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Phantom Ganon is a recurring Boss in The Legend of Zelda series.[4][5][note 1]


Ocarina of Time[]

Navi's Comments
Navi says:

Phantom Ganon
Attack him when he comes out of one of the pictures! Watch out for the fake one!

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Second phase

Phantom Ganon
It's an evil ghost of the Forest Temple! He comes out of one of the pictures.
Answer his magic attack with an attack of your own!


Link battling Phantom Ganon at the end of the Forest Temple.

In Ocarina of Time, Phantom Ganon is the boss of the Forest Temple.[7] Once the battle starts, Phantom Ganon jumps into one of the six paintings around the room. Afterwards, he and two replicas will ride to the front of three paintings. The real one can be spotted by his lighter color. A purple vortex then appears revealing the real Phantom Ganon.[8] As Phantom Ganon jumps out of the painting, Link can shoot him with the Fairy Bow. If the Arrow misses or is delayed, he summons an electric ball on the ground that scatters across the platform. This can be avoided by standing on one of the Triforce images on each corner of the platform. After three shots, Phantom Ganon leaves his horse, starting the second part of the battle.

Phantom Ganon now attacks by shooting an energy ball from his staff at Link while hovering over the ground. Link can hit the ball back with the Master Sword or a Bottle. After enough hits, Phantom Ganon falls to the ground paralyzed, where he can be hit multiple times with the Master Sword. When his health is halved, Phantom Ganon can also attack by twirling his staff a few times and then charging at Link, dealing three hearts of damage. Once defeated, he is banished to the gap between dimensions by Ganondorf[9] and Link receives a Heart Container as well as the Forest Medallion.

The Wind Waker[]

Phantom Ganon (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
TWW Phantom Ganon Figurine Model
Phantom Ganon
Habitat: Forsaken Fortress
Effective Weapons: Light Arrows, Master Sword

This is a phantom that Ganondorf created in his own likeness. Use your sword to knock back the balls of magic that he hurls, then attack him when he's stunned.

Actually, you can also use empty bottles to deflect his magic attacks.

In The Wind Waker, Phantom Ganon appears in the Forsaken Fortress and in Ganon's Tower.[10] He must be defeated by reflecting his blue orbs with the Sword or an empty Bottle.[11][10] Once hit by a reflected attack, Link can attack Phantom Ganon with his Sword. If Phantom Ganon appears on the ground, Link can use the Parry Attack prompt to avoid his Sword swipe and strike his head. After defeating Phantom Ganon in the Forsaken Fortress, Link receives the Skull Hammer.[12]

When fought in Ganon's Tower, Phantom Ganon is accompanied by four illusions of himself. He now also attacks by throwing dark energy balls, which splits into a group of small bursts of energy flying towards Link. These can be sent back at him with a Spin Attack. After just one hit, Phantom Ganon disappears, leaving his Sword behind with the handle pointing at the door Link must open to advance.[13] Once the Light Arrows are found, they must be shot at Phantom Ganon once stunned in order to finally defeat him.

Link can grab Phantom Ganon's Sword to attack; however, it must be held with both hands, leaving Link unable to use his Shield. After defeating Phantom Ganon in Ganon's Tower's labyrinth, Link must strike with or throw the Sword at the brick wall to gain access to the top of the Tower.[14]

Four Swords Adventures[]

In Four Swords Adventures, Phantom Ganon first appears as the boss of Hyrule Castle. In order to defeat him, the Links must hit his energy balls back and forth with the Sword. Once stunned, he is vulnerable to slashes from the Sword. Phantom Ganon appears once again as the boss of the Temple of Darkness; however, he now summons clones to his aid. The real Phantom Ganon will throw green orbs that can be hit back, while the clones throw white balls that break when hit with the Sword.

In the Multiplayer mode, Phantom Ganon will launch energy balls in green, red, blue, or purple colors. Only the Link wearing the corresponding tunic can strike the ball back with his Sword, and it will either fly back at Phantom Ganon or change colors and move in the general direction of another Link and require another hit.

