The move in Brawl.
|Universe||Super Smash Bros.|
|“||Ganondorf's Warlock Punch is slow but absurdly powerful...||”|
|—Ganondorf's trophy description in Melee|
Warlock Punch (魔人拳 Majinken Demon Fist) is Ganondorf's neutral special move. Ganondorf cocks back, charging a punch, for approximately 72 frames while a purple aura surrounds his fist. He then suddenly throws a devastating backfist punch.
This move is very powerful as a single move causes 30%-34% damage and has very high knockback. It is an attack that can KO at low percentages and can even KO light characters under 10%. Except on utterly defenseless or paralyzed opponents, this attack is very hard to use in combat because it is very slow and predictable. Because of this, the move is practically useless in competitive play. In the air, Warlock Punch is even more powerful and does about 37%-40%, with higher knockback. But the very slow start-up of the Warlock Punch combined with Ganondorf's poor jumping and fast falling speed makes landing the Warlock Punch while airborne extremely difficult.
This move is considered a "clone" move of Captain Falcon's Falcon Punch, nicknamed as "Ganon Punch" by fans, but as mentioned above, it is slower, deals more damage, and has higher knockback. Also unlike the Falcon Punch, it is extremely difficult to Sacred Combo with due to its lag.
 Reverse Warlock Punch
The reverse Warlock Punch is an ability introduced in Brawl. A player can pull off a 180° punch by turning in the opposite direction during the charging period. This deals roughly 3% more damage than a normal punch with more knockback. This move can be done on the ground and in mid-air, but on the downside, it is about 0.5 seconds longer than a normal Warlock Punch. This reverse Warlock is good for mindgames (as with Falcon's) and does serve as a way to turn a match around, but is still very laggy.
Also, the animation for the punch has been changed. Instead of pulling his arm back like a slower Falcon Punch, Ganondorf waves his arms, pulls back both arms while gathering energy, and punches backhanded with his left hand instead of right.
Warlock Punch has four stages of damages and knockback depending on what type of punch is performed.
|Type||Damage||Percent that can KO|
|Reverse Warlock Punch||35%||26%|
|Aerial Warlock Punch||36%||21%|
|Reverse aerial Warlock Punch||38%||12%|
Ganondorf never uses the Warlock Punch as it is in any Zelda game, but similar attacks, fitting in with Ganondorf's motifs as the Warlock Punch does, have been used in several games. In Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf uses dark magic and a similar shout as in Melee to block Navi from approaching him in order to disable Link's ability to Z-Target. Additionally, in Wind Waker, he fights using his fists during certain cutscenes, showing massive physical strength and prowess in hand-to-hand combat. He knocks Zelda out during the final battle with a backhand slap, akin to the Brawl version of the attack. However, none of these are actually the Warlock Punch, despite their similarities, and the move is overall, non-canonical.
Warlock Punch in Melee
- If a player performs a Reverse Warlock Punch on Pit, and Pit pulls out his Mirror Shield at just the right moment, Ganondorf will be sent flying across the stage a long way, longer than the distance of most stages. This also works on any other characters that can use a reverse.
- Even though this attack has obscene start-up lag, it isn't the slowest attack in Ganondorf's arsenal. His up tilt, commonly referred to as the "Volcano Kick", has an even slower start-up of 81 frames.
- If the victim's damage is higher than around 100%, a reverse Warlock Punch will have higher knockback than a Home-Run Bat, which makes this move very useful in the Home-Run Contest.
|Neutral special||Warlock Punch|
|Side special||Gerudo Dragon (SSBM), Flame Choke (SSBB)|
|Up special||Dark Dive|
|Down special||Wizard's Foot|
|Final Smash||Beast Ganon|