The Gorons are a race of rock people inhabiting Hyrule, Termina and several other countries, typically living in mountain ranges. Gorons are one of the most consistently present races throughout the Zelda series, along with Hylians. By the time of The Wind Waker, other major races such as the Zora, Kokiri and Deku are nowhere to be found, presumably having either evolved or migrated. In Skyward Sword, which is shown to be much earlier than the other Zelda games, the Goron race is still exactly the same, but all other races (excluding the Hylians) either do not make an appearance or have not evolved yet.
The Gorons are a large, mountain-dwelling race, with sizes ranging from medium, tall and even gigantic. The largest known Goron in the series is Biggoron, who is roughly about the same height as the peak of Death Mountain. Gorons typically live in or under mountain ranges of several countries, including mountains such as Death Mountain of Hyrule and Snowhead of Termina, among others. Although they are also adapt at living in non-mountainous regions, as seen in some titles such as in The Minish Cap and Twilight Princess, and it is not uncommon to see Gorons come down from their mountain homes or even travel to faraway lands, such as in The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword. Some also live on islands, such as on Goron Island. Befitting with that of their habitat, their durable, round bodies greatly resemble that of stones and boulders, and nearly all Gorons have a hide of ridged stones on their backsides. They usually have light brown skin; however, green, red, and blue Gorons have also been seen only in the world of Labrynna. They also have small eyes and noticeable lips, which conceal unaligned square teeth. Combined with their round shape, Gorons can also curl themselves into a ball shape and roll like a boulder, which is also their primary attack against enemies.
Gorons possess immense strength which many in their race are proud of, and many groups of Gorons like to hold competitions that test each other's physical strength and even rolling ability, including competitions such as sumo wrestling and rolling racing, among others. While Gorons do have many strengths, they are also not without their weaknesses. Gorons tend to move slowly, which their ability to roll makes up for, and one of their apparent weaknesses is deep water as they cannot swim. However as mentioned in Twilight Princess, Gorons can hold their breath for long periods without ever needing to breathe and thus cannot drown. Another common trait is that they have symbols in the shape of the Goron's Ruby tattooed to the sides of their arms, whether this is natural or not is unknown.
The diet of Gorons consist almost strictly of rocks mined from nearby quarries, although it has been shown in other titles that Gorons also eat other kinds of foods. In the Oracle series, Gorons also drink lava, either in the form of Lava Juice or Lava Soup. Oracle of Ages also had a drink called Goronade, which acts much like an energy drink. In The Minish Cap, Biggoron had indicated that he likes to eat steel or iron, and asked Link to give him his Small Shield to "nibble" on, which eventually turned it into the Mirror Shield. In Phantom Hourglass it was mentioned that young Gorons may eat Wood Hearts to grow big and strong. It was also implied in Twilight Princesss that Gorons may drink milk.
Groups of Gorons often live in close-knit communities within their home mountains, often led by an elder leader, such as Darunia, the leader of the Death Mountain Gorons in Ocarina of Time. Gorons are very close and respectful to others of their own kind, and often refer to each other as "Brothers". Though the Gorons are a friendly race, they can also be slow to trust outsiders, and may come off as cautious or even aggressive depending on the situation. However if an outsider is able to prove their worth, usually in a test of strength, skill, intelligence, or courage, the Goron tribe will accept them and come to call them one of their "Brothers".
Some Gorons are also known to be skilled smiths, notably Medigoron and Biggoron, of which the latter is responsible for creating the Biggoron's Sword. They are also known for harvesting bombs from the Bomb Flowers which grows in Death Mountain, sometimes also called the Goron's Special Crop. A few Gorons, notably Gorko, have been shown to be interested in archaeology, uniquely amongst the many Hyrulean races.
The Goron race have also been noted by fans for lack of any identifiable females.
Ocarina of Time
Ocarina of Time was the first Zelda title to introduce the Gorons. The Gorons live within Death Mountain, in a large dome-shaped cavern which they call Goron City. This city houses several rooms, stairways and also a giant vase at the bottom floor (which contains a Heart Piece, provided that the vase is spinning). There is also a shop on the bottom floor as well, run by a Goron. Many Gorons populate Goron City, but some do venture out into the trail and are willing to give directions to the city if spoken to. At first glance, the Gorons look like smooth boulders lying down; but will uncurl themselves if approached. The Gorons also have their own mining complex, Dodongo's Cavern. Its entrance lays at the base of the mountain trail, and the Gorons mine there for the 'most nutritious and best tasting' rocks which they eat. One Goron mentions that the Gorons have became such gourmets that they refuse to eat ordinary rocks, and thus rely on the mines for their only source of food.
The Gorons in Ocarina of Time are governed by a single leader, a large Goron named Darunia who often stays in his room on the bottom floor. Another notable Goron is Biggoron, a gigantic Goron who is too large to live with the other Gorons, and thus resides on the peak of Death Mountain. Biggoron also has a younger brother named Medigoron who is much smaller, but still about two to three times the size of a normal Goron, and lives in his cramped workshop, Medigoron's Blade Store, within Goron City. Both Gorons are blacksmiths, but the eldest brother Biggoron is more skilled in his work than his brother. As an adult, Link can purchase a Giant's Knife from Medigoron for 200 Rupees, which will break after striking enemies or hard surfaces four times. Biggoron, however, is able to craft an indestructible blade, the Biggoron's Sword, which Link can obtain at the end of the Biggoron's Sword Trading Sequence.
Before Opening the Door of Time
The Gorons also guard the Spiritual Stone of Fire, more commonly known to them as The Goron's Ruby, which is received after beating Dodongo's Cavern. The Spiritual Stone of Fire was originally guarded on a high platform, which could only be reached by crossing a rope, until Darunia took it and guarded it himself in his room. The Gorons also grow a special kind of explosive plant called a Bomb Flower, a flower that acts like a bomb which the Gorons use for mining.
