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"I will skewer the lot of you on my mighty trident!"
Ganon

The Trident is a weapon from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures. This ancient weapon crafted for evil purposes is wielded by Ganon, after Ganondorf steals it from the Pyramid in the Desert of Doubt in order to become more powerful. Upon seizing it, Ganondorf turns into the beast Ganon. The Trident grants its wielder the power to send beings to the Dark World at will, among other abilities. During the final battle, Ganon attempts to kill Link using the Trident, but is ultimately sealed into the Four Sword.

History

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The Trident's origins are explained while Link is exploring the Desert of Doubt in search of the purple maiden. Upon entering the desert, they meet the Gerudo tribe and learn that Ganondorf had previously left for the ancient Pyramid, noted by both the Gerudo and the Zuna to be a sacred place. Although the Gerudo felt that Ganondorf would fail to reach the Pyramid, he ultimately succeeds, as Link later discovers.

Trident Chamber

The Trident Chamber

Along the way, Link meets the Zuna tribe, who are the descendants of the Pyramid's builders. They speak of a great evil power that is said to rest within the Pyramid's depths. After learning of the Pyramid's history, Link passes through the Desert Temple and enters the Pyramid. After navigating it and defeating Dagtail, Link arrives at the Trident's chamber. The inscription near the stone slab states that the Trident contains an evil spirit that would fill the Trident's holder with evil power, making them worthy of the title of "King of Darkness."

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Non-Canon Appearances

Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Legend of Zelda series and should not be considered part of the overall storyline.

Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors Ganon's Fury King of Evil Trident (Boss Weak Point Smash)

Ganon wielding his King of Evil Trident against The Imprisoned during his Boss Weak Point Smash in Hyrule Warriors

In the Boss Pack DLC Challenge Mode Ganon's Fury, Ganon can summon his Trident to attack enemies with during his Weak Point Attack on Bosses and during his Focus Spirit Attack.

Hyrule Warriors Legends

Ganondorf Trident (Hyrule Warriors)

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Trident will appear as an alternate weapon moveset for Ganondorf and has a Lightning Elemental Attribute.

Weapon Levels

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Theory

Theory warning: This section contains theoretical information based on the research of one or several other users. It has not been officially verified by Nintendo and its factual accuracy is disputed.

What may be the Trident has appeared in other games in the series. In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Ganon wields a trident. Ganon also carries a trident in the noncanonical Satellaview games BS The Legend of Zelda and BS The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets. Artwork of Ganon from the original The Legend of Zelda also depicts him with a trident. It is possible that the tridents from these games may be one in the same with the Trident from Four Swords Adventures.

Additionally, in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Phantom Ganon fights with a trident. This may indicate some connection, or at least establishing his preferred weapon. In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Midna uses a trident-like weapon while in her Fused Shadow form. Most notably, she is last seen using it against a powerful Ganondorf - he is seen in his human form for the remainder of the game.

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