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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Boss: Ghirahim

Vincent Lau

(1 of 2) Ghirahim starts by menacingly walking forward.

Ghirahim starts by menacingly walking forward. (left), If he grabs your sword, shake him off ASAP. (right)

In the initial part of the battle, Ghirahim will simply walk towards you. He comes with one hand raised upward, glowing red. The purpose of this is to grab your sword when you slice at him. If he DOES grab your sword, do a down-up vertical slice, or he’ll steal the sword. During this time, he also can slap you if you take too long to hit. How do you hit him? Well, you need to lead his hand in one way, then quickly swing in a different way.

During this time, if he does manage to steal away your sword, you have two options. You can run around until he throws your sword at you, at which point you can grab it, or you can shield bash him during a slice.

(1 of 2) It’s probably easier to just sidestep the projectiles.

It’s probably easier to just sidestep the projectiles. (left), When Ghirahim dashes, use a well-timed shield bash to stun him. (right)

Continue attacking for a while, after which this will change a bit. In the second half of the battle, Ghirahim will use his sword and will use three attacks. One involves teleporting and slashing at you (kind of like Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts). Another involves a running tackle-slash combo, and another has Ghirahim launching five red projectiles at you.

For the first attack, just jump around, preferably backwards (because he’ll appear from behind, and his position is apparently determined upon actually teleporting). For the second, shield bash Ghirahim to stun him and get a few hits in, or swing at him on the side his sword isn’t on. For the third, dodge to the side or move your sword in a slash that would reflect as many projectiles as possible.

Eventually, the battle will end and you will have hopefully won. After regaining control of Link, grab the nearby Heart Container and take the door nearby to the Skyview Spring.

Guide Information

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  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    25 February 2013
  • Last Updated
    23 June 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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Long ago, on a dark day, the earth cracked and evil forces rushed out of the fissure. These forces mercilessly attacked the people of the earth, slaughtering them and destroying their land. They did this in search of the ultimate power, a power capable of granting any wishes of its holder. This power, passed down from the gods of old, was guarded by Her Grace, the goddess of the land. The goddess gathered the surviving humans on a piece of earth and sent it skyward, beyond the clouds. With the humans safe, the goddess joined the land dwellers and fought the evil forces in a war of unmatched scale and ferocity. They eventually sealed the evil forces away, restoring peace to the surface. However, the humans remained in Skyloft, as Hylia knew that the seal on the evil would not hold forever.

You are Link, a resident of Skyloft, who, after a strange dream, sets out on a journey to save his beloved home.

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