Skyward Sword Walkthrough – Final Showdown

18.1 Final Descent

After heading through the Gate of Time and finding yourself within the Temple of Hylia, exit through the front door to get to the Sealed Grounds. A scene will take place with Ghirahim and Zelda down below. Ghirahim will create a fence, forcing you to take the long way down. While the ceremony is going on down there, Ghirahim will send tons of enemies at you.

The first batch consists of tons of red bokoblin. These bokoblin will charge right at you and try to attack. Unlike previous bokoblin, you won’t need to make precise sword slashes. Defeat the hoard and progress down the pathway. It’s important to replenish your hearts with the occasional recovery hearts that the bokoblin will drop. Ghirahim will summon five standard bokoblins here and these ones will actually defend. Defeat them and the nearby wall will disappear, allowing you to progress further down.

The second batch consists of more bokoblins, but many of them are carrying bombs over their heads. Don’t bother hitting the bokoblins with bombs as it will cause the bomb to explode, hurting you in the process. At the end of the pathway, Ghirahim will summon three wooden shield moblins. The key here is to keep running and defeat all of the bokoblins first. You can use bombs of your own again the moblin, but watch out for their charge attack. Just keep moving, getting some hits in when you can. Be sure to pick up any recovery hearts that are left for you.

The third batch of enemies consists of even more bokoblins, but this time you’ll also confront some bokoblin archers. These foes can be annoying, but since there are multiple archers in one bunch, you can just run up and deliver a spin attack. There are also some more bomb bokoblins, so avoid striking at them. In fact you can use their bombs against them, as they can explode any nearby bokoblin when they detonate. At the end of the path you’ll find a blue bokoblin, but this one in particular is a bit more aggressive than previous ones, offering some new attacks, while also having more health. Be a bit more careful but after a few strikes, he will be defeated.

The fourth batch has more bokoblin, but one of them has a horn attached. This horn will continuously call more bokoblin, so be sure to get rid of this one as quickly as you can. The bokoblin will drop the horn and the other bokoblin will then try to pick it up. Run and collect this horn yourself to prevent more from being summoned. At the end of the pathway, you’ll face off with two stalfos, which shouldn’t give you too much trouble.

The fifth batch of enemies has a mixture of regular bokoblins, those new more difficult blue bokoblins, two large moblins, and a bunch of bokoblin archers. Once you get passed the archers, you’ll finally reach the bottom of the Sealed Grounds, so run on over to Ghirahim. Ghirahim will unleash the last of the bokoblins, and it might be the biggest batch yet. If they have all been defeated, a short cut-scene will take place.

18.2 Ghirahim

The goal in this battle is to hit Ghirahim down to the platforms below. Ghirahim will occasionally attack with some punches and kicks, so be prepared to jump back. Ghirahim will block your attacks at first, but with each attack, he’ll be sent backwards just a bit. Slash away with your sword to knock him to the edge and then hit him down to the platform below. Once you are here, deliver a fatal blow.

After hitting him a number of times, Ghirahim will start holding these purple rays. You have to still slash at him with your sword, but slash in the directions so that you don’t hit the purple rays that he is holding out. Knock him down to the platform below and deliver another fatal blow. Continue knocking Ghirahim down until the two of you are at the ground level.

Ghirahim will then pull out his sword. If you run up and try to harm him with sword attacks, he’ll block every last one of them. What you want to do here is keep your distance. When you are further away, Ghirahim will launch a red beam attack towards you. Swipe your sword in the same direction as the beam attack, sending it back flying towards Ghirahim. He will block several of them and some of them he’ll deflect right back towards you. Play a game of pong and keep hitting the beam back at him until it harms him. Run on over and deliver sword jabs right to his chest. Repeat this same process a few times.

Ghirahim will eventually pull out its much larger sword and will try to swipe you with it. When you run up and swipe at him, he’ll block with his sword, but the sword will take damage. If his sword takes and damage and you don’t capitalize on it, Ghirahim will jump back, snap his fingers, and restore his sword to original form.

What you need to do is hit his sword and then continuously hit it solid as if you were clashing swords. With each continuous hit, the sword will crumble and it will eventually break. Deliver a number of consecutive sword slashes in a row before Ghirahim is able to regenerate his sword. Repeat this process a few times and perform a few jab attacks with your sword. After enough hits, Ghirahim will be defeated for good.

