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Calamity Ganon

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"That...is Calamity Ganon. One hundred years ago, that vile entity brought the kingdom of Hyrule to ruin."
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"Ganon was born out of a dark past. He is a pure embodiment of the ancient evil that is reborn time and time again..."
Princess Zelda

The latest form of the Demon King, Ganon. It ravaged Hyrule a century in the past before being sealed away in Hyrule Castle, but has grown more powerful over time and is on the verge of escaping.


  • All Your Powers Combined: When fought as a boss, Calamity Ganon wields the weapons and powers of the four Blight Ganons at the same time.
  • Almighty Idiot: Ganon appears now a malevolent, animalistic being of pure power, no longer displaying the traits of the intelligent Sorcerous Overlord that he once was.
  • Ancient Evil: Calamity Ganon is noted to be the subject of numerous legends dating back thousands of years, being the eternally-recurring reincarnation of an ancient God of Evil.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Somewhat resembles a serpentine boar when it's seen surrounding Hyrule Castle. After Link defeats its cyborg form, Ganon pools all his power to manifest as the Dark Beast Ganon, an enormous boar-shaped monster made of concentrated Malice.
  • Animal Motifs: As usual, boars.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Almost everything remaining of Ganondorf is apparently gone. All that remains is Demise's curse in its purest form. The description of its final form is 'Hatred and Malice Incarnate'.
  • Arm Cannon: Can use Windblight Ganon's Arm Cannon to fire laser blasts and gusts of wind.
  • Assimilation Backfire: After Zelda was consumed by Calamity Ganon, she was able to confine him within Hyrule Castle and sabotage his proper resurrection for one hundred years. When it transforms into Dark Beast Ganon, she is able to form openings in its defense that Link can exploit.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Dark Beast Ganon is absolutely massive, easily the largest incarnation of the character and one of the largest bosses in the Zelda series.
  • Ax-Crazy: As most of his mental energy is focused on holding Zelda at bay, Ganon is forced to leave his body behind as a mindless, malevolent engine of pure evil and destruction, driven by his malice to destroy everything in sight.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: It successfully destroyed Hyrule long ago, killed off the Champions, and forced Link to wait a century in the Shrine of Ressurection to gather his strength. Most of the game is spent undoing Ganon's victory.
  • Beard of Evil: Calamity Ganon's first form has a massive red beard hanging from its chin, complete with an equally massive red mane on the back of its head.
  • BFS: Wields Fireblight Ganon's giant sword.
  • Big Bad: It destroyed Hyrule in the long past and plans to finish off what's left once it escapes. Link has to defeat it before that happens.
  • Bishounen Line: Inverted, in contrast to other incarnations of the character. Though he started out as a Gerudo man, Ganon devolved into an Eldritch Abomination made of Malice known as Calamity Ganon. Its first form is a twisted mishmash of flesh and technology mounted to a malformed skull, barely resembling anything humanoid, and it later reforms into a gigantic, quadruped demon boar with hooves.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: It has several blades attached to its limbs, including Fireblight Ganon's sword, Waterblight Ganon's spear, and a short Laser Blade similar to Thunderblight Ganon's.
  • Blade on a Stick: Can use Waterblight Ganon's staff and mainly throws it at you.
  • Body Horror: When Link finally fights it, he gets to see what it really looks like... and it is not pretty, to say the least. Being a demonic, horrific mish-mash of all four Blight Ganons rolled into a giant cybernetic half-spider humanoid... thing with a rotting Skull for a Head, this Ganon more than any before it plays up the abomination role to its fullest.
  • Boss Subtitles:
    Scourge of Hyrule Castle
    Calamity Ganon
    Hatred and Malice Incarnate
    Dark Beast Ganon
  • Breath Weapon: Dark Beast Ganon's only attack aside from stepping on Link is a destructive energy beam shot from its mouth.
  • The Bus Came Back: After the only main game Ganon appeared in after The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was a game that had him be Demoted to Extra, Ganon returned to this game as the primary Big Bad.
  • Came Back Wrong: It is implied that Calamity Ganon is the result of Ganon failing to properly reincarnate. Calamity Ganon seeks to regain its full strength and be reincarnated. However, its Hyrule Compendium entry states that Link managed to stop it before it could fully reincarnate, and it ultimately forsakes reincarnating to become the Dark Beast Ganon (in the English translation anyway; in the Japanese version, Dark Beast Ganon results from Ganon not wanting to give up on reincarnating).
  • Cast from Hit Points: Kinda? After Link and the Champions' plan finally comes into effect after a hundred-year delay, they've caught Ganon before he could fully regain his power. In the English version, it says that in order to achieve his Dark Beast state for one last try at destroying the world, he abandons reincarnation, leaving him able to finally be sealed away once Zelda is freed. In the Japanese version, he forces the transformation because he refuses to give up on being reincarnated.
  • Casting a Shadow: Generates an evil magical energy called Malice.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: In order to become Dark Beast Ganon, it sacrifices everything for sheer raw power. In this final form, Ganon is slow and can barely turn around, which becomes problematic against an agile Link and his horse. He has a devastating energy beam that can knock out a huge chunk of Link's health, but it's Ganon's only method of attack and easily avoidable. Additionally, Zelda is able to create weak spots within Ganon for Link to strike with Light Arrows.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Ganon is described as the pure embodiment of an ancient evil reborn time and time again. This is likely referring to Demon King Demise's curse in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
    • It is mentioned that according to legend, Ganon once incarnated as a Gerudo, referencing Ganon's human form, Ganondorf. The Gerudo Champion Urbosa takes this as a personal insult to her and her people.
    • When fought as a boss, the Tron Lines and technology on its head are arranged identically to Ganondorf's Cool Crown in Twilight Princess.
    • The Hyrule Compendium states that Ganon was known by many names, including the title "Great King of Evil" from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • The Corruption: Ganon's body is composed of a substance called Malice, a form of dark energy that corrupts anything it comes into contact with. Its power surrounds Hyrule Castle in the form of a red and black fog, and is spreading across Hyrule as a living, toxic ooze. It is responsible for the corruption of the Guardians and the Divine Beasts. Also, the Spirit Dragon, Naydra, is corrupted by its Malice as well.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Dark Beast Ganon is focused entirely on size and power. Link can barely reach its ankles in terms of height, its body is invulnerable to all forms of attack save for the Bow of Light, the Twilight Bow, Ancient Arrows, and the Master Sword's Skyward Strikes, and its Breath Weapon can shave off a huge portion of his hearts. With Zelda weakening it from the inside, however, its weaknesses become apparent. Link can easily dodge its attacks and run circles around it, and its size makes shooting at its weak points a simple matter.
  • Cyborg: Link interrupts its attempt to reincarnate — presumably by absorbing Zelda's divine power a la Demise in Skyward Sword — so it bursts out of a pulsating sac of tech line-covered Malice-flesh in the form of a vaguely humanoid cyborg possessing multiple limbs wielding all the weapons of its offshoots, Guardian tentacles, and a skull-like face with an enormous crimson beard and mane.
  • Dark Is Evil: It's a swathe of malignant darkness and Malice.
  • Determinator: He seeks to reincarnate himself upon Hyrule no matter what it takes. Even when Link destroys its physical form, Ganon still refuses to go down and incarnates improperly into Dark Beast Ganon. While the English version states Ganon has given up on reincarnation by this point, the Japanese version states his manifestation into Dark Beast Ganon is a sign of his refusal to give up reincarnation.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Ganon has taken the forms of a humanoid Gerudo and a demonic Pig Man, but this form is nothing less than a boar-shaped mass of darkness and Malice. When fought as a boss, it manifests as a vaguely humanoid cyborg with a skull-like face, and when that form is defeated, it manifests as the enormous boar-monster Dark Beast Ganon.
  • Elemental Powers: Calamity Ganon wields the powers of all four Blight Ganons.
  • Evil Is Bigger: While Ganon has always dwarfed Link in size, he takes it Up to Eleven in this game. His first form is the closest equivalent to Ganondorf, with a humanoid torso and head, and it is around the size of Ganon's beast form from the other games, with his skull-like head being as big as Link. And as Dark Beast Ganon, he is the size of a Kaiju, with Link and his horse barely reaching his ankles.
  • Evil Redhead: One of Ganon's most recognizable traits is his red mane, which is also one of the last remaining traces of Ganondorf left in Calamity Ganon's first form.
  • Extra Eyes: In the final battle, Dark Beast Ganon's final weak point is an enormous orange slit-pupiled eye that appears on his head, surrounded by dozens of smaller eyes.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The Extra Eyes of Dark Beast Ganon are found inside of its massive forehead, only visible after Link severely weakens it with the Light Arrows.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Calamity Ganon's smoke form is shown to have two large tusks at the sides of its mouth. Dark Beast Ganon has a series of large fangs lined in its jaws along with those two tusks.
  • Final Boss: As the overarching threat of Hyrule, it is not surprising that Calamity Ganon is the last opponent that Link needs to face to finish the game.
  • Fireballs: Has Fireblight Ganon's free hand for casting fire magic, and it can use Fireblight's explosive fireball attack, except Calamity Ganon can charge it far more quickly.
