|“||In the air, it's Coo to the rescue. Storms and strong winds are a piece of cake! Coo can fly like an eagle.||”|
— Kirby's Dream Land 3 instruction booklet
Coo is a large owl-like creature and one of Kirby's six Animal Friends, making his first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2. He is distinguished by his frilly purple and white plumage, his piercing eyes, and his sharp talons, which he uses to keep a grip on Kirby as they travel together. Pairing up Coo with Kirby allows for a number of different methods of attack based on what Copy Ability the pink puffball has, though these vary heavily in effectiveness.
Coo makes his most prominent appearances in Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby Star Allies, where he is a playable character (though always paired up with either Kirby, Gooey, or another Animal Friend). He has appeared in a large number of other games as well, though he rarely makes more than a cameo appearance, and is seldom seen in isolation from Rick and Kine. Coo also has a supporting role in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, where he has the ability to speak in full sentences and is seen as the wisest of Dream Land's intelligent animals.
Coo takes on the appearance of a round owl with thick plumage that frills outward, giving him a spiky "hair"-style. His feathers take on a largely purple and white hue (gray and white in Kirby's Dream Land 3) with black accents around the eyes and tips of the wings. His talons and beak are yellow, with two front toes on the former which he uses to keep hold of Kirby as the two fly together. As expected for a bird, Coo's specialty is his speedy flight and maneuverability in the air, being able to overpower strong gales of wind. With sufficient effort, he can also battle currents underwater, though Kine is naturally preferable for this task and Coo's high profile makes him a rather large target. Coo is portrayed as somewhat reserved when compared to the other Animal Friends, and usually only interacts directly with Kirby. Kirby's Dream Land 3 shows that, unlike the other five Animal Friends, Coo does not have any other known friends or relatives.
Like the other Animal Friends, Coo is always angling to get Kirby to travel with him, and can be seen pouting when Kirby picks someone else as a companion. Despite his cool demeanor, Coo can be somewhat of a klutz, as evidenced in his opening scene in Big Forest and in some of the time-out scenes from Round Clear in Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy.
|Coo's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land 2||Supporting playable character|
|Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy||Supporting character and puzzle element|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3||Supporting playable character|
|Kirby's Star Stacker for Super Famicom||Supporting character and puzzle element|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Reference||Depicted as one of Stone-Cutter Kirby's transformations.|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Reference||Appears as a drawing in Paint Panic.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Reference||Appears as one of Stone Kirby's transformations and as a card in Kirby Card Swipe.|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Cameo||Appears in Kirby Quest.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Reference||Appears in one of Stone Kirby's transformations.|
|Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition||Various||Appears in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3, and has cameos and references in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby's History.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Stage hazard and Cameo||Appears in two of the keychains and as a hazard in the Coo's Forest stage in Kirby Fighters.|
|Kirby Fighters Deluxe||Stage hazard||Appears as a hazard in the Coo's Forest stage.|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||Reference||Kirby briefly resembles Coo when Elline is turning him into the Kirby Rocket. Coo also appears in the Secret Diary.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Reference||Coo is depicted in two stickers.|
|Team Kirby Clash Deluxe||Cameo||Appears in the background in the Village after the player makes sufficient progress through the game.|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Cameo||Appears in the audience in the Obstacle Arena of Slam Hockey.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Supporting playable character||Appears alongside Rick and Kine as one of the playable Dream Friends. Also appears in two of the Celebration Pictures.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Cameo||Appears in the background in the Port Village after the player makes sufficient progress through the game.|
|Kirby Fighters 2||Stage hazard||Appears as a hazard in the Coo's Forest stage.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Appears as a costume and color for Kirby as well as on some Character Treats.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Cameo||Appears in one of Stone Kirby's transformations, a golden statue in Merry Magoland as a reward for completing 10 Missions, and his likeness appears as a Dress-Up Mask. Briefly appears as a Dream Kingdom resident in one of the credit photos for the Extra Mode Magolor Epilogue.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo||Appears as a support spirit.|
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Coo makes his first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2 as one of Kirby's three Animal Friends. He is first encountered in the first stage of Big Forest, where a Scarfy is guarding him. Apart from appearing in a number of stages, the owl is also seen in four level intros: in the Big Forest intro, he tries and fails to grab an apple with Kirby; in Red Canyon, he is disturbed from his perch when Kirby and Rick roll into his cliffside; in Cloudy Park, he pulls Kirby out of a cloud with difficulty only to realize that Kine was also stuck to him; and finally, in Dark Castle, he flies off with Kirby and the others after spotting the castle.
