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Big Kabu

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Big Kabu
KatFL Big Kabu screenshot.png
Big Kabu, as seen in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
Details
First game Kirby's Pinball Land (1993)
Latest game Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Other game(s) Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Kirby Mass Attack (Strato Patrol EOS)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Kabu, Moai Block
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Big Kabu, originally known as Big Kaboo,[1] and also known as Dekabu, is an extra large Kabu and an uncommon enemy in the Kirby series. They debuted in Kirby's Pinball Land as an obstacle, Kirby's Block Ball as a boss, and Kirby's Dream Land 3 as an enemy.

Game appearances[edit]

Big Kabu’s video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Pinball Land Enemy Known here as "Big Kaboo".
Kirby's Block Ball Boss
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Enemy Known here as "Dekabu".
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Enemy
Kirby Mass Attack Enemy Appears in the Strato Patrol EOS Sub-Game.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Enemy
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Enemy Kirby's Dream Land 3 is included, where Dekabu has the exact same role.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Enemy
Kirby: Planet Robobot Enemy
Kirby Star Allies Enemy
Kirby and the Forgotten Land Enemy Now known as "Big Kabu", starting with this game.

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

In Kirby's Pinball Land, Big Kaboo appears in the lowermost board of Wispy-Woods Land. In this appearance, it is only slightly bigger than one of the game's Kaboos. It is surrounded by a set of three Kaboos each on the upper corners. The Big Kaboo is worth 480 points each time it is bumped. When all six Kaboos have been bumped, the Big Kaboo disappears, leaving a Warp Star behind.

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

Big Kabu in Kirby's Block Ball.

An unnamed Big Kabu appears as the boss of Stage 3 in Kirby's Block Ball. This boss has 12 hit points and attacks by conjuring smaller Kabus around himself, then sending them out. The Kabus can reduce the size of paddles that they hit.

Big Kabu is worth 50000 points when Kirby defeats him.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Dekabus (as they are called in this game) are first encountered in the fourth stage of Grass Land and appear sporadically throughout the game. They always start out at the bottom of a covered hole in the ground (their lair), where they wait until Kirby gets in front of them, completely immobile until he does. When Kirby makes his way into their field of vision, however, Dekabus suddenly become active, barking at him three times before leaping straight upwards and landing on the platform covering their hiding place. Once it is seated on top, the Dekabu proceeds to spit out three Kabus of the same color, which advance forward with continuous hops and can be inhaled or destroyed using almost any attack. Once all three Kabus have been released, the Dekabu falls back into the hole it started out in, but will continue to repeat its attack pattern from the beginning at regular intervals as long as Kirby remains within its range. The Dekabu itself cannot be inhaled but can be defeated in a single hit with any other attack.

In this appearance, Dekabus possess a noticeably more humanlike face. This makes them slightly reminiscent of the head of a moai statue.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Dekabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Dekabu locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3  
Stage Grass Land Ripple Field Sand Canyon Cloudy Park Iceberg
Stage 1 No No No No No
Stage 2 No No No No No
Stage 3 No No No No No
Stage 4 Yes No No No Yes
Stage 5 No No Yes No No
Stage 6 Yes No No No No

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble[edit]

KTnT Dekabu.png Big Kabu makes an appearance in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. It can be found hovering in place above the ground in some stages. When Kirby gets near, Big Kabu will slam down to the ground, harming Kirby if he is directly hit and shaking the ground, throwing Kirby off-balance otherwise. Big Kabu can be thrown off the stage right after slamming the ground if the player flips the Game Boy Color. Otherwise, it can be defeated by slamming into it while invincible.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Big Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Big Kabu locations in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble  
Stage Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8
Stage 1 No Yes No No No No No No
Stage 2 No Yes* No No No No No Yes
Stage 3 No No No No No No No No
Stage 4 No No No No Yes No No No
*Only appears in Extra Game

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Big Kabu appears in the Sub-Game Strato Patrol EOS. When defeated, they split into four smaller Kabus.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Big Kabu in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Big Kabus first appeared in 3D in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Their appearance is updated in that their head resembles the crenelations of a medieval castle tower, making them look somewhat like a sandcastle. Big Kabus spit out Kabu from their mouth given the chance, and have a great deal of HP. They also appear in Kirby: Planet Robobot, serving the same purpose.