After Ghirahim has been defeated a cutscene will take place. The Imprisoned will appear and suck out all of the energy from Zelda. This will bring to life the Demon King, Demise. This beast will immediately pull a massive sword out of Ghirahim’s body. After some words, Demise challenges you to a battle, but at another location. When you are ready to battle, you can head into the darkness, which sends you flying to the sky above.

Before heading to fight Demise, use the bird statue to save. If you really want to, you can return to the Temple of Hylia and go back to the present. Restore your life and collect any potions that you’d like. Quicker than that, there is a stool next to where you planted the tree within the Temple of Hylia. You can sit on this still to at least restore your currently life. Afterwards return to the arena and climb into the darkness.

18.3 Demise

You want to keep close to Demise as much as possible. If you stay distant from Demise, he’ll come at you with a charging sword attack which can be quite damaging. Run on up to him and deliver sword slashes. While he’ll block your initial attacks, follow them up with sword slashes where his sword cannot defend. After a few blocked attacks, you will be able to successfully land one against Demise.

As soon as you see Demise prepare an attack, you should immediately jump back to avoid getting hit. The best way to hit Demise consistently is to run up, deliver a forehand sword slash from right to left, and then immediately follow up with a backhand sword slash from left to right. Just keep alternating between left and right and you’ll eventually hit him. Immediately after you hit him once, jump back as he is likely to attack. Repeat this method until you’ve his Demise around 28 times with the Master Sword.

During the next phase of the battle, the entire arena starts to fill with rain, thunder, and lightning. Raise your sword to the Sky to prepare a Skyward Strike. As soon it is ready and you are targeting Demise, unleash a Skyward Strike at him. You have to be quick here, since Demise will try to hit you almost immediately after the Skyward Strike has been prepared.

Demise will prepare his own Skyward Strikes during this phase. If he already has a Skyward Strike charged and you toss one of your own at him, they will cancel. After you successful hit Demise with a Skyward Strike run on over and deliver consecutive sword slashes at him. Once Demise falls to the floor you’ll have an opportunity to deliver a Fatal Blow, but don’t do it. Demise is not weak enough for you to hit him.

It’s best to try to stay close to Demise as much as possible, as whenever you are distant from him, he will perform a charge attack towards you that is incredibly hard to avoid. He almost always performs a charge attack after getting up from the ground. Repeat this same process if hitting Skyward Strikes and slashing at Demise. The second time that Demise falls to the floor you can deliver a Fatal Blow if you act quickly enough; otherwise, you can deliver a Fatal Blow much easier the third time to defeat him once and for all.

Congratulations on completing the game. Enjoy the ending and credits!

  • Vaati

    If you got the Hylian Shield from the Boss Rush game like I did, Demise is a piece of cake for the first part. Just continually slash at him until he attacks, then block BOTH of his counter-attacks, if you’re quick you can land a blow or two and cause him to retaliate again, if you keep up the blocking and attacking he’ll eventually fall to his knees and be open to freely attack for a short period. As for getting the shield I found the boss rush to be easier when it’s first available as opposed to later when the other bosses are added, just be sure to take advantage of the recovery hearts present is the boss rooms and you should be fine. Hope this helps anyone having trouble here, have fun and enjoy this great game!

  • Lord Sterben72

    You feel very accomplished yet also very empty. :/

  • Preston Miller

    Now that I’ve beat this on Hero Mode I have two closing questions:

    1. Did anyone else expect there to be a quest involving Piper (the cook at the bazaar)?
    2. Did anyone else expect there to be more story involving Pipit and his mom Mallara?

    All around great game. I hope there’s a Wii U port with HD graphics at some point. Next stop Ocarina of Time!

  • Twilight Goron

    Am I the only one who didn’t cry?
    Anyways, SS was too easy for me lol.

  • Tyler Walker

    Great game! Minish Cap next. Off we go.

  • I got to the final boss like 2 yeas ago but couldn’t beat it so I quit. Now I’m going to try it again🙂

  • Nick Robbins

    The final boss is like one of the easiest bosses in the game! Thx anyway

  • Nick Robbins

    Demise was still easy without it. I died only once.

