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Goriya from A Link Between Worlds
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Goriya are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2] They are devils that have mastered the Boomerang as a weapon,[3][4] making them dangerous in both short- and long-range combat.


The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment

The Legend of Zelda


A little devil that lives underground. He uses boomerangs. There are two of his type, blue ones and red ones. Watch out for the blue ones! They are strong.
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In The Legend of Zelda, Goriya come in red and blue varieties, and only appear in Labyrinths. Blue Goriya can survive longer than the red variety, due to having more health, and their attacks do much more damage.[5] They seem to not directly attack Link, but instead wander around before tossing their Boomerang in a random direction. Goriya generally attack in groups of three or more. Link first finds the Boomerang by defeating a group of red Goriya in Level-1, and later finds the Magical Boomerang by defeating a group of blue Goriya in Level-2. When defeated, red Goriyas may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, four Bombs or a Clock, while blue Goriyas may drop either a Heart, one Rupee or a Fairy.[note 1]

In certain labyrinths, a hungry Goriya will be blocking the passage to the next room, and when talked to, their stomachs grumble,[7] vaguely hinting that the creature is hungry. They will refuse to budge until fed. To satisfy the monster and obtain entry, Link must offer it Food purchased from a shop.

The Adventure of Link

The Adventure of Link Manual Comment

The Adventure of Link


A little devil that attacks Link by using a boomerang. Fend off the boomerang with the shield. Watch out! These devils are on the plains and in the caves too.
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In The Adventure of Link, the side-scrolling angle changes typical Goriya attack patterns. Instead of tossing their projectiles in random directions, they specifically target Link, and can have multiple Boomerangs in the air at one time, unlike their past incarnations. They can throw Boomerangs on either the "bottom" or "top" level, in the same way most bipedal enemies attack. Depending on the Boomerang's height, Link must choose to duck or stand to block the attacks with his shield.[8] If a Boomerang is thrown at the bottom level, it will return to the Goriya on the top level, and vice versa.

Goriya now tend to appear in caves and fields[9] more often than dungeons, and generally only appear alone or with a single partner instead of larger groups, perhaps due to the fact that they are now more challenging opponents.

A Link to the Past

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In A Link to the Past, Goriya are radically different in both appearance and behavior from their previous appearances.They first appear in the Palace of Darkness and reappear in later Dark World dungeons such as Ganon's Tower. Their typical behavior and attacks have been changed drastically. They no longer use Boomerangs, but instead copy Link's movement pattern, similar to Arm-Mimics and Mask-Mimics, moving in the opposite direction of Link. While the green Goriya can be cornered and destroyed with the Master Sword, they are especially weak to the Bow, much like the Eyegores from the same game. The red variety spit deadly fireballs whenever facing Link, and similar to red Eyegores, they can only be killed with Arrows. Goriyas resemble rodents instead of canines in A Link to the Past.

In the original SNES version of the game, Goriya make a single appearance in the Light World in a cave in Death Mountain. In the Game Boy Advance version, they were replaced with Eyegores in the Light World, thus they only appear in the Dark World in that version.

In the Japanese Super Famicom version, they are called Copi, making them distinct from true Goriya.

Link's Awakening

Goriya's cave in Toronbo Shores

Though only one appears in Link's Awakening, this Goriya is not an enemy, and even offers Link a powerful item. He is found in a cave on the southern portion of Toronbo Shores. Link can only see and speak with him at the end of the trading sequence, when he has the Magnifying Lens. At this point, the Goriya offers to trade Link a Boomerang he found on the beach for one of his items.[10][11] Link can trade the Boomerang back to the Goriya at any time to recover his item.[12][13] The Boomerang is one of the most useful weapons in the game, and the Goriya will even beg Link to give it back to him after the trade.[14] Not all items can be traded for the Boomerang.[15]

Oracle of Seasons


In Oracle of Seasons, Goriya appears in the Gnarled Root Dungeon. They look identical to Moblins, suggesting a relation between the two types of monster. They behave like their original incarnations in The Legend of Zelda; wandering around the room and suddenly throwing Boomerangs to attack Link. Many of the enemies that appear in the Gnarled Root Dungeon evoke those that appeared in Level-1 of the original NES adventure, and these are no exception.

