- 1 Biography
- 2 History
- 3 Battles
- 4 Other Appearances
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Nomenclature
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
He is a figure of authority in the land below Skyloft, and he thinks quite highly of himself, preferring to be called Lord Ghirahim. His main objective is continuously hunting for Zelda, in order to use her spirit as a goddess for his plan to resurrect his master, Demise. Although at first Ghirahim thinks little of Link and his presence, the Demon Lord grows frustrated and erratic as he realizes the young hero is an obstacle to his plans.
Ghirahim is portrayed as a flamboyant, seemingly calm, overconfident opponent whose only goal is to capture Zelda and use her to revive Demise, his master. His mannerisms are exaggerated and theatrical, speaking in an eloquent, flashy style when addressing others. Ghirahim is also conceited and vain when it comes to flaunting his own appearance, which he regards as "stunning," "exquisite," and "pure." He acts formally and politely towards Link, at first claiming to be "uncivil" since he had not yet properly introduced himself to the young hero when they first met. Despite this, he is not above insulting others and calling them juvenile names, mocking them at any chance he gets. Since he considers himself to be superior to humans and an honorable fighter, he at first chooses not to murder Link immediately, as it would be unfair for the young hero. Nonetheless, Ghirahim enjoys toying with others and making them suffer until he has been satisfied.
However, when things do not go the way he plans, the Demon Lord loses his composure and becomes an erratic, violent fiend who seeks to take out his anger on someone else while satisfying his "strong appetite for bloodshed." In reality, Ghirahim shows himself to be a merciless, uncontrollable lunatic who merely hungers for battle and the brutal massacre of his enemies. This is demonstrated several times throughout the game; he first claims that he will beat Link to within an inch of his life, promises to deafen his ears with the shrill sound of his own screams and says that he will beat Link senseless to deliver a final blow, thus snuffing out the flame of his life. Despite all his disturbing and ruthless threats, Ghirahim can never best Link and becomes incredibly frustrated, outraged, and aggravated at the fact that a mere human could defeat him.
Ghirahim Reveals Himself
After Link wins the Wing Ceremony, Ghirahim summons a tornado near Skyloft, which sucks up Zelda in an attempt to capture the Spirit Maiden. However, those plans fail to come to fruition due to Impa's intervention. Ghirahim and Link, both pursuing Zelda, initially meet in the Skyview Temple, where the young hero finds the Demon Lord attempting to open the door leading to the Skyview Spring. Angered by the turn of events, Ghirahim vents his irritation by engaging Link in combat. He promises to not murder the young hero, as it would be unfair, and instead decides to beat Link within an inch of his life. Despite the threats, Link defeats Ghirahim, who is surprised at Link's skills but reminds him that the Goddess Sword is the only reason he is still alive. With Zelda's presence gone, Ghirahim leaves, but not before warning Link that he would kill him if their paths crossed again.
Continuing the Pursuit
Ghirahim constantly pursues Zelda and nearly captures her on several occasions. In one instance, Zelda is captured by Bokoblin forces, but upon Ghirahim's arrival, he discovers that Impa has rescued her. After venting about the situation to Link, he summons Scaldera to take his frustration out on him and leaves.
Later, Ghirahim nearly reaches her at the Temple of Time at the edge of Lanayru Desert, where he interrupts Link and Zelda's reunion by making his way in through the debris. Creating a barrier to prevent Link from interfering, he goes after Zelda but is stopped by a protective barrier created by Impa. Ghirahim, however, is eventually able to break through Impa's defense and readies to deliver the final blow when Link, with Ghirahim's barrier fully vanished, intercedes by attacking the Demon Lord from behind. This gives enough time for Impa and Zelda to escape through the Gate of Time, with the former fully obliterating the gate to impede Ghirahim from following them. Blaming himself for not having reprimanded Link in their last encounter, Ghirahim vows to severely crush Link senseless next time they meet.
At the Ancient Cistern, Ghirahim is waiting for Link, once again expressing his frustration due to Link's constant interference. Before disappearing, he infuses a statue with dark energy, causing it to attack Link. Later, Ghirahim appears to Link again at the Fire Sanctuary, where he claims their frequent encounters are due to the "thread of fate" to which they are bound. The Demon Lord then explains his joy and relief at his discovery of a second Gate of Time and, although he had promised to violently punish Link, he decides to spare the young hero's life should he reveal the location of said gate. When Link refuses, Ghirahim reveals his second form and admires himself before the two engage in battle again, claiming that he will have no mercy on the young hero. However, Link emerges victorious in the end, irritating and humiliating Ghirahim since he, a Demon Lord, was unable to defeat him and keeps on being bested by a human child. Before retreating, he reminds Link that he is still nothing and will drag him into "an eternity of torment" at all costs.
Ghirahim is unsuccessful in reaching Zelda before Link can destroy Demise in their time; however, the sense of security brought on by Demise's destruction causes Zelda to awaken from her slumber. At this moment, Ghirahim strikes and finally abducts Zelda; he takes her back to the past where Demise is still sealed, but alive, and sacrifices her to his master. Link rushes to stop the ritual, but Ghirahim summons hordes of enemies and magic Barriers to slow him down and buy Ghirahim time. Defeating the horde, Link eventually reaches the Demon Lord, who, having grown tired of Link's persistent interventions, decides to finally finish the young hero off in a "humiliating death." Ghirahim reveals his true form as Demise's Sword and calls himself a fool for having shown mercy to Link in the first place. Although he is significantly more powerful in this form, Link still triumphs, much to Ghirahim's despair. Ghirahim, however, declares that the ritual continued during the fight, and Zelda's soul is consumed by Demise, who appears in humanoid form and promptly takes his sword back. Ghirahim laughs hysterically as he transforms back into his true form: a sword in Demise's hand. When Demise suffers a fatal blow at Link's hand, the Ghirahim-sword disappears shortly before Demise dies and restores Zelda's soul. What this means for Ghirahim's ultimate fate is unknown.
Ghirahim acts as the first boss of Skyward Sword, at the end of the Skyview Temple. After drawing his sword at Ghirahim's back during a pre-battle conversation, Ghirahim decides to measure Link's skill in battle. Though initially unarmed, the Demon Lord will walk towards Link with his right hand raised while it glows red. During this portion of the battle, he is capable of easily dodging and stopping Link's sword strikes with just two fingers if he attacks prematurely or in a predictable manner since Ghirahim will follow the direction in which Link's sword moves. If Link does not struggle and remove the sword from his grasp, Ghirahim will take it from Link's hands and attack him with it. Link can only retrieve it back if Ghirahim throws it, however the Demon Lord may try to pick it up again if Link is not fast enough. Alternatively, Link can Shield Bash as Ghirahim attempts to strike him to make the sword drop.
To be able to attack Ghirahim during this phase, Link must swing his sword in the opposite direction where the Demon Lord's hand is currently positioned. Holding the Goddess Sword to the right to lead Ghirahim's hand in that same direction then quickly swinging from the left will guarantee a hit if done correctly.
After sustaining enough damage, Ghirahim will draw a saber-like sword of his own. Throughout the fight, he can vanish at will and transport to another part of the room. He can also summon several red, glowing diamond-like blades, which he can throw at Link to damage him; these can be deflected if hit with the sword in the same direction that they are traveling, or by simply using a Shield Bash. While Ghirahim is wielding his sword, he will sometimes briefly stop, lower himself, and charge at Link, unleashing a powerful strike at him. A few well-timed sword strikes can stop the charge and deal damage. Alternatively, Link could use a Shield Bash to throw Ghirahim off-balance, giving the young hero a chance to strike. Another attack consists of transporting behind Link and holding his saber in a specific direction. Link must quickly strike Ghirahim in that same direction before the Demon Lord attacks him. Once Ghirahim has been hit enough times, he will promptly retreat as he can no longer sense Zelda's presence.
Ghirahim appears again as the boss of Fire Sanctuary, where he becomes more formidable. He starts off the fight by shielding himself with two red, glowing diamonds, which act as both a defense and offense to Ghirahim. The diamonds will block Link's sword strikes before disappearing if the young hero slashes in the direction that they are positioned. Like the first battle, if Link attacks predictably, Ghirahim will grab Link's sword and will also fire the projectiles at the young hero. Should Link be far away from the Demon Lord, the red diamonds will be thrown at Link as well.
