Darunia is a major character in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He is the chieftain of the rock-eating Goron tribe. During the Hyrulean Civil War, he fought alongside the King of Hyrule, whom he considers a close ally and sworn brother.

When Link initially meets Darunia he appears gruff and unfriendly as a result of the food shortage facing his people compounded by the evil Ganondorf, whom Darunia believes was sent by the king. However, once Link cheers him up, he is quickly revealed to be a friendly and jolly individual, who enjoys music and dancing.

When Link becomes an adult, Darunia bravely enters the Fire Temple to save his people from the maw of the evil dragon Volvagia and is revealed as the Sage of Fire.


Unified Timeline

The Hyrulean Civil War

During the civil war Darunia is said to have joined the force of the King of Hyrule who unified the tribes of Hyrule and considered him as one of his sworn brother marking Darunia's respect for him.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Darunia is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He is the leader of the Gorons, a race of mountain giants. Link finds Darunia in Goron City. By now Dodongos, a violent species, have taken over Death Mountain, which itself was sealed by Ganondorf. Ganondorf did this due to the Gorons refusing to turn over their Spiritual Stone of Fire. It is suggested to Link in the game that he should play Saria's song, which after playing it in front of Darunia he starts dancing cheerfully due to the charming melody. After giving Link an accessory that allows him to lift bombs from Bomb Plants and toss them, Link manages to destroy the rock blocking the path to Death Mountain. He ventures inside and defeats all of the enemies within, granting the Gorons access to their primary food source. As an act of appreciation Darunia hands over the Spiritual Stone of Fire and make him one of his sworn brother.

Adult Timeline

7 years after Ganondorf insurrection

Darunia is seen trying to free his people from Ganondorf who wanted to feed them to Volvagia a dragon which was sealed by an ancient Goron hero wielding the Megaton Hammer, after Volvagia's demise at the hands of Link he is revealed to be the sage of fire, one of the Seven Sages and as such, he helped Link facing Ganondorf and ultimately sealing him.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, Darunia can be seen on a stained glass in his honor along with the others sages from Ocarina of Time

Darunia's Stained Glass.

Unclassified Information

More than 10000 years before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Sheikah decided to name the Divine Beast Vah Rudania in his honor

Non-canon appearance

Hyrule Warriors/Hyrule Warriors Legends

Darunia appear as a playable character in both games, he wields the Magic Hammer


In-game description

"When Cia opened a doorway to the era of the Hero of Time, a brave warrior stepped through the portal and added his strength to the current battle, just as he had done ages before. As a proud Goron chieftain, Darunia makes his home in Goron City, located in the heart of the volcanic Death Mountain. Like all Gorons, his entire diet consists of rocks. It's Goron tradition to refer to loved ones and trusted allies as "brother," an attribute Darunia has not left behind on his journey through the ages."
-Darunia, Goron Chief Historical Entry Tutorial Bio

Materials drops

  • Silver materials - Darunia's Spikes
  • Gold materials - Darunia's Bracelet