How to beat Gibdos in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (TotK)

Gibdos Zelda Tears Of The Kingdom
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You might wonder how to defeat the desert zombies in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom after encountering them. These guant-zombie-like creatures are called Gigdos, enemies in the Zelda franchise since its inception, making their shambling return for the first time since The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes eight years ago. Gibdos are typically mummy creatures but have taken on a more zombie feature in this iteration. They stalk the desert and will chase after you once you appear in their vision. However, they are impervious to regular attacks making them difficult to defeat. Here is an easy-to-follow guide on how to defeat the desert zombies in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

How to defeat Gibdos in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Topaz Broadsword Zelda Tears Of The Kingdom

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As mentioned above, regular physical attacks do -1 damage making them almost entirely impervious to attacks. To damage them, you must use elemental weapons or arrows to put them into a weakened state. Once in this state, you can use regular physical attacks to defeat them.

For instance, you can defeat a Gibdos by following these steps:

  1. Equip the Topaz Sceptor
    1. You can make a Topaz Sceptor by fusing a Two-Handed Weapon with a Topaz, which you can obtain by killing Stone Talus Luminous or Stone Talus Rare enemies.
  2. Attack the Gibdos
  3. Swap to your Sword
  4. Defeat the Gibdos

You can use the above process for any elemental weapon, like an arrow fused with a White Chuchu Jelly, found in the Hebra Mountains or Gerudo Highlands, which will freeze the Gibdos, making them even easier to defeat.

How to steal items from Gibdos in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

I have also found that you can steal items stuck to their bodies. This includes weapons and arrows that can become useful in a pinch if you find yourself short in supply. If you want to steal these items without fighting them, I recommend running up to the Gibdos, stealing them quickly, and then running away. You don’t need to defeat or engage them in combat if you don’t want to.


Matthew Kevin Mitchell
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Matthew Kevin Mitchell has been a contributing writer for PC Invasion and Attack of the Fanboy since 2022. Matthew primarily covers Manga like One Piece, horror movies like Scream, and survival horror games like Dead by Daylight. His favorite moment came during his first press event covering Scream 6 for AotF. He hails from Denver, Colorado, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Regis University. When he isn’t scaring himself silly or writing, he loves to play ice hockey, spoil his dog, and drink an unhealthy amount of coffee.