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Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Demise Boss Guide: How to Beat The Final Boss
This is a guide for Demise, the final boss in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn strategies for how to beat Demise, see Demise's moves, and learn rewards for beating them!

Demise (Final Boss) Basic Information

Demise
Rewards None

How to Beat Demise (Final Boss)

First Stage
CheckmarkLet Demise attack first and fight back immediately
Second Stage
CheckmarkRaise your sword to summon lightning

CheckmarkSlash the air to throw the lightning at Demise

CheckmarkHit Demise when he is down

Let Demise attack first and fight back immediately

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Let Demise attack first
Demise will hold his sword in a defensive position, and any attack you throw at him will be blocked. However, after he attacks you, you'll have a small window of time to fight back. Make sure you are holding your shield and use Shield Bash when he attacks first, and quickly fight back to inflict damage.

The first stage of his attacks are Vertical swing, Horizontal swing, Punch attack, Swing up → Swing down but it is best to aim only when he doees large vertical swings and horizontal swings.

When you try to use attack Demise as he’s taking damage, he may block your attack and then counter it with another attack. This counter attack can also be blocked by using Shield attack.

Pattern on how to defeat Demise

Pattern to Defeat Demise

  1. Right slash (guard up)
  2. Left slash (guard up)
  3. Spin attack
  4. Walk a bit and slash sideways (guard up)
  5. Spin attack
  6. Knock down and slash 5 times
  7. Slash down after he returns (guard up)
  8. Spin attack
  9. Knock down and slash 4 times
  10. Slash up after he returns (guard up)
  11. Spin attack
  12. Attack him freely and finish the first stage

Aim when his guard is down

Demise will guard against your attacks, but you can damage him by changing the direction of your attack. If you deal a lot of damage in a short time, Demise will be brought down. The list above is to help you quickly progress through the first stage without letting the final boss act at all.

Raise your sword to summon lightning

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Summon Lightning to Demise
If you damage Demise, the weather will change and you will moved to the second stage. At this stage, you can still let the enemy attack first and deal damage, but there's an easier way. You need to raise your sword to summon lightning.

Be careful because if Demise attacks first, he will use Rush attack or Lightning strike.

Slash the air to throw the lightning at Demise

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Throw lightning at Demise
When you summon lightning, swing your sword quickly to throw a Lightning strike attack. When you hit the end, you go down and you have a chance to attack.

Hit Demise when he is knocked down

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Hit Demise while he is down
Whenever Demise is down, he is vulnerable. This is the best time to deal some damage to him. However, you will always fail when you try to hit him the first time he gets knocked down. The second and other consecutive times that you do, you will succeed in dealing damage.

Demise's Attack Patterns

First Stage
CheckmarkSword attack (Vertical swing/Horizontal swing)

CheckmarkCounter-attack

CheckmarkPunch attack

CheckmarkSwing up → Swing down
Second Stage
CheckmarkSword attack (Vertical swing/Horizontal swing)

CheckmarkCounter-attack

CheckmarkAdditional slash attack

CheckmarkRush attack

CheckmarkLightning strike

CheckmarkThunder strike

(1st and 2nd stage) Sword attack (Vertical swing/Horizontal swing)

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Demise

Let Demise attack first

During the first stage and second stage, all of your attacks will be blocked by the final boss. To get a chance to deal damage, equip your shield and let him attack first. Immediately after blocking his attack, hit him with your sword.

(1st and 2nd stage) Counter-attack

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Demise

Let Demise attack first

If you continue to attack Demise when he isn't knocked down, he will block it and follow it up with a counter-attack (this does not happen all the time). When he attacks you, he will hit you with 2 consecutive swings.

(1st stage) Punch attack

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Demise

Use Shield Bash

Punch attack is a technique where Demise moves forward then punches you after a momentary pause. The attack is so fast that it's quite difficult to deal with when you encounter it. This is why it is important to hold your shield in advance for safety in case you can't dodge it.

(1st stage) Swing up → Swing down

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Demise

Avoid it by backstepping

Swing up → Swing down is an attack where Demise swings the sword up and down from a pointing stance, hitting you two times. This attack is quick and difficult to defend with a shield, but most of the time it has a short range and cant reach your shield. If using the shield fails, the second shot will cause damage, so avoid it by backstepping.

(2nd stage) Additional slash attack

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Demise

Use Shield Bash

You can counter this attack by using shield bash then counter him afterwards by slashing him while he is down.

(2nd stage) Rush attack

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Demise
Rush slash is an attack used by Demise whenever you try to summon lightning during the second stage. After Demise bends down a little, he will rush to where you are and slash you, so be prepared to use Shield Bash whenever you see Demise bending down.

(2nd stage) Lightning strike

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Demise

Avoid it by backstepping

Lightning strikes are attacks used by Demise after a lightning strike or after a link hits a lightning strike. Whenever Demise holds his sword like this he is defenseless, but if he successfully summons lightning, it will damage his surroundings. The range itself is narrow, so avoid it by backstepping.

(2nd stage) Thunder strike

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Demise

Avoid by stepping to the side

Thunder strike is an attack used by Demise whenever his sword is covered in lightning. He will use it whenever you are out of his reach, but whenever you try to summon lightning, the chances of Demise using this move will increase further. It's a simple projectile, but you can't use your shield against it, so avoid it by stepping sideways.

You can also hit his lightning strike to offset it, but it is very difficult to do.

Use the Bug Net

Zelda Skyward Sword HD - Deflect Demise
You can use the Bug Net to counterattack Demise's thunder strike. Successfully deflecting the attack stuns him temporarily, making him open to attacks.

How to Get the Bug Net

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