Glydon is a creature similar to a flying lizard 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, 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, which is indeed the first kingdom where he can be found in the game.
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 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.
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, both the official Prima Games guide of Super Mario Odyssey and the official Super Mario Italian Twitter account indicate that Glydon is a species.
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