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Ganon... this beast was once of the Gerudo... Once human. He was called Ganondorf! King of Darkness; ancient demon reborn.
~ Zelda, about the second Ganon in Four Sword Adventures

Ganon (also called Mandrag Ganon in early English versions) is the mightier, demonic form of Ganondorf; with whom he interchangeably appears as the primary antagonist of the Legend of Zelda video game series.

As the reincarnation of Demise, Ganon is the King of Evil of the Zelda universe, who rules over the Dark World, and seeks the Triforce to gain the power of the Golden Goddesses and claim the world as his own. He is locked in permanent conflict with the primary protagonists Link and Princess Zelda throughout history.

Non Canon/Alternate Universe

Hyrule Warriors

Ganon (Hyrule Warriors)

Ganon, as seen in Hyrule Warriors

Ganon serves as the final boss in this game inspired from the Dynasty Warriors franchise. He is very similar to his aspect from Twilight Princess, albeit with a much more demonic vibe. He resembles a gigantic lion-like boar with huge, muscular humanoid arms, a large mane, two pairs of tusks of different size, glowing yellow eyes, and enormous horns on his shoulders, (in fact two beak-like mouths full of sharp teeth). He retains the ginger hair, now looking like a mane, the gold bracers, and the jewel on his forehead, now purplish blue and glowing, that he had in his human form and hides a demonic eye on his left forearm.

After Ganondorf corrupted Cia and used her to return on Hyrule, he manipulated the events to gain the complete Triforce and take over Hyrule, turning the land into a twisted and demonic place. When defeated by the protagonists he turns into Ganon and engages the final battle. (He also serves as the final boss of the Adventure Mode, when Cia summons him.)

The final battle can prove very hard, for Ganon is immensely fast and powerful, and uses tremendous attacks. Link and his allies must first fend off hordes of monsters to reach him. He attacks by levitating in the air to breathe a continuous stream of fire, by swinging his firsts around, by opening his horn-mouths to fire dangerous barrages of spikes, by hurling a fiery sphere, and by causing an explosion of lightning.

The heroes must use the hookshot to grab his tail when he levitates and attack it; use bombs when he is charging his fiery sphere; shot arrows into the eye on his arm when he is charging an explosion of lightning; and use the gale boomerang to destroy his horn-mouths. When one of his body parts is destroyed, he can no longer attack with it.

The second stage of the battle is even more challenging. Ganon starts charging around, rising sky-high to drop on his enemies, emitting flashes of purple light from the jewel on his forehead to blast the ground and send rocks flying, conjuring bolts of red lightning from the sky and hurling devastating blasts of red lightning. The heroes must avoid his attacks until Zelda grants them the Light Arrows. When the jewel on Ganon's forehead glows purple, the heroes and their troops must fire Light Arrows at it to stun him, before pummelling him, ending in a strike on his forehead. The process must be repeated until the Demon King is defeated for good.

Hyrule Warriors DLC

Ganon is playable in this extension, in a mode called "Ganon's Fury". Ganon is huge, towering over all bosses (save from the Imprisoned) and does not need to knock them out to harm them, being able to pummel them through sheer might and to send dozens of enemies flying with one blow. In spite of his immense power, he is rather slow and loses health quickly. (Otherwise, he would have been completely invincible, ruining the challenge.)

Ganon can charge, strike with his claws, infuse his fist with dark energy to cause a blast by striking the ground, and hurl four blasts of red lightning. When he kills a boss, he gains his special attack: King Dodongo's fiery sphere, Gohma's explosion of lightning, Manhandla's barrages of spikes and Argorok's flaming breath. By striking a boss with the special attack it is weak against, Ganon can knock them out and deliver a devastating blow with his trident.

Many bosses will appear and try to attack Ganon in a group, which can prove bothersome. Ganon must target the boss called the Lord of the Horde, and if possible isolate it from the other bosses. He gains the special attack by slaying the Lord of the Horde and not the normal bosses. Sometimes, the Great Fairy will appear and heal all the bosses repeatedly, making her the primary target.

Ancient Stone Tablets

Despite his body's destruction in A Link to the Past, Ganondorf's rage allowed him to remain conscious and his soul returned to the Dark World. When Ganondorf is ressurected, he takes on the form of Ganon once again and fights the Hero of Light in an attempt to take their power to fully revive himself, though he is far weaker than in A Link to the Past as he only has the Triforce of Wisdom, he still manages to fight evenly with the hero until he is heavily damaged by the Hero's Silver Arrows.

