'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' "Death Mountain's Secret" Guide: How to solve Dugby's quest

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In Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you'll be given a lot of side quests. Some are intense riddle epics; some let you help a disaffected carpenter build a whole town and get married; and some allow you to help an honest, hard-working fishman named Fronk get his wife back after she goes missing. Then there's "Death Mountain's Secret."

If you happen to be hanging out in the Goron Hot Springs near the Eldin Tower, you'll find a young Goron named Dugby who has a little quest for you if you're willing to parse some gibberish. Players have had some difficulty figuring it out, so we're here to help your inner completionist find peace — and a good weapon — in the "Death Mountain's Secret" side quest.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild "Death Mountain's Secret" location, guide, tips and tricks

According to a YouTube walkthrough by Caticulated, you'll find a small Goron named Dugby lounging in the Goron Hot Springs along the path heading southwest from the Bridge of Eldin. It's important that you speak to Dugby while he's in the hot springs, or else he won't give you the quest. Once you speak to him in the hot springs, he'll attempt to explain that he's hidden something on Death Mountain. If you find it, it's yours. 

Unfortunately, because he's so small, he's gurgling his entire explanation because his face is underwater. Just respond "Nonsense" both times the prompt appears and you'll start the quest.

Dugby's cuteness is only exceeded by his inability to communicate effectively. But really, he shouldn't even be telling you if he's hidden something nearby, since that defeats the point of hiding it in the first place.Source: Caticulated/YouTube
Dugby's cuteness is only exceeded by his inability to communicate effectively. But really, he shouldn't even be telling you if he's hidden something nearby, since that defeats the point of hiding it in the first place.  Caticulated/YouTube

To find Dugby's secret stash, head east to the mountain peak and scale it, avoiding the fire keese and chameleon-like lizalfos as you do so. If you're able to, take a breather in the area near the mine carts before making your way to the peak itself, since it's going to take up a lot of stamina.

Your destination is on the south side of the the mountain. Just make sure you don't fall off because it's a long way back down.Source: Caticulated/YouTube
Your destination is on the south side of the the mountain. Just make sure you don't fall off because it's a long way back down.  Caticulated/YouTube

Once you're on top of the mountain, head around to the south side of a small peak, where you should find a wall you can bomb. Do so, and you'll find a Drillshaft that updates your quest log when you pick it up. Take it back to Dugby and he'll ask to verify it. Confirm that it's probably the one he hid and then he'll say you can keep it. It's a little confusing, since he's the one who told you about it, but it's best not to argue.

The Drillshaft itself is a weapon that does exceptionally well when mining ore deposits, so you should keep it around for as long as you can. It also respawns during the Blood Moon, so don't get too worried if you break yours.

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