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Glydon in Super Mario Odyssey.
Artwork of Glydon from Super Mario Odyssey.
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
“This spot looks pretty good for a blood-pumping power-dive! Skree-EEEE!”
Glydon, Super Mario Odyssey

Glydon is a creature similar to a flying lizard[1] who is enthusiastic about flying and gliding. Mario meets Glydon in several Kingdoms throughout the game Super Mario Odyssey. He states that he's traveling to various kingdoms to glide from the highest places,[2] while the world atlas as well as his bandana having similar motifs as the ones found on the ponchos of Tostarenans indicate that his homeland is in the Sand Kingdom,[3] which is indeed the first kingdom where he can be found in the game.[4]

Glydon, captured by Mario, gliding in the Lost Kingdom.

Mario can take control of Glydon to glide and dive. His dive is much faster and harder to steer than his glide. While gliding, shaking the Joy-Con or Pro Controller makes the captured Glydon stay airborne longer. However, when captured, Glydon cannot swim and simply disappears as soon as he touches water.[2] On the other hand, Glydon cannot sink in quicksand; instead, he starts stomping whenever he stands on it whether he is being captured by Mario or not. A Power Moon in the Seaside Kingdom, Lighthouse Leaper, specifically requires the player to glide with Glydon from the top of the Lighthouse toward the Glass Palace and then talk to a Bubblainian near said palace.[2]

His name is a portmanteau of "glide" and "-odon", a typical suffix used for animals (often reptiles, such as Iguanodon and Pteranodon) distinguished or recognized through their teeth (despite Glydon lacking any visible teeth).

While Glydon has been stated to be a character by the official Super Mario UK Twitter account,[5] both the official Prima Games guide of Super Mario Odyssey and the official Super Mario Italian Twitter account indicate that Glydon is a species.[6][7]



Concept art[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カックー
From「滑空」(kakkū, gliding)
Chinese 滑翔小子
Huáxiáng xiǎozi
Glide Boy
Dutch Glydon -
French Planodon From planer (to glide) and -anodon (toothless).
German Segelmander Portmanteau of segeln (to glide) and Salamander.
Italian Planosauro From planata (glide) and -sauro (lizard).
Korean 날돈
From 날개 (wing) or 날다 (to fly) and -don
Russian Птеродон
From Птер-, the Russian transcription of the Greek πτερ- (wing), and -одон, the Russian transcription of the Greek -όδων (tooth).
Spanish Planeosaurio From planeo (glide) and -saurio (lizard).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nintendō Kōshiki Gaidobukku Sūpā Mario Odessei (Nintendo Official Guidebook Super Mario Odyssey,「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオ オデッセイ」), page 20. Shogakukan. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Nintendo Life (September 20, 2017). New Character Glydon in Super Mario Odyssey for Switch. YouTube. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Current World atlas of Super Mario Odyssey.Media:SMO New Map.jpg
  4. ^ GamesMundo GAMER WordGames GAMER (October 26, 2017). Super Mario Odyssey Gameplay completo Part 2 Sand Kingdom 100%. YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Post about Glydon from the official Super Mario UK Twitter account.
  6. ^ Super Mario Odyssey eGuide
  7. ^ Post about Glydon's increased reach when shaking the Joy-Cons. The text says If you shake the Joy-Cons while sailing the skies as a Glydon, you will be able to fly a little farther!.