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Game(s)The Legend of Zelda
The Adventure of Link
A Link to the Past
Oracle of Seasons
A Link Between Worlds
Non-canon AppearancesAnimated series
Captain N: The Game Master
The Legend of Zelda comic
The Crystal Trap
The Shadow Prince
Link: The Faces of Evil
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
Zelda's Adventure
Effective WeaponsSword
EXP Points20Triforce piece.png
30Triforce piece.png

Goriya is an enemy appearing in most early games of The Legend of Zelda series, first appearing in the original The Legend of Zelda. They are a kind of devil which have mastered the Boomerang as a tool of war,[1][2] making them deadly in both short and long range combat.



The Legend of Zelda


As with many enemies of the first Zelda, Goriya come in red and blue varieties, and only appear in dungeons. Blue versions can survive more punishment and supposedly are more adept at attacking.[3] It is best to focus on defending their boomerangs first with Link's shield, then attacking them while they wait for their weapon to return to them. They seem to not directly attack Link, but instead walk around randomly before shooting their Boomerang in one of the four cardinal directions. Goriya generally attack in groups of three or more. Link can first obtain the Boomerang from defeating a red Goriya in Eagle, and later obtains the Magical Boomerang from killing a blue Goriya in the Moon labyrinth.

In certain dungeons, a Goriya will be blocking passage to the next room, and only grumble at Link's presence. To please the monster and obtain entry, Link must offer it Bait purchased from a shop.

The Adventure of Link


The side-scrolling angle of The Adventure of Link managed to skew the typical Goriya's attack pattern. Instead of tossing their projectiles in random directions, they specifically target Link, and can have multiple boomerangs in the air at one time, unlike their past incarnations. They can throw boomerangs on either the "bottom" or "top" level, in the same way most bipedal enemies attack. Link must duck and stand to block the accommodating attacks with his shield[4]. If a boomerang is thrown at the bottom level, it will return to the Goriya on the top level, and vice versa.

Goriya now tend to appear in caves and fields[5] more than dungeons, and generally only appear alone or with a single partner instead of larger groups, perhaps due to the fact that they're now more challenging.

A Link to the Past

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In A Link to the Past, Goriyas are radically different. Known as Coppie in Japanese, they first appear appear in the Palace of Darkness and reappear in later Dark World dungeons such as Ganon's Tower. Their typical behavior and attacks are changed drastically. They no longer use Boomerangs, but instead copy Link's movement pattern similar to Arm-Mimics and Mask-Mimics, moving in the opposite direction to Link. While the green versions can be cornered and destroyed with the Master Sword they are especially weak to the Bow, much like the Eyegores from the same game. The red variety spits deadly fireballs when it faces Link, and like red Eyegores, they can only be killed with arrows. Defeating a red Goriya before obtaining the Mirror Shield requires Link to be inventive with his arrows and his movement. In the original SNES version of the game, Goriyas make a single appearance in the Light World in a cave on Death Mountain. In the GBA version, they were replaced with Eyegores, meaning they only appear in the Dark World in that version of the game.

Link's Awakening

The Goriya's cave on Toronbo Shores

Though only one appears in Link's Awakening, this Goriya is not an enemy, and even offers Link powerful support. He is found in a cave on southern portion of Toronbo Shores. Link can only see and speak with him at the end of the trading sequence, when he has the Magnifying Lens, at which point the Goriya offers Link to trade one of his item for the Boomerang he has found on the beach.[6][7] Link can trade the boomerang back to the Goriya at any time to recover his item.[8][9] The Boomerang is one of the most useful weapons in the game, the Goriya will even beg Link to give it back to him.[10] Not all items can be trade for the Boomerang.[11]

Oracle of Seasons


Goriya appear again as enemies in the Oracle series,[12] first appearing in the Gnarled Root Dungeon. In this game, they look otherwise identical to Moblins, suggesting a relation between the two types of monster. They behave like their original incarnations; wandering around the room and suddenly throwing Boomerangs to attack Link. Many of the enemies that appear in the Gnarled Root Dungeon evoke those that appeared in the Eagle dungeon of the original NES adventure, and these are no exception.

