Bongo Bongo, the Phantom Shadow Beast, is a boss in OoT and resides in the Shadow Temple behind the Kakariko Graveyard. It was previously sealed away in the well, but broke out following the events leading to Ganondorf seizing power over Hyrule. As an Adult, Link arrives to witness this as Sheik attempts to stop it, but despite their efforts it breaks free. Bongo Bongo being a spirit is only fully visible via use of the Lens of Truth. And the boss battle takes place upon a large drum.
Bongo Bongo is shrouded in mystery, which has lead to a lot of theories revolving around its origins. Perhaps the most common one is that Bongo Bongo is the Man Who Could See the Truth as talked about by Shikashi. Whether the eye refers to the actual eye of the beast or the Lens of Truth is up for debate. Furthermore, it is said the man's house was located where the well now stands.
Spinning of this are a couple of other ideas. One is that Bongo Bongo was a Sheikah, as prior to Impa reopening the town it was originally inhabited by a bunch of Sheikah. Furthermore, the idea of "shadow" is often how people refer to the Sheikah, and it could explain the eye motif as well as Impa being the Sage of Shadow. It's also said Bongo Bongo could've been executed by the Royal Family (hence the hands and head). This idea is backed up by pointing out the torture devices found within the Bottom of the Well.
Moving away from the idea of a man, there's another theory stating Bongo Bongo could be the creation of Ganondorf himself. It's never said when Impa sealed him away, so it's possible he was created very recently given that the well is only sealed while Link is an adult and Bongo Bongo is never seen nor heard while in the Bottom of the Well.
Perhaps the strangest theory of the lot though involves the Twilight Realm, which wasn't featured in a game until Twilight Princess. However, the Hyrulean Civil War occurred just before OoT, and the Interlopers were a part of this according to TP. It's suggested Impa could've sealed the Interloper in the well, and that Bongo Bongo is a form it can take.
So what do we think of the character of Bongo Bongo? What about the bizarre appearance? Or how about the boss battle? What do they really mean by the eye; the lens or an actual eye? What is the origin of Bongo Bongo?
Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)
Jun 15, 12 at 2:29pm
Once you shoot him in the eye while he charges, you can see his eye. V_V Otherwise, that makes sense.
Jun 13, 12 at 12:43pm
Personally, Bongo Bongo was the hardest boss for me. It took the most attempts and I found myself returning the fairy fountain in the Sacred Forest Meadow to restock my jars in prepartion for the boss battle. The appearence consists of several characteristics similar to Queen Gohma. It definately resembles the wall and floor monsters that are scattered throughout the Shadow Temple.
I think I anticipated the boss battle too much and fell short. I always found myself losing arrows due to my novice aim. I believe that the eye of Bongo Bongo can only be seen by the lens of truth; it reveals the boss' true weakness. As far as the origin, it could have originated from Queen Gohma. The wall mosters could have descended from Bongo Bongo?
AHH! The list goes on and on!
Jun 06, 12 at 1:10pm
They were easy, yes (in the normal game anyway), but they looked good and had some pretty cool attacks. And some of the later bosses (after pulling the Master Sword) were interesting as well. What happened to Phantom Ganon after Ganondorf banished him? Who were Koume and Kotake besides Ganondorf's surrogate parents? And, of course, the question that this thread came to answer; what is Bongo Bongo?
Jun 04, 12 at 12:50pm
God, Phantom Ganon was easy.I am Pretty sure most of the bosses are Really, Realy Easy
Jun 01, 12 at 2:42pm
i thought phantom ganon was one of the harder bosses, well that's probably because in the original it took me ages to figure out you had to hit his shots back at him
Jun 01, 12 at 10:51am
I'd say Phantom Ganon is the easiest boss out there. Shoot paintings, play tennis, finish him off.
Same deal with Ganondorf except for the lack of paintings and can take more damage.
May 31, 12 at 5:25pm
I'd say Morpha and Volvagia are easier than Bongo Bongo myself. Morpha you can corner if you use the Longshot correctly and defeat it incredibly quickly, while Volvagia the mix of Megaton Hammer and Arrows. For Bongo Bongo though you need to learn the timing of when to strike for the eye, which I just haven't achieved yet. Probably just a lack of experience on my part.
May 31, 12 at 5:23pm
nopomalo, I'd like to see your times in the boss rush thread.
I'm pretty proud of my times, but Twinrova is horrible. It's all about luck, if she throws out the right element. Sometimes she does fire, ice, ice, ice, ice, fire.
That knocks a lot of time off.
May 31, 12 at 4:08pm
Still though, very easy. Easier than morpha, Volvagia... the list goes on... Ghoma altough, I can do in 24 seconds \ Ganon is easy, even with no magic. Even his SECOND PHASE is soooo easy.Beat it in 5 minutes, tops.
May 31, 12 at 5:51am
Anyone can feel free to bump up the thread if they have a time to add or strategy to discuss. I might even get my copy out and see how I go shaving my times down.
As for Bongo Bongo that'll be a laugh; hardest boss for me.
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