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The Great Arbiter
Dungeon(s)Tower of the Gods
Reward(s)Heart Container
Access to Hyrule
Theme Music

Gohdan is a Boss in The Wind Waker.[1] It is the guardian of the Tower of the Gods, and is the final test that Link must pass before being acknowledged as a hero worthy of wielding the Master Sword.


Gohdan uses its hands to push Link into the electric pits on the sides of the room. It can also perform a clapping move to strike Link from either side. After receiving some damage, Gohdan attacks using a series of exploding fireballs from its mouth.

To defeat it, Link must shoot at the eyes on both hands with his Bow, disabling them temporarily. After he shoots both hands, Gohdan's eyes become vulnerable to Arrows. After shooting both eyes, Gohdan crashes to the ground, where Link can then throw a Bomb into its mouth. Each time Gohdan is knocked down, its hands recover faster than before. If Link runs out of Arrows or Bombs during the fight, Gohdan will drop a bundle of them from its nostrils: however, this will also return to life either of the two hands that Link had deactivated thus far, bringing them back into the fight.

After three blasts to the mouth, Gohdan will admit defeat and declare Link the winner. Retreating into the wall from which it emerged, it dispenses a Heart Container to the hero as a final gift and grants him access to the roof of the tower, where Link rings a bell that causes a portal leading to Hyrule to open in the waves below.

Gohdan, The Great Arbiter (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
Gohdan Figurine.png
Habitat: Tower of the Gods
Effective Weapon: Arrows
This monstrous machine was created by the gods as a trial for the great hero. You can drop it to the ground only by piercing its hands and face with arrows.
Once it has fallen, you can defeat it by immediately tossing a bomb inside it.
Oddly enough, arrows occasionally drop from its nostrils.


  • Even after Gohdan is defeated, its eyes can still be targeted by certain items and will flash red when struck.[verification needed]
  • Gohdan is very similar to Bongo Bongo from Ocarina of Time, Ramrock from Oracle of Ages, and Mazaal from The Minish Cap. Gohdan's Japanese name (ゴードン) is also written with a similar spelling to Ramrock's name (ゴーリガン) in Japanese. Furthermore, it shares its German name Quartoxuma with Mazaal.
  • Gohdan's head bears some similarity to Inca and pre-Inca masks and headdresses.


Gohdan is a variation of the Japanese name, Gohdon.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 裁定者ゴードン (Saiteisha Gōdon) The Arbiter: Goudon
French-speaking countries French Gordon
Federal Republic of Germany German Quartoxuma
Italian Republic Italian Kuznar, l'arbitro Kuznar, the Arbiter
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Deus Probatur Tester God (Latin)


See Also

The Legend of ZeldaThe Adventure of LinkA Link to the PastLink's AwakeningOcarina of TimeMajora's MaskOracle of AgesOracle of SeasonsFour SwordsThe Wind WakerFour Swords AdventuresThe Minish CapTwilight PrincessPhantom HourglassSpirit TracksSkyward SwordA Link Between WorldsTri Force HeroesBreath of the Wild
  1. "Gohdan" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 243)