When teamed up with Coo, Kirby hangs from the owl's talons beneath him. Together, the two can fly extremely quickly and deftly through the air, making Coo ideal for speedruns. Even in the water, Coo can still travel with respectable speed, though naturally he cannot outpace Kine in this environment. Coo has no means of locomotion on the land, though this is seldom an issue. Coo's only real disadvantage is his large profile when paired with Kirby, making the two easier targets for enemies and their projectiles.
Like other Animal Friends, Coo will enhance any Copy Ability that Kirby possesses while the two are traveling together, turning it into a new, unique power.
|Burning||Kirby ignites and the duo dives downward diagonally forward, harming foes below.|
|Cutter||Coo throws three feathers ahead which spread out.|
|Ice||Kirby breathes ice which can be angled in an arc below Coo.|
|Needle||Kirby shoots out a large spike from his body which can harm foes below.|
|Parasol||Coo equips a Parasol and starts spinning rapidly, similar to the Tornado ability.|
|Spark||Kirby shoots out a single lightning bolt below him.|
|Stone||Kirby turns to stone, causing the duo to plummet to the ground.|
Coo can be freed in the following levels and stages:
|Coo locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2|
|Stage||Grass Land||Big Forest||Ripple Field||Iceberg||Red Canyon||Cloudy Park||Dark Castle|
Kirby's Star Stacker
Coo returns in Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy, alongside the other two friends (Rick and Kine) from the previous game. Just like the other animals, he appears as one of the three types of Friend Blocks essential for destroying the various other kinds of blocks. As such, it acts identically to the other two Friend Blocks but requires other Coo blocks for a reaction to take place.
Apart from being an integral gameplay element, the owl is also seen in the various "time out" cutscenes between rounds, where he can be seen flying and battling wind currents or carrying things, as well as in three of the pictures unlocked by completing certain modes. Finishing "Very Hard!" mode shows him carrying a basket containing Kirby and Rick, and he is seen together with the other Animal Friends in the pictures awarded for completing Super Hard and Insane!.
Coo also shows up in the Super Famicom remake of Kirby's Star Stacker, where he appears in the story mode cutscenes and has the same role as a Friend Block in gameplay.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Coo returns as a friend for Kirby to team up with in Kirby's Dream Land 3, alongside the other Animal Friends from the game's predecessor. His appearance has remained largely the same, though his purple feathers are now gray and he plays a bit differently. If the player mashes the B button, Coo can fly even faster than before, even being able to beat water currents like Kine, but doing so comes at a risk, as many more enemies fill the air than before, and Coo and Kirby now share life.
Just like other Animal Friends, Coo once again grants Kirby access to different skills if the pink hero possesses a Copy Ability, although a few of these combinations differ slightly from those of the previous game.
|Burning||Kirby ignites and the duo dives downward diagonally forward, harming foes below.|
|Clean||Coo turns into a feather duster that Kirby holds out in front of himself. If done in the air, they will plummet immediately.|
|Cutter||Coo throws out a single feather that can be angled in three directions.|
|Ice||Kirby breathes ice which Coo then converts into three ice crystals.|
|Needle||Kirby's body morphs into a single large spike pointing downward which will harm foes under the duo.|
|Parasol||Coo equips a Parasol and starts spinning rapidly, similar to the Tornado ability.|
|Spark||Kirby shoots out a long lightning bolt below the duo.|
|Stone||Kirby turns to stone, causing the duo to plummet to the ground. Coo can fly upward a bit while Kirby is in Stone form.|
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Coo can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Coo locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3|
|Stage||Grass Land||Ripple Field||Sand Canyon||Cloudy Park||Iceberg|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Although Coo does not appear in person in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, he makes a cameo as one of the statues Kirby can turn into by using the Stone-Cutter Power Combo. As the Coo sculpture, Kirby can fly slowly through the air, though he cannot move while on the ground. As with the other results of Stone-Cutter, Kirby is invincible in this form and may end the transformation at any time by pushing the ability button again, causing the statue to crumble and harm nearby enemies with its debris.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, one of the images that the player can connect the dots to draw in the Paint Panic boss game depicts Coo.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Coo, alongside the other friends from Kirby's Dream Land 2, appears as a statue once more, this time being one of the possible results of using the Stone ability. The Coo sculpture is completely immobile and behaves identically to all other Stone forms, differing from them only in looks.
