Blipper

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Blipper KCC artwork.png
Artwork from Kirby: Canvas Curse
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Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land
Latest Game Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Other Game(s) Kirby's Adventure
Kirby's Dream Land 2
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: Triple Deluxe
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
Copy Ability None
Similar Entities Mamanti, Flopper
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Blipper is a common and iconic aquatic enemy in the Kirby series. They usually reside in water and swim lazily in any given direction, though they have a habit of leaping out to hit Kirby as he passes by Some Blippers will also attempt to home in on Kirby when he is in or near the water, making them a surprisingly effective nuisance. When they are not in water, they flop around on the ground, and are more-or-less helpless. Blippers do not provide any Copy Ability when inhaled.

Blippers are simple to defeat. Kirby can use any attack to defeat a Blipper while on dry land. While underwater Kirby's attack is limited to spraying them with the Water Gun, unless he has an ability suited for use underwater, like Sword or Spear.

Physical appearance

Blipper's upper body is orange, and its lower body is yellow, and it sports three white fins on its side, and its back. It has small black eyes behind the goggles. It wears traditional scuba goggles, regardless of its fish-like anatomy.

A different species of another aquatic enemy, Mamanti, resembles a bigger Blipper.

Game appearances

Kirby's Dream Land

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.

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

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.

Kirby's Dream Land 2

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

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

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.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

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

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad

Blipper appears in this title, 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

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
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Stage 4 Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Yescheck.png N/A
Stage 5 Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png N/A Xmark.png Xmark.png N/A
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Kirby: Canvas Curse

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 Dash Attack.

Kirby's Epic Yarn/Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

In this title, 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.

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 stamina or other attributes.

Kirby's Dream Collection

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, Kirby: Planet Robobot, & Kirby: Star Allies

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 Mamanti.

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.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Blippers appear in this game, serving the same role they had in Kirby: Canvas Curse. They can be defeated by dashing into them or by Bandana Waddle Dee's spear.

Trivia

  • 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.

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Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブリッパー
Burippā
Blipper
Chinese 蛙镜鱼 (chs)
蛙鏡魚 (cht)[1]
wā jìng yú
Frog-Goggles Fish
  • 蛙镜/蛙鏡 (frog-goggles) is a common nickname for swimming goggles in Chinese.


References

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