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TAoL Goriya orange art.jpg
Artwork of an orange Goriya from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
First appearance The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Latest appearance Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda (update/physical release) (2020)
Notable member(s)
Goriya Bros.
Hungry Goriya
Goriya (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past)
This article is about the boomerang-wielding enemy first found in The Legend of Zelda. For the copying enemy first found in A Link to the Past, see Goriya (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past).

Goriyas are boomerang-throwing wolf-like devils found in some early games. Oftentimes, they have prominent white mustaches.


The Legend of Zelda series[edit]

The Legend of Zelda[edit]

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Goriyas first appear in The Legend of Zelda, where they come in both red and blue variants, with the blue ones being stronger. Both types walk around rooms, occasionally throwing their boomerangs forwards, which can damage Link. They commonly appear in large groups, typically ranging from three to eight. They first appear in the first labyrinth, Eagle, but appear most prominently in the seventh one, Demon. Defeating a specific group of red ones in Eagle gives Link the boomerang to use, while defeating a group of blue ones in Moon gives him the Magical Boomerang; once the latter is obtained, the boomerangs that Goriyas throw resemble Magical Boomerangs.

On a few occasions, a hungry Goriya will block a path in a dungeon, only leaving if Link gives some food to it.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link[edit]

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In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Goriyas are among the remnants of Ganon's minions who wish to resurrect him by spilling Link's blood on his ashes. They now appear in orange, red, and blue, with the middle-strength red ones appearing first. They now commonly appear in caves or on plains regions, and tend to attack alone or in duos. They can throw their boomerangs in an overhand or underhand swing, affecting its height. From an overhand swing, the boomerang will always go over Link's standing height, though from underhand it may go underneath him or be on the level of his legs, with the latter needing jumped or blocked with the Magical Shield via crouching. After it has passed Link, it will circle back on his level, being at chest level for the above and leg-height tosses and at his leg level for the underneath ones, so he must turn around to block it. As the color variations get stronger, the quicker succession they throw boomerangs, with orange ones only throwing one every few moments, red ones throwing a continuous volley and occasionally throwing two back-to-back in even faster succession, and blue ones acting similar but mostly throwing the quick consecutive pairs.

Early in the game, a red Goriya in a cave at Tantari Desert stole a trophy from a house in the Town of Ruto. Defeating it and returning the trophy earns Link the Jump magic.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening[edit]

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In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, a single Goriya can be found in a cave at Toronbo Shores with the aide of the Magnifying Lens. This Goriya is friendly, and will trade his powerful boomerang for certain items Link has in his inventory. However, if spoken to again, he will eagerly ask for it back. Likely due to his role, this Goriya has a friendlier design. In Link's Awakening DX, the Zora in Animal Village gives a hint for finding the Goriya.

If the Goriya's room is entered through glitching in certain situations, an enemy using Goriya's graphics will appear.[1] It uses Mask-Mimic's behavior, and in DX, palette, so it seems to be a Mask-Mimic with the wrong graphics loaded, likely due to sharing the same tile coordinates between locations. Worth noting is this behavior is extremely similar to the A Link to the Past enemy of the same English name.

In the Nintendo Switch remake, the Goriya's mustache has been reinterpreted as a bare muzzle with a split lip.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons[edit]

Main article: Goriya Bros.

In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, ordinary Goriyas do not appear, but two Goriya brothers appear as the mid-boss of the first dungeon, the Gnarled Root Dungeon. The dungeon also features ordinary red Moblins throwing boomerangs as a callback to Goriyas.

CD-i games[edit]

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Link: The Faces of Evil[edit]

In Link: The Faces of Evil, Goriyas appear as muscular blue wolves and still throw boomerangs, though they may walk around or crouch in place while doing so. They first appear at the beginning of the game in the icy Nortinka alongside Moblin Spearthrowers. In Harlequin Bazaar, it is shown that Harlequin turns Koridians who lose at his gambling games into Goriyas.

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon[edit]

In Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, Goriyas look and act the same as in The Faces of Evil, but are introduced much later in the game. They first appear in Nokani Forest, and reappear in the final area, Reesong Palace.

Zelda's Adventure[edit]

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In Zelda's Adventure, Goriyas resemble indigo-clothed white-furred yeti or lion-like humanoids and make roaring noises. One can first be found around the Plain of Andor, and drops the boomerang spell when defeated.

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda[edit]

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In Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda, Goriyas based on a mixture of their traits from previous artwork appear as one of the new enemies in the future Hyrule, appearing in red and blue and primarily appearing in forest areas. They can now additionally throw their boomerangs diagonally from themselves. The boomerangs travel two spaces at a time to the beat of the music.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴーリア
Goriya, potentially from the Spanish word "guerrilla," which is pronounced very similar in its language of origin