Top 5 Bosses from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Hey everyone, we’ve got something a little special for you today. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time stands as one of the most memorable games of the 90’s era, and our video editor “Ebby” took a crack at writing his own script about his top five bosses of the game.

The script and the video that resulted from that effort are below. We hope you enjoy it! Be sure to follow the blog for more content like this.

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Hello everyone, this is Ebby of The Demented Ferrets. This will be a Top 5 list of my personal favorite Bosses from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. Please note that these are simply my opinions, and I do not speak for anyone else.

#5. Queen Gohma

This armor-plated monstrosity towers above Link as a child. When I first encountered this boss many years ago, I had little-to-no idea what to expect until I saw its eye. I knew its eye was the obvious weak-point, but hitting it didn’t seem to do anything until it climbed to the ceiling. Once I saw its eye turn red, however, it was then I knew when to hit the weak point. I generally prefer to not use consumable items unless absolutely necessary (thank you OCD), so aside from the Slingshot, I didn’t want to use anything other than what I needed to win at the time. The figure, pose, and design of this first boss, along with the surrounding atmosphere has made a lasting impression on many, if not all, who have played this game.

#4. Volvagia

The end of the second Fire-themed temple of the game thrusts Link into battling the Subterranean Lava Dragon itself. This boss was a lot of fun for me when I fought it for the first time, and every time since. I love dragons, and this one was especially fun, even if it’s a glorified version of Whack-a-mole. It was only after I had read the manga that it really tugged on the heartstrings and I haven’t been able to see an image of the poor dragon, let alone fight it, without hearing it call Link’s name with its dying breath in my head ever since.

#3. Dark Link

While technically a mini-boss, Dark Link can prove more challenging to some than the proper bosses themselves. Personally, I never really had too much trouble with Dark Link over the decades, even when playing for the first time. But now and again, I like to try different ways of defeating him using different weapon and item combinations. The concept is wonderful. Facing and overcoming your dark self is quite interesting, and I don’t think I’ve run across one that actually mirrors your attacks to such a degree. By the time I encounter Dark Link, I usually have the Biggoron’s Sword with me, so a simple forward thrust attack is enough to bypass his defenses and damage him.

#2. Bongo-Bongo

The boss of the Shadow Temple is my second favorite enemy design of the game. The Shadow Temple as a whole enraptured me when I was young and when I got to the boss, I wasn’t prepared for what I faced. I had no idea that arrows damaged him until after my first death. While my OCD tells me not to use items, you kinda have to in order to fight this boss (at least with the clunky controller I have). The tortured design of this creature simultaneously drew me in and repelled me when I first saw it. Since then, I’ve only grown to love the sickeningly beautiful design more.

#1. Ganon

The nearly pitch-black atmosphere with only the illumination from the beast’s eyes and blades were the only real signs of its location, when I first did battle with this hulking creature. With the lightning only occasionally showing this black monster’s features, it was rather difficult at the time to fight this boss back in the day (especially with the old tv we had back in the 1990’s). Nowadays, it’s much easier to see its features, but back then? I might as well have been playing blindfolded. It was only after turning off all the lights (which everyone else always left on…) that I was able to see the screen well enough to fight. For days after I finally beat it for the first time, I replayed this boss again and again to test it out.

I used to be good at this game before my dyspraxia took full effect, but I was once able to fight Ganon using only a bottle while wearing the Iron Boots for the added challenge. Ah, the good ole’ days… I don’t remember if I tried the fishing rod against him or not… oh well. At any rate, the final boss of Ocarina of Time has embedded itself in my memory as not only a worthy adversary, but also as a visual icon (now that I can see him properly, thanks to improved technology). This boss will likely always be my favorite of Ocarina of Time for its design, brute force, hulking frame, and the ability to make children scream in terror. 

While you may not agree with this list, nor my reasons (if one can really call these reasons), these are merely my opinions. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of my favorite games and I hope this helps you to check the game out, if you haven’t already.

You can find my play through of Ocarina of Time here, so feel free to watch me fail miserably, with near constant interruptions by my three (very) needy cats.

This has been Ebby of “The Demented Ferrets”, where stupidity is at its finest and level grinds are par for the course. Until next time… if you enjoyed this content, feel free to check out our Patreon page and consider subscribing! We’d all greatly appreciate it.

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