Gleeoks,(TLoZ | OoS | PH | TotK) also known as Three-Headed Monsters,(TotK) and Gleeocks,(ALttP (Ishinomori)) are recurring Bosses in The Legend of Zelda series. It is a dragon with multiple heads, which are called Gleeok Heads. If the Gleeok Heads are struck enough, they often 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 a similar fashion. Using the Sword, Link must cut off each of the heads on the beast. Once one of the heads 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. The Magical Shield cannot defend Link from Gleeok's fireballs.
In the First Quest, a two-headed version guards the fourth piece of Triforce in Level 4, a three-headed version is a mini-boss in Level 6, and a four-headed version guards the piece of Triforce in Level 8. In the Second Quest, there are two, three and four-headed versions guarding the pieces of Triforce in Level 2, Level 5 and Level 7, respectively.
Oracle of Seasons
Gleeok is a two-headed version fought in the Explorer's Crypt in Oracle of Seasons. 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, which must be done quickly because the severed heads will reattach themselves to the body if given time. Once both heads are severed, they will be permanently destroyed, reducing Gleeok to a skeleton. However, Gleeok's skeletal remains will continue to fight Link by jumping and causing a massive earthquake in the arena. In addition, Gleeok's body will wildly charge at Link. 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 his Sword. He must continue this process until Gleeok is defeated. It will then give up the Seed of Life, the seventh Essence of Nature.
The Minish Cap
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 fires 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.
With their defenses destroyed the heads will remove two of the four pegs by snapping them with their jaws. Afterward each head will take turns at trying to bite Link, then will charge up for a powered blast. The red dragon head will fire a fiery blast that will scorch him, as well as leave a trail of fire on the platform. The blue dragon head will fire 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.
Tears of the Kingdom
Gleeok is reintroduced as a Sub-Boss that is able to be fought in four different elemental variations in Tears of the Kingdom. They appear as massive, winged, quadrupedal dragons with a single eye on each head, and each variety's head and neck glows and emits the element they are themed around.
The Faces of Evil
The Wand of Gamelon
The Legend of Zelda TV Series
Gleeok appears in two episodes of The Legend of Zelda TV 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. 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. 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, allowing Link to deliver the final blow and send the Gleeok back to the Evil Jar.
In "Hitch in the Works", when Link arrives at 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. 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 (Valiant Comics)
A four-headed Gleeok appears in the Choices story of the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics. 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, 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.
A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, Link is attacked by monsters called Gleeoks 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 A Link to the Past. After Link is discovered wandering around the Palace by a Eyegore, he is attacked by a Gleeock that was called upon by the Eyegore. Although he defeats it easily with the Master Sword, soon more Hinoxes riding Gleeocks begin to head towards him. Link then gives Epheremelda a Bomb, which eventually detonates the Firecorn stockpile and destroys the entire Palace and, with it, the Gleeocks.
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- In The Legend of Zelda, there is an unused variant of Gleeok with one head within the game's code.
- 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.
- In Breath of the Wild, Gleeok Bridge in Hyrule Field is named after Gleeok.
|Names in Other Regions|
|グリオーク (Guriōku) (TLoZ)|
|格里奥克 (Gé lǐ ào kè) (TLoZ)|
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- "Gleeok, Two-Headed Dragon" — Game Screen (Phantom Hourglass)
- "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)
- Official The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons & Ages Perfect Guide, Versus Books, pg. 60 (OoS)
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 182 (TLoZ | OoS | PH)
- "King Gleeok" — Hyrule Compendium (Tears of the Kingdom)
- "Gralens of the monster-control crew at Lookout Landing told you that a traveler was attacked by a three-headed monster at the Bridge of Hylia in Faron.
He wants to defeat it to ensure the traveler's safety, but he and the monster-control crew can't get close to it." — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
- "Gleeock!!" — Epheremelda (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 9)
- Art & Artifacts, Dark Horse Books, pg. 122(TLoZ)
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 51
- "A Gleeok with a hard, rocky shell found in Mount Crenel." — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
- "Then get my necklace from Gleeok, okay?" — Alora (The Faces of Evil)
- "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 TV Series, Episode 4)
- "Eat these lemons, sourpuss!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 4)
- "No! I want to be rescued by a handsome hero!" — Maiden (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 4)
- "Yeah, yeah, but let's get this over with." — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 4)
- "She's under my control, hero! And as for you, you have your own problems!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 10)
- "Hey, a Gleeok is no problem! A four-headed Gleeok...that's something else!" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, pg. 5)
- "Not bad, huh? Sometimes I amaze even myself!" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, pg. 7)
- "Link!! There's more on the way!" (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 12)
- The Legend of Zelda: Unused Enemy Values
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — The Complete Official Guide, Piggyback Interactive Limited, pg. 351
- Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 182
- Hyrule Encyclopedia, Ambit Ltd., pg. 173
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 38
- Encyclopedia, New Star Press, pg. 178
Gleeock was a powerful two-headed dragon defeated by Link during his quest to recover the shattered pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom." — The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (archive), retrieved January 22, 2022.