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Plant-like creatures, Glunks are found on the ground or on the ceilings of caves. They each fire a pod at Kirby as he passes. Run by them to easily avoid the pods.
— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)

Glunk is a common enemy in the Kirby series that is, in appearance, based off of a sea anemone. It stays in place most of the time but sometimes fires projectiles or water into the air. Glunk gives no Copy Ability when inhaled. They are commonly located in narrow underwater tunnels, though Glunks may also occasionally be found out of water.

Glunk is one of the few enemies tolerable to water.

Physical Appearance

Glunk is small creature based on a sea anemone, with a bright green (originally a greenish yellow color), squishy body with big blue shiny eyes and six red tentacles on top of its head. In Kirby Star Allies it got a bit of a redesign: its eyes are bigger and its body got slimmed down. Glunk has darker green spots scattered on its body.

In Games

Kirby's Dream Land

This is Glunk's first appearance. They are found at Castle Lololo, and attack by shooting projectiles horizontally, regardless of where Kirby is.

Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Glunks return mostly unchanged from their appearance in Kirby's Dream Land. Now, their projectiles can be destroyed with a Copy Ability, and when inhaled, they give no Copy Ablilty.

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

Glunk reappears as a foe in Kirby Super Star and its remake, with the same behavior as before. They first appear in The Great Cave Offensive's Crystal Area. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Glunks also make an appearance in Revenge of the King's Illusion Islands.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Glunks appear in this game as well, acting very much the same way as in previous games. They are found from the first level of Pop Star onwards. Glunk will fire rapid shots into the air when carried over Kirby's head, protecting Kirby from airborne foes.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Glunk returns in this game. Along with several other types of aquatic enemies, they are often found in the levels of Onion Ocean, but they are first encountered in the second level of Raisin Ruins. They still shoot their projectiles at Kirby to attack.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, Glunks behave the same way they do in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

Glunk first appears in Stage 1 of Level 2, but it cannot attack Kirby with its projectiles.

Kirby Star Allies

Glunk appears in this game, with the physical change that its eyes are noticeably closer together. Nevertheless, they behave the same as in previous games.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Glunk reappears in this game, retaining its design from Kirby Star Allies. However, they are primarily seen outside of water, as Kirby cannot swim under the water in this game. Instead of shooting projectiles in a straight line, Glunks now shoot a spray of three projectiles in the direction its facing that spreads out and is affected by gravity to accommodate the 3D-based environment.

Etymology

Glunk's name is derived from the onomatopoeia of the same spelling for the sound of an object sinking to the bottom of a body of water.

Names in other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
German Spuckwatt --
French Crachémone --
Italian Glunk --
Spanish Anemonía --

Trivia

  • In Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3, Glunks may be found attached to ceilings. In Kirby's Dream Land, they will fall from ceilings after Kirby approaches them.
  • In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, four Glunks appear in a mid-boss battle against a giant Blowfish in the fourth stage of Aqua Star.
  • In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Glunk is drawn in Paint Panic.
  • Glunks vaguely resemble bubble-tip anemones, as they are both orange or green. The bubble-tipped tentacles of said creature may also be the inspiration for Glunk's form of attack.
  • In the The Legendary Starfy series, there appears an enemy of the same name that features similarities to the enemy of the Kirby games (such as having a comparable color and stature). Despite the two enemies' similarities, however, they do not bear any other resemblances to one another whatsoever.
  • In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, it is possible to inhale a Glunk's projectiles and use them as ammunition.
  • Both the Prima and BradyGames strategy guides for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards are flawed; the Prima guide describes Glunk as a plant-like creature, while the BradyGames guide describes Glunk as an urchin.
  • In Kirby Super Star, Glunk's projectiles can be reflected with the Mirror ability.
  • Official artwork for Kirby's Dream Land depicts both a green and a purple version of Glunk. It is possible that the purple coloration may have been the inspiration behind Glunk's alternate palette coloration in Kirby Super Star Ultra.

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