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Death Mountain
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The Legend of Zelda:
Red Ring
Silver Arrows
The Adventure of Link:
Magic Container
A Link to the Past:
Piece of Heart ×4
Magic Mirror
Cane of Byrna
Ether Medallion
Twilight Princess:
Piece of Heart
Poe Soul
Theme music
Related places

Death Mountain is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.(TLoZ | TP)[1][2] It is a tall, often volcanic mountain that can be found in Hyrule, the Dark World, and Lorule.

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.[3] It can only be reached via a gate in Kakariko Village. Anyone wishing to travel up to Death Mountain needs the King's permission.[4] 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.[5]

The ancient dragon Volvagia was, in essence, the spirit of the Mountain.[6]

Four Swords

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 Four Swords Adventures, Death Mountain appears as an area of Hyrule and as the third Level. It consists of three Stages: Death Mountain Foothills, The Mountain Path, and Tower of Flames.

Twilight Princess

Death Mountain from Twilight Princess

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.[7] 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.[8] 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

Hyrule's Death Mountain from 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.[9] Bludo of the Gorons, along with Yunobo's help, use Cannons stationed at the mountain to drive away Vah Rudania, but it always returns.[10] 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.[11] 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.

Other Appearances

Ancient Stone Tablets

Death Mountain from Ancient Stone Tablets

Link's Crossbow Training

In Link's Crossbow Training, Death Mountain appears in Stage 2 as the Goron Target Practice. The central area of the Goron's lair is the first two screens of the stage. There, Gorons stand in various formations, roll in place, then spring up with either regular, gold, or false targets. The screen changes every 20 seconds, all with different formations of Gorons.

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

Death Mountain from the A Link to the Past comic

In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, Death Mountain is on the borders of the Desert of Mystery.

While in the Desert of Mystery, Link is guided by Sahasrahla's telepathy to Death Mountain.[12] Link arrives to the mountain and stumbles upon a portal, which activates itself and shows a vision of two people standing with his uncle.[13] Believing them to be his parents,[14] Link reaches for his mother's hand when she extends hers out to the him, but Link's hand turns into a claw when it passes the portal's boundary. Sahasrahla warns that the power of the Dark World turns the inhabitants into a reflection of their heart, and Link's hatred of Agahnim would turn him into a beast if he were to enter.[15] Shortly afterwards, Zelda appears to Link and explains that they are in a dream, for if two people dream the same thing, they will meet.[16] After waking up from the dream, Link finds himself standing in front of the Tower of Hera, where he eventually retrieves the Pendant of Wisdom from Moldorm.

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)

Hyrule Warriors

Death Mountain from Hyrule Warriors
Main article: Death Mountain (Hyrule Warriors)

In Hyrule Warriors, Death Mountain appears as a stage part of Impa and Sheik's quest. Here, they must fight against the Gorons and their chieftain, Darunia, who is being controlled by Cia's Dark Forces.

Cadence of Hyrule

Death Mountain appears as part of the overworld map in Cadence of Hyrule. Though its exact layout and location varies between save files, it is always where the Temple of Storms is located. Its music is a remix of the Death Mountain theme from A Link to the Past.


  • 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).

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese デスマウンテン (Desu Maunten) (BotW)
ヘブラ山 (Hebura Yama) (ALttP | ALBW) Triforce piece.png
Same as English.
Mount Hebra
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 死亡之山 (Sǐwáng zhī Shān) Mountain of Death
Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao ChineseTR 死亡之山 (Sǐwáng zhī Shān) Mountain of Death
Netherlands Dutch Berg des Doods Mountain of Death
Canada FrenchCA Mont de la Mort Mount of Death
French Republic FrenchEU Montagne de la Mort
Mont du Péril (OoT)
Mont Hébra (ALBW)
Mountain of Death
Mount of Peril
Mount Hebra
Federal Republic of Germany German Todesberg Same as English.
Italian Republic Italian Monte Morte Mount Death
Republic of Korea Korean 데스마운틴 (Deseu Mauntin) Same as English.
Russian Federation Russian Гора Смерти (Gora Smerti) Mountain of Death
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Montaña de la Muerte Mountain of Death
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Montaña de la Muerte Mountain of Death



  1. Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 409 (TLoZ)
  2. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 112 (TP)
  3. "I am one of the Gorons, the stone-eating people who live on Death Mountain." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "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." — Soldier (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "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)
  6. "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)
  7. "These lands ahead belong to the Goron tribe! The elder said no humans may pass!" — Goron (Twilight Princess)
  8. "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)
  9. "With Rudania runnin' wild recently, Death Mountain's eruptions have gotten real bad." — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "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)
  11. "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)
  12. "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)
  13. "Link... Link... We are here with our the world of darkness...." (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 6)
  14. "Uncle?! Are you my father and mother?! It can't be!!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 7)
  15. "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)
  16. "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)
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