Boss fights have been one of many pillars of The Legend of Zelda sequence since its inception. Hyperlink enters a dungeon, finds a brand new weapon, and sometimes makes use of it to take out the massive baddie that’s established residence there. It’s a strong system that’s labored for over three decades now.
Not all Zelda bosses are created equally, although. Many are simply forgotten. Others, like Ocarina of Time’s Water Temple guardian Morpha…effectively, we simply want we may overlook them. In fact, we’re right here to have a good time the bosses that usually outlined the video games they have been in and helped set up The Legend of Zelda as one of many biggest sequence in gaming historical past.
You may additionally discover that a number of the higher Zelda video games, particularly Breath of the Wild and Hyperlink’s Awakening, aren’t represented on this listing, whereas a number of the extra maligned video games within the sequence do present up. The bosses on this listing don’t essentially hail from the very best Legend of Zelda video games, however they’re among the many most original and inventive within the historical past of this within the storied franchise.
- 1 15. Crayk – The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
- 2 14. Helmasaur King – The Legend of Zelda: A Hyperlink to the Previous
- 3 13. Vaati – The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
- 4 12. Gohma – The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- 5 11. Goht – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Masks
- 6 10. King Bulbin – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- 7 9. Darkish Hyperlink – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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- 9 8. Argorok – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- 10 7. Twinrova – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- 11 6. Stalblind – The Legend of Zelda: A Hyperlink Between Worlds
- 12 5. Puppet Ganon – The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
- 13 4. Stallord – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- 14 3. Koloktos – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- 15 2. Majora’s Masks – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Masks
- 16 1. Ganondorf/Ganon – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
15. Crayk – The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
With its low total issue degree and emphasis on utilizing the DS’s contact display controls, Phantom Hourglass isn’t effectively regarded by many Zelda followers. Nonetheless, it’s laborious to not be impressed with the methods Nintendo intelligently used the hand held’s two screens as the premise for one of many sequence’ most unforgettable boss fights.
Crayk turns invisible on the underside display, however on the highest display, you may see the room from his standpoint. You must use the highest display to determine precisely the place Crayk is so you may shoot an arrow at his eye and switch him seen earlier than getting into for large injury.
The Zelda sequence began in 2D, and whereas these early video games are all-time classics, many of the bosses from that period truthfully haven’t aged that effectively. Nevertheless, Helmasaur King, the primary boss in A Hyperlink to the Previous’s Darkish World, continues to be a standout all these years later.
First, Hyperlink has to make use of bombs or arrows to take away the large lizard’s masks. It’s solely then that you could expose this boss’ weak level and eventually go in for the kill. It might sound easy, however that mixture of motion and puzzle-solving grew to become the template for many future boss fights within the sequence.
13. Vaati – The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
The Minish Cap is an oddball Zelda recreation for a number of causes. Capcom dealt with improvement as a substitute of Nintendo, it’s the ultimate totally 2D “basic” Zelda recreation thus far, and it’s one of many few video games within the sequence that doesn’t even point out Ganondorf.
The evil sorcerer Vaati could not get as a lot love as Ganondorf, however he’s the star of this epic multi-stage ultimate boss struggle. This battle requires Hyperlink to make use of the entire talents he’s acquired throughout his journey simply to outlive. Which means dividing himself with the 4 Sword to take out Vaati’s 4 eyes concurrently earlier than shrinking himself to enter the mage’s arms and deal injury from the within out.
12. Gohma – The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Gohma is much from the hardest Zelda boss (he’s really the very first dungeon boss in Wind Waker), however he makes up for an absence of issue along with his imposing design and the very fact he’s simply a lot enjoyable to beat up. Gohma could also be a completely huge, armored, fire-breathing bug unit, nevertheless it seems that armor doesn’t assist him a lot when Hyperlink exhibits up.
The important thing to defeating Gohma is to hookshot the tail of Valoo (the dragon you’re there to rescue). That may make Valoo drop rubble on Gohma’s head, giving Hyperlink the opening he must hookshot Gohma’s eye and go in along with his sword. This struggle is only a unbelievable mixture of mechanics, surroundings, and execution.