Main article: Brother Goriyas

Also in the Gnarled Root Dungeon, a pair of bull-like Goriyas known as the Brother Goriyas appear as minibosses.

A Link Between Worlds

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Acting like A Link to the Past, and that their appearance and attacks are similar. Using the arrow or the sword are still their weakness. The only difference is that when Link moves, the Goriyas will always walk forward when they are moving, and will not mimic Link's facing direction if Link walks sideways or backwards with his sword charging. To defeat a red Goriya, Link must use an arrow while walking away facing towards them. They appear in the Dark Palace and Treacherous Tower.

Non-canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Animated series

Goriyas as seen in the animated series

Goriyas appear in two episodes of the animated series. In "That Sinking Feeling", Ganon commands a Goriya to search for the Overworld Magnet and to use it to drag Link and Princess Zelda into the Underworld.[13] However, when the magnet accidentally pulls in a cupid statue instead, Ganon gets angry and electrocutes the Goriya for failing at his mission, causing the foe to run away in pain.[14]

In "The Moblins are Revolting", two Goriyas and two Moblins work together to attack Link while he is in his room reading a comic. However, due to their clumsiness, the Moblins and the Goriyas defeat each other without Link having to intervene. Back at the Evil Jar in the Underworld, the Moblins complain that the Goriyas got in their way, and the two monsters start fighting until Ganon electrocutes them. Tired of having to take the blame for Ganon's failed plans, a Goriya suggests that they kick Ganon out since they could do better on their own,[15] thus forming the alliance known as the Brotherhood of Underworld Monsters. Later on, when all of Ganon's monsters begin their attack on North Castle, a Goriya can be seen commanding an army of Vires to carry several Octoroks and fire bombs inside the castle,[16] but then begins fighting with another Goriya as to what their course of action should be.[17] Eventually, neither the Goriyas nor the rest of the monsters accomplish anything meaningful, and they end up returning to Ganon's command in the Underworld.

Interestingly, although the Goriya in "That Sinking Feeling" seems to speak with poor grammar just like the rest of the Moblins, the Goriyas seen in "The Moblins are Revolting" can be heard speaking correctly.

Captain N: The Game Master

A Goriya briefly appears in the "Having a Ball" episode of Captain N: The Game Master. After Link, Princess Zelda, Kevin, and Princess Lana arrive to the tunnel leading to the Island Palace, a Goriya appears and begins to rapidly throw boomerangs in the direction of the heroes, nonstop. The Goriya's boomerangs impede them from proceeding, so Link uses his Magic Shield to block the attacks while the rest of the group walks behind him. As the heroes approach the Goriya, Kevin uses his Zapper to defeat it, allowing them to continue to their destination.

The Legend of Zelda comic

In the Legend of Zelda comic, Goriyas resemble their The Adventure of Link depiction. They first appear in "Missing in Action" as one of the enemies that go after Princess Zelda and the Triforce of Wisdom. To the First Power also shows these foes capturing Link outside one of the Underworld entrances under the orders of a Wizzrobe, and are later seen attacking Princess Zelda while she is inside the Eagle Labyrinth. After Link manages to take the Triforce of Power from Ganon in The Power, several of Ganon's Goriya minions offer to serve Link, as they believe that he holds more power than their master,[18] but Link refuses.[19] However, when Link heads to a palace to search for Ganon, he is greeted outside by the same group of Goriya that had offered to serve him.[20] This time, he accepts their aid,[21] and the Goriyas give him a robe similar to that of Ganon's.[22]

Goriyas appear once again in Queen of Hearts, where they battle against Link and Queen Seline to keep them from breaking the magic container that will give the queen her magical powers back. They last make an appearance in Day of the Triforce as two Goriyas try to eat a captured Miff in Death Mountain.[23]

The Crystal Trap

The Blue Goriya that attacks Link and Princess Zelda in The Crystal Trap

In The Crystal Trap, Princess Zelda and Link are attacked by a blue Goriya after the young hero has been freed from the Crystal. Zelda shoots an arrow from her bow at the Goriya, injuring it, but then goes on to say that if the pair spares his life, he will show them a powerful weapon: a Battle Axe, which is the only thing that can defeat Ganon.[24] If Link and Zelda agree to follow the Goriya, he will lead the pair into a massive room containing the Battle Axe. The Goriya will then disappear after Link grabs the axe.

After Princess Zelda and Link run into Ganon, the evil wizard will confess that he told the Goriya to lead the young heroes to the Battle Axe, since he knew that if they found the axe, Link and Zelda would stop searching for the real weapon that could defeat Ganon: the Spear.[25]

The Shadow Prince

Goriyas are briefly mentioned in The Shadow Prince. When the King of Hyrule calls an urgent meeting to take the Triforce of Wisdom to the Fifth Castle of Ancient Hyrule, he mentions that a recent thunderstorm caused for Goriyas to fall from the sky, most likely due to the fact that Ganon's power is getting stronger.[26]

Philip's CD-i

Goriyas make appearances in all the Philip's CD-i games. In Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, they have a similar appearance to the Goriyas in the animated series: blue colored wolves in purple tunics that throw boomerangs. However in Zelda's Adventure, they resembled purple colored apes with with white hair that throw massive boomerangs. In this game Zelda can obtain the Boomerang the Goriyas use by defeating a small group of them in a clearing west of the Forest of Ogbam.



  1. "A little devil that lives underground. He uses boomerangs." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
  2. "A little devil that attacks Link by using a boomerang." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 27)
  3. "There are two of his type, blue ones and red ones. Watch out for the blue ones! They are strong." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
  4. "Fend off the boomerang with shield." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 27)
  5. "These devils are on the plains and in the caves too." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 27)
  6. "I found a good item washed up on the beach... I'll trade it to you for what you have in your B Button..." — Goriya (Link's Awakening)
  7. "You got the Boomerang in exchange for the item you had." — N/A (Link's Awakening)
  8. "Okay, let's do it! When you don't want the Boomerang any more, come back!" — Goriya (Link's Awakening)
  9. "The item came back to you. You returned the Boomerang." — N/A (Link's Awakening)
  10. "Give me back the Boomerang, I beg you! I'll return the item you gave to me!" — Goriya (Link's Awakening)
  11. "Ah... Don't give me that item... How about something else?" — Goriya (Link's Awakening)
  12. "ゴーリア
    (ゼルダの伝説 ふしぎの木の実 大地の章 任天堂公式ガイドブック (Shogakukan), pg. 124)
  13. "Oh... Ganon gonna be mad. Me find Overworld Magnet just like Ganon tell me to, but--" — Goriya (The Legend of Zelda, Episode That Sinking Feeling )
  14. "Uh, um, me aim at them, sire, but me get that instead." — Goriya (The Legend of Zelda, Episode That Sinking Feeling )
  15. "Uh, why? We can do better. Let's kick him out!" — Goriya (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
  16. "Uh, my Octobombers are gonna get them!" — Goriya (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
  17. "Airhead? Take this, potatobrain!" — Goriya (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
  18. "Link has powerful magic! Goriya serve Link! Link be master, not Ganon!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  19. "No! What am I saying? Get away from me! Get out of here!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  20. "Link let Goriya serve him now? Goriya MUST serve! Only Link has Triforce of Power! Only Link is worthy to be master!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  21. "Hmmm... Well... Why not?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  22. "Link will rule! Link is king! Link wear King robes!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  23. "Fairy made good snack! Not enough for two! Get lost!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  24. "'Spare me and I'll show you a powerful weapon,' the monster pleads. 'A battle axe. It's the only thing that can defeat Ganon, and I know where it is.'" (The Crystal Trap (Archway), pg. 13)
  25. "'My axe, you mean,' says Ganon. 'I told that goriya to lead you to it. I knew if you had the axe you'd stop looking for the real weapon that can defeat me.'" (The Crystal Trap (Archway), pg. 95)
  26. "'And a scout from Ruberry tells me a thunderstorm last week produced a hail of Goriyas!' 'Goriyas? From the sky?' Murmurs of disbelief run up and down the council table. The king nods. 'It seems that Ganon's power is growing stronger.'" (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 6, 7)

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan ゴーリア (Gōria)
コッピ (Koppi)Triforce piece.png

French France Goriya
German Germany Goriya