Nintendo redefined The Legend of Zelda with Breath of the Wild. By calling back to the original Zelda on the NES, the franchise was able to tap into a level of freedom the series slowly lost over the course of time. In allowing players to do whatever they want whenever they want, Breath of the Wild lets Link challenge Calamity Ganon right ouf of the gate.
Fighting Breath of the Wild’s final boss before doing a single dungeon is one of the game’s greatest accomplishments – and hardest challenge. Link doesn’t actually need time to prepare to defeat Calamity Ganon and his boss rush. If players want to finish Breath of the Wild without any Divine Beasts, they’re free to do so with the right prepwork.
First thing’s first, make sure to bring as many weapons as possible because Link needs to fight every single Blight Ganon in the game back to back before so much as starting the final fight with Calamity Ganon (which in itself is much harder if no Divine Beasts have been completed). If Link has at least 13 Hearts, go to the Lost Woods and obtain the Master Sword.
Link’s first opponent in the Sanctum is Windblight Ganon. The easiest of the Blights, Windblight Ganon can be reliably stunned with three Arrow shots to the eye. Windblight will drop to the ground, allowing Link to get in some free hits. After dealing half damage, the second half of the fight will begin.
Windblight Ganon will spawn four drones that’ll fly around the arena along with it. Windblight Ganon will use the drones to attack, so make sure to snipe them out with any Arrows. It’s worth pointing out that Windblight Ganon will spend the rest of the fight airborne, the second half will be fought mainly with Arrow. Bring plenty of Bomb Arrows for extra damage.
After defeating Windblight Ganon, Link will need to fight Waterblight Ganon. The key to getting through the first phase of Waterblight Ganon’s fight is mastering Link’s Perfect Dodge in order to Flurry Rush. Waterblight Ganon will attack Link close quarters with its spear. Learn the timing for a Perfect Dodge and keep creating Flurry Rush openings to quickly cut Waterblight down to half health.
During its second phase, Waterblight Ganon will start teleporting around the room while throwing ice blocks at Link. Use Cryonis to shatter the ice mid-air and make sure to shoot Waterblight Ganon in the eye whenever possible. As Waterblight Ganon is dying, it’ll start firing at Link in desperation which can be easily countered with a Shield Bash. With Waterblight Ganon dead, it’s time to fight Fireblight Ganon.
Fireblight Ganon’s first phase is fairly similar to Waterblight Ganon. Fireblight fights with a gigantic axe, but clearly telegraphs its attacks. Learn the timing for Perfect Dodges and Link should be able to kill Fireblight Ganon with Flurry Rushes faster than he did Waterblight Ganon. Be warned, though, Fireblight Ganon has a multi-hit combo in its first form that’s better off avoided altogether. Trying to dodge can be a disaster.
Unlike other Blight battles, Fireblight Ganon’s second phase actually makes the fight easier: largely because it’s a puzzle boss. Much like the Dodongos of yore, Fireblight Ganon will start charging up a fire attack. As Fireblight Ganon inhales everything around it, throw a Remote Bomb at it and detonate the Bomb. Fireblight Ganon will drop and allow Link to get some free hits on the spot.
The last boss before finally taking on Calamity Ganon, Thunderblight Ganon is easily the hardest fight in Breath of the Wild. Incredibly fast with hard hitting attacks, defeating Thunderblight Ganon requires learning its attack pattern. Dodge its electric blasts outright and try to parry any incoming attacks. Doding also works, but the timing is a bit trickier to pull off.
The second phase of the fight proves considerably more difficulty. Unequip any metallic equipment immediately and keep a close eye on where Thunderblight Ganon is. It’ll spawn magnetic rods into the ground which you should immediately use Magnesis on in order to place right by Thunderblight Ganon. It’ll eat its own lightning blast, allowing Link to get in free hits.
Thunderblight Ganon will also keep on the offensive in-between attacks. Make sure to keep parrying its strikes or dodging (if able) and Thunderblight Ganon will eventually go down. If there are any openings, make sure to shoot it with some Arrows too. With all the Blights defeated, it’s time for the grand finale.
Final Fight With Ganon
If Link completed all four Divine Beasts beforehand, Calamity Ganon starts the final battle at half health. Otherwise, players should prepare for a fairly lengthy finale. That said, Calamity Ganon isn’t actually all that challenging and might be one of the easier bosses in the game – for anyone who mastered Flurry Rush and Parrying that is.
Calamity Ganon can use attacks from all four of its Blights, all of which should be avoided instead of countered. Keeping close to Calamity Ganon will trigger him into attacking Link, allowing players to dodge and get in Flurry Strikes. Parrying also works here, but is considerably harder to pull off (and shields should be saved for his second phase).
During its second phase, Calamity Ganon will become even more aggressive. Keep dodging its melee attacks with a Perfect Dodge, but keep in mind that Calamity Ganon will now start firing out Guardian-like blasts. Parry them with your shield and Calamity Ganon should go down in no time. Once defeated, players will need to fight Dark Beast Ganon: a scripted sequence where Link just needs to shoot his weak points with the Bow of Light. Once Ganon has been defeated, congratulate yourself for having the endurance to survive Zelda’ deadliest boss rush.
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