To deal damage to the Demon Lord in the first phase, Link must once again lead Ghirahim's hand in one direction but quickly striking from the opposite direction, while at the same time being careful not to hit the floating diamonds. If the diamonds are at the top and bottom, Link can make horizontal strikes at Ghirahim. Alternatively, the young hero can first get rid of the protective projectiles carefully and then strike at Ghirahim from any angle. Eventually, however, the Demon Lord will summon four diamonds instead of two to form a square and thus increase his defense. After landing a hit on Ghirahim, he will throw the red diamonds, if any are left, at Link, which can easily be dodged or deflected.
When he is dealt enough damage, Ghirahim will draw out two slender sabers. Using these, he will attempt to block Link's attacks in a manner similar to the Stalfos, and then follow up with a counterattack if Link does not strike in the correct direction. Here, Link must slash his sword in the unprotected regions, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, which will leave him open to more attacks. Other techniques he employs include rushing at Link with both swords ready, leaving a small window of vulnerability. Right afterwards, he will slash away at Link; however, these attacks can be blocked with a timely Shield Bash, which will leave him open to more attacks. Another technique involves him jumping up and teleporting, followed by a down thrust of sorts. If Link manages to evade the falling attack, Ghirahim's swords will be temporarily stuck, making him vulnerable.
The last variation of Ghirahim's attacks in the second phase includes the red diamonds. He will summon them in three different ways: a circle engulfing Link horizontally, vertically, or by firing them at Link in groups of five. The first two can be deflected with a horizontal or vertical Spin Attack, while the last method involves Link slashing at them in the correct direction.
After he is defeated, he will become enraged, and will angrily rant about how he cannot defeat Link, even though he is a demon. After he finishes, he will retreat.
Ghirahim appears for the final time when he captures Zelda and begins to start the ritual to revive the Demon King, Demise. To slow Link from reaching him, Ghirahim summons a horde of monsters including virtually all types of Bokoblins, Moblins, and Stalfos. When Link manages to defeat the onslaught, Ghirahim faces him in battle again in his final form.
He summons platforms upon which he and Link do battle, high above the center of the Sealed Grounds. Although his body is invulnerable to attack, he can be beaten back by sword strikes and pushed off the edge. When this happens, Ghirahim will assemble a lower platform and land on his back, at which point he can be damaged with a Fatal Blow. Ghirahim will counterattack during this phase by attempting to kick Link or, if he's near the edge, grab the young hero and switch places with him so as to prevent from falling. After being hit several times, the Demon Lord will occasionally hold out his hands filled with electricity to block Link's attacks. Like before, Link must slash with his sword in the unprotected regions until he drops his hands.
After three strikes, Ghirahim will face Link on the ground and draw a slender rapier. He fights with familiar techniques, but can only be damaged by using a thrust attack on the vulnerable jewel on his chest. Ghirahim is capable of summoning a dark, slow-moving version of the Skyward Strike, which can be reflected back at him by hitting it in the same direction it is moving. If Link fails to strike it in the same direction, the fiery disc will go out of its trajectory. Eventually, Ghirahim will fail to deflect it back and become stunned, vulnerable to Link's sword thrusts. Should Link approach Ghirahim, the Demon Lord will strike the young hero, although this attack can be deflected with a Shield Bash to leave him momentarily open to attack.
After receiving enough damage, Ghirahim will draw a massive broadsword. Although at first Ghirahim will attempt to strike at Link, he will eventually raise the sword vertically or horizontally. Link can chisel away at the sword by striking it in the opposite direction it is being held. If the young hero does not deliver enough blows consecutively, Ghirahim will repair the broadsword. Breaking the sword leaves the enemy vulnerable for a time to more sword thrusts. After Ghirahim has sustained enough damage, the battle will end and Demise will be freed.
