Demise's artwork from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Series The Legend of Zelda
First game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
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Demise, also known as The Imprisoned in his sealed form, is the eponymous demon king of the Legend of Zelda series. He is the master of Demon Lord Ghirahim, and also the primal god of all evil in the entire Legend of Zelda universe. He would in later games be reincarnated as Ganondorf, and sought out to get the Triforce and conquer the world. He serves as the final boss of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.


Long before the events of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Demise led a hoard of monsters through the earth and led a conquest for the Triforce. Soon after the invasion began however, he was defeated by the goddess Hylia, and was sealed in the Sacred Realm.

Years later and during the events of the game, he attempts to escape in the form of The Imprisoned. However, he is repelled by the combined strength of Link and Groose.

Eventually, Link gets the Triforce, and defeats Demise for good.

Demise's curse

Later, His faithful servant, Ghirahim, forces Zelda to come back in time with the Gate of Time. There he begins a ritual to revive Demise. However, Link shows up and finishes Ghirahim, but he is too late to stop Demise. Demise begins to suck up Zelda's soul, but he notices Link and duels him to the death. To his great surprise, Link defeats him, and with his dying breath, he lays the following curse on Link and Zelda:

"Extraordinary. You stand as a paragon of your kind, human. You fight like no human or demon I have ever known. Though this is not the end. My hate... never perishes. It is born anew in a cycle with no end! I will rise again. Those like you... Those who share the blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero... They are eternally bound to this curse. An incarnation of my hatred shall ever follow your kind, dooming them to wander a blood-soaked sea of darkness for all time!"

After Demise's death, he is locked in the Master Sword for all eternity.

In Game description

Skyward Sword

This eternal being has conquered time itself. It is the source of all monsters. According to tales passed down through generations, it appears differently in each epoch and to each person who lays eyes on it.

It is clear that Skyward Strikes cannot be called down to your sword because this place is under the magical influence of Demise. Attacks using Skyward Strike energy will not be possible here.

It is highly probable that the only weapon capable of wounding Demise is the Master Sword itself. No other weapon can affect it.

The probability that a single, standard attack of yours will injure Demise, Master, is exactly 0%.

A series of attacks that can overwhelm Demise's guard is required, such as repeated slashing from various angles.

Results from my analysis confirm that the time to strike Demise is when he holds his sword aloft.

However, vigilance is required. Any attack falling near Demise's sword has a 100% chance of being blocked.

I need more time to complete my analysis of Demise. In a few moments, use Z to lock on to Demise and then call me with Down. I will report my findings then.

(During second phase)

I can confirm it is possible for Demise to store the electrical energy of a lightning strike in his sword and use it to his advantage. Master, should your sword come into contact with Demise's sword once it has electrified, you will receive a painful shock. It is essential that you time your attacks carefully. Very carefully.

Master, I see no reason why you cannot make use of the lightning strikes the same way Demise does.

It is possible to store lightning in the Master Sword by raising your sword in the air as if you were readying a Skyward Strike. When lightning strikes in the distance and the sky lights up, quickly raise your sword skyward to call down the lightning. However, be aware that while you are attempting to be struck by lightning, you will be leaving yourself open to Demise's attacks. -Fi

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U


Demise possess a trophy in the Wii U version.

SSBU Demise Trophy

The Trophy of Demise as seen in the Wii U version

  • NA: This monster, hair like a billowing flame and a giant blade in hand, is so terrifying that he is known simply by the result of his actions. Sealed away by the goddess Hylia during an ancient war for the Triforce, he awakes a thousand years later to fight Link in a battle that will truly be legendary
  • EU: This abomination has hair of scorching flames and a blade as black as night. He doesn't even have a name as such - instead, he's known by the destruction he brings. In an ancient war for the Triforce, he was sealed away by the goddess Hylia. However, he has now awoken from 1,000 years of slumber, ready to battle again.



  • Despite elsewhere referring to Demise as a man, Fi calls Demise an "it" while describing him to Link.