Giks are burrowing creatures found on Fribbulus Xax that resemble giant yellow ladybirds. They are incredibly strong, being able to support a small person on their backs without any discomfort. They kill via their four sharp and poisonous legs, which resemble nothing so much as small stubby spines. They will follow prey around until it is not watching then jump, flip over and slide past their victim, slashing them with their spines as they go.
Giks can be helpful in that they can carry Keen across acid pools and the like (they will not turn over while Keen is actually standing on them), but most of the time they are a great nuisance. In narrow corridors they can be very difficult to avoid. They cannot be destroyed, so it is best to avoid them as much as possible.
Appearance in Keen GBC
Giks appear in Keen GBC, where they are completely deadly to the touch. They have larger eyes and are no longer beetle-like, being more soft shelled in appearance. Keen can no longer ride them.
The game manual describes them as the following: