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The Blight Ganons are major antagonists of the 2017 videogame The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and its prequel Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. They are four monstrous deities created out of Malice by Calamity Ganon to seize control of the Divine Beasts of Hyrule.
During the Hundred's year war with Calamity Ganon and its monsters, the people of Hyrule dug up the Divine Beasts under orders by King Rhoam. The Divine Beasts were created by the Sheikah ten thousand years ago to seal away the Malice, consisting of Ruto the water elephant, Rudania the fire salamander, Medoh the wind eagle, and Naboris the thunder camel. With the Divine Beasts at their side, the kingdom of Hyrule appeared to have taken the upper hand against the dark lord and his army of monsters.
However, little to the kingdom's knowledge, Ganon was wary of the Divine Beasts attempt to seal it again and spread its Malice across the Guardians and Divine Beasts, in an event known as the Great Calamity. From the Malice of the Divine Beasts emerged the Blight Ganons, who succeeded in killing the Champions that piloted each of the Divine Beasts. This allowed Calamity Ganon to rise and spread its Malice across the land of Hyrule, using both the Guardians and the four Beasts against their creators. Ruta created an endless rainstorm that threatens to flood Hyrule, Rudania caused Death Mountain to erupt continuously, Medoh caused unstable winds and threatens to shoot down the Rito when they flew, and Naboris caused massive electric sandstorms as it roamed across the desert.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
When Link awoke from the Shrine of Resurrection 100 years later, he is sent on a quest by Zelda to reclaim the Divine Beasts in hope to seal away Ganon once again. One by one, he is able to purge them from their Malice, defeat the Blight Ganons, and free the spirits of the fallen Champions, allowing them to reclaim the Divine Beasts and assist Link and Zelda seal away Ganon once again like they did ten thousand years prior.
However, should Link have skipped purging any of the Divine Beasts, Ganon will warp the remaining Blight Ganons of the infected Divine Beasts to Hyrule Castle to fight Link before facing him on itself.
The Champion's Ballad
In "The Champion's Ballad" DLC, Link can partake in quests that unlock more of his past relations with the Champions, leading to a rematch with each of the Blight Ganons. These copies of the Blight Ganons are phantasms born out of Link's lost memories and fears. Defeating each Blight Ganon upgrades Link's Champion abilities, reducing their cool-down period by half.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
When Calamity Ganon unleashed the Great Calamity and possessed the Divine Beasts, the Blight Ganons were born and overwhelmed the Champions. However, before they were able to kill them, the future Champions emerge from rifts in time bringing them to the past thanks to Terrako, the little Guardian who traveled back into the past to prevent the bleak future seen in Breath of the Wild. Riju, Teba, Yunobo, and Sidon are able to stall long enough for Link to arrive and kill the Blight Ganons before they could kill Urbosa, Revali, Daruk, and Mipha. With the Blight Ganons destroyed, the Champions regain control of the Divine Beasts, keeping them under Hyrulean control to aid in the siege on Hyrule Castle. Afterwards, Astor abducts the souls of the Yiga Clan to revive the Blight Ganons under his control, and sends them out to kill Zelda, but this results in Master Kohga defecting to Zelda's side to support her and avenge his fallen clansmen. Link manages to hold them back, but was quickly overwhelmed. Unable to leave Link behind, Zelda awakened the Triforce within her and unleashed a powerful burst of light, weakening the Blight Ganons, allowing the troops to defeat them. In the game's final moments as the heroes liberate Hyrule Castle to stop Astor and Calamity Ganon, clones of the Blight Ganons are summoned to stop them, but the heroes prevail, killing the Blight Ganons for good before Calamity Ganon is defeated and sealed away by Zelda, thus preventing the dark future seen in Breath of the Wild, and creating a new, brighter, alternate timeline for Hyrule in the process thanks to Terrako.
|“||Good luck! That thing is one of Ganon's own, and it plays dirty! It defeated me 100 years ago... but only because I was winging it. I can't believe I'm actually saying this... But you must avenge me, Link!||„|
|~ Revali, on the Windblight Ganon.|
The Windblight Ganon is the possessor of Divine Beast Van Medoh, and the one responsible for the demise of the Rito, Revali (who accuses himself of just "winging it"). It uses a cannon attached to its arm to shoot bolts of energy at Link, while also creating miniature tornadoes with its other arm. It can also detach the spikes on its back, which can redirect its shots. Link can use the multiple air ducts of Medoh to gain an advantage from the air.
|“||Watch yourself now! That ugly pain in the crag is Ganon's handiwork. Thing got the best of me a hundred years ago. Good luck, little guy! Go get 'im!||„|
|~ Daruk, on the Fireblight Ganon.|
The Fireblight Ganon is the possessor of Divine Beast Van Rudania, and the one responsible for the demise of the Goron Champion, Daruk. Its weapon of choice is a large sword attached to its arm and uses fire magic to burn Link. When at critical damage, it can enhance its sword with flames. It can also protect itself within a fiery barrier, which can be deactivated by reflecting its fireballs back at it. Throwing a Remote Bomb also works against the barrier.
|“||Stay on your edge, Link! This formidable adversary was made by Ganon and brought me to a warrior's demise 100 years ago. Do not allow this to be your end. Fight for your life... and its death!||„|
|~ Urbosa, on the Thunderblight Ganon.|
The Thunderblight Ganon is the possessor of Divine Beast Van Naboris, and the one responsible for the demise of the Gerudo, Urbosa. While the smallest and frailest of the Blight Ganons, it makes up for it with extreme agility. Using a hooked-shaped sword, it stikes at Link with lighting speed and can also shoot electric orbs and summon various metal spikes around the area that emit electricity. If Link grabs one of the spikes with Magnesis and drags it towards the Blight, it will be shocked by its own attack. It also has a shield that can be temporarily destroyed by striking it enough times.
|“||Please take care. That... thing is one of Ganon's creations. I put up as much of a fight as I could, but it proved to be my demise 100 years ago... Regardless...I believe you are well prepared for this moment. I have faith in you!||„|
|~ Mipha, on the Waterblight Ganon.|
The Waterblight Ganon is the possessor of Divine Beast Van Ruta, and the one responsible for the demise of the Zora Princess, Mipha. It uses a large spear which Link can temporarily break using the Cryonis Rune, and can summon large icicle cubes from the water that it throws at Link, which can be deflected by hitting them before they impact.
- Shooting an arrow into the Blight Ganons' eye stuns them long enough for Link to get a few hits in.
- Each Blight Ganon has two phases in their fights. In the first phase, they tend to only use their main weapons, while in the second phase, triggered once their health has dwindled halfway, they use their elemental powers more often.
- If Link ever leaves the Divine Beast during a Blight Ganon battle, they will not show up again until Link reenters the battle room.
- While the Blights are genderless, Revali refers to the Windblight Ganon as male in his dialogue: "His aim is dead on!"
- In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the Blights use more attacks such as a throwing star arm, fire hair, an extra missile, and the ability to create clones.