The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - Ghirahim (Sealed Grounds) Boss Guide

Ghirahim (Sealed Grounds) boss guide for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. Included are a basic overview of the boss, chapter and locations encountered, boss stats, weaknesses, rewards, attacks, and strategy to beat them.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - Ghirahim (Sealed Grounds) Boss Guide

Ghirahim (Sealed Grounds) Boss Guide

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - Ghirahim (Sealed Grounds) Boss Guide


Chapter Encountered Chapter 18: The Final Showdown
Enemy Classification Boss
Location Sealed Grounds


Title Phases Ailments Inflicted
Demon Lord 3 None
Weaknesses Rewards Difficulty
None None 5/10


Attack Details Countermeasure
Punch Throws out short range punches. Jump back
Roundhouse Kick Winds up briefly before performing a roundhouse kick. Jump back.
Guard Blocks with both arms to negate incoming damage but causes him to be pushed back. Thrust attacks to push him back.
Energy Guard Stretches his arms in various patterns with purple energy radiating from his hands. Slash at his exposed points.
Sword Slash Throws out a close-range sword attack. Time a perfect guard to stun him, dash back to avoid
Sword Waves Shoots out red energy waves from his sword. Slash in the direction of the wave to send the attack back at him, dodge to the side to avoid
Teleport Teleports behind you to perform a slash attack. Jump back or time a perfect guard.

Ghirahim (Sealed Grounds) Boss Strategy

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - Ghirahim (Sealed Grounds) Boss Guide

The general strategy for the final battle against Ghirahim is to force him to fall down to the lower platforms by pushing him to the edge. The boss’ moveset consists of punches and kicks which can be avoided by blocking or jumping back.

Attack Ghirahim to force him to block. Then, quickly throw out thrust attacks to push him back towards the edge. When he is at the edge of the platform, follow-up by with thrust attacks to throw him off to the platform below. Afterwards, jump down and perform a fatal blow.

When Ghirahim gets up, the same strategy applies, though the boss will start to stretch his arms while radiating purple energy from his hands. Observe the pattern of his arms and slash at his exposed points. When Ghirahim falls below, jump down again and do another fatal blow. Repeat this strategy until you have knocked Ghirahim to the lowest level of the area.

Ghirahim will start to use a sword when you reach the lowest level. The key to damaging him is to time your block at the last moment against his sword strikes which have relatively predictable timings and follow up with thrust attacks. He will also shoot out red sword waves which you can send back at him by slashing in the same direction as the waves. Note that Ghirahim will also try to teleport behind you so be ready with a shield bash to counter him.

After dealing enough damage to Ghirahim, he will begin using a larger sword. Despite its size, you can still interrupt him using timed shield blocks when he uses sword attacks. When he blocks with his sword, slash it at the middle depending on how he is holding it. Doing so will shatter his sword, allowing you to attack him while he is defenseless.

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