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Not to be confused with Goron Village.
Goron City
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Goron City from Breath of the Wild
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Goron City is a recurring location in Ocarina of Time and Breath of the Wild. It is the home of the Goron Tribe.[1] It is located in close proximity to Death Mountain.

Features and Overview

Ocarina of Time

Goron City from Ocarina of Time 3D

Goron City is the main gateway to Death Mountain Crater and, ultimately, the Fire Temple. It also has a portal that leads to the Lost Woods, but its entrance is blocked by rocks that Link must destroy with Bombs. Paintings of the Gorons, the Dodongos, and other abstract shapes can be seen all around the city walls. The structure consists of four floors, with the entrance being at the top floor. The lowest floor has the two most important locations of Goron City: the Goron Shop and Darunia's chamber, the latter of which is initially closed off until proof of connection with the Royal Family is shown. Within Darunia's chamber is a stone monument that blocks off the entrance to Death Mountain Crater which Link will only be able to move once he turns into an adult.

Also on the bottom floor is a giant, spinning vase that only functions once all of the torches around the city are lit up. Situated at the center of the city is a platform suspended by ropes where the Spiritual Stone of Fire, also known as the Goron's Ruby, was once displayed which used to light up the city before Darunia took it away.[2]

When young Link arrives to Goron City, he finds that the Gorons are in a sort of predicament: their source of food, Dodongo's Cavern, has been blocked by a giant boulder, which is endangering the way of life of the Gorons.[3] Their leader has locked himself up in his chamber and won't allow entry to anyone who is not associated with the Royal Family of Hyrule.[4] Once Link shows his proof of connection with the Royal Family, the door to Darunia's room opens, allowing Link to speak to the Goron chief. Darunia, though reluctant at first,[5] agrees to let Link help them by destroying the Dodongos in Dodongo's Cavern.[6] After Link defeats King Dodongo and clears the infested cavern, Darunia grants the young hero the Goron's Ruby and grants him the title of Sworn Brother.[7]

Seven years later, after Link retrieves the Master Sword, he returns to Goron City to find that all of its citizens are gone. He notices a lone Goron rolling around the third floor, and, after much trouble, Link manages to stop him using a Bomb. The Goron turns out to be Darunia's son, who informs the young hero about the revival of the ancient dragon known as Volvagia. Due to this, Darunia left to the Fire Temple to try and defeat the dragon; however, while he was gone, all the Gorons were taken by Ganondorf as prisoners to the temple in order to feed them to Volvagia as a warning to those who might oppose him.[8] Darunia's son informs the Hero of Time that Darunia headed to the Fire Temple in an attempt to save everyone, but he pleads for Link's aid to go and help the Goron chief. To do so, Darunia's son grants him the heat-resistant tunic known as the Goron Tunic, which helps Link stay in the intense heats of the Death Mountain Crater and the Fire Temple for long periods of time.[9]

Once Link rescues all the Gorons from the Fire Temple, they will return to their city and thank Link for saving them.[10][11]

Breath of the Wild

The statue of Daruk in Goron City

In Breath of the Wild, Goron City is located in central Eldin. A winding road leading from the entrance to Eldin from Trilby Valley paves the way to the settlement. Unlike Goron City's previous appearance, the Gorons no longer inhabit a cave complex, but have instead built a little town surrounding a pool of lava, which is crossed by bridges. The Gorons live and commerce inside of stone shanties. The road passing through Goron City continues to the Abandoned North Mine, where a tunnel further ahead leads to the Stolock Bridge, a long bridge that crosses overhead Goron City before continuing to Death Mountain. A statue of rocks in the likeness of Daruk, the deceased Goron Champion, stands near the Bridge overlooking the city.

