Calamity Ganon

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"He has given up on reincarnation and assumed his pure, enraged form." - Zelda

Calamity Ganon
BotW Calamity Ganon Artwork.png
Artwork of Calamity Ganon's incorporeal form
Title(s)
Scourge of Hyrule Castle (BotW)[1]
Calamity Enveloped in Malice (BotW)[2]
Hatred and Malice Incarnate (HWAoC)
Gender
Male[3]
Main appearance(s)
Other appearance(s)
Dungeon(s)
Weakness

Calamity Ganon is a recurring major antagonist in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Characteristics

Breath of the Wild

Calamity Ganon is known as a primal evil that has appeared throughout Hyrule's history.[4] Ten thousand years before the events of Breath of the Wild, he appeared to ravage the world.[5] In preparation for this, the Sheikah built a massive army of mechanical protectors called Guardians to aid the un-named hero and princess.[6] Four massive mobile fortresses known as Divine Beasts served as the centerpieces of this army. With this collaboration between the Sheikah and the Hylians, Ganon was sealed beneath Hyrule Castle where it he dormant for many millennia.

One hundred years prior to the game, a prophecy warned of the return of Ganon.[7][8] Hoping to prepare in the same fashion as their ancestors, the Hyrulians began working to locate and excavate the Divine Beasts and Guardians.[9] Four Champions from each of Hyrule's races were chosen to pilot the Divine Beast of their people[10] and the restoration of the mechanical army seemed to be a phenomenal success.[11] Meanwhile, Princess Zelda worked to awaken her sealing powers alongside a young knight, Link, who had been appointed as her protector.[12] Zelda was determined to awaken her power and prayed at the three springs of the goddess Hylia in Hyrule, but her efforts were met with failure.[13] Minutes after she had finished praying at the Spring of Wisdom, Ganon broke the seal that kept dormant in Hyrule Castle and rose up around it. In a move that surprised everyone, however, he managed to corrupt the entire Guardian army with his Malice and turned them against the Hyrulians.[3] Even the Divine Beasts, with their pilots slain, fell under the control of incarnations of Ganon's Malice known as the Blight Ganons.[14][15] With its strongest weapons turned against it, Hyrule was laid to ruin and Link grievously wounded, requiring him to sleep in the Shrine of Resurrection for 100 years.[16][17][18] Zelda went to confront the Ganon on her own and managed to seal it once more, though this required her to also become its prisoner to maintain the seal.[19]

Throughout Link's journey during the events of Breath of the Wild, Ganon can be seen swarming around Hyrule Castle,[19] where Zelda is using her power to keep him tethered there.[20] When Link arrives at the Sanctum of Hyrule Castle, Ganon is found hibernating within a cocoon, attempting to regenerate a physical form.[21] Link awakes Ganon from this process prematurely, confronting him in an incomplete form resembling a grotesque mixture of Ganondorf, Malice, and Guardian parts. Ganon fights with a mixture of attacks used by his four incarnations of Malice (Blight Ganons).

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Calamity Ganon — Spirit Battle Information

SSBU Calamity Ganon Spirit Icon.png
Calamity Ganon
SSBU Primary Spirit Icon.png Primary Spirit
No. 243
Team Power SSBU Shield Type Icon.png Shield | 13900 Rank ★★★★ LEGEND Fighter(s)
Stage Great Plateau Tower (Ω) Theme "Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form" Giant SSBU Ganondorf Stock Icon 5.png Ganondorf
Ally SSBU Zelda Stock Icon 2.png Zelda
Rule(s) Sudden Damage Hazard(s)
Condition(s)
 · You lose if your CPU ally is KO'd
 · You'll occasionally take sudden damage after a little while
 · The enemy is giant

Calamity Ganon — Spirit Information

SSBU Calamity Ganon Spirit Icon.png

Calamity Ganon
No. 243
Lv. 1
Type ATTACK Strength 2466
Rank ★★★★ LEGEND Defense 2466
Slot(s) Power 4932
Trait
This Spirit has no Trait.

Calamity Ganon appears as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and has no ability.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Calamity Ganon retroactively debuts during the second Great Calamity. In an attempt to ensure that his manifestation cannot be averted, he sends a piece of himself through the time warp used by Terrako to stop it from changing the future. Soon afterward, he tries to use a possessed Guardian to try and kill Zelda as she, Link, and Impa are on their way to the Royal Tech Lab.

Calamity Ganon eventually gained a more complete form after having his Harbinger Ganon form absorb Astor after the two were brought to a corner by the Champions of Hyrule, which resembled a gigantic, Malice and Sheikah technology-fused version of his human form, albeit with a slightly piggish snout. He was also invincible in this form, forcing the Champions to their knees until Terrako, reactivated after being forced to fight the Champions due to Calamity Ganon, proceeded to take Calamity Ganon's blast towards Zelda and self-destructed, weakening him enough to ultimately seal him away.

