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Calamity Ganon

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Calamity Ganon
BotW Calamity Ganon Artwork.png
Title
Scourge of Hyrule Castle (BotW)[1]
Calamity Enveloped in Malice (BotW)[2]
GenderNeuter
Game(s)
Other Media
Dungeon(s)Hyrule Castle
Weakness(es)Master Sword

Calamity Ganon is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Characteristics

Breath of the Wild

Calamity Ganon is known as a primal evil that has appeared throughout Hyrule's history.[3] Ten thousand years before the events of Breath of the Wild, it appeared to ravage the world.[4] In preparation for this, the Sheikah built a massive army of mechanical protectors called Guardians to aid the Hero and the Princess.[5] Four massive mobile fortresses known as Divine Beasts served as the centerpieces of this army. With this collaboration between the Sheikah and the Hylians, Ganon was sealed beneath Hyrule Castle where it lay dormant for several millennia.

One hundred years prior to the game, a prophecy warned of the return of Calamity Ganon.[6][7] Hoping to prepare in the same fashion as their ancestors, the people of Hyrule began working to locate and excavate the Divine Beasts and Guardians.[8] Four Champions from each of Hyrule's races were chosen to pilot the Divine Beast of their people[9] and the restoration of the mechanical army seemed to be a phenomenal success.[10] Meanwhile, Princess Zelda worked to awaken her sealing powers alongside a young knight, Link, who had been appointed as her protector.[11] Zelda was determined to awaken her power and prayed at the three springs of the goddesses in Hyrule, but her efforts were met with failure.[12] Minutes after she had finished praying at the Spring of Wisdom, the Calamity broke its seal and rose up around the castle. In a move that surprised everyone, however, it managed to corrupt the entire Guardian army with its Malice and turned them against Hyrule.[13] Even the Divine Beasts, with their pilots slain, fell under the control of incarnations of Ganon's Malice.[14][15] With their strongest weapons turned against them, Hyrule was laid to ruin and Link grievously wounded, requiring him to sleep in the Shrine of Resurrection for 100 years.[16][17][18] Princess Zelda went to confront the Calamity Ganon on her own and managed to seal it once more, though this required her to also become its prisoner to maintain the seal.[19]

Throughout Link's journey during the events of Breath of the Wild, the Calamity can be seen swarming around Hyrule Castle,[19] where Zelda is using her power to keep him tethered there.[20] When Link arrives at the Sanctum of Hyrule Castle, Ganon is found hibernating within a cocoon, attempting to regenerate a physical form.[21] Link awakes Ganon from this process prematurely, confronting it in an incomplete form resembling a grotesque mixture of Ganondorf, Malice and Guardian parts. Calamity Ganon fights with a mixture of attacks used by its four incarnations of Malice.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Calamity Ganon appears as a Primary Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ハイラル城に巣食う 厄災ガノン (Hairaru-jō ni Sukuu Yakusai Ganon) (BotW)
厄災ガノン (Yakusai Ganon) (SSBU)
Nesting inside Hyrule Castle: Calamity Ganon
Same as English.
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 灾厄盖侬 (Zāi'è Gàinóng) (SSBU) Calamity Gàinóng
Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao ChineseTR 災厄加儂 (Zāi'è Jiānóng) (SSBU) Calamity Jiānóng
Netherlands Dutch Ganon, het Onheil (SSBU)
Canada FrenchCA Ganon, le Fléau (SSBU)
French Republic FrenchEU Ganon, le Fléau (SSBU)
Federal Republic of Germany German Verheerung Ganon (SSBU)
Italian Republic Italian Calamità Ganon (SSBU)
Republic of Korea Korean 재앙 가논 (Jaeang Ganon) (SSBU) Disaster Ganon
Russian Federation Russian Бедствие Ганон (Bedstviye Ganon) (SSBU) Disaster Ganon
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Ganon, el Cataclismo (SSBU)
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Ganon, el Cataclismo (SSBU)

Gallery

See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Scourge of Hyrule Castle
    Calamity Ganon
    " — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Ganon
    A Calamity Enveloped in Malice"
    (Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion (Dark Horse Books), pg. 75)
  3. "The history of the royal family of Hyrule is also the history of Calamity Ganon, a primal evil that has endured over the ages." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Upon Ganon's inevitable return to Hyrule, the princess and the hero fought alongside these four Champions against this ancient evil." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "The people thought it wise to utilize their technological prowess to ensure the safety of the land, should Calamity Ganon ever return. They constructed four mechanical wonders that came to be known as the Divine Beasts. They also built a legion of autonomous weapons called Guardians." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "The return of Ganon looms—a dark force taunting us from afar. I must learn all I can about the relics so we can stop him. If the fortune-teller's prophecy is to be believed, there isn't much time left..." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "Stories of Ganon were passed from generation to generation in the form of legends and fairy tales. But there was also...a prophecy. "The signs of a resurrection of Calamity Ganon are clear. And the power to oppose it lies dormant beneath the ground."" — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "We decided to heed the prophecy and began excavating large areas of land. It wasn't long before we discovered several ancient relics made by the hands of our distant ancestors. These relics, the Divine Beats, were giant machines piloted by warriors. We also found the Guardians, an army of mechanical soldiers that fought autonomously." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "We selected four skilled individuals from across Hyrule and tasked them with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "The princess, her appointed knight, and the rest of the Champions were on the brink of sealing away Ganon..." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "One hundred years ago, there was a princess set to inherit a sacred power and a skilled knight at her side." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "So you didn't feel anything? No power at all?" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
    "I'm sorry, no." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "Ganon was cunning, and he responded with a plan beyond our imagining. He appeared from deep below Hyrule Castle, seized control of the Guardians and the Divine Beasts, and turned them against us." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "That...thing is one of Ganon's creations." — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "You're here to wrest control of Medoh away from Ganon, correct?" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "The appointed knight, gravely wounded, collapsed while defending the princess...And thus, the kingdom of Hyrule was devastated absolutely by Calamity Ganon." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "I spoke with Purah about the Shrine of Resurrection we discovered earlier. As we speculated, this particular shrine is, in fact, a medical facility with the power to heal. It also has a long-term stasis function that can be activated and maintained until healing is complete." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "You have been asleep for the past 100 years." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  19. 19.0 19.1 "I assume you caught sight of that atrocity enshrouding the castle. That...is Calamity Ganon. One hundred years ago, that vile entity brought the kingdom of Hyrule to ruin. It appeared suddenly and destroyed everything in its path. So many innocent lives were lost in its wake. For a century, the very symbol of our kingdom, Hyrule Castle, has managed to contain that evil. But just barely. There it festers, building its strength for the moment it will unleash its blight upon the land once again. It would appear that moment is fast approaching..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "The words of guidance you have been hearing since your awakening are from Princess Zelda herself. Even now, as she works to restrain Ganon from within Hyrule Castle, as she calls out for your help." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "Hibernating within a cocoon, it attempted to regenerate a physical form after Link awoke but was forced to confront him in an incomplete state." — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)