The King of Evil
Universe ZeldaSymbolThe Legend of Zelda
Other Super Smash Bros. Appearances SSBM/SSBB/SSB4
Recent Game Wii U Hyrule Warriors
Availability Starter
Final Smash Beast Ganon/Army of Darkness

Ganondorf makes his third appearance as a playable character to the Super Smash Bros. franchise in Super 5mash Bros. 5. Ganondorf is the powerful foe to Link and Zelda and holder of the Triforce of Power. Ganondorf has received a large amount of buffs and given an entirely new moveset for the Custom Special A while his default moveset has become an unlockable moveset. His appearances is the same for his model in Hyrule Warriors.

Changes from SSB4

  • His size and weight has been increased as well as his launch resistance.


Special Custom Set A

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Dead Mans Volley 5% (first hit), +5% (every reflect back) Ganondorf throws a purple magical ball at his opponents. It will burst if it connects with opponent; causing damage. However, it can be reflected back by the opponent hit it with any sort of attack minus a projectile. It then increases in damage and speed once reflected back to Ganondorf. Ganondorf then can reflect it back with any attack to increase the speed and damage. It increases by 5% if reflected back. It has a weak homing feature that allows it to slightly trace the target's movements. Reflecting moves further increases the damage it does.
Custom 1 Reflecting Cape 3.5x (reflection) Instead of throwing out a projectile, Ganondorf launches the projectile back to the opponent that does 3.5 more damage and has a slight homing ability. It cannot be reflected back by the opponent.
Custom 2 Dead Stun Volley 3% (first hit), +3% (every reflect back) A weaker version but can connect easier to attacks. It has a stronger homing feature. If it makes contact, it stuns the opponent instead of launching them. Causes a helpless state in aerial opponents.
Side Special Gerudo Demon 30% (charged), 15% (uncharged), 5% (Ganondorf) Ganondorf summons a large dark apparition from the beyond. He can charge it to maximize the damage and reach but at the cost of his own health. Each second adds 3% damage to Ganondorf. When released, the demon slams its hand down onto the opponent; spiking him or her upwards. It can meteor aerial opponents.
Custom 1 Inferno Demon 34% (charged), 18% (uncharged), 7% (Ganondorf) A stronger but slower version of the default. It produces flames instead when it slams the fist down and does more horizontal knockback. It has a bit of lag.
Custom 2 Speed Demon 25% (charged), 10% (uncharged), 10% (Ganondorf) It doesn't have to be charged but Ganondorf raises forward and then summons the demon which smashes down at the end of his speeding forward. It deals damage to Ganondorf but it has great horizontal knockback and will meteor an airborne opponent.
Up Special Evil Glide 3.5% (per hit) Ganondorf will use his impressive powers to levitate himself into the air. Pushing the control stick and holding down the special button will direct him where to levitate to. Contacting hit does hitstun and slight knockback. It has a short duration but will go into a helpless state if attacked.
Custom 1 Power Glide 8% (start), 4% (mid to end) Ganondorf launches himself high into the air and then glides back to the ground. The player can influence where he glides to slightly but harder to control. He does more damage at the initial launch than the mid-end animations. Has more vertical potential than the default.
Custom 2 Pushing Glide 0% It has more control over where he can glide to but doesn't deal damage. Instead, the attack can push opponents away with an aura.
Down Special Phantom Ganon 4% (per hit), 10% (spear) Ganon can summon a Phantom Ganon who appears on horseback. It will then charge forth; spearing the opponent while it rides forward. After some distance, it vanishes. Can be performed in the air as well. It will continue to push back the opponent if they get hit by the stead or will pierce the opponent and continue riding if they get hit by the spear.
Custom 1 Specter Ganon 8% (horse), 4% (spear) Deals less damage but much quicker. Instead of it launching opponents, it does hitstun. It has further traveling distance.
Custom 2 Wraith Ganon 18% (horse), 12% (spear) It is much slower but does more knockback and damage but doesn't push the opponent/pierce the opponent along. It has shorter traveling distance.