  • Full-Boar Action: Even though it's now a swirling vortex of dark energy, it coalesces into the shape of a giant-mouthed boar. When manifested as the Dark Beast Ganon, it takes on physical form as a colossal boar-monster that dwarfs any other boss in the series.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: A justified example, as Ganon either grew so powerful or ended up devolving so much that he became little more than a corrupting, destructive force of evil with no mind to speak of. It should be noted that the development team avoided giving him lines, as it would require unnecessary characterization and background exposition, which would distract from the gameplay.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Calamity Ganon's eyes are always glowing, no matter what form it takes. The only exception are the Extra Eyes within Dark Beast Ganon.
  • Go for the Eye: After severely weakening Dark Beast Ganon, Extra Eyes appear within its massive forehead. No guesses as to what you have to do next.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Calamity Ganon's roar is beastly and intimidating, even from a distance. And its spider-like cyborg form emits a high-pitched, inhuman shriek.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Potentially. Link can use the Sword of the Six Sages, which Ganondorf used in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, to attack Calamity Ganon. Also, Link can use the Giant Horse, implied to be the descendant of Ganondorf's horse, against Dark Beast Ganon.
  • Holy Burns Evil: The only weapons capable of injuring him as Dark Beast Ganon are the Light Bow and Twilight Bow's arrows, Ancient Arrows, and the Master Sword's Skyward Strikes.
  • I Have Many Names: Not counting the Blight Ganons that he created, Ganon has many names in this game. He is referred by various inhabitants as either "Ganon", "Calamity Ganon", or simply "The Great Calamity". His Hyrule Compendium entry also noted that he also went by the title "Great King of Evil". And that's not going into his One-Winged Angel form known as "Dark Beast Ganon".
  • Informed Attribute: The Old Man states that Calamity Ganon was a cunning being that came up with an Evil Plan beyond their imagining one hundred years ago. Its actual intelligence is debatable, as Ganon shows no intellect beyond primal instincts and its unimaginable plan was nothing more than corrupting the Sheikah tech that had defeated him 10,000 years ago. However, Ganon (or Ganondorf) may simply have chosen not to speak, because he's had enough and cannot afford to toy around as he seeks to reincarnate properly.
  • It Can Think: The reason why Hyrule's second attempt of using the Sheikah tech backfired was due to the fact that Calamity Ganon, despite appearing as (more of) a mindless beast than his previous incarnations, still possessed enough intelligence to remember and learn from his previous defeat.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The Old Man refers to the Calamity Ganon as a non-personable "it". Subverted as masculine pronouns are also used to describe Calamity Ganon.
  • Kaiju: Dark Beast Ganon is by far not only the largest version of Ganon in the franchise, but one of the largest Zelda bosses ever. Link on a horse isn't even up to its ankles.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: He's been sealed in Hyrule Castle for 100 years. By the time the game proper begins, Ganon has reclaimed enough power to manifest itself as a mass of fog-like corruption surrounding the castle and resurrect monsters during a Blood Moon. It's also made clear that soon, Ganon will break free of its imprisonment and destroy what's left of Hyrule unless Link can put him down for good.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: Ganondorf's life and actions have been completely forgotten by the people of Hyrule, who only know him as his Calamity Ganon incarnation. The only remnant of his past that survives is a vague legend that he was once a Gerudo.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Calamity Ganon is no slouch in the department of speed and brute force. It has multiple ways of attacking Link and each strike can knock him back hard, taking a good chunk of health with it. Inverted with Dark Beast Ganon, who is slow and has one or two means of attack.
  • Made of Evil: Calamity Ganon is the true embodiment of Demise's hatred, a mass of pure Malice shaped like a boar. His final form is stated to be Demise's curse in its purest form, with its boss title being 'Hatred and Malice Incarnate'.
  • Meaningful Rename: "Calamity" isn't being used as an adjective or descriptor here; it's like the naming scheme of a hurricane. He became a calamity known as Ganon. Some characters refer to him as simply "The Calamity".
  • Mechanical Abomination: As if being an Eldritch Abomination wasn't enough, Calamity Ganon's essence also acts as a living computer virus. When said essence is infused with Sheikah technology, such as the Guardians, it becomes an extension of Ganon's being. Calamity Ganon's physical form is a mixture of Magitek and flesh-like Malice that somewhat resembles a decaying humanoid spider.
  • Mechanical Monster: Its first form is largely composed of a giant Guardian machine with a humanoid torso that may or may not be organic, held together by Malice.
  • Metamorphosis: According to the Hyrule Compendium, the moment it sensed Link awakening Ganon entered a metamorphosis phase to obtain a new physical body. He forms a cocoon of Malice and Sheikah technology to protect himself from intruders as his new vessel develops. However, Zelda tremendously slowed down the process, resulting in an incomplete form by the time Link comes to face Ganon. Upon entering the Sanctum, Ganon bursts out of the cocoon prematurely. Instead of the humanoid Ganondorf or even Pig Man Ganon, Calamity Ganon's incomplete body is a mechanical abomination that is more of a cross between a rotting corpse and a deformed spider, instead of anything remotely human.
  • Mighty Glacier: Dark Beast Ganon moves extremely slowly, but its laser attack is devastating.
  • Monster Progenitor: He created the Four Blight Ganons to control the Divine Beasts.
  • Motive Decay: In previous Zelda games, Ganon always had one goal in mind: Take over Hyrule and then the rest of world. And he often does this by obtaining the Triforce and using its power to make his wish come true. In Breath of the Wild, thousands of years after the latest chronological Zelda game, Calamity Ganon seems to have traded world domination for world destruction, and his desire for the Triforce is apparently all but forgotten by this point. It remains ambiguous if he has truly abandoned it, however, as his first and foremost agenda in the game is to properly reincarnate himself back to his prime, and Link will always interrupt that process no matter how long it takes him to reach the Sanctum.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Its physical body has multiple limbs, used to hold the weapons of the Blight Ganons.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Affixing the epithet "The Calamity" before its name doesn't inspire visions of hope and peace.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Once Ganon manifests as Dark Beast Ganon, Zelda states that the the only weapon capable of hurting him is the holy Light Bow, and even then only when she uses her power to create weak spots for Link to target.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: While Zelda's had its share of nasty-looking monsters, Calamity Ganon's first form is so malformed and Gorny that it looks far more like something you'd encounter in a Xenoblade title. Fitting, perhaps, since Monolith Soft are credited as co-producers.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • If Link frees the Divine Beasts from Ganon's control, then the first fight against Calamity Ganon has the Demon King be caught by surprise by a rain of blue Sheikah energy, cutting its health in half.
    • Dark Beast Ganon does this when Zelda escapes its body.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: When Calamity Ganon returned 100 years ago, it destroyed everything in its path before being sealed away in Hyrule Castle. Once he breaks free and regenerates himself, nothing will stop him from consuming the rest of the land in death and destruction.
  • One-Winged Angel: As per Zelda tradition, Ganon will assume his ultimate form in a last-ditch attempt to defeat Link. After Link destroys Calamity Ganon's first form, Ganon abandons his cyborg body to put all of his energy to become Dark Beast Ganon, a giant boar made of hatred and malice.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He's not really the most proactive version of Ganon, mostly staying within the corrupted, ruined confines of Hyrule Castle. Justified because he's a Sealed Evil in a Duel with Zelda and cannot act as he wishes, being limited to reviving monsters and controlling the Guardians and Divine Beasts with his Malice.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Ganon has become so powerful that he could destroy the world on his own, even without the need of his monsters or Guardians. His very essence alone is enough to corrupt technology and even living beings.
  • The Power of Hate: Ganon was born of the hatred of the Demon King Demise, and this incarnation is so consumed with hate that he has almost completely lost his mind. He transforms into Dark Beast Ganon by focusing entirely on his hatred for Link and Zelda, but at the cost of what little intelligence he has left.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: Calamity Ganon had long passed this stage eons ago, but he somehow manages to top it during the Final Battle. Its new physical form is a Lightning Bruiser, but it's a grotesque combination of a humanoid corpse and a mechanical Guardian Stalker held together by Malice. When that form is defeated, Ganon pools his Malice into an indestructible and all-powerful form known as Dark Beast Ganon, but that form is a giant boar devoid of any human traits whatsoever, a tell-tale sign that the former Gerudo has completely lost his humanity for good.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Its body and ooze are an eerie mix of purple and black. It's also a massively powerful Eldritch Abomination that turns into a Kaiju in its final form.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: A hundred years ago, Calamity Ganon had broken out from his ten thousand year prison, successfully destroyed the Kingdom of Hyrule and defeated the Champions trying to stop him. But before he can proceed to devastate the rest of the world, Zelda used her newly awakened powers to confine Ganon within the castle, denying him to savor the fruits of his victory for about a century. Eventually, Ganon manages to break free from Zelda's seal and form a physical body... only to be then confronted by the newly revived Link ready to destroy him once and for all.
  • Rage Quit: After Link interrupts its reincarnation cycle by defeating its incomplete physical form, Ganon, not giving up on resurrection, focuses all of its power into a new vessel known as Dark Beast Ganon. However, due to his conviction going wild, his new form buries his consciousness under the malice, leaving him as an enraged, berserking creature that goes on laying waste to everything in his path. In the English localisation, Zelda claims that Ganon has given up on reincarnation just for one more try at killing Link.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Its body is black with red-purple highlights. The skull of its first form also has a red mane and beard.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: Calamity Ganon and later Dark Beast Ganon are among the most powerful forms that Ganon has ever took, capable of destroying the world on their own. But Ganon does not have the sanity he had back when he was Ganondorf, which is fortunate for Link (as he wouldn't be manipulated by Ganon's machinations) but potentially unfortunate for Hyrule (as the unstable Calamity Ganon is more likely to destroy everything rather than rule with an iron fist).
