|“||Gooey is Kirby's good friend. While he's made from the same stuff as Dark Matter, he doesn't have an evil spirit.||”|
— Kirby's Dream Land 3 Instruction booklet
Gooey is one of Kirby's friends who appears primarily in Kirby's Dream Land 3, though he was first introduced in Kirby's Dream Land 2. He is a blue (sometimes purple or black) blob with a face and a long tongue. While he does not have any additional limbs, he can use his tongue to grab onto things, and stretch parts of his "body" to use as makeshift limbs when necessary. Gooey is the same species as Dark Matter, but unlike most Dark Matter, he has a friendly personality and no ill will. His appearance in Kirby Star Allies indicates that, though he is capable of speech, he knows little about himself or his identity.
Like Kirby, he can use Copy Abilities, but uses his tongue to grab enemies rather than inhaling them. Besides this, he has all of the same abilities as Kirby. In certain circumstances, he can also fly by becoming Mock Matter, which gives him orange petals more similar to the rest of his species. He originally appeared as a non-playable character in Kirby's Dream Land 2, but he is playable in Kirby's Dream Land 3 using a second controller, otherwise appearing as a CPU-controlled companion. Apart from this, he appears in Kirby Star Allies as a Dream Friend, and Kirby Fighters 2 as a Buddy, while making other smaller appearances elsewhere in the Kirby series. He has also made a few minor appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Prior to Gooey's name being officially recognized in the west, he was generically referred to as a blob character, and in the non-Japanese versions of Kirby's Dream Land 2, he has a female counterpart known as the Girl blob.
|“||It's Gooey – with the ridiculously long tongue! This weird wobbler has hopped in from Kirby's Dream Land 3. Not even Gooey knows why he's here, but we're all glad to see him show up!||”|
— Pause screen description for Gooey in Kirby Star Allies
Despite being even more simplistic-looking than Kirby, Gooey has a very distinct personality which is portrayed through his expressions and actions. His body is little more than a loose deep-blue blob, which he shifts in a sort of gallop in order to bound around quite quickly, matching Kirby's pace. His eyes are wide and round with small pupils, and continuously spin asynchronously to each-other, suggesting that Gooey is constantly dizzy or disoriented. His mouth is typically a wide closed smile, though he frequently opens up to lasso some food or an enemy with his long Whip-like tongue. Much like Kirby, Gooey is capable of spitting out his foes as Star Bullets, swallowing them to gain their powers, and hovering through the air. He can also pair up with Animal Friends in the same way as Kirby. In addition, Gooey can take flight using his "Mock Matter" form, where he more greatly resembles Dark Matter, and can even fire Dark Lasers.
Gooey can generally be described as naïve and child-like; even more so than Kirby. Cutscenes in Kirby's Dream Land 3 suggest he has an insatiable appetite with little self-control, and is overly curious with his tongue, to the point where he once gets on ChuChu's nerves. Gooey can also be generally described as having a somewhat detached attitude from the world around him, as he is not typically phased by things that happen to him, and is not really inclined to understand much of anything about himself or his world, mainly acting on instinct. Despite this, he is generally good-natured, and follows Kirby's lead in saving Popstar.
|Gooey's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land 2||Supporting character||Has a chance to be found in a Protective Bag instead of an Animal Friend. Can be picked up to restore 1 bar of health and counts toward 100% completion.|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3||Secondary playable character||Can be controlled by a second player or the CPU.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Reference||Appears as a sticker|
|Kirby Star Allies||Playable character||Appears as a Dream Friend, added in Version 2.0.0.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Cameo||Appears as a background character in the Castle Village after clearing enough Ordeals. Also appears as a sticker.|
|Kirby Fighters 2||Playable character|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Cameo||Appears as one of Kirby's costumes. Also appears on a Character Treat.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Reference||Appears as a golden statue in Merry Magoland as a reward for completing 20 Missions, and his likeness appears in the form of two Dress-Up Masks.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||Reference||Appears as a trophy.|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo||Appears as a Spirit.|
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Gooey makes his first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2, where he can emerge from the Protective Bags guarded by mid-bosses if Kirby already has the particular Animal Friend meant to come out from there. Acting as a collectible item instead of a helper, Gooey restores one full unit to Kirby's health meter when picked up, and needs to be picked up at least once in order for the game to be considered 100% complete. Gooey also appears in the Sound Test illustration.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
|“||When I am called to appear, Kirby's health is slightly reduced. When Kirby inhales me, his health is increased.||”|
— Gooey in Kirby's Dream Land 3 Instructional Booklet
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Gooey can be called by pressing the "A" button in exchange for a full unit of Kirby's health and is playable by a second player or the CPU, possessing four bars of health separate from Kirby's. Gooey can grab enemies with his long tongue, spit them out as a Star Bullet or swallow them to potentially gain a Copy Ability. He can also do this underwater, allowing him to attack without using the Water Gun. The only trade-off is that he cannot eat more than one enemy at a time. Gooey can also hover and slide or use an Air Bullet to attack enemies like Kirby. Kirby can inhale and swallow Gooey anytime to restore a full unit of health, which will also give Kirby any Copy Ability that Gooey may have had. Doing so removes him from the game until he is called again. Gooey is also eliminated if he runs out of health or if the player who leads him (player 1 if Gooey is controlled by the CPU) repeatedly presses the "A" button, but no health is restored to Kirby by using this method.
