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Gruntilda's Lair

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Gruntilda's Lair, also known as simply Grunty's Lair, is a building in Spiral Mountain and the residence of Gruntilda, with its entrance being shaped like her head.

History[edit]

Banjo-Kazooie[edit]

The first room of Gruntilda's Lair in Banjo-Kazooie

In Banjo-Kazooie, Gruntilda's Lair is the game's hub world and can be entered by using the bridge in Spiral Mountain. Banjo and Kazooie are forced to enter it after the evil witch kidnaps the bear's sister, Tooty, in order to steal her beauty. The only way to reach Winkybunion Tower, the top of the lair and where Gruntilda is fought, is by venturing through the worlds inside to obtain Jiggies and complete the Jigsaw Pictures until the entire lair is traversed.

Banjo-Tooie[edit]

In Banjo-Tooie, Gruntilda's Lair has been mostly destroyed, with rocks blocking the way and only the entrance left standing, that being where Cheato is found.

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge[edit]

“Now you've entered my fair castle, I'm going to give you lots of hassle. Before you can go up a floor, I'll test your brain a little more. When an answer is correct, with button A Button you can select.”
Mecha Grunty, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge

In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, Grunty's Lair appears as the final world, with 50 Jiggies being required to enter it. Inside, Mecha-Grunty is fought and, when she is defeated, Banjo is forced to play a quiz. The questions are fairly easy, with them all asking "Where is this?," "Where would you see this?," "Can you beat this game?," "What makes this sound?" and "Where would you hear this?," followed by a sprite, sound or mini-game. After Banjo gets 2 answers right, he has to fight Klungo again and, once he defeats him too, the quiz resumes. After 5 questions have been answered correctly, Mecha-Grunty takes him to Winkybunion Tower where the final battle against her takes place.

Banjo-Pilot[edit]

In Banjo-Pilot, the entrance to Gruntilda's Lair can be seen in the background of Spiral Mountain although it is never entered.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts[edit]

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, the entrance to Gruntilda's Lair can be seen although it can't be entered due to the rocks blocking the mouth. The lair's left eye can be picked up with Mumbo's Wrench and needs to be taken to the garbage in Banjo's House during the Lord of Games' challenge.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Gruntilda's Lair appears as a background element on the Spiral Mountain stage. However, due to the stage's rotation mechanic, it will not always be visible.

Enemies[edit]

Banjo-Kazooie[edit]

Image Enemy Count
Beehive B-K.png Beehive 11
Bigbutt.png Bigbutt 1
Big Clucker.png Big Clucker* 1
Buzzbomb.png Buzzbomb* 2
Chinker.png Chinker* 1
Chump.jpg Chump 3
Flotsam.jpg Flotsam* 1
Grille Chompa B-K.png Grille Chompa* 3
Red Gruntling.png Gruntling (red) 7
Blue Gruntling.png Gruntling (blue) 3
Black Gruntling.png Gruntling (black) 2
Mum-mum.png Mum-mum* 1
Ripper BK art.jpg Ripper (giant)* 3
Scabby.png Scabby* 1
Shrapnel B-K.png Shrapnel 2
Sir Slush.png Sir Slush* 1
Snippet.png Snippet* 1
Tee-hee.png Tee-hee (green) 1
Ticker (B-K).png Ticker 1
Whipcrack.png Whipcrack 8
B-K Gruntilda and Broomstick.jpg Gruntilda 1

*Only appear after their respective worlds have been entered and left once.

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge[edit]

Image Enemy Count
Klungo BKGR sprite.png Klungo 1
Mecha-Grunty BKGR sprite.png Mecha-Grunty 1
Green Spooko sprite.png Spooko (green) 2
Red Spooko sprite.png Spooko (red) 2

Collectibles[edit]

Banjo-Kazooie[edit]

Image Name Amount
BK XBLA Extra Life icon.png Extra Life
  1. On top the Gruntilda statue's hat in the swamp area.
  2. On a log near Bubblegloop Swamp's entrance.
  3. In the room where Mad Monster Mansion's Jigsaw Picture is.
  4. Behind Mumbo's Skull in the Mad Monster Mansion entrance area.
  5. In the room where Click Clock Wood's Jigsaw Picture is.
  6. On top of Click Clock Wood's entrance.
  7. Near a yellow Warp Cauldron in Grunty's Furnace Fun.
  8. Next to a Sudden Death square in Grunty's Furnace Fun.
  9. Next to two Sudden Death squares in Grunty's Furnace Fun.
  10. Next to three Sudden Death squares in Grunty's Furnace Fun.

