Phantom Ganon is a recurring antagonist in the Legend of Zelda series. He is an entity of pure evil, created by Ganondorf to be a perfect servant and, if need be, killing machine, who asks no questions and does what his master commands. Phantom Ganon is infamous for his fighting style, often utilizing the Dead Man's Volley technique in battle.
Phantom Ganon's first appearance is in Ocarina of Time, as the boss of the Forest Temple. He approaches Link in a hall decorated with paintings. He is at first disguised as Ganondorf, startling Link, before revealing his true nature, perhaps as a means to confuse his enemy.
After Link defeats the entity, Ganondorf's voice echoes throughout the chamber. The King of Evil states that this was a mere phantom and that he himself will not falter so easily. He then banishes Phantom Ganon to the Gap Between Dimensions, calling it a "worthless creation."
Phantom Ganon's appearance is vastly different from its appearance in Ocarina of Time. Whereas the Phantom Ganon in Ocarina of Time assumed the appearance of Ganondorf's body with a skull head and glowing yellow eyes, this Phantom is a shadowy figure with blue lines running across his body. His fighting style, however, remains almost the same, though he uses a sword here instead of a trident. Link duels with this being twice: once in the Forsaken Fortress and a second time in Ganon's Tower.
Phantom Ganon appears as the boss of Whereabouts of the Wind, the first stage in the game, located at the top of Hyrule Castle. He reappears as the boss of Level 5, the Dark World, in the Temple of Darkness. His appearance is very similar to that in The Wind Waker.
The four Scourges created by Calamity Ganon to control the Divine Beasts in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Windblight, Fireblight, Thunderblight and Waterblight Ganon are said to be "phantoms of Ganon" in their Hyrule Compendium entries, implying that they are artificial phantoms created by Calamity Ganon much like how Ganondorf created Phantom Ganon.
Phantom Ganon from The Wind Waker appears in Hyrule Warriors Legends. His official artworks shows him wielding dual swords, which is likely a reference to his master and creator Ganondorf, who wields two Great Swords. In a new storyline set after the main story, he plays the role of main antagonist, stealing the Triforce of Power from Lana and trapping Cia's spirit in the Temple of Souls, allowing him to create a shadowy doppelgänger of her known as Dark Cia to steal Cia's magic. Using the Triforce of Power he opens another rift in time and space to the Era of the Great Sea which is also his Era of origin. Link is sent to investigate and joins forces with Lana, Tetra, Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, and eventually a redeemed Cia, to stop Phantom Ganon's evil plans. Like past depictions, the Dead Man's Volley technique appears during the fight with Phantom Ganon.
There is also a Era of the Great Sea Phantom Ganon Recolor of Ganondorf's Standard Armor obtained from the Master Wind Waker' DLC.
Like in the game, Phantom Ganon is encountered in the Forest Temple. Disguised as a painting of Ganondorf, Phantom Ganon attacks Link and Mido from behind when they enter the Temple to search for Saria, though Link manages to sense his presence and warns Mido, before engaging Phantom Ganon in battle. However Phantom Ganon retreats inside a painting and Link discovers his Master Sword has no effect on the phantom. Fortunately, Mido finds the Fairy Bow on a wall and gives it to Link, who uses it to defeat Phantom Ganon, freeing Saria who Phantom Ganon had trapped inside a painting.
Phantom Ganon from Ocarina of Time is featured as a sticker. Its sticker gives a +40 bonus to darkness attacks. Like all other stickers that give bonuses to darkness attacks, it can only be used by Ganondorf.
|Link (x4) · Princess Zelda · Six Maidens · Vaati|
—Full list of characters
|Phantom Ganon · Helmaroc King · Stone Arrghus · Jalhalla · Dagtail · Frostare · Big Dodongo · Vaati · Ganon|
| Whereabouts of the Wind · Eastern Hyrule · Death Mountain · Near the Fields · The Dark World · The Desert of Doubt · Frozen Hyrule · Realm of the Heavens|
—Full list of locations
|Bomb · Bombos Medallion · Boomerang · Bow · Fire Rod · Four Sword · Lantern · Magic Hammer · Quake Medallion · Shield · Slingshot|
|Blue Bracelet · Carrot · Force Gem · Force Fairy · Heart · Heart Container · Moon Pearl · Pegasus Boots · Power Bracelet · Roc's Feather · Shovel · Small Key|
|Knight Mark · Letter · Magic Book · Royal Jewels · Vaati Barrier|
|Gerudo · Goron · Hylian · Zuna|