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Death Mountain
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Death Mountain in Ocarina of Time
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Death Mountain is a tall, volcanic mountain located in Hyrule that has been featured in several Zelda games.

Appearances and Features

The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, Death Mountain is located in northern Hyrule and is in the appearance of a large, sprawling expanse of rock covering the northern border of the map. The mountain range is usually home to some of the more stronger enemies in the game, such as Lynels. Occasionally boulders will also fall from the hills and the mountains also have 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 dungeon Lizard Labyrinth in the first quest. The mountain also has Spectacle Rock, in which Ganon keeps his hideout, the Death Mountain Labyrinth.

The Adventure of Link

Death Mountain in A Link to the Past

In The Adventure of Link, the area of Hyrule that was seen in the game's prequel, The Legend of Zelda, can be seen in the deep south of Western Hyrule, although was made considerably smaller but still retaining much of the same shape. This area of Hyrule also includes the Death Mountain region, but greatly expanded in The Adventure of Link. Death Mountain, located south of the Water Town of Saria, is comprised of a dozen or so different tunnels that house many enemies, 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 a hammer hidden in a cave.

A Link to the Past

Once more, Death Mountain returns as a huge mountain on the northern border of Hyrule in A Link to the Past. It is home to the Tower of Hera, Spectacle Rock, and many Deadrocks and Lynels. Its Dark World counterpart is home to Turtle Rock and Ganon's Tower. In the Japanese game, the mountain is only named Death Mountain in the Dark World. In the Light World, it is known as Mt. Hebra (ヘブラ山).

Ocarina of Time

The Death Mountain Trail

In Ocarina of Time, Death Mountain is home to the Gorons, a peaceful race of people who eat rocks and are exceptionally good at forging blades,[1] and, among them, Biggoron who lives on the mountain itself. It can only be reached via a gate in Kakariko Village, but anyone wishing to travel up to Death Mountain will need the King's permission.[2] 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.[3]

Death Mountain Trail

In order to reach the upper part of Death Mountain and the Goron City itself, Link must travel through the Death Mountain Trail, which proves to be a challenge due to its abundance of Tektites and giant boulders. However, the path to the Death Mountain Trail is initially closed off and will not open until Link shows Zelda's Letter to the knight guarding the gate.[4][5]

Death Mountain Trail takes Link to all of the prominent locations of Death Mountain. It is home to Dodongo's Cavern, where young Link faces the giant King Dodongo, eventually receiving the Goron's Ruby in the process. By scaling up the trail, the young hero can arrive to the home of the Gorons. Death Mountain Crater, the inner part of the volcano of Death Mountain and the location of the Fire Temple, can be accessible either via the Goron City or by climbing up the mountain through the Death Mountain Trail.

Atop the mountain trail is a Great Fairy Fountain where the Great Fairy of Power living within will grant Link the Magic Meter and the Magic Spin Attack.[6] Another Great Fairy Fountain is found inside the crater, which doubles the young hero's magic meter.

During young Link's time, Death Mountain is an active volcano.[7] Any time the young hero approaches the northernmost part of the mountain in an attempt to climb it up to the crater, the volcano will activate itself. As such, Link must equip himself with a proper shield in order to safely climb it. Biggoron, the giant Goron involved in the Biggoron's Sword sidequest, resides behind the mountain next to the crater entrance, although since he is always rolled up, Link cannot see him until he approaches him. Kaepora Gaebora can also be found top the highest point of the trail near the Great Fairy Fountain entrance. He will offer to give Link a ride down to Kakariko Village.[8]

After Link withdraws the Master Sword from its pedestal, Ganondorf revives the ancient dragon Volvagia and stirs up trouble at the depths of the crater, causing Death Mountain's white clouds to turn into red, fiery ones.[9] It isn't until Link defeats Volvagia that Death Mountain returns to normal and the volcano stops its spontaneous eruptions, allowing the young hero to safely scale up the mountain.

Four Swords

Main article: Death Mountain (Four Swords)

Death Mountain appears in the Four Swords as one of the four initial stages. By clearing the stage and defeating the boss, the Links receives a Great Key from a Great Fairy. The key received depends on how many Rupees were collected.

The boss of Death Mountain is a ball of fire called Great Flame, and the symbol is the Fire Element.

Four Swords Adventures

Death Mountain is also the third level in Four Swords Adventures. It consists of three stages: Death Mountain Foothills, The Mountain Path, and Tower of Flames.