Breath of the Wild[]

Main article: Blight Ganon

In Breath of the Wild, Windblight Ganon, Thunderblight Ganon, Fireblight Ganon, and Waterblight Ganon are all collectively known as Phantom Ganons.[5] They are Calamity Ganon's creations that he sent out to the Divine Beasts, resulting in the death of the Champions.[15][16][17][18] When Link tries to activate the Main Control Unit of a Divine Beast, these Phantom Ganons will appear, and they must be defeated in order to continue.[19][20][21][22] When Link is victorious, a Heart Container will drop, and he will have access to the Main Control Unit.

Link can also dress up as the Phantom himself with the Phantom Ganon Set after completing the "EX Treasure: Dark Armor" Side Quest, which is exclusive to The Master Trials DLC Pack. The Phantom Ganon Set is comprised of the Phantom Ganon Skull, Phantom Ganon Armor, and Phantom Ganon Greaves. It is rumored that some believe this Armor Set is possessed by a dark entity resembling the Great King of Evil himself.[23][24][25][26] Each piece of the set grants Stealth Up and its has the same set bonus as the Radiant Set increasing the attack power of the Bokoblin Arm, Moblin Arm, and Lizalfos Arm bone Weapons. The Phantom Ganon Set also disguises Link from all Stal enemies, save for Stalnox and Cursed Enemies.

Tears of the Kingdom[]

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Hyrule Compendium Entry

XXX (XXX) Phantom Ganon
A monster created from the very flesh and blood of Demon King Ganondorf that will follow his bidding without hesitation. Like the Demon King it so resembles, this huge creature is a master of many weapons. It will attack its foes relentlessly and without mercy.

Facing it in battle is inadvisable-unless you want a quick ticket to the afterlife.

Common Locations
Recoverable Materials
Dark Clump

Phantom Ganon makes its first appearance as a boss in the series since Four Swords Adventures during the events of Tears of the Kingdom, being found in Hyrule Castle, the Great Deku Tree, and in other locations if Link defeats a group of Gloom Spawn. It resembles the mummified corpse form of Ganondorf seen underneath Hyrule Castle, except made of Gloom. As in previous titles, Ganondorf treats it as a "loyal servant".[citation needed]

Depending on its location, Phantom Ganon wields either the Gloom Club, Gloom Spear, or Gloom Sword, and all of them are equipped with Demon King's Bow. It attacks using these three weapons and can also teleport to in front of Link if there is an inaccessible zone in between them and Link, if they cannot, it'll use its bow. Also, if Link is on a platform that Phantom Ganon cannot get to, or has lose track on where Link is (hiding behind objects, using a Dazzlefruit) it can cover the floor and walls with gloom like it does in the Hyrule Castle fight, it will continue spreading up to a certain radius and will cancel out of it once it spots Link again or takes damage. Additionally, if Link stands too close to Gloom Club-wielding Phantom Ganons long enough after swinging their club, they'll kick Link.

If Link attempts to repeatedly shoot arrows to Phantom Ganon's face rapidly enough, without using the bow airborne, sometimes the arrows won't damage it.[citation needed]

Like Gloom Spawn, if Link flees far enough, Phantom Ganon will disappear and leaves behind Dark Clumps. This counts as a kill, meaning it won't return until the next Blood Moon. The one found in Hyrule Castle is exempt from this phenomenon - it must be defeated in order to proceed with the main quest.

This incarnation of Phantom Ganon has the ability to disguise itself. This power is primarily used to disguise itself as Princess Zelda to cover for her disappearance during the Upheaval, doing things that are subtly uncharacteristic of the real Zelda. It can be seen in its disguise briefly when Link first encounters Hoz near Hyrule Castle. It is heavily involved in the Regional Phenomena quests, such as siccing the Sludge Like on King Dorephan or giving Yunobo a mask that bewitches him to market the cursed Marbled Rock Roast to his fellow Gorons. In the Potential Princess Sightings Side Adventure, Link is tasked by Traysi and Penn to track down various Hylians who claim to have witnessed Zelda behaving strangely across the land.

In the distant past, this disguise was also used to distract Queen Sonia long enough for the real Ganondorf to assassinate her, steal her Secret Stone, and corrupt it with his dark magic.

