BOTW #17: Beating Calamity Ganon

With Super Mario Odyssey coming out tomorrow, I wanted to try to beat Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild first. While looking at my quest progress screen last night, I realized I never returned to Impa after defeating all four divine beasts. So I went to speak with her, and that marked a quest complete. But unfortunately, she didn’t give me anything. I was hoping for some goodies. 😛

In Rito Village, I spoke with Fyson about starting up a shop in Tarrey Town. He was up to the challenge and headed there right away. Later, I caught up with him in his new shop. He mostly sells arrows, although he has some ancient gears for sale as well.

Fyson's arrow shop in Tarrey Town in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch.Hudson wanted to build more houses in Tarrey Town, but he needed 50 more bundles of wood. I didn’t have that many on me, so it’ll have to wait for another time.

I explored a bit, finding one shrine up in the mountains. Then I returned to Zora’s Domain and completed a shrine quest in that area as well.

The Ceremonial Song: CompleteI had four spirit orbs, so I traded them in for another heart container. Knowing that I was soon heading for danger, I prepared for battle. I bought some ancient greaves at the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab, upgraded my armor at the Great Fairy Fountain, added another weapon slot, and cooked up a bunch of meals to replenish my health.

When I was ready, I headed off towards Hyrule Castle. The path there has a lot of guardians along the way, so I stopped to defeat some of them. I hadn’t explored much in this area before, so I actually found a couple of new shrines–one of which was right out in the open.

I also found my share of Korok seeds. I’ve missed out on many of them throughout the game though, because until recently, I didn’t know what to do when I saw rock formations like this. Oh well. 😛

A round rock formation in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch.As I crept closer and closer to the castle, I stopped to admire the scenery at sunrise. This game can be so beautiful.

Sunrise in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch.Once I got to Hyrule Castle, I noticed that it has its own map…much like the ones inside the Divine Beasts. And I quickly found out that the castle has a lot of guardians. It’s a bit unsettling when you have three guardians locked onto you at once.

Three guardians targeting me in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch.I defeated some of them, and just ran from the others as I made my way up. There seems to be multiple ways to ascend the castle, so some routes could be better than others. But I was not a happy camper when I dropped into a gatehouse with a blue-maned Lynel. These Lynel creatures are tough! Tougher than a lot of of the bosses in the game, to be honest.

Fighting a Lynel in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch.After defeating him, I carried on past more guardians and climbed my way up to the sanctum. There, I met up with Calamity Ganon himself. The beams from the four Divine Beasts blasted in and wiped out half of Ganon’s health.

I began the fight, and I soon wish that I have arrived here with more than a couple of shields. I did find a new shield in the sanctum, although it didn’t last me very long. 😛 Slowly but surely, I wore down Ganon’s health meter. Eventually, I defeated him. There may be some slight spoilers coming up (even though I won’t show pictures of Ganon or the ending), so you may want to skip the rest of this entry if you don’t want to know.

But like many end-game bosses, Ganon takes another form. This second form is huge and looks more menacing, but this part is actually much easier than the first fight. I started out on horseback, but sadly, Ganon trampled my horse to death. Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but I guess he’s not so Amazing any more.

After delivering the final blow, I watched the credits and ending sequence. The ending was honestly pretty disappointing, and there weren’t any rewards as far as I can tell. Well, a star appears next to your file to indicate you beat the game, and it does list your completion percentage on the map. But that’s about it. By the way, my completion percentage is a paltry 21.91%.

But with that said, I’m not done playing Breath of the Wild. I still plan on beating all of the shrines and recovering all of the memories. I will have more blog entries, and videos, in the future. But it may not be super soon, as Super Mario Odyssey is likely to take up much of my gaming time in the next few weeks or more. See you next time!

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