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Gibdos are flesh-eating, undead, mummified corpses that have been around since the very first The Legend of Zelda game and have since appeared in several other games in The Legend of Zelda series. In many games, they have unique attacks such as grabbing hold of Link, and sometimes their bandages can be burned away by fire-based attacks to reveal a ReDead (in Majora's Mask) or a Stalfos underneath (in certain 2D games).
The Gibdo is one of the most resilient enemies in the Zelda universe, as it is weak to few weapons and stringent when it comes down to attacking, in most games, they don't get knocked back when hit with a sword. These tall undead creatures walk stockily and unhindered, reminiscent of Frankenstein with their hands outstretched, and commonly exist in packs. The Gibdo is frequently compared to the ReDead, the undead zombie of Ocarina of Time fame, primarily because of the way they walk, the fact that they freeze Link in near proximity, similar general posture and stature, and their overall risen-from-the-dead appearance, however, they tend to be stronger than ReDead when comparing the amount of damage they deal per attack. In paying homage to their appearance, Gibdo are always and only found within crypt or graveyard-like locations, including the Bottom of the Well in Ocarina of Time, the Palace of Winds in The Minish Cap, and Beneath the Well in Majora's Mask, specifically. Sentient Gibdos are found Beneath the Well in Majora's Mask, requesting Link to bring them certain items, when he wears the Gibdo Mask, in order to earn passage into other chambers of the well. They also appear in Ikana Canyon, and have an intense dislike for the song "Farewell to Gibdos", composed by Pamela's Father, and will retreat into the ground when they hear it.
Such characteristics are deprived of Gibdos in certain games: in The Minish Cap, Gibdos cannot freeze Link when he is nearby, and interestingly, in Majora's Mask, both ReDeads and Gibdos are unable to harm Link's Goron or Deku Scrub forms, as the former is too large and the latter is too small (though both forms are still vulnerable to paralysis). Wearing the Gibdo Mask in Majora's Mask will make all nearby Gibdo indifferent to Link's presence.
|Gibdo (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Appear in the Palace of Winds. These mummies keep coming at you when you attack. It's better to fight from a distance if you want to avoid damage.|
Besides a normal weakness to blunt-force weapons, like Swords, Gibdo have certain vulnerabilities unique to their species.
Because Gibdos are wrapped in thin, white cloth similar to their real-life mummified counterparts, they are extremely susceptible to fire, and fire-like attacks. Although they were first introduced as strong, virulent enemies in The Legend of Zelda, their weakness to fire was exploited in A Link to the Past, Four Swords and even into the console titles of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, via the use of weapons such as the Fire Rod, Din's Fire, Flame Lantern, and the Fire Arrow. In A Link to the Past, fire completely destroys Gibdo. In other games where Gibdo are weak to fire, once their wrap has completely burned away, Gibdo sometimes reveal their true forms, such as a Stalfos in Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, and The Minish Cap, and a ReDead in Majora's Mask.
Ocarina of Time adds another weakness to the Gibdo: sunlight. Playing the "Sun's Song", which is the Ocarina tune that quickly changes night into day and vice versa, paralyzes Gibdo so that Link can walk straight up to them and attack, without worry of freezing or counterattack. Like the ReDead, however, once Link starts to attack them in their paralyzed state, they will immediately snap out of it and go after Link if he does not finish them off during his strike.
- In Majora's Mask, burning a Gibdo's bandages away with a Fire Arrow will reveal a normal ReDead underneath. This also works on the NPC Gibdos Beneath the Well, meaning that the player can still communicate with them while wearing the Gibdo Mask.
- Also in Majora's Mask, they never moan, except in rare cases (like in the cutscene where the Farewell to Gibdos is being played).
- The ReDead Knights of Twilight Princess are actually known as Gibdos in the original Japanese version of the game.
- "This bandage swathed menace is indeed powerful. It can withstand repeated blows from the sword without even slowing down. However, it is rumored that it cannot stand fire..." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 44)
- "The mummy man. He's got some strange powers, and some pretty powerful attacking force." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
- "Leeeave me something delicious to chomp on. Something that sprouts when it's watered. Preferably five of them..." — Gibdo beneath the Well (Majora's Mask)
- "Leeeaave me something deliciously fresh!" — Gibdo beneath the Well (Majora's Mask)
- "The arrow finds its mark and the gibdo bursts into flame! In the red glare, Zelda sees the twisted shapes of the other mummy men as they run in fear from the terrible fire." (The Crystal Trap (Archway), pg. 18)
- "What's the matter, Link? You don't like my charms anymore? You fell for it! Ganon's plan worked perfectly!" — Gibdo (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
- "My hands! They're all weird!" — Link (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
- "Wait 'till you see the rest of you! Let's go for a spin, Gibdo!" — (, Episode 4 )
- "Excellent. You've done well, my servants. Link has been transformed into a frog! And with Link rendered practically useless, Zelda will be at my mercy! Now I shall put the rest of my plan into action. When I return, Zelda will be with me and Link will be gone...forever!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
|Names in Other Regions|
Wickel-Zombie (OoT, MM)
|Chinese||吉彼得 (Jíbǐdé)||Transliteration of Gibdo|