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Ganon's Castle
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Location(s) Hyrule
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
The Wind Waker
Other media Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)
Main Item Ocarina of Time
Golden Gauntlets
The Wind Waker
Light Arrow
Mini-boss(es) The Wind Waker
Gohma
Kalle Demos
Jalhalla
Molgera
Phantom Ganon
Boss(es) Ocarina of Time
Ganon
The Wind Waker
Puppet Ganon
Ganondorf

Ganon's Castle,(OoT | TWW)[1] also known as Ganon's Tower,(OoT | TWW)[2][3] is a recurring Dungeon in The Legend of Zelda series.

Overview

Ocarina of Time

Entrance to Ganon's Castle

Ganon's Castle replaces Hyrule Castle over the seven years that Link sleeps after he withdraws the Master Sword from its pedestal. Ganon's Castle floats over a large lake of lava, rendering it inaccessible until the Six Sages are awakened and create a bridge of light allowing Link to enter Inside Ganon's Castle.

Themes and Navigation

The magical barrier protecting the inner part of Ganon's Castle

Within the tower's center is a giant spindle leading up to the top that is blocked off by a surrounding magic seal. The force field that surrounds the spindle is powered by six barriers that are based on each of the adult dungeons. Above each of the barriers is the symbol that represents the element.

Ordered counterclockwise, the routes are:

  • Forest Barrier: Actually a wind-themed route, it revolves around collection of Silver Rupees over endless pits ventilated by fans, and a fight against Wolfos.
  • Water Barrier: Actually an ice-themed route, it revolves around pushing blocks on a slippery, icy floor and using Blue Fire to melt red ice.
  • Shadow Barrier: It revolves around crossing a prolonged chasm by activating some passages and walking through invisible platforms. The Golden Gauntlets are found here.
  • Fire Barrier: It revolves around collecting Silver Rupees across a huge room with lava while avoiding obstacles and enemies. The Gauntlets are required here.
  • Light Barrier: It can only be accessed after the huge boulder blocking it is removed with the Golden Gauntlets, and revolves around exploring various small rooms, each one showing a different puzzle. Notably, the barrier's core is behind a fake wall.
  • Spirit Barrier: It revolves around collecting Silver Rupees while avoiding Blade Traps, a Light Beam puzzle, and the use of rare items like Bombchus and Fire Arrows.

There is a secret room under the bridge that contains various Business Scrubs and fairies, which can become helpful as Link dispels each of the barriers in Ganon's Tower. Once the six barriers have been disintegrated, the magical barrier will disappear, allowing Link to make his way up to the tower.

The way up to the castle is a long staircase that leads to rooms filled with Dinolfos, Stalfos, and Iron Knuckles which Link must defeat individually to progress up the tower. At the top awaits Ganondorf, who plays an organ while Princess Zelda remains trapped in a crystal above him. After Ganondorf is defeated, the tower will begin to rumble, forcing Princess Zelda and Link to escape the tower within a time limit.[4] All of the doors of the castle have been blocked, and as such, it is up to Zelda to use her powers and open up each of the exits. The two take a long path that winds in and out of the castle, fighting enemies and dodging falling rocks. Once out, the castle collapses in front of their eyes. However, Ganondorf appears among the rubble and transforms himself into the dark beast known as Ganon using the Triforce of Power. Link must defeat the beast once and for all to restore peace to Hyrule.

Master Quest

The mini-dungeons corresponding to each temple have been remixed in the Master Quest version of the game. Also, instead of two Beamos there are a Blade Trap, two Green Bubbles, two Armos and an Iron Knuckle in the first room.

  • Forest Barrier: The first room is identical. In the turbine room, there are now more Beamos and also an Armos. The Song of Time must be played several times.
  • Fire Barrier: Most platforms are moving or either rise or sink when Link stands on them. There are two big rocks now, and the Silver Rupees are in places that are difficult to reach.
  • Water Barrier: In the first room, there are several stalactites that fall from the ceiling, and the blue fire is surrounded by a pillar of water. Curiously, there is a lone Dead Hand's hand that is used to "reveal" the location of a switch hidden inside a wall that lowers the pillar of water when hit. In the second room there are three Keese, each one is different. There is a Silver Rupee puzzle and more red ice.
  • Shadow Barrier: There are now some invisible platforms and a Beamos. The Golden Gauntlets are no longer found here, and Fire Arrows are required to solve some puzzles.
  • Spirit Barrier: In the first room, instead of Silver Rupees there are some stone thrones blocking access to a switch. Some Fire Keese and a Torch Slug are found here, and there is an eye on the wall that if shot, makes an Iron Knuckle appear so the thrones can be destroyed. In the second room there are now Green Bubbles, ReDeads and Gibdos. There are several suns, just like in the original version. However, one makes a Wallmaster appear, others make chests with replenishment appear and the last one makes the chest with the Golden Gauntlets appear. The sun required for opening the door is blocked by the Spirit Symbol on the wall and only a small portion of it can be seen.
  • Light Barrier: In the first room, there is a puzzle involving torches that must be lit quickly to make a chest appear over the door. The next room is the same, but instead of having to collect Silver Rupees, it is now required to activate a switch while avoiding the boulder and a Beamos. In the fake barrier room, there are no enemies, but there is a switch that gives access to the last room hidden inside a torch.
Minor Enemies and Traps


The Wind Waker

Entrance to Ganon's Castle

Ganon's Tower is the last dungeon in The Wind Waker and is located underneath the Great Sea in the now-forgotten land of Hyrule.[5] Link gains access to it after the Master Sword retrieves its full power and the Triforce of Courage is complete. When these two conditions are met and Link goes back to Hyrule Castle to ensure the princess's safety, he realizes that Ganon kidnapped her and fights two high-class Darknut soldiers. Afterward, the young hero goes outside and breaks the barrier that made Ganon's lair previously inaccessible.

