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Darunia OoT artwork.png
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time artwork
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
Latest appearance Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (2018)
Species Goron

Darunia is the leader and patriarch of the Goron race in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He is referred to as "big brother" by other Gorons. Darunia is also one of the seven sages, and he is named after the Mountain Town of Darunia in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Darunia also appears in Hyrule Warriors and its rereleases as a playable character.


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Link can find Darunia in his throne room in Goron City. Darunia is upset because the Goron's food source, Dodongo Cavern, has been overrun by Dodongos and sealed off by Ganondorf because Darunia refused to hand over the Goron Ruby to him. Link can enter his throne room by playing Zelda's Lullaby, as Darunia only allows those representing the Royal Family of Hyrule to visit him. At first, when Darunia hears Zelda's Lullaby, he expects it to be the Royal Family's messenger, so he allows Link to enter. Upon noticing Link, Darunia becomes frustrated and disappointed because Link is a child. Link took the advice of another Goron, who said that Darunia loves to dance, and plays Saria's Song on the Ocarina of Time. Darunia livens up and starts to dance, putting him into a better mood. He is unwilling to give Link the Goron Ruby unless he gets rid of the Dodongos in Dodongos Cavern. Darunia then gives Link the Goron Bracelet, allowing him to pick up and throw Bomb Flowers.

After Link completes Dodongo Cavern, he goes to Darunia, who thanks and congratulates him. After a comical scene in which Darunia tries to pat Link's shoulder but accidentally slams him onto the ground, Darunia makes Link his "sworn brother" and gives him the Goron Ruby as a token of their friendship. Darunia brings in two Gorons, who try to hug Link, causing him to run away.

Seven years later, when Link becomes an adult, Darunia has a son named Link, whom he named after Link himself. During this time, Ganondorf conquered Hyrule, and he threatens to feed the Gorons to Volvagia. Darunia rushed into the Fire Temple to try and rescue the Gorons. Link meets up with Darunia in the Fire Temple, and he is happy to see Link again after so many years but realizes they have no time to talk. Darunia asks for Link's help in rescuing the Gorons. Along the way, Link manages to find the Megaton Hammer, which he uses to attack and ultimately defeat Volvagia. After doing so, Link is telported to the Chamber of Sages, where Darunia reveals himself to be the Sage of Fire. He thanks Link for saving the Gorons again and gives him the Fire Medallion.

Darunia is last seen in the ending, overlooking Death Mountain with the other sages.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダルニア
Chinese (Simplified) 达鲁尼亚
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