11. Goht – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Masks
With its 72-hour time loop and full absence of sequence mainstay Ganondorf, Majora’s Masks was the primary title within the sequence to interrupt away from loads of The Legend of Zelda’s conventions and redefine what a Zelda game could be. Some avid gamers dislike it for that. Personally, I’m a giant fan.
Whereas many of the temples and managers in Majora’s Masks don’t stray from Ocarina of Time an excessive amount of, Goht is the appropriately big exception. This huge bull creature costs round a round area all through the battle and the one technique to cease it’s to alter into Hyperlink’s Goron type and ram him at full velocity. It’s a boss struggle combined with a destruction derby, and it’s a really distinctive encounter for this franchise.
10. King Bulbin – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Many of the higher boss fights in Zelda historical past concentrate on inventive makes use of of the varied objects Hyperlink finds. King Bulbin isn’t a kind of fights. Really, the primary part is only a mad sprint by means of Hyrule Area as Hyperlink, on horseback, tries to hack away at Bulbin whereas being swarmed by much more riders.
What actually elevates this battle, although, is the enduring duel on the Bridge of Eldin. You solely must hit the king together with your sword twice to defeat him, however with none guard rails, it’s straightforward to fall to your loss of life. There’s a purpose why this second has been immortalized as a Tremendous Smash Bros. stage. It’s one of the crucial memorable scenes in franchise historical past.
Darkish Hyperlink is technically a sub-boss, however this encounter is simply too cool to go away off the listing. You meet Darkish Hyperlink close to the tip of Ocarina of Time’s much-maligned Water Temple in what at first appears to be an unusually calm room. It’s solely when Hyperlink’s reflection within the water goes lacking that it turns into obvious that one thing is amiss.
Regardless of the way you assault Darkish Hyperlink with the Grasp Sword, he’ll counter your strikes completely. It’s that premise, and the best way it forces you to search out new methods to take care of such a robust foe, mixed with the set-up that makes this one of the crucial inventive bosses in any Zelda recreation.
8. Argorok – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
All through its many installments, the Zelda sequence has really been actually good about developing with distinctive enemy designs. So if a considerably generic dragon exhibits up, he higher put up one hell of a struggle. Fortunately, Argorok delivers.
Argorok begins the struggle within the air however can creatively be delivered to the bottom by latching on to him together with your double clawshot after which equipping your iron boots to carry him crashing down. That takes care of the dragon’s armor, nevertheless it’s not the tip of the struggle, as Hyperlink spends the remainder of the battle utilizing his clawshot to zip round whereas focusing on the weak spot on Argorok’s again.
7. Twinrova – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Ocarina of Time is filled with memorable boss battles, however Twinrova stands out as the very best temple guardian boss within the recreation.
The primary part of the battle requires Hyperlink to soak up this pair’s elemental assaults (hearth and ice) along with his newly obtained mirror defend earlier than reflecting them again on the sister who controls the other component. That’s not the tip of the battle, although, because the sisters mix into one entity for the ultimate showdown. This time, Hyperlink has to soak up every component three consecutive occasions earlier than firing again at Twinrova and ending the job with some really satisfying sword strikes.
A Hyperlink Between Worlds actually doesn’t get sufficient recognition for being a superb religious sequel to the beloved A Hyperlink to the Previous in addition to one of many higher showcases of stereoscopic 3D on the 3DS. That expertise is used to energy Hyperlink’s finest new ability on this recreation: the flexibility to show himself right into a flat piece of artwork and do his finest sidescroller impression.
That capability is important for lots of the sport’s puzzles, however one in every of its finest makes use of is discovered within the struggle in opposition to Stalblind. This huge boss makes use of a defend to dam Hyperlink’s assaults, however Hyperlink can flip himself flat onto Stalblind’s defend, which confuses the enemy and forces him to place the defend on his again. That’s the one opening Hyperlink wants on this easy, but sensible, boss struggle.
5. Puppet Ganon – The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Whereas many Wind Waker followers assume the ultimate battle with Ganondorf is the very best within the recreation (and among the finest within the sequence), it’s in the end a reasonably easy struggle, even when the setting is kind of dramatic. Puppet Ganon is simply a way more strategic encounter, and I’d argue that the setting is even higher.
