King Dodongo

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King Dodongos are recurring Bosses in The Legend of Zelda series.[5][6][3][name references needed]


Ocarina of Time

King Dodongo is the second Boss fought in Ocarina of Time. It appears inside Dodongo's Cavern, where it must be defeated for Link to receive the Spiritual Stone of Fire from Darunia. It is a massive Dodongo that will consume anything.[4] Though it was originally the protector of the Cavern, Ganondorf drove it into a frenzy, making it hostile to intruders.[7][note 1]

To ready an attack, King Dodongo inhales air and releases a blast of damaging flame if allowed to inhale completely.[7] During this time, Link can toss Bombs, or a nearby Bomb Flower, into its mouth. If successful, the bomb will explode inside, causing King Dodongo to collapse. King Dodongo is vulnerable to Sword attacks at this time, the Critical Point of the battle. If Link does not apply enough damage during the Critical Point, King Dodongo will rear up, curl into a ball, and roll around the arena.[7] If Link stands close to the lava, the external walls, or hides beneath or behind the Shield, he can avoid damage. King Dodongo hits an arena wall at the end of its rampage; it unfolds and moves about until Link is close enough to target again, repeating the cycle.

When defeated, King Dodongo curls into a ball and rolls into the lava pit. The lava hardens, trapping King Dodongo, half-submerged. Link receives a Heart Container as a reward.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, King Dodongo appears as a Sticker.

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by

King Dodongo
Ocarina of Time [Flame] - Attack +38 All

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, King Dodongos appear as Giant Bosses that are encountered in several Legend Mode and Adventure Mode stages. In Legend Mode, King Dodongos appear in the Scenarios "The Armies of Ruin", "The Water Temple", "Ganondorf's Return", "The Dragon of the Caves", and "The Other Hero". Not all Scenarios where they appear require the Warriors to defeat them.

King Dodongos differ from their previous incarnation as they bear golden scales, two red horns on both sides of their head, red claws, and red crystals running along their back and joints. In "The Water Temple" and "The Other Hero", King Dodongos appear more closely resembling their Ocarina of Time appearance. King Dodongo attack with a variety of moves, such as curling and rolling into a ball, stomping their claws, roaring loudly, breathing streams of flames, or by launching Fireballs after inhaling deeply. These attacks also harm nearby Enemies. Because of their immense size, they take minimal damage from most attacks. They become vulnerable when Bombs are thrown down their throats as they suck in air, which stuns them and exposes their Weak Point Gauge.

King Dodongos may drop their Claws as Silver Materials or one of their Crystals as a gold Material when defeated.


  • In Ocarina of Time, King Dodongo and Volvagia share a battle theme that is different from the one that plays for all other Bosses.
  • King Dodongo has the lowest amount of health in Ocarina of Time. It can be defeated with two Jump Attacks while using Deku Sticks.[citation needed]
  • Scaldera, a Boss from Skyward Sword, almost perfectly parallels with King Dodongo from Ocarina of Time. Both serve as the second Boss of their game, both are a large, four-legged beast, both can curl up into a ball and roll around in order to move faster, and both live in a volcano or fiery area and are commonly associated with Fire. Furthermore, both Bosses are defeated by Link by throwing a Bomb into the mouth of the Boss as it sucks up air to prepare an attack, allowing Link to attack it while it is stunned.


Names in Other Regions
  • 猛炎古代竜 (Mōen Kodai Ryū) (OoT)[11]
  • キングドドンゴ (Kingu Dodongo) (OoT)[12]
  • Infernal Dinosaur
  • Same as English.
The People's Republic of China
多东哥王 (Duōdōnggē wáng) (OoT) 
The Federal Republic of Germany
König Dodongo (HWDE)King Dodongo
The Italian Republic
  • Mega Dodongo (OoT | OoT3D)[9][10]
  • dinosauro infernale che sputa fuoco (OoT)[9]
  • Dinosauro degli inferi (OoT3D)[10]
  • Fire breathing infernal dinosaur
  • Underworld dinosaur
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See Also


  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time—Official Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo Power states that King Dodongo blocked the Gorons out of Dodongo's Cavern when it appeared inside.[8] This is contradicted by Encyclopedia, which states that King Dodongo had been inside the Cavern as its guardian before Ganondorf's arrival.[7]


  1. "Infernal Dinosaur
    King Dodongo
    " — Game Screen (Ocarina of Time)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time—Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 32
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Fire-Breathing
    King Dodongo
    " — Game Screen (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "King Dodongo
    This is a huge Dodongo that eats anything! Give it a shock, and finish it off with your sword!
    " — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  5. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 187 (OoT | OoT3D)
  6. "Fire-Breathing
    King Dodongo
    " — Game Screen (Hyrule Warriors)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 187
  8. "The Gorons had been blocked from their favorite rockeries ever since King Dodongo appeared and moved into the cavern. Only when Link threw a bomb at the entrance to the cavern did hope reappear on the faces of the Gorons." (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time—Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 48)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 187
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Mega Dodongo - Dinosauro degli inferi" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  11. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 145
  12. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 143