When Link goes to Goron City with the intention of acquiring their Spiritual Stone, he learns from the Gorons that a gigantic boulder had blocked the only entrance to their mining complex, Dodongo's Cavern. Because of this, the Gorons can no longer mine for the rocks they eat, and are now starving because of their rock shortage. Some of the Gorons had became so hungry, that a few had went to the Spiritual Stone of Fire with the intention of giving it just a little lick, only to find it missing from where it was usually kept. Darunia had taken the Spiritual Stone and guarded it himself to prevent the others from possibly eating it. In the process he had locked himself in his room, saying that he would only come out whenever Hyrule's royal messenger arrives. When Link plays Zelda's Lullaby on the doormat to Darunia's room, Darunia opens his door, thinking the Royal Family's messenger has arrived. But when Darunia sees that it was only a child, he becomes furious, saying that the Gorons are having their own problems, don't need a child, and tells Link to leave him alone.
Some of the Gorons tell of the tunnel that leads to the Lost Woods, where "Saria's Song" can be heard, and that sometimes Darunia likes to listen to it. When Link plays Saria's Song to the Goron leader, Darunia begins to dance madly, and instantly becomes happier. Darunia had then asked Link to help them with their problem, and that he would award Link with the Spiritual Stone but only if Link helped them, which Link agrees to and is given the Goron Bracelet which allows him to pick up heavy objects such as Bomb Flowers. Link manages to find a Bomb Flower and use it to unblock the entrance. He goes inside the mining complex and eventually defeats the boss there, the King Dodongo. Darunia tells Link that Ganondorf had approached the Goron tribe and had blocked the entrance to their mines, threatening them that he would only unblock it if they had gave him the Spiritual Stone of Fire. But Ganondorf was still refused and had left the Gorons with their blocked mines. Now that the mines were finally safe again, Darunia and two Gorons dropped down to Link and announced that he was now one of them, a sworn 'brother', and gave him the Spiritual Stone of Fire for his efforts. The Gorons also want to give Link a 'Goron hug', which Link runs away from.
After the Door of Time is Opened
Link awakens seven years into the future, where he finds himself as an adult and is told by Rauru, one of the six sages, to go out and awaken the other five sages to aid him in the battle against Ganondorf. During the seven years Link slept, Ganondorf wreaked more havoc on Death Mountain. Its trail became more dangerous and red smoke surrounded the mountain, reflecting its tumultuous state. After arriving in Goron City, Link finds that the Gorons' home is completely empty. There is however a single, rolling Goron who can be stopped with the use of a bomb. This Goron introduces himself as 'Link, Hero of the Gorons' who admires the real Link. Link the Goron says that he is the son of Darunia, and tells Link that Ganondorf had revived an evil dragon named Volvagia that, according to Goron lore, had preyed on Gorons and was defeated by a Goron hero who had used the Megaton Hammer in a battle against it. Darunia is a descendant of that Goron. More recently however, Ganondorf had captured nearly all of the Gorons and held them captive as prisoners in the Fire Temple, where he threatened to feed them all to the revived Volvagia, as an example to all of the other races who might question his rule over Hyrule. The only other Gorons who weren't taken captive were Biggoron, Medigoron, and the Goron who runs the shop in Goron City. Darunia was not captured, but went into The Fire Temple to defeat Volvagia and to save his people. Link the Goron fears the worst and pleads with Link to save the Goron race. Link the Goron then gives him a Red Tunic and tells him of a secret passageway to the other half of the Death Mountain crater that can be accessed by pushing away a block in Darunia's room. There, Link finds the bridge that led to the temple.
Inside The Fire Temple, Link reunites with Darunia in the room that held the boss door. Although Darunia is glad to see him again and would love to have a man-to-man talk to him, Darunia has to save his tribe and was going to fight Volvagia, even though he didn't have the Megaton Hammer with him. He asks Link to free the Goron prisoners and then goes inside. Most of the small keys in The Fire Temple were used to free the prisoner Gorons, who gave Link advice about the temple before escaping. Their prisoner cells often also held important items, such as more keys, which makes freeing all of the Gorons necessary in order to clear the dungeon. After Link freed all of the prisoner Gorons and defeated Volvagia with the Megaton Hammer, Darunia was awakened and realized that he was the Sage of Fire. He gives Link the Fire Medallion, which was also a symbol of their friendship. Afterwards all of the other Gorons return to their city, and thank Link again if spoken to.
In Majora's Mask, the Gorons live in the Snowhead area, in the north of Termina. They include the Goron Elder, the Goron Elder's Son, and until recently, Darmani. Throughout the plot of Majora's Mask, Link learns to become a Goron himself by using the Goron Mask.
Unfortunately, Goron Village and Mountain Village have been plagued by harsh snow and ice, changing the usually warm habitat of the Gorons. The source was apparently Snowhead Temple, so Darmani went to investigate. Sadly, he was blown off the trail by a blizzard and died along the way, but Link heals his soul using the Song of Healing. After Darmani's soul came to rest, Link obtained the Goron Mask.
In Goron Village, the Baby Goron has been crying ever since his father left. Link must calm him by taking the form of Darmani using the Goron Mask and playing the Goron Lullaby, partially learned from the Goron Elder, who is frozen just outside of the village area. Unfreezing Gorons requires Hot Spring Water, found near Darmani's grave.
After clearing Snowhead and defeating Goht, Goron Link is allowed to participate in the Goron Race. However, the entrance is blocked by a large boulder which can only be broken using a Powder Keg. To get one, Link must visit the Medigoron near the Goron Village and carry the Powder Keg from the village to the rock. If Link wins the race, he receives a Bottle filled with Gold Dust.
There is one Goron who visits Clock Town during the three days Link is in town. His name is Link. This Link has a reservation at the Stock Pot Inn, and he claims it at four on the first day. However, Link can check in before his Goron of the same name, because Anju has a difficult time remembering the faces of the customers.
