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Glydon in Super Mario Odyssey.
Artwork 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 draco lizard[1] who is enthusiastic about flying and gliding. Mario meets Glydon in several Kingdoms throughout Super Mario Odyssey. He states that he is traveling to various kingdoms to glide from the highest places, and the world atlas suggests that he is native of the Sand Kingdom,[2] the first kingdom where he can be found in the game, as suggested as well by his bandana that has similar motifs to the ones on the ponchos of Tostarenans.

Screenshot from Super Mario Odyssey.
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. On the other hand, Glydon cannot sink into quicksand; instead, he starts stomping whenever he stands on it whether Mario is capturing him 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.

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,[3] both the official Prima Games guide of Super Mario Odyssey and the official Super Mario Italian Twitter account indicate that Glydon is a species.[4][dead link][5]




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カックー
From「滑空」(kakkū, gliding)
「カックー」is also a nickname for names beginning with Kaku-.1 Both meanings have different accents (Kakkū for "gliding" and Kakkū for the nickname)

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 (nalkae, "wing") or 날다 (nalda, "to fly"), and -don (a suffix used for dinosaurs)

Russian Птеродон
From the Russian transcription of the Greek words πτερ- (pter-, "wing") and -όδων (-ódon, "tooth")

Spanish Planeosaurio
From planeo ("glide") and -saurio ("lizard")

1 - For example, Katsuya Kakunaka, a professional baseball player for the Chiba Lotte Marines, Japan, as of 2022, is occasionally called Kakkū by his fans, although his official nickname is Kaku. Also, Hollow Dogū, a clay figure found in Hakodate, Hokkaido, and a mascot character based on it have the same nickname, Kakkū, named after Minamikayabe (the place where it was discovered) and (hollow).

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. ^ Current World atlas of Super Mario Odyssey.Media:SMO New Map.jpg
  3. ^ Post about Glydon from the official Super Mario UK Twitter account.
  4. ^ Super Mario Odyssey eGuide
  5. ^ 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!.