- This article is about the mid-boss who resembles a flaming lion, and should not be confused with Burning Leo.
Fire Lion is a Mid-Boss in Kirby's Adventure, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby Super Star Ultra. It resembles a large, usually dark brown lion with angry, glowing eyes, long fangs and a mane entirely composed of flames, as well as a fiery tuft at the end of its tail.
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Fire Lion debuts in Kirby's Adventure, where it looks very different than in future appearances; it is depicted as a blue lion with a white mane, lacking both the glowing eyes and ardent characteristics. The game's remake, Nightmare in Dream Land, however, depicts it with its modern design.
In battle, Fire Lion possesses three main attacks: It either launches itself at Kirby in the form of a large fireball, slashes at him with its claws, or leaps into the air and attempts to fall down on him, creating a star when it hits the ground, which can be inhaled and fired back at it by Kirby. Additionally, like most other Mid-Bosses in the game, it is able to jump up and down between attacks, making it harder to hit.
Fire Lion is one of the rarest Mid-Bosses in Kirby's Adventure and Nightmare in Dream Land, being fought only twice (excluding Arena battles), once in behind the fifth door in Yogurt Yard and another time during the rematch with all of the game's Mid-Bosses behind door 2 in Rainbow Resort. Apart from these encounters, it serves as the opponent of Orange Ocean's Arena.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Fire Lion reappears, despite not being present in the original Kirby Super Star. Here, the Mid-Boss appears similarly as in Nightmare in Dream Land and acts the same, the only notable difference being that it now yields the Fire Copy Ability due to Burning being absent from the game. It is initially encountered in the Illusion Islands part of the Revenge of the King stage and later reappears in The Revenge, where it is teamed up with another Fire Lion. The lion also has to be bested in The True Arena.
There is an unused second alternate palette of Fire Lion from the game. With GameShark codes, the player can make the lion with that palette appear in a level.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
One of the regular Keychains depicts the 'Twin Fire Lion' sprites from Kirby Super Star Ultra. This can be obtained randomly from any source of regular keychains in the game.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Despite Fire Lion not appearing in Kirby: Planet Robobot, there is a sticker based on the lion. It is numbered 167, and is obtained randomly from any source of common stickers in the game. The sticker depicts Fire Lion from its Super Star Ultra artwork, but is cropped to only show its head.
In the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Fire Lion only makes a single appearance, being featured in the episode Junk Jam. Unlike its design in the games, it appears to consist entirely of fire. King Dedede buys Fire Lion from NightMare Enterprises in order to have it incinerate all the trash that has accumulated in and around Cappy Town, but it gets out of control. Kirby eventually defeats the beast by turning into Fire Kirby and fighting fire with fire, inflating Fire Lion with a stream of flames and tossing it into the sea, where it is destroyed by the water.