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"Take a good look at that mountain. That is Death Mountain, home of the Gorons."
Impa

Death Mountain (デスマウンテン Desu-Maunten?, Hylian DHylian EHylian AHylian THylian HHylian SpaceHylian MHylian OHylian UHylian NHylian THylian AHylian IHylian N) is a recurring location in the Legend of Zelda series. A huge mountain or mountain range that is typically the highest geographical point of Hyrule, Death Mountain has become a well known location within the series, and serves as the homeland of the proud Goron race in most games. Occasionally, entry to Death Mountain is restricted; one must receive permission from the Royal Family of Hyrule to enter the mighty mountain. It is generally believed that the name Death Mountain is used for many different mountains in the series, but because some of its appearances share certain geographical or topographical similarities, some Death Mountains are believed to be one and the same.

Appearances

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The Legend of Zelda

Death Mountain is a huge mountain range found in northern Hyrule. There is a lake on the east end of Death Mountain which flows into a Waterfall, which in turns flows into a river that runs into Lake Hylia. The Lost Hills are located directly east of Death Mountain. Death Mountain contains many Tektites, Lynels, Armos, and Boulders. In the mid-western area of Death Mountain's base, the Power Bracelet can be found under an Armos. Inside the mountain itself is found Gannon's stronghold, Level 9, which can be accessed by bombing a portion of Spectacle Rock in extreme northwest Hyrule. Link can only enter after having recovered all the Triforce Shards. Level 6 is also located on Death Mountain. In the game's Second Quest, the dungeons on Death Mountain are Level 4, found in the Lost Hills, Level 8, west of the waterfall, and Level 9, in the northwestern most corner of the map.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Death Mountain is found in southwestern Hyrule. This mountain range is home to a maze-like network of caves full of ravenous enemies that Link has to pass through. Link can find the Hammer deep inside.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

"DANGER! Do not enter Death Mountain without the king's permission!"
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Death Mountain Section (Light World)
Death Mountain Section (Dark World)
A section of Death Mountain as it appears in the Light and Dark Worlds in A Link to the Past

Death Mountain is found in northwestern Hyrule and is home to three of the game's dungeons: Tower of Hera in the Light World, and Ganon's Tower and Turtle Rock in the Dark World. The mountain is inhabited by Tektites, Lynels, and Boulders. There is a Lost Old Man living on Death Mountain as well. Traditionally, one needs the King's permission to enter the mountain, but the good king has been dethroned by Agahnim. In order to enter Death Mountain in the Light World, a huge stone that blocks the entryway must be lifted with the Power Glove. In the northwestern area of the mountain is Spectacle Rock. Though no lake is actually seen on Death Mountain itself, there is a waterfall in the northeastern corner of Hyrule which, judging from its position, most likely comes from a body of water on Death Mountain. The waterfall flows into a river which flows into Lake Hylia.

In the Japanese version of A Link to the Past, the Light World version of Death Mountain is called Hebra Mountain. It is called Death Mountain in the Dark World, however.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Death Mountain (Ocarina of Time)

Death Mountain from Ocarina of Time

The volcanic Death Mountain is located in the far northeast reaches of Hyrule. Most of the exterior mountain area is known as the Death Mountain Trail. The Fire Temple, the second dungeon in the future Hyrule, is located inside the Death Mountain Crater at the very top of the mountain. The Gorons also live on Death Mountain, inside a four-story cave network called Goron City. Their rock supply comes from Dodongo's Cavern, the entrance to which was blocked off by Ganondorf. Like nearly all incarnations of Death Mountain, this one is inhabited by Tektites and contains falling boulders. The smoky clouds that always surround the peak of Death Mountain reflect the state of the mountain: when the clouds are white, all is at peace; when the clouds turn a fiery red, the mountain is facing perilous times. Also, after the seven years in which Link was asleep, because it holds the Fire Temple (that became corrupt due to Ganondorf's reign of terror on Hyrule), Death Mountain Trail became one of the areas with perpetual eerie dark clouds overhead, not unlike the destroyed Hyrule Castle Town. Once Link cleanses the Fire Temple and receives the Fire Medallion, the dark clouds and the fiery cloud ring disperse, and Death Mountain returns to normal.

The top of Death Mountain can be reached from outside the Goron City barrier, but the path is dangerous as the mountain will erupt, sending out a spray of rocks. A Great Fairy Fountain is hidden at the top of Death Mountain; the Great Fairy there grants Link the ability to use magic. Inside the Death Mountain Crater there is a second Great Fairy who can enhance Link's Magic Meter. Directly outside the entrance to the Death Mountain Crater is the humongous Goron Biggoron, a master sword-smith who plays a part in the trading quest for Biggoron's Sword, the most powerful sword in the game.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords

Death Mountain (Four Swords)

Death Mountain as seen in Four Swords

This version of Death Mountain is a volcanic mountain range. The Links go through Death Mountain as the third stage of the game, where they battle Gouen to find the last Great Fairy, the Great Fairy of Flame, and get the last Key needed.

Death Mountain (Four Swords Adventures)

Death Mountain in Four Swords Adventures

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Death Mountain is located directly north of Hyrule Castle. It is the third level of the game, and it contains three stages: Death Mountain Foothills, The Mountain Path, and the Tower of Flames. As in other levels, Tingle's Tower will appear in multi-player mode. In a single-player game, Tingle will occasionally appear in an attempt to collect Force Gems. After Link has completed all three stages and defeated the Dodongos, the Green Maiden is rescued.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

"Are you trying to reach the Gorons of Death Mountain? It is far too dangerous, Link!"
Renado
Death Mountain (Twilight Princess)

Death Mountain in Twilight Princess

Death Mountain is located in the far east of Hyrule, in the Eldin Province. A landmark of Hyrule visible from several locations, it is home to the Goron race. The Death Mountain trails are only passable with the help of the other Gorons, being this is the only way to get to the very top of the mountain. Death Mountain has a Hot Spring along with a small shop run by a Goron. Death Mountain erupts until Fyrus is defeated. Link later uses a large volcanic rock from the eruptions to thaw the frozen Zora's Domain. Inside Death Mountain is a large, complex mining system known as the Goron Mines, which is filled to the brim with steam and lava. Death Mountain is accessible by a trail from Kakariko Village. Link cannot go up this trail until he has acquired the Iron Boots because there is a Goron guard that will not let him pass. The music that plays in the Death Mountain area is a reworked version of the Goron City theme from Ocarina of Time.

Later in the game, several Zoras can be found on Death Mountain and soaking in the Hot Springs.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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Death Mountain from A Link Between Worlds

As in A Link to the Past, Death Mountain is located in northwestern Hyrule. The Tower of Hera and Rosso's Ore Mine are found on the Hyrulan Death Mountain. When Link enters the Hyrule Death Mountain, there will be falling rocks across the mountain due to a volcano eruption. The Bouldering Guy can be found here after Link has retrieved the Message in a Bottle.

Lorule has its own version of the Death Mountain. The major landmarks found there are the Ice Ruins and the Treacherous Tower. Unlike the hot climate of Hyrule's Death Mountain due to the presence of a volcano Lorule's Death Mountain is snowy with no volcanic activity.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

"What? You don't know about Death Mountain?! On a sunny day, you can see the volcano from anywhere in Hyrule! Us Gorons eat rocks, ya know. So it's really comfortable for us to live around Death Mountain."
Reagah
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Death Mountain from Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, Death Mountain is located in the Eldin province in northwestern Hyrule, and Goron City can be found nearby in Eldin Canyon. As it can be seen from far away in various locations Death Mountain serves as a useful land mark for navigating Hyrule. The Goron Reagah reacts shocked to learn that Link doesn't know about Death Mountain unaware Link suffers from amnesia indicating Death Mountain is well known throughout Greater Hyrule presumably due to its status as an active volcano that can be seen from almost anywhere in Hyrule. The province of Akkala is located on its eastern side while the Great Hyrule Forest is located west of the mountain with Eldin Canyon and the Eldin Mountains regions in-between. The Maw of Death Mountain located near the foot of the mountain in Eldin Canyon surrounded by Hot Spring lakes and Gero Pond. The volanco's caldera is known as Death Caldera and the lava flowing from it fills countless lava lales and lava ponds via rivers of lava near the mountain and in Eldin Canyon. The Shadow Hamlet Ruins is located on the southeastern foot of Death Mountain. As it is the most volcanically act incarnation of Death Mountain to date the burning air can lead to spontaneously combustion if Link is unprotected without armor granting Fire Guard effect or consuming Fireproof Elixirs that grant Flame Guard temporarily though Death Mountain requires Level 2 Flame Guard and Gorons even warn Link the area is dangerous for Hylians without proper protection though still discourage Hylians or Gerudo from going there as the area is dangerous due to heat and lava. The Flamebreaker armor set upgraded to two stars or higher is advised as it grants the Fireproof which makes Link immune to fire damage and allows him to climb and walk on hot volcanic surfaces though offers no protection from lava even when fully upgraded to four stars. The Vah Rudania Divine Helm also grants the Flame Guard effect and is the only armor outside of the Flamebreaker set that grants the Flame Guard effect. Also Death Mountain and volcanic areas of Eldin Canyon are the only places where Cuccos can be killed by throwing them into the lava though it may only seem that way as Cucco will disappear if thrown in water and respawn where they were originally found thus its possible the same thing occurs when thrown in lava though its impossible to tell as Link must bring a Cucco here or surrounding volcanic lava rivers and lakes in Eldin Canyon to throw it into lava and Cucco Link is not holding can disappear from areas they are not normally found if Link loses sight of them simply due to the game's programming. However them being killed by lava makes logical sense though there is no way to tell if they simply react to lava and water the same way or they are intended to die when thrown in lava as one would expect them to.

The Divine Beast Vah Rudania is found on Death Mountain having been trapped there by the Boss of Goron City Bludo and Goron Champion Daruk's descendant Yunobo using Cannons to fire Yunobo using Daruk's Protection to damage it as normal cannonballs had no effect. Bludo had the Bridge of Eldin (which is depicted as a mechanical drawbridge) raised to trap it on the mountain to keep Goron City safe though this prevents the Goron Group Mining Company from mining closer to the summit. Bludo and Yunobo work together to drive it away to keep contained. In Link's Recovered Memory of Daruk, it is revealed that before the Great Calamity, Death Mountain was at peace and had been inactive for sometime according to Daruk before one day while talking to Link atop Vah Rudania the mountain shuddered producing a quake that dislodged large boulders at Link and Daruk who used Daruk's Protection to protect himself and Link. Daruk was disturbed that quake managed to move boulders of considerable size and noted Death Mountain had been at peace for quite some time and wondered if Death Mountain was responding to something implying he suspected Death Mountain recent geological activity was in response to Ganon's imminent return as Death Mountain's geology is known to be effected as evil forces become stronger. Thus its volcanic activity a century later may be a result of the Great Calamity a century prior and Zelda's hundred year old seal on Ganon weakening which is implied to be responsible for the corrupted Vah Rudania reappearing after a century of dormancy.

Unfortunately for the Gorons their leader is elderly and fighting Vah Rudania caused him debilitating back pains requiring painkillers to keep fighting though Yunobo was forced to get some from the Abandoned North Mine near Goron City and became trapped in the storeroom by some rubble. Link learns Yunobo didn't return and goes to find him in the hopes of convincing Yunobo and Bludo to aid him in freeing Vah Rudania. Link frees Yunobo with a Cannon and Yunobo returns to Goron City with the painkillers before heading to the Cannon near the Bridge of Eldin. Bludo thanks Link for his assistance and points out Daruk's giant memorial statue when he asks about him due to his amnesia, causing Link to recover his memory of the incident involving Death Mountain geological shift before the Great Calamity and before the incident Daruk and Link look at Death Mountain as Daruk notes the delicious rocks before swearing to defend his homeland from Goron to the death. Unfortunately Bludo's back goes out and asks Link to inform Yunobo the attack is off. Link finds Yunobo being attacked by monsters and saves him. Yunobo is disappointed the painkillers didn't work though Link convinces Yunobo to help him reach Vah Rudania though first they must lower the Bridge of Eldin using the cannon. Link and Yunobo then travel up the mountain attacking Vah Rudania with cannons by firing Yunobo at it while avoiding Vah Rudania's Sentries and Magma Bombs eventually defeating it allowing Link to enter it where he defeats Fireblight Ganon avenging Daruk and freeing his spirit to retake control of Vah Rudania to support Link against Ganon. With Rudania freed thanks to Yunobo and Link, Bludo rewards Link with Daruk's Boulder Breaker hammer sword in recognition of Link's heroism in restoring peace to Death Mountain and helping Yunobo find the courage live up to Daruk's heroic legacy, though the mountain still remains volcanically active as Ganon evil still threatens Hyrule though the Gorons are use to it so it doesn't really bother them. While firing at Calamity Ganon in support of Link, Daruk gazes upon his homeland and is pleased to see his descendant and Goron City are thriving a century after his death while Yunobo waves at his ancestor.

Interestingly, the Hebra Mountains and Death Mountain both a appear on opposite sides of Hyrule and represent different extremes in temperature as Hebra is extremely cold while Death Mountain is extremely hot.

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Other Appearances

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BS The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets

Death Mountain is the location of the "untranslatable slab" (no known official name) in the Light World, and Ganon's Tower in the Dark World.

Link's Crossbow Training

Death Mountain serves as the location for Goron Target Practice.

Hyrule Warriors

Death Mountain appears as the first level in the Ocarina of Time branch.

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Non-canonical appearances

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The Legend of Zelda animated series

Death Mountain appears as a location.

The Legend of Zelda comics

Death Mountain is the home to Ganon's hideout.

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Theories

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Dragon Roost Island

Dragon Roost Island

Dragon Roost Island

It is believed that Dragon Roost Island, an island in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, is Death Mountain. Prior to the events of The Wind Waker, most of Hyrule was flooded and buried at the bottom of what came to be known as the Great Sea. However, the tall Death Mountain managed to stay above water. Gorons have long since left their traditional dwelling, disguising themselves as Traveling Merchants. Instead, the Rito race, a race confirmed to be descendants of the Zora, live here in dwellings cut into Dragon Roost Mountain. The first dungeon, Dragon Roost Cavern, is believed to be Dodongo's Cavern. Dragon Roost Island is not an active volcano like Death Mountain, but there is a small volcano directly south of it called Fire Mountain. Another fact that supports this theory is the existence of Bomb Flowers that grow in Dragon Roost Island as well as in Death Mountain.

However in Breath of the Wild, there is some suggestion the location of Rito Village and Lake Totori might be the remains of the Dragon Roost Island volcano with the lake being formed from its collapsed caldera.

Eldin Volcano

It is also widely believed that Eldin Volcano from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was later renamed Death Mountain, as it is the only mountainous area in the land that would eventually be known as Hyrule. Like Death Mountain, it is an active volcano however it is far more active volcano than Death Mountain is and is inhabited mainly by the Mogmas and Bokoblins, instead of Gorons. It can be assumed that eventually Eldin Volcano became less active and the Gorons settled there at some point. One of the caves in Eldin Volcano is also shown to contain Rupee Ore, while the rocks on Death Mountain are known to be a good source for Rupees, which indicates that both share similar geological compositions that allow for the formation of Rupees and Rupee Ore, another indicator that they may be one and the same. The lack of Rupee Ore on Death Mountain could be attributed to mining of Eldin Volcano for Rupee by the Mogma, Gorons, and Hylians before and/or after it became less volcanically active.

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