Also in the Gnarled Root Dungeon, a pair of bull-like Goriyas known as the Brother Goriyas appear as mini-bosses.

A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, Goriya are closely based on their A Link to the Past incarnation, with the exception that they do not mimic Link's movements; instead, they tend to walk directly towards him when they see him. In this game, Goriya can only be found in the Dark Palace and Treacherous Tower.

Non-Canon Appearances

The Legend of Zelda TV Series

Goriya in The Legend of Zelda TV series

Goriya appear in two episodes of The Legend of Zelda TV series. In That Sinking Feeling, Ganon commands a Goriya to search for the Overworld Magnet and to use it to drag Link and Princess Zelda into the Underworld.[16] However, when the magnet instead attracts a Cupid statue,[17] Ganon gets angry and electrocutes the Goriya for failing at his mission, causing the foe to run away in pain.

In "The Moblins are Revolting," two Goriya and two Moblins work together to attack Link while he is in his room reading a comic. However, due to their clumsiness, the creatures defeat each other without Link even having to intervene. Back at the Evil Jar in the Underworld, the Moblins complain that it was the Goriyas' fault, and the monsters start fighting until Ganon zaps them. Tired of having to take the blame for Ganon's failed plans, a Goriya suggests that they would do a better job without him,[18] thus forming the alliance known as the Brotherhood of Underworld Monsters. Later on, when all of Ganon's followers begin their attack on North Castle, a Goriya can be seen commanding an army of Vires to carry several Octoroks and fire bombs inside the castle,[19] but then begins arguing with another Goriya as to what their course of action should be.[20] Eventually, neither the Goriya nor the rest of the monsters accomplish anything meaningful, and they end up returning to Ganon's command in the Underworld.

Interestingly, although the Goriya in "That Sinking Feeling" seems to speak with poor grammar just like the rest of the Moblins, the Goriya seen in "The Moblins are Revolting" can be heard speaking very fluent English.

Captain N: The Game Master

Goriya in Captain N: The Game Master

A Goriya briefly appears in the "Having a Ball" episode of Captain N: The Game Master. After Link, Princess Zelda, Kevin, and Princess Lana arrive at the tunnel leading to the Island Palace, a Goriya appears and rapidly begins to throw boomerangs nonstop toward the heroes. The boomerangs impede the group's progress, so Link uses his Magic Shield to block the attacks while the rest of the party follows closely behind. As the heroes approach the Goriya, Kevin uses his Zapper to defeat it, allowing them to continue to their destination.

The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)

In the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics, Goriya resemble their depiction in The Adventure of Link. They first appear in "Missing in Action" as one of the enemies that go after Princess Zelda and the Triforce of Wisdom. To the First Power also shows these foes capturing Link outside one of the Underworld entrances under the orders of a Wizzrobe, and are later seen attacking Princess Zelda while she is inside Level-1. After Link manages to take the Triforce of Power from Ganon in "The Power," several of Ganon's Goriya minions offer to serve Link, as they believe that he holds more power than their master,[21] but Link refuses.[22] However, when Link heads to a palace to search for Ganon, he is greeted outside by the same group of Goriya that had offered to serve him.[23] This time, he accepts their aid,[24] and the Goriya give him a robe similar to that of Ganon's.[25]

Goriya appear once again in "Queen of Hearts," where they battle against Link and Queen Seline to keep them from breaking the magic container that will give the queen her magical powers back. They last make an appearance in Day of the Triforce as two Goriya try to eat a captured Miff in Death Mountain.[26]

The Crystal Trap

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In The Crystal Trap, Princess Zelda and Link are attacked by a blue Goriya after the young hero has been freed from the Crystal. Zelda shoots an arrow from her bow at the Goriya, injuring it, but it then goes on to say that if the pair spares his life, it will show them a powerful weapon: a Battle Axe, which is the only thing that can defeat Ganon.[27] If Link and Zelda agree to follow the Goriya, he will lead the pair into a massive room containing the Battle Axe. The Goriya will then disappear after Link grabs the axe.

