Glydon is a creature similar to a flying lizard 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 and his bandana have similar motifs to the ones on the ponchos of Tostarenans, indicating that his homeland is in the Sand Kingdom, which is 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 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, both the official Prima Games guide of Super Mario Odyssey and the official Super Mario Italian Twitter account indicate that Glydon is a species.[dead link]
Names in other languages
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 kūdō (hollow).