The Imprisoned is a recurring Boss in The Legend of Zelda series. It is a black beast imprisoned in the Sealed Grounds, and haunts Link's dreams in the opening of the game. Due to the seal placed in the past upon Demise by the goddess Hylia after failing to obtain the Triforce, he assumes this monstrous form throughout most of the game.
The Imprisoned is a massive beast with three rows of teeth and large black scales across its body that have red detailing. It has black flame-like spines across its back, and four large white appendages on each of its feet that resemble toes.
In the present era, Zelda uses the Gate of Time in order to return to the time where Demise was recently sealed. Entering an age-long sleep to sustain her mortal body, she managed to keep the seal intact until, thousands of years later, The Imprisoned grows strong enough to overcome it. He is driven back three times, initially by Link alone and later with Groose's help. In each instance, Link must topple The Imprisoned over and drive the sealing spike back into its forehead, and finally deliver a Skyward Strike to the spike to reset the seal.
Eventually, Link manages to acquire the complete Triforce, and wishes for the eradication of Demise. With Demise gone, Zelda awakes, since the seal she was sustaining was no longer necessary. At this point however, Ghirahim intervenes, capturing Zelda and bringing her to the past, where his master could still be revived. Despite his subsequent defeat by Link's hands, the ritual Ghirahim had begun to perform is completed, restoring Demise to his previous form.
The first time the beast escapes its seal, it only has two legs. The second time it gains arms, which also have white appendages, and tries to climb up to the Sealed Temple. During the third battle, it has a tail and can fly by releasing a large, floating black halo from its back which carries it through the air.
In all three battles, the general strategy for The Imprisoned is to destroy all eight of the appendages on its feet, causing it to fall down, then drive the Sealing Spike into its head. Link can also get a level above The Imprisoned then jump on its head and attack the Sealing Spike. However, The Imprisoned will throw Link off its head if he is too slow, forcing the hero to try once more. Despite this, the spike will retain its current depth. Driving the Sealing Spike into The Imprisoned's head three times will cause the beast to explode and be absorbed into the spike which will plummet back down to the original location. Link must then use a Skyward Strike onto the seal and follow a pattern to complete the seal.
During the second and third battle, Link will be accompanied by Groose who has built a machine, the Groosenator. Link can use the Groosenator to prevent The Imprisoned from climbing up the slopes of the pit, and also to stun him if The Imprisoned gets too far ahead or unapproachable. In the third battle, when The Imprisoned takes flight, a hit from the Groosenator will knock him back down to earth. However, the earthquake blocks Groose's stash of Bombs, so Groose must fling Link onto The Imprisoned's head.
- Unlike in Legends, in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, a Warrior is unable to stop The Imprisoned from rampaging on it's stomach with a Focus Spirit Attack.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||封印されしもの (Fūin Sareshi Mono)||The Sealed One|
|French||Le Banni||The Banned|
|German||Der Verbannte||The Exiled|
|Italian||Il Recluso||The Imprisoned|
|SpanishEU||El Durmiente||The Sleeper|
|SpanishLA||El Cautivo||The Captive|
- "The Imprisoned" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 340)
- "Stripped of his true physical form by the seal that binds him, he takes the shape of an abomination. But even in his hideous state, he's more than capable of devouring this land if we allow him to do what he desires." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
- "It's too late! All... All is lost." — Impa (Skyward Sword)