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Goron City
Goron City
Goron City
First appearance Ocarina of Time (1998)
Country Hyrule
Region Death Mountain
Terrain Cavern
Point(s) of interest Goron Shop
Goron Vase
Medigoron's Blade Store
Inhabitants Darunia
Goron Shop Owner
Hot Rodder Goron
Link of the Gorons
Medigoron
"Follow the trail along the edge of the cliff and you will reach Goron City, home of the Gorons."
Goron

Goron City is a location from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It is located in a cave near the top of Death Mountain in the northeast corner of Hyrule. It can be accessed by climbing the Death Mountain Trail from Kakariko Village. Goron City is inhabited by the Gorons, and ruled by their chief, Darunia. It contains a shop and a giant spinning vase from which Link can obtain a Piece of Heart or Rupees.

In the center of Goron City is a platform suspended by ropes where the Goron's Ruby was once displayed. Goron City also contains secret entrances to the Lost Woods, the Death Mountain Crater, and Medigoron's Blade Store. When Link is a child, the Hot Rodder Goron can be found on the second floor. He will give Link a bigger Bomb Bag if stopped in his tracks by an exploding bomb.

Story

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Link first travels to Goron City at the behest of Princess Zelda, seeking to find the Spiritual Stone of Fire held by the Gorons. As he arrives in the city, however, he finds that the Spiritual Stone has been taken from the pedestal on the platform suspended above the city; furthermore, Ganondorf sealed the entrance to Dodongo's Cavern, the Gorons' primary source of food, to punish them for not giving him the stone.

Standing before the sealed entrance to the chamber of the Goron chief, Darunia, Link plays "Zelda's Lullaby" to prove that he is a messenger of the Royal Family. Darunia is insulted by the Royal Family sending a mere boy to aid them, and refuses to have anything to do with him; Link plays "Saria's Song" for him, easing his state of mind, and prompting him to present Link with the Goron's Bracelet for "no particular reason." Link inquires about the Spiritual Stone, and is told that in order to prove himself worthy of carrying the Spiritual Stone, he must defeat the evil inside Dodongo's Cavern.

Using the strength that the bracelet bestows upon him, Link is able to use a Bomb Flower in order to access Dodongo's Cavern. Once inside, Link defeats King Dodongo, making the caves safe for the Gorons to once again gather food inside. Link is teleported outside of the cavern, where Darunia praises his valor and asks him to become his "sworn brother"; as a symbol of this, Darunia grants Link the Spiritual Stone of Fire. When other Gorons appear to hug their newfound brother, Link is daunted and runs away.

Later, when Link first visits the city as an adult, most Gorons have been taken prisoner by the minions of Ganondorf, to be fed to the dragon Volvagia as an example to other races who may oppose his tyrannic rule; while he eluded capture, Darunia has gone to the Fire Temple to fight Volvagia. Only Link of the Gorons, the Goron Shop Owner, and Medigoron still remain in the city. Link of the Gorons, Darunia's son who was named after his "sworn brother", informs Link about this turn of events and presents him with the Goron Tunic that allows the wearer to withstand tremendous heat. Link braves the Fire Temple, rescues all of the Gorons, and defeats the dragon Volvagia using the legendary Megaton Hammer. Darunia is revealed to be the Sage of Fire, one of seven Sages who safeguard Hyrule.

Spoiler warning: Spoilers end here.

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