  • Sanity Slippage: The years have not been kind to Ganon. Gone is the calm, confident, and intelligent Chessmaster we've come to know and love. Ganon has apparently become so powerful and is so far gone into his existence as a manifestation of evil and malice that he's become nothing more than a mindless, malevolent creature of destruction. Not helping his case is the fact that he has been denied of a proper vessel for 10,000 years (longer than any other imprisonment he had endured), and that he had to focus most of his mental energy on keeping Zelda from sealing him away during their hundred-year duel in Hyrule Castle.
  • Scary Teeth: Calamity Ganon's humanoid skull has an incomplete set of jagged teeth.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After its Dark Beast form is defeated, Calamity Ganon tries to escape but is sealed away by Zelda's divine power. In the true ending, she notes that it may someday return.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: One hundred years ago, Zelda sealed him inside Hyrule Castle and has been fighting him ever since, but her power is starting to fade. Her battle however contributed into Link's success, as the mental stalemate was enough, to tremendously slow down his resurrection.
  • Self-Constructed Being: Ganon has been reduced to a malevolent spirit that desires to reincarnate properly to his prime. However, because of Zelda's meddling for 100 years, Ganon could only muster up an incomplete body reinforced with Sheikah technology by the time Link arrives into the Sanctum of Hyrule Castle.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Its quickest attack is to stomp on the ground, generating a shockwave and a weak energy field around it. It doesn't do damage outside of Master Mode, but staggers Link; it seems to be designed specifically to waste Daruk's Protection.
  • Shrouded in Myth: While it is accepted that he was born in Hyrule, no one knows Ganon's history beyond the fairy tales and legends told over thousands of years. His origins as a male Gerudo who became the demon king is now distortedly remembered as the demon king who took the form of a Gerudo (though this is true in a way, as his first incarnation was the Demon King Demise). His transformation into Calamity Ganon is even more of a mystery, as the people of Hyrule didn't bother to distinguish the regular Evil Overlord incarnation from his now nearly mindless Eldritch Abomination incarnation.
  • Skull for a Head: Calamity Ganon's first form features a skull with a gem on its forehead, surrounded by a red mane.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Zigzagged. The Old Man refers to it as "the Calamity Ganon". Though some characters refer to it as Calamity Ganon or just Ganon.
  • Spider People: Its first form is composed of a humanoid upper half fused with a mechanical Guardian spider acting as its legs.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Ganon has fought over countless incarnations of Link and Zelda throughout the ages, and being thwarted by them time and time again has taken a toll on his sanity. Instead of trying to take over Hyrule as he did in the past, Calamity Ganon now opts to destroy it instead. When latest incarnation of Link destroys Calamity Ganon's incomplete physical body, the enraged Demon King assumes his Dark Beast form to kill everything out of spite.
  • Super Smoke: It can been seen as a vortex of darkness surrounding Hyrule Castle, with a boar-shaped manifestation emerging from the top in a cutscene.
  • Sword and Gun: Its first form can use Windblight Ganon's cannon alongside multiple energy blades.
  • Taking You with Me: Ganon's final gambit after Link destroys its physical form. Deprived of its chance to reincarnate back into the world, the enraged Ganon uses all of its energy to become Dark Beast Ganon, a form that causes the Demon King to lose whatever is left of his mind and be reduced to a rampaging beast. Not that he needs his mind, as he intends to destroy everything in sight, especially Link.
  • Technopath: Used its Malice to take control of the Guardians and the Divine Beasts.
  • Tennis Boss: Played with. When Calamity Ganon uses the fireball attack of Fireblight Ganon, this is subverted. See Fireblight's section for more info. However, when it uses the cannon of Windblight Ganon, this can be played straight, albeit not the only way to fight the boss.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In terms of raw power at least. Ganon has gone from an already highly dangerous sorcerer and warrior to being pretty much a malicious force of nature. While his intelligence may have faded, it has not disappeared, as he was still able to learn from his past defeat by the Guardians and Divine Beasts, corrupting them and using them himself.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: As Ganondorf, he was a calculating chessmaster and a skilled warrior. As the Calamity Ganon, he is a chaotic, almost mindless force of nature, although he still managed to turn Hyrule's own Guardians and Divine Beasts against the kingdom. In the present, he can do nothing more than trying to create a physical body and destroy what's left of Hyrule, and he stops doing the former once Link defeats him the first time.
  • Turns Red: Once it loses about half of its life (not counting what the Champions took care of), Calamity Ganon begins to shine with a red aura that renders him invulnerable to all attacks. The only way to remove the aura is to reflect its projectile attacks, use Urbosa's Fury, or execute Perfect Dodges.
  • Ultimate Evil: It is The Corruption in itself and the source of all misery in the game, not physically seen until the very end.
  • Uncertain Doom: In the final battle, Zelda in the US version states that Ganon has "given up on reincarnation and assumed his pure, enraged form" to kill Link at all costs, implying that he is at risk of being Killed Off for Real this time around. He gets weakened enough for Zelda to engulf him in an orb of divine light that shrinks until it vanishes. However, in the true ending, Zelda also implies that his demise may be temporary, leaving Ganon's true fate to be ambiguous.
  • Up to Eleven: Ganon typically only wants the Triforce and to conquer Hyrule, but now he is a mindless monster that wants to destroy the world entirely, not unlike Demise's sealed form of The Imprisoned.
  • Villain Decay: Downplayed. Ganon is still as much of a threat to Hyrule as he was in the past if not moreso. Calamity Ganon itself may be his most powerful form yet, able to corrupt the Guardians and devastate the world with its mere essence alone. But part of what made Ganon so dangerous in previous games was his calmness and chessmaster skills. Calamity Ganon lacks these traits, and he suffers setback after setback despite destroying much of Hyrule in the process. Zelda was able to contain him within Hyrule Castle for 100 years, and when Link finally confronts Ganon, the Demon King could only muster a grotesque spider-like form to fight his adversary. If Link frees all the Divine Beasts, Ganon loses half of his health before he can even make his first move. Even when he enters his ultimate form as Dark Beast Ganon, he succumbs to blind rage and becomes predictable enough for Link to outmaneuver and defeat easily. A pitiful fate for the once Great King of Evil.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Not that Calamity Ganon was ever stable in this game, but when Link defeats his first form, he screams in fury as its body literally breaks down. He then assumes his pure, enraged form as Dark Beast Ganon to wipe out both Link and Hyrule at all costs. Once Link weakens the Dark Beast enough for Zelda to break out, Ganon panics and reverts back into his smoke form and tries to attack the now-freed princess, only to get sealed away by Zelda's divine orb.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind:
    • A unique variation where players could only tell the difficulty differences of Calamity Ganon if they enter its resting place at different stages of game. If Link confronts Ganon immediately after leaving the Great Plateau, not only would he encounter a powerful boss that strikes with no mercy, but he would have to go through a gauntlet of Blight Ganons before he actually gets to fight the Big Bad. But Calamity Ganon's formidability actually weakens should Link partake in the Shrine Quests and free the Divine Beasts. For every Divine Beast freed, a Blight Ganon would be removed from the Boss Bonanza, and Calamity Ganon itself loses 12.5% of its health from each freed Divine Beast's laser. If Link frees all the Divine Beasts and completes all the Shrines, then he would just confront a weakened Calamity Ganon with half of its health left while Link has more than enough hearts, stamina, and resources by this point of the game to outclass his adversary.
    • This is inverted in the backstory, where King Rhoam's solution to ward off Calamity Ganon 100 years ago is to unearth the Guardian army that bested it 10,000 years beforehand. Ganon, however, developed the ability to hijack machines in the interim, taking the army for itself and bringing Hyrule to ruin.
  • Volumetric Mouth: When Link first sees the smoky form of Calamity Ganon from the Great Plateau, it can open its enormous mouth to a near 90 degree angle. The effect is rather unsettling. Subverted with its physical forms, whose mouths are normal-sized compared to their bodies.
  • Was Once a Man: Calamity Ganon is known to have once been Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves, and the barest traces of his human form are visible in the body he was constructing in his cocoon, but it's been so long and he's devolved so far that he has only been known as Ganon, for millennia.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Ganon has apparently spiraled so far into his Made of Evil existence that he has seemingly lost all traces of sapience, reduced to a malicious force of nature. This is especially true of Dark Beast Ganon, whose Hyrule Compendium entry states that its transformation into a monster made of concentrated Malice has robbed it of all awareness except the desire to rampage and destroy.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Since Zelda sealed him in a duel for a hundred years, he could only muster up a incomplete body reinforced with Sheikah technology. Also, Ganon needs to focus most of his mental capability on Zelda, as she would seal him away once more if he doesn't hold her back. These factors, plus Zelda sabotaging Calamity Ganon from within, are what allow Link to defeat the Demon King for good.

