||He has a spiky body but soft eyes. It's just better to avoid him.
— Patch Plaza
Gordo is a common enemy in the Kirby series, having appeared in every game in the main series as well as many spin-offs. He typically takes the appearance of a floating blue or black ball with large eyes and spikes around his perimeter. He is completely immune to any attack in almost all cases and damages characters who make contact with him. As such, he effectively functions as an obstacle that the player must avoid. He tends to generally block Kirby's path by sitting in corridors, bouncing back and forth between two solid objects vertically or horizontally, circling around blocks, or bouncing along the ground affected by gravity. Additionally, Gordos can be produced by several bosses as attacks, usually by Whispy Woods and his relatives; Gordos produced in this way typically do not last for long, and will bounce off-screen after a short while.
While Gordo typically cannot be destroyed, he can sometimes be dealt with through other means. If one is bouncing around a hallway, destroying a specific block he bounces against will cause him to leave, or in some cases, leaving one or more will keep him trapped in a small unreachable space, allowing Kirby to move around safely. Many of Kirby's attacks leave him temporarily invincible (like those gained with Burning or Wheel), allowing him to dash through Gordos without taking damage, though the Gordos themselves remain unharmed.
Kirby's Dream Land
Kirby walking past some Gordos in Kirby's Dream Land
Gordo first appeared in Kirby's Dream Land, where his role as an invincible hazard was established. He is usually seen either holding in place or moving in set patterns. Gordos deal a whopping three bars of damage to Kirby, which is more than any other enemy or hazard in the game, as they all deal only one or two bars. Notably, if Kirby touches the Gordos blocking the doors to the boss rematches in Mt. Dedede, he will be immediately defeated, regardless of how much life he had at the time.
In the Extra Game, Whispy Woods drops Gordos in addition to apples and Lololo & Lalala can push Gordos instead of their usual boxes. Unlike many other enemies, Gordo is not replaced by anything else in this mode.
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby rocketing past some Gordos in a spiky
room in Kirby's Adventure
Gordo returns in Kirby's Adventure and also appear in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Here, he gains a somewhat yellow coloration, though his behavior and properties are mostly unchanged. However, he now consistently does only one bar of damage to Kirby, just like everything else. Kirby's Adventure was the first game to establish the notion that certain Gordos could be made to leave the screen by removing Star Blocks on their path, or that Kirby could bypass Gordos using certain Copy Ability attacks, such as Burning.
In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Pinball Land
In Kirby's Pinball Land, Gordo (known here as Gordow) appears as a common bumper in all three Pinball Lands, though his purpose changes somewhat in each role. Generally, he is worth 240 points when collided with, cannot be removed, and only bumps Kirby mildly. He can bump Kirby more forcefully in certain situations, however.
In the battle with Whispy Woods, Gordows may occasionally be dropped. If they hit the flippers, the flipper hit will be disabled for a moment. Kirby can bump into them to deflect them.
Kirby's Dream Course
In Kirby's Dream Course, Gordo can be seen in various courses holding still in the air. Like his other appearances, Gordo cannot be attacked, and Kirby or Keeby will take damage if they try to attack him. Gordo also appears as one of the five placeholder icons on the scoreboards for each course.
In this game, Gordo has a different design. His spherical body is bulkier, and his spikes poke in and out of visible holes.
One of the four courses in the 2P Game - the Gordo Course - features Gordos prominently.
In Kirby's Dream Course, Gordo can be found in the following courses:
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby and Coo flying toward some Gordos in Kirby's Dream Land 2
Gordo returns in Kirby's Dream Land 2, with the same look and behavior as in Kirby's Adventure. A mid-boss named Captain Stitch appears as well, who resembles a Gordo. Gordo also appears in Sweet Stuff's Bonus Chance.
In Kirby's Dream Land 2, Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Block Ball
Gordo appears in Kirby's Block Ball exclusively as a projectile tossed by Whispy Woods. When he collides with Kirby, he will deflect him, and he will shrink any paddles he hits. Kirby can defeat Gordo in this game by striking him with a Power Bounce or a Copy Ability attack, but Gordo is worth no points when defeated and will not drop any items.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby passing unharmed through a Gordo using the Fire
ability in Kirby Super Star
Gordos appear as common hazards in Kirby Super Star and its remake. In the original version, they share the pale brown coloration common to Gordos in older titles, but in the remake, they adopt the blue hue that has become the standard for Gordo's modern design. In addition to appearing as obstacles in regular stages, they appear when Kirby is fighting Twin Woods, Lololo & Lalala (and their revenge form), Whispy's Revenge and Kabula.
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Gordo also appears on a card in Kirby Card Swipe.
Gordo can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:
Kirby's Dream Land 3
In addition to being regular enemies, Gordos play a role in the mini-games of Kirby's Dream Land 3
Gordos return in Kirby's Dream Land 3 as standard hazards. In addition to this, Gordos also appear as part of all the minigames that Kirby and his Animal Friends can play on their adventure. In these minigames, Gordos are depicted in several different colors, along with several different faces, depending on the game.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages (mini-games are not counted):
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Gordo returns in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, acting much the same as usual, though now rendered in three dimensions and sporting a bluer body and spike hue.