Scourge of the Deku Tree[]

In a Depths chasm inside the Great Deku Tree, Phantom Ganon must be fought in order to remove a mysterious curse from Korok Forest. As a reward, the Great Deku Tree will trigger a quest that reveals the location of the Light Dragon so Link can retrieve the Master Sword.

The Demon King's Phantom Saboteur[]

After Link awakens the four regional Sages, Phantom Ganon, still posing as Zelda, lures Link to Hyrule Castle and ambushes him with groups of monsters multiple times before trapping him in the Sanctum. There, Ganondorf appears and taunts Link, ordering Phantom Ganon to attack him before disappearing. In this fight, Phantom Ganon creates multiple copies of itself to combat Link. After the fight, the Sages defend Link from another assault from Ganondorf, but they are all forced to witness an illusion of Ganondorf's army of monsters invading Hyrule.

After Phantom Ganon is defeated in the Sanctum, the fake Zelda is no longer featured in Blood Moon cutscenes and her voice-over is absent. This does not remove Phantom Ganon that appears with Gloom Spawn across Hyrule, however. If Phantom Ganon isn’t defeated in Hyrule Castle, it will appear in Gloom's Lair as a boss that Link must face before he can challenge Ganondorf.

Other Appearances[]

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)[]

Phantom Ganon appears in the Ocarina of Time Manga first appearing in Chapter 2: "The Sage of the Forest: Saria", answering Ganondorf's call to guard the Forest Temple and strike down the Hero of Time. When Link and Mido walk by a painting of Ganondorf, Phantom Ganon attacks. Despite a good fight, Phantom Ganon is defeated when Mido throws Link the Bow, defeating the specter of the King of Evil and releasing Saria from the painting.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Phantom Ganon appears as a Sticker.

Sticker Information[]

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
SSBB Phantom Ganon Sticker Icon
Phantom Ganon
Ocarina of Time [Darkness] - Attack +40 This sticker is only usable by Ganondorf

Hyrule Warriors Legends[]

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, Phantom Ganon appears as a Giant Boss, and as the main villain of the Wind Waker series of Scenarios in Legend Mode. He had stolen Cia's dark magic and the Triforce of Power from Lana, creating a new dimensional rift that summons the world from the Era of the Great Sea. He is eventually defeated by Link, Lana, Tetra, King Daphnes, and Cia.

In battle, Phantom Ganon wields his sword, which he uses for various spin attacks. He is able to vanish and reappear closer to enemy Warriors for a surprise spin attack, or alternately to create copies of himself to surround and attack the Warrior. His projectile attacks consist of raising both of his arms to create many homing energy balls, or to simply create a single white energy ball. The latter can be used to expose his Weak Point Gauge if bounced back at him by striking it. Phantom Ganon has no specific weakness to any item, and the only way to damage him is by reflecting his own attacks at him.

After his health has been reduced to about half, he summons a second sword and switches his battle style to melee, using the two blades to violently hack at the enemy Warrior. He also lowers his hovering altitude, making himself reachable to attack, but will always shield himself similarly to wind waker Ganondorf if attacked at the front or the sides. His backside, however, will become vulnerable to attack. After striking his back enough times, he will fall to the ground, exposing his Weak Point Gauge.

When defeated, Phantom Ganon will occasionally drop his Cape as a silver Material, and rarely, his Sword as a gold Material.


  • In The Wind Waker, the Hylian script on Phantom Ganon's Sword reads "Zubora Gabora", the names of the blacksmiths who forge Link's Kokiri Sword in Majora's Mask.
  • The Wall Merging ability from A Link Between Worlds was inspired by Phantom Ganon from Ocarina of Time, who also has the ability to enter walls through paintings.[27]
    • In addition, his capturing of Saria in a painting would later be the main power of Yuga, Ganon's Lorulean counterpart.
  • Although Phantom Ganon himself does not appear, a concept art for Ganondorf in the Oracle games is described as representing "Ganondorf's phantom."[28]
  • Aside from Phantom Ganon's role in Hyrule Warriors, he was also given an indirect reference by Ganondorf in his second mission in the main campaign when the player is about to fight Impa.[29]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseファントムガノン (Fantomu Ganon) (OoT)[30]Phantom Gannon/Ganon
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See Also[]


  1. Phantom Ganon was referred to as Phantom Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D — Prima Official Game Guide by Prima Games.[6] However, as this contradicts the name given in Encyclopedia, it is not considered Canon.