Special Custom Set B

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Warlock Punch 30% (ground), 37% (ground reverse), 38% (air), 40% (air reverse) Ganondorf delivers a dark magic-enhanced punch that can cripple and launch an opponent. Very slow but powerful attack.
Custom 1 Warlock Sword 22%/18% (ground), 24%/20% (ground reverse), 24%/20% (air), 26%/22% (air reverse) Weaker version but it has more reach than the Warlock Punch. Faster start up but less superarmor.
Custom 2 Warlock Thrust 16%/9% (normal), 19%/12% (reverse) Much faster but deals explosive damage. Weaker than the default.
Side Special Flame Choke 12% (ground throw), 15% (air throw), 4% (release) Ganondorf boosts forward and grabs the opponent in his hands and slams them to the ground while doing fire damage. In can potentially suicide Ganondorf if performed in the air as he slams the opponent all the way to the bottom blast line.
Custom 1 Flame Wave 8% (ground hit 1), 10% (air hit 1), 10% (throw), 4% (release) Rushes forward and grabs the opponent in his hand. He then launches them into the air after a few hits.
Custom 2 Flame Chain 1.2% (loop hits), 5% (last hit) Ganondorf rushes forward while thrusting his hand out. Deals less damage but has more traveling distance. It cannot grab and throw.
Up Special Dark Dive 1% (hits 1-4), 8% (throw), 7% (uppercut), 6% (release) Ganondorf launches upwards, grabs the opponent; shocks them with magic, and then launches them into the air dealing damage. If he misses, he just zooms upwards with an uppercut and falls back to the ground.
Custom 1 Dark Fist 6% (hit 1), 11% (hit 2) Zooms upwards but doesn't grab the opponent. Does two uppercuts as he travels upwards and has good vertical recovery.
Custom 2 Dark Vault 4% (throw), 6% (release) Ganondorf travels much higher but deals less damage. It can only grab at the beginning or ending of the move.
Down Special Wizard's Foot 9%/7% (ground), 11%/8%/9%/7% (air), 6% (landing) Ganondorf rushes forward with his foot extended while covered in flame. If performed in the air, he descends downwards.
Custom 1 Wizard's Dropkick 9%/7% (ground), 11%/8%/9%/7% (air), 6% (landing) Ganondorf jumps into the air and comes down with his foot. It can be used as a recovery move.
Custom 2 Wizard's Assault 10%/9% (ground), 14%/12% (air), 6% (landing) Ganondorf rushes forward faster but has a slow start up. It does not slow down at the end. If performed in the air, it goes straight downward.

Final Smash

Name Damage Description
Final Smash 1 Beast Ganon 10%/5% (appearance), 10% (paralyze), 40%/30% (charge) Ganondorf changes to his Beast Ganon, paralyzes the opponents with a shockwave, and then charges forward; dealing high damage to anyone in his line of attack.
Final Smash 2 Army of Darkness 3% (black flames), 12% (wraiths), 8% (wraith archers), 14% (wraith beasts) Ganondorf levitates to the top of the stage and begins to laugh. He then infuses his hands with powerful energy and casts it to the stage. Parts of the stage becomes consumed with black flames that deals hitstun and damage with every hit. In addition, black shadow wraiths will emerge from the stage and will run around and attack opponents. They can be KO'd. Wraith archers will also appear while firing shadow arrows at opponents. Wraith beasts are faster and do more damage by attacking opponents. Ganondorf generally summons 5 regular wraiths, 3 archers, and 2 beasts and will summon more if they are KO'd.


Italics means they have to be unlocked.

  • Ganondorf hovers in mid-air, spins, and then laughs darkly. (Up)
  • Ganondorf slams both knuckles together, producing dark flames, and says “Heh!” (Right)
  • Ganondorf raises one fist in the air while it shakes with magic. He says “GRRRRAWWW!” (Left)
  • Ganondorf pulls out his sword of light, looks at it, and laughs. (Down)

Character Selection Screen

  • Ganondorf raises his hands and powers them up with dark energy.
  • Ganondorf folds his arms and laughs.
  • Ganondorf holds out one hand and laughs darkly as it pulsates with magic.

On Screen Appearance

  • Ganondorf steps out from a dark vortex.
  • Ganondorf hovers down to the ground while enveloped in dark energy.
  • Ganondorf rears up on an armored black horse while raising his sword and jumps off.

Victory Animations

  • Pumps his fist in a victorious manner and crouches.
  • Turns his back to the camera, and then turns around to show the Trifroce of Power on his hand.
  • Folds his arm and laughs darkly.
  • Ganondorf performs a powerful magical punch at the camera while growling.
  • Ganondorf is seem on a huge black steed while he raises his sword high into the air.
  • Ganondorf is seem playing an organ that pulsates with dark purple energy.

Losing Animation

  • Ganondorf claps his hands with a frown.
  • Ganondorf grinds his fist together while grimacing.
  • Ganondorf looks forward with his mouth wide open and eyes bulged out as if screaming.

