Burning Leo

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Burning Leo
KSA Burning Leo Artwork.png
Artwork of Burning Leo from Kirby Star Allies.
First game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (cameo)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (cameo)
Copy Ability Fire
Similar entities Hot Head
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This article is about the standard enemy with the fiery headdress, and should not be confused with Fire Lion.

Burning Leo, originally named Burnin' Leo, is an enemy in the Kirby series, who debuts in Kirby Super Star. He grants Kirby the Fire ability if swallowed.


Burning Leo's physical appearance is similar to that of Kirby's. He has salmon-pink skin, dark eyes (he has blue eyes as of Kirby Star Allies) dark-colored shoes and a dark-colored headband with many flames coming out of it, resembling hair. The headband also has a circular red gem on the middle. His mouth only appears when he exhales fire.

As a Helper in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, his skin becomes blue and his headband and shoes, green. In Kirby Star Allies, Burning Leo can appear in four different colors (normal, yellow, blue, green) depending on which player slot he is occupying.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, a green-colored Burning Leo with purple shoes is a playable character in Helper to Hero along with the other helpers.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Burning Leos are regular enemies in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. They can be found in stages walking back and forth, and attack in a similar manner to Hot Heads by attempting to shoot fireballs or breathing fire cones at Kirby if he gets close. Burning Leo also serves as the helper for the Fire Ability, gaining access to Fire Kirby's move-set, and also gaining access to the Infinity Jump. Unlike Fire Kirby, Burning Leo as a helper can breathe fire underwater, which is needed for a particular Cannon puzzle in the Old Tower region of The Great Cave Offensive.


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

Burning Leo locations in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens Xmark.png RoMK Chapter 4 Yescheck.png
Float Islands Yescheck.png RoMK Chapter 5 Xmark.png
Bubbly Clouds Xmark.png RoMK Chapter 6 Xmark.png
Mt. Dedede Xmark.png RoMK Chapter 7 Xmark.png
Peanut Plains Xmark.png Floria Xmark.png
Mallow Castle Xmark.png Aquarius Xmark.png
Cocoa Cave Xmark.png Skyhigh Xmark.png
Candy Mountain Yescheck.png Hotbeat Yescheck.png
Trial Room 1 Xmark.png Cavius Xmark.png
Trial Room 2 Xmark.png Mekkai Xmark.png
Sub-Tree Xmark.png Halfmoon Xmark.png
Crystal Xmark.png ???? Xmark.png
Old Tower Yescheck.png Purple Plants Xmark.png
Garden Xmark.png Illusion Islands Xmark.png
RoMK Chapter 1 Xmark.png Crash Clouds Xmark.png
RoMK Chapter 2 Xmark.png The Revenge Yescheck.png
RoMK Chapter 3 Yescheck.png

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Burning Leo in Kirby Star Allies
Quote1.png “You set fire to my heart!”
Burning Leo, proud of his blazing mane, declares from his heart, “I will go on an adventure and share my flames!” But don’t get carried away. He might burn you!
— Guest Star Burning Leo Roaring Fire Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies

Burning Leo returns after a long absence in Kirby Star Allies, appearing for the first time in 3D. He acts the same as in the previous games, and is recruitable as a Friend. Additionally, he can mix his own ability with others to create Friend Abilities.

Just like in Kirby Super Star, Burning Leo can breathe fire even while underwater.


Burning Leo can be found in the following places in Kirby Star Allies:

Burning Leo locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens Yescheck.png Sector B Xmark.png
Donut Dome Xmark.png Sector C Xmark.png
Honey Hill Yescheck.png Planet Earthfall Xmark.png
Fruity Forest Yescheck.png Falluna Moon Yescheck.png
Clash at Castle Dedede Xmark.png Planet Misteen Xmark.png
Extra Eclair Yescheck.png Mareen Moon Xmark.png
Friendly Field Xmark.png Planet Caverna Xmark.png
Reef Resort Yescheck.png Grott Moon Yescheck.png
Echo's Edge Yescheck.png Planet Frostak Xmark.png
Nature's Navel Xmark.png Blizzno Moon Xmark.png
Sacred Square Yescheck.png Planet Towara Yescheck.png
Inside Islands Xmark.png Gabbel Moon Xmark.png
Duplex Dream Yescheck.png Star Lavadom Xmark.png
Gatehouse Road Xmark.png Sizzlai Moon Xmark.png
Eastern Wall Xmark.png Jambandra Base Yescheck.png
Longview Corridor Yescheck.png The Divine Terminus Xmark.png
Western Outer Wall Xmark.png Extra Planet α Yescheck.png
Inner Sanctum Xmark.png Extra Planet β Xmark.png
Heavenly Hall Yescheck.png Extra Planet γ Xmark.png
Sector A Yescheck.png Extra Planet δ Yescheck.png

Additionally, Burning Leo can be found in Dimension I, Dimension III, and Dimension IV of the extra mode Heroes in Another Dimension which was added in the 4.0 Update.

Special Abilities[edit]

As an enemy, Burning Leo can exhale blasts of Fire from his mouth or spit fireballs. In every game since Kirby Super Star, Burning Leo, as a helper, has the same moveset as Fire Kirby.


Burning Leo's moveset in Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Fire Breath
Aim Fire
Fire Breath + Wii D-Pad.png
Fireball Inferno
Hold B + Wii D-Pad Left.png
Dash + B
Fireball Spin
B in air
Fireball Roll
B prior to landing
Burning Leo's moveset in Kirby Star Allies 
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Fire Breath
Fireball Spin
↓ + B in midair
Target Fire
Fire Breath + a direction
Fireball Roll
↓ + B prior to landing
Fireball Inferno
Press and hold ← during Fire Breath
Fireball Jump
Press A during Fireball Roll
Dash + B
Fireball Climb
Touch a wall during Fireball Roll or Fireball Spin
Searing Burn
A during Burn


  • Burning Leo is one of the few friends in Kirby Star Allies that doesn't wear a Kirby-styled hat. This is because Burning Leo's mane is already essentially the same as Kirby's Fire hat. He does, however, gain the Fire hat's spiraling golden headband and blue gem.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バーニンレオ
Burning Leo
Chinese 燃烧鬃冠 (chs)
燃燒鬃冠 (cht)
rán shāo zōng guān
Burning Mane Crown
German Leo Loder Blazing Leo ("Loder" comes from "lodern" which means blaze)
Korean 버닝레오
Burning Leo