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{{Term/Store|Volvagia||Series, OoT, OoT3D}},(TAoL | OoT)[1] also known as {{Term/Store|Barba||TAoL}},(TAoL)[2][3] is a recurring boss in The Legend of Zelda series.


The Adventure of Link

In The Adventure of Link, Barba is the guardian of Three-Eye Rock Palace, where Link must place the last of the six Crystal shards in the temple's statue in order to dispel the barrier on the Great Palace. Barba's boss room has three lava pits. It rises from the depths of the lava and directly into the air, keeping its head away from the range of Link's Sword. It breathes a stream of fire at him. Its attacks will often knock Link into the lava if he is hit, so Link must time his jumps to avoid the flames. Barba can be beaten if Link uses the Jump Magic to leap into the air and strike the dragon on its head. It is also possible to defeat it by using the Jump Thrust, though this method is more risky, as it is easier to fall into the lava.

In the original Japanese version of The Adventure of Link for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Barba's design looks more like a traditional Eastern dragon. In the international release, it was updated to look more like a Western dragon, made wider and shorter, and given an animated body and head. Barba's official artwork still reflects its original appearance.

The layout of the boss room was also changed,[how?] to remove an exploit that allowed Link to defeat Barba easily when it appears on the left side of the screen.

Ocarina of Time

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It's the Boss of the Fire Temple, revived by the Evil King. I don't know its weak point...

In Ocarina of Time, Subterranean Lava Dragon: Volvagia[4] was an ancient Dragon that lived in the depths of Death Mountain and was essentially the spirit of the Mountain.[5] It was said that a legendary Goron destroyed it with the use of the Megaton Hammer. By the time of Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf revived the Dragon to secure the Fire Temple from intrusion, feeding Gorons to Volvagia to make an example to other races that might revolt against him. Incited by Darunia's son, Link sets out to destroy Volvagia to stop the Dragon from escaping the temple and turning Hyrule into a burning wasteland.

As Link steps onto the main octagonal platform of the boss room, the room shakes and the small rectangular platform behind him sinks into the lava. Then, Volvagia emerges from one of the holes on the main platform. It flies around the room whilst breathing fire before entering another hole.

The battle is designed akin to a Whac-A-Mole game, as there are nine holes, and Link must whack the Dragon when it comes out using the Megaton Hammer. On the battlefield, there are pits of fire that Volvagia bursts out of to attack Link. Its head and upper body pop out from pits that are spitting fire. When emerging from a pit,Volvagia swings its flaming hair around to cause damage. Once Volvagia comes out of one of the nine pits, it executes one of three attacks. It will either reveal only its upper half, come out entirely to give chase while breathing fire, or fly up to the room's ceiling to trigger a rockfall.

When Volvagia comes out only halfway, it does one of two things, depending where Link is at the moment. If Link is far away, it breathes fire. If Link is up close, it tries to slash him. Link must get close to the Dragon and strike its head with the Megaton Hammer. Should Link miss the initial window before Volvagia's quick attack, another will present itself just after it is finished, just before retreating back under the platform. Once stunned with the Megaton Hammer, Link can slash Volvagia with the Master Sword or hit him on the head again with the Hammer until the Dragon recedes back into its pit. Eventually, it leaves its pit and attacks Link out on the platform, flying through the air. It can either cause rocks to fall down at Link or follow him trying to burn him. At that point, Link can use the Bow to fend off Volvagia, or he can go to the edge of the platform and hang there while the rocks fall down. Arrows can damage Volvagia, although they cannot defeat it. Its health can be brought down using only Arrows, but it will not be defeated until it is struck with the Megaton Hammer or the Sword while stunned.

After six slashes with the Master Sword while it is stunned, Volvagia will be defeated. Link witnesses the Dragon's body burning into a skeleton and its skull crashing to the ground. It moves its jaw one last time and burns up, rewarding Link with a Heart Container. Darunia then awakens as the Sage of Fire and grants Link the Fire Medallion.

