Zelda Ocarina of Time: King Dodongo Boss Strategy

King Dodongo is the boss of Dodongo’s Cavern. Dodongos have been a part of The Legend of Zelda from the beginning. In 1987 we were told “Dodongo Dislikes Smoke” and that simple tip is still relevant today. Bombs are the key to defeating King Dodongo.

Quick Strategy

  • When King Dodongo inhales, throw a bomb into his mouth. Then attack him with your sword.

In Depth Strategy

Make sure you have plenty of bombs before you begin this fight. There are some bomb flowers available in the arena, but having your own bombs will make the fight significantly easier. There is no alternative way to defeat King Dodongo.

King Dodongo has two attacks. The first is rolling attack. During this attack, King Dodongo will roll around the perimeter of the room and smash in the walls as he goes. This can be easily dodged by standing near the lava in the center of the room. King Dodongo does not fill the entire walkway so he will go right past you.

The second attack is a fire breath. When King Dodongo stops rolling, he will face you and take in a deep breath before unleashing the fire. This is the only time you have to strike. Throw a bomb into his mouth as he is inhaling. He will swallow the bomb which will then explode and stun him. When he is stunned, you can strike him one time with the sword.

It takes four bombs to finish off King Dodongo.