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First Appearance: Kid Icarus (1986)
Latest Appearance:

Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012)

Affiliation(s): Underworld Army, Orcos
Enemy Type: Aerial

Ganewmedes (ガニュメデ Ganyumede) are recurring enemies in the Kid Icarus series. They are skeletonized Monoeyes that, in Kid Icarus, only make an appearance in the Underworld.


Ganewmedes are said to be a different form of Monoeye, or perhaps even the living skeletal remains of them. They retain their massive single eye, but seemingly evolve a functional jawbone that in some cases can produce spiked projectiles as an attack. Ganewmedes are capable of flight without the need for wings and are able to maneuver themselves through the air using their feelers (or in the case of Uprising, claws). However, the Cyclops Skull variation lacks feelers altogether, despite them still being able to fly.


Kid Icarus

A room of Ganewmedes

In this game, Ganewmede only appear in the Underworld fortress. They appear in groups of eight and use swarming attack patterns. They are the first enemy encountered in the fortress.

Manual Description

Evolved from a Monoeye. It's a floating life form that builds its nest in fortresses. It stands guard over the fortress with its enormous eye. Watch out for its feelers. They are weapons.

Blue Ganewmede

Hit Points Damage Hearts Score (Experience)
1 1 5 300

Red Ganewmede

Hit Points Damage Hearts Score (Experience)
2 2 10 500

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters

Known as the Cyclops Skull in the game, the Ganewmede uses swooping tactics against Pit. It's not found in the Fortress.

Manual Description

Appear in the air above Pit, flying around in groups.

Hit Points Damage Hearts Score (Experience)
1 5

Kid Icarus: Uprising

Ganewmedes are notably stronger than in the previous entries of the series, and now have claws instead of tentacles to move around with. Ganewmedes also now have a unique way of attacking. Rather than trying to shoot Pit down, they will only counterattack if they are hit with a projectile from him. This makes them quite dangerous as the spiked weapons they launch can continuously block Pit's attacks whilst homing in on him. On certain occasions in battle, Ganewmedes may also intentionally crawl into Pit's line of fire to utilize their attack strategy against him. Because of this, melee attacks are the most effective way of dealing with these Underworld monsters. Ganewmede's spike projectiles suspiciously resemble Tros.

Idol Description

Ganewmedes are evolved Monoeyes whose tentacles have been replaced by spiky legs. They respond violently when fired upon, so approach them calmly and use melee attacks to take them out without getting hurt.



  • Ganymede was the most attractive of mortals and a Prince of Troy. Zeus kidnapped him from his homeland to serve as cup-bearer and paramour. In Astronomy, Ganymede is, fittingly, a moon of Jupiter. Interestingly, Tros, another monster in the Kid Icarus series, was the name of Ganymede's father.
  • It is interesting to note that despite the Ganewmede being a skeletal version of the Monoeye, the latter has no discernible mouth despite the former having a visible jaw bone.

Classic Kid Icarus series enemies and bosses
Kid Icarus CollinCommylooseDaphneEelEyeEggplant WizardErinusGanewmedeGirinHewdrawHolerKeepahKeronKobilKomaytoMcGooMedusaMickMinosMoilaMonoeyeMonolithNettlerOctosPandoraPlutonPluton FlyReaperRokmanShemumShulmSnowmanSpecknoseSyrenTamamboTanatosTotemTrosTwinbellowsUranosZuree
Of Myths and Monsters BatBig ToeBusy BeeCyclops HopperCyclops SkullEggplant WizardFire SerpentFireballFuzz BallGlobeGruffGubbleKing KrabKomaytoLunusMercMinotaurMonolithOctusOrcosPuttPythagorasReaperShadow MaskSkullwingSlimeSnakeSpitball BlobSpunkySticky TalonStone GolemTotemWormser

Kid Icarus: Uprising enemies and bosses
Underworld Army ArminBelunkaBlusterBoogityBrawny ClawsBumbledropClubberskullCollinCommylooseCoralCrawlerDaphneDark Lord GaolEggplant WizardErinusFire WyrmFort OinkFrozumGanewmedeGirinGloomerangGreat ReaperGuttlerGyrazerHadesHades's HeartHandoraHewdrawIgniotKeronKomaytoLeoxMagmooMedusaMega MusselMerenguyMikMinosMonoeyeMonolithMonomiknoseNettlerOctosOrnePandoraParamushPetribomberPhilsPlutonPorcuspineReaperRemoblamShelboShemumShildeenShootflyShripShulmSinistewSkuttlerSnongSnowmanSpecknoseSplinStackjawSyrenTempura WizardThanatosTortolunkTrailtailTwinbellowsUnderworld GatekeeperVakloomWave AnglerZik & ZakZureeZurret
Forces of Nature ArlonBadootBladerBoom StomperBumpety BombCacawCaptain FlareClobblerCragalancheDibble DopFlageForces of Nature GuardHugwormJitterthugLethiniumLunar Sanctum Control CenterLurchthornMahvaMeebaMegontaMudroneNutskiParashooterPew PewPipPhosphoraReset BombReset Bomb PodSkreetleToxiecapTrynamiteUrgleZert
Aurum Aurum BrainAurum CoreAurum CloneAurum GeneratorAurum PyrrhonBagloBiotaBlitClaxisDohzJyokKolmaNukleenPlixoQuoilRezdaRozSioTaklaxTribyteXonemeZaurumZrink
Palutena's Army CenturionCenturion KnightCenturion StrongarmJuggernautPalutenaPit's Body
Chaos Kin Chaos KinShadow Pit
Other Enemies Chariot MasterDark PitGreat Sacred TreasureMagnusMimicutiePhoenixPseudo-PalutenaSoufleeSoul-Eating MonsterSpace KrakenSpace PiratesTreasurefish