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TitleThe Great Arbiter
Game(s)The Wind Waker
Dungeon(s)Tower of the Gods
Weakness(es)Its head's and hand's eyes; Bombs, Arrows
Theme MusicFile:VsGohdanTWW.ogg

Gohdan is the guardian of the Tower of the Gods, and is the last test before the gods acknowledge Link as the True Hero in The Wind Waker.


Gohdan has few, but powerful attacks. Quite often, he tries to either push Link into the electric pits on the side of the room, or perform a clapping move to strike Link from either side. To stop this, Link must shoot at the eyes on both hands with his Bow and Arrows, disabling them temporarily. After he shoots his hands, Gohdan's eyes become vulnerable. At this point, Gohdan may attack using a series of exploding firebombs from his mouth. By shooting his eyes, Gohdan crashes to the ground, where Link must then throw a bomb into his mouth. Each time Gohdan is knocked down, his hands recover faster than before. After three blasts in his mouth, Gohdan declares Link winner, leaving him a Heart Container and granting him access to the roof of the tower, where Link rings a bell that causes a portal leading to Hyrule to open in the waves far below.

Should Link run out of arrows or bombs, Gohdan proceeds to dispense more out of his nose.

Gohdan, The Great Arbiter (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
Gohdan Figurine.png
Habitat: Tower of the Gods
Effective Weapon: Arrows
This monstrous machine was created by the gods as a trial for the great hero. You can drop it to the ground only by piercing its hands and face with arrows.
Once it has fallen, you can defeat it by immediately tossing a bomb inside it.
Oddly enough, arrows occasionally drop from its nostrils.



The final test, Gohdan
  • Gohdan's head bears some similarity to Inca and pre-Inca masks and headdresses.
  • Strangely, even after Gohdan is defeated, if Link aims his Boomerang at the eyes on his hands or on his nose, the yellow boomerang lock on will display.
  • Gohdan is the only boss in The Wind Waker that is not evil, and thus he does not explode upon his defeat: this boss simply returns to the wall it was embedded in at the beginning of the battle. This is also demonstrated by the fact that, once Link exhausts his supply of arrows or bombs, Gohdan will dispense more from its nose. Like the Thunderbird in the Great Palace in The Adventure of Link, Gohdan is a guardian placed to test the courage of potential heroes.
  • The reason Gohdan doesn't appear in Ganon's Tower is because he is not one of Ganon's minions, just a test for the true hero.
  • This boss is very similar to both Bongo Bongo from Ocarina of Time, Ramrock from Oracle of Ages, and Mazaal from The Minish Cap. Also, Gohdan's name (ゴードン) is written with a similar spelling to Ramrock's name (ゴーリガン) in Japanese.
  • Gohdan also bears similarity to numerous bosses found out of the Zelda series, both in shape and weaknesses. These bosses include Andross from the Star Fox series, Eyerok from Super Mario 64 and Wham Bam Rock and Necrodeus from the Kirby series. He also bears some similarity to the Yu-Gi-Oh! card, Jinzo.
  • Gohdan's fire-spitting sound is a rather famous stock sound effect that is heard in many films, TV programs, and other games (most famous of which is probably the Doom II end boss).
  • In the video game Neir for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, a boss by the name of Gepetto bears a great resemblance and is fought in an almost similar manner to Gohdan, including the protagonist claiming to hear about throwing bombs into its mouth. This same game also make various other references to the Zelda franchise.

Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 裁定者ゴードン The Judging One: Gōdon
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Deus Probatur Tester God (Latin)
French French-speaking countries Gordon
German Germany Quartoxuma
Italian Italy Kuznar, l'arbito Kuznar, the Arbiter

Bosses in The Legend of Zelda series

The Legend of ZeldaThe Adventure of LinkA Link to the PastLink's AwakeningOcarina of TimeMajora's MaskOracle of AgesOracle of SeasonsFour SwordsThe Wind WakerFour Swords AdventuresThe Minish CapTwilight PrincessPhantom HourglassSpirit TracksSkyward SwordA Link Between Worlds