Phantom Ganon is an enemy in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom that Link should be very familiar with when he faces him in Hyrule Castle after completing the Regional Phenomena Quest. However, the fight with him that occurs in Hyrule Castle is very different from the other fights with him Link has had up to this point and will be much more challenging.
Unlike the previous Phantom Ganon bosses that have started with Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom‘s Gloom Hands enemy, this fight will be Phantom Ganon straight out of the gate. Unfortunately, it won’t just be one of him, it will be several. Luckily, Link doesn’t have to take it on alone as he will have the assistance of his companion avatars.
Battle some Gibdos before heading into this fight to stock up on Gibdo Bones. They’re incredibly powerful when fused but break easily, so Fuse them to arrows instead of melee weapons, and they will do a hefty amount of damage to the Phantom Ganon enemies. Pair this with the Dusk Bow which can be found in Hyrule Castle for an even deadlier combo.
How To Beat Phantom Ganon’s First Phase
Upon entering the Throne Room of Hyrule Castle, a cutscene will begin introducing this Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom boss fight and then five Phantom Ganon’s will spawn. Since the companion avatars are here as well, they will each attempt to take on one of the clones and while they won’t do much damage, they will provide a good distraction.
The clone that is left will likely target Link, so he will know which one to focus on. Other than there being multiple of them at this stage, the method for taking them down is the same as all the other Phantom Ganon’s encountered prior to this, including the one in the Deku Tree Chasm.
Link should prioritize dodging and timing to be able to pull off a Flurry Rush which will give him the best opportunity to deal damage. The initial Phantom Ganon types will be sword-wielding, so watch out for their swings and try to use arrows with fused materials to pick off the others when not in immediate danger.
Other than that, the main thing is to be patient and really target one at a time. Link can also run up to the top of the room to try to put some distance between himself and his enemies so that he can take them out with arrows, but be warned that they may follow.
How To Beat Phantom Ganon’s Second Phase
Once the first five clones are defeated, the total health bar will be at about the halfway point and a second cutscene will trigger. Unfortunately, five new Phantom Ganons will now spawn with a couple of twists. Occasionally, one of the new Phantom Ganon clones will now freeze in place and attempt to spread the Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Gloom over the floor of the room, simply attacking it will break it out of this state. In addition to that, the clones will all now occasionally switch to another version of Phantom Ganon that has a different weapon, such as a club or spear.
The method for taking on this second wave of enemies is pretty much the same as the first, but Link will want to be sure to target the Phantom Ganon that begins spreading Gloom as fast as possible as this can really complicate things, especially without any Gloom resistance equipped.
Once the second wave of five enemies is defeated, the fight will be over. A final cutscene will begin and Link will receive a new memory at the end of it. From here, the Find The Fifth Sage Quest in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will begin.
- The Legend of Zelda
- Nintendo Switch
- Nintendo EPD
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the anticipated follow-up to Breath of the Wild, released in 2017. A rare occurrence in Zelda titles, Tears of the Kingdom is a direct sequel instead of loosely connected. In Tears of the Kingdom, Link will take to the skies and learn about a mysterious kingdom in the clouds. Additionally, he will discover the secrets of the dark ones that dwell below and above the earth. The sequel is being built on the same engine as the original, with unique physics tools again being utilized. However, little about the plot and gameplay is known.
- How Long To Beat:
- 35-50 hours
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild