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This article is about the boss. For other uses, see Ganon (disambiguation).
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Official artwork of Ganon from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Universe The Legend of Zelda
Debut The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
Most recent non-Smash appearance Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer feat. The Legend of Zelda (2019)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo Entertainment System (Famicom Disk System)
Species Demon
Gender Male
Place of origin Hyrule
Article on Zelda Wiki Ganon

Ganon (ガノン) is the main antagonist of The Legend of Zelda series. His first appearance was as the beast in the original The Legend of Zelda game, although it was misspelled as Gannon in-game. The villain made his first humanoid appearance as Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Since then, the name "Ganondorf" has been used to refer to his Gerudo form while "Ganon" is used for his monster form.


Ganon was originally introduced in the original The Legend of Zelda game. Here, he was established as a power-hungry monster who had kidnapped Princess Zelda for her piece of the Triforce, but was destroyed by Link at the end of the game. Since then, collecting the Triforce and conquering Hyrule has usually been Ganon's main goal in the series. He is physically present or otherwise referenced in nearly every Zelda game, with four exceptions: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.

Ganon's appearance has changed over the course of the series. In his first appearance in The Legend of Zelda, he appears as a bestial, porcine demon with turquoise skin (though it will change to red at one point, which is the cue to hit him with the Silver Arrow), while in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, he has blue skin and turns silver when weak to the aforementioned Silver Arrows. Ocarina of Time, which first showed Ganon's human appearance as Ganondorf, depicts his bestial Ganon form with similar articles of clothing as Ganondorf, dark green fur, a red mane, and large curved horns. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, in a departure from previous games, features a quadrupedal Ganon for the first time.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Although he does not appear in-game, Ganon is mentioned in Link's profile.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Main article: Beast Ganon
Ganon as a Final Smash in Smash 4.

Ganon made his debut in the Super Smash Bros. series as Beast Ganon, the Final Smash of Ganondorf in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Ganondorf in Super Smash Bros. 4. Ganon is modeled after Dark Beast Ganon from Twilight Princess to match Ganondorf's design from the same game.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a Final Smash[edit]

Main article: Ganon, The Demon King
Ganon as a Final Smash in Ultimate.

In Ultimate, Ganondorf's Final Smash attack functions largely the same, but Ganon's appearance is based on his Ocarina of Time version and has been renamed Ganon, The Demon King.

As a boss[edit]

Ganon's render in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Ganon appears as a boss in both Classic Mode and in World of Light; in the latter, he is fought in the center of the Sacred Land sub-map. He is fought in an arena resembling the ruins of Ganon's Castle in Ocarina of Time, with Ganondorf standing amid the ruins before transforming into the Demon King. Like Ocarina of Time, he can only be damaged by attacking his tail: if the tail is hit hard enough, Ganon will be stunned and allow the player to deal further damage, with his head becoming another weakness. Along with standard sword slashes and a charge attack similar to the Final Smash, Ganon uses several new attacks:

  • Ganon performs a large swing upward. After the attack, he briefly faces away, allowing the player to attack him from the front.
  • Ganon unleashes a spin attack.
  • Ganon shoots a disc of lightning from his swords, a reference to Demise from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. At lower health, he will fire two discs.
  • Ganon breathes a ball of fire that follows the player, similar to a move Calamity Ganon performs in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Ganon unleashes a beam of malice from his mouth, similar to an attack used by Dark Beast Ganon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Ganon can leap in the air and perform a ground pound attack.

When defeated, Ganon will wildly flail his swords and roar, similar to his defeat animation in Ocarina of Time, before exploding.

The Fighters that are assigned to fight Ganon in Classic Mode are Link, Young Link, Toon Link and Zelda.


No. Image Name Type Class Ability Series
★★★ Weight ↑ The Legend of Zelda Series
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Beast Ganon
★★★★ Impact Run The Legend of Zelda Series
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Calamity Ganon
★★★★ No Effect The Legend of Zelda Series


  • Ganon is the only Classic Mode boss who does not face characters outside his own series.
    • Zelda is the only character who faces Ganondorf on the same stage before his transformation as Ganon.
    • Sheik and Ganondorf are the only Zelda characters who do not face Ganon as their final boss.
  • Counting DLC, Ganon and Giga Bowser are the only Ultimate bosses not to be fought by newcomers in any of their Classic Mode routes.
  • Ganon's boss fight in Ultimate takes place on a unique stage comprised of reused models from various stages in the game, specifically Coliseum (as the ground) and Reset Bomb Forest (as the burning castle in the background).