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Those who break into the Royal Family's Tomb will be obstructed by the lurkers in the dark.
~ In-game description.

ReDeads are monsters that appear in many Legend of Zelda games.

Appearance

Although certain features vary throughout the games, ReDeads usually appear as zombies-like creatures. In Ocarina of Time, they appeared as brown corpses with a visible rib cage. In The Windwaker, however, their skin had a blueish tinge and they wore earrings.

Unified Timeline

Skyward Sword

ReDeads appear in Skyward Sword as thier counter-parts, Cursed Bokoblins.

Ocarina of Time

ReDeads made thier debut in Ocarina of Time. They are most commonly found in dark, seemingly desolate areas such as grottos and graves. They take on the appearances of emaciated corpses wearing a wooden mask. They latch onto Link and bite his head, a possible allusion to the belief that zombies eat brains. Their piercing screams will stun Link where he stands, even if he is in midair at the time. Inside the Royal Family's Tomb, Link must bypass several ReDeads in order to reach the stone wall on which the "Sun's Song" is engraved. When this song is played while in the vicinity of ReDeads, they are stunned for a period of time, allowing Link to avoid them rather than fight them. If a ReDead has not yet noticed Link, he can also safely bypass or even touch one by walking slowly instead of running at regular speed. As long as Link does not increase speed or draw a weapon that can be used against it, the ReDead will remain still. Interestingly, if a ReDead is defeated while other ReDeads remain in an area, they will approach it and crouch down beside it; their purpose for doing so is uncertain.

The ReDeads that appear in Hyrule Castle Town when Link is an adult do not freeze Link on sight, although they still let out their piercing shriek. This is due to the camera movement, which remains in a static position while in the marketplace. ReDeads are most abundant within the Shadow Temple; in Master Quest, even more so. Furthermore, ReDeads are also found in the Forest Temple and the Spirit Barrier section of Ganon's Castle.

In Ocarina of Time 3D, ReDeads have had their appearances revamped to look exactly as their concept art, with visible teeth and correct coloration. In addition to their new look, ReDeads and Gibdos now do at least two hearts worth of damage before they can be shaken off.

Child Timeline

The Child Timeline is the timeline that follows Link after being sent back to his original time after defeating Ganon in the Adult Timeline. He warns Princess Zelda about Ganon's actions in the Adult Timeline, which creates the timeline containing Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, and Four Swords Adventures.

Majora's Mask

ReDeads make the second appearance in the sequel to Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask. They are identical to their original counterparts with a few additional characteristics. They are found within the Ancient Castle of Ikana and Stone Tower. If a Gibdo is set on fire, a ReDead will be revealed to be underneath its bandaging when it is burned away. Thus ReDeads can also be appear Beneath the Well and in Ikana Canyon, should Link set fire to one of the Gibdo found there. ReDeads are susceptible to Sunlight, being defeated instantly if a beam of Sunlight is reflected on them using the Mirror Shield. Upon defeat, they drop large quantities of Rupees. ReDeads can not latch onto or damage Link while he is in his Goron or Deku form, possibly due to his size or an inability to drain the life from his rock and wood based bodies. Zora Link can also dislodge them instantly by activating his bio-electric shield. ReDeads are immune to Deku Link's bubbles, Deku Nuts, Zora Link's boomerangs, regular arrows, and Ice Arrows, and take half damage from Fire Arrows.

If Link wears the Captain's Hat, Garo's Mask or Gibdo Mask when in the presence of ReDeads, they will start to dance, and will not attack Link even if he attacks them, making it possible to defeat them without a challenge. A Gossip Stone states that these ReDeads were once members of the Ikana Royal Family's dancing troupe. Gibdos that have had their wrappings burned away will not dance however, and continue to behave like normal Gibdos, though the ones outside the Music Box House will no longer speak. One of the dances the ReDeads perform is the Hopak, more commonly known outside Russia as Cossack dancing.

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, ReDeads appear as ReDead Knight's. They resemble thinly wrapped mummies, wearing a type of heavily decayed light armor and wielding large swords, as opposed to the dessicated corpse appearance of those found in earlier installments.

Adult Timeline

The Adult Timeline is the timeline that follows Link being sent to the Child Timeline after the Hero of Time defeats Ganon in the final battle. Ganondorf is sealed within the Sacred Realm by the Seven Sages but, with Link sent back in time, the world is left without a Hero. This turn of events created the timeline containing The Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass, and Spirit Tracks.

