This article is about Ganondorf's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Ganondorf.
His new design matches his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time! Now he uses his sword for all of his smash attacks. He's a bit slimmer than he was before, but his Warlock Punch is devastating! For his Final Smash he transforms into Ganon, the Demon King and quickly charges forward.
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Ganondorf is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He was confirmed during Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation.

When unlocked, he is fought at Bridge of Eldin.



  • Extreme damage and knockback.
  • Extreme weight.


  • Sword attacks are relatively slow and predictable.
  • Poor recovery options.


Changes from SSBWU/3DS


  • Ganondorf's design has been updated to match his appearance in Ocarina of Time, as it was in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Ground Attacks

  • All of Ganondorf's Smash attacks have been changed to now have him utilize his sword.
  • Up tilt comes out faster.

Aerial Attacks

  • All of Ganondorf's aerials have less ending lag.
  • Up air coves less horizontal distance.

Grabs and Throws

Special Attacks


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack: Ganondorf strikes forth with one hand.
  • Forward Tilt: Ganondorf performs a push kick.
  • Up Tilt (Volcano Kick): Ganondorf raises one leg, and then after some time slams his leg down to the ground, causing an explosion; has windboxes that pull nearby opponents in range of the kick.
  • Down Tilt (Leg Sweep): Ganondorf kicks low to the ground.
  • Dash Attack: Ganondorf rams forth with his shoulder.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Ganondorf raises his sword and then brings it down until it impacts with the ground in front of him.
  • Up Smash: Ganondorf swings his sword above him in an arc.
  • Down Smash: Ganondorf slam the hilt of the sword forwards across the ground, and then slams backwards with the blade of the sword.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front):
  • Floor Attack (Back):
  • Floor Attack (Trip):
  • Ledge Attack:

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Ganondorf kicks forwards twice.
  • Forward aerial: Ganondorf raises his fist and then brings it down in front of himself.
  • Back aerial: Ganondorf strikes behind himself with one arm.
  • Up aerial: Ganondorf kicks overhead.
  • Down aerial: Ganondorf powerfully stomps downwards with both legs.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Ganondorf throws a knee into the opponent.
  • Forward Throw: Ganondorf punches the opponent.
  • Back Throw: Ganondorf tosses the opponent back and then kicks them away.
  • Up Throw: Ganondorf hurls the opponent upwards.
  • Down Throw: Ganondorf slams the opponent into the ground.

Special Moves

Ganondorf's Special Moves
Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Warlock Punch
Side Special Gerudo Dragon Flame Choke
Up Special Dark Dive
Down Special Wizard's Foot
Final Smash Beast Ganon</noinclude>


  • Up Taunt: Levitates slightly while curling up into a ball and spinning around, then laughs wickedly as he un-curls himself.
  • Down Taunt: Pulls out his sword and looks at it briefly as a shimmer of light runs across it. Dark energy emanates from its tip when the shimmer reaches the end.
  • Side Taunt: Ganondorf smacks his fist into his palm several times. Electricity crackles between his hands.

On-Screen Appearance

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

  • Flips his cape and makes a victory fist.
  • While crossing his arms, he laughs, then looks down at the camera.
  • Hovers in the air for a bit, pumps his fists and raises his hand forward.

In competitive play

To be added

Classic Mode: Encroaching Darkness

Ganondorf fights against the heroes of various series.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Mario and Luigi New Donk City Hall Underground Moon Caverns
2 Fox and Falco Lylat Cruise Return to Corneria - Star Fox Zero
3 Shulk Gaur Plain Time to Fight! - Xenoblade Chronicles
4 Marth, Ike, and Roy Coliseum Lords-Showdown
5 Palutena and Pit Skyworld Destroyed Skyworld
6 Zelda and Link Great Plateau Tower Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)

Master Hand/Crazy Hand (7.0 or higher intensity)

Crazy Hand teams up with Master Hand on Intensity 7.0 or higher.

Role in World of Light

Although Ganondorf does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the other fighters (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Ganondorf was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. He is unlocked in the Sacred Realm in the Dark Realm on top of the land which makes up the Triforce of Power. This land can only be accessed after interacting with the Master Sword (just after the Cloud unlock). Unlocking Ganondorf will briefly reveal the Triforce of Power in the center of the map before disappearing to reveal Ganon's castle and his boss fight.


Palette Swaps

800px-Ganondorf Palette (SSBU)


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