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The Grim Creeper is a cowardly mini-boss. Link encounters him midway through the Eagle's Tower dungeon of Link's Awakening. After a short introduction, Grim Creeper proceeds to use a flute to call six Big Keese to attack Link. To defeat them, Link must destroy the Keese before they leave the screen. If he misses any, he has to try again. Any weapon will do, but the sword is by far the easiest to use. Once all the Keese are destroyed in one blow, Grim Creeper flees, but not permanently. He comes back to ride Evil Eagle in the final boss battle in Eagle's Tower.
- Its name is an obvious reference to the Grim Reaper.
- The flute the Grim Creeper uses may be a reference to the Flute from the original The Legend of Zelda. Judging by the creature's Japanese name, it is a piccolo.
- The Skull Kids may have been inspired by the Grim Creeper, as they also play a flute that they use as a weapon or to summon monsters and also wear Skull Masks. Whether Grim Creeper is wearing a mask or not is unclear.
- The Shadow Kargarok Rider from Twilight Princess is slightly similar to the Grim Creeper, since both ride a vulture-like bird and are defeated in a similar manner. Also, the Shadow Kargaroc Rider wears a mask that is very similar to the Grim Creeper's face.
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