    Blight Ganons 

Blight Ganons

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Malicious entities born from Calamity Ganon, these phantoms killed the Champions and took possession over the Divine Beasts. With the Divine Beasts under their control, the Blight Ganons brought natural disasters across the four corners of Hyrule, such as fierce winds, heavy rains, fiery eruptions, and electric sandstorms. Now focusing on controlling the Divine Beasts, Link must first wrest control away from them to force them out of the machines and fight in the open.

Tropes applying to the Blight Ganons as a whole:


  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: As part of the trials of "The Champions' Ballad" DLC, the monk administering the trial creates illusory recreations of the four Blight Ganons within Link's mind, essentially making rematches against them with limited resources. Defeating these rematches upgrades the corresponding Champion's Gift.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game:
    • They have similar powers and weapons to their corresponding Champion. Fireblight Ganon wields a large sword like Daruk and can shield itself in an orb of fire like Daruk's Protection, Windblight Ganon uses a projectile weapon like Revali and can control wind like Revali's Gale, and Thunderblight Ganon uses a sword and shield like Urbosa and can use lightning like Urbosa's Fury. Waterblight Ganon wields a spear like Mipha, but has no unique power to match her healing, so it uses Sheikah Cryonis magic as an extension of its water powers. Each of the four Blight Ganons were successful in this regard, killing their assigned Champion.
    • On Link's part, as they are composed of Sheikah technology, they are especially vulnerable to Ancient Gear and Guardian weaponry.
  • Boss Bonanza: Optional, but if you try to go to Hyrule Castle before you free their respective Divine Beasts, the ones you haven't defeated will fight you one at a time before you face their progenitor.
  • Boss Subtitles: "Scourge of Divine Beast [Name]".
  • Bright Is Not Good: They are all vibrantly colored, and they all are destructive incarnations of Calamity Ganon.
  • Computer Virus: They are basically living computer viruses that have taken control of the Divine Beasts.
  • Cool Mask: They all have mask-like plates for faces.
  • Counterpart Combat Coordination: As noted in Evil Counterpart, each Blight Ganon uses the same type of weapon as their corresponding Champion. Daruk and Fireblight Ganon both wield very large swords and can use a shield of fire. Mipha and Waterblight Ganon both wield polearms. Urbosa and Thunderblight Ganon both wield swords and shields and have control over lightning. And while Windblight Ganon doesn't use a bow like Revali, it still wields a projectile weapon and has control over wind. Each of the phantoms fought against their Champion counterparts, with the Champions losing the battle and their lives.
  • Cyber Cyclops: They all have a single eye in the center of their faces, similar to the Guardians.
  • Cyborg: They are comprised of Malice-flesh and Sheikah technology.
  • Elemental Powers: Each one uses a specific element to match the Divine Beast they're controlling.
  • Elite Four: There are four of them in total, and they were instrumental to Calamity Ganon's destruction of Hyrule.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Each of the Blight Ganons is armed with the same weapon type that their opposing Champion wielded. The exception is Windblight Ganon, who uses an Arm Cannon rather than a traditional bow and arrow like Revali, but either way they're both the only ranged weapon expert in their respective team. Three of them also use the same signature magical ability: Windblight Ganon summons updrafts, Fireblight Ganon encases itself in a shield, and Thunderblight Ganon calls down lightning.
    • Calamity Ganon itself is one for Link, being able to wield all of the others' weapons in addition to unique attacks, leaving Dark Beast Ganon to be Zelda's counterpart as the manifestation of Malice and the curse of Demise with the current summoner of the Light Arrows and Hylia's power.
  • Evil Redhead: All of them have long, wild red hair coming from their heads, probably evoking their progenitor's human form. Calamity Ganon has the same, with a beard as well.
  • Eye Beams: Like the Guardians, they can lock on to Link and fire lasers from their single blue eyes.
  • Foreshadowing: They're twisted constructs of Malice and scraps of Sheikah technology. By the time we see their master, it's clear they were indicative of his ability to construct functional forms, as, after a century's time of work, he is in no better shape than the Blights.
  • Go for the Eye: While it's not strictly necessary to defeat them, unlike other Zelda bosses adhering to this trope, shooting them in the eye will briefly stun them.
  • Hell Is That Noise: They all mainly communicate with inhuman shrieks.
  • Humanoid Abomination: All of them are vaguely humanoid, but look very bizarre, unnatural, and Metroid-esque compared to the other monsters in this game.
  • Laser Blade: Apart from Windblight Ganon, they can all produce blades of energy.
  • Made of Evil: They are made of Malice just like Calamity Ganon.
  • Magitek: They're made of both the long-lost, futuristic technology of the Sheikah, as well as the Malice that comprises Calamity Ganon.
  • Mechanical Abomination: The Blight Ganons are a mockery of Sheikah technology, twisted into beings that barely resemble anything humanoid. Their artificial nature allowed them to hijack the Divine Beasts, and they were able to mimic the slain Champions' powers against Link.
  • Natural Weapon: Their weapons are parts of their bodies; Windblight Ganon has an Arm Cannon, Thunderblight Ganon has a Hook Hand, and both Fireblight Ganon and Waterblight Ganon have a Blade Below the Shoulder.
  • Power Floats: Due to having no visible legs, they mainly hover above the ground.
  • The Psycho Rangers: As a whole, they are Calamity Ganon's answer to the formidable Champions that stand with Link and Zelda.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To recurring Zelda boss Phantom Ganon. They are floating monsters resembling Ganon that are offshoots of his dark magic but are still distinct entities. The quest description for "The Champions' Ballad" after they are defeated even refers to them as "phantom Ganons."
  • Teleport Spam: Can warp around the arena by turning into a ball of energy.
  • Turns Red: At half health, they start to use stronger attacks.
    • Waterblight Ganon floods the room with water to make it hard for Link to move around and starts using Cryonis.
    • Fireblight Ganon ignites its sword and encases itself in a ball of fire that renders it immune to all attacks.
    • Thunderblight Ganon electrifies its sword and shield and begins summoning spikes from the sky to act as lightning rods.
    • Windblight Ganon activates its Attack Drones and uses them to redirect its shots and to fire blasts of condensed air.

