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The Horde Battle is an event that occurs in Skyward Sword.[1]


The Horde Battle is a large-scale battle that occurs at the large spiral pit of the Sealed Grounds. The event is Ghirahim's attempt to prevent Link from interfering with his ritual, planned to use Zelda's soul to revive Demise. Ghirahim summons the Hordes of demons that are under his command, including all types of Bokoblins, Shield Moblins, and Stalfos.[2] However, the demons fail to stop Link from reaching Ghirahim before the ritual is complete.


The Horde Battle pits Link against Hordes of demons and involves five separate waves. Each wave increases in difficulty and includes a larger variety of enemies. Every wave ends with a barrier that will only open if Link defeats the enemies that are summoned upon arrival at the barrier.

  • The first wave pits Link against a large number of regular Red Bokoblins and ends with a barrier guarded by five red Bokoblin Leaders.
  • The second wave includes weapon-wielding Red Bokoblins and Bokoblins with Bombs. The barrier at the end of the wave is protected by three Wooden Shield Moblins.
  • The third wave includes Bokoblins carrying Swords and Bombs, but also features Bokoblin Archers. The barricade is guarded by a Blue Bokoblin that runs away from Link in order to use an attack similar to Ghirahim's charge attack in the Skyview Temple. It can also run through the barricade.
  • The fourth wave includes both weapon and Bomb wielding Bokoblins, Bokoblin Archers, and red Bokoblin Leaders. The barricade is guarded by two Stalfos.
  • The final wave pits Link against every variety of Bokoblins, including Moblins.

After Link completes both the Horde Battle and a subsequent battle with Ghirahim, he can replay the Horde Battle as an event in Lanayru's Lightning Round.

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TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
Language Name Meaning
Canada FrenchCA La horde de démons The Horde of Demons
Federal Republic of Germany German Ghirahims Armee Ghirahim's Army
Italian Republic Italian Orda
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA La Horda The Horde


  1. "Oh-ho, a horde battle! You'll face off against the horde of monsters that Ghirahim summoned at the Sealed Grounds." — Lanayru (Skyward Sword)
  2. "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. I don't care if the whole lot of you get lodged on the end of his blade. You will buy me the time I need! Do not fear him... Fear my wrath if you fail me!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)