The Legend of Zelda series has some of the best bosses found in any video game franchise, but it still goes without saying that some are better than others. Spanning a large variety of consoles and generations, bosses in the Zelda universe have continued to remain iconic in the video game industry throughout the years. Join me as I take a look at some of my favorites bosses from Zelda games I’ve played throughout the years.
Note: Spoilers are included in some parts of this list.
I’ve been playing A Link to the past over the last few months and when I first reached Moldorm in the Tower of Hera, I’ll admit I wasn’t quite sure how to feel. Moldorm guards the Pendant of Wisdom, which is ironic because you’d be wise to give up fighting this thing with any form of actual strategy at all. It is a worm like creature that moves chaotically and increases its speed every time you hit its tail (its only weak point). On top of that, you’re surrounded by a pit and if you fall to the level below you must travel all the way back to Moldorm who will have regained all of its health. Sounds frustrating, right? It is, but that doesn’t change the fact that I still enjoyed fighting this guy. This is one of the few bosses I’ve faced in a Zelda game that truly poses a challenge. Many other bosses are easily defeated, but not Moldorm. Expect to fall down the pit at least three or four times before beating him.
Phantom Ganon is on this list because he is a very unique boss. As opposed to many other bosses, which can usually be targeted continuously throughout the fight, Phantom Ganon forces you to go first person with your bow to target him as he rides his horse through various paintings hung around the room. Aside from upping the ante from a difficulty standpoint, this boss battle breaks the standard battle formula and makes you experience something new. Plus, the paintings were very reminiscent of those from Mario 64!
Although a fairly simple boss, I love the way Gohma was re-imagined in Wind Waker. The way Gohma’s exoskeleton was exploited as a weakness seemed very fresh and the overall design of the creature was very unique. I also enjoyed the way in which Link uses his grappling hook to tug on Valoo‘s tail, causing the underside of the volcano to fall on Gohma. Like I said, it’s not the most sophisticated boss fight in a Zelda game, but it plays on new elements and serves to create a unique battle.
I don’t know if there is anything more menacing that a giant flaming Goron who has been over taken by a fused shadow. You’re kind of just asking to get the crap beat out of you. From what I remember, this wasn’t the most difficult boss battle, but it did make you sweat a bit while trying to shoot the gem on Fyrus’ mask before you whipped you across the room with his chains. Visually, I found this boss to be very appealing and quite epic. What makes this fight even better is that Darbus, who had been turned into Fyrus by the fused shadow, doesn’t even thank you for releasing him from his demented state. Since no one told him it was you who saved him, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
There weren’t many bosses in Skyward Sword that I loved, but Koloktos was one of the exceptions. It stands menacingly over you and wields two curved axes, which are definitely a cause for discomfort. I guess the main reason I like this boss is due to it’s various forms. At first, it starts firmly planted in the ground at its waist line, but as the battle continues it proceeds to pull itself up out of the ground, revealing legs. The whip you use to remove Koloktos’ joints is a bit childish, but the battle feels exhilarating nonetheless.
I absolutely love this boss battle for a few reasons. First off, I love the hookshot mechanic utilized in this fight because it allows you to grapple between towers before latching onto Argorok and hacking away at his back. Although somewhat easy, I enjoy the feeling of swinging around the level in lieu of Argorok’s attacks. The controls for this battle also feel very fluid and serve to create a unique experience. Secondly, I enjoy the visual representation of this battle. Argorok’s fire breath looks great for a Wii game and the surrounding atmosphere adds a great amount of depth. Stylistically, Argorok is probably one of my favorite looking bosses as well.
Twinrova makes for an awesome boss battle because of the different elements used in the fight. At first, fighting Koume and Kotake separately is fairly straight forward, but it’s still fun to use fire and ice alternately against the two sisters. After damaging them both a few times the real battle begins as they combine to form Twinrova. Because you must absorb only one element three times in a row, it makes for a somewhat strategic battle in which you’ll find yourself dodging either fire or ice balls until you’re able to absorb enough of one element to shoot it back at Twinrova. It doesn’t take a whole lot of skill to win this boss battle, but the concept is executed very well.
If you want a fast paced boss battle, then this is your ticket. Goht is a giant mechanical bull that runs on electricity. By utilizing the Goron mask you are able to turn into Goron Link and chase Goht around the circular arena in which he resides. When rolling at full speed Goron Link produces spikes on his back, which can be used to damage Goht. I enjoy this boss battle because of its fast paced nature and the focus on the Goron mask to defeat Goht.
Even though Majora’s Mask was relatively shorter than most Zelda games and had fewer bosses, it still delivers in the category of memorable battles. Frankly, Majora’s Incarnation is an absolute psychopath and one of the creepier bosses in a Zelda game. From its sporadic movements to its slender man-esque body, Majora’s Incarnation definitely creeped me out when I was younger. To me, any boss that obscure and creepy is a winner in my book.
This may come as a surprise to many of you, but Demise’s appearance and fighting sequence in Skyward Sword are incredible. The fight against him is nothing short of amazing as you battle within a strange realm of water and smoke very much similar to the arena in which you fight Dark Link in Ocarina of Time. As the battle progresses I love the use of lightning to power up the Master Sword and Demise’s heavy movements clearly encapsulate the immense strength and power of his character. What makes this battle so powerful is the fact that his defeat marks the beginning of a long line of Ganondorfs within the Zelda timeline. Screw you Demise…every single Link has you to thank for Ganondorf’s existence.
What are your favorite Zelda bosses? Comment below!
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