  • Nick Robbins

    “Of course”? That’s your opinion.

  • Guy Smiley

    yes of course, been playing Zelda since the 80s.. and I would know

  • Rebecca Zapata

    Did anyone else cry at the ending? BECAUSE I AM OH MY GOD

  • pantherjoe

    I cannot get link to do the fatal blow. My last try I probably had him on his back 25 times and Link absolutely refused to do the fatal blow. Sometimes it would work on the 2nd or 3rd try, but by then it was too late. I tried doing it from afar, I tried doing it up close, I tried walking up to him to do it, I’ve tried doing it on the run, I’ve tried swinging subtly, I’ve tried swinging hard, I’ve tried swinging medium, I’ve tried doing it after a skyward strike, I’ve tried doing it after just hitting him a bunch of times, I’ve tried looking it up here to make sure I was doing it right, I tried watching someone else do it on youtube.


  • pantherjoe

    OK, now its been about 40 times I’ve had him on his back and I cannot get Link to finish him off. I can usually get it on my second or third try, but by then it is too late. Every time I have him down, without fail, Link just does a baby little jump swing instead of the real strike. Then after he does that he MIGHT do it right, but its too late. Can someone PLEASE tell me what I am doing wrong?

  • pantherjoe

    Also, I have to say another thing that is frustrating is that you cannot pause, so you cannot center your wiimote when it is off kilter. I haven’t been able to do skyward strikes because my sword is clearly off, and there is no way to get it back on again.

  • pantherjoe

    41st times the charm.

  • Felipe Bauer

    First time I 100% the game before fighting the final boss. Also who else agrees that the fun-fun island, lumpy pumpkin harp, and fledge pumpkin shooting minigames suck

  • SS Warrior

    I Beat HW On The Hardest difficulty ever and never died once Mabey Because I have quick fingers and can deliver a sword slash before a enemy can do the same to me so HW was so much more fun then OOT

  • Zeldafan

    Thank you so much for this awesome guide! It definitely enhanced my gameplay experience 🙂

  • Terselon

    In the first phase of Demise, If you have a good shield you don’t have to keep slashing at him hoping to get a hit like he describes. Raise your shield and push back his attacks, then there’s a short opening for a slash

  • Isabelle Eriksson

    Thanks for this amazing walkthrough! I am glad that I have been able to enjoy the game at it fullest! I didnt complete all side quest but a lot of them. Thank you for all your hints and tips!
    The final boss was easier than I thought he would be.. I had more trouble with the last fight against Ghirahim than the fight with Demise.. I guess destiny wanted me to win 😉

    Just finished watching the ending. I cried like a baby..

  • Dewman

    Fun fun island was easy. Pumpkin shooting was difficult, but once you got a rhythm down it wasn’t that bad. Harp one was annoying. None of the mini games compared to the mind numbing little ball rolling game in Twilight Princess. The one which had like 36 levels or something and you had to do it twice.

  • Dewman

    I just finished my third time through it. It’s great every time. The second time I played it was about 2 years after the first time and I forgot much of it so it was still suspenseful.

  • Kotomi

    Possibly the worst Zelda game i’ve ever played. And don’t get me wrong, I really want to like this game and it has so much going for it! Music, graphics, story, it all checks out, but the gameplay is annoying, repetitive and most of all UNRESPONSIVE. How am I supposed to hold my wiimote up more for a skyward strike?! HOW?!

  • Litl_E

    I hate you too.

  • Litl_E

    I did.

  • Litl_E

    Yeah. You’re like “Now what?”

  • Starboy

    Yes I am so in agreement I hated this game it was exactly what you said I had zero fun in playing this game the riding the bird in the bird going back and forth was ridiculous the side quests were boring this game was a disappointment compared to wind walker and ocarina of time and link to the past and majors mask ! Just wanted to beat it for the sake of saying I beat this game

  • Sammysolo21

    I cant beat demise!!!!

  • Sammysolo21

    Ive tried and tried again

  • Scott Hankus

    This game fucking sucks the most ass in the history of games. The controls suck to the utmost!. There is no way i can defeat this final boss with these controls. I give this game a 3 out of ten just because of the controls. I will never play another zelda game again if it requires these ridiculous, asinine, retarded fucking controls!

