Faron is one of the three Dragons who protect The Surface in Skyward Sword, alongside Eldin and Lanayru. A servant of the goddess Hylia, Faron lives in Lake Floria in the Faron Province, a region she has protected since ancient times.
Link is directed to see Faron by Yerbal, an aged Kikwi. He tells Link not to mention his name to her, as the dragon's location in Lake Floria is supposed to be a secret. He also mentions that she is "persnickety," a fact that Link confirms when she questions that a mere boy like him could possibly be the Hero of the Goddess when they first meet. Upon Link's arrival in Lake Floria, a Parella named Jellyf asks him if he can help Faron after witnessing his spin maneuver via the Water Dragon's Scale, and takes Link to her. Upon reaching Faron, the sacred dragon is initially surprised with Link because he has intruded into her home, a sacred place that few are able to locate and enter. However, she calms down after noticing that the young hero possesses the Water Dragon's Scale, which can only be carried by The Goddess's chosen hero. After Link explains to Faron how he found her lair, the Water Dragon tells him that she was attacked by Ghirahim, who wounded her and left her to die. Due to her wounds, Faron is forced to sit in a basin that is filled with water containing healing properties called Sacred Water. She asks Link to retrieve more Sacred Water from Skyview Spring because her water has lost its special properties, and states that she will reveal the location of Farore's Sacred Flame to the young hero in return. However, she also uses this task as a test to see if Link really is The Goddess's chosen hero. After Link heals her with the Sacred Water, Faron becomes healthy once again, and expands to her full size. Faron tells the young hero to follow her to Floria Waterfall, where she reveals the entrance to the Ancient Cistern and tells Link to venture inside to find the first Sacred Flame.
When Link arrives at the Fire Sanctuary deep within Eldin Volcano, he finds the entrance blocked by a row of flames. Only watering the large frog statue's tongue will douse the flames. However, this requires a large amount of water. In search of a container large enough to hold the necessary amount of water, Link heads back to Faron and requests to use her Water Basin. She grants Link her permission to use it, stating that she has no intention of using it again. With the help of Scrapper, Link manages to bring the basin back to the Fire Sanctuary and douses the flames, opening the entrance to the dungeon.
Later, Link returns to Faron Woods to learn the portion of the "Song of the Hero" entrusted to Faron by the Goddess. He finds that the woods have been flooded and investigates the Great Tree, the source of the water. Inside the tree, he meets Faron, who reveals that she is responsible for the flood, explaining that she had the intention of destroying the monsters that had invaded Faron Woods. Faron challenges Link to a final test to prove that he is worthy of learning the "Song of the Hero" by collecting Tadtones, small aquatic creatures similar in appearance to musical notes, which Faron has hidden throughout the flooded woods. Upon retrieving the Tadtones, Link is taught Faron's portion of the Song of the Hero.
- Faron flooding her woods as an attempt to eradicate evil beings from her land is similar to many historical flood myths.
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- "Faron the Water Dragon" (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 44)
- "Her name is Faron, the Water Dragon. As the great protector of Faron Province, she has power over water." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 295
- "Long ago the Water Dragon was charged with watching over all of Faron by the goddess. For some reason, she has recently been spending her days in a large water basin." — Official Site – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii , Zelda.com.