Victory Fanfare

A flourished remix of "Gabon's Tower" but with a more orchestrated influence with male chanting.

Idle Poses

  • Moves his right hand over his head.
  • Crosses his arms and looks away.
  • Stretches out his arm and then pulls it back while clenching his fist.
  • Puffs out his cape.


Ganondorf's trophies can be earned by completing Classic Mode, Adventure Mode, All-Star Mode, and Boss Battle mode. In addition, further trophies can be found during matches and at the Trophy Shop.


Unlock: Classic Mode

"Ganondorf is the King of Evil and the holder of the Triforce of Power. His destiny seems to be linked to that of Link and Zelda; holders of the Triforce of Courage and Triforce of Wisdom. Ganondorf actually comes from Ganon which is the manifestation of evil itself that originated from Demise. However, Ganondorf has been come to known as the sworn enemy of Link and Zelda and has appeared in many The Legend of Zelda games as the main anatgonist. He wields tremendous powers and magic such as creating phantom apparitions of himself, infusing his melee attacks with magic, creating orbs of pure evil, and is often considered a master swordsman as well as fist fighter. He can even transform himself into his beast form, Ganon, for even more powerful attacks."

Ganondorf (Alt)

Unlock: Adventure Mode


"Warlock Punch is a powerful attack that allows Ganondorf to access his dark magic and infuse it into the punches he can perform. These punches are so devastating that shields are considered worthless. It can deliver devastating damage and launch opponents all the way into the Void. It is unknown how he can harness such energy into his fist without damaging himself but it does come at a price - he is incredibly slow when performing the attack. He needs to infuse his fist with the magic and deliver it but it costs him time."

Ganondorf (Alt)

Unlock: Adventure Mode


"Ganondorf's Evil Glide is a powerful ability that grants Ganondorf levitation. It must require a lot of concentration to levitate his muscle bound body into the air but he seems capable of doing that. While using glide, he is unable to perform melee attacks but he has that covered. Coming into contact with him will cause the opponent to be damaged and knocked upwards. It is quick a useful technique but if Ganondorf is hit even once during the attack, he loses his concentration and plummets back to the earth. Thankfully, the starting portion of his attack can take several hits before losing its effect. "

Ocarina of Time Ganondorf

Unlock: Boss Battle


"Ganondorf was born in the Gerudo Desert to the Gerudo tribe and quickly became its leader. However, he wished to conquer Hyrule and bring his tribe away from the wastes of the desert. However, he also desired power and the right to rule the land as he saw fit. He gained the trust of the King of Hyrule and once Link went to sleep in the Sacred Realm, Ganondorf took control of Hyrule by stealing a part of the Triforce. During this time, he ravaged it by sending his monsters and darkness without any mercy. Hyrule Castle Town was particularly hit hard as it was devoid life except for ReDeads and mostly destroyed. It wasn't until Link managed to collect the Medallions and awake the Sages that he could fight against Ganondorf. In an epic fight, Ganondorf was cast down and sentenced to the Spirit Realm for eternity...or so they thought."

Twilight Ganondorf

Unlock: Boss Battle


"Ganondorf was the mastermind of the events in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Sentenced the King of Evil to death but due to him gaining the Triforce of Power, he escaped death. Seeing no alternative, the Sages manage to send Ganondorf to the Twilight Realm. Using his power to portray himself as a god, he gained Zant's allegiance and led an invasion of Hyrule. He met Link at the top of Hyrule Castle and had managed to possess Zelda into doing his bidding. After a climatic battle involving him transforming into his Beast Ganon form and horseback battles, he was bested by Link in one on one combat with the sword. He did not die immediately but only once the Triforce of Power left his body. Despite his death, he would haunt Hyrule again."

Ganondorf (Phantom Ganon)

Unlock: Complete a Character Challenge


"Ganondorf is able to use his powerful magic to summon powerful spirits to do his bidding. These spirits come in a variety of forms but none is more terrifying than Phantom Ganon. An ability shown through the The Legend of Zelda franchise, the Phantom Ganon bears similar abilities and appearances to the King of Evil though much weaker and only a corporeal spirit. They are usually seen either floating in air or riding on horseback. Ganondorf can summon the Phantom Knight which will charge forward on horseback and deal damage. It will also spear the opponent and put them again it. Such a terrifying opponent!"

