Fire Lion

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Fire Lion
KSSU Fire Lion artwork.png
Artwork of Fire Lion from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Debut game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby Super Star Ultra (2008)
Other game(s) Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Copy Ability Burning, Fire
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This article is about the mid-boss who resembles a flaming lion, and should not be confused with Burning Leo.
Quote1.png Enough, Kirby! Face Twin Fire Lions! Quote2.png
— King Dedede talking about Twin Fire Lions in Revenge of the King, Kirby Super Star Ultra

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.

Game appearances[edit]

Fire Lion's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Adventure Mid-Boss
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Mid-Boss
Kirby Super Star Ultra Mid-Boss
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Reference Appears as a keychain
Kirby: Planet Robobot Reference Appears as a sticker

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Artwork from Kirby's Adventure.

Fire Lion debuts in Kirby's Adventure as a Mid-Boss, 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[edit]

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, and together, they are known as Twin Fire Lions. 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Fire Lion
Artwork of Fire Lion from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
Debut episode Junk Jam
Ability granted Fire
Similar entities WolfWrath
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Quote1.png That's one fire-rocious feline! Get 'im, Fire Lion! Quote2.png
— King Dedede in Junk Jam

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, and it also possesses the ability to hover in the air and shoot fire balls from its mouth. After being brushed off by Night Mare Enterprises for not paying his bills, King Dedede hacks into the monster delivery system to obtain Fire Lion 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 his fire breath and tossing it into the sea, where it is destroyed by the water.

Fire Lion looks slightly different in the show than its official artwork implies, as it consists of the same fiery texture and color throughout and is constantly burning.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアーライオン
Faiā Raion
Fire Lion
French Calcinalion From "calcination" and "lion"
German Feuerlöwe Fire Lion