Blipper

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Blipper
KRtDL Blipper Artwork.png
Artwork of Blipper from Kirby's Return to Dream Land
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First game Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Latest game Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Other game(s) Kirby's Adventure
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Mamatee, Biripper, Flopper, Stickle, Carpa
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These funky fish wear goggles. Is it fashion? Come on, they're fish.
— Patch Plaza description in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

Blipper is a common and iconic aquatic enemy in the Kirby series, making its debut in Kirby's Dream Land. It provides no Copy Ability when inhaled, and its modus operandi is to swim through bodies of water or leap out of it to try and collide with Kirby. When it is in the water, it may either swim in fixed patrol paths or try to home in on Kirby. Its swimming speed is generally slow, but in some instances, it may crowd entry points to the water, making it tricky for Kirby to enter without getting hurt. On land, Blipper can only flop about uselessly, but it can still hurt Kirby by collision regardless. In terms of physical appearance, Blipper's upper body is orange, and its lower body is yellow. It sports a white fin on each side, along with a white tail. Regardless of its fish-like anatomy, it wears traditional scuba goggles. Underneath these, it has small black eyes.

Blipper is simple to defeat and can be defeated with any attack while on dry land. While underwater, Kirby's attack is limited to spraying it with the Water Gun, unless he has an ability suited for use underwater, like Sword or Spear. Another aquatic enemy larger in size, Mamatee, very closely resembles Blipper. It is also possibly implied to be the mother of Blippers.

Game appearances[edit]

Blipper’s video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Dream Land Enemy
Kirby's Adventure Enemy
Kirby's Dream Land 2 Enemy
Kirby's Block Ball Enemy
Kirby Super Star Enemy
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Enemy
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Enemy As this is a remake of Kirby's Adventure, it has the same role here as it did in that game.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Enemy
Kirby: Canvas Curse Enemy
Kirby: Squeak Squad Enemy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Sticker Can be used in The Subspace Emissary.
Kirby Super Star Ultra Enemy As this is a remake of Kirby Super Star, it has the same role here as it did in that game.
Kirby's Epic Yarn Enemy
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Enemy
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Enemy Appears in New Challenge Stages. Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby's Dream Land 3 are also included, where Blipper has the exact same role.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Enemy
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Enemy A blue variety appears as well.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Enemy
Kirby Star Allies Enemy
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Enemy As this is a port of Kirby's Epic Yarn, it has the same role here as it did in that game.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land Enemy

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

KDL Blipper sprite.png Blipper makes its debut appearance in this title. Here is where its characteristic behavior of tracking Kirby in the water and leaping out was established. In the Extra Game, Blipper becomes even more aggressive, and will frequently leap out of water and gain a good deal of height before falling back down again.

Blipper appears in the stages of Float Islands and Mt. Dedede. It is not replaced by any other enemy in the Extra Game.

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Kirby swimming toward some Blippers in Kirby's Adventure.

KA Blipper sprite.png Blipper appears for the first time in color here. Its behavior is relatively unchanged, though its speed has been generally toned down in most cases. It can often be seen blocking off the entryways to pools of water, requiring Kirby to dispose of it in some way before taking the plunge.

Locations[edit]

Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:

Blipper locations in Kirby's Adventure & Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land  
Stage Vegetable Valley Ice Cream Island Butter Building Grape Garden Yogurt Yard Orange Ocean Rainbow Resort
Stage 1 No No No No No Yes No
Stage 2 Yes No No No Yes Yes No
Stage 3 Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes*
Stage 4 No No No No Yes Yes No
Stage 5 N/A No No No No Yes No
Stage 6 N/A N/A No Yes Yes Yes Yes
*Only appears in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

KDL2 Blipper sprite.png Blippers return in this title, behaving much the way they did in Kirby's Adventure.

Locations[edit]

Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:

Blipper locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2  
Stage Grass Land Big Forest Ripple Field Iceberg Red Canyon Cloudy Park Dark Castle
Stage 1 No No Yes No No No No
Stage 2 No No Yes No No No Yes
Stage 3 No No Yes Yes No No No
Stage 4 N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes No No
Stage 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes No Yes
Stage 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes No
Stage 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

Blipper appears as a common enemy in this game, and is worth 300 points when defeated. It usually drops a food item.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

KSSU Blipper Sprite.png

Kirby navigating past some Blippers on Planet Aqualiss in Kirby Super Star.

Blippers appear in this title, serving the same purpose as before. Here is where they can first commonly be seen flopping around on land.

Blipper is one of the possible cards that can appear in Kirby Card Swipe.