Ganondorf (Flame Choke)

Unlock: Complete a character challenge


"Ganondorf may have superhuman strength, expert swordsmanship, limitless magic, and immortal but he also ruthless and merciless. Nothing portrays his beastly nature than his Flame Choke. He will dash forward and slam his magic-infused hand into the opponent; burning them all the while. He then takes the opponent and slams them to the ground with high damage! Such a powerful and evil attack certainly is very Ganondorf-like. If performed in the air, he slams the opponent to the ground with all of the force he can muster. However, he is at the mercy of his own bloodlust if performed in the air..."

Ganondorf (Blue)

Unlock: Complete a character challenge

"Ganondorf wasn't always tan of skin with red hair. Nor was he always a....human. Ganondorf is an incarnation of evil itself that has descend from the Demon King, Demise. Ganondorf is just one of the many incarnations of Ganon, a primordial evil spirit from Demise. Ganon is usually portrayed a porcine-type creature with a red cape, yellow eyes, horns, and a large spear. In fact, his Final Smash "Beast Ganon" is partially based off this. Ganon has also attacked Hyrule on many occasions when summoned or broken free from its restraint from the Spirit Realm. Ganondorf is sure to understand the resemblances though the pig nose may of threw him off."

Ganondorf (Red)

Unlock: Complete a character challenge

"In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Ganondorf somehow returned from the Spirit Realm after being sent their during the events of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This Ganondorf is from a different reality than the one who died in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Seeing a new world of waves and islands, Ganondorf searched on the ocean floor which was the drowned Hyrule. Seeking the Triforce yet again, he builds up his army and even manages to capture Zelda again until he finds himself face to face with Link in battle yet again. He meets his demise to the Master Sword wielding by Link while the ocean sweeps back over him."

Ganondorf (Right)


Unlock: Match or Trophy Shop

"Ganondorf has many magical abilities that are used in Super Smash Bros. However, his magic can be limited if he does not have the full power of the Triforce of Power. He is often seen in the games trying to wield the power of the Triforce and needs Link's and Zelda's in order to gain the full power from it. Despite this, he has managed to survive being stabbed, imprisoned, and annihilated time and time again thanks to its power. In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, he gains it from his own right before his death. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, he steals it for himself after Link opens the Temple of Time and in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, he had it when imprisoned and use its power to break free from the Spirit Realm. How will be obtain the Triforce of Power in the next game, I wonder..."

Demise Ganondorf

Unlock: Complete a Sheik Character Challenge

"Ganondorf wasn't the originator of evil but rather Demise, a primordial demonic king that sought to rule the Surface and cast his darkness anywhere. He grew to hate the people living on the Surface and began a bloody campaign to destroy them all. The Goddess Hylia brought the humans into Skyloft and away from the evil. Demise was then imprisoned in the Sealed Grounds. At the end of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, he cursed Link and Zelda and cursed their lineage. This hatred and power has manifested itself into Ganon and into Ganondorf."

Beast Ganon

Unlock: All Star Mode

"Drawing from the limitless power of the Triforce, Ganondorf can change himself into Ganon, an evil spirit of hatred and malice that originated from Demise, the King of Evil. In this form, his strength, speed, and hatred increases tenfold and leaves devastation in his wake. In Super Smash Bros., he can paralyze his opponents through fear alone and charge forth - destroying everyone and everything in his path. This sight is something horrendous and terrible to behold. No small wonder that Link needs the Triforce of Courage to combat it!"

Army of Darkness

Unlock: Unlock all Ganondorf's trophies

"Gifted with dark powers over death and evil, Ganondorf can raise any army of wraith-like creatures to attack his foes. These shadows are nothing more than shifting shadows but their attacks bite deep. He can summon a wraith who strikes in a blade made of shadows, an archer who fires arrows so black that they swallow light, and a wraith beast who instills fear into those it bites causing them to be paralyzed. Ganondorf will continue to summon these creatures should one fall. With this power, he was able to take control all of Hyrule and descend it into darkness for seven years."

Alternate Costumes

Color Title Color Notes Status
Default Black Ganondorf's default appearance from Hyrule Warriors. Starter
White Black Ganondorf's dark costume. Starter
Purple Blue --- Starter
Green Green --- Starter
Red Red Resembles his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Starter
Yellow Black Resembles his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Starter
Gray Purple Slightly resembles Zant from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Starter
Blue Blue Resembles his pig-like Ganon form. Starter
Yellow Yellow Resembles his appearance when he found Zant in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Starter
Purple Purple Slightly resembles his Yuga Ganon form. Starter
Ocarina of Time Ganondorf Black Costume based off his The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time form. Locked
Twilight Ganondorf Gray His appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Locked
Demise Ganondorf Gray Costume based off Demise from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword with Demise's armor, flaming hair, and robe. Locked


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