Windblight Ganon

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Scourge of Divine Beast Vah Medoh
An offshoot of Calamity Ganon sent to take over the Divine Beast Vah Medoh.
  • Arm Cannon: It has a gun where its right hand should be.
  • Attack Drones: In the second phase of the fight, it detaches the spikes projecting from its back and uses them to redirect its shots to confuse Link as well as to fire condensed blasts of wind from its arm cannon. The drones can be temporarily taken out.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It is the largest Blight Ganon.
  • Blow You Away: It can form tornadoes with its right hand and can fire condensed gusts of wind from its arm blaster.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Revali describes it as a dirty fighter, and it can use its Attack Drones to redirect its shots to hit Link's blind spot.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Its cannon can fire bolts of energy and gusts of wind, but not bullets.
  • Flunky Boss: Windblight Ganon makes use of Attack Drones later in the fight.
  • High-Altitude Battle: Defeating it requires Link to ride updrafts with the Paraglider and fire arrows at it.

Waterblight Ganon

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Scourge of Divine Beast Vah Ruta
An offshoot of Calamity Ganon sent to take over the Divine Beast Vah Ruta.
  • Animal Motifs: Its snout is shaped like an elephant's trunk, and it took over the elephant-based Vah Ruta.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The energy spear it uses is projected from its mechanical left arm.
  • Blade on a Stick: It manifests an energy spear that it can fire at Link.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: According to Mipha in some of the post-rematch dialogue, it was able to kill her before she could even fight back.
  • Ice Magic Is Water: It has power over water and ice.
  • An Ice Person: It can create giant blocks of ice to toss at Link. Link can counter this by using Cryonis to shatter the ice.
  • Javelin Thrower: Can toss its spears at Link.
  • The Left Hand of Doom: Its left arm, which holds its energy spear, is very long. Combined with the length of its spear, this gives it a very wide reach.
  • Logical Weakness: Water is inevitably vulnerable to electricity.
  • A Sinister Clue: Wields its energy spear with its left arm.
  • Sword Plant: Can slam the ground with its spear and create a short-ranged shockwave.

Fireblight Ganon

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Scourge of Divine Beast Vah Rudania
An offshoot of Calamity Ganon sent to take over the Divine Beast Vah Rudania.
  • BFS: It has a massive energy-sword for a right hand.
  • The Brute: The Blight Ganons are all mindless beasts, but Fireblight in particular is bulkier and more focused on beating your face in.
  • Deflector Shields: When it Turns Red, it encases itself in a fiery barrier similar to Daruk's Protection, rendering it impervious to most attacks.
  • Feed It a Bomb: The method by which you must knock it out of the air when he does his charged fireball attack is to throw bombs when he's charging his attack, not unlike King Dodongo or Scaldera.
  • Fireballs: It holds a fireball in its right hand, which it uses to throw a cluster of small fireballs. During its second phase, it can charge up a more powerful, explosive fireball to throw.
  • Flaming Sword: During its second phase, it ignites its Laser Blade, giving it the ability to make fiery explosions and Spread Shots of flames.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: There are two ways to beat him. One is to get a bomb caught up in his suction and blow it up in his face, two is to deflect his fireball back at him. Both strategies involve using his own ability against himself.
  • Logical Weakness: Fire is inevitably vulnerable to ice.
  • Playing with Fire: It wields a fiery sword, and can shield itself in an impenetrable sphere of fire.
  • The Right Hand of Doom: Again, the big honking fire sword.
  • Tennis Boss: Subverted. Fireblight Ganon charges an explosive fireball the same way Ganondorf did in the penultimate fight of Ocarina of Time. But if you attempt to swat them back against Fireblight, it explodes in your face. You can, however, parry the fireball back with your shield instead of your melee weapon.

Thunderblight Ganon

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Scourge of Divine Beast Vah Naboris
An offshoot of Calamity Ganon sent to take over the Divine Beast Vah Naboris.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: It has an energy sword for a right arm.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: In the second phase of the fight, it can call down metal spikes to act as lightning rods.
  • Fast as Lightning: Thunderblight Ganon is the smallest of the main bosses, but is by far the fastest. Its main battle tactic is to zip around the arena with its Flash Step ability, then slash with its Hook Hand. It also has the ability to control lightning, as implied by its name.
  • Flash Step: It can quickly dash around the arena to attack Link.
  • Hook Hand: Its Laser Blade is hook-shaped, and it wields it in place of a right hand.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Link can use Magnesis to lift one of its metal spikes near it, causing it to damage itself with its own lightning.
    • Despite controlling lightning, Link can use Urbosa's Fury to stun it, although the only way to do this is in the illusory battle in the "Champions' Ballad" DLC (since Urbosa's Fury is won from the initial fight).
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: It has an energy shield it uses to block Link's attacks. The shield can be temporarily destroyed to let Link attack.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It moves quick and hits hard.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: It is the smallest Blight Ganon, but no less deadly than its kin.
  • Shock and Awe: It can toss lightning balls from its Hook Hand, and in its second phase, it can power up by electrifying itself.
  • Sword Beam: It can launch balls of energy from its sword.
  • Speed Blitz: Thunderblight Ganon's main tactic is to overwhelm its opponent with its Flash Step ability.

    Malice 

Malice

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The alternately liquid-like and ash-like substance that Ganon produces to spread his dominion over Hyrule. Pervasive within Hyrule Castle and the Divine Beasts, it can also be found in more limited quantities in various Pools of Malice, while a surge of the stuff occurs across the whole kingdom during a Blood Moon.


  • Black Eyes of Crazy: The eyes of the Pools of Malice have black sclera, yellow irises, and vertically-slitted pupils.
  • Go for the Eye: Some Pools of Malice can be destroyed by shooting the eye appendages sticking out of them.
  • Made of Evil: The Malice is the physical manifestation of Ganon's evil.
  • Meat Moss: Pools of Malice can be found throughout the Divine Beasts, Hyrule Castle, and some other locations, growing across the environment and impeding Link's process. They take on a very fleshy appearance, with some pools sprouting eyes or mouths.
  • Mook Maker: Pools of Malice can spit Cursed enemies out of toothy mouths if you get too close. The Malice also does this on a massive scale during a Blood Moon, reviving all the enemies you've killed.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Once Ganon himself is defeated, the Malice disappears from Hyrule, as evidenced by its conspicuous absence from the previously Malice-drenched Castle Town.
  • The Power of Hate: It is the material manifestation of Ganon's (and by extension, Demise's) hatred towards Hyrule, and as such, it's a deadly substance that deprives all it touches of life.

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Yiga Clan

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The Yiga Clan

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"Beware, fool, the eye of the Yiga."
"The Sheikah became outcasts, forced into exile. Some, like us, chose to cast off our technological advances and strove to live normal lives. Others fostered a hatred towards the kingdom that shunned them. These sad souls swore their allegiance to Ganon. They now call themselves the Yiga Clan. Their sole mission is to eliminate all who stand against Ganon. Please, dear hero... be careful out there."
Cado

When the Hylians turned on the Sheikah, some of them could not forgive their former allies for this betrayal. These dissidents swore revenge on the Hylians and became the Yiga Clan, seeking to maintain as much of their old magitek as possible and use it to avenge themselves on all Hylians. Sworn to Calamity Ganon, they seek to bring the demise of the hero resurrected.