Locations[edit]

Blipper can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:

Blipper locations in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens No RoMK Chapter 4 No
Float Islands Yes RoMK Chapter 5 No
Bubbly Clouds No RoMK Chapter 6 No
Mt. Dedede No RoMK Chapter 7 No
Peanut Plains No Floria Yes
Mallow Castle No Aquarius Yes
Cocoa Cave No Skyhigh No
Candy Mountain Yes Hotbeat No
Trial Room 1 No Cavius No
Trial Room 2 Yes Mekkai No
Sub-Tree No Halfmoon Yes
Crystal Yes ??? No
Old Tower No Purple Plants No
Garden No Illusion Islands Yes
RoMK Chapter 1 No Crash Clouds No
RoMK Chapter 2 Yes The Revenge No
RoMK Chapter 3 No

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

KDL3 Blipper Sprite.png Blippers appear in this game, acting the same as in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

Locations[edit]

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

Blipper 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 Yes No No No
Stage 3 No Yes No No Yes
Stage 4 No Yes Yes No No
Stage 5 No No No No No
Stage 6 No No No No No

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

KNiDL Blipper sprite.png

Blippers leaping out to attack Kirby in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.

Blipper appears in these games, with the same look and behavior that it had in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Blipper is comparatively rare compared to other games where it appears due to a relative lack of substantial watery areas outside of Secret Sea.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Blipper can be found in the following rooms:

Blipper locations in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror  
Rainbow Route Moonlight Mansion Cabbage Cavern Mustard Mountain Carrot Castle Olive Ocean Peppermint Palace Radish Ruins Candy Constellation The Mirror
No
No
No
No

Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages in Kirby: Squeak Squad:

Blipper locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad  
Stage Prism Plains Nature Notch Cushy Cloud Jam Jungle Vocal Volcano Ice Island Secret Sea Gamble Galaxy
Stage 1 No No No No No No Yes No
Stage 2 No No Yes No No No No Yes
Stage 3 No Yes No No No No Yes No
Stage 4 No No No No No No Yes N/A
Stage 5 No No No No N/A No No N/A
Stage EX No No No No No No No N/A

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

KCC Blipper sprite.png

Blipper returns in this title, and will pursue Kirby whenever he is submerged in water. They can be stunned with a tap from the DS Stylus or defeated using a Touch Dash.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Blipper appears in the following locations:

Blipper locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse  
Reddy Land Arange Gorge Iello Adventure Neo Greo Bloo Hills Omarine Zone Wonder Lilane
No
No
No
No

Five Blippers can also be conjured by Drawcia during her boss battle, though these are a dark blue hue.

Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn[edit]

A Blipper from the Patch Plaza in Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

In Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, Blipper is generally more mild in temperament, and is unable to directly harm Kirby, instead only bumping him if they make contact. Blipper is transformed into a standard yarn ball when wrapped up.

Locations[edit]

Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn:

Blipper locations in Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Patch Castle No Deep-Dive Deep Yes
Fountain Gardens Yes Boom Boatyard No
Flower Fields Yes Fossil Reef Yes
Rainbow Falls No Snowy Fields No
Big-Bean Vine No Cozy Cabin No
Mole Hole No Mt. Slide No
Weird Woods No Frosty Wheel No
Pyramid Sands No Frigid Fjords No
Lava Landing No Evergreen Lift No
Cool Cave No Future City No
Dino Jungle No Tube Town No
Temper Temple No Mysterious UFO No
Dusk Dunes No Stellar Way No
Toy Tracks No Moon Base No
Mushroom Run No Outer Rings No
Sweets Park No Whispy's Forest No
Melody Town No Tempest Towers No
Cocoa Station No Cloud Palace No
Dark Manor No Castle Dedede No
Splash Beach No Meta Melon Isle No
Blub-Blub Ocean Yes Battleship Halberd No
Secret Island No

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

Blipper's in-game appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

This game marks Blipper's debut appearance in 3-D, though it retains the same behavior it had in Kirby Super Star (Ultra). Blippers can come in various sizes in the Extra Mode though this does not affect their health or other attributes.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:

Blipper locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Cookie Country No No No No N/A
Raisin Ruins No Yes No No N/A
Onion Ocean Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
White Wafers No No Yes No No
Nutty Noon No No No No No
Egg Engines No Yes Yes Yes No
Dangerous Dinner No Yes No N/A N/A

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

Blipper appears in some of the stages in New Challenge Stages, though it is normally found flopping about, since there is scant any water for it to inhabit.

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

Blipper follows its look and behavior from Kirby's Return to Dream Land in these games. It is also accompanied by its larger cousin known as Mamatee.

