Gabon

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Gabon
KDL3 Gabon artwork.png
Artwork of Gabon from Kirby's Dream Land 3, depicting the enemy's masked (left) and unmasked form.
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First game Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)
Latest game Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Other game(s) Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Copy Ability None
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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.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

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Sprites of a masked and unmasked Gabon.

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.

Locations[edit]

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
Stage 1 No No No Yes No
Stage 2 No No No No Yes
Stage 3 No No Yes No No
Stage 4 No No No Yes Yes
Stage 5 No No No No No
Stage 6 No No No No No

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

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In-game models.
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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.

Locations[edit]

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
Stage 1 No Yes No No No No No
Stage 2 No No No Yes Yes No N/A
Stage 3 No Yes No Yes No Yes N/A
Stage 4 N/A No No No No N/A N/A

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Gabon returns after a long absence in Kirby: Planet Robobot for the Nintendo 3DS. It functions identically to its prior appearances, trying to toss bones at Kirby, and will flee if its skull is inhaled.

Notably, a Gabon with no helmet has only 1 HP (for reference, a Star Bullet does 52 damage).

Locations[edit]

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

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Gabon's appearance in Kirby Star Allies.

Gabon returns in this title, largely unchanged from its Kirby: Planet Robobot appearance.

Locations[edit]

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

Gabon 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 Yes
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 No Star Lavadom Yes
Sacred Square No Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands No Jambandra Base No
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus No
Gatehouse Road Yes Extra Planet α Yes
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor No Extra Planet γ Yes
Western Outer Wall No Extra Planet δ No
Inner Sanctum No Ability Planet No
Heavenly Hall No Dimension I No
Sector A No Dimension II No
Sector B No Dimension III No
Sector C No Dimension IV Yes
Planet Earthfall No

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Gabon
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Artwork of Gabon from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
Details
Debut episode Scare Tactics - Part II
Ability granted None
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Quote1.png This little bonehead's a real shocker! Quote2.png
— N.M.E. Sales Guy describing Gabon in Scare Tactics - Part II

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. [1]

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.[2]

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.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.
  • Anger Masker, based on its behavior, can be considered a larger version of Gabon.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガボン
Gabon
Gabon
German Gabon Gabon


References

  1. "It didn't work, D! I'll have to send a monster to carry Kirby back here by force."Salesguy (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Episode 46: Scare Tactics - Part II [16:33])
  2. "Kirby won't be able to return its attacks."Meta Knight (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Episode 46: Scare Tactics - Part II [18:06])