Breath of the Wild
Daruk was the warrior Goron Champion, one of the appointed members tasked with piloting the Divine Beasts in the war against Calamity Ganon 100 years ago. He was the pilot of the Divine Beast Vah Rudania. He was described as being generally calm, but becomes wildly excitable in battle. He possessed the ability known as Daruk's Protection, a red crystal polyhedric barrier that can deflect any attack or incoming damage to the user. Daruk was ultimately killed when Calamity Ganon corrupted and seized control of the Divine Beasts, pitting him against a monstrosity known as Fireblight Ganon. His legacy is kept alive by the Goron people, who have a stone statue in his likeness overlooking Goron City.
In life, Daruk was a friend to Link. In Link's earliest Memory, Daruk and the other Champions were gathered as Princess Zelda led a ceremony in appointing Link as her knight. Daruk remarks how discouraging the presentation sounds, prompting a quip from Revali that the ceremony was Daruk's idea.
In another Memory, Daruk and Link were aboard the Divine Beast Vah Rudania as Daruk drove it over the mountains. Together they survey the mountains, which Daruk swears to protect with his life. A rock slide then suddenly interrupts them, and Daruk shields Link by using Daruk's Protection. The event causes some concern for Daruk about the state of Death Mountain.
Daruk was also present with the other Champions at the base of Mount Lanayru, as they waited for Zelda's and Link's return. Daruk asks Zelda if she had any luck with praying at the Spring there, but is visibly disappointed to hear there were no answers. The group is then suddenly interrupted by the re-emergence of Calamity Ganon. Daruk then takes command as he tells the other Champions to return to their Divine Beasts, and for Link to head to Hyrule Castle. Unfortunately, Daruk met his end at the hands of Fireblight Ganon and his spirit becomes trapped for the next hundred years while the monster took control of Vah Rudania.
100 years later in the present, Link boards the Divine Beast Vah Rudania to free it from Ganon's influence, which he was able to reach with the help of Yunobo, the descendant of Daruk. As Link activates the first Guidance Stone there, he hears the voice of Daruk's spirit guiding him to the next Terminal that will give him a Map of the Divine Beast. Upon activating it, Daruk then instructs the hero to find the remaining five Terminals inside and on the Divine Beast, before finally guiding him to its Main Control Unit. As Link approaches the Unit, he engages with Fireblight Ganon, and Daruk helps guide him through the resulting battle.
After Link defeats Fireblight Ganon and regains control of Vah Rudania, Daruk appears before him as a spirit. He thanks the hero for setting his spirit free, but apologizes as he feels responsible for Hyrule falling in ruin. Daruk, however, is confident that with Vah Rudania under their control, they can finally resume their plan to defeat Calamity Ganon. Daruk also gives Link the ability to use Daruk's Protection, before bidding him farewell as Link is warped out. Daruk then drives Vah Rudania to the top of Death Mountain, where he takes aim at Hyrule Castle in preparation to attack Calamity Ganon. There he surveys Hyrule and wonders how the Gorons have fared since the Great Calamity. It is then that he notices Yunobo staring back at him, reassuring him of the well-being of his people. The two Gorons then wave to each other.
Daruk's spirit again appears whenever Link uses Daruk's Protection, blocking any attack while active. His voice will also inform Link when the ability has finished recharging.
During the battle against Calamity Ganon in Hyrule Castle, Daruk unleashes his Divine Beast's attack upon Calamity Ganon, provided the Divine Beast Vah Rudania has been freed. On its own, the attack inflicts 12.5% of damage upon Calamity Ganon. When combined with the other freed Divine Beasts' attack, the assault inflicts 50% of damage total.
Following Dark Beast Ganon's defeat, as Link and Princess Zelda leave the ruined Hyrule Castle behind, Daruk's spirit along with the other Champions' and King Rhoam's spirits watch them from the sky before quietly disappearing.
In the "Champion Daruk's Song" EX Recovered Memory, it is revealed that Daruk has a fear of Dogs after saving a Hylian Retriever that was being attacked by a group of Bokoblins. He admits to Zelda that Dogs always chased him when he was younger and that he still panics when he sees one. Zelda is surprised by the revelation that Daruk has a weakness. Daruk then seeks assurance from Zelda the Calamity Ganon is not a Dog monster.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Daruk — Spirit Battle Information
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Daruk appears as a Spirit with the ability, Weight 🠅, which makes a Fighter weigh more so it is harder for them to be launched, but at the same time reduces their jump height and movement speed.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
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Promotional artwork for The Champions' Ballad featuring Daruk from Breath of the Wild
Daruk with the other Champions and King Rhoam from Breath of the Wild
- "Let those other Champions know, they better eat their gravel if they wanna keep up with Daruk." — AbdallahSmash026 and Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Part 89 | Attacking Vah Rudania With Yunobo!, YouTube (Video), published April 6, 2017, retrieved April 18, 2017.