- "I probably taste like old cave moss, but I'm not in a hurry to become a royal meal, kwwwrk! So don't let her know I told you about Farore's Flame, OK?" — Yerbal (Skyward Sword)
- "I forgot to mention this earlier, but it's important. Her Excellence, the Water Dragon, is VERY persnickety about manners... So watch yours!" — Yerbal (Skyward Sword)
- "GAH! How is that even possible? I've never seen a human pull off a spin like that! Wait... That's a Water Dragon's Scale! Does that make you the emissary of the goddess, like the Water Dragon said? Hey, I've got an idea! Maybe you can help Her Excellence!" — Jellyf (Skyward Sword)
- "Yeah, about that... It happened really recently. This weirdo came in here with a gang of monsters and went right after Her Excellence. My lady the Water Dragon is a fierce fighter, and, boy, did she gobble up most of those monsters in the first few seconds. Thing is, there were just so many of them! While she was distracted, the weirdo leading all those creatures managed to wound her. She's healing up now, but she says we don't have enough special water for her to make a full recovery. So could you please go talk with Her Excellence and see if you can help her out? I'll even take you to her. Follow me!" — Jellyf (Skyward Sword)
- "Hmm... Ah! You there, human! You have intruded into my home, a sacred place few are permitted to enter! This is no place for one such as you. And yet here you stand! You will explain how you got here, and quickly." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "Those with manners address me as Faron, warden of the woods. I was appointed by the goddess herself. Though my current stature is less than, well, intimidating, shall we say, know that you stand in the presence of a loyal servant of the goddess! ...Hmm? I say, that's one of MY scales you have there! A sacred gift such as that could only be carried by the goddess's chosen hero. But could you really be him? This raises questions. Even with that scale in your possession, finding my hall is no easy task... How did you find me?" — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "Ah, yes... That cackling, old hermit Kikwi told you where I live, didn't he? Honestly, I can't remember how many times I've told that scruffy thing to keep his mouth shut. That's the last straw. Next time I see him, he's dinner! Oh, but I digress. You've come here seeking a sacred flame, have you?" — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "Shortly before your arrival, I was attacked by a pompous creature calling himself Ghirahim. I stood against this self-proclaimed Demon Lord, but I was wounded in the encounter." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "The wounds he's given me are stubborn things. I have been forced to recuperate in this basin of sacred water. Unfortunately, the healing properties of the sacred water have diminished, and I am now in need of another dose to freshen up my healing bath. Bring me the container of fresh sacred water that I require. Do me this favor, and I'll gladly show you where to find the sacred flame you desire. What say you?" — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "Now...behold. Hah-hmm... Go. The sacred flame you seek lies within this place. While the waterfall has barred entrance to this place for many years, monsters have still found a way in...and inside they flourish. Ah, but you are the goddess's chosen hero. Swatting a few monsters will be no trouble for you. I imagine you and I will cross paths again. Until then, do not lower your guard. Farewell, boy." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "All I can say is that is a big frog with a big thirst. I do not think the amount of water one of your little bottles can hold is going to cut it this time. Hmmm... You will have to have a big container to hold the water needed for this job. Got anything like that? And speaking of which, where are you going to get all the water? I gotta say, I am pretty much stumped." — Gorko (Skyward Sword)
- "Ah, it's you. Tell me, are you mastering the power that dwells within your sword? Oh? You wish to borrow my water basin? Hmm... Very well. I have recovered fully, and I have no intention of having to soak in it again soon! Begone with it. It's yours to use as you please." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "This may be news to you, but some very irksome monsters have been overrunning my woods of late. Well, I decided that I'd had enough! The easiest way to deal with the awful things was to flood the whole woods." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "Let me guess... You swam all the way here to try to get me to teach you the part of the Song of the Hero the goddess entrusted to me. That's all well and good, but I can't go around giving away something that precious to every hero who flounders into my waters. No, I think a final test is in order to ensure you are in fact the one meant to hear this melody of mine." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "As it happens, almost every inch of greenery in the area is submerged. So it's here, in this flooded land, that I will test you. If you're up to completing the task I ask of you, I see no reason why I shouldn't reward you with the melody you seek." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "If you haven't already guessed, Link, here's your task: Take this score and collect all my little musical friends out there. You can use that score to figure out how many Tadtones are in each group. Find them, collect them, and bring them back to me. If you can do that, well, then I'll just have to see you as someone worthy of learning the Song of the Hero." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- "Ah, you've brought back all my colorful little Tadtones. You are indeed worthy of being called a hero. This much is clear. I'm good for my word, so I will teach you my part of the song you seek." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
- Hyrule Historia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 44