The Legend of Zelda (comic series)

In the Zelda comic series, Ganon is ressurected after the events of The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link. Ganondorf appears primarily in his regular Ganondorf form, but also makes some appearances in his Ganon form

The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest

Armored Ganon BQ

Ganon in the final battle

Ganon BQ

Ganon in Battle Quest

Ganon appears in The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest game included in Nintendo Land. Ganon has once again returned to Hyrule and begun a plan to take it over, Ganon is also noted to possess the full Triforce.

In the first encounter with Ganon, he appears at the top of his castle and creates spiked balls to throw at the hero, teleports, spins his Trident to block the hero, and slashes the hero with his dark sword. After his defeat Ganon will return later for his last stand, his damage and health increase but he is eventually defeated by the hero.

If canon, The game would likely take place in either the Child or Decline Timelines. In the child timleine it would take place after Four Swords Adventures. In the Decline Timeline if would take place before/after The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

Ganon, in his appearance from Twilight Princess, appears as the Final Smash of Ganondorf in the game. Ganondorf will transform, stomp the opponent into the ground, and the surround himself with the dark energy and speed across the screen.

Appearance

Demon King Ganon

A fans attempt at showing how a fusion of Ganon's modern and classic designs would look

Ganon has taken on many forms throughout the series. Ganon's primary appearance is that of a giant blue boar creature who wears crimson robes, and armor adorned with spikes and skulls. He takes this form in The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past, Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons, Four Swords Adventures, and A Link Between Worlds. However in several appearances Ganon's appearance has changed. In Ocarina of Time, Ganon appears as a massive green boar with the orange hair of his human form, he also retains some of Ganondorf's clothing and has two massive horns resembling that of a ram.
King ganon

King Ganon

In Twilight Princess, Ganon appears as a Dark Beast and is quadrupedal instead of bipedal. He resembles a cross between a boar, a wolf, and a lion. He has a massive dark body with a huge glowing scar down his body and a massive red haired mane.

After merging with Yuga and becoming YuGanon he appears as Ganon's body with grey skin, Yuga's hair, shoes, and part of his ripped robe. His eyes are also a blank white colour.

Hyrule: Total War

King Ganon appears in the non-official game Hyrule Total War, as the ruler of the Moblins, and one of the separate versions of Ganon to appear in the this game. He looks like a mix between his usual Blue Boar aspect and his Devil-like appearance in Ocarina of Time. He also wields his trident of power.

His parents murdered and his homeland scorched by Hyruelan Knights during his childhood, Ganon made it his lifelong goal to return the favour. Despising everything about the Hylians, Ganon will not rest until he slaughters every single one of them and defiles their holy relics. A massive creature in his own right, while his size certainly is something to be terrified of the true feature of Ganon that all fear is his cunning and intelligence. While not exactly a scholar, Ganon's skill in commanding, organising, and strategy nearly lead him to topple the Kingdom of Hyrule once and for all.

Creation of Guardians

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Guardians are a collection of ancient autonoman enemies encountered in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that are lead by Ganon.

The Guardians were originally created as a mechanical army by the highly advanced Sheikah race 10,000 years ago, after the return of the ancient evil known as Ganon was foretold. The guardians were meant to help weaken Ganon and fight his forces in conjunction with array of sheikah towers, and the 4 vehicles known as the Divine Beasts, in order for the chosen hero and princess of Hyrule to finally defeat him and seal him away. For a while after Ganon's defeat, the technology of the Sheikah was hailed as that of the gods, but as time went on, the people of Hyrule began to grow fearful of this power, as eventually the technology and the guardians were cast aside or stored in several large chambers beneath the castle of Hyrule indefinitely. However Ganon who had become known as Calamity Ganon or simply the Calamity due to the calamity he brought to Hyrule as a result of his cycle of resurrection, benefited from the mistreatment of the Sheikah as knowledge of their technology was lost to most of the modern Sheikah loyal to the Royal Family and lead to a schism among the Sheikah that lead to the creation of the Yiga Clan, a group of Sheikah who angered by the discrimination their people had had suffered, swore allegiance to Ganon and becoming dedicated to eradicating Ganon's enemies.