Gorons appear in both the lands of Holodrum and Labrynna in the Oracle games. Unlike other Zelda titles, the Gorons in Holodrum and Labrynna have skin color that ranges from the usual yellow to red, green and blue.
Oracle of Ages
In Oracle of Ages, Gorons live in both the peaks of Rolling Ridge of Labrynna, as well as the base of the mountain. Unlike the Gorons of Holodrum, there are a lot more Gorons in Labrynna and make up most if not all of Rolling Ridge's population, they are also in fact one of the larger Goron tribes in the Zelda series. There are more Gorons in the past then there are in present day, suggesting that some may have died off or migrated.
The Gorons of Labrynna exhibit many interests in playing games as well as dancing, their sense of society also closely resembles that of the Goron tribe in Hyrule's Death Mountain, as they have an elder and test outsiders in skill before calling them a "Brother". The base and eastern peak of Rolling Ridge appears to have the most activity, as well as many tunnels that lead to the base and vice versa. This is where most of the mini-games that Link can play, a requirement in order to access the sixth dungeon, Mermaid's Cave, and also where the Goron Dance Hall is held. Oracle of Ages requires that Link completes the fifth dungeon, Crown Dungeon, before allowing access to the base and eastern peak of Rolling Ridge.
The western peak of Rolling Ridge is less active, but also appears to be the main caverns of the Gorons. The western peak is probably also the main area where Bomb Flowers are grown, most notably in the past. In present day the Goron Elder, who slightly looks like Darunia of Ocarina of Time, became trapped under some fallen rocks and could not get out. The other Gorons had tried to break away the rocks, but even with their Goron strength, they couldn't break it and required the use of a Bomb Flower, which hadn't been seen in years. In the past, the Great Moblin had built his fortress in the western peak of Rolling Ridge and had kept all of the Bomb Flowers for himself. Once Link had defeated the Great Moblin, the Gorons had their Bomb Flowers returned to them. As thanks, Link was rewarded a Bomb Flower which he took into present day to free the Goron elder, who admits that he was not in any trouble at all.
The Goron Dance mini-game is hosted by a blue Goron in present day and by a red Goron in the past, where they instruct dance moves to other Gorons in the Goron Dance Hall. According to the red Goron, he is the first generation of "Graceful Dancers", and that the blue Goron is the fifth generation. To join in, Link had to pay 10 rupees in present day or 20 rupees in the past to dance with them. The Goron Dance Hall is where at least seven Gorons do a dance in rhythm, under the instructions of their instructor. According to the dance instructors, only people who dance well will be considered a Goron. When Link completed this mini-game, he was officially dubbed a fellow "Brother" within the tribe and was given the Brother Emblem, allowing him access to a tunnel that was being blocked by a Goron from non-"brothers". Other games that the Gorons in Labrynna play include the Target Carts game that involves shooting targets with the Seed Shooter, and a game where Link had to dodge falling bombs for a certain amount of time, called the Big Bang Game. Several Gorons also asked that Link find them items such as Rock Sirloin, Goronade and the Goron Vase. Eventually after completing a number of requests and mini-games, Link was rewarded the Mermaid Key that provided him access to the Mermaid's Cave.
Oracle of Seasons
In Oracle of Seasons, Gorons live in a cave in Mt. Cucco, near where the Temple of Seasons once stood in Holodrum. Unlike the Gorons of Labrynna, these Gorons do not appear to have a Goron elder, or at least not refer to anyone as their leader. Although Biggoron does reside with them and may be their elder, however he has to stay outside due to his largeness. While the seasons are in chaos, Mt. Cucco experiences cold winters most of the time, forcing all of the Gorons but Biggoron to stay inside the caves.
Due to the cold winters, Biggoron had caught a cold, which was cured when Link gives him Lava Soup as part of the Trading Sequence. In return, Biggoron gives Link the rare Goron Vase, which can be then given to Ingo who lives in Sunken City.
A solitary, red Goron lives in a separate cave from the others. When visited, the Goron will thank Link for visiting him and reward him with a level 2 Ring Box, capable of allowing Link to equip three rings instead of one. The main cave in which the Gorons live can be used as a shortcut to the Temple of Seasons or as the sole entry to the peak where Biggoron resides.
The Wind Waker
These Traveling Merchants can be found scattered across three islands on the Great Sea. If Link has the Deku Leaf, he can use it to blow a Merchant's hat into the air, revealing that they are Gorons. These Gorons may be the few, last remnants of their diminished race, likely due in no small part to the Great Flood. They claim to be from a "far away" place, which may very well be the land which will eventually become New Hyrule, where many Gorons live. These merchant Gorons will trade with Link if he has purchased an item from Zunari.
The Wandering Merchants can be found on or near their rafts, which appears to be their main form of transportation. Three of these Gorons appear in The Wind Waker, at Mother & Child Isles, Greatfish Isle, and Bomb Island. The merchants seem to know where each other are stationed, as each merchant will mention which at islands the other two can be found.
Each Goron merchant also wears a differently colored hat and shirt.
|Wandering Merchants (Figurine from The Wind Waker)|
|| Birthplace: Unknown.|
Favorite Food: Rocks.
These businessmen are traveling the world in search of curios and oddities, each with the hope of someday opening his own shop.
Nobody knows where these wandering merchants have come from or where they're headed.
Island Trading Sequence
- Main article: Island Trading Sequence
In The Wind Waker, each Goron has a different item that Link may trade with. This process is known as the Island Trading Sequence. Every time Link trades with a Goron, not only does he form the Merchant's Oath with that salesmen, but the item he received in trade from the Goron is available in Zunari's Shop on Windfall Island.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, the Gorons once again live in the Death Mountain region. Unlike most Gorons, these Gorons are always seen wearing some type of clothing. The adult males tend to wear blue kilts whereas the younger Gorons wear red shorts.
