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Great Swords

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Great Swords
HW Ganondorf Swords.png
Ganondorf wielding the Great Swords
Game(s)
Use(s) Defeating enemies

The Great Swords are a class of Weapon used by Ganondorf in Hyrule Warriors. It is associated with Darkness.

Variations

The default form of the Great Swords are the Swords of Despair, which are gigantic, mismatched blades with sinister designs.

The second form of the Great Swords are the Swords of Darkness, which are purple in design and feature more spikes than the Swords of Despair. In Hyrule Warriors, they can be obtained from getting an A-Rank on Adventure Mode's Adventure Map square F-15 after using an Ice Arrow Item Card to find them.

The third form are the Swords of Demise, which are black and red swords with gold hilts and pommels, now bearing several red, horn-like spikes emerging from each blade. In Hyrule Warriors, they can be obtained from getting an A-Rank on the Adventure Map square B-8, after using the Digging Mitts to find them.

The Lv.★ form of the Great Swords are the 8-Bit Magical Key, which are only available in Hyrule Warriors. They are modeled after the regular Keys and Magical Key from The Legend of Zelda. They are obtained by getting an A-Rank on Twilight Map square H-5, after using a Bomb to find them. In Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, instead of appearing as a separate Weapon, the 8-Bit Magical Key replaces the Swords of Renewal when the "8-Bit Weapons" Setting is turned on in Game Settings within the Settings menu.


Weapon Power
Weapon Number of Stars
Tier Icon Element(s) 0 1 2 3 4 5
Lv.1 HW Swords of Despair.png
Swords of Despair
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness 80 88 96 104 112 120
Lv.2 HW Swords of Darkness.png
Swords of Darkness
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness 150 165 180 195 210 225
Lv.3 HW Swords of Demise Icon.png
Swords of Demise
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness 280 308 336 364 392 420
Lv.★ (HW) HW 8-Bit Magical Key Icon.png
8-Bit Magical Key
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness 280 308 336 364 392 420
Lv.4 (HWL) HW Swords of Demise Icon.png
Swords of Demise +
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness 500 550 600 650 700 750
Lv.4+ (HWL) HW Swords of Demise Icon.png
Swords of Renewal
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness
HWDE Light Element Icon.png Light
500 550 600 650 700 750

Attack Combinations

Attack Pattern Effect
Y Y Y Y Y Y Ganondorf rampages with his Great Swords.
Y Y Y Y X Ganondorf summons a dark ball of energy then hits it, causing it to split into several smaller balls that shoot outwards.
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Ganondorf rampages with his Great Swords before sending enemies flying with a shock wave.
Y Y Y Y Y X Ganondorf summons a spectral arm similar to Ganon's and swipes away everything near him.

Special Attack

Main article: Special Attack

Ganondorf raises the sword in his right-hand skyward, summoning a bolt of lightning from the sky that electrifies the blade. Several more lightning bolts strike in a line ahead of him which crash into the enemies ahead. He then slashes his sword horizontally, firing the collected lightning ahead in a final, devastating blow.

Trivia

  • Other Warriors make use of the Great Swords in certain Adventure Mode battles:
Other users of the Great Swords
Warrior Map Tile
HWDE Zant Mini Map Icon.png
Zant
Twilight Map G3
E4
B2
G2
Termina Map D10
HWDE Ghirahim Mini Map Icon.png
Ghirahim
Termina Map C1
D10

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Great Swords Swords of Despair Swords of Darkness Swords of Demise 8-Bit Magical Key
Japan Japanese 大剣 (Taiken) 魔王の剣 (Maō no Ken) 常闇の剣 (Tokoyami no Ken) 終焉の剣 (Shūen no Ken) マジカルキー (Majikaru Kī)

Gallery

Video Gallery

Great Swords trailer
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