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Gibdos are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[2][note 1]


Gibdos are undead, mummified corpses commonly appearing within Graveyards and Dungeons. They are one of the more resilient enemies in The Legend of Zelda series, as they are weak to few weapons and are not knocked back when hit with a Sword in most games.[5] In some games, they are able to use a petrifying gaze to stun Link, identically to that of the similar ReDeads. They are very susceptible to fire-based attacks, and take great damage from items such as the Fire Rod and Din's Fire.[6] Burning away a Gibdo's bandages in Majora's Mask will even reveal it to be a ReDead, while in other games, burning a Gibdo's bandages instead reveals a Stalfos.

Mainline appearances[]

The Legend of Zelda[]

The Legend of Zelda Manual Description
The Legend of Zelda logo
The mummy man. He's got some strange powers, and some pretty powerful attacking force.

Gibdos first appear in The Legend of Zelda. When defeated, Gibdos may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, four Bombs or a Clock.[note 2]

A Link to the Past[]

A Link to the Past Manual Description
A Link to the Past logo
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...

In A Link to the Past, Gibdos first appear in Skull Woods, and inflict three Hearts worth of damage, they are also found later in Ganon's Tower. They are weak to all fire, namely the fire rod, which is the main item of Skull woods.

Ocarina of Time[]

Navi's Comment
Navi says:

Its gaze will paralyze you. If it bites you, tap any button to escape!

Gibdos appear in the Shadow Temple and the Spirit Temple in Ocarina of Time. They are susceptible to the "Sun's Song," which will stun them for a period of time after being played. Unlike ReDeads, which walk around in circles, thereby making them briefly harmless when one is killed in the same room, Gibdos are not affected by this therefore making them more dangerous.

Majora's Mask[]

Tatl's Comment
Tatl says:

It's a Gibdo.
You won't be able to move if it glares at you, so be careful! Got it?

Sentient Gibdos can be found Beneath the Well in Majora's Mask, requesting that Link bring them certain items when he wears the Gibdo Mask.[8][9]. They also appear in Ikana Canyon. They 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.

Wearing the Gibdo Mask will keep Gibdos from attacking Link. Interestingly, neither Gibdos nor ReDeads are able to harm Deku Link or Goron Link, as the former and latter are too small and large respectively for them to attack. Both forms are still vulnerable to Gibdos' paralyzing gaze. Using Fire Arrows against them will result in their bandages being burnt off, revealing a ReDead. However, they will not begin to dance if Link is wearing Garo's Mask or the Captain's Hat, unlike other ReDeads.

Oracle of Seasons[]

Oracle of Ages[]

Four Swords[]

Four Swords Adventures[]

Gibdos in Four Swords Adventures appear in the Desert of Doubt and the Pyramid, acting the same as in Four Swords. Green Gibdos also make their debut in the game.

The Minish Cap[]

Gibdo (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
TMC Gibdo Figurine Sprite
Appears 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.

Gibdos appear in the Royal Crypt, the Palace of Winds, and Dark Hyrule Castle in The Minish Cap. If their bandages are burned away using the Flame Lantern, they will reveal a Stalfos underneath. Some Gibdos hold items such as Small Keys.

Twilight Princess[]

Gibdos appear in Arbiter's Grounds and the Cave of Ordeals in Twilight Princess. They lay motionless on the ground until Link approaches, then they rise and drag their sword towards him. When Link is within their attack range, Gibdos will release a paralyzing scream before attacking with their sword.

12 Arrows, two Bomb Arrows, the Ball and Chain, a Jump Strike, and a Mortal Draw can all be used to defeat Gibdos. As Wolf Link, they can be defeated by targeting and continuously biting them twice. A Back Slice can be used if Link is caught in a Gibdo's scream by pressing the A button and tilting the control stick left or right. When it brings down its sword, Link will roll around it and slice at it, leaving the Gibdo vulnerable.

A Link Between Worlds[]

Reappearing for the first time in 7 years, Gibdos appear in Skull Woods and Desert Palace, acting the same as in previous 2D appearances.

Tri Force Heroes[]

Acting the same as in A Link Between Worlds. Gibdos appear in Gibdo Mausoleum and Grim Temple.

Tears of the Kingdom[]

Hyrule Compendium Entry

XXX (XXX) Gibdo
A monster that appeared along with the sand shroud. Though slow to move, they can fight without faltering to physical attacks thanks to their tough outer skin. On the other hand, they are vulnerable to fire and lightning, which can turn them white and brittle.
Common Locations
Gerudo Desert

Gerudo Desert Depths

Recoverable Materials
Gibdo Guts

Gibdo Bone

Gibdos return to the series after eight years as enemies commonly found in the deserts of the Gerudo region. Their gaunt, zombie-like appearance is similar to their ReDead brethren of other games, but they do not share their paralyzing cry. Rather, they remain unmoving until they see an enemy, upon which they slowly mobilize to attack. On the ground, however, they move much faster than expected. Various weapons and arrows tend to be found stuck in their bodies, around the head area, where it is possible for Link to quickly snatch them and run without taking damage. Their armor makes them near-impervious to basic attacks (any normal physical attack does ~1 damage). While fire-based weapons work just as well as in other games, any elemental damage will also be effective, temporarily disabling their armor and weakening them to the point where basic attacks will succeed. Upon being defeated, a Gibdo will drop whatever weapons were lodged in its body, as well as Gibdo Bones (brittle but powerful when Fused to a weapon) and Gibdo Guts (a rarer drop used for making elixirs). A winged variant also appears in these games, making this game’s version of Gibdos seem to be an arthropod-like interpretation.