  • Animal Motif: Like the Sheikah in Kakariko Village, they have dozens of frog statues surrounding their hideout. The Yiga's are all wearing face cloths like some of the Sheikah monks, but they're emblazoned with the upside-down eye of the Yiga.
  • Apocalypse Cult: The Yiga Clan is devoted to killing Link, which would allow Calamity Ganon to destroy the world unopposed. They've been around since before the Great Calamity, though whether they had any part in bringing him back or if Ganon even knows they exist is left unclear.
  • Avenging the Villain: Killing Master Kohga won't stop the Yiga ambushes; in fact, it simply makes them more frequent and less subtle.
  • Berserk Button: Betrayal. They swore their services to Ganon after the Hylians turned on them, and in the present, they respond to Dorian's attempt to leave by holding his children hostage after killing his wife.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Their banana-crazed behavior in the Yiga Hideout as well as their over-the-top leader may lead you into thinking that the Yiga Clan are just comical foes like the Bokoblins. But then you learn about Dorian's backstory as a former Yiga Clan member. The Yiga Clan, in response to his defection, killed his wife and now threaten to kill his children if he does not give up information about Link and Kakariko Village. Even when he complies to their wishes, the clan members decide to execute him for outliving his usefulness, and would have succeeded if Link had not intervened. Two cutscenes from the past also exhibit their ruthless ambushes. Despite their goofy demeanor, they are still a deranged and murderous clan carrying out Ganon's will.
  • Category Traitor: The Yiga Clan considers any member who defects to be forfeiting their lives. Family members are not safe from the Yiga's wrath, as Dorian found out the hard way with his wife.
  • Clarke's Third Law: Creating A Champion reveals that the seemingly mystical aspects of the Yiga Clan's martial arts are likely due to secret Sheikah technology.
  • Cool Mask: They wear solid white masks with the red Yiga eye on them.
  • Decapitated Army: Subverted. If Master Kohga is defeated, they'll dissipate from their hideout. But that means the entire clan is after Link, with archers (and occasionally a Blademaster) ambushing on the roads. It is a reckless tactic that spreads their forces thin, but it makes Hyrule less safe to travel on foot. The disguised Yiga travelers are still around, but they up their game by replacing their Vicious Sickles with Demon Carvers. They reappear in their hideout in the DLC after stealing a Sheikah orb, but like most present-day characters, they don't appear to know its purpose (which, in this case, is to be tossed into the socket in the bottomless hole in their own arena) and merely guard it. Once Link steals it, they scatter again, likely because they realize they've been infiltrated.
  • Desert Bandits: Ironically, they act as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to the Gerudo, who are now a Proud Merchant Race. Though they did not originate from the desert, they established a hideout there and stole the Thunder Helm, a Gerudo royal heirloom, to prevent the Gerudo from reaching Divine Beast Vah Naboris.
    Liana: "These thieves are highly skilled in both stealth and disguise. They refer to themselves as the Yiga. They slipped into town in the dark of night, stole the chief's heirloom, and vanished like smoke in the wind. We believe them to be descendants of the Sheikah tribe that splintered and turned to villainy. But why would they want to steal the Thunder Helm?"
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Yiga Clan is known for killing people just for speaking negatively about them or Calamity Ganon. And if a member of the clan tries to leave, both they and their family are marked for death.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Sheikah, who they split off from. The Yiga use all of their traditional skills and style, but are sworn to fight Hyrule rather than protect it. Their insignia is even an inverted version of the Sheikah's.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The Yiga Clan is composed of former Sheikah members who had forsaken their duty to protect Hyrule and joined forces with Ganon.
  • Faceless Goons: All members of the Yiga clan wear a face-covering mask with their symbol on it. When out of uniform in traveler disguises, they avert this, but still put on their faceless Yiga uniforms once they drop cover.
  • Far East Asian Terrorists: They are a ninja-like clan dedicated to destroying Hyrule.
  • Hand Seals: The Yiga clan members use traditional mudras to cast their spells.
  • Hate Sink: Although Calamity Ganon is the Big Bad of the game, it is more of a force of nature rather than a character and the monsters it controls don't have any greater agenda beyond hunting and pillaging. As such, the fanatic Yiga Clan are the only enemies that players could truly hate, and they don't disappoint in that area if you partake a Shrine Sidequest involving the Sheikah Dorian. As it turns out, the Yiga Clan murdered Dorian's wife and threatened to do the same to his daughters, Koko and Cottla, if he doesn't give up information about Link and Kakariko Village. The loss of Dorian's wife left emotional scars on the two daughters, and they would have lost their father as well had Link not given the Yiga executioner a well-deserved ass-kicking.
  • The Heavy: The Yiga Clan are the only major enemies actively hunting down Link since Calamity Ganon is too busy trying to break free out of Hyrule Castle to worry about his arch-nemesis.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Averted. Link either encounters them disguised as ordinary Hylian travelers (whereupon they transform into their battle garb) or emerging from invisibility to ambush him. The only time they remain costumed in the open is (justifiably) within their secret headquarters.
  • Les Collaborateurs: The Sheikah are the servants of Goddess Hylia who fight to protect Hyrule from evils like Ganon. The Yiga Clan, on the other hand, willingly fight for Ganon to get their revenge on the people of Hyrule, though it's unclear if he even knows they exist.
  • Magic Knight: The Yiga are good with both melee weapons and magic. Subverted in that their "magic" likely comes from Sheikah technology.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: According to Cado and the ancient tapestry detailing the first sealing of Calamity Ganon, the people of Hyrule became fearful of the Sheikah-made Guardians and Divine Beasts, and had the Sheikah banished from the land despite the fact that these machines helped seal Ganon away. Because of this decision, many Sheikah lost faith in the kingdom and swore allegiance to Ganon, becoming the feared Yiga Clan.
  • Multiple-Choice Past:
    • While it is clear that the Yiga Clan was formed as a result of a fallout between the Sheikah and the Hylians, there are different tales of when that split occurred and who founded it. Many Shiekah state that the Yiga Clan was formed shortly after the Shiekah were banished 10,000 years ago. Some, however, say that it was formed after Calamity Ganon struck 100 years ago. Yiga Clan members claim that Master Kohga founded the clan, while Master Kohga himself states he inherited a technique from his mother's father's side that only a true Yiga leader could do, implying that the clan predates him. They were definitely around before the Great Calamity, as two cutscenes in the past prove (one is from DLC), but the game doesn't make it clear for how long before the Calamity.
    • Creating A Champion explains the full timeline of Yiga's Clan history. The Yiga Clan formed shortly after the Sheikah were banished from Hyrule but only became active after. It also reveals that all leaders of the Clan take the name "Kohga" and that the one seen in-game is just the latest to take the title.
  • No Name Given: Disguised members of the Clan will have generic titles in their dialogue boxes rather than having their own unique name like normal Hylians.
  • Ninja: The Yiga Clan, like their parent group the Sheikah, are a ninja clan.
  • Paper Talisman: The Yiga clan members' teleportation always involves them vanishing into red paper talismans.
  • Psycho Supporter: They consider themselves as a group of powerful, brave warriors... dedicated to killing the hero and all those who oppose Calamity Ganon.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Yiga Clan's color aesthetics are primary dark outfits and banners with a red, upside-down version of the Sheikah Eye symbol.
  • Revenge Before Reason: They decided to throw their lot in with Calamity Ganon in order to get revenge on Hyrule for ostracizing them. There's no evidence that Ganon even knows about them or wouldn't destroy the Yiga Clan along with the rest of world.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • As the Gerudo race are no longer associated with Ganon, the Yiga Clan can be seen as their replacement. Just like the original Gerudo tribe, they are followers of Ganon, engage in thievery, and have a desert valley hideout where Link must undertake a Stealth-Based Mission.
    • They're also very similar to the Garo from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Both are clans of masked ninjas fighting against the remnants of a medieval fantasy kingdom, both have similar techniques such as a sprinting slice attack, and both have more fancily-dressed leaders you must fight to move the "desert arc" of their respective games forward.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: The original motivation for the clan's split from the other Sheikah was deep resentment over being banished for constructing marvels meant to help Hyrule. The general line of thought seemed to be something like "you believe we're going to destroy everything with our technology and other hidden arts? Fine, we will!"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: They love Mighty Bananas, to the point of keeping a massive stash of them in their base, along with being able to be baited by them in the Yiga Hideout stealth section. Without fail, they drop them upon defeat as well. It's indicated by Sheikah monk Maz Koshia's shared love for them that this trait was inherited from the ancient Sheikah.
  • Uncertain Doom: It's unclear whether Yiga clan members are actually killed when defeated. Them being humans as opposed to monsters brings in to question whether they have the common humanity-based immunity to dying, which has been present in some previous Zelda games (the Gerudo pirates in Majora's Mask and Ambi's guards in Oracle of Ages) and averted in others (Ganondorf in multiple games, the many Cannon Fodder soldiers in A Link To The Past and Four Swords Adventures, and Sakon in Majora's Mask):
    • On the one hand: Their defeat explosion is different from other enemies, resembling a Smoke Out teleport, and they remain standing when doing so rather than going into a ragdoll state like the other enemies. Given that Master Kohga dies, but not by Link's finishing blow, this could indicate that the game didn't want Link to be responsible for the deaths of fellow people.
    • On the other hand: The explosion is more violent than their usual teleports (and is red as opposed to white), they are internally flagged as dead in the game data (and thus, revived every Blood Moon), and when defeated with an Ancient Arrow, they are vaporized the same as any other organic enemy.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ganon and a lesser extent, Master Kohga. If a Yiga member were to defect, the rest of the clan will punish them severely. And defeating their leader will not cause them to fall apart. Instead, it makes them all the more determined to kill Link.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They threatened to kill Dorian's kids if he didn't do their bidding.

