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Gleeok artwork from Phantom Hourglass
Game(s)The Legend of Zelda
Oracle of Seasons
The Minish Cap
Phantom Hourglass
Other MediaAnimated series
The Legend of Zelda comic
A Link to the Past comic
Link: The Faces of Evil
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Triforce piece.png
Dungeon(s)Snake, Dragon, and Lion (TLoZ)
Moon, Lizard, and Demon (TLoZ) Triforce piece.png
Explorer's Crypt (OoS)
Temple of Ice (PH)

Gleeok is a recurring boss in The Legend of Zelda series. It is a dragon with multiple heads, and if the heads are struck enough they detach and fight independently until the body is finally defeated.


The Legend of Zelda


Gleeok makes three appearances in The Legend of Zelda, all 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.[1] He must avoid the fireballs and cut off the other heads.

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

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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 it is defeated. It will then give up the Seed of Life, the seventh Essence of Nature.

The Minish Cap

Main article: Gleerok

Though Gleeok does not appear in The Minish Cap, the boss Gleerok is a one-headed Gleeok with a rock on its back.[2]

Phantom Hourglass

Link fighting Gleeok

In Phantom Hourglass, Gleeok appears as the Two-Headed Dragon Gleeok, 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.

Non-Canon Appearances

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Animated Series

Gleeok from the animated series

Gleeok appears in two episodes of the animated series. In "Kiss'n Tell", Ganon sends a Gleeok and a Gibdo disguised as a beautiful maiden to a forest, where the Gleeok pretends to be attacking the maiden so that they can lure Link into the scene. However, Princess Zelda arrives instead and proceeds to try and fight off the Gleeok by throwing various kinds of fruits at the three-headed monster.[3][4] When the Gleeok is stunned for a moment, Zelda sees a chance to go but the maiden refuses, saying she wants to be rescued by a handsome hero.[5] Soon after, Link appears and battles against the Gleeok, who quickly zaps the two outer heads. With only one head left, Link grabs the Gleeok's tail, but the monster begins to run around in circles. Zelda, who was eating a banana from the fruit basket, throws the banana peel to the ground and causes the Gleeok to slip,[6] allowing Link to deliver the final blow and send the Gleeok back to the Evil Jar.

In "Hitch in the Works", when Link arrives to the Underworld and tries to stop the wedding between Princess Zelda and Ganon, the evil wizard summons a Gleeok from the Evil Jar to attack Link.[7] Link fires three Sword Beams at the monster's necks, but the heads separate and come after him. He skillfully dodges their attacks, causing them to fly straight into Ganon, thus destroying the evil wizard and the remains of the Gleeok.

The Legend of Zelda Comic

A four-headed Gleeok appears in the Choices story of the Legend of Zelda comic. Link encounters it as he is traveling through the Underworld in search of Princess Zelda. Although Link at first seems to have trouble fighting the Gleeok,[8] Link is able to cut off all four of the Gleeok's heads with a little help from Miff. The disembodied heads then begin to attack the young hero, but after some struggle, Link is able to defeat all of the Gleeok's heads.[9]

A Link to the Past Comic

Gleeok from the A Link to the Past comic

In the A Link to the Past comic, Link is attacked by monsters called Gleeocs in the Palace of Darkness. However, the monsters are bright orange lizards with green gems on their heads, and thus physically resemble smaller versions of the Helmasaur King which is fought in the game. After Link is discovered wandering around the palace by a Rocklops, he is attacked by a Gleeok that was called upon by the Rocklops. Although he defeats it easily with the Master Sword, soon more Hinoxs riding Gleeocs begin to head towards him.[10] Link then gives Epheremelda a bomb, which eventually denotes the firecorn stockpile and destroys the entire palace and, with it, the Gleeocs.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Gleeok appears as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

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CD-i Games

In Link: The Faces of Evil, Gleeok appears as an enemy in Spearfish Falls. The dragon steals the fat lady's necklace, so Link must defeat it to recover it. It also appears as an enemy in Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon.


  • In The Legend of Zelda, there is an unused variant of Gleeok with one head within the game's code.[11]
  • Gleeok is the only boss from The Legend of Zelda to not appear in BS The Legend of Zelda.
  • The masks Gleeok 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.
  • The final battle phase with the head of Stallord in Twilight Princess may be a homage to the severed heads of Gleeok in the original The Legend of Zelda.



  1. "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)
  2. "A Gleeok with a hard, rocky shell found in Mount Crenel." — Figurine description (The Minish Cap)
  3. "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 )
  4. "Eat these lemons, sourpuss!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
  5. "No! I want to be rescued by a handsome hero!" — Maiden (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
  6. "Yeah, yeah, but let's get this over with." — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 4 )
  7. "She's under my control, hero! And as for you, you have your own problems!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 10 )
  8. "Hey, a Gleeok is no problem! A four-headed Gleeok...that's something else!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  9. "Not bad, huh? Sometimes I amaze even myself!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  10. "Link!! There's more on the way!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 12)
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Unused Enemy Values
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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan グリオーク (Guriōku) (TLoZ)
氷炎双頭竜 グリオーク (Hyō-En Sōtō Ryū Guriōku) (PH)
Ice-Fire Two-Headed Dragon: Gleeok
Spanish Spain Griock -
Latin America Gleeok (TLoZ)
Gleeok, Dragón Bicéfalo (PH)
Gleeok, Two-Headed Dragon
French France Griock -
Canada Gleeok, Dragon Bicéphale (PH) Gleeok, Two-Headed Dragon
German Germany Gleeok (TLoZ)
Griock, zweiköpfiger Drache (PH)
Griock, Two-Headed Dragon
Italian Italy Griock (SSBB)
Griock, dragone a due teste (PH)
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Griock, two-headed dragon
Korean South Korea 그리오크 (Geuriokeu)
빙염쌍두룡 그리오크 (Bingyeom Ssangduryong Geuriokeu) (PH)
Two-headed Dragon of Ice and Flame: Gleeok

Bosses in The Legend of Zelda series

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