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Phantom Ganon
Artwork of Phantom Ganon from Ocarina of Time


Ocarina of Time
Evil Spirit from Beyond
Tears of the Kingdom
The Demon King's Phantom Saboteur



Ocarina of Time
Forest Temple
The Wind Waker
Forsaken Fortress
Tears of the Kingdom
Hyrule Castle


Phantom Ganon is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series. He is a creation of Ganondorf and serves as his minion to try and stop Link from interfering with his business.

Ocarina of Time

Main article: Phantom Ganon (Ocarina of Time)

In Ocarina of Time, Phantom Ganon is the boss of the first adult temple, the Forest Temple. Link must use the Fairy Bow to hit Phantom Ganon as he is coming out of one of six paintings around the area. After three shots from the bow, Phantom Ganon leaves the paintings to attack Link. Link must deflect his magic shots back back and forth between the two of them with the sword until Phantom Ganon misses. Slash him when he is on the ground, and soon enough he is defeated. After the battle, Ganondorf tells Link that what he fought was merely a phantom and how it was such a waste. Ganondorf then banishes the phantom to the gap between dimensions.[1]

The Wind Waker

Main article: Phantom Ganon (The Wind Waker)

Phantom Ganon appears as a mini-boss in the Forsaken Fortress. Link must play Dead Man's Volley with him, similar to the second phase in Ocarina of Time. After defeating him, Link receives the Skull Hammer.

He also appears in Ganon's Tower, where he can be found in an endless maze. Link must find the Light Arrows and use it to shoot him, leaving only his sword behind. Link must then use it to destroy an otherwise indestructible wall. However, Link cannot use his sword outside the maze.

Four Swords Adventures

Main article: Phantom Ganon (Four Swords Adventures)

Phantom Ganon appears twice in Four Swords Adventures. His design is highly similar to that of The Wind Waker. He is first found on the Hyrule Castle stage. Like in previous games, the Links must deflect his magic attacks back at him to stun him and then attack him. If they miss the shot, it hits the wall behind them and fires out several smaller orbs that can harm the Links. At times, Phantom Ganon slashes forward with his sword, forcing them to dodge. After he is defeated, a downward staircase appears, leading the Links to where the Blue Maiden is located so that they can rescue her.

Later, the Links encounter him again at the end of the Temple of Darkness. However, this time he can split into four clones, all of which will fire energy orbs at them. Only the shot from the real Phantom, which is in color, can be deflected. The orb starts out green, but it changes colors as different colored Links hit it. One he is slain, the Links can proceed into the next room, where they discover the Dark Mirror is missing and free the Red Maiden.

Twilight Princess

During the "Horseback Ganon" boss fight, Ganondorf summons Phantom Ganons that try to knock Link off Epona. However, they can easily be avoided or attacked.

Tears of the Kingdom

Main article: Phantom Ganon (Tears of the Kingdom)

"Though it may walk on two legs, this creature is undeniably monstrous in appearance. A sinister aura permeates the air around it. You know little of its attributes or behavior, but its strength and weapon mastery make it a formidable foe. It was first sighted after the Upheaval. Its identity and origins are shrouded in mystery."

— In-game description

"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."

— In-game description after defeating it in the Sanctum

Phantom Ganon serves as the game's secondary antagonist and can appear in various locations around Hyrule and the Depths. It first appears as a Gloom Spawn - a mass of five hands with eyes surrounded by gloom. After defeating the five hands, Phantom Ganon may appear.

Phantom Ganon posed as Princess Zelda to cover for her disappearance during the Upheaval, doing things that were uncharacteristic of the real princess, such as banning any study of particular ruins at Kakariko Village, siccing the Sludge Like on King Dorephan and giving Yunobo a mask that enspells him and causes him to market Marbled Rock Roast. Once Yunobo is freed of the mask, the same disguised Phantom Ganon lured him and Link to the Fire Temple, pretending to be the Marbled Gohma's captive. After Link awakened the four sages, Phantom Ganon, still posing as Zelda, lured Link to Hyrule Castle and ambushed him with Monster Forces multiple times before trapping him in the Sanctum. There, Ganondorf appeared and taunted Link, ordering Phantom Ganon to attack him before disappearing. In this fight, Phantom Ganon created multiple copies of itself to combat Link. When Link destroyed these, Phantom Ganon created another set of copies and attempted to fill the room with Gloom.

When Link defeated the second set of copies, Phantom Ganon vanished. Ganondorf reappeared and attacked Link with four tendrils of Gloom similar to the one he attacked him with beneath Hyrule Castle. This time, however, the sages arrived and saved Link. Ganondorf then fled once again, as he had not yet regained his full power. It's also shown that this particular Phantom Ganon existed as far back as before Ganondorf became the Demon King, as he used its fake Zelda form in his assassination of Queen Sonia. Though the fake Zelda's deceit was uncovered and her attack on Sonia stopped, it was nonetheless distraction enough for Ganondorf himself to kill Sonia and steal her Secret Stone.

If not defeated in Hyrule Castle, Phantom Ganon will appear after the temple bosses in Gloom's Lair.

Non-Canon Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

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Phantom Ganon appears as a boss in Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition.




  1. "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.