El Dorado is a mythical object that appears in the Uncharted series. Although widely believed to be a lost city of gold, the events in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune reveal El Dorado to be a large golden statue. In Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, it is the subject of leading protagonist Nathan "Nate" Drake's adventure, as he and his companions use clues from the works of legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake, a supposed ancestor of Nate. However, Nate and his companions are not the only one searching for El Dorado, and they must compete with British treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman and his forces in the search for El the statue.
The myth of El Dorado holds its roots in the story of a king who would cover himself in gold dust during festivals, before diving from rafts into a large lake in what is now known as the country of Colombia. This story would later transition itself into what is commonly known as the myth of El Dorado. El Dorado is said to be a lost city of gold hidden somewhere in South America. Although it is true that large amounts of gold and other jewels were found in the possession of the native tribes of El Dorado during the 16th and 17th centuries, the many expeditions to find El Dorado during this time achieved little. Due to a lack of evidence to support the myth, the notion of El Dorado being a real place is one that is often discredited in contemporary times.
 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
El Dorado plays quite a large role in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, the first game in the Uncharted series. In the game, explorer and treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake begins searching for El Dorado after retrieving the journal of his supposed ancestor, the legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake. Notes in Drake's journal suggests he knew of the location of El Dorado, and so Nate and his companions - journalist Elena Fisher and antique-dealer Victor "Sully" Sullivan - begin searching for their treasure in an adventure that takes them through South America to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. On their travels, it becomes clear to Nate and his companions that El Dorado is not a lost city of gold as once thought, but rather a large statue.
However, Nate and his companions are not the only ones searching for El Dorado, as British treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman and his right-hand man Atoq Navarro are also on the trail of the treasure. Along with Nate, Roman ventures to the uncharted island that is the home of the statue of El Dorado. There they discover the Descendants, a race of creatures that previously inhabited the island as humans, but were mutated by a virus inside the statue of El Dorado. Navarro persuades Roman into opening the statue, which begins turning Roman into a Descendant too. However, before the transformation is complete Navarro shoots and kills Roman. Navarro then attempts to transfer the statue from the island to his boat, with the intention of using it as a biological weapon against the outside world. However, Nate knows that El Dorado cannot be unleashed on the world and catches up to Navarro on his boat. There, Nate confronts Navarro and is able to defeat him in a showdown, before pushing both Navarro and the statue off the boat and down into the depths of the ocean.