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Gibdo artwork from A Link to the Past
|Non-canon Appearances||Animated series|
The Crystal Trap
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
|Habitat(s)||Numerous dungeons and graves|
Bottom of the Well
Beneath the Well
Den of Trials
Gibdos are a recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series.
Gibdos are flesh-eating, undead, mummified corpses commonly appearing within dungeons. They are one of the most resilient enemies in the Zelda series, as they are weak to few weapons and are stringent when it comes down to attacking; in most games, they do not get knocked back when hit with a Sword. In the 3D console games, they also have a unique attack in which they scream, stunning Link in the process, identically to that of the similar ReDeads. However they are very susceptible to fire-based attacks, and take great damage from items such as the Fire Rod and Din's Fire.
These tall, undead creatures walk stockily and unhindered with their hands outstretched, and commonly exist in groups. The Gibdo is frequently compared to the ReDead, primarily because of the way they walk, the fact that they both freeze Link in near proximity, and their similar general posture and stature, however, they tend to be stronger than ReDeads when comparing the amount of damage they deal per attack. In Majora's Mask, burning away a Gibdo's bandages will even reveal it to be a ReDead. In some of the 2D games, burning a Gibdo's bandages instead reveals a Stalfos.
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. Sentient Gibdos are also found Beneath the Well, requesting that Link 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.
Aside from fire, Gibdos are also susceptible to the "Sun's Song" in Ocarina of Time, which will stun them for a period of time after being played. In Majora's Mask, wearing the Gibdo Mask will also make Gibdos not attack Link. Interestingly, both Gibdos and ReDeads are unable to harm Link's Deku and Goron forms, as the former and latter are too small and large to attack, although both forms are still vulnerable to their scream's paralysis.
|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.|
- The ReDead Knights of Twilight Princess are actually known as Gibdos in the original Japanese version of the game.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Spanish||Gibdo (OoT3D, MM3D)|
Wickel-Zombie (OoT, MM)
|Chinese||吉彼得 (Jíbǐdé)||Transliteration of Gibdo|
- "The mummy man. He's got some strange powers, and some pretty powerful attacking force." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
- "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)
- "Leeeave me something delicious to chomp on. Something that sprouts when it's watered. Preferably five of them..." — Gibdo in Beneath the Well (Majora's Mask)
- "Leeeaave me something deliciously fresh!" — Gibdo in Beneath the Well (Majora's Mask)
- "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 )
- "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)
- "For the dead shall raise, and the living shall be their slaves. She must be stopped!" — Gibdo (Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon)
- "Here's a shroud that scares the wraps off Gibdo." — Lubonga (Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon)