Volvagia artwork from Ocarina of Time
|Title||Subterranean Lava Dragon|
|Game(s)||The Adventure of Link|
Ocarina of Time
|Other Media||Ocarina of Time manga|
|Dungeon(s)||Three-Eye Rock Palace|
Volvagia (pronounced /vɒlˈvʌ.dʒiːɑː/, vol-VUH-gee-ah), also known as Barba in The Adventure of Link, is a fiery, serpentine dragon (based on a traditional Chinese dragon) that has been featured as a dungeon boss twice in the series. Its most prominent appearance is in Ocarina of Time, in which it serves as the boss of the Fire Temple.
The Adventure of Link
In The Adventure of Link, Barba is the guardian of Three-Eye Rock Palace, where Link aims to place the last of the six Crystal shards in the temple's statue in order to dispel the barrier on the Great Palace. Its room is unique among bosses in the game in that it contains three pits filled with lava. It rises from the depths of the lava and directly into the air, keeping its head away from the range of Link's Sword, and breathes a stream of fire at him. Its attack is especially powerful, and it will often knock Link into the lava if he is hit, so Link will have to time his jumps to avoid the flames. It can be beaten if Link uses the Jump Magic to leap into the air and strike the dragon on its head. It is also possible to defeat it by using the Up Thrust, though this method is more risky, as it is easier to fall into the lava.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, Volvagia, a legendary snake-like dragon in Goron lore, is the boss of the Fire Temple. Volvagia was an ancient dragon that lived in the depths of the fiery Death Mountain, long before Link was born. It was said that a legendary Goron destroyed Volvagia with the use of the Megaton Hammer. By the time of Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf had revived the fierce creature to secure the corrupted Fire Temple from intrusion and by feeding the native Gorons to Volvagia, to "make an example" to other races that might revolt against him. Incited by Darunia's son, Link set on to destroy Volvagia, as if the dragon escaped from the temple, Hyrule would become a burning wasteland. In the game, Volvagia is referred to as "it" with a single instance in which its gender is specified as male. This is omitted in Ocarina of Time 3D.
As Link steps onto the main octagonal platform of the boss room, the room shakes and the small rectangular platform behind him sinks into the lava. Then out of one of the holes on the main platform emerges Volvagia. It flies around the room, whilst breathing out fire, before entering another hole.
The battle is designed akin to a Whac-A-Mole game, as there are nine holes, and Link must whack the dragon when it comes out using the Megaton Hammer. On the battlefield, there are pits of fire that Volvagia bursts out of to attack Link, akin to The Adventure of Link. Its head and upper body pops out from one of the pits. Link must look for pits that are spitting fire, which is a sign that this pit is the one it most likely comes out from. However, it is advised to not venture too close to the pit as it swings its fire hair around to cause damage. Once Volvagia comes out of one of the nine pits, it executes one of three attacks. He will either reveal only his upper half, come out entirely to give chase while breathing fire, or fly up to the room's ceiling to trigger rockfall.
When Volvagia comes out only halfway, it does one of two things, depending where Link is at the moment. If Link is far away, it breathes fire. If Link is up close, it tries to slash him. Link must get close to him and strike Volvagia's head with the Megaton Hammer. Should Link miss the initial window before Volvagia's quick attack, another will present itself just after it is finished, just before retreating back under the arena. Once stunned however, Link can slash him with the Master Sword or hit him on the head again with the Hammer until Volvagia recedes back into its pit. Eventually, it leaves its pit and attacks Link out on the field, flying through the air. It can either cause rocks to fall down at Link, or it will follow him trying to burn him. Link can use the Bow at that point to fend Volvagia off, or he can go to the edge of the platform and hang there while the rocks fall down. Arrows can damage Volvagia, although they cannot defeat it. Its health can be brought down using only Arrows, but it will not be defeated until it is struck with the Megaton Hammer or the Sword while stunned.
