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Goron Patriarch is the title given to the supreme ruler of the local Goron tribe. Usually aided by a number of Goron Elders, the Goron Patriarch is usually a youthful Goron that can fulfill the combat duties of the tribe. When a Goron Patriarch gets too old to carry out these duties, he will often become a Goron Elder and hand the title of Patriarch to a younger Goron.
Darunia is the Patriarch over the Gorons of Death Mountain. The Gorons refer to him as "Big Brother", and he does not seem to be aided by any Goron Elders. At some point in the past, Darunia became sworn brother to the King of Hyrule which cemented ties between the Gorons and the Royal Family of Hyrule.
Ganondorf seals off the entrance to the Dodongo's Cavern because of Darunia's refusal to yield the Goron's Ruby. This sends Darunia into a deep depression. When Link appears in Goron City, he cheers Darunia up by playing "Saria's Song" on his Fairy Ocarina. Darunia gives Link the Goron's Bracelet and sends him off to clear the way through the cavern so the Gorons could eat again. After doing so, Link is declared Darunia's sworn brother and is given the Goron's Ruby. As a result, Link becomes a sworn brother of the Gorons and becomes known as the legendary Dodongo Busting Hero among the Gorons. Having earned the patriarch's respect, Darunia names his son after Link.
Seven years later, Darunia enters the Fire Temple in a failed attempt to defeat Volvagia and rescue his fellow Gorons. It is also revealed that Darunia is a descendant of the Hero of the Gorons who used the Megaton Hammer to defeat Volvagia in the past. Though it is unknown it is possible that the Hero of the Gorons may have also been patriarch at some point during his lifetime. It is also likely that Darunia's being descended from the Hero's bloodline was likely one of the reasons Darunia was chosen to be Patriarch.
After Link defeats the dragon, Darunia awakens as the Sage of Fire, and therefore cannot return to Goron City to be Patriarch. It is unknown who takes up this title, but it is possible his young son, Link of the Gorons, takes over.
The unnamed Goron Elder serves as the Goron Patriarch when Link arrives at Snowhead. After Link defeats Goht in Snowhead Temple and brings the perpetual winter in the mountains to a close, however, the Goron Elder announces his plans to make Darmani the new patriarch. In turn, the Goron Elder will become a true Elder and act as Darmani's advisor. However given that the real Darmani is actually deceased (as he had been knocked off Snowhead by the blizzard caused by the invisible Biggoron) and Goron Link was simply acting in Darmani's place, it is unlikely that Darmani ever became patriarch, unless Majora's defeat somehow resurrected him.
The unnamed Goron Elder appears to not be a Goron Elder at all, but rather, the Patriarch of his tribe. The actual Patriarch, if there indeed is one, is never seen.
The powerful Darbus serves as the Goron Patriarch of Death Mountain. He is aided by four Goron Elders: Gor Coron, Gor Amoto, Gor Ebizo and Gor Liggs. Gor Coron reveals that he was once the Patriarch, but when he grew too old to fulfill his combat duties, handed over the title to Darbus.
When Darbus is under a curse and locked away in the Goron Mines, the Goron Elders take control of the tribe. To settle disputes, they challenge each other to matches of sumo wrestling. They order their fellow Gorons to drive off any humans trying to make it up the mountain, as they are too proud to let others know about what happened to Darbus. After Link uses the Iron Boots to help him fight his way past the Gorons, impressed by Link's Gor Coron stops his fellow Gorons from attacking Link and decides to test Link's skill as a hero via a Sumo match between himself and Link. Link manages to defeat Gor Coron, who asks Link to lend them his strength in freeing Darbus, granting him entry into the Goron Mines.
After Link frees Darbus of the influence of the Fused Shadow, realizing that Darbus has no memory of the time when he was cursed, Gor Coron decides not to disclosed the fact that Link, a "human", saved Darbus, fearing that their leader may be offended and/or that it would wound Darbus' pride.
However despite being unaware of Link's actions, Darbus eventually manages to return the favor by using his strength to destroy the pile of rocks preventing Link from entering the Hidden Village. He also warns Link their are at least 20 enemies in the Village and advises him to "get them before they see you".
Biggoron serves as the Goron Patriarch of Goron Island. He is the largest Goron on the island (though not as large as those who share his name in other titles), and has a son named Gongoron. Link must answer Biggoron's questions in order to become an initiated member of the Gorons, and to gain access to the part of the island that holds the first of the three Pure Metals.
During the Era of the Hero of Time, Darunia is once again Goron Patriarch (known as Goron Chief in the series) and leader of the Goron Forces. However after an encounter with Fake Zelda, Darunia is brainwashed and controlled by several Big Poe into serving the Dark Forces. As a result, the Gorons become hostile under the brainwashed Darunia's leadership and kidnap Princess Ruto. After the Big Poes and Darunia are defeated by Impa and Sheik, Darunia returns to normal and frees Ruto, before joining the Hyrulean Forces to atone for his actions and defeat Fake Zelda. After Fake Zelda is defeated and Sheik is revealed to be the real Princess Zelda, Darunia and Ruto join her and Impa's forces in the fight against Cia and later Ganondorf. The Goron Patriarch in the modern era of Hyrule Warriors is never revealed.
Recolor outfits of Darbus (Twilight DLC) and Biggoron from Phantom Hourglass (Hyrule Warriors Legends) appear as alternate outfits for Darunia.
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