In the opening cut-scene of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, one of Kirby's day-time activities has him catching a Blipper from a small pond using a fishing rod.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:

Blipper 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 Yes No No N/A Yes N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No No No No No N/A No N/A
Wild World No Yes No No No N/A No N/A
Endless Explosions No Yes No No No N/A Yes N/A
Royal Road No No No No No N/A No No

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:

Blipper 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 No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Overload Ocean Yes Yes No No Yes N/A No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds No No No No No N/A No N/A
Rhythm Route No No No No No N/A Yes N/A
Access Ark No No No No No N/A Yes No

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

The Kirby Submarine blasts his way into a room with four Blippers in it in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
Are you wondering why sea creatures like Blippers have to wear goggles underwater? The truth is, they've had them on for so long, they're scared to take them off. Or maybe they just forgot they ever had them on in the first place...
— Figurine description from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Blippers appear in this game, serving the same role they had in Kirby: Canvas Curse. There are two types: red Blippers swim in fixed patterns, while blue Blippers usually pursue Kirby when they see him. They can be defeated by normal means, conferring 100 points and 3 Point Stars when taken out.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Blipper appears in the following locations:

Blipper locations in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse  
Green Valley Yellow Dunes Indigo Ocean Blue Sky Palace Orange Woodland Red Volcano Purple Fortress
No
No
No
No
No

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Kirby and friends being ambushed by a trio of Blippers in Kirby Star Allies.

Blipper returns in Kirby Star Allies, largely unchanged from its previous appearances.

Locations[edit]

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

Blipper locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon No
Donut Dome No Planet Misteen Yes
Honey Hill No Mareen Moon Yes
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 Yes Planet Towara No
Echo's Edge No Gabbel Moon No
Nature's Navel No Star Lavadom No
Sacred Square No Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands Yes Jambandra Base No
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α No
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor No Extra Planet γ No
Western Outer Wall No Extra Planet δ No
Inner Sanctum No Ability Planet No
Heavenly Hall No Dimension I No
Sector A No Dimension II Yes
Sector B No Dimension III No
Sector C No Dimension IV No
Planet Earthfall No

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Kirby catching a regular-sized Blipper in the Flash Fishing sub-game.

Blipper returns as an enemy in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, using largely the same set of behaviors as usual. In addition, Blippers of various size are caught in the Flash Fishing sub-game, including the "legendary" Bling-Blipper, which is golden in color.

Locations[edit]

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

Blipper 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 No Circuit Speedway No Searching the Oasis No 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 No The Wondaria Dream Parade No Moonlight Canyon No Forgo Bay Yes
The Brawl at the Mall No Danger under the Big Top No Collector in the Sleepless Valley No Forgo Park No
Abandoned Beach Yes Northeast Frost Street No Enter the Fiery Forbidden Lands No Forgo Horns No
Concrete Isles Yes Metro on Ice No Conquer the Inferno Road No Forgo Wasteland Yes
Scale the Cement Summit No Windy, Freezing Seas No Burning, Churning Power Plant No Forgo Zone No
Fast-Flowing Waterworks Yes The Battle of Blizzard Bridge No Gathering of the Beast Council No Forgo Land No

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Blipper appears as a sticker which can be used in The Subspace Emissary, to grant +20 to swimming time. It can be used with any fighter.

Trivia[edit]

  • The only main-series game which Blipper does not appear in is Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Here, it is replaced by a similar enemy called Flopper.
  • Blippers will only leap out of water in specific areas of stages under the appropriate circumstances. Otherwise, their default behavior is to stay in the water. If for whatever reason they fall out of the bottom of water (which is possible in suspended water cubes), they will fall down through the air and be unable to move left or right until they land.
  • Starting with its 3D debut in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Blipper's eyes can be seen behind its goggles; they were previously opaque. This property has carried over to most 3D games and newer 2D artwork, though they remain opaque in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse due to the clay artstyle of the game.

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Artwork[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブリッパー
Burippā
Blipper
Traditional Chinese 蛙鏡魚[1]
wā jìng yú
Frog-Goggles Fish
  • 蛙镜/蛙鏡 (frog-goggles) is a common nickname for swimming goggles in Chinese.
Simplified Chinese 蛙镜鱼
wā jìng yú
French Fugubul From fugu and bulle (bubbles)
German Fugini -
Italian Glubglu From interjection "glu glu" meaning "gobble gobble".
Spanish Fugur From fugu, a borrowed Japanese name for blowfish.


References

  1. Nintendo HK official Weibo on August 2, 2018; translation not mentioned in the game series so far