Gordo appears on the 14th Enemy Info Card.
In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Gordo also makes an appearance during the boss fight against Acro.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Kirby contending with a huge field of Gordos in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Gordo appears in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, where he serves the same purpose as usual. However, there are a few additional aspects of Gordo not found in other games. For instance, many Gordos can be flipped and turned into Maxim Tomatoes when the player pops the Game Boy Color up. They are also dropped in lines by Kracko during his boss fights to try and fill up the boss arena.
In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby Air Ride
Gordos appear in Kirby Air Ride, serving the same purpose as usual. They are often found floating in place creating spiky barriers on Air Ride courses, though are usually found only in the Time Attack modes. As expected, they cannot be inhaled or defeated, and must simply be avoided.
In Kirby Air Ride, Gordo can be found in the following places:
In addition, Gordos appear as an item in City Trial called Gold Spikes.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Gordo returns in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, looking and acting much the same as he did in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Gordo can be found in the following rooms:
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby slipping by some Gordos in Kirby: Canvas Curse
Gordo appears in Kirby: Canvas Curse, with the same general look and nature as in previous games. Being invincible, he cannot be stunned or defeated, nor will Rainbow Lines be capable of blocking his course. However, there are methods of pushing Gordos out of the way in some instances, most notably using Touch Blocks to block them in.
Gordo also appears as one of the possible drawings in Paint Panic.
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Gordo appears in the following locations:
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Gordos appear in Kirby: Squeak Squad, looking and acting much the way they did in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Since they are invulnerable enemies, they cannot be possessed by Ghost Kirby.
Oddly, there is one particular point in Stage 1 of Gamble Galaxy where Kirby is prompted to jump into a barrel to avoid a wall of passing Gordos. This is the only time in the game (and the series by extension) where Kirby is ever prompted to do such a thing.
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Gordo returns in Kirby's Epic Yarn and its port, serving the same purpose as usual. In Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, it can be found both in the main game and in Stage 1 of the Sub-Game Slash & Bead.
Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn:
Kirby Mass Attack
Gordos return as enemies in Kirby Mass Attack. In addition to normal Gordos, massive Gordos can appear on occasion, capable of destroying blocks they came in contact with. If a Kirby touches a Gordo, he will be instantly KO'd.
Gordos also appear in the Sub-Game Field Frenzy where the player has to avoid tapping them when one appears from a hole. They also appear in Strato Patrol EOS, where they are obstacles that need to be avoided.
Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages in Kirby Mass Attack:
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Gordo in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Gordo appears again in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, now with golden spikes, but otherwise unchanged from his previous appearances.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
In Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, Gordo makes an appearance in the New Challenge Stages Sub-Game, looking and behaving the same way that he did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Sectra Gordo, as seen in Royal Road.
Gordos return in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, acting the same as before. A ghost variant, known as a Ghost Gordo, is introduced. It functions similarly to a Gordo but is invisible unless viewed through a mirror. An insectoid variant of the Gordo also exists in Royal Road.
Gordo also appears as an item in the sub-game Kirby Fighters, as the Gordo Ball.
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Gordo Balls being deployed in Kirby Fighters Deluxe
In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Gordo reprises his role as the Gordo Ball item that he served in Kirby Fighters.
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
In Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, Gordos appear in some of the courses as stationary hazards to be avoided. Here, they can come in significantly varying sizes.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
||If you touch a Gordo, he'll definitely do damage. But I don't think he means to hurt anyone. I asked him once, and he just stared at me with those big eyes of his. Maybe he doesn't even know the answer...
— Figurine description of Gordo from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Gordo returns in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, serving the same purpose as usual. Notably, unlike most other games, there are lots of Gordos that are affected by gravity, falling when the blocks above them (or balloons they are hanging from) are removed. Like most other enemies in the game, Gordo gets his own figurine.
In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Gordo appears in the following locations:
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby using one of the Bolt Catapults
in Kirby: Planet Robobot
, which is loaded with a big Gordo
Gordo returns again in Kirby: Planet Robobot, acting the same as in other titles. Additionally, this title features a novelty object known as the Bolt Catapult in a couple of stages. With the help of the Robobot Armor, Kirby can launch a giant Gordo from the catapult at various objects in the distance.
Gordo also appears as a sticker, using his art from Kirby Super Star.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash
In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash, Gordo does not appear as a regular enemy. Instead, he appears as a hazard, occasionally dropped by Whispy Woods during his Tougher encounters.
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Gordos make an appearance in Kirby's Blowout Blast, acting as an indestructible hazard that must be avoided as per usual. Due to not being defeatable, Gordos do not count toward the "Enemies Defeated" bonus.