The path to Ganon's Tower is full of enemies such as Peahats, Moblins, and even Darknuts, although they can all be easily avoided. Some chasms have to be crossed with the Hookshot as well.

Themes and Navigation

Once inside the tower, Link will find himself in a room with five doors. The main door leading deeper into the tower is initially blocked off by a magic seal. As such, the young hero must explore the areas behind the four remaining doors. Each area is based on one of the four main dungeons, and they all require the extensive use of its respective main dungeon item. In clockwise order, the routes are:

  • Dragon Roost Cavern: It revolves around crossing a large sea of lava. There are several items that are helpful for that purpose, including Deku Leaf, Grappling Hook, and Ice Arrows.
  • Forbidden Woods: It revolves around crossing an endless pit with the help of movable platforms and tongue-shaped elevators.
  • Earth Temple: It revolves around running through a prolonged passage guarded by undead enemies. Occasionally, the young hero must find a way to keep some switches pressed.
  • Wind Temple: It revolves around crossing a wind-operated obstacle while dodging an airborne Wizzrobe. Items like Deku Leaf, Iron Boots and Hookshot are required.

At the end of each mini-dungeon, Link must once again defeat its corresponding boss in order to dispel a part of the barrier (respectively, Gohma, Kalle Demos, Jalhalla and Molgera). Once all of the four bosses have been defeated, the seal blocking off the door to the inner part of the dungeon will be broken.

Next is a puzzle room of sorts where Link can both open a quick exit to the Forsaken Fortress and enter a maze where Phantom Ganon confronts him incessantly; in the end, the young hero finds the Light Arrow upgrade, which defeats Phantom Ganon once and for all. This causes the phantom to leave its sword behind that Link must use to bust open a brick wall, leading to a room with a long flight of stairs infested with Moblins and Darknuts. After dispatching each of these enemies with the help of the Light Arrow, Link pushes past a large door and enters an extremely high and wide room where Princess Zelda sleeps on a bed, guarded by Ganondorf. Here, Link fights Puppet Ganon, who transforms into multiple shapes in 3 phases. After victory, Link climbs the room to finally reach the fortress's roof to fight Ganon in a final round.

Just like the rest of Hyrule, Ganon's Tower is flooded after King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule makes his wish using the Triforce.

Minor Enemies and Traps

Trivia

  • The Forest and Water Barriers of Ganon's Castle are the only ones not to stay akin to its temple theme. Instead of having forest and water-type challenges, they instead incorporate wind and ice elements, the water barrier having rooms similar to that of the Ice Cavern. This is due to the developmental version of each temple being wind and ice based respectively.[citation needed]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese γ‚¬γƒŽγƒ³εŸŽ (Ganon-jo) Ganon's Castle
Canada FrenchCA ChΓ’teau de Ganon (OoT3D)
Tour de Ganon (OoT3D)
Ganon's Castle
Ganon's Tower
Federal Republic of Germany German Ganons Schloß (OoT) Triforce piece.png
Teufelsturm (OoT) Triforce piece.png
Ganons Schloss (OoT3D)
Ganons Kastell (TWW)
Ganon's Castle
Devil's Tower
Ganon's Castle
Ganon's Castle
Italian Republic Italian Castello di Ganon
Torre di Ganon
Ganon's Castle
Ganon's Tower
Republic of Korea Korean κ°€λ…Όμ„± (Ganonseong) Ganon's Castle
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Castillo de Ganon Ganon's Castle
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Castillo de Ganon (OoT3D)
Torre de Ganon (OoT3D)
Ganon's Castle
Ganon's Tower

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References

  1. ↑ Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 149 (OoT) & 153 (TWW)
  2. ↑ "Link...can you hear me? It's Rauru, the Sage. We six will gather our power to create a bridge to the castle where Ganondorf dwells... The castle's keep, which is known as Ganon's Tower, is protected by six evil barriers. Bring down the six barriers and save Princess Zelda!!" β€” Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
  3. ↑ "Long ago, Ganon's Tower was an impenetrable fortress that not even the daring and dauntless Knights of Hyrule could hope to assail." β€” King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
  4. ↑ "Link, listen to me! This tower will collapse soon! With his last breath, Ganondorf is trying to crush us in the ruins of the tower! We need to hurry and escape!" β€” Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
  5. ↑ "Long ago, Ganon's Tower was an impenetrable fortress that not even the daring and dauntless Knights of Hyrule could hope to assail." β€” King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
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