The Trident makes its first appearance in A Link to the Past, where Ganon uses it in the first stage of his boss battle. He will spin it and toss it at Link while sending Blazing Bats after him. After a certain point, Ganon will abandon this tactic and use his secret technique of Darkness in lieu of the Trident.
Although a Trident-wielding Ganon does not appear anywhere in Link's Awakening, the final boss will take Ganon's form and attack Link by throwing a Trident at him in a similar fashion to how Ganon attacked in A Link to the Past.
In Four Swords Adventures, Ganondorf found the Trident when he broke Gerudo law and entered the Pyramid across the Desert of Doubt. Inside, he found it underneath an inscription that promised its wielder the power to become the King of Darkness. Ganon uses this Trident during the final battle, where his attacks include throwing the Trident with a trail of blue fire, and shooting a flurry of lightning bolts that send the Links into the Dark World.
Ganon believes that his Trident will grant him the power to destroy the Links, threatening to skewer them on it.Princess Zelda recognizes the Trident and refers to Ganon as the "ancient demon reborn" because he wields it.
A Knight of Hyrule mentions that Ganon used the Trident to defeat the Knights and send them into the Dark World.
A Link Between Worlds
When Ganon and Yuga join together, they wield a golden weapon that is a combination of Ganon's Trident, and Yuga's magical paintbrush staff. Yuga Ganon uses this Trident in order to combat Link at the end of the game until he absorbs the Triforce of Wisdom and begins using magic instead. The Trident is infused with dark power and is also used as a throwing weapon once more, but also retains Yuga's paintbrush staffs ability to transform other beings into paintings. After Yuga Ganon is defeated, the Trident is destroyed along with him.
In BS The Legend of Zelda, Ganon fights similarly to how he fought in the original The Legend of Zelda, by turning invisible and shooting fireballs. As such, the Trident is merely cosmetic and not actually used in combat.
In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, Ganon is seen wielding his Trident in the final battle. At first, Ganon's trident easily overpowers Link, and the young hero even gets stuck in between it, rendering him incapable of moving. After Link and Zelda defeat Ganon, Link is seen holding the Trident in his hand as the Triforce asks him to make his wish.
Gannon wields a Trident in Zelda's Adventure. Using this Trident, he is able to summon shock waves of electricity to fight Princess Zelda.
Yuga can also summon the King of Evil Trident to attack enemies as part of the moveset for his Picture Frame Weapon.
The Trident is also a class of Weapon used by Ganondorf. It is associated with Lightning. As with the five Warriors from the base game of Hyrule Warriors Legends, it can be transferred to Hyrule Warriors via a code, or purchased through the Legends Character DLC Pack. In Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, the Trident is unlocked as Rewards for completing certain Battles in the Adventure Map in Adventure Mode.[which?]
The default form of the Trident is the Thief's Trident. The second from of the Trident is the King of Evil Trident, which is identical to the Trident that Ganon uses in Ganon's Fury. The third form is the Trident of Demise.
Ganondorf throws his Trident forward, striking the group of enemies directly in front of him and dragging them along. He then hovers, taking altitude while charging a ball of lightning in his hand, which he then throws into the Trident, causing a huge explosion. This attack hits enemies immediately in front of Ganondorf, and also those caught in the explosion.
According to the English translation of the Trident inscription in Four Swords Adventures, the Trident houses an "evil spirit." This quote seems to be mistranslated, however, instead simply being known as a "malicious trident of demons" in Japanese.
Ganon using his trident to summon Blazing Bats in A Link to the Past
Artwork of Ganon holding the Trident from Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
Ganon with the Trident from Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
Ganon with the Trident in Four Swords Adventures
Yuga Ganon with the Trident in A Link Between Worlds
The Trident wielded by Yuga Ganon in A Link Between Worlds
Artwork of Ganon holding the Trident from A Link to the Past (Barcode Battler II)
Ganon with the Trident in BS The Legend of Zelda
Ganon with his Trident in the A Link to the Past comic
Ganon with his Trident in the A Link to the Past manga
Artwork of Thief's Trident from the Hyrule Warriors
Artwork of King of Evil Trident from the Hyrule Warriors
Artwork of Trident of Demise from the Hyrule Warriors
Ganondorf wielding the Trident of Demise from Hyrule Warriors
Trident Adventure Mode icon from the Hyrule Warriors
Ganon wielding the King of Evil Trident in Hyrule Warriors
Yuga summoning the King of Evil Trident in Hyrule Warriors
Yuga wielding the King of Evil Trident in Hyrule Warriors
Thief's Trident in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
King of Evil Trident in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
Trident of Demise in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
Burning Trident in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
Ganondorf wielding the Burning Trident in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
Ganondorf Trident trailer from Hyrule Warriors Legends
↑"You are doing well, lad. But can you break through this secret technique of Darkness? En garde!" — Ganon (A Link to the Past)
↑"Curse that Ganondorf! He broke our laws and left for the pyramid...I don't know what he plans, but I am worried..." — Gerudo (Four Swords Adventures)
↑"We grant you power to ruin the world. The power of darkness. Evil spirit of magic trident. You are the King of Darkness." — Inscription (Four Swords Adventures)
↑"Gwah haa haaaa! Weaklings! Incompetent fools! You so-called heroes do not stand even a gnat's chance of harming me! Even if you worms attack in a group, I will skewer the lot of you on my mighty trident!!" — Ganon (Four Swords Adventures)
↑"Hear now the doom of the knights. We were bested by a foe with a mighty weapon. He cast us into the Dark World, where we and the jewels were lost in shadow." — Red Knight (Four Swords Adventures)
↑"The Trident: An evil weapon born of darkness that slumbers within the pyramid. It is said that no one who enters the pyramid returns alive. [...] "Does your soul cry for destruction and conquest? We grant you the power to ruin the world."" (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 119)