The final battle in A Link to the Past is one the most classic final bosses in the entire Zelda series. Ganon finally reveals himself, and Link fulfills his destiny as the Legendary Hero and defeats him once and for all, claiming the Triforce as his own. Today’s choice for Fanart Friday by loboborges of DeviantArt depicts this epic battle in full, perfectly capturing the atmosphere and essence of the final fight.

As a six-year-old when the game came out, I was enthralled by the world of A Link to the Past and the challenges it presented. A Link to the Past was the first Zelda game I owned for myself and it holds a very special place in my heart, along with some of my most cherished childhood memories. The final battle epitomized the challenge of the game for me, and this painting by loboborges perfectly depicts the battle as I remember it, which is why it is my pick for today’s Fanart Friday.

  • Ryan Haney

    This picture looks like it could be in the Manual or Walkthrough books.
    I have a question about Ganon’s reveal in the game: Was Agahnim possessed by Ganon, or Ganon is disguise?

    • Vladislak

      That’s been debated back and forth before. Here’s my two cents though:

      In the English translation the maidens seem to think he’s Ganon’s pawn, but Ganon himself refers to Agahnim as his alter ego.

      I tend to think the later is true, as Ganon is in a much better position to know the truth of the matter.

      Furthermore, the original Japanese has Ganon use the word “bunshin”, which is like a copy or ones other self.

      This is the same word used for the final big poe in the Forest Temple of OoT when it splits into multiple copies of itself.

    • Ryan Haynes

      I think Agahnim is the same as Phantom Ganon, A phantom split from itself.

  • Powerfreak

    Well this also isn’t the only game in which Agahnim appears in a Zelda game. Agahnim also makes an appearance in Oracle of Seasons as a mini boss in the fourth temple of the game, a.k.a the dancing dragons dungeon. Although he may not present any story towards the game that is still him there. Also, Ganon makes an appearance in the Oracle games as well but only at the end of Oracle of Seasons. So I don’t believe that Agahnim and Ganon are the same entity although I do believe that Agahnim follows Ganon a lot like Zant does in Twilight Princess.

    • Ryan Haynes

      It’s a different thing from Agahnim, Agunima. In japan their names were Agunimu and Agunima, respectively.