Gleeok is a boss monster appearing in multiple games. It is a dragon with multiple heads, and if the heads are struck enough they detach and fight independently until the body is finally killed.
The Legend of Zelda
Gleeok makes three appearances in the first game. All are defeated in similar fashion. Using the sword, Link must cut off each of the heads on the beast. Once a head is detached from the body, it will float around the room shooting fireballs at Link. He must avoid the fireballs and cut off the other heads; finally, Link may collect the Triforce piece.
A two-headed version of the beast guards the fourth piece of Triforce in the Snake, a three-headed version is a mini-boss in the Dragon, and a four-headed version of the beast guards the piece of Triforce found in the Lion. In the Second Quest, there is an two-, three- and four-headed versions guarding pieces of Triforce in the Moon, Lizard and Demon, respectively.
Oracle of Seasons
The Gleeok within the Oracle of Seasons is a two-headed version fought in the Explorer's Crypt. It is defeated in a different fashion from its former counterpart. Getting rid of the beast's heads is still Link's main objective, however, there is one more step before defeating it. Link must quickly slash away the heads. This must be done quickly, because the severed heads will reattach themselves to the body if given time. Once both heads are severed, the beast will start jumping, causing a massive earthquake in the arena. Using the Roc's Cape is the only way to avoid serious damage from the beast. When the beast is grounded Link should attack with the sword. He must continue this process until he is defeated. He will then give up the Seed of Life, the seventh Essence of Nature.
The Minish Cap
- Main article: Gleerok
Gleeok reappears in Phantom Hourglass as the Two-Headed Dragon Gleeok (氷炎双頭竜 グリオーク), boss of the Temple of Ice and guardian of the Azurine steel. Its red head spews fireballs, while the blue head sprays frigid ice, similar to Trinexx from A Link to the Past.
Link will be standing on a platform with four pegs near each corner. When one of the heads looses a blast at Link, he will need to attach the grappling hook to two pegs diagonally so as the rope launches the blast back at the other dragon's face, cracking its mask. In addition with these blasts, the two heads will lunge to snap the rope Link ties, while trying to bite him as well. They can also sink below the water to cause a tremor that will flood Link's platform, as well as cause chunks of ice to fall from the ceiling and crash into Link. Link can tie the grappling hook to two posts and walk along the rope to avoid the ice chunks. Three blasts to both heads will remove their masks.
Both heads will remove two of the four pegs by snapping them with their jaws. Each head will take turns at trying to bite Link, then will charge up for a powered blast. The red dragon head will loose a fiery blast that will scorch him, as well as leave a trail of fire on the platform. The blue dragon head will loose a blast of ice that will freeze Link on contact. While charging, however, both dragons will be sucking in energy, exposing their tongues. Link can pull the head down by tying one end of the grappling hook to a post, and using it as an anchor on the dragon's head. Once down, Link must slash at the dragon head before it recovers. Repeating this process to both heads will defeat the dragon, and Link will obtain a Heart Container, extra sands for the Phantom Hourglass, and the second of the three Pure Metals, Azurine.
- In The Legend of Zelda, there is an unused variant of Gleeok with one head within the game's code.
- A three-headed Gleeok also makes an appearance in the "Kiss 'N Tell" and the "A Hitch in the Works" episodes of The Legend of Zelda TV series.
- Gleeok without his masks in Phantom Hourglass bears a striking resemblance to Chilly Willy and Chilli Billi from the Banjo-Kazooie series. However, this is likely a coincidence because Nintendo doesn't have rights to Banjo-Kazooie anymore.
- Gleeok is the only boss from the original The Legend of Zelda to not appear in its Broadcast Satellaview remake.
- The masks these creatures wear in Phantom Hourglass are similar to that of the Helmaroc King. Without their masks they also bear a striking resemblance to Valoo.
- Being a multi-headed dragon, Gleeok bears similarities with the chthonic water beast of Greek mythology, Hydra.
Million Publishing guide artwork of Gleeok in The Legend of Zelda
Link fighting a Gleeok; action figure from The Legend of Zelda
- "A huge dragon that has 2 to 4 heads and spits out beams at Link. Heads that Link cuts off from its body fly around in the air." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 38)
- "And maybe an adventure. Link will be sorry he missed out. REAL sorry. Beautiful girls in trouble are what he LIVES for." — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
- "Eat these lemons, sourpuss!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
- "No! I want to be rescued by a handsome hero!" — Maiden (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
- "Yeah, yeah, but let's get this over with." — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
- "She's under my control, hero! And as for you, you have your own problems!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 10 )
- "Hey, a Gleeok is no problem! A four-headed Gleeok...that's something else!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
- "Not bad, huh? Sometimes I amaze even myself!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
- "Link!! There's more on the way!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 12)
- The Legend of Zelda: Unused Enemy Values, The Cutting Room Floor, retrieved September 6, 2013.
|Names in Other Regions|
| Gleeok (TLoZ)
Gleeok, Dragón Bicéfalo (PH)
Gleeok, Two-Headed Dragon
|Gleeok, Dragon Bicéphale (PH)||Gleeok, Two-Headed Dragon|
Griock, zweiköpfiger Drache (PH)
Griock, Two-Headed Dragon
|Italian|| Griock (SSBB)
Griock, dragone a due teste (PH)
Griock, two-headed dragon
|Korean|| 그리오크 (Geuriokeu)
빙염쌍두룡 그리오크 (Bingyeom Ssangduryong Geuriokeu) (PH)
Two-headed Dragon of Ice and Flame : Gleeok