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Gibdo
Gibdo.png
Gibdo artwork from A Link to the Past
Game(s)The Legend of Zelda
A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Oracle of Seasons
Oracle of Ages
Four Swords
The Minish Cap
Twilight Princess
A Link Between Worlds
Non-canon AppearancesAnimated series
The Crystal Trap
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
Zelda's Adventure
Hyrule Warriors
Habitat(s)Numerous dungeons and graves
Spirit Temple
Shadow Temple
Bottom of the Well
Beneath the Well
Pyramid
Effective WeaponsSword
Fire Arrows
Sun's Song
Flame Lantern
Magic Arrows
Shroud Triforce piece.png

Gibdos are a recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series.

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Characteristics

The Gibdo from A Link to the Past

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.[1] 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.[2]

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[3][4] 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)
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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.

Non-canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Animated series

A Gibdo from the animated series

Gibdos appear in three episodes of the Animated series. In "Kiss'n Tell", a Gibdo disguises itself as a beautiful maiden who is pretending to be under attack by a Gleeok in order to draw Link onto the scene. Although Princess Zelda arrives first, Link eventually appears and defeats the Gleeok. The maiden then rewards Link with a kiss, and as their lips meet, Link turns into a frog while the maiden turns to her true form.[5] When Link reaches for his sword, he realizes that his hands have turned frog-like and is too distracted to see that the Gibdo is about to attack him.[6] However, Zelda pushes him out of the way and easily defeats the Gibdo by spinning it until it disappears back to Ganon's Evil Jar.[7] Ganon congratulates the Gleeok and Gibdo for their success and leaves the Underworld to proceed with his plan to obtain the Triforce of Wisdom.[8]

In "Underworld Connections", a Gibdo briefly appears out of the darkness while Link and Zelda are trying to recover the missing shards of the Triforce of Wisdom. The Gibdo attempts to grab the Triforce from Zelda's hands, but the young hero easily zaps it away. Lastly, in "The Moblins Are Revolting", the Gibdos join the struggle formed by the Brotherhood of Underworld Monsters, where they try to attack North Castle; however, they accomplish nothing meaningful and eventually return to Ganon.

The Crystal Trap

In The Crystal Trap, Princess Zelda encounters various Gibdos while inside a cavern. As Zelda is traveling through the cavern, she hears the sound of Gibdos approaching her from behind, and although she says she can outrun these enemies, more Gibdos appear on the other side. Zelda realizes that neither a dagger nor normal Arrows can pierce through the Gibdos, commenting to herself that she would need Magic Arrows to defeat these foes.

If Zelda picked up the Magic Arrows in Midoro Palace, the Princess will shoot one of them at a Gibdo, causing it to burst into flames and thus scare the other Gibdos away.[9] This will free a Blue Fairy, who will thank Zelda by healing her and providing her the help she needs by giving her the Fairy's Scroll. More Gibdos will then begin to approach her, but the Princess enters a nearby door to escape the foes.

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

Gibdo in The Wand of Gamelon

A single Gibdo appears as a minion of Ganon and as the first boss in Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. He is located in the abandoned church of Sakado as his base of operations. He terrorizes the town by commanding the monsters in that area and by raising the dead to enslave the living.[10] He also plays the church's organ. Zelda defeats him by using the Shroud given to her by the Knitting Woman in Aru Ainu.[11] He fades away as the shroud is thrown onto him.

Strategy

The only way to defeat Gibdo is to use the Shroud, which will defeat him in a single strike. However Zelda must be careful to not touch him or she will die instantly.

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, Gibdos appear as Captains, and resemble the ReDead Knights of Twilight Princess. Gibdos drag large swords behind them, which they will infrequently swing in a slow but brutal attack on nearby enemies. When surrounded with enemies, Gibdos will release a ranged shriek, stunning all nearby foes. If an opposing Warrior stands in line of their view but outside the regular radius for a shriek, the Gibdos will release a controlled shriek in the direction of the Warrior. Their shrieks leave them vulnerable however, causing their Weak Point Gauges to be exposed.

Trivia

  • The ReDead Knights of Twilight Princess are actually known as Gibdos in the original Japanese version of the game.

Gallery

References

  1. "The mummy man. He's got some strange powers, and some pretty powerful attacking force." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
  2. "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)
  3. "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)
  4. "Leeeaave me something deliciously fresh!" — Gibdo in Beneath the Well (Majora's Mask)
  5. "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 )
  6. "My hands! They're all weird!" — Link (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
  7. "Wait 'till you see the rest of you! Let's go for a spin, Gibdo!" — (, Episode 4 )
  8. "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 )
  9. "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)
  10. "For the dead shall raise, and the living shall be their slaves. She must be stopped!" — Gibdo (Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon)
  11. "Here's a shroud that scares the wraps off Gibdo." — Knitting Woman (Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon)


Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan ギブド (Gibudo) Gibdo
Spanish Latin America Gibdo (OoT3D)
French French-speaking countries Gibdo
Momie
Gibdo
Mummy
German Germany Gibdo
Wickel-Zombie (OoT, MM)
Gibdo
Coil Zombie
Italian Italy Ghibdo
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 吉彼得 (Jíbǐdé) Transliteration of Gibdo