Gruntilda Winkybunion

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Gruntilda Winkybunion
GruntyBKNB 2.jpg
Gruntilda in Nuts & Bolts.
Game(s) Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie,
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge,
Banjo-Pilot, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Home Gruntilda's Lair, Spiral Mountain
Talking head icon(s) GruntyHeadHD.pngBeautyGruntyHD.pngGruntyHeadSkeletonHD.png
Additional Info

“Long of tooth and strong of arm, Grunty's got the lasting charm!”
Gruntilda Winkybunion, Banjo-Kazooie

Gruntilda Winkybunion, often shortened to Grunty, is the main recurring villain of the Banjo-Kazooie series.



Gruntilda is an overweight, green-skinned witch who lives in a lair in Spiral Mountain which is shaped just like her head. Inside her lair are also a number of other statues and large pictures of herself. It is therefore safe to assume that she is somewhat of an egomaniac. She used to be a student of Mumbo (supposedly one of his best) but ended up using the magic he taught her for evil, disfiguring the poor shaman's face and going off to live her life as an evil witch. Her surname "Winkybunion" was revealed at the end of Banjo-Tooie, after the fight with Hag 1. Grunty, apparently ashamed of it, hadn't meant to reveal it and threatened legal action against Banjo and Kazooie if they were to reveal it to anybody. Grunty seems fond of quiz shows, having hosted a few in the games she's been in. She is also fond of speaking in rhyme, a habit which she temporarily stops at the request of her sisters in Banjo-Tooie (but continues in Nuts & Bolts).

Gruntilda is portrayed as being incredibly wicked, vengeful, and disgusting. Grunty takes no issue with killing to achieve her ends; so much so that she can kill members of her family without any trace of regret of remorse. Much of Gruntilda's nature and past is revealed by Brentilda in Banjo-Kazooie; among this is that she even keeps her living areas in a constant, horrifying mess and keeps various monstrous pets.

Gruntilda's known family includes three sisters. Brentilda, a fairy, is the nice sister of the family. She despises Grunty and her evil acts and as such befriends Banjo and Kazooie, telling them disgusting secrets from Grunty's past, which turn out to be helpful during the Grunty's Furnace Fun quiz show. Mingella and Blobbelda, however, are more like Grunty, being unpleasant evil witches just like her, and have helped her in her schemes before.

Other accomplices of Grunty include Dingpot the cauldron, who (unwillingly) serves as her clothes washer, rubbish bin, vehicle seat, and even toilet; Piddles, a small, pink cat; and previously Klungo, a large, green and dim ogre with an odd knack for science and technology.

Oddly, despite her demeanor and appearance, Grunty seems to be very successful and productive. As previously mentioned, she had been one of the best students at witch school. She also owns an amusement park, and a manufacturing plant. According to Brentilda, she has also appeared on the cover of magazines and was previously in a musical group.

In the Games


Banjo-Kazooie begins with Gruntilda standing in her tower in front of her cauldron, Dingpot, stating how beautiful she believes herself to be. When Dingpot informs her that there is a young bear cub, Tooty, who far surpasses her in beauty, Grunty is outraged. She comes up with a plan on the spot: kidnap Tooty and steal her beauty. She hops on her broomstick and sets out to do just this. She swoops down on Tooty as the young bear is talking with Bottles the mole. After a brief fight, Grunty manages to overpower Tooty and whisks her away to the top of her lair, which prompts Banjo and Kazooie to set off after her. Grunty has her assistant Klungo build her a beauty-stealing machine, which will make her beautiful and Tooty hideously ugly.

After Banjo and Kazooie make it through all of the worlds in Gruntilda's Lair, she tries to do away with them by hosting a deadly game show: Grunty's Furnace Fun. The prize is young Tooty herself, and the cost of losing is death in a lava pit under the game board. Banjo and Kazooie manage to win the game, causing Grunty to run away to the very top of her lair as Banjo and Kazooie take Tooty home. When the duo returns for the final battle, they manage to defeat Gruntilda with the help of Bottles, the Jinjos and the Jinjonator. Grunty, after attempting one last spell at the duo (which misses), falls from her tower and lands into the ground with such force that she creates a Grunty-shaped hole in it, which is soon sealed by a large boulder that she cannot move. As Klungo attempts to shift the boulder and free his mistress, she threatens Banjo and Kazooie with, "Stupid bear and dumb Kazooie, I'll be back in Banjo-Tooie!"

Boss fight in Banjo-Kazooie

The Boss fight with Gruntilda is separated into five stages.

In the first stage, Grunty flies around the stage on her broom stick attempting to harm Banjo and Kazooie by divebombing them. After a few attempts to hit Banjo, Gruntilda's broom will stall, and she will remain temporarily grounded, allowing the player to use Kazooie to fire eggs at her, before she regains control of her broom stick, repeating the process. After several shots at Gruntilda, she will change her tactic.

Now she flies around the tower, stopping in set areas to fire magic attacks at the duo. The player has to jump onto the tower's turrets and fire eggs at her, this can be done any time, but it is recommended to wait until she briefly stops firing, after a few hits she will move from one edge of the tower to another, firing attacks quicker and pausing for less time. after she takes enough eggs, she will conjure a homing attack that cannot be avoided, but can be discharged using the Wonderwing. Regardless what happens with this shot, she will change her tactics once again.

Now she will fly higher into the air, putting her out of range of Kazooie's eggs. Bottles the mole will summon a flight pad, allowing the player to chase her in the air. Occasionally, Grunty will fly around the arena stopping periodically, sometimes to start attacking with more projectiles, leaving her open to an assault from Kazooie's Beak Bomb. She will speed up with each hit until he changes her form of attack again.

She will return to ground level, and the flight pad disappears. However, she summons a shield that blocks all forms of attack, meaning she can no longer be hit directly. After the player avoids a few projectiles, four Jinjos in statues will rise from the ground to assist the duo, while avoiding Grunty's spells, the player must fire Kazooie's eggs into the small holes in the statues. Three shots in one statue will awaken the Jinjo who will spin around Banjo before zooming straight into the witch, damaging her further. This must be done to all four statues, which destroys her broomstick, permanently grounding her at the edge of her tower. Of note is that projectiles go straight through the statues, making hiding behind them completely useless.

The final phase is not much different from the fourth, she will attack with more magic attacks followed by another homing shot, after which another, bigger statue arises form the ground, holding the Jinjonator, guardian of the Jinjos. Now the player must use Kazooie to fire eggs into four further holes each on the compass directions of the statue, while avoiding Grunty's spells, both the normal and homing projectiles. The holes take more eggs to fill and the statue does not block incoming spells, making this phase considerably more difficult then the fourth. After all holes have been filled, the Jinjonator is revived who proceeds to zoom into Grunty repeatedly, damaging her many times, before she loses her footing and falls off her tower, defeated.


In Banjo-Tooie, Gruntilda returns as the primary villain. Two years after the events of the first game, Grunty is rescued by her sisters Mingella and Blobbelda, who destroy the rock trapping her. The time she spent in the ground has rotted her body, leaving her skeletal (a fact which she bemoans). Mingella spots Mumbo spying on the sisters from behind a rock and Grunty gives chase, eventually leading to her Banjo's house. Mumbo warns everyone to leave as Grunty blasts the house to pieces, and everyone makes it out -- except Bottles the mole, who is killed by the witch's spell. The sisters drive the Hag 1 drill tank to their hideout, the Cauldron Keep. On the way, they drive straight through Jinjo Village, scaring most of the Jinjos away and killing the Grey Jinjos. At the Keep, Blobbelda and Mingella (after making her promise to stop her rhyming) reveal to Gruntilda their plan to restore her to her former self. They have built the Big-O-Blaster (B.O.B. for short), a large machine capable of sucking life-force from virtually anything and transferring it to Grunty to return her to normal. Grunty picks as her first target King Jingaling, the Jinjo king who gives Banjo and Kazooie their first Jiggy. As the B.O.B. fires upon Jingaling, it just barely misses Banjo and Kazooie (which Blobbelda points out), who just left King Jingaling's Throne Room. However, after seeing Jingaling zombified and the Life Force counter on the B.O.B. move one tick, Grunty is satisfied. Unfortunately, in order to gather enough life force to full restore her, a large charge-up is needed (which never finishes).

In Witchyworld, Grunty appears as the fortune teller Madame Grunty. She is found in a small, pink tent off to the side of the big-top tent. When Banjo and Kazooie enter her tent, Grunty will "predict their future," and give them something, based on random chance. Among the things they can get from her fairly commonly are a beating (which lowers their health), a refill of eggs and feathers, and a refill of their health bar. It is also possible, although very rare, to get a special cheat from Madame Grunty, "GETJIGGY." After being told this cheat, they can enter it into the Code Chamber in Mayahem Temple. This cheat will activate the Information Signposts in Jiggywiggy's Temple, which give away the Jiggy locations in each world.

When Banjo and Kazooie arrive at Cauldron Keep, Grunty begins another quiz show, the Tower of Tragedy, with Mingella, Blobbelda, and Banjo & Kazooie competing. Banjo and Kazooie manage to win (which ends in the crushing of Grunty's sisters under large weights) and thwart her plans by using the B.O.B. to restore both Jingaling and Bottles. She waits for them at the top, and when they arrive, sneaks up on them in the Hag 1. They manage to defeat her, and she drops her most powerful spell into the Hag 1, which causes it to explode, destroying her body and leaving only her still-living skull intact. As Banjo, Kazooie, Humba Wumba, Mumbo and Jamjars play kickaround with her head, she threatens them once more with the statement, "You'll be sorry, all of you! Just you wait until Banjo-Threeie..."

Boss fight in Banjo-Tooie

For information on the final boss fight with Gruntilda in Banjo-Tooie, see the Hag 1 article.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Gruntilda returns as the villain. After her beheading at the end of Banjo-Tooie, she spent the eight years in between bouncing from her Cauldron Keep to Spiral Mountain. She finally arrives just as Nuts & Bolts begins, as Banjo and Kazooie sit outside playing video games and eating pizza, having become overweight and sedentary. As she breaks through the rocks from the Isle o' Hags, she vows revenge and cackles evilly, her plan this time being to beat the duo once and for all and build malls and condominiums over Spiral Mountain. Banjo and Kazooie hear the sound and decide to (with much effort) investigate, eventually finding Grunty's head. She and the duo begin taunting each other, eventually culminating into a fight...which is quickly paused by the Lord of Games (L.O.G.), a mysterious figure who states that he's sick of their constant fighting and wants to end it his way. After starting them off with a challenge to collect as many golden tickets as possible, he soon halts that idea, considering it too outdated. He decides instead to send the three characters to Showdown Town, where he states that Banjo and Kazooie will complete challenges in various game worlds, and Grunty will attempt to stop them. His terms are that the winner will win the deed to Spiral Mountain, and the loser will toil away in L.O.G.'s video game factory for eternity. He also denies the duo's request for their moves back, which they had forgotten over time. He summons a warp to the town, gives Gruntilda a new robotic body to use and restores Banjo and Kazooie to reasonable weight. He then summons two vehicles: a monster truck with Dingpot as a seat (which naturally Grunty takes and drives off into the warp with) and a small vehicle resembling a shopping trolley.

Upon arriving in town, Gruntilda is given Piddles the cat as a partner, and is thoroughly dissatisfied with this. She also decides that instead of taking a very active part in the competition, she will instead hang around Showdown Town, treating it as a "free vacation." As the player progresses through the game worlds, however, she does try to stop them by hosting her own "Grunty Challenges." Each time she is bested in a Grunty Challenge, the trolley in Showdown Town is upgraded with a new vehicle part which allows access to more of the town.

The final Grunty Challenge occurs in Spiral Mountain, which is unlocked after the player collect 75 Jiggies. After Banjo and Kazooie defeat Grunty in this challenge, she is sent away to work in the factory, and Banjo and Kazooie are formally awarded the deeds to their homeland, as well as given back their moves. As Grunty works endlessly in the factory, taunted occasionally by Piddles, she vows that "Leaving me here was a big mistake, just wait for the devious game I make!"

Grunty Challenges

The Grunty Challenges in the game and the vehicle parts they give are listed below.

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge

In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, her ghost inhabits a robot that Klungo builds - the Mecha-Gruntilda. She then kidnaps Kazooie and travels back in time, prompting Mumbo to send Banjo back to follow her and rescue Kazooie.


Gruntilda appears as an unlockable playable racer in Banjo-Pilot. Her stats are as follows:

  • Top Speed: 5/5
  • Acceleration: 1/5
  • Handling: 1/5

Relations with other characters

  • Banjo & Kazooie: Gruntilda hates Banjo and Kazooie, remaining a constant thorn in their sides and having tried (but failed) on many occasions to kill them.
  • Bottles: It is assumed that she does not like Bottles, due to the fact that he is on the side of Banjo and Kazooie. She kills him temporarily in Banjo-Tooie, although this was more incidental as her intended targets were Banjo, Kazooie and Mumbo.
  • Jinjos: Gruntilda constantly causes trouble for the Jinjos. She continually captures them or scatters them and puts spells on them so that they can't make it back home on their own. She has even killed the Grey Jinjo family and shown no remorse for it.
  • Tooty: Gruntilda is jealous of young Tooty's beauty. She attempts to rob her of it in Banjo-Kazooie, but is thwarted by Banjo & Kazooie.
  • Klungo: Formerly, Klungo was an Igor-like assistant of Gruntilda's, building the Beauty-Stealing Machine for her, and even trying for two full years to push a boulder off of her. Gruntilda constantly abused Klungo to the point of him leaving her to pursue other career opportunities.
  • Mumbo: It appears that Mumbo was Grunty's magic tutor long ago, however since then they have fallen out somehow and had a rocky relationship. Grunty despises Mumbo because he helps Banjo and Kazooie in their quest, and Mumbo insults Grunty throughout most of the games.


  • In Banjo-Tooie, if the player makes it all the way to the door leading to the final battle without having one of the moves required for beating her, Gruntilda will say "Fighting you would be no fun! Go back to [area the move is located in] and finish your training!"


From Banjo-Kazooie

  • "It really does sound quite absurd, adventure of a bear and bird!"
  • "Your feathered buddy, that you've brung, useless like a pile of dung!"
  • "How bright they are, your stupid shorts, a target for my dumb cohorts!"
  • "Long of tooth and strong of arm, Grunty's got the lasting charm!"
  • "Why do I talk all the time, it's really hard to make these rhyme!"
  • "I'm still here, I watch you play, but I can't think of much to say!"
  • "If one more page I see you turn, than Grunty shall Cheato burn!" (sic)
  • "I can't believe that furry pair, got right up here it's so unfair. But now the stupid bear must fight, this battle tests your skill and might!"
  • "My broomstick's hard and as it streaks across the sky it chafes my cheeks!"
  • "Stupid bear and dumb Kazooie, I'll be back in Banjo-Tooie!"
  • "All the Jiggies you did snatch, but I'll be back for my rematch!"

From Banjo-Tooie

  • GRUNTILDA: Okay, numbskulls. Time for the biggest, baddest spell I can muster....Prepare to join your buddy Bottles! You'll wish you'd never taken on the mighty Gruntilda Winkybunion!
    KAZOOIE: Winkybunion? Is that your last name then?
    GRUNTILDA:, no. Of course not. But don't you go telling anyone or I'll sue you....
    BANJO: Whatever you say, Winky!
    GRUNTILDA: Now die!
  • "What was the name of the game I first starred in?
    -Perfect Grunty
    -Grunty Kong 64

From Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

  • BANJO: What the...Grunty?! Is that you?
    GRUNTILDA: Yes, it's me, you podgy fool! I'm back again and ready to rule!
    KAZOOIE: I doubt it, haven't you noticed you're just a skull? {Banjo and Kazooie laugh}
    GRUNTILDA: At least I haven't got a gut! Let's rumble now, I'll kick your butt!
  • "While you slept I've become a mechanic, building Gruntbots to make you panic!"
  • "Is it just me, or is your nose square? The fans will hate it, you butt-ugly bear!"
  • "This town is such a confusing place, I'd slap the planner across the face!"
  • "You must think you're a champion bruiser, all I see is a fleabag loser!"
  • "The race is on, the game is afoot, Banjo's chances just went kaput!"
  • "You must have gone mad from Kazooie's blabbing, lazing around for years in that cabin!"
  • "Who needs Klungo? Who needs a minion? I'll win this game with one arm pinioned!"
  • "Jinjos and Jiggies? Bottles and Mumbo? Remind me again why I came back, dumbo!"
  • "All those years since we last butted heads, and still you're wearing those horrible threads?"
  • "Spiral Mountain isn't so great, but it's Grunty's slice of real estate!"
  • "My Gruntbots are out there causing trouble, smashing these cretinous worlds to rubble!"
  • "I'll build a car from sticks and twine, and still outclass your best design!"
  • "My body's not mine and my skull's all cracked, you still can't beat me and that's a fact!"
  • "Hunting Jiggies, I don't see the point. Why drag us here to this dead-end joint?"
  • "So many Jiggies, I hope you're proud. Shame your victory won't be allowed!"
  • "You've got a bird and I've got a kitty, mine's got style but yours ain't pretty!"
  • "You wait till Spiral Mountain's mine, your hovel's in the firing line!"
  • "You're out of shape, you're sluggish and dull. I'll win this, and I'm just a skull!"
  • "Don't think you're on the road to success, my cars are stars and yours are a mess!"
  • "Obeying orders, you clearly love it. It won't work on me, you can all just shove it!"
  • "Keep doing the challenges, halfwit bear, I'm way too confident to care!"
  • "You seem to be under some delusion, my triumph is a foregone conclusion!"
  • "Fetching Globes and opening doors? It makes me yawn, you pair of bores!"
  • "I love to taunt, it makes me happy. Haven't you lost yet? Make it snappy!"


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