|“||A common beast that can be found all over the new world. They're pretty cute, but they have a dangerous wild side. They'll growl and jump at anyone who crosses them! A whole bunch of these critters attacked the Waddle Dees. Funny, you'd think they'd get along!||”|
— Figure description from Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Awoofy is an orange fox-like creature which makes its first appearance in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. It is the most basic enemy in the game, and the most common member of the Beast Pack, and is seen chasing Waddle Dees so they can be captured by the pack's Clockers. Awoofy takes on the general shape of a fox with a large head, stubby limbs, and a long tail. Its main fur color is orange; its front paws, top of the head, tips of the ears, and tip of the tail are red; its muzzle and underbelly are tan; and its hind paws are yellow. It has brown eyes similar in style to Kirby's. Though primarily quadrupedal, Awoofies can often be seen standing upright when looking around or holding still.
Awoofy's general behavior is to sit in place, patrol a given area, or sleep until Kirby gets close enough for it to spot him. When this happens, Awoofy responds by running after Kirby at a modest speed, aiming to hurt him by collision. Awoofy can be easily defeated with any method, and grants no Copy Ability if swallowed. Awoofies are worth one Star Coin when defeated.
Its name is a portmanteau of the onomatopoeic words "woof" (a dog's bark) and "awoo" (a howling sound). It is also likely based on "Waddle Dee", given the similarities between the two species.
Awoofy can be found in the following stages:
- In Kirby's Dream Buffet, an Awoofy appears on a Character Treat, using its artwork from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, a Dress-Up Mask based on Awoofy can be unlocked by completing Stamp Rally card #18.
- Within the internal game data, Awoofy is named "AnimalWaddleDee".
- Three Awoofies can be seen on the boxart for Kirby and the Forgotten Land, albeit a bit hard to see due to being in the background. There are two on the buildings and one running on the ground.
Figure of Awoofy
Figure of Awoofy sleeping on a wooden crate
Kirby being chased by some Awoofies in Downtown Grassland
Kirby defeating some Awoofies in an ambush in Point of Arrival
Picture of the main mode credits, showing an Awoofy taking a picture with others in Wondaria Remains
Picture of the main mode credits, showing an Awoofy sleeping in Kirby's House with Kirby and Elfilin
Names in other languages
ガルル (garuru) is the onomatopoeia for snarling or growling
Transliteration of Japanese name rather than using an onomatopoeia for growling
("woef" is the onomatopoeia used in Dutch for a dog barking)
("ouaf" is the onomatopoeia used in French for a dog barking)
From "kläffen" (yapping)
("auuu" is the onomatopoeia used in Italian for a dog howling)
From 으르렁 (eureureong), the onomatopoeia for growling
("auau" is the onomatopoeia used in Portuguese for a dog barking)
("guau" is the onomatopoeia used in Spanish for a dog barking)