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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's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
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
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (reference)
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
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Mamatee, Biripper, Flopper, Stickle, Carpa
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This article is about the fish with goggles that appears in most Kirby games, and should not be confused with Blopper or Biripper.
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 Blipper 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. Despite its fish-like anatomy, it wears traditional scuba goggles, with small black eyes underneath.

Blipper is not particularly hardy 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 series
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
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 Reprises its role from Kirby's Epic Yarn.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land Enemy
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Enemy Reprises its role from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Sticker Can be used in The Subspace Emissary.

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

KDL Blipper sprite.png Blipper makes its debut appearance in Kirby's Dream Land. 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 in Kirby's Adventure. 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.

Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:

Blipper locations in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7
Vegetable Valley No Yes Yes No No N/A N/A
Ice Cream Island No No Yes No No No N/A
Butter Building No No No No No No No
Grape Garden No No No No No Yes No
Yogurt Yard No Yes No Yes No Yes No
Orange Ocean Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Rainbow Resort No No Yes (remake only) No No Yes No

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

KDL2 Blipper sprite.png Blipper returns in Kirby's Dream Land 2, behaving much the way it did in Kirby's Adventure.

Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:

Blipper locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7 Stage 8
Grass Land No No No No N/A N/A N/A N/A
Big Forest No No No No N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ripple Field Yes Yes Yes No N/A N/A N/A N/A
Iceberg No No Yes Yes No N/A N/A N/A
Red Canyon No No No Yes Yes No N/A N/A
Cloudy Park No No No No No Yes No N/A
Dark Castle No Yes No No Yes No Yes No

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

KBBa Blipper sprite.png Blipper appears as a common enemy in Kirby's Block Ball, and is worth 300 points when defeated. It usually drops a food item.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

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

KSS Blipper.png KSSU Blipper Sprite.png Blipper appears in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, serving the same purpose as before. Here is where it can first commonly be seen flopping around on land.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Blipper is one of the possible cards that can appear in Kirby Card Swipe.

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?
Spring Breeze Revenge of Meta Knight
Chapter 1 No
Green Greens No Chapter 2 Yes
Float Islands Yes Chapter 3 No
Bubbly Clouds No Chapter 4 No
Mt. Dedede No Chapter 5 No
Dyna Blade Chapter 6 No
Peanut Plains No Chapter 7 No
Mallow Castle No Milky Way Wishes
Cocoa Cave No Floria Yes
Candy Mountain Yes Aquarius Yes
Dyna Blade's Nest No Skyhigh No
Trial Room 1 No Hotbeat No
Trial Room 2 Yes Cavius No
Gourmet Race Mekkai No
Pumpkin Grand No Halfmoon Yes
Corn Hall No Galactic Nova No
Onion Garden No ??? No
The Great Cave Offensive Revenge of the King
Sub-Tree No Purple Plants No
Crystal Yes Illusion Islands Yes
Old Tower No Crash Clouds No
Garden No Mt. Dedede Sky No
The Revenge No

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

KDL3 Blipper Sprite.png Blipper appears in Kirby's Dream Land 3, acting the same as in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

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 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7
Grass Land No No No No No No No
Ripple Field No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Sand Canyon No No No Yes No No No
Cloudy Park No No No No No No No
Iceberg No No Yes No No No No

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

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

KNiDL Blipper sprite.png Blipper appears in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad, 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.

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 Dimension 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 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Boss Secret
Prism Plains No No No No No No No
Nature Notch No No Yes No No No No
Cushy Cloud No Yes No No No No No
Jam Jungle No No No No No No No
Vocal Volcano No No No No N/A No No
Ice Island No No No No No No No
Secret Sea Yes No Yes Yes No No No
Gamble Galaxy No Yes No N/A N/A No N/A

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

KCC Blipper sprite.png Blipper returns in Kirby: Canvas Curse, and will pursue Kirby whenever he is submerged in water. It can be stunned with a tap from the Magical Paintbrush to defeat by contact or can be defeated using a Touch Dash.

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.

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 Mass Attack[edit]

Blipper does not appear in Kirby Mass Attack. However, a very similar-looking fish enemy called Biripper makes an appearance. Notably, there is an unused sprite for Blipper in the game's files, suggesting it would have been an enemy in this game.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

KRtDLD Blipper screenshot.png
Blipper's in-game appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land marks Blipper's debut appearance in 3D, 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.

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

Blipper locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
Cookie Country No No No No No N/A
Raisin Ruins No Yes No No No N/A
Onion Ocean Yes Yes Yes Yes No N/A
White Wafers No No Yes No No No
Nutty Noon No No No No No No
Egg Engines No Yes Yes Yes No No
Dangerous Dinner No Yes No N/A N/A N/A

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, Blipper appears in some of the stages in New Challenge Stages, though it is normally found flopping about, due to the dearth of 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 Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot. It is also accompanied by its larger cousin known as Mamatee.

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

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 No No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No Yes No No No Yes N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No No No No No No No N/A
Wild World No Yes No No No No No N/A
Endless Explosions No Yes No No No No Yes N/A
Royal Road No No No No No No 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 No No N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No No No No No N/A N/A
Overload Ocean Yes Yes No No Yes No No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds No No No No No No No N/A
Rhythm Route No No No No No No Yes N/A
Access Ark No No No No No No 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

Blipper appears in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, serving the same role it 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.

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.

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

Blipper locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Dream Land Far-Flung Starlight Heroes
Planet Earthfall No
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
Planet Popstar Blizzno Moon No
Friendly Field No Planet Towara No
Reef Resort Yes Gabbel Moon No
Echo's Edge No Star Lavadom No
Nature's Navel No Sizzlai Moon No
Sacred Square No Jambandra Base No
Inside Islands Yes The Divine Terminus No
Duplex Dream No Kirby Star Allies No
Jambastion Extra Planet α No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet β No
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet γ No
Longview Corridor No Extra Planet δ No
Western Outer Wall No Ability Planet No
Inner Sanctum No Heroes in Another Dimension
Heavenly Hall No Dimension I No
Sector A No Dimension II Yes
Sector B No Dimension III No
Sector C No Dimension IV No
Final Dimension 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 before. In addition, Blippers of various size are caught in the Flash Fishing sub-game, including the "legendary" Bling-Blipper, which is golden in color.

Blipper also has its own figure, though it lacks a description.

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]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, 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; the goggles 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. This trait was evidently meant to debut in Kirby for Nintendo GameCube, as seen in pre-release screenshots, but games released during its development still featured opaque goggles.

Gallery[edit]

Main article: Blipper/gallery

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブリッパー
Burippā
Voiced form of "flipper" (referring to its fins)
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
Dutch Blipper -
French Fugubul From「河豚ふぐ」(fugu, "blow fish" in Japanese) and French word "bulle" (bubbles)
German Fugini From「河豚ふぐ」(fugu, "globefish" in Japanese) and the plural of Italian diminutive "-ino"
Italian Glubglu From "glu glu" (onomatopoeia for gobbling)
Korean 블립퍼
Beullipeo
Blipper
Spanish Fugur From「河豚ふぐ」(fugu, "pufferfish" in Japanese)


References

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