Jiggies[edit]

No. Official title (Player's Guide) Description
1 N/A The first Jiggy is to the left of the lair's entrance.
2 Which Switch First? The second Jiggy appears atop the entrance to Mumbo's Mountain after the world's Witch Switch is pressed.
3 Where's The Witch Switch? The third Jiggy appears on the ship near the entrance to Treasure Trove Cove after the world's Witch Switch is pressed.
4 A Fishy Witch Switch Appears after Gruntilda's eyes of the disc near Treasure Trove Cove's Jigsaw Picture are hit with the Beak Buster, which can only be hit after the Witch Switch in Clanker's Cavern is pressed.
5 Into the Urn Appears inside the urn near the entrance to Gobi's Valley after Bubblegloop Swamp's Witch Switch is pressed.
6 To The Top of the Sign Appears in a tiny box on top of the sign framing the entrance to Freezeezy Peak after the world's Witch Switch is pressed.
7 Coffin It Up Appears inside a coffin near the entrance to Gobi's Valley after the world's Witch Switch is pressed.
8 The Agony Of De Feet Appears inside the eye of a Gruntilda statue near the entrance to Freezeezy Peak after the Witch Switch in Mad Monster Mansion is pressed. To obtain it, the eye first needs to be broken and then entered by using the Flight Pad under a spider web.
9 The Long Jump Appears inside a waterlogged chamber behind the 450-Note Door after Rusty Bucket Bay's Witch Switch is pressed.
10 To Bee or No Jiggy Appears in a nook carved high in the tree across from Click Clock Wood's entrance after the world's Witch Switch is pressed.

Mumbo Tokens[edit]

No. Location
1 Behind the Warp Cauldron in the room where Treasure Trove Cove's Jigsaw Picture is located
2 Behind a tree in the room where Click Clock Wood's Jigsaw Picture is located
3 Atop a pipe near an orange Warp Cauldron
4 Above the entrance to Clanker's Cavern.
5 Behind the coffin near the entrance to Gobi's Valley.
6 In one of the tiny boxes on top of the sign framing the entrance to Freezeezy Peak.
7 Near the entrance to Rusty Bucket Bay.
8 To the left of the room where Mad Monster Mansion's Jigsaw Picture is located, next to a Whipcrack.
9 Above the ledges in the room that leads to Click Clock Wood's entrance.

Transformation[edit]

Banjo-Kazooie[edit]

In Banjo-Kazooie, one of Mumbo's Skulls can be found near Mad Monster Mansion's entrance. It can only be accessed as Pumpkin Banjo, and he transforms Banjo into it inside the room.

Gallery[edit]

Banjo-Kazooie[edit]

Banjo-Tooie[edit]

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge[edit]

Banjo-Pilot[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Tanière de Gruntilda Gruntilda's Lair
German Gruntildas Reich Gruntilda's Realm
Italian Antro di Gruntilda Gruntilda's Antrum
Japanese グランチルダのとりで
Guranchiruda no Toride
Gruntilda's Fortress
Spanish La Guarida de Gruntilda (Banjo-Tooie) Gruntilda's Lair

Trivia[edit]

  • Gruntilda's Lair's theme is based on the song "The Teddy Bears' Picnic." The theme has 20 different variations in Banjo-Kazooie, including three on the main version and two variations per level, one for the jigsaw puzzle and one for the level entry area, except for the Mumbo's Mountain jigsaw, which uses the regular theme, Rusty Bucket Bay, which is connected to the level entrance, and possibly Freezeezy Peak, as there is an identical sounding "jigsaw" and "entrance" version. In the case of Gobi's Valley and Clanker's Cavern, the jigsaw theme sounds noticeably different from the level entry area theme.
  • In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, a broken statue of King Jingaling's head can be found in front of Gruntilda's Lair. This implies Gruntilda built her home in the place of the statue.
  • In Banjo-Kazooie and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both of the eyes in Gruntilda's Lair can be seen, but in Banjo-Tooie and Banjo-Pilot the left eye is missing. In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, the right eye is missing, and the left one can be picked up.