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Glunk
Glunk.png
Artwork of Glunk from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Details
First game Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Latest game Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Other game(s) All main-series games
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Copy Ability None
Enemy Info Card K64 Enemy Info Card 18.png
Similar entities Anemonee, Mini Deepsee
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Glunk is an amphibious enemy who resembles a sea anemone with a green or yellow body and pink or red, sometimes vaguely hair-like tentacles on top of its head, with a face consisting solely of two big, round eyes with black pupils. Glunk is an extremely common occurrence in the Kirby series, having appeared in every main-series game and some of the spin-off titles as well. It does not yield any Copy Abilities in any of its appearances.

Glunk usually resides in water, but it can be commonly found on dry land as well. Glunk is incapable of moving on its own, instead staying attached to a floor, wall, or ceiling. Its only strategy of self defense is to regularly blow bubble-like projectiles out of the mouth atop its head in whichever direction it may be facing. If Glunk is hit (and not defeated), it may be dislodged, where it will then fall down to the next available floor and resume its normal behavior (it will not reattach to a wall or ceiling). In many games, Glunk sinks very slowly in water when not attached to a surface.

Game appearances[edit]

Glunk’s video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Dream Land Enemy
Kirby's Adventure Enemy
Kirby's Dream Land 2 Enemy
Kirby's Block Ball Enemy
Kirby Super Star Enemy
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Enemy In this game, Glunk is orange instead of green.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Enemy
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Enemy As this is a remake of Kirby's Adventure, Glunk has the same role here as it did in that game.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Enemy
Kirby: Canvas Curse Enemy
Kirby: Squeak Squad Enemy
Kirby Super Star Ultra Enemy As this is a remake of Kirby Super Star, Glunk has the same role here as it did in that game.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Enemy
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Enemy Appears in all the games in the collection, where Glunk has the exact same role.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Enemy Also has its own collectible Keychain.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Enemy
Kirby's Blowout Blast Enemy
Kirby Star Allies Enemy Starting with this game, Glunk is slightly redesigned to have larger eyes.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land Enemy

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

KDL Glunk sprite.png Glunk made its first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land, and can be encountered on the Float Islands stage. It is one of the few enemies which does not have an alternate counterpart replacing it in the Extra Game. Unlike in future titles, Glunk's projectiles may travel sideways from the top of its head. In addition, some Glunks can detach at will from the ceiling to drop to the floor where they will reposition, a behavior that Glunks do not have in any subsequent game. It is worth 1000 points when defeated.

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Kirby aims a laser to clear out a Glunk in Kirby's Adventure.

KA Glunk sprite.png KNiDL Glunk sprite.png Glunk appears again in Kirby's Adventure and its remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, keeping its basic look and behavior from the previous game, though streamlining the latter into the more familiar ones seen for the remainder of the series. It can blow up to four bubbles out the top of its head, and is worth 800 points when defeated.

Locations[edit]

Glunk can be found in the following levels and stages:

Glunk locations in Kirby's Adventure & Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land  
Stage Vegetable Valley Ice Cream Island Butter Building Grape Garden Yogurt Yard Orange Ocean Rainbow Resort
Stage 1 No No No Yes No Yes No
Stage 2 No No Yes No No Yes No
Stage 3 Yes No No No No Yes No
Stage 4 No Yes No No Yes Yes No
Stage 5 N/A No No No No No No
Stage 6 N/A N/A No Yes No Yes No

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

Kirby swimming past many Glunks in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

KDL2 Glunk sprite.png Glunk appears again in Kirby's Dream Land 2, resembling its appearance in Kirby's Adventure, though this time only yielding 400 points on defeat.

Locations[edit]

Glunk can be found in the following levels and stages:

Glunk locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2  
Stage Grass Land Big Forest Ripple Field Iceberg Red Canyon Cloudy Park Dark Castle
Stage 1 No No Yes No No No No
Stage 2 No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Stage 3 No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Stage 4 N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes No No
Stage 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes No No
Stage 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes No
Stage 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

In Kirby's Block Ball, Glunk can appear as a normal enemy in courses, and is worth 300 points when defeated.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

KSS Glunk.png KSSU Glunk Sprite.png Glunk appears in Kirby Super Star and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra, serving the same role as usual, and is worth 300 points on defeat. Glunk's sprite in Kirby Super Star set the standard for its appearance for the rest of the series.