The Gorons are first seen in The Mountain Path stage of the third chapter. During the events of Four Swords Adventures, the gigantic Helmaroc King bird had decided to move into the mountain and had begun to harass the Gorons with its fast flying and by sending out falling boulders. The Gorons seem to have attempted to stop the monster, but were only able to figure out a way how to make the bird fall, by throwing Bombs at it, and then recorded this information for later use. Besides being hassled by the Helmaroc King, the mountain path had also been ignited by flames, most likely started by Shadow Link and the Gorons were unable to control it. The flames were later extinguished by the four Links who then proceeded to defeat the Helmaroc King.
Another Goron can be found in the Tower of Flames stage, claiming that he had tried to defeat the Dodongos in the next room but couldn't do it with his strength alone. He had brought a couple of bombs and had the thought of using them against the Dodongos, but had accidentally dropped the bombs into the lava below.
The Minish Cap
In The Minish Cap, only eight Gorons appear through the entire game, six of them appearing in a cave near Lon Lon Ranch, and the two other being Biggoron and a Goron Merchant. Most only appear after Link fuses Kinstone pieces with other people throughout Hyrule.
A Goron can be seen near Lon Lon Ranch trying to punch an entrance to a cave, and will eventually succeed once Link fuses a Kinstone with somebody. If Link enters inside, initiating the Goron Sidequest, he will discover that the Goron had opened a tunnel way, which has been blocked by many large rocks. The Goron says that he is unable to break it himself. Link can then later fuse more Kinstones with Mysterious Walls and Eenie to make more Gorons appear, those Gorons would enter the tunnel and offer their assistance. The Gorons do manage to break the first rock, but encounter more rocks afterward, which are always larger than the previous rock. Thus they require more Gorons in order to unblock the tunnel. There are six Gorons needed to clear the tunnel.
The first Goron in the tunnel side quest will also offer to fuse Kinstone pieces. Afterwards, a Goron merchant will appear wandering around North Hyrule and immediately decides to open up a shop in Hyrule Town. In the town square, the Goron merchant will be selling three differently colored Kinstone pieces, red, blue and green, although the shape of the Kinstone pieces is entirely random when bought. Green Kinstone pieces cost 50 rupees, blue Kinstone pieces cost 200 and red Kinstone pieces cost 300 rupees. If Link had bought all of the Kinstone pieces on show, the Goron merchant will restock his wares at a later time.
Biggoron lives around the peaks of Veil Falls, near the cyclone entrance to Cloud Tops. At first Link can only see the top of his head and hear Biggoron groaning to himself, and Link cannot interact with him. After fusing Kinstones with the sixth Goron who appears to help the others with the tunnel project, Biggoron will pop out and can be spoken to. Once Link has defeated Vaati, Biggoron can take his shield for awhile and later upgrade it into a Mirror Shield.
The Minish Cap also includes three Goron-related figurines, one of them being the Biggoron figurine.
|Goron (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||These rock- and iron-eaters once lived on Mount Crenel in Western Hyrule. Now their numbers are few, and they live quietly in a cave.|
|Goron Merchant (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||This Goron appears when you successfully fuse certain Kinstone pieces. He will sell you expensive but rare Kinstone pieces.|
|Biggoron (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||This is a legendary Goron with a body bigger than a mountain. It is so big, in fact, that no one has ever seen it all at once.|
In Twilight Princess Gorons primarily populate Death Mountain. However, two Gorons have migrated to Castle Town as merchants. The Gorons in Twilight Princess are very different in appearance than previous incarnations of Gorons. Their skin is very yellow in color and they have what seems to be tattoos painted on their skin. Only certain Gorons, such as Gor Coron have differently colored tattoos. The Gorons in Twilight Princess also have more 'hair', which is in the form of a rocky surface which extends all the way to their backsides, as well as rock surfaces along their arms.
The Gorons have constructed a large mining complex within Death Mountain, and they have also become more mechanical and industrialized developing magnetic cranes and elevator systems. They most likely use it to mine rocks which they eat, similar to the purpose of Dodongo's Cavern in Ocarina of Time. The mines also serve another purpose, being the place where the Gorons hold a Fused Shadow, as instructed by the spirits, and the Hero's Bow that was once owned by an 'ancient hero'. A single, armored Goron named Dangoro guards over the weapon. The mines also have three rooms where the Goron elders can pray, and where Gor Liggs, Gor Ebizo and Gor Amoto can be found. Gor Coron doesn't seem to have to have his own room, or at least not one within the mines.
The Gorons in Twilight Princess also show a strong interest in sports of strength, such as wrestling or boxing, as well as bathing in their hot springs. On the very top of Spectacle Rock is a small cavern where the Gorons keep their wrestling ring, where they often hold sumo-wrestling competitions. This cavern is also the entrance to Goron Mines, and an elevator to the hot springs as well. Many of the older Gorons enjoy sumo-wrestling, although several Gorons mention that the youngsters seem to be losing interest in the sport. The hot spring is at ground level in Death Mountain, over one of Spectacle Rock's walls. The hot spring also as a small stand where a Goron can sell Link some arrows, a wooden shield and some milk.
Gorons in Twilight Princess appear to be have developed a way of launching each other into the air, by having one Goron curling into a ball while the other climbs on top of him, the Goron below him will then spring out which will send anyone standing ontop to be shot up into the air. This seems to be how many of the Gorons climb their mountain, and is similar concept to shooting out of a Baba Bud in The Wind Waker. Link also uses this method to get around Death Mountain.
Main Quest Involving Gorons
Shortly after Link restores Eldin's light to the Eldin Province, he learns from Renado of Kakariko Village that the Gorons for some reason have been keeping outsiders from their trail, and anyone who dares to trespass would be knocked away by a Goron guarding the beginning of the trail, as well as several other rolling Gorons. The only way Link could stop them were to wear the Iron Boots he obtained from Mayor Bo, or else he would be unable to climb the trail.
