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Calamity Ganon Walkthrough: How to Beat the Final Boss

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This is a guide to Calamity Ganon, the final boss in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BotW). Read on to learn how to beat Calamity Ganon, as well as how to prepare for this battle.

Calamity Ganon Base Info

Hyrule Compendium Info

Calamity Ganon
HP 8000
Species Ganon
The source of the darkness that has appeared time and again throughout Hyrule's history. It's been called many names, from “Great King of Evil” to “Calamity”. Hibernating within a cocoon, it attempted to regenerate a physical form after Link awoke but was forced to confront him in an incomplete state.

Calamity Ganon Location

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Calamity Ganon awaits at the top of Hyrule Castle, where he will be released upon entering the Sanctum.

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Preparation for the Calamity Ganon

Free the Divine Beasts

Calamity Ganon attacked by Divine Beasts (BotW)

Each of the Divine Beast that you have freed will attack Calamity Ganon and reduce its health. We recommend defeating the other Ganon incarnates before this fight as doing so will reduce Calamity Ganon's health to about 50%, effectively making the fight easier.

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Use the Master Sword

During this fight, the Master Sword will have 60 attack power, increasing its DPS and making it perfect for this battle. Equipping the Master Sword makes this battle significantly easier, so be sure and obtain it before entering Hyrule Castle.

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Stock Up on Health Items and Elixirs

This is the final battle of the game (outside of the DLC Quests), so you'll need to make sure you have plenty of equipment to keep you from dying, such as fairies and food/elixirs with special effects. If you want to increase your damage output, going for a mighty item will up your attack power, while a tough item will allow you to raise your defense.

List of Elixirs | How to Make Elixirs (Stamina Potions)

Additionally, since this is the last battle, you'll want to upgrade your armor to withstand more damage! the Ancient Set offers 84 defense when fully leveled up on top of ancient proficiency, so you can't go wrong with this one. Another solid choice is the Barbarian Set, which has 60 defense and increases your max attack.

How to Beat Calamity Ganon

Calamity Ganon Phase 1

Calamity Ganon phase 1 (BotW)

Most of his attacks during this phase are familiar to you if you have fought all the other Ganons and any type of Guardian. Just focus on dodging and parrying until you find an opening for attacks.

Axe Slash
An attack from Fireblight Ganon. Calamity Ganon will either slash vertically or horizontally, both which spreads fires. Perform a perfect dodge so you can let in a flurry rush.

Guardian Weapons
Ganon uses one of his small Guardian Weapons for a short-ranged attack.

Guardian Beam
Ganon will lock on to you and fire a beam after a short while. You can dodge this by sprinting or you can deflect the beam with your shield to stagger him, which leaves him open for a few attacks.

Air Blasts
An attack from Windblight Ganon. While on the wall, Ganon will charge his canon with wind and shoot it with a blast. Dodge this by running sideward.

Energy Bolts
An attack from Windblight Ganon. While on the wall, Ganon will continuously shoot bolts of energy. You can also dodge these by simply running sideward.

Explosive Orb
An attack from Fireblight Ganon. While on the wall, Ganon will release an orb that explodes on impact. Quickly shoot it with an arrow as it has a large blast radius.

Gusts of Wind
An attack from Windblight Ganon. While on the wall, Ganon will whip out two large gusts of wind that will stay in the center of the room for a while.

Ice Blocks
An attack from Waterblight Ganon. While on the wall, Ganon will conjure a number of ice blocks and throw it at Link. Use Cryonis to break them one by one.

Metal Rods
An attack from Thunderblight Ganon, While on the wall, Ganon will send down metal rods to Link's position and quickly strikes it with lightning. Run around the room to avoid these rods.

Spear Throw
An attack from Waterblight Ganon. While on the wall, Ganon will throw a giant spear to Link, which can be easily dodged.

Energy Field
Getting too close to Calamity Ganon might make him prepare for a "stomp", which releases energy around him on impact and deal damage. He will always perform this attack whenever he gets back down from the wall.

Deflect Guardian Beams

Deflecting beams (BotW)

One of the easiest ways to make Calamity Ganon vulnerable is to deflect his Guardian Beams with a perfect parry. This will stagger him for a short period where you should maximize your attacks.

Perfect Dodging

Perfect dodging his melee attacks will also give you an opportunity for a Flurry Rush. You can easily perform this when he uses his vertical Axe Slash.

Calamity Ganon Phase 2

Calamity Ganon phase 2 (BotW)

When Calamity Ganon's health drops to critical level, he will conjure a shield that nullifies most attacks but will continue using the same attacks from the previous phase.

Use Urbosa's Fury

Electrocuted by Urbosa

If you have Urbosa's Fury off cooldown, this is the perfect time to use it as it can penetrate Calamity Ganon's shield. Electrocute him then slash away!

Deflect Guardian Beams

Wait until he charges a beam then deflect it back to him to penetrate his shield before attacking him with all you got.

Defeating Calamity Ganon will revert him back to his pure, true form, Dark Beast Ganon.

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