Locations[edit]

Glunk can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:

Glunk locations in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens No RoMK Chapter 4 No
Float Islands No RoMK Chapter 5 No
Bubbly Clouds No RoMK Chapter 6 No
Mt. Dedede No RoMK Chapter 7 No
Peanut Plains No Floria No
Mallow Castle No Aquarius Yes
Cocoa Cave No Skyhigh No
Candy Mountain No Hotbeat No
Trial Room 1 No Cavius No
Trial Room 2 Yes Mekkai No
Sub-Tree No Halfmoon Yes
Crystal Yes ??? No
Old Tower No Purple Plants No
Garden No Illusion Islands Yes
RoMK Chapter 1 No Crash Clouds No
RoMK Chapter 2 Yes The Revenge No
RoMK Chapter 3 No

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

KDL3 Glunk Sprite.png Glunk appears in Kirby's Dream Land 3, serving the same role as before, though gaining a more orange complexion than usual.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Glunk can be found in the following levels and stages:

Glunk locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3  
Stage Grass Land Ripple Field Sand Canyon Cloudy Park Iceberg
Stage 1 No Yes No No No
Stage 2 No Yes No No Yes
Stage 3 No Yes No Yes Yes
Stage 4 Yes No No No No
Stage 5 No Yes No No Yes
Stage 6 No No No No No

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

Kirby running toward a Glunk in the creek in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.

K64 Glunk Sprite.png Glunk appears in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, making its first appearance in 3-D. Kirby can hold a Glunk over his head after he's inhaled it, allowing him to attack enemies above using Glunk's shots.

Glunk also appears as the 18th Enemy Info Card.

Locations[edit]

Glunk can be found in the following levels and stages:

Glunk locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards  
Stage Pop Star Rock Star Aqua Star Neo Star Shiver Star Ripple Star Dark Star
Stage 1 Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Stage 2 Yes Yes No No No Yes N/A
Stage 3 No Yes Yes No No No N/A
Stage 4 N/A No Yes No No N/A N/A

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Kirby spits water at a Glunk in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.

Glunk appears in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad, retaining its look and function from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Glunk can be possessed by Ghost Kirby. When possessed, Glunk can be made to swim through water and move about on land very slowly, and can be made to fire its projectiles, though only upward. Interestingly, when possessed, Glunk is unable to pass through the bottom of a suspended area of water, but it can pass through the sides.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Glunk can be found in the following rooms:

Glunk locations in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror  
Rainbow Route Moonlight Mansion Cabbage Cavern Mustard Mountain Carrot Castle Olive Ocean Peppermint Palace Radish Ruins Candy Constellation The Mirror
No
No
No
No
No
Yes

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Glunk can be found in the following levels and stages:

Glunk locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad  
Stage Prism Plains Nature Notch Cushy Cloud Jam Jungle Vocal Volcano Ice Island Secret Sea Gamble Galaxy
Stage 1 No No No No No No Yes No
Stage 2 No No Yes No No No No Yes
Stage 3 No No No No No No Yes No
Stage 4 No No No No No No Yes N/A
Stage 5 No No No No N/A No No N/A
Stage EX No No No No No Yes No N/A

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

KCC Glunk sprite.png Glunk appears in Kirby: Canvas Curse, largely unchanged from its usual behavior. Notably, it falls much slower than other enemies when not attached to a surface, even when on land.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Glunk appears in the following locations:

Glunk locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse  
Reddy Land Arange Gorge Iello Adventure Neo Greo Bloo Hills Omarine Zone Wonder Lilane
No
No
No

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Glunk in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Glunk appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, making its first 3-D appearance since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. It gains a little more durability than it had in previous titles, allowing it to potentially survive an attack, whereupon it will detach from its previous position and drift downward until finding a new floor to rest upon.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Glunk can be found in the following levels and stages:

Glunk locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Cookie Country No No No No No
Raisin Ruins No Yes No No No
Onion Ocean Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
White Wafers No No Yes Yes No
Nutty Noon No No No No No
Egg Engines No No No Yes No
Dangerous Dinner No Yes No N/A N/A

Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Glunk appears in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, serving the same purpose as it did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, though with a somewhat updated look.

