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A Boulder from Breath of the Wild

Boulders,[1][2] also known as Rocks,(TLoZ)[3] and Huge Rocks,(TWW)[4] are recurring traps in The Legend of Zelda series.

The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment

The Legend of Zelda


These rocks crumble off Death Mountain and fall down to attack Link. He can't destroy these natural nuisances.


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Boulders are rocks that fall in random patterns when Link is traveling through certain mountainous regions of Hyrule, commonly appearing on Death Mountain. They can often be hard to predict and will inflict damage on Link if he comes in contact with them.

Boulders first appeared as rocks in The Legend of Zelda. These boulders fall from of Death Mountain. In A Link to the Past, they appear on the lower western region of Death Mountain in the Light World. They are much larger and able to cause a whole Heart of damage. It is easier to travel further up the mountain by travelling through the caves to avoid them. Boulders also appear similar to their original appearance in Link's Awakening on the east of Tal Tal Mountain Range, and Oracle of Ages on the Restoration Wall. In Ocarina of Time, they also appear on Death Mountain, but instead of bouncing down the mountain, they roll down it once Link has become an adult. Boulders also appear in Gerudo Valley and certain dungeons. Sometimes they roll around areas such as Ganon's Castle. In Majora's Mask, they behave like they do in Ocarina of Time when climbing the Stone Tower. A gray variant can be found in the Deku Shrine. In Four Swords Adventures, they also appear on Death Mountain. They show up in caves where they can be pushed, where they also roll around and can be dropped into pits to make them safe to cross. In The Minish Cap, boulders appear notably on Mount Crenel and behave similar to their A Link to the Past incarnation. Rolling boulders also appear on the Isle of Ruins in Phantom Hourglass and the Fire Sanctuary in Spirit Tracks. In Tri Force Heroes, boulders sometimes roll down the path instead of Snowballs in the Level Snowball Ravine. Static varieties are found in other locations and can be pushed to solve puzzles like in Four Swords Adventures, or destroyed by Wrecker Phantoms.

Boulders are also used as weapons by the Stone Hinox in Link's Awakening DX when it slams the ground, while Hinox in Four Swords Adventures throw massive boulders at the Links.

Boulder (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Appears on Mount Crenel, etc. These huge boulders come crashing down from cliff walls. They fall in a random pattern, so watch your step!


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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ロック (Rokku) (TLoZ)
岩ゴロ (Iwa Goro)
Rolling Rock
French Republic FrenchEU Rocheroule Rollingrock
Federal Republic of Germany German Stein-Goro Goro-Rock
Italian Republic Italian Goron Roccia Goron Rock
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Goron Roca Goron Rock


See Also


  1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America Inc. , pg. 101
  2. "[Yes] If you can destroy the boulder that blocks the entrance to the Goron Racetrack near here...using the Powder Keg I'm about to give you, then I'll give you my approval to carry them." — Goron (Majora's Mask 3D)
  3. Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 119 (TLoZ)
  4. "Oh! Link? You've come back! And in one piece, too! Gracious! My granddaughter tells me that your grandmother is in poor health these days... Now, I'm certain that a little fairy dust would provide all the lift her spirits need, but... Well, the problem is, I haven't seen any fairies in these parts recently. Of course, long ago you could find a lot of them up by the old Fairy Fountain, and you could even capture them in empty bottles. Sure! It was easy as you please! Yes, there was a time when I used to like playing with fairies... Uh...ahem! In any case, ever since the fountain was blocked up by that huge rock, I haven't seen a one..." — Sturgeon (The Wind Waker HD)