Volvagia

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Not to be confused with Barba.

Volvagia is the Boss of the Fire Temple in Ocarina of Time.[2] It is a red, serpentine dragon, specifically resembling an East Asian dragon or lindworm, with a pair of front legs, a rocky skull and pair of curled horns and a fiery mane, and was revived by Ganondorf to terrorize the Gorons.

Characteristics

Ocarina of Time

Volvagia was an ancient Dragon that lived in the depths of Death Mountain and was essentially the spirit of the Mountain.[3] It was said that a legendary Goron destroyed it with the use of the Megaton Hammer. By the time of Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf revived the Dragon to secure the Fire Temple from intrusion. He also fed Gorons to Volvagia to make an example to other races that might revolt against him. Incited by Darunia's son, Link sets out to destroy Volvagia to stop the Dragon from escaping the temple and turning Hyrule into a burning wasteland.

When Link steps onto the main octagonal platform of the boss room, the room shakes and the small rectangular platform behind him sinks into the lava. Volvagia then emerges from one of the nine lava pits on the main platform, briefly flying around the room and breathing fire before entering another pit.

The battle is designed akin to a Whac-A-Mole game, as Volvagia will emerge from one of the nine pits at random and Link must use the Megaton Hammer to whack the dragon when it comes out. Volvagia will emerge from the pits to either swing its fiery mane at him and then, depending on how far away Link is, breathe fire or slash at him with its claws, fly upwards to the ceiling and trigger a rockfall or fly after him while occasionally breathing fire.

When Volvagia emerges to swing its mane, Link must strike its head with the Megaton Hammer after it does so to stun it before it attacks again and recedes into the lava pit. Once stunned with the Megaton Hammer, Link can slash Volvagia with the Master Sword or hit it on the head again with the Hammer until the dragon recedes back into its pit. When it is flying, Link can use the Bow to damage Volvagia, though it cannot be defeated with this method.

After enough hits with the Master Sword or Megaton Hammer while stunned, Volvagia will be defeated. It will sink into the hole while clutching its head and emerge one last time, flying around erratically before its body burns into a skeleton from tail to head and its skull crashes to the ground, moving its jaw one last time before burning up and rewarding Link with a Heart Container. Darunia then awakens as the Sage of Fire and grants Link the Fire Medallion.

Other Appearances

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Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)

In the Ocarina of Time manga by Akira Himekawa, child Link purchases a baby Volvagia from the Hyrule Town Market, intending to set it free. Instead, Volvagia chooses to follow Link. Eventually, Volvagia learns to say Link's name in thanks for its freedom, and the two part ways.

When Link returns to Hyrule as an adult, Volvagia had been enthralled by Ganondorf into haunting the Fire Temple. Disheartened, Link is forced to slay his friend in order to both save the Gorons and put Volvagia out of its misery. With its dying breath, Volvagia whispers Link's name in thanks for once again being freed.

Later, as Link crosses the Haunted Wasteland, a spectre takes the form of Volvagia's disembodied head, suffering grievous pain, in an attempt to lure Link away from the safe path through the desert.

Trivia

Volga in his Dragon form from Hyrule Warriors
  • Volvagia, along with King Dodongo, are the only two bosses in Ocarina of Time to have a special battle theme.
  • In the Nintendo 64 version of the game, Volvagia is once referred to with male pronouns by Link the Goron.[4] This was fixed in Ocarina of Time 3D.[5]
  • An Arwing was used to test Volvagia's flight patterns.[6]
  • Valoo from The Wind Waker is suggested to be Volvagia's descendant in Hyrule Historia.[7]
  • Volga, a villain in Hyrule Warriors, shares many similarities with Volvagia. They have similar names, both utilize the fire element, and Volga's helmet resembles Volvagia's skull. Additionally, Volga can take on a Dragon form which resembles Volvagia.
  • Volvagia's roars, alongside Ganon's, are reused from Queen Gohma and edited to be faster and higher-pitched.

Nomenclature

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LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
  • 灼熱穴居竜 (Shakunetsu Gekkyo Ryū) (OoT)[11]
  • ヴァルバジア (Varubajia) (OoT)[12]
  • Scorching Subterranean Dragon
  • Volvagia
The French Republic
FrenchEU
Volcania (OoT3D)[13]From volcan ("volcano").
The Italian Republic
Italian
  • Varubaja (OoT | OoT3D)[8][9]
  • Drago sputafuoco (OoT)[8]
  • Drago di magma (OoT3D)[10]
  • From Japanese; same as Barba
  • Fire breathing dragon
  • Magma dragon
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References

  1. "Subterranean Lava Dragon
    Volvagia
    " — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 211
  3. "Residing within the Fire Temple in Ocarina of Time, Volvagia was a wicked dragon defeated by Link; in essence, it was the spirit of Death Mountain." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 22)
  4. "A long time ago there was an evil dragon named Volvagia living in this mountain. That dragon was very scary! He ate Gorons! Using a huge hammer, the hero of the Gorons... BOOOM! Destroyed it just like that. This is a myth from long ago, but it's true! I know, because my dad is a descendant of the hero!" — Link (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "A long time ago there was an evil dragon named Volvagia living in this mountain. That dragon was very scary! It ate Gorons!" — Link (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  6. "Volvagia is a dragon, so it wriggles and undulates. I only gave Morita-san the dragon model parts, but he set it in motion immediately. It was mysterious how he could do that. [...] I couldn't help but ask how he did it. He said it was the same as the programming for Star Fox 64. There's this scene when another fighter aircraft is tailing Arwing and..." —Satoru Takizawa (Iwata Asks: Ocarina of Time 3D: Original Development Staff - Part 2.)
  7. "Even after the land of Hyrule was sealed away, the guardian spirits of the three pearls of the goddesses remain. They are thought to be descended from Volvagia, the Deku Tree, and Jabu-Jabu, spirits that existed during the Era of the Hero of Time." (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 127)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 211
  9. "Molto tempo fa, in questa montagna viveva un drago malvagio di Varubaja." — Link (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  10. "Varubaja - Drago di magma" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  11. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 102
  12. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 142
  13. "Pour faire peur aux autres races, Ganondorf va donner les Gorons en pâture à Volcania !!!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time 3D)