Death Mountain in Ocarina of Time
|Game(s)|| The Legend of Zelda|
The Adventure of Link
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Four Swords Adventures
Link's Crossbow Training
A Link Between Worlds
|Item(s)|| Heart Container|
Hammer, Magic Container
Pieces of Heart ×4, Magic Mirror, Cane of Byrna, Ether Medallion
Piece of Heart, Magic Meter, Biggoron's Sword, Gold Skulltula ×4
Piece of Heart, Poe Soul
|Related place(s)|| Death Mountain Crater, Goron City|
Appearances and Features
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, Death Mountain is both the name of the final dungeon and the region located in northern Hyrule, 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, who are said to be the guardians of the mountain. Occasionally Rocks 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 in the first quest. The mountain also has Spectacle Rock, in which Ganon keeps his hideout, simply referred to as Death Mountain.
- Main article: Death Mountain (Dungeon)
Death Mountain is a huge labyrinth found underneath the mountain itself. It is one of the largest dungeons in the series and is filled with lava pools a large number of deadly enemies such as Lanmola and Wizzrobes. It is also where the Silver Arrows are found, and where Ganon makes his final stand. Princess Zelda is held captive deep in the dungeon.
The Adventure of Link
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 due to the new style of Overworld map. 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 (notably a large number of Daira), 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 beneath Spectacle Rock, where the original game's final dungeon was located.
A Link to the Past
Death Mountain returns as a huge mountain on the northern border of Hyrule in A Link to the Past. It is home to many Deadrocks and numerous caves filled with Keese and Moldorms among other enemies. At the very peak of the seemingly unclimbable mountain is the inaccessible Tower of Hera, found beyond Spectacle Rock. Without travelling to the Dark World, he cannot scale this peak to reach the dungeon and the final Pendant. Here Link will also meet the Lost Old Man and is able to start the game after saving from his hideout in the Mountain Cave. The mountain is covered with numerous glimmering crystals that are seemingly uncovered by constantly tumbling Boulders. In the Japanese game, the mountain is only named Death Mountain in the Dark World. In the Light World, it is known as Mount Hebra (ヘブラ山), although it is seemingly considered the same location under a different name.
Its Dark World counterpart is home to Turtle Rock and Ganon's Tower, found where the Tower of Hera is in the Light World. The Dark World counterpart is volcanic, with rocks constantly dripping with magma. It has very few inhabitants, but as with the original game, Ganon's Tower itself is guarded by dangerous Lynels. The magical Cane of Byrna can be found hidden in the caves here.
Ocarina of Time
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, 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. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
- 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.
Four Swords Adventures
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. 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. 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.
A Link Between Worlds
The incarnation of Death Mountain in A Link to the Past's Hyrule returns with some modifications. The mountain is clearly volcanic in this game and is the cause of the falling rocks, much as in Ocarina of Time. Spectacle Rock was moved to a different spot that is still near the Tower of Hera and contains lava. The cave system is more complex in the eastern part and contains moving platforms that Link must jump to in order to reach the exit below without falling into the lava, with said exit leading to a portal to Lorule. As the Dark World is not present in this game, going through it is not necessary to reach the Tower of Hera.
In addition, Lorule has its own Death Mountain that is not volcanic yet contains similar jumping puzzles in the eastern section. This version is split in half, with one half containing the Treacherous Tower (located where the Tower of Hera would be in Hyrule), and the other half containing the Ice Ruins (located where Turtle Rock was in the Dark World in A Link to the Past). The mountain is covered with snow and contains enemies that use snowballs as a weapon, such as a unique variety of Hinox.
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- In Majora's Mask, Woodfall Temple is housed inside a dormant volcano filled with water. Some assume this mountain to be Termina's counterpart of Death Mountain.
- Also in Majora's Mask, Woodfall, from the outside, looks incredibly similar to the Death Mountain of Ocarina of Time, down to the ring of smoke surrounding the top.
- Many fans believe that Death Mountain appears in The Wind Waker, as Dragon Roost Island.
- The music of Death Mountain in Twilight Princess is a mix of a new drum beat and that of the original music from Goron City in Ocarina of Time.
- Many fans believe that Eldin Volcano, which appears in Skyward Sword, later becomes Death Mountain.
- "I am one of the Gorons, the stone-eating people who live on Death Mountain." — A Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "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)
- "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)
- "The road is closed beyond this point! Can't you read the sign over there?" — Death Mountain Trail Guard (Ocarina of Time)
- "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)
- "You should go see the Great Fairy on top of Death Mountain! She will power you up!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "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)
- "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)
- "Ganondorf is causing trouble on Death Mountain again! He has revived the evil, ancient dragon Volvagia!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "These lands ahead belong to the Goron tribe! The elder said no humans may pass!" — Goron (Twilight Princess)
- "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)
- "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)
- "Link... Link... We are here with our brother...in the world of darkness...." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 6)
- "Uncle?! Are you my father and mother?! It can't be!!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 7)
- "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)
- "We are in our dream... If two people dream the same thing, they will meet..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 8)
|Names in Other Regions|
| Death Mountain|
|Spanish||Montaña de la Muerte||Mountain of Death|
|French|| Mont du Péril
Montagne de la Mort
| Mount of Peril|
Mountain of Death
|Mont de la Mort||Mount of Death|
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