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Glunk also appears as a randomly-obtained keychain, using its sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Glunk can be found in the following levels and stages:

Glunk locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No No No No No N/A No N/A
Wild World No Yes No No No N/A Yes N/A
Endless Explosions No Yes No No No N/A Yes N/A
Royal Road No No No No No N/A No No

In Kirby: Planet Robobot Glunk can be found in the following levels and stages:

Glunk locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Patched Plains No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Overload Ocean Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A
Gigabyte Grounds No No No No No N/A No N/A
Rhythm Route No No No No No N/A Yes N/A
Access Ark No No No No No N/A Yes No

Kirby's Blowout Blast[edit]

Glunk appears in Kirby's Blowout Blast as a stationary enemy that can be defeated for 100 base points. Due to the 3-D nature of this game, Glunk does not pose much of a threat to Kirby, as it cannot hit him unless he is directly overhead, which is not a common occurrence.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

A Glunk in Kirby Star Allies

Glunk returns in Kirby Star Allies, acting the same as it did in its previous appearances. Starting with this game, it has noticeably larger eyes.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, Glunk can be found in the following levels and stages:

Glunk locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon No
Donut Dome No Planet Misteen Yes
Honey Hill No Mareen Moon Yes
Fruity Forest No Planet Caverna No
Clash at Castle Dedede No Grott Moon No
Extra Eclair No Planet Frostak Yes
Friendly Field No Blizzno Moon No
Reef Resort Yes Planet Towara Yes
Echo's Edge No Gabbel Moon No
Nature's Navel No Star Lavadom No
Sacred Square Yes Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands Yes Jambandra Base No
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α No
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor No Extra Planet γ No
Western Outer Wall No Extra Planet δ No
Inner Sanctum No Ability Planet No
Heavenly Hall No Dimension I No
Sector A No Dimension II Yes
Sector B No Dimension III No
Sector C No Dimension IV No
Planet Earthfall No

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

A Glunk in Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Glunk makes another appearance as an enemy in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. In this game, it fires a spread of three shots in different directions, instead of a single stream straight up. When latched to a wall, Glunk shoots these out in the same direction, but at different arcs. When over water, Glunk sits atop a plank of wood to keep it afloat, as it will sink otherwise.

Glunk also appears as one of the collectible figures, being found in Vol. 2. Its figure lacks a description.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Glunk can be found in the following stages:

Glunk locations in Kirby and the Forgotten Land  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Point of Arrival No The Tropical Terror No An Unexpected Beast King No The Beast Pack's Final Stand No
Downtown Grassland No Welcome to Wondaria No The Wastes Where Life Began Yes In the Presence of the King No
Through the Tunnel No Circuit Speedway No Searching the Oasis No Lab Discovera No
Rocky Rollin' Road No Invasion at the House of Horrors No Alivel Mall (Staff Side) No Forgo Plains No
A Trip to Alivel Mall No The Wondaria Dream Parade No Moonlight Canyon No Forgo Bay Yes
The Brawl at the Mall No Danger under the Big Top No Collector in the Sleepless Valley No Forgo Park No
Abandoned Beach Yes Northeast Frost Street No Enter the Fiery Forbidden Lands No Forgo Horns Yes
Concrete Isles Yes Metro on Ice Yes Conquer the Inferno Road No Forgo Wasteland Yes
Scale the Cement Summit Yes Windy, Freezing Seas Yes Burning, Churning Power Plant No Forgo Zone No
Fast-Flowing Waterworks Yes The Battle of Blizzard Bridge Yes Gathering of the Beast Council No Forgo Land No

Trivia[edit]

  • Despite appearing in every main-series game and several spin-offs, Glunk has never been represented in any collection listing except as a Keychain and figure. As neither of these provide descriptions, there is no official flavor text to describe this enemy.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グランク
Guranku
Glunk
French Crachémone From cracher (to spit) and anémone (anemone)
German Spuckwat Spitwat (the "wat" probably refers to water)
Korean 말미리
Malmiri
Derived from 말미잘(Malmijal), meaning "sea amenone".
Spanish Anemonia From anémona, meaning "anemone"