Goron City is home to several businesses, including the Goron Gusto Shop, Protein Palace, Ripped and Shredded, and Rollin' Inn. A Goron child named Offrak also sells Fireproof Elixirs for 60 Rupees to travelers who cannot withstand the heat.[12]

Link arrives to Goron City on his quest to free the Divine Beast Vah Rudania from Calamity Ganon's influence. There he meets the Gorons' Boss, Bludo, who explains to him that the Gorons have been using Cannons to drive away Vah Rudania.[13] Bludo was planning to use the Cannon again, but is unable to due to his hurting back.[14] He had sent his partner, Yunobo, to the Abandoned North Mine to retrieve him some painkillers, but has yet to return.[15] Bludo sends Link to find Yunobo in his stead, beginning the "Divine Beast Vah Rudania" Main Quest. Link manages to find Yunobo and returns to Bludo, who then tells him about Daruk and points to his statue, invoking a Memory of him in Link. However, even after taking the painkillers, Bludo's back is still too sore and he asks Link to tell Yunobo that he is forced to cancel their plans.[16]

Later, after Link has boarded the Divine Beast Vah Rudania and defeated Fireblight Ganon, freeing Vah Rudania from its influence, he returns to Goron City and is rewarded for his efforts. Bludo gives him the Boulder Breaker, a sword that Daruk once wielded, which is stored inside of a Treasure Chest in Bludo's house.[17]

In addition to the Main Quest, Link also meets other characters in Goron City who give him other Quests. The Side Quests "The Road to Respect" and "The Jewel Trade", and the Shrine Quest "A Brother's Roast", all begin here.

Goron Gusto Shop

Main article: Goron Gusto Shop

The Goron Gusto Shop is a general store managed by Tanko. The store stocks in a few items, including ingredients and Arrows.

Protein Palace

Main article: Protein Palace

Protein Palace is an outdoor kitchen run by Aji that specializes in selling meat that has been grilled.

Ripped and Shredded

Main article: Ripped and Shredded

Ripped and Shredded is an Armor shop managed by Rogaro that sells the Flamebreaker Armor equipment. A Goron named Pyle at the southern entrance to Goron City leads the way to it.

Rollin' Inn

Main article: Rollin' Inn

Rollin' Inn is an inn managed by Tray. An elderly Goron named Volcon stands outside of the Inn, encouraging travelers to stay.

Nomenclature

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ゴロンシティ Goron City
French Republic FrenchEU Village Goron
Federal Republic of Germany German Goronia
Italian Republic Italian Città dei Goron
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Ciudad Goron Goron City

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References

  1. "Land of the Gorons / Goron City" — A sign (Ocarina of Time)
  2. ""Spiritual Stone?" That red stone that was lighting up our city? Big Brother Darunia took it away. Then, he shut himself up in his room and won't come out." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "Everyone feels faint from hunger because of the food shortage in this town. We are in danger of extinction! It's all because we can't enter our quarry, the Dodongo's Cavern. We Gorons live on a diet of rocks... And the most delicious and nutritious rocks around are found in the Dodongo's Cavern! But that seems like ancient history now..." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "Big Brother has shut himself up in his room saying, "I will wait in here for the Royal Family's messenger!"" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "This is a Goron problem! We don't need any help from strangers!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "Why don't you go destroy the monsters inside of the Dodongo's Cavern and prove you're a real man? That way, everybody will be happy again! If you do it, I will give you anything you want, even the Spiritual Stone!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "Kid, I like you! How's about you and I become Sworn Brothers?! No, there's no big ceremony involved! Just take this as a token of our friendship!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "Everybody was taken to the Fire Temple... While my dad was out... Ganondorf's followers came and took them all away! All of them will be eaten by Volvagia! Dad said that Ganondorf revived Volvagia... As a warning to those who might oppose him, Ganondorf is going to feed them all to Volvagia! Dad went to the Fire Temple all by himself to try to save everyone..." — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "Please help, Link! I'll give you this heat-resistant tunic!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "Thank you very much for saving us!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  11. "Brother Link! Everybody has come back! Dad and you destroyed the dragon together, didn't you!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  12. "Here's what I'll do, fella. Just for you, I'll sell ya that fireproof elixir at a special price of only 60 rupees!" — Offrak (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "I can't tell ya how many times we've used the cannon to chase off that fiend." — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "I was plannin' to drive off Rudania like I always do, but then this blasted pain in my back flared up outta nowhere..." — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "He went to grab some painkillers for my back from the Abandoned North Mine, but he hasn't come back yet..." — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "I hate to put you on the spot, but... can ya please go tell Yunobo that I'm gonna have to cancel for today? He should be at Eldin Bridge." — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "... Oh, right! I've still gotta thank you, brother! There's some treasure in my house. Grab it. Keep it. It's yours. It's a sharp blade that Daruk himself once wielded. I'm sure you'll be able to make good use of it!" — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
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