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Dungeons, Overworld

Goriyas are simple enemies who throw a Boomerang as a weapon. These monsters made their debut with the series in The Legend of Zelda.


The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, Goriya appear exclusively in Dungeons. They are found in groups and move about rooms, hurling boomerangs. After defeating a group of Goriya in Level 1: The Eagle and Level 2: The Moon, Link receives the Boomerang and Magical Boomerang respectively.

The Adventure of Link

In The Adventure of Link, Goriya are found exclusively in Western Hyrule and appear in one of three varieties: Orange, Red, and Blue. Orange Goriya are encountered primarily on the plains of in the North of River area and south of Rauru. The red and blue types are found in caves from the Tantari Desert to Death Mountain. Each attacks Link by hurling boomerangs at him at four different levels. Some Link must block immediately while others fly over or under him and catch him in the back as they return. Link must be quick to both block from two directions and press the attack.

Game Data

Orange Goriya
GoriyaOrange-Sprite-AOL.gif Experience Points 20
Item Drop Blue Magic Jar or 50 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Plains and Deserts of Western Hyrule
Combat Data
Red Goriya
GoriyaRed-Sprite-AOL.gif Experience Points 30
Item Drop Blue Magic Jar or 50 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Caves of Western Hyrule
Death Mountain
Combat Data
Blue Goriya
GoriyaBlue-Sprite-AOL.png Experience Points 30
Item Drop Red Magic Jar or 200 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Caves of Western Hyrule
Death Mountain
Combat Data

A Link to the Past

Main article: Goriya (A Link to the Past)

The Goriyas from A Link to the Past are significantly different than any of their appearances from any of the other Zelda titles. Gone are there Boomerangs and any type of versatility at all. Goriyas now act as mimics, very similar to Arm-Mimics from future Zelda titles. They will move in the opposite direction as Link does. There are two variations found in the game, with the stronger Red variant capable of shooting fireballs.

Link's Awakening

Main article: Secret Goriya

There is only one Goriya in Link's Awakening. It appears in a cave on Toronbo Shores and can only be seen with the Magnifying Lens. It offers to trade one of Link's items for the Boomerang.

Oracle of Seasons

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A Link Between Worlds

The Goriyas in A Link Between Worlds are exact replicas of their predecessors from A Link to the Past. These enemies will mirror Link's movements as he moves around the room.

Goriyas come in two colors: Green and Red. Green Goriya can be defeated with a simple sword swipe and most other weapons. Red Goriya are more difficult, as they will block frontal attacks and shoot fireballs. To defeat them, they can be stunned with the Ice Rod, or a Bomb can thrown at them from afar.