Trident

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Trident
FSA Trident Of Power.png
The Trident from Four Swords Adventures
Game(s) A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
Ocarina of Time
Oracle of Seasons
Oracle of Ages
Four Swords Adventures
A Link Between Worlds
Other media BS The Legend of Zelda
Ancient Stone Tablets
A Link to the Past comic
Hyrule Warriors
Comparable Item(s) Fused Shadow

The Trident is one of Ganon's weapons of choice throughout several titles in The Legend of Zelda series.

Four Swords Adventures features a much stronger version, which according to Hyrule Historia has not made an appearance in another game. The Trident is held in the Pyramid level, and has an inscription nearby. The inscription would mean that this trident is the exact opposite of the Master Sword. The Master Sword being the ultimate light weapon while the Trident is the ultimate dark weapon.[1][2] Ganon uses the Trident to fire a flurry of bolts; when hit, Link is transported to the Dark World. Secondly when Ganon throws it, the Trident leaves a trail of blue fire in its path.

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Appearances

A Link to the Past

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Image from the A Link to the Past Player's Guide of Ganon with his Trident from The Legend of Zelda

The Trident makes its first appearance in A Link to the Past, where Ganon uses it in the first stage of his boss battle. He will spin it and toss it at Link while sending Blazing Bats after him. After a certain point, Ganon will abandon this tactic and use his secret technique of Darkness in lieu of the Trident.[3]

Link's Awakening

Although a Trident-wielding Ganon does not appear anywhere in Link's Awakening, the final boss will take Ganon's form and attack Link by throwing a Trident at him in a similar fashion to how Ganon attacked in A Link to the Past.

Ocarina of Time

The Trident reappears in Ocarina of Time, wielded by Phantom Ganon, who uses it to summon energy balls and throw them at Link.

Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

When Ganon is revived in the Linked Game ending for either Oracle of Ages or Oracle of Seasons, he uses the Trident to battle Link. He either attacks with a vicious direct swipe or a flurry of energy balls. Most of these attacks can be dodged using the Roc's Feather or Roc's Cape.

Four Swords Adventures

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In Four Swords Adventures, Ganondorf found the Trident when he broke Gerudo law and entered the Pyramid across the Desert of Doubt.[4] Inside, he found it underneath an inscription that promised its wielder the power to become the King of Darkness.[1] Ganon uses this Trident during the final battle, where his attacks include throwing the Trident with a trail of blue fire, and shooting a flurry of lightning bolts that send the Links into the Dark World.

Ganon believes that his Trident will grant him the power to destroy the Links, threatening to skewer them on it.[5] Princess Zelda recognizes the Trident and refers to Ganon as the "ancient demon reborn" because he wields it.[6]

Yuga Ganon attacking Link with his Trident

A Knight of Hyrule mentions that Ganon used the Trident to defeat the Knights and send them into the Dark World.[7]

A Link Between Worlds

When Ganon and Yuga join together, they wield a golden weapon that is a combination of Ganon's Trident, and Yuga's magical paintbrush staff. Yuga Ganon uses this Trident in order to combat Link at the end of the game until he absorbs the Triforce of Wisdom and begins using magic instead. The Trident is infused with dark power and is also used as a throwing weapon once more, but also retains Yuga's paintbrush staffs ability to transform other beings into paintings. After Yuga Ganon is defeated, the Trident is destroyed along with him.

Other Appearances

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BS The Legend of Zelda

In BS The Legend of Zelda, Ganon fights similarly to how he fought in the original The Legend of Zelda, by turning invisible and shooting fireballs. As such, the Trident is merely cosmetic and not actually used in combat.

Ancient Stone Tablets

In Ancient Stone Tablets, he uses it just as he does in A Link to the Past.

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A Link to the Past Comic

In the A Link to the Past comic, Ganon is seen wielding his Trident in the final battle. At first, Ganon's trident easily overpowers Link, and the young hero even gets stuck in between it, rendering him incapable of moving. After Link and Zelda defeat Ganon, Link is seen holding the Trident in his hand as the Triforce asks him to make his wish.

Hyrule Warriors Series

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Ganondorf wielding the Thief's Trident in Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors Boss pack DLC, the Dark Beast Ganon himself can wield his Trident when activating his Focus Spirit to expose enemies Weak Point gauge as well as performing a Weak Point Smash. This Trident is identical to Ganondorf's King of Evil Trident.

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Trident appears as a Weapon for Ganondorf. Like other Weapons in Hyrule Warriors Legends, it can be transferred to the original Hyrule Warriors. The Thief's Trident appears as the first form of the Weapon while the King of Evil Trident (which resembles Yuga Ganon's Trident) is the second form. The Trident of Demise is the third and most powerful form of the Trident.

Weapon Power
Weapon Number of Stars
0 1 2 3 4 5
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Thief's Trident
80 88 96 104 112 120
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King of Evil Trident
150 165 180 195 210 225
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Trident of Demise
280 308 336 364 392 420

Trivia

  • According to the English translation of the Trident inscription in Four Swords Adventures, the Trident houses an "evil spirit." This quote seems to be mistranslated, however, instead simply being known as an "evil tool of demons."[2][8][9]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "We grant you power to ruin the world. The power of darkness. Evil spirit of magic trident. You are the King of Darkness." — Inscription (Four Swords Adventures)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Trident: An evil weapon born of darkness that slumbers within the pyramid. It is said that no one who enters the pyramid returns alive. [...] "Does your soul cry for destruction and conquest? We grant you the power to ruin the world."" (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 119)
  3. "You are doing well, lad. But can you break through this secret technique of Darkness? En garde!" — Ganon (A Link to the Past)
  4. "Curse that Ganondorf! He broke our laws and left for the pyramid...I don't know what he plans, but I am worried..." — Gerudo (Four Swords Adventures)
  5. "Gwah haa haaaa! Weaklings! Incompetent fools! You so-called heroes do not stand even a gnat's chance of harming me! Even if you worms attack in a group, I will skewer the lot of you on my mighty trident!!" — Ganon (Four Swords Adventures)
  6. "King of Darkness, ancient demon reborn. The wielder of the trident!!" — Princess Zelda (Four Swords Adventures)
  7. "Hear now the doom of the knights. We were bested by a foe with a mighty weapon. He cast us into the Dark World, where we and the jewels were lost in shadow." — Red Knight (Four Swords Adventures)
  8. "Evil spirit of magic trident." — Trident inscription (Four Swords Adventures)
  9. "アンコク カラ ウミオトサレシ マ ノ ジャキ トライデント (Born from darkness, the evil tool of demons, the trident.)" — Trident inscription (Four Swords Adventures -- Japanese version)