    Yiga Footsoldiers 

Yiga Footsoldiers

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"This is the end for you Hylian Champion!"

"A powerful, brave group of warriors, founded by Master Kohga and dedicated to defeating the hero thought long dead. I will take your life!"
"Traveler" (Disguised Yiga Footsoldier)

The rank and file of the Yiga Clan, composed of men and women. Many are found all across Hyrule, disguised as Hylian travelers in an attempt to get close and assassinate Link with their blades, while Footsoldier archers will spawn out of nowhere to shoot Link with their two-shot Duplex Bows.


  • Ambiguous Gender: As evidenced by the various Footsoldiers disguised as normal travelers, they can be either male or female, and have the neutral build for it. You can't know the gender of the Footsoldier unless it's one of the disguised ones you meet out of uniform.
  • Avenging the Villain: After Master Kohga's humiliating demise, the disguised Yiga Footsoldiers change their Battlecry in memoriam of their leader. Yiga Footsoldier archers proceed to ambush Link anywhere on the Hyrulean roads, while disguised Footsoldiers start to carry powerful Demon Carvers.
  • Battlecry: Before they take off their disguises, the Yiga traveler will proclaim that they will end Link's life here. If Link defeats Master Kohga, they would say variations of "For Kohga" instead.
  • Beneath Notice: Using real ninja techniques, Yiga assassins will disguise themselves as commoners or salesmen to get the drop on Link.
  • Call-Back: Two of their most-used attacks involve them teleporting above Link to slash him from above and rushing towards Link from a distance to make a slash. Both of these attacks were used by Ghirahim in his boss fights.
  • Death from Above: When a Yiga Footsoldier teleports, expect them to reappear above your head with a weapon in the killing position.
  • Faceless Goons: The Yiga all wear a mask with their organization's symbol emblazoned on the face and no visible eyeholes. They do appear without their face-concealing outfits to disguise themselves as ordinary travelers, though they will immediately teleport into their uniform once they engage you in combat.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Even if you know the traveler you're talking to is a Yiga in disguise, no interaction will prevent them from attacking you. A Yiga selling bananas for a ridiculous price? Well, what if you buy all of their stock? Nope. They'll attack you because they're out. Refusing to buy? Still they'll attack. Even buying a few and then stopping will lead to an attack, and it's the same for all discussions with a Yiga—they will end in them attacking, no matter what you do or say.
  • Fortune Teller: A few Yiga travelers will ask Link if he wants to hear his fortune. Naturally, those fortunes are about the demise of the hero.
  • Glass Cannon: Early on, they can hit very hard, but a reasonably strong early-game weapon like the Soldier's Broadsword can take one down in four hits. Even after you kill Master Kohga, they get a health boost and disguised Yiga get more powerful Demon Carvers, but any reasonably stronger weapon you have at that point can still kill them in four hits.
  • Interface Spoiler: It's easy to tell disguised Yiga Footsoldiers apart from all the other wandering NPCs — disguised Yiga will not have a name appear above them when walking past and only having "Traveler" as their name in the dialogue box. That being said, by the time you're talking to them, it's usually too late to back out of a fight, and NPCs don't have their names hover above their heads until you've talked to them at least once. And some of them will try to talk to you first when you get near them. Also, traveler Yiga are rather obviously placed on the side of roads and do not move around, which is different from most friendly NPCs.
  • Mage Marksman: Footsoldier archers use their teleportation ability in conjunction with their bows to stay just out of Link's reach and snipe him.
  • Master of Disguise: Disguised Footsoldiers look exactly like typical Hylians at first glance. The only way you'll know they're Yiga is when you talk to them.
  • Multi Shot: Yiga archers carry a weapon called the Duplex Bow which is able to fire two arrows at once.
  • Self-Botched Catchphrase: Whenever they sell bananas after you defeat Master Kohga, they will typically shout "For the banana!" instead of "For the boss!", though they usually correct themselves.
  • Rings of Death: After Master Kohga's death, Yiga travelers start to carry Demon Carvers, spiky ringed weapons that surpass the Royal Broadsword in power.
  • Sinister Scythe: Lower-level Yiga travelers use Vicious Sickles as their weapon of choice.
  • Talk About the Weather: Occasionally, a "traveler" will ask Link if there is going to be good weather soon. Regardless of what Link says, the "traveler" then states to Link that he won't live to see another day, revealing themselves to be a Yiga Footsoldier.
  • Teleport Spam: They love to teleport to get out of Link's reach and land some hits or shots by teleporting above him.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Right before they switch to their combat outfit, disguised Yiga shout that they will kill Link before challenging him to a fight.
  • Traveling Salesman: Some of them disguise themselves as traveling merchants. What gives them away is that they have 99 Mighty Bananas with a price of 99 Rupees each.
  • We Can Rule Together: Yiga Footsoldiers disguised as travelers will complement Link's combat prowess and strength if they witness him fighting, and suggest he join the clan.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Beware of wayward travelers cowering in fear. They may be Yiga Footsoldiers taking advantage of Link's heroic tendencies.

    Yiga Blademasters 

Yiga Blademasters

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"You don't have to shout. I'm right here."
"You forfeited your life the moment you left."

The elite force of the Yiga Clan who appear to be composed solely of men. Though not as fast or nimble as a Footsoldier, the Blademasters are more powerful and lethal in combat. They usually guard the Yiga Hideout in Karusa Valley, but they can (and will) appear across Hyrule to slaughter anyone who dares oppose Calamity Ganon.


