The Dragon Spirits are three elemental spirits that take on the form of serpentine Dragons named Dinraal, Farosh, and Naydra. That appear in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Like the Three Dragons from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, each dragon spirit has a name based on the three Golden Goddesses. Each dragon is also associated with one of the three sacred springs as Dinraal is associated with the Spring of Power, Farosh is associated with the Spring of Courage, and Naydra is associated with the Spring of Wisdom. They are said to have served their springs since ancient times. Additionally according to legend the Dueling Peaks where created when one of these dragon spirits split a mountain to create a path through it.
Background & History
While the three dragon function as a type of non-aggressive enemy and are classified as monsters in the Hyrule Compendium (which includes all enemies and bosses, including non-monsters such as mechanical Guardians and Yiga Clan), they are actually benign spirits that bare no ill will towards people including the Hylian Champion Link. However they involuntarily produce their signature element which make approaching them dangerous unless Link is wearing armor that grant him immunity to their specific element. Additionally direct contact with them can damage Link, though again this is unintentional.
The dragon spirits are legendary creatures in Hyrule though it is implied that few people ever encounter one, causing some to believe them to be a myth. Each dragon tends to fly around different areas and regions. However one hundred years after the Great Calamity, Link discovers that Naydra on Mount Lanayru covered in Calamity Ganon's Malice. Using the Spring of Wisdom's Goddess Statue, the Goddess Hylia tasks Link with freeing the Spirit of Ice from Calamity Ganon's Malice. Using the Paraglider to ride Updrafts produced by Naydra as it flies around, Link destroys its Malice growths with Arrows which frees the Dragon. Hylia then directs Link to shoot the dragon's body to receive one of Naydra's Scales and offer it to the Spring of Wisdom which reveals the Jitan Sa'mi Shrine. Freed of the Malice, Naydra flies off to enjoy its newfound freedom.
The other dragons, Farosh and Dinraal are shown to have avoided this fate and fly around specific areas of Hyrule. Hylia however requires Link to obtain a Dinraal's Scale from Dinraal to offer at the Spring of Power to reveal the Tutsuwa Nima Shrine and Farosh's Scale from Farosh to offer at the Spring of Courage to reveal the Shoda Sah Shrine. Unlike the Three Dragons, the Dragon Spirits do not speak, though they are apparently allied with Hylia as they bear no ill will towards people and do not mind when Hylia's chosen hero Link shoots them with arrows, though this may be do to the fact that arrows do not do any damage to their bodies as even powerful Ancient Arrows and Bomb Arrows will not hurt them. The Dragons fly around specific locations of Hyrule, though Naydra must be freed before it will begin flying around Hyrule like the others do.
When hit by any type of arrow, the location where it hits glows and a dragon part flies off, which can be recovered by Link. In addition to their scales, the spirits drop claws, horn shards, and fang shards depending upon where the arrow hits. These dragon parts are extremely rare and valuable materials, though Link can only obtain a single part from them per encounter thus he must wait for it to reappear later to obtain another part. Dragon Parts can be used by Great Fairies to upgrade armor. Additionally like Star Fragments they can also be added to cooking recipes to increase the chances of critical success which causes effects to be boosted. Link can also sell them for rupees. They can also be sold to Kilton at the Fang and Bone presumably due them being considered as monsters by some people.
The Dragon Spirits
Spirit of Fire
The Dragon Spirit of Fire (aka Red Spirit) is Dinraal who is a fiery dragon spirit that resembles the ancient dragon Volvagia, though it is more like Valoo and Eldin in personality as it bears no ill will towards people (which presumably includes Gorons whom Volvagia preyed upon). It tends to travel from the Eldin Great Skeleton down Deplian Badlands, Drenan Highlands, over the Forgotten Temple then through Tanagar Canyon. Its path is implied to be the Dragon's Road rumored to exist in Hyrule. Dinraal involuntarily produces fire from its body which can damage Link, though once properly upgraded the "Flamebreaker" armor grants Fireproof set bonus which makes Link immune to fire damage protecting Link from Dinraal's flames.
- "A spirit of fire has taken the form of this giant dragon. Making its home in the Eldin region, it's said to have served the Spring of Power since ancient times. An old saying goes, "The dragon ascends to the heavens as the sun begins to set." but nobody has witnessed this in the current age. The flames that coat its body make is dangerous to get near, but Dinraal bears no ill will toward people."
- — Hyrule Compendium
Spirit of Ice
The Dragon Spirit of Ice (aka Blue Spirit) is Naydra who is a icy dragon spirit. After it is freed from Ganon's Malice it tends to travel from Mount Lanayru through Lanayru Promenade, though it also travels through the Lanayru Sea. Naydra involuntarily produces ice from its body which can damage Link, though once properly upgraded the "Snowquill" armor grants Unfreezable set bonus which makes Link immune to ice damage and freezing protecting Link the dragon's ice.
- "A spirit of ice has taken the form of this giant dragon. Making its home in the Lanayru region, it's said to have served the Spring of Wisdom since ancient times. An old saying goes, "The dragon ascends to the heavens as the sun begins to set," but nobody has seen this in the current age. The ice that coats its body makes it dangerous to get near, but Naydra bears no ill will toward people."
- — Hyrule Compendium
Spirit of Lightning
The Dragon Spirit of Lightning (aka Golden Spirit) is Farosh who is an electric dragon spirit. It flies from Riola Spring over Floria Falls to Lake Floria where it flies around Floria Bridge. However it also rises from Lake Hylia and flies around Hylia Island and Bridge of Hylia. It is implied that the Farosh Hills near Lake Hylia are named after it. Additionally it also flies around the northern part of Gerudo Highlands as well. Farosh involuntarily emits electricity from its body which can damage and shock Link, though once properly upgraded the "Rubber" armor grants Unshockable set bonus which makes Link immune to shock damage and being disarmed protecting Link from the dragon's electricity.
- "A spirit of lightning has taken the form of this giant dragon. Making its home in the Faron region, it's said to have served the Spring of Courage since ancient times. An old saying goes, "The dragon ascends to the heavens as the sun begins to set," but nobody has seen this in the current age. The electricity that coats its body makes it dangerous to get near, but Farosh bears no ill will toward people."
- — Hyrule Compendium