weapon Number of Stars
Tier Icon Element(s) 0 1 2 3 4 5
Thief's Trident
Lightning 80 88 96 104 112 120
King of Evil Trident
Lightning 150 165 180 195 210 225
Trident of Demise
Lightning 280 308 336 364 392 420
Lv.4 (HWL)
Trident of Demise +
Lightning 500 550 600 650 700 750
Lv.4+ (HWL)
Burning Trident
500 550 600 650 700 750

Attack Combinations

Attack Pattern Effect
Special Attack
Main article: Special Attack

Ganondorf throws his Trident forward, striking the group of enemies directly in front of him and dragging them along. He then hovers, taking altitude while charging a ball of lightning in his hand, which he then throws into the Trident, causing a huge explosion. This attack hits enemies immediately in front of Ganondorf, and also those caught in the explosion.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity


  • According to the English translation of the Trident inscription in Four Swords Adventures, the Trident houses an "evil spirit." This quote seems to be mistranslated, however, instead simply being known as a "malicious trident of demons" in Japanese.[12][13][14]
  • Because of Ganon's basis on development from Zhu Bajie from Journey to the West,[15] his usage of the Trident is most likely a reference to Zhu's war rake.


Video Gallery

Ganondorf Trident trailer from Hyrule Warriors Legends


  1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past—Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 140
  2. "Lightscale Trident
    A spear of peerless grace cherished by the Zora Champion Mipha. Although Mipha specialized in healing abilities, her spearmanship was in a class all its own.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "Lightscale Trident
    A spear of peerless grace cherished by the Zora Champion Mipha. Although Mipha specialized in healing abilities, her spearmanship was in a class all its own.
    " — Inventory (Tears of the Kingdom)
  4. "Trident" — Smithy (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  5. "Lightscale Trident
    A spear of peerless grace cherished by Mipha. Although Mipha specializes in healing abilities, her spearmanship is in a class all its own.
    " — Allies (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  6. "You are doing well, lad. But can you break through this secret technique of Darkness? En garde!" — Ganon (A Link to the Past)
  7. "Curse that Ganondorf! He broke our laws and left for the pyramid...I don't know what he plans, but I am worried..." — Gerudo (Four Swords Adventures)
  8. "We grant you power to ruin the world. The power of darkness. Evil spirit of magic trident. You are the King of Darkness." — Inscription (Four Swords Adventures)
  9. "Gwah haa haaaa! Weaklings! Incompetent fools! You so-called heroes do not stand even a gnat's chance of harming me! Even if you worms attack in a group, I will skewer the lot of you on my mighty trident!!" — Ganon (Four Swords Adventures)
  10. "King of Darkness, ancient demon reborn. The wielder of the trident!!" — Princess Zelda (Four Swords Adventures)
  11. "Hear now the doom of the knights. We were bested by a foe with a mighty weapon. He cast us into the Dark World, where we and the jewels were lost in shadow." — Red Knight (Four Swords Adventures)
  12. "The Trident: An evil weapon born of darkness that slumbers within the pyramid. It is said that no one who enters the pyramid returns alive. [...] "Does your soul cry for destruction and conquest? We grant you the power to ruin the world."" (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 119)
  13. "Evil spirit of magic trident." — N/A (Four Swords Adventures)
  14. "アンコク カラ ウミオトサレシ マ ノ ジャキ トライデント (Born from darkness, the malicious trident of demons.)" — N/A (Four Swords Adventures, Japanese version)