In the final battle with Dark Matter and Zero, Gooey becomes a miniature Dark Matter known as Mock Matter, and can shoot stars in the same way the Love-Love Stick does. He is the only partner that can be used in the final battle.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
|“||"My name? Gooey? Maybe?"
This googly-eyed wonder from Kirby's Dream Land 3 comes in search of answers to the big questions in life... Who am I? Where? What time is it?
— Guest Star Gooey Who...Me? Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies
Gooey appears as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies, added into the game in version 2.0.0 on March 28th, 2018. He fights with his tongue, which can be used like a Whip and can also provide the Splash effect to his allies' weapons. He can also use a number of other techniques based on his abilities from Kirby's Dream Land 3, including his Burning move which can provide Sizzle and his Stone form which can be utilized in Friend Abilities like Curling. Lastly, Gooey is capable of turning into his 'Mock Matter' form and firing dark lasers and is also capable of using Friend Throw.
Like the other friends, Gooey has his own mode in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!, which incorporates some unique stage designs reminiscent of areas from Kirby's Dream Land 3, along with some more original areas that play to his moveset. He can also be selected in The Ultimate Choice and has a role in Heroes in Another Dimension. Gooey has slightly lower health than Kirby and most other Dream Friends, referencing how summoning him in Kirby's Dream Land 3 required removing a bar of Kirby's health.
|Gooey's moveset in Kirby Star Allies|
Press and release B
|Gooey strikes once with his tongue, similar to Whip's Whip Strike attack.
|Gooey strikes repeatedly with his tongue, similar to Whip's 100-Whip Slap attack.
||13→9→7→6 (4th hit onward)|
Press and hold B, and then release
|Gooey grabs an enemy or a Drop Star with his tongue, similar to Whip's Whip Grab attack.
If an enemy hits what Gooey has grabbed: 40
Snack Lick + B or ↔
|Gooey lashes forward what he has grabbed from Snack Lick, similar to Whip's Front Lash attack.
↑ + B
|Gooey attacks by holding up a parasol, similar to Parasol Rick in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and 3.
Press and hold B during Parasol Gooey
|Gooey keeps spinning the parasol, similar to Parasol Rick.||9→3 (2nd hit onward)|
Dash + B
|Gooey performs a Burning Attack like he does in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
||Used on ground: 22|
Used midair: 24
Searing Burn: 22→8
↓ + B
|Gooey transforms into a stone with his eyes on it.
|Dark Laser Flare||
↓, and then ↑ + B
|Gooey transforms into Mock Matter and fires 4 Dark Lasers in an X shape.
||Sparks on Gooey: 18→7 (2nd hit onward)|
A in midair
|Gooey transforms into his Dark Matter form and can fly freely in the air, like he does during the final boss battle in Kirby's Dream Land 3's Hyper Zone.
B during Mock Matter
|Gooey fires a laser beam similar to Dark Matter's laser attack in its boss battle.
||20 (laser/sparks on Gooey)|
|Gooey hides into a bag that resembles the one he's trapped inside from Kirby's Dream Land 2.||N/A|
|Reference: A Star Bullet deals 52 damage.|
Super Kirby Clash
Gooey makes a cameo appearance in Super Kirby Clash, appearing in the Castle Village behind the Gem Apple Tree after the "Toughest: Venom Kracko" Story Quest is cleared. Gooey also appears as one of the game's stickers.
Kirby Fighters 2
Gooey appears as a playable character in Kirby Fighters 2, and is unlocked after attaining Fighters Rank 3. His move-set is largely the same as it is in Kirby Star Allies, though with modified damage values. One of the Story Items in Story Mode: The Destined Rivals (the "Gooey Badge") allows the player to deal three times the normal damage to any Gooey opponents when equipped.
For more precise competitive-oriented information on Gooey in Kirby Fighters 2, see Mizuumi Wiki's page.
|Gooey's moveset in Kirby Fighters 2|
|Skill||Button Execution||Description||Damage (unmodified)|
Any tongue move can grab items!
