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Fatty Puffer

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Fatty Puffer
KRtDLD Fatty Puffer screenshot.png
Fatty Puffer, puffed up and angry
Details
First game Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Copy Abilities Water (Water Bullet)
Relative(s) Fiery Puffer
Similar to Fatty Whale, Pyribbit
Theme music

Clip of the theme that plays when battling Fatty Puffer (Main Mode).

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Ahoy! Fatty Puffer, a glutton of the sea, has surfaced! As he inhales, he'll puff up to a massive size. Oh, and it looks like he's swallowed a ship part! Maybe that's how he got so strong...
— VS Fatty Puffer Special Page in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe

Fatty Puffer is a boss that debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. He, as his name implies, is a fat pufferfish. He bears a royalty-inspired design, and his attacks are characterized by using his girth to perform body slams and rolling attacks. He's the boss of Onion Ocean and guards the Lor Starcutter's Left Wing.

Appearance[edit]

Fatty Puffer's headdress consists of coral, which he uses to hide and ambush Kirby when he enters the room, much in the same way that the Emperor Bulblax from the Pikmin games would. His body is largely a blob that features purple scaly skin with a white belly, topped by a fishy face. His fins are very small, and do not factor into the battle at all.

At first, he's not that large, but once his health is halfway depleted, he puffs up to an impressive size, like Whispy Woods and Mr. Dooter do.

In the Extra Mode, Fatty Puffer has a red and gold color scheme. His headdress is also much fancier, resembling a crown.

Attacks[edit]

Fatty Puffer in Extra Mode. Notice the fancier headdress.

The following lists all of Fatty Puffer's attacks in the Story Mode of Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Most attack names come from pages 122 and 245 of the official Japanese strategy guide and page 172 of the Perfect Support Guide for the original Wii version unless otherwise stated.

Attacks - Main Mode  
Attack Description
ローリングタックル
Rolling Tackle
Fatty puffs up and forms a ball, then rolls forward. When he crashes into the wall, stars appear.
ジャンププレス
Stomp Jump
Fatty charges up, then performs a massive leap, hovers in the air for a moment, then pounds the ground, creating stars.
Fish Spit[conjectural title]
Fatty spits out various Fatty Puffer Jr.s that flop about on the floor. In the second phase, he may also spit out Blippers.
ウォーター弾
Water Bullet
Fatty spits out globs of water, which can be swallowed for the Water Copy Ability.
Second phase only  
ウォーターキャノン
Water Cannon
Fatty charges up, then shoots out a huge continuous stream of water, covering the ground.
鍾乳石落とし
Stalactite Dropping
Fatty stomps the ground repeatedly, causing stalactites to appear, then fall. These can be inhaled and spat back at him.
バルーンアタック
Balloon Attack
Fatty puffs up, then starts bouncing back and forth across the room.
It's Fatty Puffer EX! His rolling tackle can take him up walls to the ceiling, and his water cannon sprays at all sorts of angles. What gives? Usually he just naps and eats, which sounds familiar...
— VS Fatty Puffer EX Special Page in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe


In Extra Mode, Fatty Puffer's attacks are much more vicious and quick:

Attacks - Extra Mode  
Attack Description
ローリングタックル
Rolling Tackle
Fatty puffs up and forms a ball, then rolls forward. When hitting the wall, he then rolls up it, across the ceiling, and all the way back around before finally crashing into the wall to release stars. In the second phase, he may turn once reaching the first wall, and roll the other way to hit the other wall. He may also turn many times.
ジャンププレス
Stomp Jump
Fatty charges up, then performs a massive leap, hovers in the air for a moment, then pounds the ground, creating stars. The leap goes further than in Story Mode and slightly homes in on players' positioning.
Fish Spit EX[conjectural title]
Fatty spits out various Fatty Puffer Jr.s EX and Blippers that flop about the stage. In the second phase, he will jump onto the ceiling before using this move.
ウォーター弾
Water Bullet
Fatty spits out globs of water, which can be swallowed for the Water Copy Ability. In the second phase, he will jump onto the ceiling before using this move.
Second phase only  
広角ウォーターキャノン
Wide-Angle Water Cannon
Fatty charges up, then shoots out a huge continuous stream of water, covering the ground. He will then angle it to try and hit the ceiling as well.
鍾乳石落とし
Stalactite Dropping
Fatty stomps the ground repeatedly, causing stalactites to appear, then fall. These can be inhaled and spat back at Fatty. Stalactites fall faster and are greater in number than in the Main Mode. He may also combine this move with a "Rolling Tackle" attack to devastating effect.
バルーンアタック
Balloon Attack
Fatty puffs up, then starts bouncing back and forth across the room. Much faster than in the Main Mode.

Once his health is depleted, Fatty Puffer's eyes white out. Then, he slumps over and explodes, releasing the Lor's Left Wing in the process.

Role in Merry Magoland[edit]

Fatty Puffer makes a splash on the park fountain.

By completing his boss battle in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Fatty Puffer will appear in Merry Magoland, settling atop of a fountain. Additionally, unlockable Dress-Up Masks based on his regular and EX forms can be worn, provided the player has already defeated him in Story Mode and Extra Mode respectively.

Trivia[edit]

  • Pyribbit from Kirby: Triple Deluxe resembles Fatty Puffer in appearance, both being huge blobs that shoot pressurized liquids out of their exaggerated mouths.

Gallery[edit]

Video Walkthrough[edit]

No damage fight against Fatty Puffer.
No damage fight against Fatty Puffer EX.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファッティバッファー
Fatti Baffā
ファッティバッファー EXイーエックス
Fatti Baffā Īekkusu
Fatty Buffer
Fatty Buffer EX
Traditional Chinese 緩衝肥肥
huǎn chōng féi féi
緩衝肥肥EX
huǎn chōng féi féi EX
Fat Buffer
Fat Buffer EX
Simplified Chinese 缓冲肥肥
huǎn chōng féi féi
缓冲肥肥EX
huǎn chōng féi féi EX
Dutch Bollebaars
Bollebaars+
Bulbous perch
Bulbous perch+
French Grodruche
Grodruche EX
From "gros" (fat) and "baudruche" (balloon)
German Dicklipp
Dicklipp X
Thicklip
Thicklip X
Italian Pesce pallone
Pesce pallone X
Balloon fish
Balloon fish X
Korean 패티 푸퍼
paeti pupeo
패티 푸퍼EX
paeti pupeo iegseu
Fatty Puffer
Fatty Puffer EX
Portuguese Baialofo
Baialofo EX
Combination of "baiacu" (pufferfish) and "balofo" (a slang term for "fat" or "voluminous")
Latin American Spanish Gordiglobo
Gordiglobo EX
Portmanteau of "gordillo" (chubby) and "globo" (balloon)
European Spanish Gordiglobo
Gordiglobo +
Portmanteau of "gordillo" (chubby) and "globo" (balloon)


Name with title[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 大海原おおうなばら大食たいしょくかん ファッティバッファー
ōunabara no taishokukan fatti baffā
Glutton of the Sea, Fatty Buffer
Korean 망망대해의 대식가 패티 푸퍼
mangmangdaehaeui daesigga paeti pupeo
Glutton of the Sea, Fatty Puffer