Once Link has managed to successfully arrive in Spectacle Rock, many of the Gorons there will attempt to punch Link rather then roll at him. Link can stun these Gorons by jumping out of the way and then rolling into them with the Iron Boots, causing the Goron to curl into a ball. Link can then climb on top of the Goron to be launched to higher places. This is the only way that Link can get to the highest cavern which houses the wrestling ring and entrance to Goron Mines. During this time, the Gorons in the hot springs won't attack Link, giving Link a place he can rest. When Link reaches the highest cavern, Gor Coron will challenge him to a sumo-wrestling competition. This competition is not very hostile, and can be retried unlimited times. Since Gorons are much stronger and heavier than a human, Link requires the use of the Iron Boots again to beat him. The Gorons never do find out about Link's deception.
Mayor Bo was also one of the first people to earn the Gorons' trust, by beating them in a sumo-wrestling competition by also using his Iron Boots.
Link, having proved his worth to the elder, is told about the recent events. Gor Coron says that recently the volcano has been growing very violent, and that Darbus and the elders had gone to investigate. They had arrived to the Fused Shadow which their mine guarded, Darbus had went to touch it and was suddenly transformed into a gigantic and uncontrollable monster, Twilit Igniter Fyrus. The Gorons had managed to use all of their strength to lock Darbus away, but continued to worry about their Patriarch and the fate of their tribe. They also chose to cut off all relations with Kakariko Village and outsiders to ensure continued safety. Gor Coron asked for the help of Link to save Darbus and the fate of the tribe. Link had to visit the three other elders within the mine, who were told about Link's assistance prior to Link visiting them. The key to the sealed room of Darbus had been broken into three pieces and been held by Gor Liggs, Gor Ebizo and Gor Amoto. Link had to visit each elder to retrieve a piece of the key and to restore it. He also had to battle Dangoro for the Hero's Bow, and finally, had to defeat Fyrus to transform Darbus back to normal and to obtain the second Fused Shadow. This makes Twilight Princess the first game where Link had to battle Gorons.
Side Quests involving Gorons
Once everything slowly got back to normal, the Gorons restored their past relation to Kakariko Village, some even went to visit the village as well. With the restored relation, Barnes as able to make and sell bombs again. During the night, a child Goron will open up a stand in the village and sell Lantern Oil, red potions and blue potions. Two Gorons during the day time in the village will also offer to launch Link to either the village's hot spring or to the roof tops.
Gor Amoto and Gor Ebizo will also appear in Malo Mart, taking Rupee donations so that the eastern bridge to Castle Town can be rebuilt, and so that a Malo Mart can open in Castle Town as well. Eventually Gor Coron and Darbus will come down and can be found in Renado's house, the Kakariko Village sanctuary. They seem to be there to help Renado with Ilia's amnesia problem. When Link obtains the Wooden Statue and gives it to Ilia, it will jog her memory of Impaz who kept her safe in the Hidden Village. Darbus seems to know the location of this village and will even go out to unblock its sole pathway.
Other appearances of Gorons in Twilight Princess includes a Goron merchant and his son in Castle Town, who were at one time selling hot spring water to people. This Goron can later be seen trying to unblock the entrance and exit of the Southern Castle Town gates. Although he won't be able to do it unless he drinks a bottle filled with hot spring water. When Link is supposed to carry Midna back to Princess Zelda through Telma's Bar, a Goron can be seen inside the bar, mentioning that he had escorted Telma back to the Castle Town, as well as complaining that he cannot stand the city air. Finally, a Goron accidentally encased in the molten rock that Link used to unfreeze Zora's Domain can also be freed by Link.
Gorons have also apparently picked up the ability to stay underwater for extended periods of time and not need to breathe, as demonstrated by both a child Goron in the hot springs and the adult Goron Link frees from the rock in Zora Domain. It should also be noted that the Gorons have, what appears to be, their own language script which can be seen on the doors in the Goron Mines.
The beta version of Twilight Princess included a boss called Goron Golem, which was formed from many many Gorons. In a video showcasing their appearance, they would attempt to punch Link. Although at the time when they were being showed, the programmers had not programmed them to damage Link. This idea was obviously scrapped in early development, as it is no longer within the final game.
In the ending of Twilight Princess, the Gorons can be seen in the ring doing what seems to be boxing, and not sumo-wrestling. It would seem that the elders had listened to the youngsters and had introduced a new sport of strength.
In Phantom Hourglass, a tribe of islander Gorons live on a large island in the south-eastern Great Sea, aptly titled Goron Island. Various adult and child Gorons can be found wandering around outside or residing in their cavern homes. As with The Wind Waker, the Gorons have a yellow skin tone, but also include white markings, remarkably similar to the 'tattoos' seen on the Gorons in Twilight Princess.
During the events of Phantom Hourglass, Link searches for the pure metals to forge the Phantom Sword, the only weapon that can defeat Bellum. Upon arrival on Goron Island, Link heads to retrieve the Gorons' treasure, the Crimsonine. As with most Gorons who first meet an outsider, Link was treated indifferently by the Gorons. Several of them offered advice or told several facts about their lives. Link eventually found a much larger cavern, home to Biggoron, the tribe's leader, and his son Gongoron. Link asked for the Crimsonine but was refused it as he was just an outsider. However since Biggoron had a love for quiz games, decided that he would test Link in a quiz prove himself as a Goron. Link had to meet and talk to every other Goron on island to begin the quiz.