Press and release B
|Gooey lashes his tongue out ahead of him.||14|
|Gooey strikes repeatedly with his tongue before launching his opponent.||20 (if all hits connect) |
34 (including initial Quick Lick)
Press and hold B, then release
|Gooey charges up and then flicks his tongue out. Any opponent hit is caught. If Gooey does nothing from here, the foe escapes in 5 seconds or less with no damage.||N/A|
Snack Lick + either B/→
|Gooey slams his foe into the ground using his tongue. The direction of this attack depends on the input held.||20|
↑ + B
|Gooey pulls out a small parasol with his tongue and raises it upward, launching any foes it hits.||18 (if both hits connect)|
Press and hold B during Parasol Gooey
|Gooey spins the parasol, dealing continuous damage. He can change direction and holds it for as long as B is held.||3 (per hit)|
Dash + B
|Gooey turns into a fireball and flies forward, knocking opponents away. Pressing A during this move activates "Searing Burn", which cancels the Burning attack early.||18|
↓ + B
|Gooey turns into a stone and falls to the floor, hitting enemies on his descent.||20 (stone) |
10 (debris after reverting)
|Dark Laser Flare||
↓, then ↑ + B
|Gooey flies into the air and shoots out four dark lasers which fly out of him diagonally. If holding down, Gooey will fire these lasers toward the floor.||10 (per laser)|
A in midair
|Gooey gains orange orbiters and can hover freely and quickly in the air for a while.||N/A|
B during Mock Matter
|Gooey can fire a dark laser beam straight forward which passes through enemies. The laser can also be angled upward.||20 (first hit) |
10 (other hits)
|Gooey hides inside a Protective Bag.||N/A|
Kirby's Dream Buffet
In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Gooey is available as an unlockable costume for Kirby, and a color based on him is also available. The costume consists of Gooey riding atop Kirby's head, and it appears that it is in fact Gooey himself, rather than a prop, since the "hat" moves its tongue around and has the same dizzy eyes. Gooey also appears on a Character Treat, depicting his artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Gooey is referenced in a few different ways. In Merry Magoland, Kirby can earn two Dress-Up Masks based on Gooey: one with his tongue sticking out, and the other is of him in "Mock Matter" form. The former is unlocked by completing Stamp Rally card #03, while the latter is obtained by completing 20 Missions (this also unlocks a golden statue of Gooey in the Magoland plaza). Wearing either mask causes the wearer's voice to be replaced by Gooey's, using his distinct "lick" sound effect from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Gooey appears as a neutral type primary spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He can be obtained either by battling him in the Spirit Board or by purchasing him from the vault shop. His Spirit Battle pits the player against a Kirby with the eighth color palette on the Dream Land stage, with a time limit of 2:00 and the condition that the enemy will tend to favor his neutral special.
In the Kirby novel series
|“||Can attack enemies by wrapping his them up with his long tongue. Kirby's friend.||”|
— Unofficial translation of Gooey's description from Kirby: Save the Rainbow Islands!
Before the events of the story, Gooey sees Pirika flying near the clouds and follows her in hopes of playing together. He sees her planting the Dreamstalk by the lake, but when he offers to help, Pirika throws its fruit at him which gets stuck in his throat, making him not able to speak. Sensing that the water of the lake got corrupted by the tree, Gooey realizes that if it pours down in the form of rain, it will affect the residents of the Rainbow Islands, so he piles up rocks to block the water. When Pirika tries to break the stones, Gooey fights her.
When Pirika tells Kirby and his friends about their meeting, she lies and claims that she is the one that followed Gooey and makes Gooey seem like the culprit behind the drought, but she doesn't know that Kirby is friends with Gooey. She convinces everyone to help her fight against it. When Kirby realizes that the supposed culprit is Gooey, he dismisses Pirika's story as a misunderstanding. Gooey notices that Pirika tries to push Kirby into the lake, so he attacks her, making him seem like culprit. The others prepare to attack back, but Kirby doesn't want to fight his friend and flees from the battlefield. When Kirby and Kine try to jump into the lake, Gooey comes from the water and throws them away, starting another battle. Gooey fights Meta Knight and King Dedede. He tosses Rick too when he tries to jump in. To stop Gooey, Kirby uses is inhale, which releases the fruit from his throat, making him able to speak and explain why he attacked.
After learning that Pirika is the culprit, Gooey and Kirby fight the puppeted Meta Knight and Dedede. Gooey wraps his tongue around Kirby and flings him at King Dedede, which take both of the puppets out, but also Kirby. Gooey captures Pirika and stuffs her in the pouch. As they catch a break, Gooey tells his side of the story, and Rick gratefully hugs him. When Pirika escapes from the bag, Gooey chases her in his Mock Matter form, but stops when noticing Kirby in a pinch. Gooey captures her again after Kirby sucks up all the lake water. After the rain returns, King Dedede picks a fight with Gooey, who want to squeeze in the boat too to return to the land, although he can fly. He returns to the land with them to enjoy the rain.
- A tip in the Kirby's Dream Land 3 manual claims that calling Gooey would cut Kirby's vitality in half, while in reality, it only removes a unit from his health meter. This appears to be a mistake, as an earlier section of the manual correctly states that Kirby's health is only slightly reduced.
- It is not possible for Kirby's vitality to drop below half a bar when he calls Gooey, so a trick to save Kirby from the brink is to summon Gooey, then swallow him up to get a bar of health back.
- Gooey is the only Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies that represents a game other than the one they debuted in. While first appearing in Kirby's Dream Land 2 (albeit as a minor character), Gooey represents Kirby's Dream Land 3 instead, with Rick & Kine & Coo representing the former.
- Main article: Gooey/gallery
Names in other languages
- Name taken from Nintendo Power
- "Don't forget that Kirby's vitality is cut in half every time you call Gooey." –Kirby's Dream Land 3 instruction manual (page 33)