- This page is about the enemy in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. For other uses, see Phantom (Disambiguation)
Various depictions of Phantoms
Phantoms are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They serve as guardians for the Temple of the Ocean King and the Tower of Spirits in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, respectively.
- 1 Characteristics
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Nomenclature
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See Also
- 7 References
A Phantom is an extremely powerful enemy, able to knock out Link with only one swipe of its sword. They appear in many varieties, most with different abilities. These enemies are presented in a similar fashion in both Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. When a Phantom attacks Link, it forces him to automatically return to the door from which he entered the area, but it will only cost him one heart of his health. Phantoms are nearly indestructible, so naturally, Link must sneak around them rather than attack them head-on. With its strong armor, a Phantom can walk straight through spikes, fire, and even lava without damaging itself. Despite their durability, they can be briefly stunned by being hit in the back, and some weapons and methods are capable of defeating them.
In both of their appearances, Phantoms' locations can be viewed on Link's map, along with a cone indicating their line of sight. Phantoms follow preset paths, although if they detect Link they will shout threats at him and relentlessly track him down. The Phantom is able to track Link by sound or sight, although it cannot enter or see into "Safe Zones". As such, if Link escapes into one, the Phantom will give up on chasing him and return to its patrol.
Phantoms are sometimes aided by subordinate creatures called Phantom Eyes. These enemies fly through corridors, searching for intruders. If they spot Link, they will chase him, letting out a ringing sound to alert Phantoms. If one follows Link too long before he can reach a Safe Zone, it will entangle him and impede his movements to allow the Phantoms to catch him. Because they follow sound, Phantoms will go investigate loud noises, such as explosions set off by Bombs or the clanging of a Sword, but this can be used to Link's advantage if he needs to trick a Phantom into leaving its post.
In Phantom Hourglass, Phantoms patrol the Temple of the Ocean King. When one attacks, it steals 30 seconds worth of Sand of Hours from the Phantom Hourglass. However, after the abilities of the Spirit of Wisdom have been fully restored and equipped, the amount of time lost will be cut down to between five and ten seconds.
Phantoms in Phantom Hourglass are invincible to all weapons barring the Phantom Sword, which was created specifically for defeating them. However, there are two ways to defeat a Phantom without using the Phantom Sword: the first is to push a rolling boulder into the path of a Phantom and crush it, and the second is to continuously cause it to fall into a pit. Phantoms are also able to pick up Small Keys and Force Gems, thus requiring Link to stun or slay them to obtain the treasure.
Types of Phantoms
Throughout the Temple of the Ocean King, Link will encounter three types of Phantom, two of which have their own special abilities. Another type is seen only in the multiplayer mode.
- Main article: Swift Phantom
A red-armored Phantom which can run faster than Link, as well as pick up dropped items.
- Main article: Gold Phantom
A gold-armored Phantom which initially moves slowly, but can teleport to follow Link if he is spotted by a Phantom or Phantom Eye.
Three Phantoms that only appear in the multiplayer Battle Mode. They are basically a normal Phantom in gray armor, though they can pick up power-ups to activate obstacles on the field or empower themselves. However, they cannot pick up Force Gems. They can always see Link, with the exception of when he is in a safe zone.
In Spirit Tracks, Phantoms return as guardians of the Tower of Spirits. While normally these Phantoms will not harm innocent people, they are corrupted by evil spirits due to the disappearance of the Spirit Tracks. Because of this, they attack Link, thinking he is an intruder. They behave and attack much like the Phantoms in Phantom Hourglass, although this time around they cannot be completely defeated. When a Phantom is somehow destroyed, such as if it sinks into sand, it will reappear in its original position.
