Puppet Ganon

First Phase

Although the Boomerang may be used in order to cut down the ropes to Puppet Ganon's tail, the common speedrun strategy (especially since the Boomerang is usually skipped) is to snipe the blue ball on his tail. In order to perform these snipes successfully, you should time your arrows based on the tail's movement. Shooting arrows when his tail starts to slow down can also be a successful strategy.

Second Phase

In this Phase you just hit his Orb intentionally. However, there is a strat you can do, which allows you to hit the Orb twice within one "phase". As soon as he falls down, you want to stand on the left side of his Orb and shoot it. After that you hold down-left on your controller and aim for the Orb while it is spinning. It can be tricky at first but you will get it down pretty quick.

Discovered by Kryptek

Third Phase

There are three possible strategies for this phase. The first is to attempt to snipe his tail, which can be achieved consistently with good timing and practice. The other strategy is to run into Puppet Ganon's head with a bomb, causing him to stop, making it easy to hit his tail with a Light Arrow. Since Puppet Ganon's movement is random, it is sometimes difficult to hit Puppet Ganon with a bomb if he does a bad movement pattern. However, the first Hit is really consistent, because the way he moves at the beginning is always 1 of 3 patterns. 2 of these patterns can do a quick snipe in the exact same way. After this first hit, you want to make him stop to perform a mid-air snipe which can be set-up by standing straight behind Puppet Ganon.

Discovered by TrogWW

Puppet Ganon Skip

Discovered by Aruki, HD specific method figured out by Gymnast86

A commonly discussed trick in The Wind Waker is the Puppet Ganon skip, a very hard and luckbased trick where you zombie hover up until you are above the entering to the final fight and rely on a bomb drop to kill a keese and spawn a heart to survive. Sounds difficult? That is because this trick is difficult.

To skip Puppet Ganon you first need to Ledge Clip out of bounds and wait for Puppet Ganon to spawn keese. After this happens you can kill two of them with the boomerang and then line up with the pillar on the right side of the room's warp pot to begin a [Zombie Hover}(http://zelda.speedruns.com/twwhd/tech/zombie-hovering). After hovering all the way up to the top of the room, you need to hope that the keese comes out of bounds with you and knocks Link into the loading zone to the Ganon fight, from here you can keep on attempting to restart your hover and dropping bombs in an attempt to kill the keese and obtain a heart.

Last updated 01/30/2018 – gymnast86