  • Badass Baritone: Their voices are notably deeper than Footsoldiers' and can pack a wallop for Link. This, along with their build, indicates that only men are Blademasters. They do not disguise themselves as travelers, so we never see them out of uniform, leaving their voices and build the best confirmation.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: They can launch magic through the earth when you stray outside the range of their sword.
  • Elite Mooks: The Yiga Blademasters are said to be this, and they live up to that reputation. One strike from their blade can take a good amount of Link's health and if he is out of the blade's range, they will use magic instead. And if their blade hits Link in their hideout, it's a One-Hit Kill.
  • Evil Is Bigger: They are abnormally large for sapient, non-monster characters, especially compared to all the other Sheikah. Among the friendly, sapient NPCs who aren't limited to sitting in one spot, only Prince Sidon and the Gorons are bigger.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In contrast to the high-pitched voices of Yiga Footsoldiers and Master Kohga, the Blademasters have deep, resounding voices.
  • Faceless Goons: Unlike the Yiga foot soldiers, no Blademasters are ever seen without their masks.
  • Guards Must Be Crazy: The Yiga Bladmasters in the Yiga Hideout can be distracted by the sight of Mighty Bananas. Their obsession with the fruit is enough for them to abandon their post and swipe the bait.
  • Mighty Glacier: Compare to the fast and nimble Footsoldiers, the Blademasters are slow and easily telegraph their swings for Link to dodge. However, one blow from a Blademaster's Windcleaver can take out several hearts (One-Hit Kill in the Yiga Hideout), and they have several magic spells up their sleeves.
  • One-Hit Kill: To support the area's Stealth-Based Mission, all the Yiga Blademasters in the Yiga Hideout can kill Link in a single hit, bypassing even fairies and Mipha's Grace. The ones encountered outside merely do moderate damage.
  • Mouth of Sauron: When they are not guarding the Yiga Hideout, they can serve as this for Master Kohga and the Yiga Clan. One notable Blademaster is sent to inform Dorian that the Yiga Clan no longer needs him, and attempts to execute him on the spot before noticing Link.
  • Razor Wind: The Yiga Blademasters wield large katanas called Windcleavers, which can launch shockwaves of sharp wind at enemies.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: A Yiga Blademaster says this to Dorian after he gave them information about the Shrine heirloom in Impa's house, which they then proceeded to steal. However, rather than killing him on the spot, the Blademaster decides to deal with the eavesdropping Link first.

    Master Kohga 

Master Kohga

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*ahem* "I almost lost my temper there..."
"Oh, excuse me. I haven't introduced myself yet. I am the leader... of the Yiga Clan! The strong! The burly!! The one!! The only!!! MASTER KOHGA!!! Now, prepare yourself!"
Voiced by: Atsuyoshi Miyazaki (Japanese)

The egoistical leader of the Yiga Clan. Operating from the clan's hideout in Karusa Valley, Kohga launched several raids upon the Gerudo, stealing many valuable items such as the Thunder Helm heirloom. He intends to find the hero long thought to be dead and finish him off for good.


  • Acrofatic: He's pretty chubby, but doesn't have any more problem moving around than his subordinates.
  • Affably Evil: For a leader of malevolent clan, he's surprisingly polite when speaking to Link.
  • Benevolent Boss: He was beloved by the Yiga Clan and his death caused them to greatly increase their efforts to kill Link.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his silly nature and simple boss fight, he is still in charge of a dangerous clan of ninja terrorists and all their terrible deeds were likely done at his command.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He really tries to be menacing, but his overall goofy nature prevents him from being anything other than a road-bump in Link's journey.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Whilst Kohga's face is never seen, many of the female members of the Yiga clan are smitten with Kohga and find his weight to be cute.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: According to his Compendium entry, he's the top master of the Yiga arts, earning him the respect of his underlings, but tends to loaf around in his headquarters.
  • The Dragon: He sees himself as Ganon's top follower. Whether or not Ganon can respond to him at this point is another matter.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His main method of attack during his boss fight is to conjure and throw giant stones at Link.
  • Disney Villain Death: After Link defeats him, his last-ditch attack to kill Link leaves him falling into an impossibly deep pit. And just in case the fall isn't enough, his giant spiky ball of doom is falling, too. In prime position to land directly on top of him. He is not seen afterwards.
  • Dying Curse: As he ends up suffering a Disney Villain Death, he utters the declaration that sics the entire Yiga Clan after Link. Notably, after this, Yiga clan members are more likely to pop up at random while Link's exploring the world.
    "Coward! I shall be remembered! The Yiga Clan will track you to the ends of Hyruuuule!"
  • Epic Fail: His final attempt to kill Link involves him using a special Yiga technique passed down from his mother and her father before her. Said technique is summoning a gigantic spiked ball that blocks Link from his sight, but Kohga ends up debating on how to use it, and he fails to realize the ball is rolling towards him. Kohga panics and ends up falling into a Bottomless Pit, with the spiked ball landing on top of him. And all without Link doing a thing.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: He does a lot of spinning to move around during his boss fight.
  • Evil Laugh: He's constantly laughing as you battle him.
  • Expy: He is an egotistical villain sworn to Ganon, he spins a lot, and his fight has a comical note to it, making him similar to Zant.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: He can summon spiked metallic balls to crush Link, and he's able to use Magnesis to move it around. Unfortunately for him, Link's Magnesis is far stronger than his.
  • The Faceless: We never see what he looks like without his mask, much like the majority of his assassins.
  • Fat Bastard: He's got quite a large gut compared to the more skinny Assassins and the muscular Blademasters. It seems that some of his subordinates find this feature of his to be quite endearing, however, and will take offense if you choose to make fun of it.
  • Forgot About His Powers: When Kohga's so-called ultimate technique is about to crush him, he panics and backs up into the pit, apparently forgetting he could levitate and teleport.
  • Hand Seals: Like his disciples, he uses traditional Japanese mudras in order to cast his spells.
  • High Collar of Doom: His outfit comes with a very high collar.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After being defeated, he summons one last giant spiky ball of doom in front of Link and muses how he'll be crushing him with it. Except, the ball eventually rolls towards Kohga as he is ranting, and he's sent falling into a pit for his troubles.
  • Hollywood Magnetism: The third round of the fight has him using his own version of Magnesis to drag a huge metal spiked ball like an Epic Flail. Link can counter this with his own Magnesis.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Subverted. He presents himself as a powerful sorcerer as well as a master ninja, but his seemingly magical techniques are actually technological in nature and he's not the most competent.
  • Large Ham: When introducing himself to Link, he does a lot of posing.
  • Laughably Evil: Despite being the leader of a malevolent ninja clan, he's rather silly. The easiest way to beat him is to trick him into crushing himself with his own stones. He doesn't even recognize Link initially when encountered, despite Link being the primary target he's watched out for, and who just walked right into his arena.
  • Legacy Character: Creating A Champion and some of Kohga's in-game dialogue reveals that he inherited his name and his abilities from the previous leader of the Yiga Clan.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: He's the leader of an evil ninja clan and wears a mask.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is derived from "Kōga-ryū (甲賀流)," an ancient and influential school of ninjutsu.
  • Mind over Matter: He can move those stones around with his mind.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's a goofy excuse for a boss, but he is the one who gives orders to the Yiga Clan and he may be the one who called for the execution of Dorian's wife.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He's too lazy to actually find Link himself, despite being his primary goal; instead he just sends out his minions to do the hard work for him. The Hyrule Compendium' notes this in Kohga's entry:
    He sends his minions all over Hyrule in search of you but tends to spend most of his own time napping and generally loafing about.
  • Power Floats: He mainly levitates in midair.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He throws tantrums when things don't go his way, stomping his foot to the ground or air, and acts giddy when he finally encounters Link. He is also the leader of a clan dedicated to eliminating the enemies of Calamity Ganon, who would destroy the world if set free.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Subverted. While "Kohga" has been around since the beginning of the Yiga Clan, it's really just a title passed from leader to leader. The Yiga probably want people to think their boss has been around for centuries, but it's not actually the case.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Being both human and a named character, he does himself in to help preserve the game's E10 rating.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He talks a big game, but is nowhere near as dangerous as he thinks he is, which is reflected in how easy the fight against him is. Subtly emphasized in "The Champions' Ballad" when you fight Monk Maz Koshia, who is a parallel in several ways, including in name and power level among their groups. Maz Koshia uses Kohga's abilities (teleportation, summoning iron balls) but does so much more effectively, alongside his own techniques (swordfighting, copying himself, firing elemental arrows, making himself giant), and who provides an all around tougher and more elaborate fight than the Yiga leader. Kohga, a guy who has been actively in charge of a group of evil ninjas for at least a century, is a massive dweeb compared to an emaciated, self-mummified guy who had been sitting in the same spot for 10,000 years! In fact, given the way Kohga is built up but turns out to be a joke, it seems entirely deliberate that Maz Koshia is the opposite- presented as a humble monk like all the rest, but actually the trickiest opponent Link can fight in the game.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: Played With. Whenever he attacks, he has to first drop his barrier, allowing Link to loose an arrow at him and cause his giant stones to fall on his head. During the third round of the fight, he catches on to Link's strategy and keeps the barrier up, but Link gets around it by using his Magnesis against Kogha's own.
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