- 1 Features and Overview
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Nomenclature
- 5 Gallery
- 6 References
Features and Overview
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, Death Mountain is the northern region of Hyrule. It is a large sprawling expanse of rock covering the northern border of the map. The mountain range is usually home to some of the stronger enemies, such as Lynels, who are said to be the guardians of the Mountain. Occasionally, Boulders will fall from the hills. The Mountain also has a few streams and ponds that are home to Zoras.
Death Mountain also has two distinctive landmarks. The first being Lost Hills, a mountainous counterpart of the maze-like Lost Woods. Beyond this maze is the fifth Labyrinth, Level-5, in the First Quest. The mountain also contains Spectacle Rock, which houses Level-9 and the location of Ganon. This Dungeon is a huge labyrinth found underneath the Mountain itself. It is the largest Dungeon in the game and is filled with lava pools and a large number of enemies such as Lanmola and Wizzrobes. Princess Zelda is held captive deep inside until Link rescues her.
The Adventure of Link
In The Adventure of Link, Death Mountain can be found south of Western Hyrule. This area, located south of the Water Town of Saria, is comprised of many different tunnels that house many enemies, such as Dairas, several of which lead to dead ends if the wrong paths are taken. A few tunnels also have pools of lava, usually with a bridge suspended above them. Only a few paths lead to the southern region of Hyrule, where Link can find the Hammer hidden in a cave beneath Spectacle Rock.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, Death Mountain can be found on the northern border of Hyrule. It is home to many Deadrocks and numerous caves filled with Keese and Mini-Moldorms among other enemies. At the very peak of mountain, the Tower of Hera can be found beyond Spectacle Rock. Without traveling to the Dark World, Link cannot scale this peak to reach the dungeon and the final Pendant of Virtue. Here, the hero also meets the Lost Old Man, and by saving him, he is able to start the game from his hideout in the Mountain Cave. Later on in his quest, he is able to obtain the Ether Medallion and gain access to the Death Mountain Shop. Death Mountain is covered by constantly tumbling boulders.
Its Dark World counterpart is home to Turtle Rock and Ganon's Tower, found where the Tower of Hera is in the Light World. Ganon's Tower itself is guarded by Lynels. The Dark World counterpart is volcanic, with rocks constantly dripping with magma. The Cane of Byrna can also be found hidden in its caves.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, Death Mountain is home to the Gorons, a peaceful race who eat rocks and are exceptionally good at forging blades. It can only be reached via a gate in Kakariko Village. Anyone wishing to travel up to Death Mountain needs the King's permission. It is said that the state of the mountain is reflected by the clouds surrounding the peak: if they look normal, then Death Mountain is at peace.
Death Mountain Trail
In order to reach the upper part of Death Mountain and the Goron City itself, Link must travel through the Death Mountain Trail, which is filled with Tektites and giant boulders. However, the path to the Death Mountain Trail is initially closed off and will not open until Link shows Zelda's Letter to the Soldier guarding the gate.
Death Mountain Trail takes Link to all of the prominent locations of Death Mountain. It is home to Dodongo's Cavern, where child Link faces King Dodongo, eventually receiving the Goron's Ruby in the process. By following the trail, Link can reach the home of the Gorons. Death Mountain Crater, the inner part of the volcano of Death Mountain and the location of the Fire Temple, can be accessed via Goron City or by climbing up the mountain through the Death Mountain Trail.
Atop the mountain trail is a Great Fairy Fountain where the Great Fairy of Power living within grants Link the Magic Meter and the Spin Attack. Another Great Fairy Fountain is found inside the crater, which doubles Link's Magic Meter.
When Link is a child, Death Mountain is an active volcano. Any time Link approaches the northernmost part of the mountain in an attempt to climb it up to the crater, the volcano will activate itself. As such, Link must equip himself with the Hylian Shield in order to safely climb it. Biggoron, the giant Goron involved in the Biggoron's Sword sidequest, resides behind the mountain next to the crater entrance, although since he is always rolled up, Link cannot see him until he approaches him. Kaepora Gaebora can also be found atop the highest point of the trail near the Great Fairy Fountain entrance, where he offers Link a ride down to Kakariko Village.
