Death Mountain is a reccuring location in The Legend of Zelda series. Its inhabitants are often Gorons, but Ganon has had his lair in Death Mountain also. Sometimes it's just a mountain, but in most games it's an active volcano. The mountains often have similarities throughout the series, and some are considered to be the same. It is located in Hyrule.
Legend of Zelda
- Main article: Level 9: Death Mountain
Death Mountain is a huge mountain range found in northern Hyrule. This huge mountain range spans the entire width of the map, touching both the eastern and western edges of Hyrule. On the top of Death Mountain there is Spectacle Rock, which hides the entrance to Ganon's Lair, Level 9: Death Mountain. Level 6: The Dragon is also located on Death Mountain. Death Mountain is inhabited by Tektites, Lynels, and Boulders. There is a reservoir in the eastern area from which a river flows down a waterfall, eventually draining into Lake Hylia.
Adventure of LinkThe Adventure of Link, Death Mountain is found in the south-east of Western Hyrule, south of the Water Town of Saria only after showing Bagu's note to River Man. While not a dungeon in its own right, the horde of Daira, Octoroks, Bago-Bago and a complex labyrinth of caves make it as challenging as any of the Palaces. Link's reward for battling his way to the southern end of the area is the Hammer. If Link breaks the boulder next to the cave where the hammer is discovered and walks into that space, he also finds a Magic Container hidden in a cave. Close inspection of the far south of the region reveals a scaled-down version of the Overworld from the The Legend of Zelda.
A Link to the Past
In this game there are three dungeons that can be found on Death Mountain: Turtle Rock and Ganon's Tower in the Dark World and Tower of Hera in the Light World. Just as in The Legend of Zelda it's inhabited by Lynels, Tektites and Boulders. Normally Link would need permission from the King of Hyrule to enter Death Mountain, but since Agahnim was in charge there wasn't any need for one. The spring that can be found in The Legend of Zelda doesn't exist in this game, although there is a waterfall and a river that create Lake Hylia.
Ocarina of Time
In this installment Death Mountain is home to the Gorons and has a Crater that can be visited. The Great Fairy and Fire Temple reside within the Crater while on the outside there are Tektites and Dodongo's Cavern. But Ganondorf blocked the path to Dodongo's Cavern with a boulder and the Gorons needed Link's help to destroy the monster within the cave and the boulder itself so they could eat the "Delicious" rocks. There is also a Great Fairy on top of the mountain, but the path up to the mountain is difficult since there are falling rocks that can damage Link. Kakariko Village can be found beneath the mountain, and the entrance to Death Mountain is guarded.
In Four Swords, Death Mountain is a volcanic mountain. It is one of the first three stages of the game where you battle with Gouen to find the Great Fairy.
Four Swords Adventures
Death Mountain is above Hyrule Castle, just as in Four Swords. It's the third stage of the game. It consists of three parts: Death Mountain Foothills, The Mountain Path and the Tower of Flames. Tingle's Tower can also be found here.
In Twilight Princess, Death Mountain is located to the east (GCN) of Hyrule. The trail leading up to the Mountain is connected to Kakariko Village. The trail up to Death Mountain will lead to the second dungeon of the game, the Goron Mines. The volcano itself is not as violent as the Death Mountain seen in Ocarina of Time, however, the volcano does erupt during the early stages of the game. The mountain itself seems to be active in different ways, as there are now lots of small craters that emit a hot steam that can harm Link, there are also other geological features such as Hot Springs.
Gorons once again mainly inhabit the area however they act very different at the beginning of the game than they acted in past installments. At first, the Gorons are hostile with the Hylians if they try to go up the trail. If Link attempts to go up the Gorons will roll viciously at Link knocking him down. Link must acquire the Iron Boots from Mayor Bo, at which point he will be able to stand his ground against the physically gifted Gorons. Once Link challenges the Goron Elder Gor Coron to a sumo match and beats him, he will then earn the respect of the Gorons. Gor Coron will then reveal to Link why the Gorons have been hostile to the Hylian; their leader, Darbus touched the treasure they have guarded from the command of the Golden Goddesses and turned into a monster. They locked him up, and did not want the Hylians' help. Gor Corons ask Link if he can help them and save Darbus, and if accepted, Link will begin the Goron Mines. Once he has defeated Fyrus he will receive the second Fused Shadow, and the mountain will now return to its once calm state.
Later on in the game Link will have to unfreeze the frozen Zora's Domain. Earlier on when traversing up Death Mountain, Link will witness a large piece of volcanic rock erupting from the mountain. With Midna's help, Link can warp this volcanic rock to Zora's Domain and use its hot and hard properties to unfreeze Zora's Domain.
The music that plays on Death Mountain is a remix of the track from Ocarina of Time.
A Link Between Worlds
- Main article: Death Mountain Climb