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This article is about the regular appearance of Goriyas. For other uses, see Goriya (Disambiguation).

Goriyas,(OoS)[2] also known as Red Goriyas,(TLoZ | TAoL)[2] are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.


Goriyas are devils that have mastered the Boomerang as a weapon,[3][4] making them dangerous in both short- and long-range combat.

The Legend of Zelda[]

The Legend of Zelda Manual Description
The Legend of Zelda logo
A little devil that lives underground. He uses boomerangs. There are two of his type, blue ones and red ones. Watch out for the blue ones! They are strong.

In The Legend of Zelda, Red Goriyas appear only in Dungeons. They generally attack in groups of three or more. Link finds the Boomerang by defeating a group of Red Goriyas in Level-1. When defeated, Red Goriyas may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, four Bombs or a Clock.[note 1]

In some Dungeons, a hungry Red Goriya will be blocking the passage to the next room. When talked to, the Goriya's stomach grumbles,[6] vaguely hinting that the creature is hungry. It will refuse to budge until fed. To satisfy the monster and obtain entry, Link must offer it Food purchased from a Shop.

The Adventure of Link[]

The Adventure of Link Manual Description
The Adventure of Link logo
A little devil that attacks Link by using a boomerang. Fend off the boomerang with the shield. Watch out! These devils are on the plains and in the caves too.

In The Adventure of Link, the side-scrolling angle changes typical Goriya attack patterns. Instead of tossing their projectiles in random directions, they specifically target Link, and can have multiple Boomerangs in the air at one time, unlike their past incarnations. They can throw Boomerangs on either the "bottom" or "top" level, in the same way most bipedal enemies attack. Depending on the Boomerang's height, Link must choose to duck or stand to block the attacks with his shield.[7] If a Boomerang is thrown at the bottom level, it will return to the Goriya on the top level, and vice versa.

Goriyas now tend to appear in caves and fields more often than dungeons,[8] and generally only appear alone or with a single partner instead of larger groups, perhaps due to the fact that they are now more challenging opponents.

Link's Awakening[]

Main article: Item Trader

The Item Trader is a Goriya that trades items to Link on Toronbo Shores in Link's Awakening.[9]

Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages[]

OoS Goriya Sprite

In Oracle of Seasons, Goriyas appear in the Gnarled Root Dungeon. They look identical to Moblins, suggesting a relation between the two types of monster. They behave like their original incarnations in The Legend of Zelda; wandering around the room and suddenly throwing Boomerangs to attack Link. Many of the enemies that appear in the Gnarled Root Dungeon evoke those that appeared in Level 1 of the original NES adventure, and these are no exception.

Also in the Gnarled Root Dungeon, a pair of bull-like Goriyas known as the Brother Goriyas appear as mini-bosses.

In Oracle of Ages, Goriyas appear in the Spirit's Grave and once again behave like their original incarnations in The Legend of Zelda; wandering around the room and suddenly throwing Boomerangs to attack Link.

In other media[]

Captain N: The Game Master[]

Goriya (Captain N)

Goriya in Captain N: The Game Master

A Goriya briefly appears in the "Having a Ball" episode of Captain N: The Game Master. After Link, Princess Zelda, Kevin, and Princess Lana arrive at the tunnel leading to the Island Palace, a Goriya appears and rapidly begins to throw boomerangs nonstop toward the heroes. The boomerangs impede the group's progress, so Link uses his Magic Shield to block the attacks while the rest of the party follows closely behind. As the heroes approach the Goriya, Kevin uses his Zapper to defeat it, allowing them to continue to their destination.

The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)[]

In the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics, Goriyas resemble their depiction in The Adventure of Link. They first appear in "Missing in Action" as one of the enemies that go after Princess Zelda and the Triforce of Wisdom. To the First Power also shows these foes capturing Link outside one of the Underworld entrances under the orders of a Wizzrobe, and are later seen attacking Princess Zelda while she is inside Level 1. After Link manages to take the Triforce of Power from Ganon in "The Power," several of Ganon's Goriya minions offer to serve Link, as they believe that he holds more power than their master,[10] but Link refuses.[11] However, when Link heads to a palace to search for Ganon, he is greeted outside by the same group of Goriyas that had offered to serve him.[12] This time, he accepts their aid,[13] and the Goriyas give him a robe similar to that of Ganon's.[14]

Goriyas appear once again in "Queen of Hearts," where they battle against Link and Queen Seline to keep them from breaking the magic container that will give the queen her magical powers back. They last make an appearance in Day of the Triforce as two Goriyas try to eat a captured Miff in Death Mountain.[15]

The Shadow Prince[]

Goriyas are briefly mentioned in The Shadow Prince. When the King of Hyrule calls an urgent meeting to take the Triforce of Wisdom to the Fifth Castle of Ancient Hyrule, he mentions that a recent thunderstorm caused Goriyas to fall from the sky, most likely due to the fact that Ganon is becoming more powerful.[16]

Spinoff appearances[]

Zelda's Adventure[]

In Zelda's Adventure, Goriyas resemble purple apes with white hair that throw massive Boomerangs. They are encountered in the Plain of Andor, Shrine of Illusion, North Gubasha Desert, and Great Dry Canyon.

Zelda can obtain the Boomerang the Goriyas use by defeating a small group of them in a clearing west of the Forest of Ogbam.

BS The Legend of Zelda[]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseゴーリア (Gōria) (TLoZ | TAoL)[17][18]Same as English.
NetherlandsDutchBoemerang-Man (TLoZ)[19]
FranceFrenchEUGoriya (TLoZ | TAoL)[20][21]
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See also[]


  1. If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Recorder, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees. However, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armos, Like Likes, Keese, or Gels will not be counted.[5]


  1. "These devilish companions of the Moblins are masters of the boomerang, Goriyas can be found in all manner of locales, from grassy fields to deserts and caves." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 183)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 183 (TLoZ | TAoL | OoS | OoA)
  3. "A little devil that lives underground. He uses boomerangs." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
  4. "A little devil that attacks Link by using a boomerang." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 27)
  5. n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  6. "GRUMBLE,GRUMBLE..." — Red Goriya (The Legend of Zelda)
  7. "Fend off the Boomerang with shield." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 27)
  8. "These devils are on the plains and in the caves too." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 27)
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 108
  10. "Link has powerful magic! Goriya serve Link! Link be master, not Ganon!" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, [which page?])
  11. "No! What am I saying? Get away from me! Get out of here!" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, pg. 7)
  12. "Link let Goriya serve him now? Goriya MUST serve! Only Link has Triforce of Power! Only Link is worthy to be master!" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, [which page?])
  13. "Hmmm... Well... Why not?" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, pg. 1)
  14. "Link will rule! Link is king! Link wear King robes!" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, pg. 1)
  15. "Fairy made good snack! Not enough for two! Get lost!" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, pg. 8)
  16. "And a scout from Ruberry tells me a thunderstorm last week produced a hail of Goriyas!' 'Goriyas? From the sky?' Murmurs of disbelief run up and down the council table. The king nods. 'It seems that Ganon's power is growing stronger." (The Shadow Prince, Simon & Schuster, pg. 6, 7)
  17. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Ambit Ltd., pg. 175
  18. The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 28
  19. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36
  20. Encyclopedia, frF, pg. 144
  21. Encyclopedia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 182