After Link withdraws the Master Sword from the Pedestal of Time, Ganondorf revives the ancient dragon Volvagia and stirs up trouble in the depths of the crater, causing Death Mountain's white clouds to take on a red and fiery appearance. It is not until Link defeats Volvagia that Death Mountain returns to normal and the volcano stops its spontaneous eruptions, allowing him to safely scale the mountain.
- Main article: Death Mountain (Four Swords)
In Four Swords, Death Mountain appears as one of the four initial stages. By clearing the stage and defeating the boss, the Links receive a Key from the Great Fairy. The key received depends on how many Rupees were collected. The boss of Death Mountain is a flame monster called Gouen, and the symbol is the Fire Element.
Four Swords Adventures
In Twilight Princess, Death Mountain is also home to the Goron tribe. Due to its volcanic nature, the mountain also boasts steam jets and mineral-rich Hot Springs. Death Mountain experiences frequent eruptions early in the game due to events related to the Twilight.
Sticking to the Gorons' reputation as skilled metalsmiths, metal structures have been erected around the face of the mountain to provide access to areas which are otherwise unreachable. The Gorons themselves can give each other and Link a leg-up to unscalable surfaces. The Gorons also have a mine inside the volcanic interior of the mountain, where materials are mined and transported with the assistance of magnetic cranes. The mine is also home to Torch Slugs and Dodongos.
When Link first tries to climb up Death Mountain, the Gorons attack him on sight due to an order from the Goron Elder, Gor Coron. To successfully ascend the mountain, Link must use the Iron Boots to avoid being knocked down by the Gorons' roll attack and thus be able to stop them in their tracks. Link eventually reaches the main area of Death Mountain, where a giant rock from the mountain's volcano falls. After successfully evading the Gorons and using them to launch himself higher up the mountain, Link enters the Gorons' home. There, he is informed by Gor Coron that he will not allow him to enter the Goron Mines, which are sacred to the Gorons, unless he beats him in a match of sumo. Successfully defeating the Goron Elder allows Link to enter the mines and obtain the second Fused Shadow, saving Darbus and obtaining the Gorons' respect along the way.
A Link Between Worlds
In A Link Between Worlds, the volcano upon Death Mountain, Spectacle Rock, is active, which causes boulders to fall across the lower areas of the mountain. Spectacle Rock is now near the Tower of Hera. As the Dark World is not present in A Link Between Worlds, going through it is not necessary to reach the Tower of Hera. The cave system on the eastern side of Death Mountain is complex, containing several moving platforms that Link must fall on in order to reach the exits. One of the exits leads to Rosso's Ore Mine, which contains a portal to Lorule.
Lorule has its own Death Mountain that is not an active volcano. It is covered in snow, thus many of the enemies adapted ice-themed powers. The cave system of Lorule's Death Mountain contains similar jumping puzzles in the eastern section. This version is split in half, with one half containing the Treacherous Tower, and the other half containing the Ice Ruins.
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild, Death Mountain is a an enormous volcanic mountain in eastern Eldin. It is surrounded by a large moat of lava known as Death Caldera, which flows into other parts of Eldin as rivers and forms smaller bodies of lava. The Bridge of Eldin is the only means of crossing the moat.
Death Mountain has a higher temperature than the rest of Eldin, requiring Link to possess two levels of Flame Guard in order to explore the Mountain without being lit aflame and taking damage. Link can acquire enough Flame Guard either by wearing at least two pieces of Flamebreaker Armor or wearing one piece and using a Fireproof Elixir.
The Divine Beast Vah Rudania walks along the side of Death Mountain, causing its eruptions to worsen. Bludo of the Gorons, along with Yunobo's help, use Cannons stationed at the mountain to drive away Vah Rudania, but it always returns. Bludo had also raised the Bridge of Eldin to prevent Vah Rudania from crossing over, thereby making the Bridge and Death Mountain inaccessible until Link progresses in the Divine Beast Vah Rudania Main Quest. After Link defeats Fireblight Ganon and frees Vah Rudania, the Divine Beast climbs to the Death Mountain Summit, where it takes aim at Hyrule Castle.
The music heard at Death Mountain has the same melody as the music that plays in Level-9 of the first The Legend of Zelda game. This is a reference to Level-9 being found within the original Death Mountain.
- In Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, a mountain called Mount Desma might be a reference to Death Mountain, as it is written that Mount Desma is "the Mountain of Death" in one of the Yamatami tribe's ancient books. Comparison of the Japanese names further suggests this. "Yama" is the Japanese word for "mountain," whereas "Desuma" differs only one Japanese letter from "Desu," or death.
In the Japanese version of A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds, the mountain is only named Death Mountain in the Dark World. In the Light World, it is known as ヘブラ山 (Mount Hebra).
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||デスマウンテン (Desu Maunten) (BotW)
ヘブラ山 (Hebura Yama) (ALttP | ALBW)
|Same as English.|
|ChineseSI||死亡之山 (Sǐwáng zhī Shān)||Mountain of Death|
|ChineseTR||死亡之山 (Sǐwáng zhī Shān)||Mountain of Death|
|Dutch||Berg des Doods||Mountain of Death|
|FrenchCA||Mont de la Mort||Mount of Death|
|FrenchEU||Montagne de la Mort
Mont du Péril (OoT)
Mont Hébra (ALBW)
|Mountain of Death|
Mount of Peril
|German||Todesberg||Same as English.|
|Italian||Monte Morte||Mount Death|
|Korean||데스마운틴 (Deseu Mauntin)||Same as English.|
|Russian||Гора Смерти (Gora Smerti)||Mountain of Death|
|SpanishEU||Montaña de la Muerte||Mountain of Death|
|SpanishLA||Montaña de la Muerte||Mountain of Death|
- Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 409 (TLoZ)
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 112 (TP)
- "I am one of the Gorons, the stone-eating people who live on Death Mountain." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Climb up the stairs at the north end of the village to find the trail that leads up Death Mountain. But you need the King's permission to actually go up the mountain." — Kakariko Village Soldier (Ocarina of Time)
- "It is said that the clouds surrounding this peak reflect the condition of Death Mountain. When they look normal, it is at peace." — Kaepora Gaebora (Ocarina of Time)
- "Residing within the Fire Temple in Ocarina of Time, Volvagia was a wicked dragon defeated by Link; in essence, it was the spirit of Death Mountain." (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 22)
- "The road is closed beyond this point! Can't you read the sign over there?" — Death Mountain Trail Gatekeeper (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "Wah ha ha ha hah! What kind of funny game has our Princess come up with now?! OK, OK, all right. You can go now... Just be careful, Mr. Hero! Wah hah ha ha hah!" — Death Mountain Trail Gatekeeper (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "You should go see the Great Fairy on top of Death Mountain! She will power you up!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "If you're going to climb Death Mountain, you should equip a proper shield! It is an active volcano, after all!" — Death Mountain Trail Gatekeeper (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "I will perch here and wait for you. When you're ready to go back down, I can help you!" — Kaepora Gaebora (Ocarina of Time)
- "Ganondorf is causing trouble on Death Mountain again! He has revived the evil, ancient dragon Volvagia!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "These lands ahead belong to the Goron tribe! The elder said no humans may pass!" — Goron (Twilight Princess)
- "The mines beyond here are sacred to my tribe. Outsiders are not allowed. Unless... I could make an exception...but you would have to beat me in a contest of power. Are you willing to try that, little human?" — Gor Coron (Twilight Princess)
- "With Rudania runnin' wild recently, Death Mountain's eruptions have gotten real bad." — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
- "He uses it to protect himself when he fire him at Rudania. That's the only way we can chase that blasted beast away." — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
- "The problem is...good ol' Boss raised the Bridge of Eldin to make sure that mean Divine Beast couldn't get over here." — Yunobo (Breath of the Wild)
- "Link! Your priority should be finding the next pendant... Go to the Tower of Hera atop Death Mountain...." (A Link to the Past comiv (Nintendo Power), pg. 4)
- "Link... Link... We are here with our brother...in the world of darkness...." (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 6)
- "Uncle?! Are you my father and mother?! It can't be!!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 7)
- "You penetrated the gate to the Dark World... That wicked realm has the power to change your body to reflect your heart. The emotions now in your heart are negative and evil! You nearly became a beast! [...] Yes, Link, but you can never win with hatred alone... Even if you were victorious, darkness would consume you!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 7)
- "We are in our dream... If two people dream the same thing, they will meet..." (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 8)
|Major locations in The Adventure of Link|
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