The Queen Gibdo, a much larger and even more insect-like gibdo, appears as the boss of the Lightning Temple.

In other media[]

The Legend of Zelda TV series[]

Gibdo (Underworld Connections)

A Gibdo from The Legend of Zelda TV series

Gibdos appear in three episodes of the The Legend of Zelda TV 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] Ganon congratulates the Gleeok and Gibdo for their success and leaves the Underworld to proceed with his plan to obtain the Triforce of Wisdom.[13]

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, 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 claims she can outrun them, more 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 them.

If Zelda picks up the Magic Arrows in Midoro Palace, she will shoot one of them at a Gibdo, causing it to burst into flames and scare the other Gibdos away.[14] This frees a Blue Fairy, who will thank Zelda by healing her and providing her with the Fairy's Scroll. More Gibdos will then begin to approach her, but she enters a nearby door to escape them.

Spinoff appearances[]

The Wand of Gamelon[]

TWoG Gibdo Cutscene Sprite

In The Wand of Gamelon, a Gibdo appears as the first boss. It is located in the abandoned church of Sakado, using it as its base of operations. It terrorizes the town by commanding the monsters in that area and raising the dead to enslave the living.[15] It also plays the church's organ.

Zelda defeats it with the Shroud given to her by Lubonga in Aru Ainu, of which it is afraid.[16] The Shroud is the only item that will defeat it, as normal attacks are ineffective. It fades away as the Shroud is thrown onto it.

Zelda's Adventure[]

ZA Gibdo

Gibdos are enemies in Zelda's Adventure. They are encountered only in the Shrine of Destiny. Gibdos wander aimlessly, like most enemies, but if Zelda makes contact with one, she loses two Hearts, or a Heart and a half if she has five or six Celestial Signs.

Link's Crossbow Training[]

Gibdos appear in Link's Crossbow Training in Level 7-1. They behave similarly as their Twilight Princess incarnations, and as they are shot down, more appear to attack. They rise up from inside coffins, often near the camera. A single shot to the head with a normal Arrow will destroy them, though using Bomb Arrows is the most effective way to destroy larger groups that appear.

Hyrule Warriors[]

In Hyrule Warriors, Gibdos appear as Captain. They 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 of their regular shriek's radius, the Gibdo will release a controlled shriek in the direction of the Warrior. Their shrieks leave them vulnerable, however, causing their Weak Point Gauge to be exposed. Gibdos also have an additional attack, in which they glow before releasing a poisonous miasma around them, similar to Deku Babas. While charging this attack, they expose their weakness to Arrows. Shooting them while glowing will expose their Weak Point Gauge and cause them to spin around, damaging their allies in the process.

When defeated, Gibdos may either drop the Gibdo Bandage or Heavy Gibdo Sword Materials.

Crossover appearances[]

Cadence of Hyrule[]

Gibdos appear as enemies in Cadence of Hyrule where they move to the beat of the music. Their behavior is modeled after the Golem enemies from Crypt of the NecroDancer. As they make their way towards Cadence, Link, Zelda, or Yves, Gibdos will stand still for two beats, crouching on the third before jumping to attack on the fourth beat. They can be turned into ReDead by burning off their bandages by hitting them with fire either from the Fire Rod, Fire Arrows, or fireballs cast by the Fire Wizzrobe. The game itself introduces Black Gibdos, which are stronger, while Green Gibdos make their first appearance since Four Swords Adventures.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseギブド (Gibudo) (TLoZ | ALttP | OoT)[17][18][19]Same as English.
NetherlandsDutchMummy-Man (TLoZ)[20]
FranceFrenchEUGibdo (TLoZ)[21]
GermanyGermanGibdo (HWDE)
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See also[]


  1. Gibdos are also known as ReDead Knights in the The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo Power,[3] and ReDeads in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide by Prima Games.[4] However, as these names contradict the one given in Encyclopedia,[2] these are not considered Canon.
  2. If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Recorder, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees. However, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armos, Like Likes, Keese, or Gels will not be counted.[7]


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 160
  2. 2.0 2.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 181 (TLoZ | ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | TMC | TP | ALBW | TFH)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 86
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 19
  5. "The mummy man. He's got some strange powers, and some pretty powerful attacking force." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
  6. "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)
  7. n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  8. "Leeeave me something delicious to chomp on. Something that sprouts when it's watered. Preferably five of them..." — Gibdo (Majora's Mask)
  9. "Leeeaave me something deliciously fresh!" — Gibdo (Majora's Mask)
  10. "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 TV Series, Episode 4)
  11. "My hands! They're all weird!" — Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 4)
  12. "Wait 'till you see the rest of you! Let's go for a spin, Gibdo!" — (', Episode 4)
  13. "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 TV Series, Episode 4)
  14. "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, Simon & Schuster, pg. 18)
  15. "For the dead shall raise, and the living shall be their slaves. She must be stopped!" — Gibdo (The Wand of Gamelon)
  16. "Here's a shroud that scares the wraps off Gibdo." — Lubonga (The Wand of Gamelon)
  17. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Ambit Ltd., pg. 170
  18. A Link to the Past manual, pg. 50 Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 2, Shogakukan, pg. 140 Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 26
  19. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 143
  20. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37
  21. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37