Almost 10,000 years would pass, until 100 years prior, when the return of the Calamity Ganon was foretold. Desperate to find a way to stop this menace, the King of Hyrule Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule excavated the Divine Beast and some of the Guardians, even getting them to reactivate. Additionally the king's daughter, Princess Zelda worked closely with a group of Sheikah ancient technology researchers which included Impa's elder sister Purah and her subordinate Robbie. Their research lead to the rediscovery of the Sheikah Slate, Runes, and the Shrine of Resurrection, an ancient Sheikah medical facility. However Zelda struggled to awaken the innate sealing powers which would play an important role in defeating and sealing Ganon. Due to the loss of knowledge of Sheikah technology, Zelda and her team's research proved invaluable, though they where unable to figure out how to access the Ancient Shrines which where created by the Sheikah to test and train the chosen hero, though she and Purah correctly surmised the Sheikah Slate was key to unlocking them. The discover of the Shrine of Resurrection also troubled Zelda as it caused her to wonder just how powerful Ganon was to warrant such measures. Eventually, Zelda and her father selected four Champions, the Zora Princess Mipha, the Goron Daruk, the Gerudo Urbosa, and the Rito Revali to pilot the Divine Beasts. Additionally at some point it was discovered that Link, the Royal Knight Captain of Princess Zelda's Imperial Guard was the Hero Chosen by the Master Sword. While Zelda was jealous of the ease at which Link seemed to fulfil his destiny and took her frustration over her inability to awaken her innate sealing powers despite years of self training out on him, though after he saved her from an assassination attempt by the Yiga Clan, she apologized to him and the two became closer, with Zelda learning that Link too shared the burden of his destiny.

However, Ganon would not let history repeat itself having learned from his past defeat. Appearing suddenly, he used his power to turn the technology of the Sheikah against Hyrule. All of the Guardians above ground and stored beneath Hyrule castle were corrupted by Malice, the embodied essence of Ganon, and began attacking the soldiers and citizens of Hyrule. Additionally Ganon used his power to create four phantom scourges of himself: Waterblight Ganon, Fireblight Ganon, Thunderblight Ganon, and Windblight Ganon which he sent to corrupt the Divine Beasts and kill their Champion pilots. The pilots where all killed and their spirits where imprisoned within the Divine Beasts which also fell under Ganon's control. With the Guardians and Divine Beasts at his command, Ganon was able to lay waste to much of Hyrule. King Rhoam was killed, with only Link and Zelda managing to escape the destruction of Hyrule Castle Town after the fall of Hyrule Castle. Fleeing to Fort Hateno, Link and Zelda where eventually cornered by Guardians. Though Link fought valiantly wielding the Master Sword which was effective against the Guardians due to their being corrupted by Malice, which caused its true power to shine. However Link was eventually overwhelmed and critically injured. Fortunately, Zelda managed to finally awaken her sealing powers which allowed her to shut down all the remaining Guardians, saving herself and Link from certain death. After some encouragement from the Spirit of the Master Sword which spoke to Zelda, telling her that her destiny was not finished and that she still had a role to play. Entrusting Link's care to her Sheikah allies and the Master Sword to the Great Deku Tree, Zelda confronted Ganon using her power to seal both herself and ancient Demon King in Hyrule Castle, which caused the Divine Beasts to become dormant.

While Ganon was eventually trapped within the castle, the Guardians continued their destructive rampage across Hyrule, slaughtering nearly all of the soldiers and citizens of Hyrule and destroying most of the towns and military bases, though the Guardians suffered heavy losses as well, resulting in their dead shells and parts littering the sites of major battles. Though he was sealed in Hyrule Castle with Zelda, Ganon continued to exert his influence through the monsters, corrupted guardians, and Yiga Clan members that roamed the land of Hyrule. At midnight during a Blood Moon (a celestial event where the Moon turns blood red) when Ganon's power reaches its peak, Ganon could revive the souls of slain monsters and Yiga Clansmen, as well as reconstruct defeated Guardians. The Yiga Clan became dedicated to eliminating Ganon's enemies. However despite this, the surviving people of Hyrule where able to rebuild and eke out a living. While the Royal Family had fallen, the governments of the Sheikah, Gerudo, Gorons, Zora, and Rito survived. Hateno Village managed to survive the Great Calamity and Hylians learned to survive as travelers, merchants, and treasure hunters, though much of Central Hyrule including the ruins of Hyrule Castle Town and Hyrule Castle became virtual no man's lands where only the foolish or brave dared travel due to the area's heavy Guardian presence. However one Guardian ended up straying into Lanayru Great Spring region threatening Zora's Domain. However King Dorephan, father of Zora Champion Mipha used his supernatural strength to hurl the Guardian into a ravine, destroying it.

