King Dodongo

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King Dodongo


Infernal Dinosaur


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King Dodongo is a recurring Boss in The Legend of Zelda Series, having appeared in Ocarina of Time and Four Swords Adventures. He is basically a pimped-out, 3D version of Dodongo from The Legend of Zelda.


Ocarina of Time


King Dodongo
This is a huge Dodongo that eats
anything! Give it a shock, and
finish it off with your sword!

King Dodongo is the big boss of the second dungeon, Dodongo's Cavern, in Ocarina of Time and everything you'd expect a giant dinosaur in a volcano to be. Super huge and breathing fire, King Dodongo is a formidable foe.


Ganondorf came to Goron City to retrieve the Spiritual Stone of Fire from Darunia. Darunia refused to cough it up, sensing that Ganondorf was bad news. Ganondorf sent King Dodongo to Dodongo's Cavern, the Goron's feeding spot, and sealed it up with a giant boulder. Thus, this caused starvation to the Gorons. Ganondorf promised to open the cave and remove King Dodongo only if Darunia gives him the stone.[1] Darunia kept the Goron's Ruby safe and faced unpredictably difficult times for his people, when he received a visit from an unlikely Royal Messenger...[2]


Really big and really buff, King Dodongo looks like business. He will let out a roar and the battle will begin. First thing to go over is how to avoid all his attacks. What to do if he does anything: stand on the sloped inside of the ring near the lava. That's it. He can't get you there with fire or rolling. Anyways, back to the battle: He will begin with a fire attack. These fire attacks are Link's big opportunities. Before he exhales flame, he will inhale. A lot. That's Link's queue to feed him a bomb. Toss one right in his mouth and his body will shudder with the explosion. While he's lying on the ground, nail him with a jump-attack-Deku Stick to the face (A plain Sword attack will work too, but a jump attack with a Deku Stick will dish out four times normal damage).[3] He will then curl up, getting ready to roll around. At that point, Link needs to get on the sloped inside of the ring near the lava or get smooshed. Whenever King Dodongo rolls, he always goes halfway around the ring. He will bounce off one corner and stop at the next. Once he rolls past, have Link follow close behind him. Because once he's done rolling, he will face Link and try once again to roast him. Chuck a bomb in his mouth as before and slice him up good. (Again, use Deku Sticks and jump attacks for maximum efficiency) Should you run out of bombs mid-battle, use the bomb flowers placed in every corner of the arena. Using these will take timing though so try to make your own last. Unlike many other bosses in Ocarina of Time, there is no "second-phase" to this battle. Once you strike the final blow, King Dodongo will roar, roll around a bit and then roll into the lava in the middle of the room. He will straighten out as he sinks and let out one last roar before finally ceasing movement. A heart container will appear by his head along with a portal that is waiting to whisk Link away to the outside of Dodongo's Cavern. At this point the lava has hardened and cooled to rock so don't be afraid to walk on it. Once Link has stepped into the portal, he will be taken to the spot where the giant boulder stood at the entrance to Dodongo's Cavern. Darunia will then drop from the sky right in front of Link (???) and congratulate him on a job well done. He will then give him the second Spiritual Stone, the Goron's Ruby.


Link will get a heart container from King Dodongo, and after stepping into the portal, the Spiritual Stone of Fire from Darunia, that is, the Goron's Ruby.

Four Swords Adventures

King Dodongo is the boss of the Realm of the Memories stage.


  1. " What a wild adventure! It will make an incredible story... 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.
  2. "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! Has Darunia, the big boss of the Gorons, really lost so much status to be treated like this by his Sworn Brother, the King? Now, I'm REALLY angry! Get out of my face, now! Are you asking why I'm in such a bad mood right now? 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! But..." — Darunia, Ocarina of Time.
  3. "Hey, let's work on some moves! To jump sideways while (Z) Targeting, press (A) as you move right or left. To do a backflip while (Z) Targeting, press (A) as you move backwards. To do a roll attack while (Z) Targeting, press (A) as you move forward. While you roll, you can avoid damage. If you have your sword ready while (Z) Targeting, you can do a jump attack by pressing (A)! A jump attack does double damage! You can use (Z) Targeting on the stone next to me, so let's practice!" — Kokiri, Ocarina of Time.