- "There's a real peculiar cave toward the backside of this here Dragon Roost Island. Yeah, real peculiar. But I doubt you'll ever get there to see it, small fry —unless you manage to sprout wings and fly, that is... 'Cause you won't be getting there otherwise!"
- — Fishman
Dragon Roost Island (竜の島 Ryū no Shima?, Dragon Island) is a location from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Home of the Rito tribe and the Sky Spirit, Valoo, it is a large, volcanic island located in the northeast portion of the Great Sea. The island can be seen from a great distance, as it consists mainly of a huge mountain.
The first true dungeon in the game, Dragon Roost Cavern, is located on this island. After defeating Gohma inside, Link receives the first of the three Pearls, Din's Pearl, from Prince Komali. Dragon Roost Island is also home to the Wind Shrine, where Link learns the "Wind's Requiem". The original theme for the area appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the music tracks featured in the Pirate Ship Stage.
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Behind Dragon Roost Island is the Wind Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the wind gods Zephos and Cyclos. The monument to Zephos was left in perfect condition, allowing Link to learn the "Wind's Requiem" inscribed on it, but the monument to Cyclos was broken. When Link first plays the "Wind's Requiem", Zephos appears and explains the power of the "Wind's Requiem" and that when the monument to Cyclos was broken, Cyclos became angry and began tormenting people with cyclones. Zephos also asks Link to punish Cyclos should he ever find a cyclone while sailing.
- A Hidden Hole is sealed beneath a boulder nearby the Wind Shrine. Fifty Rupees are contained within a Treasure Chest at the end of the maze of rooms.
- Using the Deku Leaf, Link can fly around the backside of the island to discover a hidden Treasure Chest containing 100 Rupees.
- A boulder, surrounded by Bomb Flowers, can be seen quite high up the side of Dragon Roost Mountain. A projectile such as an arrow, or using a Hyoi Pear to take control of a Seagull to fly into a bomb flower can set off the explosives to reveal a hidden Treasure Chest bearing 200 Rupees.
Dragon Roost Cavern is very similar to the Fire Temple from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which supports the theory that Dragon Roost Island may be Death Mountain itself. Many other factors help to support this theory:
- Stone statues resembling Gorons are found throughout Dragon Roost Cavern. They have large teardrop shaped heads, big round eyes, spiky hair, and wide, large lips. The nose, however, is uncharacteristically large for a Goron.
- Carvings of a dragon are found throughout the cavern. However, they do not resemble the dragon deity Valoo, and are instead more snake-like in appearance. The dragon depicted in the cave drawings could possibly be Volvagia, the enemy of Gorons, and the Fire Temple boss from Ocarina of Time.
- There is a ring of smoke on the top in the beginning of the game.
- The geology of Dragon Roost is similar to that of Death Mountain in Ocarina of Time. Both are the only large volcanoes visible for miles, both have lava domes almost reaching their caps, and both have the highest above-sea elevation that can be found in the game.
- Bomb flowers are found growing plentifully on both, and according to a Goron in Ocarina of Time, "Those plants growing over there are Bomb Flowers. They are 'mining plants' that grow only on this Mountain."
- The music of Dragon Roost Cavern is very similar to that of Dodongo's Cavern.
- If looked on a map of the Great Sea, Dragon Roost Island's location is around the same location where Death Mountain should be on both Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess
- The residential area of Dragon Roost Mountain strongly resembles the Goron City from Ocarina of Time, having the same corkscrew shape, as well as similar markings on the walls.
Dragon Roost Island is likely named after the large dragon, Valoo, perched, or roosting, atop its peak.