Kirby Star Allies
Gordo in Kirby Star Allies
Gordos reappear in Kirby Star Allies, now in HD. In this game, Gordos can be defeated if an obstacle crushes them.
In addition to appearing in regular stages, Parallel Woods can drop Gordos from his canopy and Parallel Dedede can throw Gordos using his hammer during the battles against them.
In Kirby Star Allies, Gordo can be found in the following levels and stages:
*Even though Gordos don't appear directly in Dimension IV, Parallel Dedede can still hit them with his hammer.
Kirby Fighters 2
Gordo plays a number of different roles in Kirby Fighters 2. He retains his previous role as an item in the form of the Gordo Ball. In addition, he is used as a stage hazard in the Gourmet Go Go and Dedede Arena stages, as well as being used in the boss fights against Twin Woods and the variants of King Dedede & Meta Knight.
In Story Mode: The Destined Rivals, there is a special item called the Anti-Gordo Charm, which Kirby can use to take less damage from Gordo Balls and other Gordo collisions.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Gordo in Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Gordo appears as an enemy in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, along with a new variant called Gordo Bar. In addition to his role as a regular enemy, he also plays a role in the attacks of Phantom Tropic Woods and Phantom King Dedede. Gordo also appears as a collectible figure and in the Tilt and Roll Kirby Sub-Game.
In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Gordo can be found in the following stages (this list does not include Gordo Bar):
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Gordo in Kirby's Dream Buffet
Gordo returns as an enemy in Kirby's Dream Buffet, here given the appearance of a jawbreaker to match the food motif. He retains his role as an invincible obstacle, and will stun Kirby for a moment if the two happen to collide. In addition to appearing in race modes, Gordo can also appear as a hazard in the minigame and Battle Royale stages.
Gordo also appears on a Character Treat, using his sprite from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
Super Smash Bros. series
Gordos appear in several locations and settings in the Super Smash Bros. games, starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl. King Dedede is able to use a special move involving Gordos in each game he appears in as a fighter. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he has a chance to throw a Gordo as part of his Waddle Dee Toss technique, which dealt major damage. In subsequent Smash Bros. games, this move was changed to Gordo Throw, which consistently involves Gordos, but with the added caveat of other fighters being able to knock them back using most attacks. In The Subspace Emissary, an enemy called Jyk can be found which operates exactly like a Gordo would, and looks similar. Gordo also appears as a sticker in this game and applies a +5 bonus to attack when used by any Kirby series fighter.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Gordos appear in Smash Run, acting as they always have, and serving as a hazard to be avoided. They can damage enemies in addition to the playable fighter, however.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Gordo appears as a spirit. Specifically, Gordo is an Advanced-level Shield-type spirit with no additional effects. He cannot be paired with any support spirits but has somewhat higher stats to compensate for this. His spirit battle involves fighting against three invisible King Dededes who continuously use the Gordo Throw move on the Green Greens stage.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Gordo's Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
||Kirby's Dream Land - Kirby: Squeak Squad
||A creature that sits in one place and doesn't even try to move. They won't even budge if Kirby tries to inhale them - they're the definitive obstacle. In addition, they're covered in spikes so they damage whoever touches them. They're found stopped in groups, blocking narrow passageways, etc. Nothing's harder to get by than an encampment of Gordos.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
|Gordo's Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
||American English: These little guys from the Kirby series look like metal balls with eyes and eight sharp spikes. They can't be defeated, so don't waste your time. Instead, try pushing your enemies onto them! Watch for two different kinds: one moves along a set path, and the other stubbornly sits in place.
British English: These little guys from the Kirby series look like metal balls with eyes and eight sharp spikes. They can't be defeated, so don't waste your time. Instead, try pushing your enemies onto them! Look for the two different types: the ones that follow a set route and the ones that refuse to move.
- The Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy description incorrectly states that Gordos do not move. This is only the case for some Gordos.
- In the Mario franchise, an enemy known as Unibo has a similar appearance of a Gordo in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, but it is not invincible and can be only defeated by Invincible Mario or by kicking a Koopa shell. However, these related enemies were redesigned to look less like Gordos in Mario & Wario.
- The Gordo present on the North American and European box art for Kirby's Dream Land has a mouth, which is the only time they have been presented with one.
- Main article: Gordo/gallery
Names in other languages
|Play on "gordo" ("fat" in Spanish/Portuguese) and possibly the English verb "gore" (to pierce)
|Black Spike Ball
||Portmanteau of "mine" and "hérisson" (hedgehog)
||Play on "Gordo" and possibly "ow" (a synonym for "ouch")
||A mixture between "bomba" (bomb) and "spinoso" (prickly)
|Anagram of "Gordo"
||From "espinho" (thorn)
Likely changed from the original because "gordo" means "fat" in Portuguese/Spanish
Pinchamina (Kirby Super Star Ultra)
Gordincho (Kirby's Epic Yarn)
Portmanteau of "pinchar" (to puncture) and "mina" (mine)
Portmanteau of "gordo" (fat) and "pincho" (spike)