|“||This little bonehead's a real shocker!||”|
— N.M.E. Sales Guy describing Gabon in Scare Tactics - Part II
Gabon is an enemy with the appearance of a small, mostly blue or purplish creature with orange feet, a yellow head and a face consisting solely of a pair of tiny, black eyes. Its head is usually covered by a large, hollow skull with three teeth and no lower jaw, hiding the foe's true face and giving it a more ghastly appearance. It first appeared in Kirby's Dream Land 3, and it attacks Kirby by throwing bones at him which bounce along the ground. If Kirby deals significant damage to Gabon or tries to inhale it, Gabon will lose its skull to reveal its true appearance. From here, it is rendered helpless, and will try to run away from Kirby. Inhaling Gabon will not yield any Copy Ability.
|Gabon's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3||Enemy|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Enemy|
|Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition||Enemy||Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards are ported here, where Gabon has the exact same role.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Reference||Appears as a keychain.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Enemy|
|Kirby Star Allies||Enemy|
|Kirby and the Forgotten Land||Enemy|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Gabon appears on a Character Treat.|
Kirby's Dream Land 3
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Gabons make their debut appearance, being first encountered in the third stage of Sand Canyon and appearing sporadically throughout the rest of the game.
A primarily stationary enemy at first, a Gabon hops up and down in place and waits for Kirby to approach it. Once the pink hero comes within range, it begins throwing bones, which consistently fly in a pre-defined arc and vanish in a puff of smoke upon hitting the ground, sometimes bouncing a little before doing so. If one of these bones happens to hit Kirby, he loses half a point of health, but spitting something at the projectile — including an air pellet — destroys it.
In a similar manner to a Cappy, if Kirby attempts to inhale a Gabon, he will at first only relieve it of the skull it is wearing, revealing its true form. An unmasked Gabon can still harm Kirby by touching him, but does not attack anymore and simply runs away until inhaled or otherwise defeated.
Apart from inhaling, Gabons can be destroyed without being unmasked first by any attack. Neither their headgear nor their body yields any Copy Ability when swallowed.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Gabon can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Gabon locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3|
|Stage||Grass Land||Ripple Field||Sand Canyon||Cloudy Park||Iceberg|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Gabons return in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, again acting as uncommon enemies throughout the game's stages. First appearing in the third stage of Rock Star, they retain their basic looks and behavior from their debut appearance, but their skull bears a simpler look, possessing only two teeth and no nostrils. They also do not throw their bones nearly as high or far, making them only dangerous at a close range.
As in Kirby's Dream Land 3, Gabons once more yield no Copy Abilities, are vulnerable to all attacks and and can be unmasked by attempting to inhale them, causing the helpless and sweating foe to flee. Like other ability-neutral enemies in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, they do not respawn once defeated unless Kirby leaves the section.
Gabon can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Gabon locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards|
|Stage||Pop Star||Rock Star||Aqua Star||Neo Star||Shiver Star||Ripple Star||Dark Star|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Gabon returns as an enemy after a long absence in Kirby: Planet Robobot. It functions identically to its prior appearances, trying to toss bones at Kirby, and will flee if its skull is inhaled.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot Gabon can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Gabon 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|
Kirby Star Allies
Gabon returns in Kirby Star Allies, largely unchanged from its Kirby: Planet Robobot appearance.
In Kirby Star Allies Gabon can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Gabon returns in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, looking largely like it did in Kirby Star Allies. Gabon can throw up to three bones in sequence, which bounce along the ground when they land.
Gabon also has its own figure, though it lacks a description.
In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Gabon can be found in the following stages:
Kirby's Dream Buffet
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, a Gabon, although never identified by name, makes an appearance as a monster in the episode Scare Tactics - Part II. Here, the N.M.E. Sales Guy sends it into a haunted house to capture Kirby after his and King Dedede's initial plan to deliver the Star Warrior to Night Mare Enterprises fails.
Gabon's anime incarnation resembles its Kirby's Dream Land 3 appearance rather closely, but possesses visible arms and hands and a slightly different color scheme that gives it a purple body, olive gloves, copper brown feet and Thulian pink rings around its skull's eye sockets. Gabon fights Kirby by pelting him with large bones, rapidly hitting and seemingly overpowering the pink hero. Attempting to apply his usual strategy against monsters, Kirby proceeds to inhale and swallow one of the foe's projectiles, but — true to the games — does not receive a Copy Ability from it.
To help Kirby, Meta Knight instead chucks one of the torches hanging on the walls of the room to him, which he eats to acquire the Fire ability. Using his new power, Kirby not only burns Gabon without further trouble, but also the entire haunted house, which collapses on top the monster's remains.
Gabon as it appears in Scare Tactics - Part II
- Gabon bears similarities to the Pokémon Cubone and Marowak, which likewise wear oversized skulls on their heads and throw bones at their opponents.
- In Kirby's Dream Land 3, if Kirby takes damage while inhaling a Gabon's skull, the latter falls down and floats a few pixels above the ground instead of entering Kirby's mouth, acting like a stationary enemy until destroyed.
- Gabon is the only non-boss character who, while hostile to Kirby, is shown to explicitly bleed. This is only seen in the true credits sequence of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards after its skull is broken by a Yariko's spear, alongside a Galbo and a Tick also being harmed as part of a chain reaction.
Gabon's figure in Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Pixel Gabon Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet
Names in other languages
|From「骸骨」(gaikotsu, skeleton) and「坊」(bon, an affectionate term for boys), and/or possibly "bone"|
|Portuguese||Ossócrate||Combination of "osso" (bone) and possibly "Sócrates" (Socrates)|