Trident

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Trident
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Ganon with his trident
Game(s) A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
BS The Legend of Zelda
Ancient Stone Tablets
Ocarina of Time
Oracle of Seasons
Oracle of Ages
Four Swords Adventures
A Link Between Worlds
Other media A Link to the Past comic
Comparable Item(s) Fused Shadow

The trident is one of Ganon's weapons of choice. He is seen wielding one in A Link to the Past, BS The Legend of Zelda, Ancient Stone Tablets, the Oracle series, Four Swords Adventures, and A Link Between Worlds.

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.

Upon his revival in Oracle of Ages or Oracle of Seasons, Ganon wields a trident once again, using it to attack in vicious swipes. He also uses the trident to summon energy balls, as do characters such as Phantom Ganon. However, these attacks cannot be deflected.

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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 during 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 fire 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 in this game, 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.

BS The Legend of Zelda and Ancient Stone Tablets

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

Ocarina of Time

The trident reappears in Ocarina of Time, this time, wielded by Phantom Ganon. He uses it to summon energy balls and throw them at Link.

Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

When Ganon is revived in the Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons Linked Games ending, 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

Ganon with the trident in Four Swords Adventures.

In this game, 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.
Yuga Ganon attacks Link with his paintbrush trident.
[6] A Knight of Hyrule mentions that Ganon used the trident to defeat the Knights and send them into the Dark World.[7]

This game's trident is often referred to as the Trident of Power by fans, in order to differentiate it from the less powerful tridents featured in other games of the series.

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 Paintbrush 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 a 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 Paintbrush Trident is destroyed along with him.

Non-canon Appearances

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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.

Theory

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The Trident of Four Swords Adventures may have been crafted by the Interlopers, given that it shares characteristics with the Fused Shadow. Both serve as symbols of authority (one fragment of the Fused Shadow being given to the ruler of the Twili, and the Trident giving its wielder the title of "King of Darkness"), and both have been shown to mutate those who touch them (the Fused Shadow fragments turning a Deku Baba into Diababa, Darbus into Fyrus, and an unknown aquatic creature, possibly a Bombfish, into Morpheel). However, if the Trident was once an Interloper weapon, it was clearly forgotten, as neither Midna nor Zant mentions or expresses interest in it. If the Interlopers did indeed craft the Trident, it is also possible that, at least at some point, Ordona watched over it, as the other Light Spirits watched over the fragments of the Fused Shadow. If so, Ordona may have played a role in the construction of the Pyramid, and may thus be linked to the Zuna tribe somehow.

Alternately, this particular Trident may be a vessel for the dark power of Ganon's first incarnation, and possibly Demise's Sword. If it is Demise's Sword, it means that Ghirahim still exists inside the wicked weapon.

Trivia

  • According to the English translation of the Trident inscription in Four Swords Adventures, the Trident houses an "evil spirit". This quote has been re-examined however, and seems to have been mistranslated.[8][9][2]
  • Although the trident did not appear in The Legend of Zelda, official art from the time of A Link to the Past shows Ganon wielding it when he fought Link in that game. Ganon also wields it in the BS remake of the game, though it is merely cosmetic.
  • When Midna attacks with the Fused Shadow, she wields a similar pronged weapon.

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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)