Zelda's Sheikah allies took Link to the Shrine of Resurrection and used the untested Slumber of Restoration to put Link in stasis so he could heal from the injuries he sustained, though as it was unknown how long this would take and their was a chance that the process would cause Link to lose his memories. Fortunately, the Sheikah left the Sheikah Slate inside the Shrine which would prove vital in his future quest. However not all Guardians fell under Guardians control as Guardian Scouts within Shrines remained uncorrupted, though as they were programmed to test the hero in combat as part of the Shrine trials, they are hostile towards Link.

100 years later, during the awakening of the fallen hero Link, several of the guardians are still active, attacking anyone that they encounter with the exception of monsters and Yiga Clansmen. As a result, most people in Hyrule tend to avoid areas with a large guardian presence.

Construction and Classes

There are several different types of Guardians found throughout Hyrule. However they all share some common features. The primary body of a guardian is a very large dome, with a rotating head on top, and any additional appendages as need. They are usually beige/black in color, with circular patterns, markings that glow orange, blue or fuschia, and a singular blue eye. The material they are made of is unknown and incredibly strong and durable, and is not magnetic, conductive, or flammable. The interior uses basic components such as gears, screws, and shafts, as well as circuitry, and a self sustaining power core. Guardians take additional damage from weapons made using ancient Sheikah tech, and an arrow made from this tech will instantly destroy most guardians if it hits their eye.

The different class of Guardians are as follows:

Guardian Stalker

The most common of the Guardians, the stalker has 6 highly flexible legs that give it unparalleled mobility over land. Should it sight an enemy, it will follow them until it gets very close, and will begin targeting the enemy with a red beam of light. Should it fully lock on, it will then fire a powerful explosive laser from it's eye. However, this laser can be reflected back with a well-timed shield parry, destroying a stalker in three hits, rather than attempting to try and whittle down its massive HP pool with conventional weapons. It's mobility can be reduced by breaking off it's legs. Stalkers are found all throughout Hyrule, but are most common in North Hyrule Field, and in Hyrule Castle Town.

Decayed Guardian

A stalker that was badly damaged and left to rot during the Great Calamity. It has lost all it's legs and most of it's HP, and usually is dormant. However, coming too close will awaken it, and even though it's damaged, it can still fire its laser. A single reflected beam will kill it. Decayed guardians are usually only seen among the wreckage of ancient battles, though large numbers can be found in Hyrule Castle and Castle Town, as well as the Forgotten Temple.

Guardian Skywatcher

A unique guardian that hangs upside down and features three rotors that allow it to be airborne. Skywatchers patrol the ground below them, and anything that crosses into it's searchlight will find itself having lasers fired at it. Reflecting beams back at it is not very effective, and the recommended strategy is to use ancient arrows to try and hit it's eye, or disable it's rotors. Skywatchers are a rare sight outside of Hyrule Castle.

Guardian Turret

These appear similar in shape and function to decayed guardians, but these were designed to be immobile turrets that fire lasers upon anything that they see, and have retained their full vitality. Reflect beams back at them to defeat them easily. Turrets are only found within Hyrule Castle.

Guardian Sentry

These drones are vaguely similar to skywatchers, but are very weak and completely harmless. They are manufactured by Divine Beast Rudania and serve to alert the vehicle of intruders.