First, it is a actually cool incarnation of Ganon not like the rest within the franchise. It in all probability wouldn’t even work in one other recreation, however right here, Wind Waker’s cartoony model offers the puppet boss an particularly creepy vibe. It’s actually moderately haunting watching this entity’s limbs dangle limply because it strikes across the room earlier than morphing into its even freakier spider and worm types. It’s additionally ingenious how every of the types requires you to make use of abilities gained all through the sport to place this puppet away perpetually.
4. Stallord – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The struggle in opposition to Stallord doesn’t even really feel like a standard Zelda boss struggle, however that really works to its benefit.
Stallord is definitely one of many cooler-looking bosses within the sequence (it’s an enormous demonic fossil protruding from the sand), however the creature is not any match for Hyperlink’s trusty Spinner: a high that sort of acts like a skateboard. Even Nintendo couldn’t resist cashing in on Tony Hawk. The Spinner is usually used to journey rails, however within the first part of the Stallord battle, Hyperlink makes use of it to dodge enemies and crash into the resurrected fossil. The second part is even higher, with Hyperlink driving the spinner up a pillar to take down Stallord’s floating, fireball spewing cranium.
3. Koloktos – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Although it was well-reviewed at launch, loads of avid gamers have turned sour on Skyward Sword over the past decade for a easy purpose: its movement controls have been unreliable. Nonetheless, there’s a strong Zelda recreation below the frustration, and when the controls do work, they actually improve the sport. As far as that goes, Koloktos is the prime instance of Skyward Sword at its best possible.
To defeat this six-armed automaton, Hyperlink first has to make use of his newly acquired whip to take away the arms Koloktos makes use of to protect his weak level. Deal sufficient injury, and Koloktos then grabs six swords for every of its arms. You’ll once more have to make use of the whip to take away his arms, however this time, it’s important to decide up one of many swords it drops to slash on the weak spot for enormous injury. It’s an oddly visceral and satisfying boss struggle that stands out even when in comparison with the very best encounters within the sequence.
2. Majora’s Masks – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Masks
Between the magical masks, 72-hour time loop, and the ever-looming menace of the moon crashing into the whole lot, Majora’s Masks is one trippy recreation. It’s becoming, then, that the ultimate battle in opposition to the titular villain is actually psychedelic. After stopping the apocalypse and getting into the moon, Hyperlink lastly comes face-to-face with Majora’s Masks. The primary part simply sees the masks floating round a hallucinatory room, however for the following two phases, the creature sprouts legs and, lastly, tentacles.
There are literally two methods to defeat Majora’s Masks: the strategic approach or the badass approach. The primary technique requires switching masks and methods and rapidly shifting across the room whereas fastidiously avoiding assaults. The second technique, which is arguably extra enjoyable, is to acquire all 23 masks within the recreation and accumulate the omnipotent Fierce Deity Masks in your efforts. That masks permits a virtually invincible Hyperlink to only beat the hell out of Majora’s Masks in a few minutes. No different Zelda recreation ends fairly like that, however then once more, there’s no different Zelda recreation fairly like Majora’s Masks.
1. Ganondorf/Ganon – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
There is perhaps some bias right here for these of us who grew up taking part in Ocarina of Time, however greater than twenty years later, this boss struggle nonetheless holds up remarkably effectively.
First, there’s the environment and sense of foreboding. After a number of dozen hours adventuring by means of Hyrule, gathering the seven sages, and breaching Ganondorf’s fort, you lastly confront the face of all evil within the land…and he’s eerily taking part in his theme on the organ. Admittedly, the primary part of this struggle is sort of foolish (it’s principally a recreation of tennis as Hyperlink and Ganondorf change a ball of power forwards and backwards), however the place this boss struggle really stands out is in its second part. It’s there that you simply confront Ganon: a towering pig beast wielding two huge swords in an area surrounded by a hoop of fireplace. The technique right here is fairly easy (simply get behind him and strike his tail repeatedly till Hyperlink can land the killing blow) nevertheless it’s such a cinematic second and satisfying conclusion to a basic recreation that it’s laborious to not think about it the very best boss struggle in franchise historical past.