Goron Champion" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
- "Who do you think you are...Lord Daruk? It's dangerous to go in there, goro!" — Yunobo (Breath of the Wild)
- "I never imagined the Great Daruk would have a weakness." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
- "The song my teacher left behind... There's a verse about the trials that Champion Daruk overcame." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
- "Daruk, the Goron Hero" — Chapters (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
Goron Stalwart" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
Yunobo is the grandchild of the Champion Daruk. He has an adult body but still has some growing up to do. He is easily frightened by monsters and isn't exactly what one might call brave, but, driven by thoughts of protecting his people, he gathers enough courage to aid Link in quelling the Divine Beast Vah Rudania. He is earnest and naive, readily believing nearly anything anyone tells him." (Creating a Champion pg. 122)
- "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Video Game)
Daruk (Japanese version, voice, as Kouji Takeda)" — n.a., Kôji Takeda - IMDb, IMDb, published n.d., retrieved September 29, 2018.
- "The Divine Beast Vah Rudania, controlled by Daruk of the Gorons." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
- "Darkel (or literally Darukeru) is a Goron warrior who lives in the mountains of Hyrule. He’s normally calm, but when entering battles, he changes into a very brave warrior that screams loudly while sweeping away enemies." — Brian, New Zelda: Breath of the Wild character details, Nintendo Everything, published February 1, 2017, retrieved February 3, 2017.
- "I wanna give you something. It's a special power of mine called Daruk's Protection. It's no good to me now that I'm a spirit... but it might be useful for you." — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "Watch yourself now! That ugly pain in the crag is Ganon's handiwork. Thing got the best of me a hundred years ago." — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "See that statue up there? That's Daruk!" — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
- "Gee, this is uplifting... She's making it sound like we already lost." — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "Wasn't this your idea? You're the one who wanted to designate the appointed knight with all the ceremonial pomp, grandeur, and nonsense we could muster!" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
- "Speaking of which, can you believe this view? Just look at all those delectable rocks sprinkled on those mountains... Mighty tasty. I may not know a whole lot about this Calamity Ganon thing... but mark my words, I'll protect this land of ours to the death!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "That was a little strange... As far as I know, Death Mountain has been quiet for decades. But if the mountain is shivering enough to send down a bunch of boulders that size, then— Never mind. Forget I said anything." — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "Well? Don't keep us in suspense. How'd everything go up there on the mountain?" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "Let's stop wasting time! We're gonna need everything we got to take that thing down! Now Champions! To your Divine Beasts! Show that swirling swine who's boss! Link will need to meet Ganon head on when we attack! This needs to be a unified assault! Little guy! You get to Hyrule Castle. You can count on us for support. But it's up to you to pound Ganon into oblivion!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "...What's gotten into you? Hylians sure are strange. Anyway, Yunobo is actually a descendant of the great Daruk. That's why that slacker can even use Daruk's Protection!" — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
- "Hey, little guy! Long time no see. I always knew you'd come back. Y'know, I never stopped believing in you! You're here to take control of ol' Rudania back from Ganon, eh? You're gonna need a map that shows the guts of this place. You can grab the info from the Guidance Stone over there. Now get a move on!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "Nice job getting the map of the Divine Beast! The terminals that control Rudania are noted by the glowing points on your map. To take back Rudania, you'll need to activate all of the terminals. You got this, little guy!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "Nice! That was the last terminal! Now go ahead and start up the main control unit! There should be a new glowing mark on your map. You're gonna need to make your way over to that. Stay focused, little guy!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "I owe you big for this. Because of you, my spirit is finally free. Can't thank you enough!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "I feel like I should apologize. I was doing all I could to protect Hyrule when that thing got the best of me. Sorry that me resting with the rubble caused such a mess." — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "The good news is, Rudania is now back under our control! That means that our century-old Ganon beat-down plan can finally go into effect!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "Well, that oughta do it! We're set here, now we just gotta wait for the perfect shot. Once Link is in the castle, Rudania will unleash an epic blast. Ganon won't know what hit 'im!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "Hyrule looks pretty good from up here... even after a hundred years. The ol' rolling grounds sure are a sight for sore eyes. I wonder how the Gorons fared after the Great Calamity. I sure hope everyone down there is still going strong after every—" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "Hey! Well look at that! Still going strong, indeed!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "...Oh, right! I've still gotta thank you, brother! There's some treasure in my house. Grab it. Keep it. It's yours. It's a sharp blade that Daruk himself once wielded. I'm sure you'll be able to make good use out of it!" — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
- "Let's go, little guy! Now! Open up wide, Ganon!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "Good riddance...and stay safe. I'm sorry ya had to see that side o' me. As a kid, dogs always chased me. I still panic when I see one o' those critters." — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "So tell me...Princess..." — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
"Yes?" — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
"Calamity Ganon isn't, uh... some kind of a dog monster, is he?" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
- "You will be able to use these four amiibo in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Of course you'll be able to use these in the DLC packs you just saw." — Eiji Aonuma, Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017, Youtube, published June 13, 2017, retrieved June 13, 2017.