Ocarina Of Time’s Saddest Story Isn’t Even In The Game

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Akira Himekawa’s manga drastically changed the characterization of a forgettable boss and gave him a sad connection to Link. This 18-chapter Manga, published in 2000, loosely adapts the plot of the game, released 14 months earlier. In its ninth chapter, titled “A beloved old friend“, he shows his version of Link’s fight with the boss Volvagia.


In the game version of Ocarina of time, Volvagia is a monstrous fiery dragon who serves as the boss of the Temple of Fire, the game’s fifth dungeon. According to dialogue with NPCs, Volvagia was an ancient enemy of the Gorons once killed by Darunia’s ancestor using the Megaton hammer. While Link was locked in the Temple of Time for seven years, Ganondorf used dark magic to revive Volvagia. As a warning to the rest of Hyrule, Ganon imprisoned the Gorons and fed them to Volvagia. In the end, Volvagia is killed by Link.

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In the manga adaptation, the fight with Volvagia plays out very differently and completely recontextualizes the Fire Temple boss battle in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. As Link aims his bow at Volvagia, he finds himself unable to fire. It is then revealed, via flashback, that Volvagia was once Link’s pet.


As shown in flashback, Link purchased Volvagia as a baby in Zeldais constantly filled with animals in the castle town of Hyrule and befriended the dragon before deciding to release it. In the continuity of the manga, instead of being an ancient monster from the story, Volvagia is a friend of Link whom Ganondorf fascinates and transforms into a weapon to get his head dirty. In the end, Link kills Volvagia, freeing him from Ganon’s control with a gash through his neck, in a bittersweet ending.

The change of Volvagia’s story to Ocarina of time is admittedly a mixed bag. The revelation of Link and Volvagia’s past is not announced, but rather awkwardly inserted in the middle of their fight. The changes also make Volvagia less intimidating as a boss. Still, Link’s hesitation when aiming the bow and grief when the fight is over make the manga version of Volvagia an interesting and tragic character.

The manga made a number of other changes to the plot of Ocarina of time. A small but memorable change is the opening of the manga. The Ocarina of time the manga actually shows Link’s mother fleeing to Deku Forest and dying, rather than just explaining her death through dialogue. Additionally, Link’s encounter with Zelda and Ganondorf is significantly changed. The manga removes the entire Shadow Temple section, replacing it with Link training scenes with Impa. The manga also shows Shiek working for Ganondorf as a spy, before revealing that Shiek was a double agent, in addition to being Princess Zelda. He may not be treated like canon, but there’s no denying that his retcon Volvagia adds some extra emotional weight to Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Timethe story.

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