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Awaken, Blight Ganons! Consign that wretched princess to oblivion!
~ Astor commanding the Blight Ganons.

The Blight Ganons are the secondary antagonists of the 2017 action-adventure video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and major antagonists in its 2020 hack-and-slash spin-off Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

They are four demonic phantoms created out of Malice by Calamity Ganon to seize control of the Divine Beasts of Hyrule. After taking over the Divine Beasts, the Blight Ganons murdered the four Champions piloting them, kept their spirits trapped within the machines for the next 100 years, and used the Divine Beasts to wreak havoc across the land.



During the war against 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.

After Princess Zelda seals away Ganon, it caused the infected Divine Beasts and Guardians to fall dormant for a century. As the day of Link's full recovery drew near and Zelda's power is starting to wane with Calamity Ganon, still imprisoned, trying to break out, it managed to have the Blights take control of the Divine Beasts and cause much grief to the four regions as well as the inhabitants: Ruta created an endless rainstorm that threatens to break the Zora's dams and flood Lanayru, Rudania caused Death Mountain to erupt continuously and caused the Northern Mines to be shut down, Medoh caused unstable winds above Rito Village and threatens to shoot down the Rito when they flew, and Naboris caused massive electric sandstorms as it roamed across Gerudo Desert.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[]

When Link awoke from the Shrine of Resurrection a hundred 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 and increasing their overall power. Subsequent battles with the Blights after the initial one will allow access additional dialogue from the Champions.

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 them 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 before they could carry out their murderous intent on the Champions, the Champions regain control of the Divine Beasts, along with keeping their lives, and the Divine Beasts remain under Hyrulean control to aid in the siege on Akkala Citadel and defending Fort Hateno before turning their attention to assaulting 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 as she aided in the defense of Fort Hateno while it was still under threat of capitulating to the vast army of corrupted Guardians and monsters besieging it, but this results in Master Kohga defecting to Zelda's side to support her and her army to avenge his fallen clansmen. Link manages to hold the Blight Ganons 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 and save the fort.

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.


Fireblight Ganon[]

BotW Fireblight Ganon Concept Art

Fireblight Ganon

Watch out for that sword!
~ 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.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity alters Fireblight Ganon's design by making it have fire patterns across its body and giving a fire effect on its hair.

Waterblight Ganon[]

BotW Waterblight Ganon Concept Art

Windblight Ganon

Careful! That spear has a long reach.
~ 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 Champion, 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. At half health, it floods the room with water to limit the room to four platforms.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity alters Waterblight Ganon's design by giving it a frozen morning star with ice patterns across its body.

Windblight Ganon[]

BotW Windblight Ganon Concept Art

Windblight Ganon

His aim is dead-on. Watch yourself!
~ 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 Champion, 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.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity alters Windblight Ganon's design by giving it cannons on both of its arms, have wind patterns across its body, and tubes made of Malice on its back.

Thunderblight Ganon[]

BotW Thunderblight Ganon Concept Art

Thunderblight Ganon

This thing is fast! Watch yourself.
~ Urbosa, on Thunderblight Ganon.

The Thunderblight Ganon is the possessor of Divine Beast Van Naboris, and the one responsible for the demise of the Gerudo Champion, Urbosa. While the smallest and frailest of the Blight Ganons, it makes up for it with extreme agility. Using a hooked-shaped sword, it strikes 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 the Magnesis Rune 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.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity alters Thunderblight Ganon's design by placing electrical orbs around its body, gives it a lightning pattern across its body, and changes the color of its weapons lime green.


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.
This phantom of Ganon attacked the Divine Beast Vah Medoh and was responsible for the demise of the Champion Revali. It specializes in long-range wind attacks.
~ The Windblight Ganon's Hyrule Compendium entry.
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.
This phantom of Ganon attacked the Divine Beast Vah Rudania and was responsible for the demise of the Champion Daruk. It attacks with a greatsword and fire magic.
~ The Fireblight Ganon's Hyrule Compendium entry.
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 Thunderblight Ganon.
This phantom of Ganon attacked the Divine Beast Vah Naboris and was responsible for the demise of the Champion Urbosa. It specializes in quick, lightning-based attacks.
~ The Thunderblight Ganon's Hyrule Compendium entry.
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.
This phantom of Ganon attacked the Divine Beast Vah Ruta and was responsible for the demise of the Champion Mipha. It attacks with a spear and ice magic.
~ The Waterblight Ganon's Hyrule Compendium entry.


  • Their roles are partially based on Molgera and Jalhalla from The Wind Waker, who were also responsible for the demise of important figures long ago.
  • 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.
  • The Blight Ganons are the only monsters who are not resurrected by the Blood Moon.
  • When Calamity Ganon awoke in Breath of the Wild, the Champions were all at the Lanayru Road - East Gate meeting with Link and the princess and the sun was setting. Given that it takes a lot of travel time for the Champions to reach the Divine Beasts (with Creating a Champion showing their routes to their beasts), Calamity Ganon quickly takes the opportunity to send the Blights after the Divine Beasts to take control of them before the Champions arrived as a flashback shows their possession of them taking immediate effect, as it knew that waiting for them to get to their Divine Beasts would pose too much of a risk of being brought down again. Additionally, it's interesting to note that the circuitry of the Divine Beasts shows who is in control of them, with blue indicating that the Champions are in control, or hot pink when the Blights are in control. The Divine Beasts run on ancient blue energy, but when the Blights took control, their Malice replaced this energy entirely which made the Divine Beasts unable to recognize the Champions' presences, which instead made the Blights their masters instead. This might explain why the Champions could not get control over their Divine Beasts, whether they were mortals or spirits, and it only took Link to get rid of them and restore control to the Champions that the latter were able to resume control over their Divine Beasts, without further assistance or anything else that could prevent them from retaining their control over them.
  • While the Blights are genderless, Revali refers to the Windblight Ganon as male in his dialogue: "His aim is dead on!"
    • At the start of the Windblight Ganon battle in Breath of the Wild, Revali made gives a brief explanation that Windblight Ganon played dirty in order to take Vah Medoh and his life. At first glance, Revali appears to be unwilling to admit it, but during Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Windblight Ganon is shown fleeing thrice; once from Vah Medoh upon defeat at the hands of Link and his comrades and twice during the Vah Medoh battle sequence that follows shortly after; it returns with full health to get back at the Rito Champion and flees again when Revali and Teba land enough damage on it and returns with full health again before the two use Vah Medoh to destroy it, further adding to its humiliation. Running away in the middle of a battle between warriors is often frowned upon as it is generally viewed as cowardly and disgraceful. This would mean that Revali's claim about it playing dirty is potentially true.
  • 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.
    • Given that Age of Calamity takes place a hundred years before Breath of the Wild, their designs are more diverse, and they are much more powerful than they were a century later. Their slight change in designs makes sense in-universe, as it shows them at their prime during the Great Calamity, especially since Calamity Ganon was out in full force at the time. Over the course of a hundred years their power may have deteriorated given that they were forced into inactivity, with Ganon being trapped with Princess Zelda, which reduces them to what they have become in Breath of the Wild. When the seal on Ganon was waning, the Blights have also awakened and took control of the Divine Beasts, and they may have only recovered some of their power as shown in the boss fights, so it's very possible that they get all of their power from Calamity Ganon due to their connection with the monster.
  • In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Windblight Ganon was the only blight to flee the battle alive when Link and his party fought it to protect Revali and Teba while the other blights were utterly destroyed. It would later attempt to attack the two Rito warriors again as they are taking down enemy outposts in Hyrule's western region, and it was there that Revali exacts his revenge by slaying it with Vah Medoh.

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