After Princess Zelda and Link run into Ganon, the evil wizard will confess that he told the Goriya to lead the young heroes to the Battle Axe, since he knew that if they found the axe, Link and Zelda would stop searching for the real weapon that could defeat Ganon: the Spear.[28]

The Shadow Prince

Goriya are briefly mentioned in The Shadow Prince. When the King of Hyrule calls an urgent meeting to take the Triforce of Wisdom to the Fifth Castle of Ancient Hyrule, he mentions that a recent thunderstorm caused Goriya to fall from the sky, most likely due to the fact that Ganon is becoming more powerful.[29]

Philips CD-i Games

Goriya appear in all Zelda games for the Philips CD-i. In The Faces of Evil and The Wand of Gamelon, they have a similar appearance to the ones in The Legend of Zelda TV series. However, in Zelda's Adventure, they resemble purple apes with white hair that throw massive boomerangs. In this game, Zelda can obtain the Boomerang the Goriyas use by defeating a small group of them in a clearing west of the Forest of Ogbam.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ゴーリア (Gōria)
コッピ (Koppi) (ALttP)
French Republic FrenchEU Goriya -
Federal Republic of Germany German Goriya -
Italian Republic Italian Goriya -


See Also


  1. If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Recorder, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees. However, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armoses, Like Likes, Keeses, or Gels will not be counted.[6]


  1. "Goriya" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 120 (TLoZ) & 128 (TAoL))
  2. "GORIYA" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 391 (ALttP&FS))
  3. "A little devil that lives underground. He uses boomerangs." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
  4. "A little devil that attacks Link by using a boomerang." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 27)
  5. "There are two of his type, blue ones and red ones. Watch out for the blue ones! They are strong." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
  6. n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  7. "GRUMBLE,GRUMBLE..." — Hungry Goriya (The Legend of Zelda)
  8. "Fend off the Boomerang with shield." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 27)
  9. "These devils are on the plains and in the caves too." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 27)
  10. "I found a good item washed up on the beach... I'll trade it to you for what you have in your B Button..." — Goriya (Link's Awakening DX)
  11. "You got the Boomerang in exchange for the item you had." — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)
  12. "Okay, let's do it! When you don't want the Boomerang any more, come back!" — Goriya (Link's Awakening DX)
  13. "The item came back to you. You returned the Boomerang." — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)
  14. "Give me back the Boomerang, I beg you! I'll return the item you gave to me!" — Goriya (Link's Awakening DX)
  15. "Ah... Don't give me that item... How about something else?" — Goriya (Link's Awakening DX)
  16. "Oh... Ganon gonna be mad. Me find Overworld Magnet just like Ganon tell me to, but--" — Goriya (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode That Sinking Feeling )
  17. "Uh, um, me aim at them, sire, but me get that instead." — Goriya (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode That Sinking Feeling )
  18. "Uh, why? We can do better. Let's kick him out!" — Goriya (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
  19. "Uh, my Octobombers are gonna get them!" — Goriya (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
  20. "Airhead? Take this, potatobrain!" — Goriya (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
  21. "Link has powerful magic! Goriya serve Link! Link be master, not Ganon!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  22. "No! What am I saying? Get away from me! Get out of here!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  23. "Link let Goriya serve him now? Goriya MUST serve! Only Link has Triforce of Power! Only Link is worthy to be master!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  24. "Hmmm... Well... Why not?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  25. "Link will rule! Link is king! Link wear King robes!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  26. "Fairy made good snack! Not enough for two! Get lost!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  27. "'Spare me and I'll show you a powerful weapon,' the monster pleads. 'A battle axe. It's the only thing that can defeat Ganon, and I know where it is.'" (The Crystal Trap (Archway), pg. 13)
  28. "'My axe, you mean,' says Ganon. 'I told that goriya to lead you to it. I knew if you had the axe you'd stop looking for the real weapon that can defeat me.'" (The Crystal Trap (Archway), pg. 95)
  29. "'And a scout from Ruberry tells me a thunderstorm last week produced a hail of Goriyas!' 'Goriyas? From the sky?' Murmurs of disbelief run up and down the council table. The king nods. 'It seems that Ganon's power is growing stronger.'" (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 6, 7)