After six slashes with the Master Sword while it is stunned, Volvagia is defeated. Link witnesses the dragon's body burning into a skeleton and its skull crashing to the ground. It moves its jaw one last time and burns up, rewarding Link with a Heart Container. Darunia then awakens as a Sage and grants the young hero the Fire Medallion.
Ocarina of Time Manga
- The name "Barba" in The Adventure of Link is possibly a mistranslation of "Barubajia", the monster's Japanese name. B and V sounds in Japanese are largely interchangeable. The katakana used for a "vu" sound (ヴ) has only recently been developed. When the monster reappeared in Ocarina of Time, the spelling was corrected, and the name Barba was dropped.
- Barba is also very similar to the Japanese name of the Thunderbird, ボルバ (Boruba), which may have been where its name was appropriated from.
- Both Carock and Barba received updated sprites for the international release of The Adventure of Link for the NES. Barba's original sprite was entirely lacking in animation, and gave it an appearance much more like a traditional eastern dragon. Its updated sprite made it larger but shorter in length, and gave it a fully animated body and head and an appearance closer to a western dragon. The battle itself is slightly different as well, with a modified layout, removing an exploit that allowed Link to defeat the monster easily when it appears on the left side of the screen. Barba also roars constantly throughout the battle in the Japanese version, similar to Horsehead and the bosses from the original The Legend of Zelda. Barba's official artwork for The Adventure of Link is based on its original appearance, rather than the updated version.
- Volvagia, along with King Dodongo, are the only the two bosses in Ocarina of Time to have a special battle theme.
- The death of Volvagia seems to be a reference to the way many segmented worm-like bosses died in A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, such as the Moldorm. It is also very similar to how Twinmold dies in Majora's Mask.
- There are murals on Dragon Roost Island in The Wind Waker and in the Fire Sanctuary in Skyward Sword that resemble Volvagia.
- Valoo from The Wind Waker is suggested to be Volvagia's descendant in Hyrule Historia. Unlike Volvagia, he is benign and intelligent.
- Volga, a villain in Hyrule Warriors, shares many similarities with Volvagia, including a similar name, both use the fire element, and Volga's helmet resembles Volvagia's skull. Additonally, Volga can take a dragon form which resembles Volvagia.
- Flight patterns from an Arwing was used to test Volvagia's movements. The Arwing originates from another Nintendo franchise, Star Fox, and can only be found by hacking the coding with a cheat device.
- "To enter Barba's area, drop into the Pit, then immediately use Fairy Magic to fly to the right through the narrow opening. Avoid the fireballs Barba throws and attack its head." (NES Game Atlas (Nintendo), pg. 70)
- Barba/Volvagia Connection
- "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! I know, because my dad is a descendant of the hero!" — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time)
- "A long time ago there was an evil dragon named Volvagia living in this mountain. That dragon was very scary! It ate Gorons!" — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time 3D)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese|| バルバジア (Barubajia) (TAoL)
灼熱穴居竜ヴァルバジア (Shakunetsu Kekkyo Ryū Varubajia) (OoT)
Scorching Hot Cave-Dwelling Dragon: Volvagia
|Spanish||Dragón de Lava Subterráneo: Volvagia||Underground Lava Dragon: Volvagia|
|Spanish||Dragón de lava subterráneo: Volvagia (OoT3D)||Underground Lava Dragon: Volvagia|
|French||Dragon des Profondeurs: Volcania||Dragon of the Deep: Volcania|
|French||Volcania: Dragon des profondeurs (OoT3D)||Volcania: Dragon of the Depths|
|Korean|| 작열혈거룡 볼보지아 (Jakryeol Hyeolgeoryong Bolbojia)
밸버지아 (Baelbeojia) (OoT3D)
|Scorching Cave-dwelling Dragon: Volvogia|
|Chinese||灼热穴居龙瓦尔巴基亚||Scorching Hot Cave Dwelling Dragon: Volvagia|