Phantoms are an important element in Spirit Tracks because, due to having her spirit separated from her body, Princess Zelda can possess Phantoms, becoming Phantom Zelda, which is needed to climb higher into the Tower of Spirits. To take control of a Phantom, three Tears of Light in the area must be collected beforehand. Link is then required to strike the back of the Phantom with his sword, which stuns the Phantom and allows the princess to take control of it. After she does so, the eyes of the Phantom glow and its armor turns pink. Once the Lokomo Sword is acquired, the Tears of Light are not necessary to power the sword, as it already contains the power necessary to stun the Phantoms. Alternatively, Link can strike the back of a Phantom with an arrow from the Bow of Light to stun it enough to possess it.
When Princess Zelda possesses a Phantom, she can speak to them, through which Link can obtain information about the area that the Phantom patrols. It can provide insight into a Phantom's everyday life. Evidently, they treat their job like a normal person would treat any other, mentioning things from their day-to-day life like how "Bob quit last week," or how the "break room is a broom closet."
Types of Phantoms
Including the regular Phantom, there are four types of Phantoms in Spirit Tracks. When Zelda possesses a Phantom, she will also inherit all of the abilities that the specific Phantom has.
- Main article: Torch Phantom
- Main article: Warp Phantom
- Main article: Wrecker Phantom
A black-armored Phantom that can transform into a boulder, stun other Phantoms by rolling into them, and break through cracked blocks and other obstacles.
- In Spirit Tracks, the mutters and complaints made by Phantoms when Link talks to them are developers' "frustrations".
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A Phantom attacking the Links in the Spirit Tracks multiplayer mode
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 282 (PH)
- Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books) pg. 317(ST)
- "Wait, Link! The evil that cursed this temple made these monsters. Phantoms are very dangerous enemies. Their armor is nearly impenetrable, and they strike very hard." — Leaf (Phantom Hourglass)
- "All you can do is sneak by the Phantoms so they don't see you. You can watch their movements on your map. This is where the Phantoms are. The cone shows where they are looking." — Leaf (Phantom Hourglass)
- "I should have watched the paths that the Phantoms walked more carefully... They're patrolling the same areas, again and again..." — Ghost (Phantom Hourglass)
- "The area that you are standing on is called a safe zone! Only Link can enter safe zones. Magic keeps the Phantoms out of them! Phantoms can't see Link when he's in a safe zone, so you can trick them." — Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
- "Ok, so if a Phantom spots you, just run to a safe zone! That's easy! Right, Link?" — Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
- "Allow me to explain! Those are Phantom Eyes. They act as extra eyes for the Phantoms. If one sees you... The Phantoms will find you, and then it only gets worse. So be cautious!" — Leaf (Phantom Hourglass)
- "The Phantoms hear when a switch is hit... Hit switches quietly or lure them away with sound." — Ghost (Phantom Hourglass)
- "Phantoms sometimes carry keys... But what could I have done to take one...?" — Ghost (Phantom Hourglass)
- "Even among the monsters born of the Sand of Hours, some are especially evil. The Phantoms who roam my temple take after the evil of their master. Supernatural strength, wrapped in plate armor... virtually invincible. They prowl the temple, searching for victims. No one can harm them. Of course, they were created to be untouchable." — Oshus (Phantom Hourglass)
- "Sounds like a Phantom, my dear. They're the guardians of the Tower of Spirits. Though they look quite sinister, they won't harm anyone with a good heart." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)"There is one possible explanation... With the Spirit Tracks gone, perhaps an evil spirit has possessed the Phantom..." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
- "Hitting the Phantom in the back with your sword should stop it for a while... But first, you need to gather all three of the Tears of Light. That will power up your sword. Then you'll be able to face the Phantom!" — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
- "Yay! I'm a Torch Phantom, so I've got this great sword to light the way! Now there's no need to worry about the dark!" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
- "Hey, check it out! I'm a Warp Phantom now! Hee!/You know those eyeball monster things? They're called Phantom Eyes. If you draw a line to a Phantom Eye, I can teleport straight there!" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
- "Hey, look! I'm a Wrecker Phantom! Now I can roll around and smash things up!" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 291
- Encyclopedia (TOKYOPOP) pg. 287 (ST)