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Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus boss battle guide — Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

How to defeat the boss of the Sandship

The Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Image: Nintendo via Polygon

The sixth boss battle in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is against a massive sea beast called the Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus. This monster smashes through the Sandship before you fight it on the deck.

Polygon’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus boss battle guide explains what the boss does in its two phases. We’ll give you tips, tricks, and tactics to defeat your opponent by explaining its attacks, movement patterns, and how to counter the Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus’s abilities.


Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus, Phase 1

In the monster’s first phase, use Skyward Strikes to slash its tentacles before the boss makes itself vulnerable.

A large tentacle in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Run around and Skyward Strike its tentcales
Image: Nintendo via Polygon

Throughout the first phase of the Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus boss battle, the creature sends multiple tentacles through the floor. Charge up a Skyward Strike and run along the deck and horizontally slash at the arms to cut them. Keep moving so you don’t get grabbed by a tentacle.

After hitting a few of them, the boss emerges from the water to perform an overhead strike.

The Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Shoot it in the eye
Image: Nintendo via Polygon

Dodge the slow attack and, while the boss is recovering, take out your bow and shoot Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus in the eye, which causes it to drop its head onto the deck. Run between its hair-like tentacles, and repeatedly slash its eye.

Repeat this process a few times before the next phase.


Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus, Phase 2

Before the start of the second phase of the boss battle, Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus slams the deck. This tantrum causes the deck to fall apart and knocks a box from a platform above you down onto the deck. Climb the box, and head to the higher area.

The Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus boss battle from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Slash at these snake tentacles
Image: Nintendo via Polygon

As the second phase begins, the boss sends out snake-like tentacles at you. Slash at these normally until the boss roars and temporarily stops attacking. Take this opportunity to shoot its eye.

Once again, the boss will drop its head onto the ship. Run between its hair-like tentacles and repeatedly slash at its eye.

Repeat this process until you’ve defeated the Abyssal Leviathan Tentalus.