How to Beat Galeem & Dharkon in Smash Bros Ultimate
Super Smash Bros Ultimate has a brand new Adventure Mode called World of Light, tasking players with trekking across a giant world map while fighting spirits and bosses. Two of these bosses are Galeem and Dharkon, the main antagonists of Smash Bros Ultimate, and bosses that you’ll fight multiple times in World of Light. Here’s how to beat Galeem and Dharkon in Smash Bros Ultimate.
How to Beat Galeem
Galeem is the giant angel-winged boss you’ve seen in trailers for the game, and it’s the first of the two that you’ll come up against in World of Light. You’ll be able to choose any character you want to fight the battle, as long as you’ve already Awakened them, of course.
As a note before we get into the battle, if you have any spirits with the Autoheal skill it’s absolutely recommended you equip them. In our playthrough, we found two Spirits with the skill, Celebi and Elise, but you can also obtain these by chance on the Spirit Board.
If you don’t have Autoheal, equip your strongest Primary Spirit, and boost up your Air Attack and Shield Endurance.
When the battle starts, Galeem is the giant glowing orb on the top right of the screen. This is a very aerial-based battle, so it’s a good idea to bring a character that performs well in the air and can dodge quickly.
You’ll need to follow Galeem around the level as the orb moves and attack it, but it’s very important to try and dodge the boss’ attacks as well. The fight is a bit longer than the typical boss, so you’ll want to keep your damage as low as possible.
Keep trying to slip in attacks, but when the boss launches attacks of its own, don’t be afraid to back off. Here’s a few of its attacks to watch out for.
When Galeem charges and purple lines appear on the screen, dodge out of the way into a spot that doesn’t have a purple line, as moments later the lines will illuminate and cause damage. When it splits into three orbs, be ready to dodge, as the boss will launch waves of fireballs directly at you.
At some point, the boss may ready spears at the top of the screen which will shoot straight down, so try and get out of their line of fire. One of the main attacks you’ll see involves Galeem making blue orbs appear.
These orbs will fire off giant blasts horizontally and vertically after about six seconds, so look at their placement and try to find a spot that’ll be safe. This can be hard to dodge, but try your best.
One of the few attacks remaining to Galeem sees it shoot out two orbs that release giant shockwaves. The only way to dodge this is to time your dodge perfectly to move around the shockwave as it hits you, as the attack will literally take up the entire stage.
This is definitely Galeem’s hardest attack to dodge and is where you’ll probably end up soaking up the most damage. Just continue to focus on dodging these myriad attacks, and slip in your own wherever you can.
At certain points, Galeem will get stunned just like the other bosses in Smash Bros Ultimate, so when you hear that noise, head directly to the middle of the bottom of the stage, which is where the orb will fall. Unleash your strongest attacks on it while you have the chance.
Finally, Galeem has an attack where it’ll make the entire screen shine and then white waves will appear moving up and down. These waves damage you if they hit you, so use the platforms to move up and down and avoid the waves.
Continue to dodge attacks and plug away with your own and eventually Galeem will go down.
How to Beat Dharkon
In terms of preparing for the battle with Dharkon, the same ideas apply as they did with Galeem. Equip your strongest Primary, and then something with Autoheal, or boost your Air Attack and Shield Endurance if you don’t have heal.
Dharkon is actually quite similar to Galeem. It takes the same orb-like form and plays out on the same battlefield, but its attacks differ slightly.
At times, two portals will appear at a slant on the sides of the battlefield. Moments later, two giant tentacles will tear through and cause major damage if they hit you. Dodge and crouch to avoid these.
When Dharkon bunches up and pulls to one side, it’s getting ready to shoot a bunch of beams at you. You can dodge these fairly easily, but you’re also able to soak up most of the damage with your shield, just make sure not to let it break.
Dharkon also has an attack where it makes three orbs appear, but instead of shooting out horizontally and vertically, the blasts now shoot out in an X shape. The same concept with Galeem applies, just find a spot on the platforms that’ll be safe from the blast.
Also, similarly to Galeem, Dharkon will make purple waves appear on the screen, so once again use the platforms to avoid them. If Dharkon gets stunned, head to the bottom middle and unleash some pain on it.
This entire fight has the same concept as Galeem’s fight, you just need to learn how to dodge the boss’ new moves. Remember to not focus on attacking when the boss is launching its own attack, and instead focus on dodging.
Fighting Both Bosses
That’s right, by the end of Smash Bros Ultimate you’ll have to fight both Dharkon and Galeem at the same time, making for the ultimate challenge. Before you get to this battle, you’ll need to know how to get the true ending, which we have a handy guide to help with.
The bosses use the exact same attacks that they do in their own fights, they’ll just launch them together oftentimes. Remember how you dodged each attack in the previous fights and do your best to dodge everything.
There are two key differences to this final fight in Smash Bros Ultimate. When one of the bosses gets stunned, don’t go attacking it. Instead, focus on hitting the other boss thats still up. If you go attack the stunned boss, the other one will ready a massive explosion attack to hit right where you are, so it’s a much better idea to just leave the stunned boss and refocus your efforts.
You also want to try and deplete the health of both bosses equally, instead of focusing on one. This is because the boss you kill first will unleash a massive explosion attack that takes up most of the platform, and is very very hard to dodge. You’ll most likely end up taking damage, so if you have a boss with a full health bar left, you might have a hard time.
The good news, however, is that the whole final segment of the game lets you bring three characters, so if one dies you still have a shot. Just keep using all of the strategies we’ve mentioned and get in as many attacks as you can, and eventually, you’ll come out victorious.
Now, kick back, relax, and enjoy the final cutscene and credits.
That’s all you need to know about how to beat Galeem and Dharkon in Smash Bros Ultimate. For even more tips and guides on the game, make sure to check out our Super Smash Bros Ultimate wiki.
It’s filled with guides on how to unlock all characters, what the install size is, how to play as new characters such as Ridley, Incineroar, and Inkling, as well as how to get spirit points, how to level up spirits and how many spirits there are.