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Game(s)Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
The Wind Waker
Non-canon AppearancesSuper Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. BrawlTriforce piece.png
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Habitat(s)Dungeons, Graveyards, Caves, Dark Areas.
Effective WeaponsSword
Mirror Shield
Sun's Song
Din's Fire

ReDeads are zombie-like monsters similar to Gibdos that debuted in Ocarina of Time. While their appearance may change from game to game, their behavior has remained relatively the same - namely their tactic of freezing targets in their tracks with a petrifying scream.

According to fans, ReDeads rank amongst the most frightening enemies in The Legend of Zelda series,[citation needed] akin to others such as Dead Hands, Wallmasters, Floormasters, and Gibdos.



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In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, before they are even seen, ReDeads make their presence known with low-pitched moans. They normally stand still or sit in the fetal position until Link approaches, at which they will rise and slowly shuffle towards him. When they get close enough, they will paralyze Link with a bone-chilling scream, jump onto his back, and bite his head and neck repeatedly. Interestingly, Link cannot become paralyzed in areas with a fixed camera position, such as Castle Town's ruined marketplace, possibly because of the way the camera usually zooms in when the monster screams.

ReDeads are quite slow, both in walking and recovering from an attack, making them fairly easy to slay, particularly if Link can get behind them, although they do have a lot of health. When a ReDead is slain, any other ReDeads in the area walk towards and crouch beside the fallen ReDead until its body fades away, ignoring Link and making killing the whole group easier; this behavior is never explained in the game, although plausible explanations could be that they are mourning its death or even eating its corpse.

Both ReDeads and Gibdos have a flaw; they're blind, meaning Link can walk by slowly or with the Iron Boots, and will pass by unnoticed. If Link pulls out or puts away any weapon, or runs about near them, they'll hear it and attempt to paralyze him with their vivid scream. If one attaches itself to Link, the only method of escaping is mashing the A and B buttons on the controller to escape, then stab it with the sword after being freed. The longer the ReDead is attached to Link, the more damage he suffers.

ReDeads also appear in The Wind Waker as turquoise tribal-like zombies. This time, they're even more skeletal, their torso consisting of their bony ribs and spine with no flesh or organs in between their bones and skin. The same applies to their hips as well. Another alteration from the first generation of ReDead are their ears, which bear large golden hoop earrings. Their bodies are covered in white tribal markings, their eyes are black and lifeless and glow red when they unleash their paralyzing screech. Also, their mouth is no longer a black circle, but rather a full set of teeth and gums. Since they do not have masks, as in previous games, they were given their haunting facial features.

Their method of attack is the same as usual, often hiding in coffins and leaping out when Link gets too close. The main difference being that they only deal one heart of damage before they release Link, only to try to attack him again.


A ReDead manipulated by the Captain's Hat in Majora's Mask

In Ocarina of Time, Link can play the Sun's Song to paralyze them for a short amount of time. In Majora's Mask, light reflected off the Mirror Shield will kill them instantly. Wearing the Garo's Mask, Gibdo Mask, or Captain's Hat makes them dance and they will not attack Link. In Ikana Castle, the ReDeads perform several dances depending on the individual creature; a Garo Ninja offers a possible explanation of this peculiarity by stating that the ReDead of Ikana Castle were once a troupe of performers when they were alive.[1]

There is also a Gossip Stone on the pier by the Octorocks in Ikana Canyon that says, "It seems that the ReDeads in Ikana Castle will dance when the Gibdo Mask, Garo Mask, or the Captains Hat is worn... But that does not change things much."

Some of the ReDeads' weaknesses change in The Wind Waker. Like most common enemies, ReDeads may be slain by Link's Sword.[2] However, they are immune to most weapons, with the exception of Bombs which are effective and can be thrown safely at a distance that will not get the ReDead's attention.[3] Using the Hookshot is unwise because it brings Link straight into the monster's grasp. The Mirror Shield can be used to stun them if there is light nearby.[4] They also boast high defense and a high drop rate of valuable items, especially when hit with the Grappling Hook, but they are still slow, and one can use the same strategy as the previous games to easily finish them off. Unlike most enemies in the game, ReDeads remain on screen for a while after they have been killed, perhaps referencing the similar phenomenon in Ocarina of Time. If Link attacks a ReDead with a Jump Attack just as it is screaming, he will not freeze, and will damage the ReDead.