Afterwards, Link returned eligible to be tested. For the price of 20 rupees, Link was given six questions that all had to be answered correctly, and every correct question would yield him a couple of rupees as a prize. The questions was mostly concerned the Gorons of the island, such as how many homes there were or what some Gorons have talked about. After getting all of the questions right, Biggoron was amazed by Link's knowledge, rewarded him with a Wisdom Gem, and announced that he was now a Goron, provided if he paid 146 rupees, which was the very same amount that he won as prizes in the quiz. After paying the Goron leader, he was given the 'Goron name' Goro-Link and was now officially a part of the tribe. Upon Link's membership, Biggoron declared that Link was free to take the Crimsonine from the Goron Temple of the island
Gongoron was meant to lead 'Goro-Link' to the temple, but he refused to accept Link as one of them and ran off hiding. After spotting him a few times on the island, Gongoron soon ran into the maze area of the island which also lead to the temple. A Goron who was guarding the maze's gates said that Gongoron had ran off inside the temple. After reaching the temple, Gongoron is no where to be seen. Link and Ciela did eventually find him trapped in another room. Even being freed, Gongoron still could not reach Link. Both characters had a series of obstacles in their way. The game then gives the ability to instantly switch between Link and Gongoron, and only by playing as each of them would their obstacles be removed. Gongoron had then found a tunnel small enough for him to crawl through and is once again separated from Link and Ciela.
The next time they see him, Gongoron is being attacked by Dongorongo, the armored Dodongo. In the boss room, Gongoron and Link are separated by a pool of quicksand. Gongoron and Link both have to be controlled to defeat the boss, due to each ones abilities and Dongorongo's weaknesses. After Dondgorongo was hit enough times it has passed out, which Gongoron mistook as a defeat and runs off into the next room containing the Crimsonine. A bridge appears over the quicksand and allows Link to cross, only for it to disappear again as Dodongorongo awakens challenging Link again, this time without Gongoron's assistance. After its true defeat, Dodongorongo dissolves away into two minute's worth of Sands of Time for the Phantom Hourglass, and Link hurries to the next room where Gongoron allows him to have the Crimsonine.
Back outside, Link visits Biggoron again who had been told what had happened by Gongoron. Biggoron, greatly impressed by Link's courage and strength, says that he is now worthy to leave the island; suggesting that all Gorons on the island have to leave at some point. This is also evident by a Goron outside who was watching Linebeck's ship. Biggoron also leaves the Crimsonine with Link and says that he can do anything to it, such as boiling it or forging it. Link then leaves the island with the pure metal, not without the other Gorons saying their farewells and hoping that he would come back for a visit.
Dee Ess Island
Phantom Hourglass Gorons adhere to the Goron tradition of minigame hosting. After obtaining the Crimsonine, a new game, run by Gorons will become available on Dee Ess Island. Playability shifts to Gongoron during the Goron Game. The obstacle course cost 50 Rupees to play and prizes are said to be better depending on the completion time.
In Spirit Tracks, the Goron Village is situated in the Fire Realm, the north-eastern quadrant of Spirit Tracks's overworld. It is ruled by a Goron Elder. Upon first visiting the Goron Village, Link finds that the entrance to the village is blocked by fire geysers. At the altar to the north-west of the village, Link meets Kagoron, a prominent Goron in the village who acts as the spiritual connection between the Gorons and the Mountain Goddess whom they worship. Kagoron grants him a freight car to add to his train. Link then uses this to transport ice from the Wellspring Station back to Goron Village, thus extinguishing the flames blocking his way to the village. Once in the village, Link is granted access to the Fire Sanctuary by the Goron Elder, who first notes that Link must prove himself (possibly a reference to Biggoron's test in Phantom Hourglass), only to be swayed moments later when his grandson runs into the room, noting that Link was the one whose efforts put out the lava.
After gaining the Spirit Tracks to the Fire Temple, Link is informed by the Goron Elder that the key to the Fire Temple must be obtained by defeating three beasts terrorizing the rails. The Gorons of the village give Link helpful advice on how to defeat these enemies.
Mini-games and sidequests featuring Gorons
Gorons feature in two mini-games in Spirit Tracks: the Goron Target Range and the Pirate Hideout. The former is situated near the Goron Village, and is run by a solitary Goron child. The Pirate Hideout is found in the Ocean Realm, and is essentially an archery mini-game in which Link rescues a Goron child captured by the Miniblin pirates in order to earn treasure (as well as a big quiver and a Heart Container).
One sidequest involves transporting the Goron Elder's grandson from the Goron Village to Hyrule Castle Town. The reward is a Force Gem, and he will later reward Link with a Goron Amber once he realizes that the city is not what he expected, but he will make the most of it. Notably, the humans who live in Hyrule Castle Town have racist sentiments against Gorons.
Another sidequest involves taking a Goron to Anouki Village so it can see what snow is. Upon arriving in Anouki Village the Goron is met by an Anouki claiming to be the Honcho. Link is then awarded a Force Gem while the Goron takes residence in the Honcho's house, much to the real Honcho's dismay.
Another involves the transportation of Dark Ore from the Dark Ore Mine to Linebeck III's Trading Post. This Dark Ore is mined by Gorons, who happily provide Link with some of this rare material in return for rupees. Furthermore, after visiting the Dark Ore Mine, Link receives a letter from Kagoron, telling him where to find treasure that the Goron had buried at the Mine as a child.
In Skyward Sword, Gorons serve as one of the five Surface tribes, although only three Gorons appear as characters. Two of them inhabit the Lanayru Desert, while a third explores the world as an achaeologist. As one of the Surface tribes, the Gorons stood alongside Hylia against Demise.
Link first meets Gorko at the Sealed Grounds, where he saves the Goron from a pack of Bokoblins. As thanks, Gorko shares some of his knowledge on the myths of the 'Isle of the Goddess', and explains that he is currently researching the Bird Statues and Goddess Cubes. Once Link obtains the Goddess's Harp, Gorko lets him in on his research into the Sheikah Stones and Goddess Walls. These artifacts are all activated by Link's presence or actions, which stuns and amazes the Goron. After Link discovers a Goddess Wall at the Sealed Grounds, Gorko asks Link to experiment with the wall and help him figure out the various riddles for it that he found during his research.
On his way to the Lanayru Sand Sea through the Lanayru Caves, Link meets a Goron named Golo, who is busy digging his way into Lanayru Gorge, the domain of the Thunder Dragon Lanayru. He gives Link a Small Key to open the door to the Sand Sea, and by the time Link returns looking for Lanayru, he has broken a small tunnel through the rocks that he allows Link to use.
Baby Gorons and Mothers
- The name Goron may have originated from ゴロゴロ goro goro, Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound of a rolling rock, or more specifically, a boulder.
- The name Goron could also be related to the word gora ("mountain") found in various Slavic languages. This would be appropriate as the Gorons' homeland is up in the mountains.
- The only Zelda games which featured all of its Gorons wearing human-like clothing was in The Wind Waker and Four Swords Adventures, although a few Gorons were also seen wearing human clothing in The Minish Cap and Phantom Hourglass as well. In other titles, such as Twilight Princess, Gorons can be seen wearing either arm and/or leg bands, and loincloths.
- "There's a tribe of rock folk called Gorons living on Death Mountain. Like you, they're working to protect their home. I'm sure they'll come to your aid." — Yellow Maiden (Four Swords Adventures)
- "I'm what's called a traveling merchant. Just a poor wanderer cruising the world in search of rare objects of all sorts, new and old, strange and unsettling. I detected a scent wafting from this island that suggested to me that there might be something of value here, so I sailed my tiny raft all this way from far, far away..." — Goron Merchant at Mother & Child Isles (The Wind Waker)
- "I am practicing holding my breath, so do not bother me, Brother! ...But no matter how much time passes, I never feel the need to inhale! It is strange..." — A Baby Goron (Twilight Princess)
- "We Gorons live on a diet of rocks... And the most delicious and nutritious rocks around are found in the Dodongo's Cavern!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Oh? Dat sbells good! Cad I hab dat soup?" — Biggoron (Oracle of Seasons)
- "You got Goronade! One quick gulp will keep you awake." — N/A (Oracle of Ages)
- "Have you ever heard of a wood heart? I love them so much! We Gorons eat the small wood hearts in order to grow into big Gorons!" — A young Goron (Phantom Hourglass)
- "Chugging a glass of milk after soaking in the hot spring is very popular, Brother!" — Goron (Twilight Princess)
- "We've had a poor harvest of our special crop, Bomb Flowers!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "Those plants growing over there are Bomb Flowers. They are "mining plants" that grow only on this mountain. The flower's fruit is the raw material for bombs." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "If you want to hear more Goron gossip, head up to our city! Goron City is just a little way up the trail. It won't take much longer to get there, even on foot." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "We are in danger of extinction! It's all because we can't enter our quarry, the Dodongo's Cavern." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "But that seems like ancient history now... We've become such gourmets that we can't stand to eat rocks from anywhere else!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Big Brother has shut himself up in his room saying, "I will wait in here for the Royal Family's messenger!"" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "My Brotherrrr... Opened a new storrrre... It's Medigoron's Blade Storrrrrrrre... Howeverrrrr... I am betterrrrrr at making bladessssss." — Biggoron (Ocarina of Time)
- "The Spiritual Stone of Fire, also known as the Goron's Ruby, is our race's hidden treasure...." — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "I think Big Brother took it away. He always says that everyone is after that red stone!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "I am one of the Gorons, the stone-eating people who live on Death Mountain. Look at that huge boulder over there! It blocks the entrance to the Dodongo's Cavern, which was once a very important place for us Gorons..." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Oh...I'm so hungry... Everyone feels faint from hunger because of the food shortage in this town. We are in danger of extinction!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "You're looking for a "Spiritual Stone?" You must mean that delicious-looking red stone that was once displayed here! I was so hungry that I thought it would be OK to just give it one tiny little lick...so I snuck out here. But, it was already gone! I think Big Brother took it away." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "What the heck! Who are you?! When I heard the song of the Royal Family, I expected their messenger had arrived, but... you're just a little kid!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "Ancient creatures have infested the Dodongo's Cavern! We've had a poor harvest of our special crop, Bomb Flowers! Starvation and hunger because of the rock shortage!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "But... This is a Goron problem! We don't need any help from strangers!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "I remember Big Brother used to always listen to the music that comes from the forest... Ah yes, the good old days... That music makes me feel nostalgic, too..." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Just like that, my depression is all gone! Something just came over me! I suddenly wanted to dance like crazy!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "The Spiritual Stone of Fire, also known as the Goron's Ruby, is our race's hidden treasure.... But hold on--I'm not going to give it to you that easily. If you want it so badly... Why don't you go destroy the monsters inside of the Dodongo's Cavern and prove you're a real man? That way, everybody will be happy again! If you do it, I will give you anything you want, even the Spiritual Stone!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "I can't believe that the Dodongos suddenly appeared in such great numbers! And that big rock blocking the cave... All this trouble must have been caused by that Gerudo thief, Ganondorf! He said, "Give me the Spiritual Stone! Only then will I open the cave for you!" You, on the other hand, risked your life for us..." — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "Kid, I like you! How's about you and I become Sworn Brothers?! No, there's no big ceremony involved! Just take this as a token of our friendship!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "You did great! How 'bout a big Goron hug, brother?!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "The Hero of Time, chosen by the Master Sword! Keep my spirit with you... And, find the power of the other Sages and add their might to your own!" — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "Ganondorf is causing trouble on Death Mountain again! He has revived the evil, ancient dragon Volvagia!" — Darunia (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)