- In Ghirahim's first two forms, his right ear is pointed, whereas his left ear is round. However, in his final form, both ears are pointed. It is likely that the designers shortened his ear in the first forms to make animating his hair easier.
- Ghirahim acts as the counterpart of Fi, as they are both the humanoid forms of swords. Ghirahim's weapon form resembles a dark version of the Master Sword. In addition, Fi is generally regarded as calculating and emotionless, while Ghirahim is very open and dramatic about his emotions.
- When seen beginning the ritual to revive his master, Ghirahim can be heard humming his own theme music.
- Ghirahim is supposed to be around the same age as Link.
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- "Ghirahim" —Erik Peterson (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword E3 2011 Stage Demo (Wii))
- "I much prefer to be indulged with my full title: Lord Ghirahim." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 14)
- "Ghirahim, Demon Lord" — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors)
- "It appears that Ghirahim prefers to use his right hand to attempt to grab your sword, Master. Should he succeed, I recommend swinging your sword up and down to force him to release it." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 180 (SS)
- "I am the Demon Lord who presides over this land you look down upon, this world you call the surface. You may call me Ghirahim." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword HD)
- "I am the Demon Lord who presides over this land you look down upon, this world you call the surface." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Still...it hardly seems fair, being of my position, to take all of my anger out on you." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "You may call me Ghirahim. In truth, I very much prefer to be indulged with my full title:Lord Ghirahim." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "It's just the girl that matters now, and I can sense her here...just beyond this door." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "The girl's presence has all but faded from this place, which means there's no reason to linger here." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "That girl... Your adorable friend... She will be instrumental in bringing about the revival of my master." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Well... You put up more of a fight than I would have thought possible out of such a soft boy. But don't clap for yourself quite yet. That sword of yours is the only reason you still live. I fear I spent far too long teasing and toying with you. The girl's presence has all but faded from this place, which means there's no reason to linger here. Good-bye, sky child. Run and play this time. Get in my way again, though, and you're dead." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Oh, it's you. Let me see... No, that's not it. This is so very embarrassing, but I seem to be at a loss for your name. Not that it matters, really. To tell you the truth, I'm feeling a bit frustrated, and right now I just need someone to vent to." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "You're far too quick, boy! I realize a simple child like you knows nothing of magic, but spells like this take time and a steady hand! Can't you wait quietly like a good boy? HMM? You petulant brat... You've pushed me too far. I've waited my whole existence for this! This is my moment! You know what? Fine! If you're so intent on hurrying to your grave, I'll be to show you the way! This time there will be no heroic escape. I was a fool to toy with you and let you walk away with your life before, but I won't make that mistake again. That, I promise!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "If only I'd put you in your place from the very beginning. Show a human a little mercy and next thing you know, he thinks himself your equal! Given my station, I had to maintain some semblance of dignity, so I let you run with your life... Twice, even. Such a guilty pleasure... But instead of scurrying away like any creature with a basic instinct to survive, you just kept coming back. Again...and again...and again. I've let a mere boy make a fool of me for the last time. You stand before a demon...or should I say, a weapon without mercy!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "And yet, I couldn't even find a single clue. Since I know I can be honest with you, I'll admit I got a little sulky. It was frowns all around." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "But then... Then I found this place! The prospect of a second Gate of Time has made me positively giggly!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Lovely, aren't they? You'll find the supple skin of my arms tougher than any armor. Doesn't their shape just leave you...breathless? Behold! Such beauty! Such a pure form! Such an exquisite physique! Such stunning features! Yes, I've pretty much got it all. Though there is one teensy, tiny thing I lack... Namely, mercy." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Oh, but listen to me. I'm being positively uncivil. Allow me to introduce myself." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Until I found these, I was...upset about that little stunt the goddess's guard dog pulled at the Gate of Time. What was that twig's name again? Impa?" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "...Stand down. You're in my way, and the sight of your appalling hair makes my gorge rise." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "You filthy scamp! You have awakened a wrath that will burn for eons! I swear to you, whatever it takes, I will drag you into an eternity of torment!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "This... This is preposterous. Driven to my knees by a simple child of man. Laughable! No matter how many times we clash, I can't prevail! You think I can't defeat you? You think I can't win?? Boy...what are you?" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Ah, but something good can still come from this day! I've had all this bottled-up anger smoldering inside me, and now I can release it. There's someone special I'd like you to meet. Oh, don't be shy! I need to vent all this unhealthy anger, and your agony is such a great stress reliever. It won't take more than a few moments with my friend before you're charred to a satisfying crisp. And let me tell you, that will put a spring in my step!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Do you have any idea how that made me feel inside? Furious! Outraged! Sick with anger!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "This turn of events has left me with a strong appetite for bloodshed. Still...it hardly seems fair, being of my position, to take all of my anger out on you. Which is why I promise up front not to murder you... No, I'll just beat you within an inch of your life!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "For you, boy, I've prepared a most appropriate and humiliating death. I even have a pet name for it--I call it the endless plunge!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Now you've done it, Link. I blame myself. I should have reprimanded you the last time we met, but instead I was...soft. I'd take pleasure in punishing you, but I have no time for recreation. But next time, I'll do more than just beat you senseless. I'll make the affair so excruciating you'll deafen yourself with the shrill sound of your own screams." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "First, I will take my time bludgeoning you, and when I grow bored of it, I will drive you to the edge and deliver a last strike to send you falling to your doom! I'll delight in casting your body into this pit and snuffing out the flame of your life!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "...Enough of this foolishness... I am Ghirahim, Demon Lord! It shouldn't matter how powerful your sword is, you are still nothing... Not just a human... A human child! And yet you prevail!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "I thought that the tornado I stirred up would have tossed and torn you apart, yet here you are." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "By all rights the girl should have fallen into our hands already. She was nearly ours when that loathsome servant of the goddess snatched her away." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "I heard my underlings had finally captured the spirit maiden, so of course I rushed over here. What can I say? I was excited. Flustered, even... But what did I find when I arrived? That agent of the goddess... she had once again... You see, what I'm trying to say is... That goddess-serving dog escaped with the girl! I MUST have the spirit maiden in order to resurrect my master! I MUST HAVE HER! ...I got a little carried away there, didn't I? I don't deal well with... complications to plans I've laid out so carefully. It's a character flaw of mine." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "I will. You have my thanks, Link." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- "Link! You must go now. Return to the old woman at the Sealed Grounds. Tell her what happened here. She will know where you must go!" — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- "You certainly are persistent... I'm terribly busy trying to find the clues that will help me revive the demon king. Your incessant buzzing around my head like some irksome gadfly when I'm THIS busy is... Well, it's making me very disagreeable." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "We seem to bump into each other time and time again. Oh, it's no coincidence, though, is it? You and I, we're bound by a thread of fate." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "...But before we talk any further on that subject, there's still the outstanding matter of your punishment, Link. Do you remember when I told you that the next time we met, I'd make your ears bleed from the sound of your own screams? Well, I've been thinking... Perhaps corporal punishment is a touch harsh. I might be willing to forgive and forget if you'll strike a deal. ...All I ask is that you tell me where I can find the other Gate of Time. That's not too much to ask, is it? Oh, and don't you play coy with me. I know that you know, so why not let me in on the fun?" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "This is all very touching, really, but I'm afraid I have to cut this emotional moment short. It's best for everyone if you forget about your friend. The little goddess is mine now! My master may have perished in this age, but in the past he lives yet! I'm taking the girl back through that gate to help me revive the demon king!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Hear me, my hordes! The spell will soon be complete! The demon king returns! Until then, you WILL keep that whelp from interfering with my ritual." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Ah... But never mind that. Victory is still mine to savor. While we fought, the ritual I started continued.... At last, it's complete! The demon king shall devour the soul of the goddess and resurrect in his full glory!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Upon the completion of design 4, we'd pretty much summed up Ghirahim's look... act as a contrasting counterpart to Fi, and through this, the design of the evil sword gradually revealed itself. His third form had textured diamonds all over his body that would reflect light." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 15)
- "... We wanted him to be around the same age as Link..." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 15)
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 297
- Hyrule Historia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 14(SS)
- "Grahim" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
- "Grahim" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)