King Dodongo

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King Dodongo is the second Boss in Ocarina of Time.[4][5][3][name references needed] Link must defeat King Dodongo in order to obtain the Goron's Ruby from Darunia.


Ocarina of Time

To ready an attack, King Dodongo inhales air and releases a blast of damaging flame if allowed to inhale completely. 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. 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
SSBB King Dodongo Sticker Icon.png
King Dodongo
Ocarina of Time [Flame] - Attack +38 All

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, King Dodongo appears as a giant boss that is encountered in several Legend Mode and Adventure Mode stages. In Legend Mode, it appears as a boss in the Scenarios "The Armies of Ruin", "The Water Temple", "Ganondorf's Return", "The Dragon of the Caves", and "The Other Hero". It is not required to defeat King Dodongo in all Scenarios.

King Dodongo differs from its previous incarnations as it bears golden scales, two red horns on both sides of its head, red claws, and red crystals running along its back and joints. In "The Water Temple" and "The Other Hero" it appears more closely resembling its Ocarina of Time appearance. King Dodongo attacks with a variety of moves such as curling and rolling into a ball, stomping its claws, roaring loudly, breathing a stream of flames, or by preparing a powerful fire blast by inhaling deeply. These attacks also harm nearby enemy troops. Because of its immense size, it is impervious to nearly all attacks. It becomes vulnerable when Bombs are thrown down its throat as it sucks in air, which stuns it and exposes its weak point gauge.

King Dodongo may drop its Claws as a silver Material or its Crystal 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 Slashes 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.


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
The Federal Republic of Germany
König Dodongo (HWDE)King Dodongo
The Italian Republic
  • Dinosauro degli inferi (OoT3D)[6]
  • Mega Dodongo (OoT3D)[6]
  • Underworld dinosaur
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See Also


  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. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 187 (OoT)
  5. "Fire-Breathing
    King Dodongo
    " — Game Screen (Hyrule Warriors)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Mega Dodongo - Dinosauro degli inferi" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)