Dekabu

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Dekabu
KSA Dekabu.jpg
A Dekabu, as seen in Kirby Star Allies.
Details
First game Kirby's Pinball Land (1993)
Latest game Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Other game(s) Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Kirby Mass Attack (Strato Patrol EOS)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Kabu, Moai Block
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Dekabu, originally known as Big Kaboo[1], is an extra large Kabu and an uncommon enemy in the Kirby series. They debuted in Kirby's Pinball Land as an obstacle, Kirby's Block Ball as a boss, and Kirby's Dream Land 3 as an enemy.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

In Kirby's Pinball Land, Big Kaboo appears in the lowermost board of Wispy-Woods Land. In this appearance, it is only slightly bigger than one of the game's Kaboos. It is surrounded by a set of three Kaboos each on the upper corners. The Big Kaboo is worth 480 points each time it is bumped. When all six Kaboos have been bumped, the Big Kaboo disappears, leaving a Warp Star behind.

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

Dekabu in Kirby's Block Ball.

An unnamed Dekabu appears as the boss of Stage 3 in Kirby's Block Ball. This boss has 12 hit points and attacks by conjuring smaller Kabus around himself, then sending them out. The Kabus can reduce the size of paddles that they hit.

Dekabu is worth 50000 points when Kirby defeats him.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Dekabus appear under their current name. They are first encountered in the fourth stage of Grass Land and appear sporadically throughout the game. They always start out at the bottom of a covered hole in the ground (their lair), where they wait until Kirby gets in front of them, completely immobile until he does. When Kirby makes his way into their field of vision, however, Dekabus suddenly become active, barking at him three times before leaping straight upwards and landing on the platform covering their hiding place. Once it is seated on top, the Dekabu proceeds to spit out three Kabus of the same color, which advance forward with continuous hops and can be inhaled or destroyed using almost any attack. Once all three Kabus have been released, the Dekabu falls back into the hole it started out in, but will continue to repeat its attack pattern from the beginning at regular intervals as long as Kirby remains within its range. The Dekabu itself cannot be inhaled but can be defeated in a single hit with any other attack.

In this appearance, Dekabus possess a noticeably more humanlike face. This makes them slightly reminiscent of the head of a moai statue.

Locations[edit]

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

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

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble[edit]

KTnT Dekabu.png Dekabu makes an appearance in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. It can be found hovering in place above the ground in some stages. When Kirby gets near, Dekabu will slam down to the ground, harming Kirby if he is directly hit and shaking the ground, throwing Kirby off-balance otherwise. Dekabu can be thrown off the stage right after slamming the ground if the player flips the Game Boy Color. Otherwise, it can be defeated by slamming into it while invincible.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Dekabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Dekabu locations in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble  
Stage Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8
Stage 1 No Yes No No No No No No
Stage 2 No Yes* No No No No No Yes
Stage 3 No No No No No No No No
Stage 4 No No No No Yes No No No
*Only appears in Extra Game

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Dekabu appears in the Sub-Game Strato Patrol EOS. When defeated, they split into four smaller Kabus.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Dekabu in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Dekabus first appeared in 3D in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Their appearance is updated in that their head resembles the crenelations of a medieval castle tower, making them look somewhat like a sandcastle. Dekabus spit out Kabu from their mouth given the chance, and have a great deal of HP. They also appear in Kirby: Planet Robobot, serving the same purpose.

Unlike their previous appearances, Dekabus can be inhaled.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Dekabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Dekabu 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 N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No Yes No Yes No N/A Yes N/A
Wild World No No No No No N/A No N/A
Endless Explosions No No Yes No No N/A Yes N/A
Royal Road No No No No No N/A No No

In Kirby: Planet Robobot Dekabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Dekabu 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 Yes No No N/A Yes N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No No No N/A Yes N/A N/A
Overload Ocean No No No No No N/A No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds No No No No Yes N/A Yes N/A
Rhythm Route No No No No No N/A No N/A
Access Ark No Yes No No No N/A No No

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Dekabus make their latest appearance in Kirby Star Allies. Kirby can also encounter them in the credits segment of the game. Like their appearances in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, a Dekabu can be inhaled.

Locations[edit]

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

Dekabu locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon No
Donut Dome No Planet Misteen No
Honey Hill No Mareen Moon No
Fruity Forest No Planet Caverna No
Clash at Castle Dedede No Grott Moon No
Extra Eclair No Planet Frostak No
Friendly Field No Blizzno Moon No
Reef Resort No Planet Towara No
Echo's Edge No Gabbel Moon No
Nature's Navel Yes Star Lavadom No
Sacred Square Yes Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands No Jambandra Base No
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α No
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor Yes Extra Planet γ Yes
Western Outer Wall Yes Extra Planet δ Yes
Inner Sanctum Yes Ability Planet No
Heavenly Hall Yes Dimension I Yes
Sector A No Dimension II No
Sector B No Dimension III Yes
Sector C No Dimension IV No
Planet Earthfall No

Trivia[edit]

  • Besides Doka, Dekabu is the only enemy in Kirby's Dream Land 3 that is shown in the False Ending but does not have any official artwork.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグカブー
Biggu Kabū
デカブー
Dekabū
Big Kabu (Kirby's Block Ball)

Dekabu; from 「デカ」deka (big) and/or 「デブ」debu (fat), combined with 「カブー」Kabū (Kabu).


References

  1. Kirby's Pinball Land instruction booklet, page 9.