Wind Waker

In Wind Waker, ReDeads are teal-skinned, skeletal voodoo-esque zombie creatures with recessed eyes and elongated, hoop-bearing earlobes. Like their predecessors, they scream and paralyze Link on sight. Unlike their predecessors, however, their shriek is louder and more dramatic. When they catch sight of Link, their jaws and arms stretch downward while their eyes bulge and turn red, creating a terrifying visage. If they are close enough to Link, they will latch onto him and bite him repeatedly. ReDeads will bring fallen ReDeads back to life if they are lured toward one of them. They are found in the Earth Temple, the Ghost Ship, Ganon's Tower, the Savage Labyrinth on Outset Island and the basement maze in the Cabana on the Private Oasis.

ReDeads no longer have the ability to stun Link if he is in mid-air at the time, such as when Link is parrying. Instead, Link's move should follow through, knocking the abomination off balance and giving Link a chance to go after it with a series of sword slashes to defeat it before it can retaliate. This is best done by performing a Jump Attack with the Skull Hammer, as it has longer range and connects much more frequently than a sword would. It should still be attacked with a sword after it is hit by the hammer. Link can also toss bombs at the ReDeads, though it takes three to defeat them. If there is a nearby shaft of Sunlight, Link (or Medli, when in the Earth Temple) can reflect Sunlight onto a ReDead using the Mirror Shield (or, in Medli's case, her harp) in order to paralyze it. However, the ReDead will be stunned only for as long as Sunlight is continually reflected onto it. Link can also use the Hookshot to approach them from behind before they can see him, possibly killing them before they are able to scream.

Interestingly, if Link shoots an arrow or throws his boomerang at a distant ReDead, it will turn to stare at Link, but it will not scream and shortly look away. Also, Link can L-target ReDeads from a distance and hit them with the Grappling Hook to snatch large amounts of Rupees.

ReDeads do not attack Medli, let alone notice her.

Fallen Hero Timeline

The Fallen Hero Timeline is the alternate timeline in which Link, the Hero of Time, despite his best efforts, was defeated by Ganondorf in the final battle. This turn of events created the timeline containing A Link to the Past, the Oracle series, Link's Awakening, A Link Between Worlds, Triforce Heroes, The Legend of Zelda, and The Adventure of Link.

Triforce Heroes

ReDeads make an appearance as enemies in Triforce Heroes, making thier first appearance in a 2D Zelda game, as well their first appearance in the downfall timeline. Their appearance looks very similar to their Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask appearance, only they have white masks instead of brown, along with pointy ears and earings, as akin to the ones in the Wind Waker. They appear as puddle-like enemies that rise from the ground. If a Link gets too close, the ReDead will let out a paralyzing scream that stuns the Link if he doesn't evade it, then the ReDead will grab onto the Link and deal three hearts of damage then releasing him, only to attack one of the Links again. If this happens, another Link can attack the ReDead that's grabbed onto another Link to shake it off, then attack. If a Link attempts to attack the ReDead unstunned, it will easily dodge the attack. To make this easiser, items can be used to stun them. The clips the ReDeads use in this game are the same ones they used in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

Other Games

Super Smash Bros. Melee

ReDeads also appear as enemies in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and are found in the Underground Maze during Adventure Mode, or as enemies found randomly inside barrels or crates in Melee Mode (though the latter is a rare occurrence). They are quite durable, and require multiple attacks before being defeated, and are rather rubber-like when struck. The ReDead Trophy states that ReDeads are not reanimated corpses as is commonly believed, but rather beings created entirely by magic; however, the veracity of this information is doubtful, as trophy information is often contradictory to known facts, and are not considered to be canonical.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

ReDeads only appear as stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. They give a +5 bonus on weapon-based attacks to the character(s).

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

ReDeads reappear as enemies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Their differences from Melee are that they now scream at the player like in Zelda games, and will stun them if the player is near its radius; and instead of latching onto the player, they will hit them with a mighty swipe. They also appear as trophies in both versions of the game.

Fighting Style

ReDeads are known to paralyze their foes with fear by making a blood-curdling scream. They, then, jump on their opponents and bite them repeatedly. Although they move very slowly, it is best not to allow them to see you.

Trivia

  • Even though ReDeads themselves don't appear in Skyward Sword, it has functionally been replaced by the game's version of the Skulltula, which has the ability to paralyze and latch onto its prey.
  • In Majora's Mask, neither ReDeads or Gibdos can harm Link in Deku or Goron form, but they can still paralyze him.
  • ReDeads are considered to be one of the scariest enemies in the Zelda games. They seem out of context for what is considered a family franchise, because the ReDeads seemingly violate their victims, or at least eat their brains.
  • In Wind Waker HD, a ReDead is minorly seen in the end credits along with many other enemies.
  • In both Wind Waker and its HD remake, ReDeads only deal one heart of damage to Link (two if playing Hero Mode) before releasing him, only to attack him again.

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