The Shadow Nightmares are the main antagonist(s) in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (1993) and use mainly the forms and attack behaviours of other bosses and antagonists from previous Zelda games, including Ganon from A Link to the Past.

These Nightmares did not return in any other Legend of Zelda games so far. 


Shadow Nightmares from the Legend of Zelda Games: an Overview

Charactername: Shadow Nightmares   Developed /Created by Nintendo 
Gameseries:  The Legend of Zelda   First seen on: Game Boy 
First Game:  The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening   Year first seen:  1993
Last Game:  “”   Birthplace:  
Role(s) and Characteristics:  Boss, Main Antagonist      
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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Shadow Nightmares from The Legend of Zelda




Shadow Nightmares in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

The Shadow Nightmares were drawn twice so far for our big Legend of Zelda Bestiary Tribute, the Link’s Blacklist!


Selected Fan Art of the Shadow Nightmares




Updates in the Video Game Character Database entry and game art gallery of the Shadow Nightmares

03.04.2018 – Creation of the Shadow Nightmares Gallery and DB Entry