Unlike their previous appearances, Big Kabus can be inhaled.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Big Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Big Kabu locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No Yes No Yes No N/A Yes N/A
Wild World No No No No No N/A No N/A
Endless Explosions No No Yes No No N/A Yes N/A
Royal Road No No No No No N/A No No

In Kirby: Planet Robobot Big Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Big Kabu locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Patched Plains No Yes No No N/A Yes N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No No No N/A Yes N/A N/A
Overload Ocean No No No No No N/A No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds No No No No Yes N/A Yes N/A
Rhythm Route No No No No No N/A No N/A
Access Ark No Yes No No No N/A No No

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Big Kabus make an appearance in Kirby Star Allies. Kirby can also encounter them in the credits segment of the game. Like their appearances in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, a Big Kabu can be inhaled.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies Big Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Big Kabu locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon No
Donut Dome No Planet Misteen No
Honey Hill No Mareen Moon No
Fruity Forest No Planet Caverna No
Clash at Castle Dedede No Grott Moon No
Extra Eclair No Planet Frostak No
Friendly Field No Blizzno Moon No
Reef Resort No Planet Towara No
Echo's Edge No Gabbel Moon No
Nature's Navel Yes Star Lavadom No
Sacred Square Yes Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands No Jambandra Base No
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α Yes
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor Yes Extra Planet γ Yes
Western Outer Wall Yes Extra Planet δ Yes
Inner Sanctum Yes Ability Planet No
Heavenly Hall Yes Dimension I Yes
Sector A No Dimension II No
Sector B No Dimension III Yes
Sector C No Dimension IV No
Planet Earthfall No

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Big Kabu appears again in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, where they are given their current English name. Their behavior is much the same as it was in previous main-series titles.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Big Kabu can be found in the following stages:

Big Kabu locations in Kirby and the Forgotten Land  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Point of Arrival No The Tropical Terror No An Unexpected Beast King No The Beast Pack's Final Stand No
Downtown Grassland No Welcome to Wondaria No The Wastes Where Life Began No In the Presence of the King No
Through the Tunnel Yes Circuit Speedway Yes Searching the Oasis Yes Lab Discovera No
Rocky Rollin' Road No Invasion at the House of Horrors No Alivel Mall (Staff Side) No Forgo Plains No
A Trip to Alivel Mall Yes The Wondaria Dream Parade No Moonlight Canyon No Forgo Bay No
The Brawl at the Mall No Danger under the Big Top No Collector in the Sleepless Valley No Forgo Park No
Abandoned Beach No Northeast Frost Street Yes Enter the Fiery Forbidden Lands No Forgo Horns Yes
Concrete Isles No Metro on Ice No Conquer the Inferno Road Yes Forgo Wasteland No
Scale the Cement Summit Yes Windy, Freezing Seas Yes Burning, Churning Power Plant Yes Forgo Zone No
Fast-Flowing Waterworks Yes The Battle of Blizzard Bridge Yes Gathering of the Beast Council Yes Forgo Land No

Trivia[edit]

  • Besides Doka, Dekabu is the only enemy in Kirby's Dream Land 3 that is shown in the False Ending but does not have any official artwork.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグカブー
Biggu Kabū
デカブー
Dekabū
Big Kabu (Kirby's Block Ball)

Big Kabu; from 「デカ」deka (big) and/or 「デブ」debu (fat), combined with 「カブー」Kabū (Kabu).
French Gros Kabu Big Kabu
German Riesenkabu Giant Kabu
Korean 빅 카부
Bik Kabu
Big Kabu
Spanish Gran Kabu Big Kabu


References

  1. Kirby's Pinball Land instruction booklet, page 9.