King Dodongo

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Not to be confused with the Big Dodongo, a boss in Four Swords Adventures.
King Dodongo
TitleInfernal Dinosaur
Game(s)Ocarina of Time
Hyrule Warriors
Dungeon(s)Dodongo's Cavern
Reward(s)Heart Container, Goron's Ruby

King Dodongo (known as the Infernal Dinosaur) appears as a boss in Ocarina of Time. He is the second boss Link must face and defeat in order to obtain the Spiritual Stone, Goron's Ruby, from the Goron leader known as Darunia.


Appearances and Strategy

In Ocarina of Time, Link must fight King Dodongo in a room with a lava pit in the middle. King Dodongo will attack in one of two ways. He either sucks in a massive amount of air to blow out fire, or rolls into a ball and attempt to run Link over.

While he is sucking in air, Link can take out one of his own bombs, or one from a bomb flower nearby, and throw it into the king's mouth. It then explodes inside him, causing him to momentarily faint. During this moment, King Dodongo is vulnerable to a sword attack, particularly a Jump Attack, as he can only be hit once before he gets up. He then rears up, rolls into a ball, and tries to run over Link. In order to avoid this, Link can either stand on the small slope between the lava and the arena, stand in one of the corners (preferably behind the Bomb Flower), or simply hide beneath the Hylian Shield, regardless of location. When King Dodongo hits the wall at the other end of the arena, he unfolds and repeats the process three more times. When defeated, King Dodongo curls into a ball for the last time and rolls into the lava pit, frying himself to a crisp. Link is rewarded with a Heart Container and the Spiritual Stone from a very pleased Darunia.

Non-canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

King Dodongo appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
King Dodongo King Dodongo Sticker.png Ocarina of Time [Flame] - Attack +38 All


  • While Dodongos and Baby Dodongos explode when killed, King Dodongo doesn't.
  • Along with Volvagia (with whom King Dodongo shares his battle music), King Dodongo is one of the two regular bosses in Ocarina of Time to not have the same battle theme as the other bosses.
  • While in Ocarina of Time a Dodongo has only two legs, King Dodongo has four.



King Dodongo Boss Battle in Ocarina of Time

See Also

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 猛炎古代竜キングドドンゴ (Mou En Kodai Ryū Kingu Dodongo) Fierce Flame Ancient Dragon: King Dodongo
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Dinosaurio infernal: Rey Dodongo Infernal Dinosaur: King Dodongo
French France Dinosaure Infernal: Roi Dodongo Infernal Dinosaur: King Dodongo
Canada Roi Dodongo: Dinosaure infernal King Dodongo
German Germany König Dodongo
Korean South Korea 맹염고대룡 킹 도동고 (Maeng'yeom Godaeryong King Dodongo) Fierce Flame Ancient Dragon: King Dodongo
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 猛炎古代龙多东哥王 Fierce Flame Ancient Dragon: King Dodongo

Bosses in The Legend of Zelda series

The Legend of ZeldaThe Adventure of LinkA Link to the PastLink's AwakeningOcarina of TimeMajora's MaskOracle of AgesOracle of SeasonsFour SwordsThe Wind WakerFour Swords AdventuresThe Minish CapTwilight PrincessPhantom HourglassSpirit TracksSkyward SwordA Link Between Worlds