Also in The Wind Waker, ReDeads don't moan continuously as they did in previous games, remaining still and silent when Link is not nearby. However, they do moan when they take damage and also when they are defeated. Their scream and stare have also been revamped considerably, and their dark, empty eye sockets suddenly glow red when the ReDead spots its prey. In addition, Link will be frozen in fear, rather than what would seem to be a strange hypnotic shriek effect.[5] Unlike in previous games, these Redeads do not appear to be blind, as they will look up at Link whenever he moves close to them (but not within striking range). This means that unlike previous Redeads, they cannot be fooled by walking slowly, and will always attack once Link comes within range. They are usually found in the Earth Temple and underneath the private cabana. They are also seen in the Ghost Ship, the Savage Labyrinth and Ganondorf's Castle.[6]

ReDead (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
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Habitat: Earth Temple
Least Favorite Thing: Mirror Shield
These undead creatures live only in the darkest depths of the earth. Their icy cold gazes paralyze their victims with fear. Try to attack them from behind.


Main article: ReDead Knight

In Twilight Princess, ReDead Knights are first encountered in the Arbiter's Grounds. Instead of sucking the life out of Link, they wield a giant sword. They can be destroyed using standard sword attacks or long range weaponry. Link can avoid being hit with a sword by holding down the analog stick while frozen, as the enemy will not attack until Link is unfrozen.

In the Arbiter's Grounds, some ReDead Knights are accompanied by Stalkin.

Non-canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Super Smash Bros. Series

ReDead enemy from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
See SmashWiki's article on ReDead for more information.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, ReDeads appear as enemies in the Underground Maze and randomly from Crates. They suck energy from the player. They can be knocked out netting 800 points from the ReDead KO bonus.

According to the ReDead Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the ReDeads in Ocarina of Time are not actually undead people, but monsters created by evil magic. In the 3DS version, they are described as monsters made of clay.[7]

ReDeads also only appear as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and as enemies in Smash Run in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Trophy Information

Game Image Description How to Unlock
Super Smash Bros. Melee ReDead Trophy.png Seven years after Ganondorf took control of Hyrule, ReDeads roamed the ruins of Castle Town, moaning. At first, Link was shocked at the state of the town, and the apparent lack of survivors. He later learned that the townsfolk had evacuated to safety, and that the ReDeads were just magic animated into hideous humanoid shapes. Random

Sticker Information

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
ReDead ReDead Sticker.png Ocarina of Time [Weapon] - Attack +5 All


Burning a Gibdo's bandages reveals a ReDead underneath
  • In Majora's Mask, burning a Gibdo's bandages away with a Fire Arrow will reveal a ReDead underneath, implying that Gibdos are simply mummified ReDead.
  • For Ocarina of Time 3D, the model of the ReDead was updated to resemble the official artwork more.


See Also


  1. "The ReDeads in Ikana were once members of the castle's dancing troupe..." — Gossip Stone (Majora's Mask)
  2. "To defeat ReDeads, hit them with your sword from behind..." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 31)
  3. "The only projectile weapons that can hurt ReDeads are Bombs, and it takes three to defeat a ReDead." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 31)
  4. "...or stun them with reflected light before attacking." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 31)
  5. "They [ReDeads] move slowly, but their piercing shriek temporarily paralyzes Link if he's within range" (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 31)
  6. "These zombie-like enemies are usually found in the Earth Temple, among other places." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 31)
  7. "These creatures may look like zombies, but ReDeads weren't human to begin with. They appear to be clay monsters fashioned in the shape of humans. They attack Link when he gets too close, the spine-chilling sound they emit difficult to describe. Don't bother—just get rid of them!" — ReDead Trophy (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U)

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan リーデッド (Rīdeddo) ReDead
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Redead
Spanish Latin America ReDead (OoT3D)
French French-speaking countries Effroi
French Canada Remort (OoT3D)
German Germany Zombie

Italian Italy Zombie
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 死亡僵尸 (Sǐwáng Jiāngshī) Dead zombie