How to beat a Flame Gleeok in TOTK – Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Bring arrows. Lots of them.

The Gleeoks are easily some of the most intimidating bosses in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Many players might find the Flame versions first, considering there is one guarding the bridge in Lake Hylia. It's best to avoid these in the early game, but once Link has geared up and equipped some good weapons, he should be able to challenge one of the Flame Gleeoks. Here's how you can beat them.

Where are the Flame Gleeoks in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom (TOTK)?

There are four Flame Gleeoks that players can find in Tears of the Kingdom. They can be found in these locations:

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  • On the southern half of Spectacle Rock, south of the Gerudo Desert Skyview Tower (coordinates-2119, -2633, 0400)
  • In the middle of Lake Hylia, south of the Popla Foothills Skyview Tower (coordinates -0051, -2484, 0039)
  • On top of the Ancient Collumn ruins in the west of Hyrule, just past the Tabanthia Frontier Bridge (coordinates: -3605, 0432, 0261)
  • In the skies above Trilby Valley (coordinates: 2468, 0880, 0066) between Eldin and Lanaryu, close to the South Eldin Sky Archipelago

Related: Hardest Bosses in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom (TOTK)

How to prepare for a Flame Gleeok in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom (TOTK)

In order to actually beat a Flame Gleeok, it's important to have several resources:

  • A strong bow
  • Tons of arrows (minimum 75)
  • A shield
  • A leveled up armor set that gives Link at least 30 Defense
  • An attack boost (through cooking Mighty Bananas or wearing gear like the Fierce Deity set)
  • A strong weapon

When it comes to weapons, there really isn't such a thing as too strong. When I faced my first Flame Gleeok, I used a 50 Attack weapon, and it still barely did damage. A good rule of thumb is to start fighting Flame Gleeoks after Silver Bokoblins start popping up, since they drop very powerful fusion materials.

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How to beat a Flame Gleeok in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom (TOTK)

The first attack that Flame Gleeoks engage with is a triple beam. The only way to really avoid damage here is to block it with a shield. Players can try to run away, but on narrow spaces like Lake Hylia, they can get tripped up easily.

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After getting past the beams, players need to start firing arrows at the heads of the Flame Gleeok. Each head has its own mini health bar. This is why players need a strong bow, because it's better to take two shots to knock out one of the heads than three or even four shots.

If Link has Keese Eyeballs, it's always a good idea to fuse them with the arrows. The Flame Gleeok can be really annoying, and it's very difficult to land consistent shots. The arrows with Keese Eyeballs will home in on one of the heads automatically. Another strategy is to get high in the air with something like a rocket and then use the slowed time to hit all of the heads.

Once all the heads lose health, the Gleeok will fall to the ground in a stunned state. This is where players need to grab their most powerful weapon and wallop the Gleeok. This enemy has a ton of health, so players should really take advantage of this stun.

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After taking damage, the Flame Gleeok will get back up and start shooting beams again. This process will cycle until the player drops the Gleeok to around a fifth of its health. At this point, it will fly into the sky and drop a huge fireball. Players need to dodge this fireball and then use the updrafts it creates to get up to the Gleeok again.

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At this point, fire arrows, kill the heads again, and fall back to the ground to give the Flame Gleeok a final beating.

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Want more Zelda Tears of the Kingdom guides? Pro game Guides has you covered with All Gleeok Locations (Map) in TotK & How to Beat Them (Zelda Tears of the Kingdom).

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About the Author

Shane Foley is both a huge gamer and a Contributing Writer at Pro Game Guides. He's been gaming ever since the Nintendo 64 came out, and he knows everything there is to know about Pokémon, Fire Emblem, Zelda, and several other Nintendo franchises.

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