Twilight Princess

Death Mountain in Twilight Princess

Death Mountain is featured once again in Twilight Princess, and is still home to the Goron tribe. Due to its volcanic nature, the mountain also boasts a number of geological curiosities, like powerful steam jets, and even mineral-rich Hot Springs. While the mountain is not quite as active as it was during child Link's climb in Ocarina of Time, Death Mountain experiences frequent eruptions early on in the game due to events related to the Twilight.

Sticking to the Gorons' reputation as skilled metal smiths, metal structures have be erected around the face of the mountain to provide access to areas which are otherwise unreachable, and the Gorons themselves can give each other (and Link) a leg-up 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 impressive magnetic cranes. The mine is also home to a number of familiar monsters, like Torch Slugs and Dodongos.

When Link first tries to climb up Death Mountain, the Gorons will attack him upon sight due to an order from the Goron Elder.[10] To be able to successfully get through the mountain, the young hero must use the Iron Boots to not get knocked down by the Gorons' roll attack and thus be able to stop them on their tracks. Link will eventually reach the main area of Death Mountain but will be greeted by a giant, falling rock from the mountain's volcano. After successfully evading the Gorons and using them to launch himself higher up into the mountains, the young hero enters the Gorons' dwelling, where he is informed by Gor Coron that he will not allow Link to enter the Goron Mines, which are sacred to the Gorons, unless he beats him in a match of sumo.[11] Successfully defeating the Goron Elder will allow Link to enter the mines and obtain the second Fused Shadow, saving Darbus and obtaining the Gorons' respect along the way.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

The Death Mountain stage of Link's Crossbow Training

Death Mountain appears in Stage 2 of Link's Crossbow Training as the Goron Target Practice. The central area of the Goron's lair is the first two screens of the stage. Gorons will 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.

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

In Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, a mountain called Mount Desma (デスマヤマ Desuma Yama) appears. This might be just a new name for Death Mountain, as in one of the Yamatami tribe's ancient books is written that Mount Desma is "the Mountain of Death". Comparision of the Japanese names further suggests this. "Yama" is the Japanese word for "mountain", whereas "Desuma" differs only one Japanese letter from "Desu".

A Link to the Past comic

Death Mountain in the A Link to the Past comic

In the A Link to the Past comic, Death Mountain is on the borders of the Desert of Mystery, unlike in the game, where Death Mountain is far north and the desert is to the south-west.

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 young hero, 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, although justifiable, would turn him into a beast if he were to enter.[15] Shortly afterward, 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.




  1. "I am one of the Gorons, the stone-eating people who live on Death Mountain." — A Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "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." — Kakariko Village soldier (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "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)
  4. "The road is closed beyond this point! Can't you read the sign over there?" — Death Mountain Trail Guard (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "What kind of funny game has our Princess come up with now?! OK, OK, all right. You can go now... Just be careful, Mr. Hero! Wah hah ha ha hah!" — Death Mountain Trail Guard (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "You should go see the Great Fairy on top of Death Mountain! She will power you up!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "If you're going to climb Death Mountain, you should equip a proper shield! It is an active volcano, after all!" — Hylian Knight (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "I will perch here and wait for you. When you're ready to go back down, I can help you!" — Kaepora Gaebora (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "Ganondorf is causing trouble on Death Mountain again! He has revived the evil, ancient dragon Volvagia!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "These lands ahead belong to the Goron tribe! The elder said no humans may pass!" — Goron (Twilight Princess)
  11. "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)
  12. "Link! Your priority should be finding the next pendant... Go to the Tower of Hera atop Death Mountain...." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 4)
  13. "Link... Link... We are here with our brother...in the world of darkness...." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 6)
  14. "Uncle?! Are you my father and mother?! It can't be!!" (A Link to the Past (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 (Nintendo Power), pg. 8)

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Lon Lon RanchLakeside LaboratoryFishing HoleLake HyliaKokiri ForestInside the Deku TreeLost WoodsSacred Forest MeadowMarketHyrule CastleGerudo ValleyGerudo's FortressHaunted WastelandDesert ColossusKakariko VillageKakariko GraveyardDeath MountainGoron CityDeath Mountain TrailZora's RiverZora's DomainZora's FountainHyrule FieldHyrule Image Map.jpg

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Hyrule in Twilight Princess
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