- "An impressive-looking blade... But nothing more. Would you hear my desire? To take this foul blade... and use it to blot out the light forever!"
- — Ganondorf
The Sword of the Six Sages is a recurrent sword in The Legend of Zelda series. Originally belonging to the Ancient Sages, it is wielded by Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and cannot be used by Link. Ganondorf carries this around in a scabbard, holding it in the same manner as a cane or a staff, and uses it in combat against Link during the final battle. Ganondorf also refers to it as a "foul blade", proclaiming that while he wields it, he does so in disgust, and detests how the blade was used in an attempt to kill him. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Link can wield it by using the amiibo Rune with the Ganondorf amiibo.
The Sword of the Six Sages is a two-handed totally white sword. Its guard is ornately crafted and shaped, and the handle has distinct ridges, to provide its wielder with a stronger grip. Ganondorf is seen with a scabbard for the sword, but it is considerably cruder in design and is wrapped in bandages. The Sage of Water was able to levitate it by thought alone, as shown in his botched execution of Ganondorf. Ganondorf can freely switch between using one hand or two in battle, presumably by virtue of his unnatural strength.
In Breath of the Wild, it is stated that the sword is a holy weapon crafted by the Ancient Sages to seal a demon king, implying that it was created to not only wound Ganondorf, but to also seal him presumably to prevent him from being revived or reincarnated. Its holy nature also explains Ganondorf's referring it a foul blade as holy power would be foul to someone as evil as him and due to the wound it inflicted upon him that never healed. However unlike the Master Sword, the blade's holy power is not enough to deter Ganondorf from wielding it and only managed to wound him, indicating its holy power is weaker than the Master Sword which was forged from the Goddess Sword crafted by the Goddess Hylia and is imbued with the power of the three Sacred Flames. However as it is a holy weapon, it is not effected by the Master Sword's power to repel evil even when wielded by the evil Ganondorf. Although holy in nature, it can be used to eliminate light if wielded by evil men, which is implied by Ganondorf's declaration that he intended to use the sword to blot out the light forever as his "desire", with the sky becoming dark after drawing his blade.
Prior to Zant's invasion of Hyrule, the Ancient Sages sentenced the Gerudo king, Ganondorf, to death on the count of treason following Link's return from the future Imprisoning War. The Sage of Water used the sword to impale him while he was chained to a rock in the Mirror Chamber at the top of the Arbiter's Grounds. This execution attempt proved unsuccessful, however, and Ganondorf emerged alive, strongly implied to be holding the Triforce of Power and using it to survive. He broke free of the chains binding him, killed the Sage of Water, and pulled the sword from his torso. The sword left only a large, glowing wound in its place. The sword was sent into the Twilight Realm along with Ganondorf. At some point, he acquired a scabbard for it and took to carrying it as a trophy from his slaying of the Sage of Water.
This wound would later prove to be disastrous for Ganondorf upon his return to Hyrule, as Link realizes that the wound is his weak point, and defeats him by repeatedly attacking the wound in wolf form during one of the final battles against Ganondorf in his beast form, and later finishes off Ganondorf for good in their final duel by running Ganondorf through the wound with the Master Sword. Upon Ganondorf's final defeat, the glowing wound on his chest fades away. The reason for this is unknown; it is however likely that since it is a magical wound, once he dies, it stops affecting his body.
- "The Six Sages are said to have forged this longsword to seal a demon king in the world where the hero fought against the beasts of twilight. The blade shines with a holy luster."
- — In-game description
In Breath of the Wild, the Sword of the Six Sages is a two handed sword which Link can acquire if the amiibo Rune is used with the Ganondorf amiibo of the Super Smash Bros. series. The treasure chest containing Sword of the Six Sages will only start to appear after Link has completed and freed one of the Divine Beasts, thus it will not randomly spawn until Link has completed at least one of the Divine Beast dungeons.
This marks the first time in The Legend of Zelda series that Link can actually wield the blade himself. It has a base attack power of 48 and a base durability of 50, these stats may change with a weapon bonus. Its in-game description implies that it is a holy sword that was originally forged by the Ancient Six Sages to execute and seal Ganon.
Ganondorf is also seen with the blade in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, he only uses it as a taunt, and not in combat.
Ganondorf once again uses the Sword of the Six Sages for his taunt in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. He also utilizes in one of his alternate versions of Warlock Punch. It is a strong attack with a large amount of start up lag however it has more range than the standard Warlock Punch. If Ganondorf fails to hit with the tip of the blade then it will deal less damage than a normal Warlock Punch.