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Whats the Difference??

Mar 13, 2011
Hello to all, I am wondering whats the difference between a Gibdo & a ReDead.?

I know the ReDead is suppose to be a zombie or whatever but why is it also not just a Gibdo.
They clearly do the same thing in Zelda so why do they have a different name. Am I missing something here does anyone else know something about the ReDeads and the Gibdos.


and Tonic
Nov 29, 2010
The Flying Mobile Opression fortress
Well they are both forms of undead, and they even think similarly as seen in Majoras Mask when the gibdo mask would cause them both to not attack Link. And when shot with a fire arrow gibdos resemble redeads as just another undead creature. I imagine they are basically the same thing, the only difference is their form of burial.

In the early games gibdos were extremely tough, and even described to be in instruction manuals. They took a lot of hits with the sword to finally defeat but were very flammable if something like a fire rod, candle, or fire arrow were used against them. Gibdos are the Hyrule version of a mummy
A mummy is a corpse whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or incidental exposure to chemicals, extreme coldness (ice mummies), very low humidity, or lack of air when bodies are submerged in bogs.[...]Mummies of humans and other animals have been found throughout the world, both as a result of natural preservation through unusual conditions, and as cultural artifacts to preserve the dead. There are more than 1000 mummies in dry Xinjiang China
The expensive preservation process needed to mummify a body is usually reserved for wealthier or higher status individuals more deserving of preservation over simple burial. This greater amount of preservation might be the reason why they are more durable than most other undead creatures in Hyrule. The redeads being a possible lower class would not have any other form of preservation and are simply rotting, making them much weaker.

Redeads have been found in several areas. There are a few found rotting in prison cells in the Shadow Temple and in random coffins of the Earth Temple. Or under the well in MM and in the Arbiter's grounds. Since they are found in more mundane locations they can be assumed to be an undead form of more common folk. As mummies are indicative of a wealthier status during life and redeads can be found in jail cells. Redeads also appear to be much slower in movement than the average gibdo. They do have an ability to freeze Link in fear using their glowing eyes, gibdos did not have this ability earlier.

There are a couple things mentioned on them in some of the games.
"The ReDeads in Ikana were once members of the castle's dancing troupe..." — Gossip Stone
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￾—Redead Trophy
So the in game differences are gibdos are much more resilient, while redeads have a fear inducing scream. Although the gibdos in TP did have a similar scream, they were renamed in the American release. Also the gibdos of MM had the ability to speak and talk to Link. Redeads have only really moaned and screamed. The trophy describes them as "animated" meaning that they probably do not have any form of intelligence, they just attacking any living thing.


Retired Super Mod and HK
Oct 24, 2007
In layman's terms, a Gibdo is a very well preserved zombie that's been wrapped up for a very long time. This protecting them from any dangers that the outside world may have to throw at them.
A Redead, on the other hand, I would say is a corpse that hasn't been dead for a very long time, given the fact that all of the villagers in Ocarina of Time's Castle Town are replaced with them.

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