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Artwork of Bobo from Kirby: Canvas Curse.
First game Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)
Latest game Kirby: Canvas Curse (2005)
Other game(s) Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Copy Ability Burning
Enemy Info Card K64 Enemy Info Card 37.png
Similar entities Boboo
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This article is about the common fire-bubble enemies which appear in several Kirby games. For the larger mid-boss version, see Boboo.
This article is about common fire-bubble enemies, and should not be confused with Bohboh or Brobo.

Bobo is an enemy that appears in a small number of Kirby games, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and making its most recent appearance in Kirby: Canvas Curse. It resembles a sentient, red and yellow flame with a pair of oval, black eyes and two flat, blue or white feet.

A bigger version of them known as Boboo appears in Kirby's Dream Land 3 as a Mid-Boss.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

KDL3 Bobo artwork.jpg
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3

Bobos make their first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 3, where they are first seen as early as the second stage of Grass Land. Here, three varieties of them exist, which slightly differ in size; whereas the most common type of Bobo is as wide as it is tall, thinner as well as a chubbier specimens may also be encountered. All three types possess a similar behavior.

KDL3 Bobo sprite.png
In-game sprites of all three varieties

Regular Bobos behave like Waddle Dees, either slowly strolling in a straight line until they touch a wall or running back and forth within a small area. Thin ones occasionally turn around to walk towards Kirby and do not walk off edges, while chubby ones always walk in a straight line and move at a more sluggish pace than the other types. Certain normal-sized Bobos may also jump, in addition to making a small hop whenever they move off the edge of a platform.

Like most enemies in the game, Bobos are vulnerable to any attack. Inhaling and swallowing them awards Kirby the Burning Copy Ability.


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

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

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

Screenshot from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

K64 Bobo Sprite.png In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Bobos return as a common enemy type. They are encountered very early in the game, debuting at the beginning of the first stage of Pop Star. While they retain their basic design from their previous appearance, their shoes are a more intense shade of blue and all Bobos in this game are the same size. They also all share a common behavior, running faster than in the previous game and always turning around at the edge of a platform instead of walking off.

Like in Kirby's Dream Land 3, Bobos can once more be destroyed by any attack and possess the Burning ability (known as Burn in this game).


Bobo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Bobo locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards  
Stage Pop Star Rock Star Aqua Star Neo Star Shiver Star Ripple Star Dark Star
Stage 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Stage 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No No N/A
Stage 3 Yes Yes No Yes No Yes N/A
Stage 4 N/A No Yes Yes No N/A N/A

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

KCC Bobo sprite.png Bobos make another appearance in Kirby: Canvas Curse, where their design has been changed slightly to give them white feet instead of blue ones. In this game, they again yield the Burning ability.


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

Bobo locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse  
Reddy Land Arange Gorge Iello Adventure Neo Greo Bloo Hills Omarine Zone Wonder Lilane


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボボ
Bobo; from「ボーボー」(bōbō, an onomatopoeia for burning vigorously)
French Bobo -
German Bobo -
Korean 보보
European Spanish Ascuo From "ascua" (ember), turned into masculine form