Calamity Ganon can also be unlocked as a playable Warrior by completing Challenges pertaining to the Blight Ganons until a trio of three Challenges unlock where players must challenge the three final bosses in one-on-one confrontations. Completing the Challenge "Versus Calamity Ganon" will unlock him. His weapon is the Malice-infested Ancient screws as part of his form is derived from Terrako.

The playable version of Calamity Ganon is slightly smaller than the boss version though he can still use many of the same attacks. His unique ability is to spread Malice when performing combos and certain Strong Attacks. His Unique Action will have Ganon absorb Malice back into his body, filling the Malice gauge. Filling it completely will have him enter his Calamity form where he gains new powerful combos. Either string will not only stagger strong enemies and bosses but expose their Weak Point on hit. His Enhanced Ability allows him to spread even more Malice in his Calamity form with his normal combo.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
LanguageNameMeaning
United KingdomEnglishBRCalamity Ganon (BotW) 
NetherlandsDutchGanon, het Onheil (BotW | HWAoC)[22][23]Ganon, the Calamity
CanadaFrenchCAGanon, le Fléau (BotW)
Fléau Ganon (HWAoC)[24]
 
Scourge Ganon
GermanyGermanVerheerung Ganon (BotW) 
SpainSpanishEUGanon (BotW) 
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See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Scourge of Hyrule Castle
    Calamity Ganon
    " — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Ganon
    A Calamity Enveloped in Malice"
     (Creating a Champion pg. 75)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ganon was cunning, and he responded with a plan beyond our imagining. He appeared from deep below Hyrule Castle, seized control of the Guardians and the Divine Beasts, and turned them against us." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "The history of the royal family of Hyrule is also the history of Calamity Ganon, a primal evil that has endured over the ages." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Upon Ganon's inevitable return to Hyrule, the princess and the hero fought alongside these four Champions against this ancient evil." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "The people thought it wise to utilize their technological prowess to ensure the safety of the land, should Calamity Ganon ever return. They constructed four mechanical wonders that came to be known as the Divine Beasts. They also built a legion of autonomous weapons called Guardians." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "The return of Ganon looms—a dark force taunting us from afar. I must learn all I can about the relics so we can stop him. If the fortune-teller's prophecy is to be believed, there isn't much time left..." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Stories of Ganon were passed from generation to generation in the form of legends and fairy tales. But there was also...a prophecy. "The signs of a resurrection of Calamity Ganon are clear. And the power to oppose it lies dormant beneath the ground."" — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "We decided to heed the prophecy and began excavating large areas of land. It wasn't long before we discovered several ancient relics made by the hands of our distant ancestors. These relics, the Divine Beasts, were giant machines piloted by warriors. We also found the Guardians, an army of mechanical soldiers that fought autonomously." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "We selected four skilled individuals from across Hyrule and tasked them with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "The princess, her appointed knight, and the rest of the Champions were on the brink of sealing away Ganon..." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "One hundred years ago, there was a princess set to inherit a sacred power and a skilled knight at her side." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "So you didn't feel anything? No power at all?" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
    "I'm sorry, no." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "That...thing is one of Ganon's creations." — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "You're here to wrest control of Medoh away from Ganon, correct?" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "The appointed knight, gravely wounded, collapsed while defending the princess...And thus, the kingdom of Hyrule was devastated absolutely by Calamity Ganon." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "I spoke with Purah about the Shrine of Resurrection we discovered earlier. As we speculated, this particular shrine is, in fact, a medical facility with the power to heal. It also has a long-term stasis function that can be activated and maintained until healing is complete." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "You have been asleep for the past 100 years." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  19. 19.0 19.1 "I assume you caught sight of that atrocity enshrouding the castle. That...is Calamity Ganon. One hundred years ago, that vile entity brought the kingdom of Hyrule to ruin. It appeared suddenly and destroyed everything in its path. So many innocent lives were lost in its wake. For a century, the very symbol of our kingdom, Hyrule Castle, has managed to contain that evil. But just barely. There it festers, building its strength for the moment it will unleash its blight upon the land once again. It would appear that moment is fast approaching..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "The words of guidance you have been hearing since your awakening are from Princess Zelda herself. Even now, as she works to restrain Ganon from within Hyrule Castle, as she calls out for your help." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "Hibernating within a cocoon, it attempted to regenerate a physical form after Link awoke but was forced to confront him in an incomplete state." — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "Ganon, het Onheil" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "Vleesgeworden Haat
    Ganon, het Onheil
    " — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  24. Hyrule Warriors : L'Ère du Fléau | Nintendo Switch | Jeux | Nintendo, www.nintendo.fr, retrieved September 8, 2020.