Guardian Scout

This model is unique in that it has 4 tiers, and is smaller than most of the other Guardians, only being about person-sized. They resemble small three-legged stalkers, and Tier 1 Scouts only fire a small weak laser. Tiers 2-4 however, can extend their midsections and draw weapons and shields, as well as use a full power explosive laser and a cutting laser. These guardians are typically defeated through conventional combat. Tier 1 scouts can be found inside Di

Personality

Ganon is pretty much the same as Ganondorf, and Demise before him, being cruel, ruthless, hateful, greedy, power-hungry, manipulative, overconfident, and condescending, who would stop at nothing to turn the world into a dark and twisted place under his rule. However, he is much more violent, destructive, and unhinged. In the games in which both Ganondorf and Ganon are fought during the climax, Ganondorf's fighting style focuses more on skills and tactics, while Ganon is about brute strength and destructive attacks. (When only Ganon is fought, he usually mixes raw might and tactics, such as his "Technique of Darkness" in A Link to the Past.)

While there are occurrences in which Ganon is reduced to a mindless, feral and raging demon, he most often retains Ganondorf's immense intelligence and knack for using both heroes and villains without them knowing, to further his goals from the shadows. And while his second incarnation from Four Swords Adventure is extremely arrogant and dismisses the heroes as weaklings even in defeat; he usually acknowledges Link's and Zelda's merits and develops a grudging respect for them, such as in A Link to the Past.

As Calamity Ganon, he retains his cunning nature by corrupting and taking control of the ancient weapons which had lead to his previous defeat, turning them on the people of Hyrule. However this is contrasted by his destructive nature, bringing ruin and calamity to much of Hyrule.

Powers and Abilities

Ganon is frighteningly powerful. He has divine control over evil, monsters and demons, and all malevolent beings will pledge obedience to him. He also has complete dominion over the Dark World, which makes anyone and anything inside monstrous, and can send people there to transform them into monsters at his command. But even without the Dark World, he can twist and corrupt his surroundings at will, spread his evil energy all around, and cause disasters, endless nights, storms, earthquakes or other creepy happenings.

Ganon can teleport, transform, summon monsters, spawn immensely powerful demonic beings, resurrect and empower his followers, create projections of himself, create evil artifacts, cast powerful curses, alter his surroundings, or warp dimensions to reverse his foe's sense of direction, among many impressive feats of magic. He controls the elements, with a strong affinity for fire attacks, and can unleash demonic energy. Finally, he has unfathomable strength and skill with weapons, causing tremors with a jump or a ground punch, in addition to an exceptional agility despite his massive size.

In Breath of the Wild, Ganon is capable of resurrecting himself and was in the process of doing so when he is confronted by Link in Hyrule Castle, forcing him to fight in his Calamity Ganon form wielding ancient weaponry. After being defeated, Ganon resorts to transforming into Dark Beast Ganon, becoming an entity composed of Malice. His reasons for doing so differ between the japanese and english versions. In the original japanese, he takes this form as a result of his refusal to give up on reincarnating himself, while the english states he has given up on resurrecting himself and took the form in a desperate attempt to destroy Link. Regardless, the form causes him to become a being of pure rage and malice, losing any cunning and intelligence he possessed as Calamity Ganon.

Like his Gerudo form Ganondorf who could create phantoms, Ganon can create phantoms of himself as shown by the four Scourges of the Divine Beasts with each representing one element: Fire, Water, Thunder, and Wind. Calamity Ganon could also produce an evil substance known as Malice which can be created from water polluted by Ganon's evil during the Great Calamity, though Malice can be seen as an extension of Calamity Ganon and his phantoms as their bodies are often composed of the substance. Malice can be used to possess Guardians and create Cursed Bokoblins, Cursed Moblins, and Cursed Lizalfos which are mindless flying skulls that spawn from mouths made of Malice. Glowing Eyeballs are also connected to these pools and serve as weak points which can be destroyed to remove pools of Malice. Malice damages Link if he comes in contact with it. Malice act as barriers which must be either removed or force Link to go around them. Ganon can also empower certain monsters to create stronger variants such as the Silver and Gold enemy variants. He can also resurrect monsters and horses as undead or "Stal" variants. At midnight during a Blood Moon, Calamity Ganon's power reaches its peak, allowing him to resurrect the souls of slain or fallen monsters and Yiga Clansmen (with the exception of Master Kohga). He can also reconstruct any defeated Guardians he has corrupted. This gives him an army that cannot be vanished completely, unless Calamity Ganon himself is defeated, however he is apparently unable to resurrect his phantoms. Like his original Gerudo form Ganondorf, Calamity Ganon retains his cunning nature as shown by his corruption of the Guardians and Divine Beasts, completely catching his enemies off guard.

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