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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

How to Beat Thunder Gleeok in Tears of the Kingdom

Jacob Woodward

The Gleeoks in Tears of the Kingdom are some of the hardest enemies to take down due to their sheer power and size. However, they aren’t invincible, and there is a specific way you can defeat them if you know how.

The Thunder Gleeok specifically though can give you a rough time due to that lighting shock damage that it can inflict. So, to help you out with this difficult boss fight, we’ll be detailing the strategies for eliminating this three-headed monster, allowing you to move onto Link’s next victim.

How to Beat Thunder Gleeok in Tears of the Kingdom

Before we get into the actual strategy for removing this three headed dragon from the sky, you will need to prepare certain items and armour before going in to give you the best possible chance.

The first thing we recommend is that you pick up some form of shock resistant armour. The easiest of these to find, especially early game, is the "Rubber Armor" iconRubber Armor which is located in a cave. Read our guide on where to find this if you haven’t already. If you’d rather opt for an elixir instead, you can take advantage of the Electro Elixir, which provides the same effect.

Now onto your tools for inflicting damage. As the Gleeok has three heads, you’re going to be targeting these but from afar thus meaning bow and arrows are going to be your most used weapon here. You’ll want to pair these with "Keese Eyeball" iconKeese Eyeballs as these add homing to your arrow, hopefully eliminating any potential misses that could happen with your regular shots

Contrary to that of the Frost and "Flame Gleeok" iconFlame Gleeoks, the Thunder variant doesn’t appear to have any sort of weakness to specific elemental effects. This means that using Fire or "Ice Keese Eyeball" iconIce Keese Eyeballs aren’t going to do as much damage. However, if you do have some, use them anyway, as any form of elemental enhancement does hit harder than its regular version regardless of the foe’s weakness.

Once you’re stocked up on arrows, Keese Eyeballs, and have Link outfitted in some shock resistant threads, it’s time to take on the !Thunder Gleeok.

As previously alluded to, a large portion of the fight is all about targeting those three heads. Simply run out of the way of any incoming attacks from the dragon and then when the opportunity arises, simply lock on using ZL, and get a Keese Eyeball fused arrow off. It may take a few shots to take a head down depending on your bow’s damage rating, so don’t worry if it isn’t down in one hit. Now, replicate this for the other heads and the Gleeok will drop to the ground.

Once this occurs, you’ll need to run as fast as you can toward it as this is the physical damage phase. Obviously, for this part, you’ll want to equip the strongest physical weapon you can, likely one that attacks fast, so you can get as many hits off as possible. After inflicting some pain, the Gleeok will then return to its flying state.

At this point, it’s a simple rinse and repeat process until you reach the final phase. Here, the Gleeok will rise to the skies, higher than before, and out of reach of your arrows. It will then start to reign down with lightning attacks so the best thing to do here is to either unequip your weapon and shield if they’re of a metal variant, or have wooden ones on your person. This will allow you to avoid the lightning directly targeting you.

After this lighting attack takes place, it will create enough wind to get your paraglider out and travel to the Gleeok. Run into the wind and do this, and while you’re on your way up, equip anything that you previously equipped to avoid the lightning. Here, you’ll have a chance to get off a bunch of slo mo arrows, hopefully downing the Gleeok once more, and for the final time. If you did, head right back down and deal the last blows to finish the dragon off.

For your efforts, you’ll get some great Gleeok fuse material as well as any special items that the Gleeok was guarding, depending on which one you took on. All in all, some decent loot, and you’ll have the satisfaction of taking down a huge beast.

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    12 May 2023
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