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Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)

In the Ocarina of Time manga by Akira Himekawa, child Link purchases a baby Volvagia from the Hyrule Town Market, intending to set it free. Instead, Volvagia chooses to follow Link. Eventually, Volvagia learns to say Link's name in thanks for its freedom, and the two part ways.

When Link returns to Hyrule as an adult, Volvagia had been enthralled by Ganondorf into haunting the Fire Temple. Disheartened, Link is forced to slay his friend in order to both save the Gorons and put Volvagia out of its misery. With its dying breath, Volvagia whispers Link's name in thanks for once again being freed.

Later, as Link crosses the Haunted Wasteland, a spectre takes the form of Volvagia's disembodied head, suffering grievous pain, in an attempt to lure Link away from the safe path through the desert.


Volga in his Dragon form from Hyrule Warriors
  • Volvagia, along with King Dodongo, are the only two bosses in Ocarina of Time to have a special battle theme.
  • In the Nintendo 64 version of the game, Volvagia is once referred to as male.[6] This was fixed in Ocarina of Time 3D.[7]
  • An Arwing was used to test Volvagia's flight patterns.[8]
  • Valoo from The Wind Waker is suggested to be Volvagia's descendant in Hyrule Historia.[9]
  • Volga, a villain in Hyrule Warriors, shares many similarities with Volvagia. They have similar names, both utilize the fire element, and Volga's helmet resembles Volvagia's skull. Additionally, Volga can take on a Dragon form which resembles Volvagia.
  • Blizzagia, a boss in Tri Force Heroes, is an icy counterpart of Volvagia.


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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese バルバジア (Barubajia)(TAoL)
灼熱穴居竜ヴァルバジア (Shakunetsu Kekkyo Ryū Varubajia)(OoT)
Scorching Hot Cave-Dwelling Dragon: Volvagia(OoT)
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 灼热穴居龙瓦尔巴基亚 Scorching Hot Cave Dwelling Dragon: Volvagia
French-speaking countries French Dragon des Profondeurs: Volcania Dragon of the Depths: Volcania
Canada FrenchCA Volcania: Dragon des profondeurs (OoT3D) Volcania: Dragon of the Depths
Federal Republic of Germany German Subterraner Lavadrachoid: Volvagia Subterranean Lava Dragonoid: Volvagia
Italian Republic Italian Varubaja drago di magma Varubaja: Dragon of Magma
Republic of Korea Korean 작열용암용 밸버지아 (Jakryeol Yong'am'yong Baelbeojia) (OoT3D) Scorching Lava Dragon: Valvagia
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Dragón de Lava Subterráneo: Volvagia Underground Lava Dragon: Volvagia
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Dragón de lava subterráneo: Volvagia (OoT3D) Underground Lava Dragon: Volvagia



  1. "Volvagia"  (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse) pg. 146)
  2. "Barba"  (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books) pg. 132)
  3. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 211
  4. "Volvagia"  (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books) pg. 180)
  5. "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)
  6. "A long time ago there was an evil dragon named Volvagia living in this mountain. That dragon was very scary! He ate Gorons! Using a huge hammer, the hero of the Gorons... BOOOM! Destroyed it just like that. This is a myth from long ago, but it's true! I know, because my dad is a descendant of the hero!" — Link (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "A long time ago there was an evil dragon named Volvagia living in this mountain. That dragon was very scary! It ate Gorons!" — Link (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  8. "Volvagia is a dragon, so it wriggles and undulates. I only gave Morita-san the dragon model parts, but he set it in motion immediately. It was mysterious how he could do that. [...] I couldn't help but ask how he did it. He said it was the same as the programming for Star Fox 64. There's this scene when another fighter aircraft is tailing Arwing and..." —Satoru Takizawa (Iwata Asks: Ocarina of Time 3D: Original Development Staff - Part 2)
  9. "Even after the land of Hyrule was sealed away, the guardian spirits of the three pearls of the goddesses remain. They are thought to be descended from Volvagia, the Deku Tree, and Jabu-Jabu, spirits that existed during the Era of the Hero of Time."  (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 127)
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