Coo also cameos in the sub-game Kirby Card Swipe alongside the other Animal Friends.
Kirby Mass Attack
In Kirby Mass Attack, Coo appears in the sub-game Kirby Quest, where he appears alongside Rick and Kine in the "game over" screen.
Coo appears alongside Rick and Kine in the game over screen for Kirby Quest.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Coo once more cameos as a Stone transformation in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Instead of receiving his own separate statue, however, he is part of a sculpture consisting of all three of Kirby's original Animal Friends (Coo, Rick, and Kine). As usual, this result only differs from other Stone forms in appearance and size.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, the Animal Friends statue from the original is replaced by the one from Kirby Star Allies, depicting Coo, Rick, and Kine in a Protective Bag. There are also two Dress-Up Masks based on Coo, with one based on his current purple design that is unlocked upon completing Stamp Rally card #02 in Merry Magoland and another based on his gray coloration from Kirby's Dream Land 3 that is unlocked after completing 10 missions. Additionally, completing 10 missions causes a gold statue of Coo, Rick, and Kine to appear in Merry Magoland, which seems to reuse the same pose of the original Animal Friends Stone transformation from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Coo also makes a brief appearance in an image shown near the end of the staff credits in Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, in which he can be seen perched on Magolor's Shoppe in the Dream Kingdom.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
In Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, Coo makes a number of appearances: naturally this includes his roles in the games featured in the collection, but he also appears in places in the Kirby's History hallway, and has a few appearances in the Kirby's 20th Anniversary Celebration Book as well.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Coo appears as a stage hazard on the Coo's Forest stage of the Kirby Fighters sub-game in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. In this appearance, Coo flies out of one of the doorways and throws one or more sets of Cutter feathers which deal 32 damage to fighters. Colliding with Coo does 16 damage to the fighters like with other Animal Friends that appear on the stage.
Coo also appears in two keychains. The first depicts him with Kirby in Kirby's Dream Land 2, and the other shows him and Kirby performing the combination Needle attack in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Lastly, the Stone sculpture featuring Coo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land returns in this game.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe / Kirby Fighters 2
As with the original Sub-Game, Coo cameos in Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Kirby Fighters 2, serving as a stage hazard in Coo's Forest.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Coo does not appear directly in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. However, whenever Elline transforms Kirby into the Kirby Rocket, she briefly sculpts him to resemble Coo before finishing the transformation. This is a reference to Coo's airborne nature. Coo is also illustrated in the Secret Diary, along with Rick and Kine.
Coo's cameo in the Kirby Rocket transformation.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Coo makes an appearance on two stickers in Kirby: Planet Robobot. One is based on artwork of him from Kirby's Dream Land 2, and the other is artwork of his Friend Block from Kirby's Star Stacker.
Additionally, the Stone sculpture featuring Coo from Kirby: Triple Deluxe returns in this game.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe / Super Kirby Clash
Coo cameos in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, appearing in the background in the Village, flying through the town. He appears after clearing the Ordeal against Pyribbit for the first time.
In Super Kirby Clash, Coo appears again, this time in the background of the Port Village after clearing the Ordeal against Ignite Edge. He is also depicted alongside Rick and Kine as a sticker.
Kirby Battle Royale
Coo can be seen in the audience in Slam Hockey in Kirby Battle Royale, appearing only in the Obstacle Arena.
Kirby Star Allies
- Main article: Rick & Kine & Coo
Coo appears as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies, being tied with Rick and Kine into a single playable character. Coo takes the lead whenever any amount of flying needs to be done, and comes equipped with his "Parasol" and "Cutter" combination attacks from Kirby's Dream Land 2. The Cutter feathers can be used to slice foliage and ropes, and both attacks can imbue allies with the Bluster Power Effect.
Coo also appears in two of the Celebration Pictures, namely "A Dream Above the Clouds" and "Crazy Mischief in the Stars".
Lastly, Coo appears alongside Rick and Kine in one of Kirby or Rocky's Stone transformations, contained inside a Protective Bag. This particular form is always the result when Rock Painter is used on Rick & Kine & Coo.
