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This page is about the enemy named "Dodongo". For the Boss of the same name, see Dodongo (Boss).
Dodongo
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A Dodongo from Twilight Princess
Game(s)
Other Media
Habitat(s)Dodongo's Cavern (OoT)
Water Temple (MQ)
Termina Field (MM)
Goron Mines (TP)
Cave of Ordeals (TP)
Lantern Caverns (TP)
Member(s)Dimitri
King Dodongo
Effective Weapon(s)Bombs
Sword
Arrow

Dodongos (pronounced /dɵˈdɒŋɡoʊ/ də-DONG-goh)[1] are recurring enemies in the The Legend of Zelda series.

Characteristics

Dodongos are reptilian monsters usually found in caves and volcanic environments. Dodongos in The Legend of Zelda resembled a Triceratops or a Rhinoceros,[2] appear as bipedal, monstrous lizards in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask and resemble Geckos in Twilight Princess.

Dodongos have very tough hides,[3] ribbed with green or sometimes yellow scales that serve as strong armor that protects them from any attack. In the same vein, Dodongos also have very large mouths in proportion to their bodies. These grand cavities enable them to suck in air to blow streams of flames, which is their primary form of attack. However this also makes their mouths the species' primary vulnerable site. A Bomb can be thrown down their gaping mouths, which will explode from within, heavily damaging the creature. For this reason, Dodongos are widely known for their weakness to Bombs.[4] In Twilight Princess, an Arrow may also be shot into the mouth of a Dodongo to inflict internal damage as well. Another, although less common, vulnerable site is the tip of its tail. However, Dodongos can also harm Link with their tails by sweeping them around in a full turn. If the sweeping tail manages to make contact with Link, it will knock the hero off his feet, damaging him. Dodongos are slow moving creatures,[5] giving Link plenty of time to attack them.

The size of Dodongos ranges greatly between games and regions. In Majora's Mask, two sizes of Dodongo are known to exist in Termina. Smaller variants can be found in the Northeast portion of Termina Field and the much larger sizes can be found in the Northwest section of the Field. These Dodongos drop large quantities of Rupees upon defeat. The larger Dodongo yields a Purple Rupee when destroyed and the smaller Dodongo drops a Red Rupee. There are also two large Dodongos found in a Secret Grotto near the entrance to Ikana Canyon. Defeating them earns Link 100 Rupees and a Piece of Heart from a nearby Treasure Chest.

Despite the dangers they pose, the scales of a Dodongo are also a valuable resource. Gorons use them to make their heat-resistant Goron Tunics, one of which Link can purchase in Ocarina of Time.[6] The stomach linings of Dodongos are used to make Bomb Bags as well.[7]

Not all Dodongos are hostile creatures. In the Oracle series, there is a benevolent Dodongo by the name of Dimitri, who co-operates with and helps Link in Holodrum and Labrynna. Dimitri is a River Dodongo who can swim across deep water and up waterfalls to help Link gain access to previously outlying areas. Due to the type of Dodongo Dimitri is, he does not breathe fire like his wild counterpart, but he still has a large mouth, which he uses to eat Link's foes. In order to find him, Link must obtain a certain Strange Flute.

Ocarina of Time

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In Ocarina of Time, Dodongos appear throughout Dodongo's Cavern. They breathe in as they aim toward Link, expelling a stream of fire toward him. While emitting flames, they stay in place, allowing Link to damage their tail. The tail is their only vulnerable spot, as their hard scales can withstand all attacks. Dodongos also spin their bodies to swing their tails at Link. If the tail manages to make contact with Link, it will knock him off his feet and damage him. While a Dodongo breathes in, Link can throw a Bomb into their mouth to damage them.

Majora's Mask

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Dodongo

What?! Don't you know about the Dodongo? It moves slowly, so you can circle around to its backside. Got that? (MM)

That's a Dodongo! It moves slowly, so you should be able to circle around to its backside. Got that? (MM3D)

In Majora's Mask, Dodongos can be found in Termina Field near the entrance to the Snowhead region. They move slowly, allowing Link to circle around to its backside and hit its tail. Its tail is its only vulnerable spot, as their tough scales are invulnerable to all attacks.[8]

Twilight Princess

Dodongos appear as Gecko-like creatures in Twilight Princess. They can be found in the Goron Mines, Cave of Ordeals and various Lantern Caverns. Link can defeat them by attacking with a Sword, throwing a Bomb into their mouth, or shooting an Arrow into their mouth.

Other Appearances

The Legend of Zelda TV Series

A Dodongo also makes an appearance in the The Legend of Zelda TV series episode "The Moblins Are Revolting". After Link and Princess Zelda arrive to an almost-deserted Underworld, a Dodongo comes charging in their direction. Link pushes Zelda out of the way and shoots various Sword Beams at the beast, but to no avail. Just as the Dodongo is approaching Link once again, Zelda throws a Bomb at its mouth, which instantly defeats it.

The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)

In the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics, Princess Zelda encounters a Dodongo while she is in training in Level-1. When Miff appears to look out for Zelda, she warns the princess about the Dodongo behind her, allowing Zelda to defeat it with her last Bomb.[9]

Nomenclature

The name Dodongo could be derived from ドドン (Dodon), the Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound of an explosion.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Japan Japanese ドドンゴ (Dodongo)
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 多东哥 (Duōdōnggē)
Canada FrenchCA Dodongo (OoT3D, MM3D)
French Republic FrenchEU Dodongo
Federal Republic of Germany German Dodongo
Italian Republic Italian Dodongo (OoT3D)
Republic of Korea Korean 도동고 (Dodongo)
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Dodongo (TLoZ, OoT3D, MM3D)

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References

  1. "Even just now, the victory condition changed to "Defeat King Dodongo"."Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
  2. "A giant rhinoceros." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
  3. "It hasn't got so much attacking power, but it bounces off attacks with its thick hide." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
  4. "DODONGO DISLIKES SMOKE." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  5. "The problem is those things have skin as hard as rock. Even with my strength, it's a waste to hit them. I can't even make a dent! But then it came to me! They may be tough on the outside but weak on the INSIDE! So right when they open their mouths to breathe fire, gulp! And then... BLAMMO! What a great idea! ...But then I dropped my bombs in the lava!" — Goron (Four Swords Adventures)
  6. "Fashioned from a sporty blend of Dodongo hide and Bomb Flower fibers, the Goron Tunic allowed Link to survive the intense heat generated within Death Mountain Crater."The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (jsp).
  7. "You found a Bomb Bag! This bomb-holding bag is made from a Dodongo's stomach!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "That's a Dodongo! It moves slowly, so you should be able to circle around to its backside. Got that?" — Tatl (Majora's Mask 3D)
  9. "Zelda! Behind you! [...] A dodongo!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7 [To the First Power])