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Zelda Breath of the Wild Champions’ Ballad guide: Windblight Ganon in the Illusory Realm boss fight

EX Champion Revali’s Song

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In this The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide, we’ll show you how to Windblight Ganon in the Illusory Realm to complete the EX Revali’s Song main story quest.

The Champions’ Ballad adds a new main story quest for you to take on after you’ve tamed all four Divine Beasts. The first stage of EX The Champions’ Ballad presents you with a new series of challenges on the Great Plateau. After that, you must complete a series of challenges for each of the Champions.

Getting to the fight


The earlier stages of EX Revali’s Song require you to find three shrines. Those shrines reward you with Medoh’s Emblems. Once you have all three, you can return to the Divine Beast Vah Medoh where you’ll be transported into the Illusory Realm to once again face Windblight Ganon.

Preparing for the fight

During the fight, your inventory will be basically empty. You have one feathered edge sword, three bows, 100 arrows and five bomb arrows, no shields, a set of level two snowquill armor, no meals or elixirs and only a few (raw) pieces of food. Aside from taking your armor off and fighting in your underpants or switching between bows, there’s nothing you can change.

However, if you drink an elixir or eat a meal that grants a temporary boost, that boost will carry over into the Illusory Realm. We recommend either an attack up or speed up boost. Attack up will help you end the fight sooner, while speed up lets you maneuver around the arena more quickly.

You also retain all of the powers granted when you defeat the four Divine Beasts. While there might be a lot of standing around doing nothing involved, waiting for all of the powers to recharge is a great help during this fight (especially Urbosa’s Fury).

Since your resources are limited this time around, you want to finish this fight quickly. That means you have to be very purposeful in your approach. Read through our notes below to help you prepare.

Illusory Realm: Windblight Ganon

  1. The key to this fight is riding updrafts, then using bullet time to shoot him in the face with arrows.
  2. When the fight starts, follow Windblight Ganon and watch the ground for a glowing ring — that’s where the updraft is. Try to keep track of Windblight Ganon while you do this. Ride the updraft up, then draw your bow and line up on Windblight Ganon’s face. Ideally, you’re aiming for the eye in the center of his face, but any hit on his face will work.
  3. Three shots to the face will knock Windblight Ganon down. When he falls, get to him quickly — he doesn’t stay down long. He stays down for just less than the amount of time it takes to do a full charged strike, so a (fully) charged strike isn’t really useful unless it triggers Urbosa’s Fury.
  4. When you’re out of Urbosa’s Fury, just swing away instead of charging your hits.
  5. When Windblight Ganon gets up, run to the nearest updraft and repeat the entire process.
  6. As you drain his health, Windblight Ganon will summon a few bullet-like pods, but if you focus only on running to the updraft and immediately bullet timing arrows into his face, you can largely ignore them. You can’t actually damage them anyway.
  7. Just keep repeating the process and getting to Windblight Ganon quickly when he falls, and this will be a pretty quick fight.

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