  • Scott Hankus

    I loved all previous Zelda games but Skyward Sword sucks balls!!!!

  • Scott Hankus

    All the mini games were easy but the fights were very difficult as the controls easily went out of calibration. Shitty game overall.

  • Scott Hankus

    Then you are a fucking asshole for saying this as the controls suck ass in this game.

  • Scott Hankus

    i AGREE, Skyward Sword sucks balls just because of the retarded controls which easily get out of calibration which renders defeating bosses impossible.

  • Scott Hankus

    The shield works great but once you get to the large sword there was no amount of hacking at the large sword that would allow me to attack with a hit. I had this problem early in the game with the bamboo cutting game as the most I could hit was 26 hits and no more.

  • Scott Hankus

    Exactly, if you played the bamboo game and cannot get above 26 hits then you cannot defeat the ghiram with the large sword. This game sucks ass big time.

  • Scott Hankus

    I mean even the puzzles sucked ass as they were too simple. I feel nintendo did this to compensate for the shitty controls of the wii system.

  • Scott Hankus

    I think even the music sucked for the most part except for a few locations/ events.

  • Scott Hankus

    Well I almost cried because of the shitty ass control scheme of the wiimote!

  • Scott Hankus

    Fuck Nintendo for releasing this game and game system which excludes those that have disabilities which prevents them from accurately using the wii controls. I have neuropathy in both hands but this never prevented me from playing any other nintendo game as I could always and eventually learn and overcome my disability. Not so with these stupid wii controls!

  • Scott Hankus

    I mean why did they not provide a way for people to bypass the last battle in the very least!!! Now I can’t finish the game after playing for 50 hours!!!! I mean WTF!!!!

  • Scott Hankus

    Okay, now watching videos of the ending and I can clearly tell the person playing has much better motor control than I do as they are able to wield the sword much faster and more accurately then I ever could. What a completely retarded control scheme which alienates those with disabilities.

  • Scott Hankus

    I cannot accurately hold the wiimote in a particular position in space while articulating the wiimote in a swing fashion. I can accurately control a gamepad as long as i have a reference point in terms of the location of my fingers but i cannot even accurately function with a ipod touch pad without some sort of local stable positioning of my hand in reference to the ipod touch. This leaves out a lot of people who are not able enough to play this game. I feel like I would be able to play this game if the wii mote was somehow stabilized in some fashion in terms of a rotation of axis, but otherwise there is no way for me to hold the wiimote stable enough to control effectively. Extremely frustrating! Thank god Beauty of the Wild has the normal controls. I sincerely feel the only reason Nintendo chose the Wiimote controls is to help prevent pirating of the game. Well they seriously damaged their franchise as a result.

  • Queen Of LoZ

    i think i have to try harder with the pumpkin shooting game.. i tried so hard already. all 3 times!! i have finished the game THREE times – 99,8% complete! the 0,2% lies in Fledges stupid pumpkin. my boyfriend tried also, and he usually rocks the Zelda mini games, but this was %!?@:% !

    but me, i love Skyward Sword. in many ways. maybe its not the best of them all,(i have my favorites:)but i like the story, the music and the little side quests.. Even though they gets to me, i like it..

  • jesusramosjr

    Amazing game! Just another amazing LoZ game! The controls were so fun to use in this game!

  • Ruby Stutts

    It took me awhile to get the hang of controls because I was used to the wii remote controls of twilight princess, but as you go throughout the game I feel like you get a good practice of the controls over time with different enemies. I eventually got the hang of it. Not as good as the video though, but I thought it brought a cool aspect to the game. I think it fit well with the game, especially the skyward strike, hence the name Skyward Sword.

  • larz2000

    What an amazing game i love it story wise, gameplay, it was challangeing but i beat demise on my 3rd try tips, 1st phase dont attack him when he blocks rather, backwards doge his attack and then repeatedly hit him doge back before hit hits you, rinse and repeat, honestly the miniboss of the sandship dungeon took me longer than demise still amazing, im now gonna go play ocarina of time then on march 3rd BOTW!

  • Andrew Crapo

    Are you familiar with the “trick / cheap” way of beating the pumpkin shooting game?