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Top 5 Best Zelda Bosses

Last time I made a Top 5 post, or any post for that matter, I covered the Top 5 Worst bosses from The Legend of Zelda franchise. This time around I’m looking at the best bosses of the series.

Reasons for inclusion range from fun gameplay, innovative takes, and great atmosphere. Without further ado, my Top 5 Zelda bosses:

5. Koloktos (Skyward Sword)

The game creators for Skyward Sword managed to take one of the more lame Zelda items, the whip, and craft a fun and exciting Zelda boss. It’s fun taking apart the boss with the whip and in the end using one of its many swords to inflict heavy damage. The entire fight is exciting, especially at the end. It was really interesting to see Nintendo use a Southeast Asian theme for the boss that matched the visuals for the rest of the dungeon. Koloktos was probably the most fun I had fighting a boss in Zelda boss in Skyward Sword and for that it makes the list.

4. Goht (Majora’s Mask)

Without a doubt, Goht is one of the more, if not the most, fun boss in a Zelda game. The fight moves far away from the typical boss structure where you need to expose the weak spot then hack away. Instead, this fight is concentrated on speed and maneuvering. I was never frustrated with the controls of Goron Link rolling. The pacing for the boss is great too. It was fun for its unconventionality as a Zelda boss and just well designed.

3. Bellum (Phantom Hourglass)

Bellum from Phantom Hourglass is one of the longest Zelda fights, having at least three different stages. A part of the reason that Bellum made this list is because I feel PH really needs some representation as being one of the most creative Zelda games through the use of the DS stylus. The final form also has a great emotional weight to it using (my favorite) supporting character. This boss used many of the aspects that made Phantom Hourglass a great game and for that Bellum makes this list.

2. Phantom Ganon (Ocarina of Time)

Phantom Ganon isn’t an original boss fight in terms of Zelda bosses. But rather it’s rather a great homage to Agahnim fights from A Link to the Past. It works as both figures of variations, or puppets, of Ganon and keeping the same tactic of volleying to make the enemy vulnerable. This would later carry onto the Phantom Ganon mini-bosses from The Wind Waker. What makes the Ocarina of Time version of the boss the best is how you have to find Phantom Ganon riding in the right painting to shot with the arrow. The volleying of magic is fast paced and the entire fight makes you play on your toes.

1. Ganondorf (Wind Waker)

When one thinks of great Zelda boss fights, the final fight from The Wind Waker is generally the one people mention, and for good reason. In terms of atmosphere there are hardly, if any, that capture the intense nature of the scene. The fight happens on freaking tower top in a land that’s drowning with streams of water everywhere. It’s the definition of epic. The fight itself is exciting and requires the player to make quick, but careful, decisions. It’s appropriate for the conclusion of a great game.

  The Ganon(dorf) fights from A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time are also great and deserve to get a shout out. However, they don’t match the quality of The Wind Waker fight.

And that’s my top 5 Zelda bosses. If yours’ is any different or you have any comments or suggestions feel free to leave them below.

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