  1. "Evil Spirit from Beyond, PHANTOM GANON" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "The Demon King's Phantom Saboteur, PHANTOM GANON" — N/A (Tears of the Kingdom)
  3. "Scourge of the Deku Tree, PHANTOM GANON" — N/A (Tears of the Kingdom)
  4. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 197 (OoT | OoT3D | TWW | TWWHD | FSA)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 80
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D — Prima Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 101
  7. "Phantom Ganon It's an evil ghost of the Forest Temple! He comes out of one of the pictures. Answer his magic attack with an attack of your own!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "Phantom Ganon Attack him when he comes out of one of the pictures! Watch out for the fake one!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "Hey kid, you did quite well... It looks like you may be gaining some slight skill... But you have defeated only my phantom... When you fight the real me, it won't be so easy! What a worthless creation that ghost was! I will banish it to the gap between dimensions!!" — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker — Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 33
  11. "To defeat Phantom Ganon, swing your sword so it hits the ball of magic and sends it back at Phantom Ganon, who knocks it back at you. It's like a tennis game-keep returning Phantom Ganon's shots until he misses and is stunned by his own attack." (The Wind Waker manual, pg. 79)
  12. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker — Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 79
  13. "The sword-hilts of my servants who lurk deep in the darkness shall be the guideposts that point to me." — Stone in Ganon's Tower (The Wind Waker)
  14. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker — Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 119
  15. "Watch yourself now! That ugly pain in the crag is Ganon's handiwork. Thing got the best of my a hundred years ago." — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "Please take care. That...thing is one of Ganon's creations. I put up as much of a fight as I could, but it proved to be my demise 100 years ago..." — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "Good luck! That thing is one of Ganon's own, and it plays dirty! It defeated me 100 years ago... but only because I was winging it." — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "Stay on your edge, Link! This formidable adversary was made by Ganon and brought me to a warrior's demise 100 years ago." — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "Good luck, little guy! Go get 'im!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "Regardless...I believe that you are well prepared for this moment. I have faith in you!" — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "I can't believe I'm actually saying this... But you must avenge me, Link!" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "Do not allow this to be your end. Fight for your life...and its death!" — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)
  23. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 191
  24. "Phantom Ganon Skull
    Some believe this eerie headgear is inspirited by a dark entity resembling the Great King of Evil himself. It's a rather rare find.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "Phantom Ganon Armor
    Some believe this armor is inspirited by a dark entity resembling the Great King of Evil himself. It's a rather rare find.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "Phantom Ganon Greaves
    Some believe these greaves are inspirited by a dark entity resembling the Great King of Evil himself. They're a rather rare find.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  27. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 302
  28. "A design sketch depicting Ganondorf’s phantom. Ganondorf never appears in the Oracle series, however. Only his beast form, Ganon, is seen." (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 169)
  29. "A double? Heh. You act as if I've never used that trick myself." — Ganondorf (Hyrule Warriors)
  30. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 145
The Legend of ZeldaThe Adventure of LinkA Link to the PastLink's AwakeningOcarina of TimeMajora's MaskOracle of SeasonsOracle of AgesFour SwordsThe Wind WakerFour Swords AdventuresThe Minish CapTwilight PrincessPhantom HourglassSpirit TracksSkyward SwordA Link Between WorldsTri Force HeroesBreath of the WildTears of the Kingdom

Ocarina of Time


Gohma · King Dodongo · Barinade · Phantom Ganon · Volvagia · Morpha · Bongo Bongo · Twinrova · Ganondorf · Ganon

Middle Bosses

Lizalfos · Big Octo · Stalfos · Meg · Flare Dancer · White Wolfos · Dark Link · Dead Hand · Gerudo Thief · Iron Knuckle · Dynalfos

The Wind Waker


Gohma · Kalle Demos · Gohdan · Helmaroc King · Jalhalla · Molgera · Puppet Ganon Triforce piece  · Ganondorf


Green Bokoblin · Moblin · Mothula · Darknut · Cyclos · Phantom Ganon · Stalfos · Wizzrobe · Mighty Darknut · Big OctoTriforce piece