- "May I introduce... Heropon Riki!"
- — Chief Dunga
Chief Dunga (English dub: /ˈdʌŋɡə/) is the leader of the Nopon race and the Chief of the sole Nopon settlement in Makna Forest. His residence is on one of the upper levels of Frontier Village. Dunga is very strong, he singlehandedly brought Nopon Tower to the village.
However, Melia does not wish to continue with her friends, Dunga overhears a brief argument between the group and suggests she accept their help in slaying the "Dinobeast".
Chief Dunga "allows" Riki to join the group of Homs on their quest to slay the Telethia. He introduces him as the Legendary Heropon, who is immediately knocked out by Reyn, causing the other Nopon to shout, cheer, and taunt. The other Nopon are shown to greatly respect their Chief as he silences them with a shout. He then officially introduces the Heropon for the year, Riki.
Chief Dunga is impressed when Riki returns to tell all of how he defeated the Telethia. And whilst he agrees that Riki's debt has been paid, he notes that Riki's children ate ravenously and set him back. In order to pay this new debt, Chief Dunga announces that Riki will further his legend by accompanying the Homs for the rest of the adventure. It is insinuated by this that Chief Dunga made up the whole Heropon legend to begin with (statements made by the Nopon Sage also indicate this), but Dunga simply responds that his instinct is never wrong. Chief Dunga grants permission to allow the Homs to continue to Eryth Sea.
The Allied Front
Chief Dunga is present at the negotiations made for an allied front of all of the races of the Bionis against the Mechon. He offers the aid of the Nopon without a second thought. He is also heard at the battle of Sword Valley, encouraging the Nopon warriors. During these periods, he will not be present at Frontier Village.
Chief Dunga apparently survived the reawakening of Mechonis and Bionis, for he is seen in Colony 9, watching a disgruntled Vangarre berating a subordinate.
- "Allow me to introduce this year's legendary Heropon, Riki!"
- "Advance, Nopon heroes!"
Behind his beard, Dunga's mouth is animated during cutscenes, although this is never able to be seen by the player
|Playable Characters||Dunban · Fiora · Melia · Reyn · Riki · Sharla · Shulk|
|Homs||Alvis · Dickson · Gadolt · Juju · Mumkhar · Otharon · Vangarre|
|Nopon||Chief Dunga · Oka|
|High Entia||Kallian · Lorithia · Sorean · Tyrea · Yumea|
|Machina||Egil · Linada · Miqol · Vanea|
|Gods||Meyneth · Zanza|