- "Hear my name and tremble! I am Link! Hero of the Gorons! What? Your name is also Link? Then you must be the legendary Dodongo Buster and Hero, Link!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "My dad is Darunia... Do you remember him? Dad named me Link after you, because you're so brave! It's a cool name! I really like it!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Dad said that Ganondorf has revived Volvagia..." — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "A long time ago there was an evil dragon named Volvagia living in this mountain. That dragon was very scary! He ate Gorons! Using a huge hammer, the hero of the Gorons... BOOOM! Destroyed it just like that. This is a myth from long ago, but it's true!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "I know, because my dad is a descendant of the hero!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Everybody was taken to the Fire Temple... While my dad was out... Ganondorf's followers came and took them all away! All of them will be eaten by Volvagia!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Dad went to the Fire Temple all by himself to try to save everyone... Please help, Link! I'll give you this heat-resistant tunic! Dad told me not to let anybody follow him to the temple, but... Only you, Link, can save everyone!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Now, I'll tell you about the secret passage to the Fire Temple! Try to move the statue inside Dad's room!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Oh, it really is Link! You've grown so big since I last saw you! I want to have a man-to-man talk with you, but now's not the time. Ganondorf is causing trouble on Death Mountain again! He has revived the evil, ancient dragon Volvagia! [...] I will go on ahead to try to seal up the evil dragon... I'm concerned, though, because I don't have the legendary hammer... But I have no choice." — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "While I'm trying to deal with the dragon, please save my people! The prisoners' cells are in the opposite direction. I'm counting on you, Link!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "Thank you, Brother! I really appreciate what you did. I thank you on behalf of the entire Goron race! You turned out to be a real man, just as I thought you would! By the way, I, the wild Darunia, turned out to be the great Sage of Fire... Isn't that funny, Brother? Well, this must be what they call destiny. Nothing has made me happier than helping you seal the evil here! Hey, Brother, take this! This is a Medallion that contains the power of the fire spirits--and my friendship." — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "I was fine until I marched off to Snowhead by myself, hoping that I could drive off a demon. It had been wreaking havoc on Goron Village...Then the blizzard at Snowhead blew me into the valley. ...And now...Here I am..." — Darmani (Majora's Mask)
- "I should have a reservation-goro. The name is Link. Don't you have it-goro?" — Link the Goron (Majora's Mask)
- "Umm...Are you...staying the night? Oh my! I wonder...Did I by chance ask you the same thing earlier? My mother is always telling me to remember our customer's faces, but I tend to forget them..." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
- "It's terrible! The Goron Elder has been buried alive under some rocks! What do we do?" — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
- "The Elder is buried alive! But Gorons alone can't dig him out! If we had the legendary Bomb Flower, we could blast the rocks away..." — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
- "Ever since that big pig--the Great Moblin-- came, we haven't been able to grow the Gorons' famed Bomb Flowers." — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
- "Huh? What's wrong, brothers? Were you worried about me? Ah ha ha ha ha! A rock that size can't hurt me! Ah ha ha ha ha!" — The Goron Elder (Oracle of Ages)
- "I am the first generation of Graceful Dancers!" — Red Goron at Goron Dance Hall (Oracle of Ages)
- "I am the fifth generation of Graceful Dancers!" — Blue Goron at Goron Dance Hall (Oracle of Ages)
- "One must know our dance if he is to be called a Goron. If you dance well, I'll give you a Symbol of Brotherhood!" — Goron Dance Hall Instructors (Oracle of Ages)
- "Do you have a passionate heart? Only proven Goron brothers may pass. Be off!" — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
- "There are three wandering Goron merchants, one on Greatfish Isle (B4), one on Bomb Island (F5) and one on Mother & Child Island (B2)." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 23)
- "Oh, hey... I hear traveling merchants have appeared on Great Fish Isle and Bomb Island, too..." — Goron Merchant at Mother & Child Isles (The Wind Waker)
- "They [the Gorons] are essential stops in the trading quest that begins on Windfall Island..." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 23)
- "When the mountain began to rage, all four of us elders and Darbus, our patriarch, went inside to investigate its anger." — Gor Coron (Twilight Princess)
- "I am glad we gave you the Hero's weapon. But...my job was to protect it. And now that it is gone, I am very, very bored." — Dangoro (Twilight Princess)
- "There have been few sumo matches lately... Talk about boring, Brother. I suppose it is because young Gorons these days have no interest in old arts like sumo. And former powerhouse Gor Coron is an elder... There is not much we can do, Brother. Without sumo matches, the hot spring is the only thing we have to look forward to, Brother." — Goron (Twilight Princess)
- "The dark beasts attacked, but even worse was the sudden and inexplicable change in the mountain-dwelling Goron tribe. They had long been our friends, but suddenly treated us as foes. Even now they refuse to permit us entry into their mines." — Renado (Twilight Princess)
- "Well, it's true...I did defeat the Gorons in a contest of strength and earned their trust. ...With the help of a little secret." — Mayor Bo (Twilight Princess)
- "We have a treasure that was entrusted to us by the spirits, and we must protect it." — Gor Coron (Twilight Princess)
- "But the moment Darbus reached out and touched the treasure...everything went wrong. He collapsed...and before our very eyes transformed into an unspeakable monster!" — Gor Coron (Twilight Princess)
- "The key is split into three pieces. Each of us elders keeps a piece." — Gor Amoto (Twilight Princess)
- "There is a hidden village up ahead, little human. The elders call it a forgotten place." — Darbus (Twilight Princess)
- "The elder told me to escort Telma, but... This city air does not suit my skin... Ugh... I cannot wait to return home and soak in the hot spring..." — Goron (Twilight Princess)
- "Oh, let me tell you, friend... It is hard times living in the city, especially for a Goron like me. I go to the castle, and the guards tell me no rocks are allowed inside. Most folks think that I look like a boulder and that I should be treated as one. And do not get me started on the prices. One Cucco costs an arm and a leg! I am broke. Just the other day, I used the last of the money Gramps gave me. This place is so different from Goron Village... And I am so very tired." — Goron Elder's Grandson (Spirit Tracks)
- "Ugh! What is this rocky lump? And why is it talking to me?" — Castle Town woman (Spirit Tracks)
|Names in Other Regions|
|English||Goron, Traveling Merchant, Goron Merchant|
|Japanese|| ゴロン (Goron)
さすらいの露店商 (Sasurai no Rotenshou)
ウリゴロン (Uri Goron)
|Chinese||鼓隆族 (Gǔlóng Zú)||Goron|
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