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Coo does not appear directly in Kirby's Dream Buffet. However, Kirby can dress up like him using the appropriate color and costume. In addition, Coo appears on several Character Treats.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Coo appears as a ★★ support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, using his artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3. He supplies the "Air Defense ↑" bonus and takes up one slot. He can be purchased from the vault shop for 1000G or via battling on the Spirit Board. In the spirit battle, the player is pitted against a green Kirby and Falco, the latter of whom represents Coo.
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Coo is a minor recurring character in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Here, he is portrayed as an intelligent native animal of Dream Land who is capable of conversing with the residents of Cappy Town. He does not have a deep relationship with Kirby, but he does care about the pink Star Warrior. In the Japanese version, Coo is mentioned as being "highly respected", even by Tokkori.
Coo makes his home in the Eastern Forest, living with several other animals in the ancient tree Acore. Unlike the other two Animal Friends in the anime series, Coo never has a prominent role in any episode. Coo is voiced by a male voice actor in the English dub, but a female voice actress in the original Japanese version.
The following is a complete list of all of Coo's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:
|Coo's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
|Episode||Image||Role||Role details||Selected quote||Notes|
|A Blockbuster Battle||Secondary character||In this episode, Tiff tries to recruit Coo to convince Tokkori to let Kirby move in with him, but to no avail.||"Sorry, Tiff. Tokkori's a tough ol' bird. Maybe you should try to find another tree."|
|Beware: Whispy Woods!||Tertiary character||In this episode, Tokkori recounts speaking to Coo about the dangers of Whispy Woods Forest. As such, Coo appears only in a flashback.||"Maybe so, but in Whispy Woods, you'll turn chicken!"|
|Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure||Tertiary character||In this episode, Tiff tries to get Coo to dissuade Dyna Blade from her rage towards Kirby, but Coo insists that nothing can be done if Kirby really did eat Dyna Blade's egg.||"I doubt it. You're forgetting that egg contained Dyna Blade's chick. How can we expect it to forgive us for its loss?!"||Coo incorrectly refers to Dyna Blade as an "it".|
|Curio's Curious Discovery||Tertiary character||Coo can be seen flying past Castle Dedede, yawning to add insult to injury at the fact that nobody showed up to King Dedede's coronation anniversary.||*exaggerated yawn*|
|The Kirby Derby - Part II||Tertiary character||Coo can be seen briefly watching the race take place.||(no dialogue)|
|War of the Woods||Secondary character||In this episode, after being disturbed from his rest within Acore by the battle between Tuff's friends and the tree's other residents, Coo flies off to Castle Dedede to tell Tiff about the situation, and returns with her to help the group make amends and fend off King Dedede from cutting down the tree.||"Acore provides us with a place to stay, and in exchange, we eat harmful insects and enrich the soil as well!"|
|Kirby Takes the Cake||Tertiary character||Coo can be seen in the crowd at Kirby's anniversary party.||(no dialogue)|
|A Sunsational Puzzle||Tertiary character||In this episode, Coo and Lady Like are found talking together in a tree at night after the latter had chosen to become nocturnal to avoid the sun.||"A pleasure, sir! And I may say if your charming wife only had wings, she could easily be mistaken for a nightingale!"|
|Waste Management||Tertiary character||In this episode, Coo appears to warn Tiff and her friends about the crows' intentions, and later falls under Crowemon's spell and attacks them before being freed again.||"You always have to keep on your guard when you're around crows! They can be very devious!"|
|Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I||Tertiary character||Coo is only barely visible as part of the crowd watching the Destroya fly into Dream Land.||(no dialogue)|
Kirby's Dream Land 2
- Manual bio: "Coo the owl,[sic] can help Kirby get to those hard-to-reach places. When he has special powers, watch out! While with Coo, Kirby can't swallow and fly at the same time."
- 3DS Virtual Console manual bio: "This owl allows you to fly freely through the sky. While flying with Coo, you can inhale objects and enemies but not swallow them unless you are on the ground."
Kirby's Star Stacker official website (Japanese)
Coo looks like an owl.
He's a famous person (or a famous animal?)
in Dream Land.
- Coo is the only Animal Friend who has no Heart Star quest from a relative or friend in Kirby's Dream Land 3. There are only 5 levels in the game, each level with one Animal Friend relative quest, leaving Coo alone.
- Main article: Coo/gallery
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2
Artwork of a Coo Block from Kirby's Star Stacker
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3
Artwork of Coo laughing from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Names in other languages
|Portuguese||Coru||Abbreviation of "coruja" (owl)|