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Hot Head
KTD Hot Head artwork.png
Artwork of Hot Head for Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
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First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Copy Ability Fire
Similar entities Super Hot Head
Bubble Head
Colossal Hot Head
Burning Leo
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This critter's body is literally made of flames, and he can spit fire to boot. There's little doubt that he must have a warm heart and a fiery personality, but no one is willing to get close enough to find out.
— Figurine description from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

Hot Head is a common enemy in the Kirby series who first appeared Kirby's Adventure. In every main-series game that he appears in, Hot Head gives Kirby the Fire Copy Ability when inhaled.

Hot Head is usually depicted as being orange-red, but is also found in other colors. He is about as tall as Kirby, and his physique consists of a main head-body with two stubby feet and no arms. His mouth is funnel-shaped, similar to octopus-like enemies such as Flotzo. He has a bright orange mane which often flickers like fire, making his incendiary nature fairly easy to recognize.

Attacks[edit]

Hot Head attacks Kirby by either shooting a single fireball from his mouth at Kirby, usually done from a distance, or breathing out fire, which is usually done if he is near Kirby. Neither of these attacks are particularly quick, but they can catch Kirby off-guard if he is not paying attention. The fireball attack in particular is capable of being fired at many different angles, making it more potentially accurate than Shotzo fire.

When Hot Head is controlled by Ghost Kirby in Kirby: Squeak Squad:

  • Press and release B to shoot a fireball;
  • Press and hold B to breathe fire.

Variants[edit]

Game appearances[edit]

Hot Head's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Adventure Enemy
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Enemy As this is a remake of Kirby's Adventure, Hot Head has the same role here as he did in that game.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Enemy
Kirby: Squeak Squad Enemy
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Enemy First appearance in 3D.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Enemy Appears in New Challenge Stages. Also appears in Kirby's Adventure the Classic Title.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Enemy Also has his own collectible keychain.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Enemy Also has his own collectible figurine.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Enemy
Kirby and the Forgotten Land Enemy Also has his own collectible figure.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Reference Appears on a Character Treat.

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

Kirby falling towards a Hot Head in Kirby's Adventure.

KA Hot Head sprite.pngHot Head made his debut appearance in Kirby's Adventure and also appears in the remake; Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Here is where his signature look and abilities were first introduced, giving him both the ability to breathe fire at short range and spit a fireball at long range in Kirby's general direction. Here, he can come in many different colors.

Locations[edit]

Hot Head can be found in the following levels and stages:

Hot Head locations in Kirby's Adventure & Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land  
Stage Vegetable Valley Ice Cream Island Butter Building Grape Garden Yogurt Yard Orange Ocean Rainbow Resort
Stage 1 Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Stage 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Stage 3 Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Stage 4 No Yes No No No No Yes
Stage 5 N/A No No No Yes Yes Yes
Stage 6 N/A N/A Yes Yes No Yes No

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Kirby leaping at a Hot Head in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.

KNiDL Hot Head sprite.pngHot Head appears in both Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad, with the exact same look and function as he had in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Ghost Kirby can possess Hot Head. While possessed, Hot Head can be made to walk, jump, and use either his fire breath or his fireball spit to attack.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Hot Head can be found in the following rooms:

Hot Head locations in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror  
Rainbow Route Moonlight Mansion Cabbage Cavern Mustard Mountain Carrot Castle Olive Ocean Peppermint Palace Radish Ruins Candy Constellation The Mirror
No
No
No

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Hot Head can be found in the following levels and stages:

Hot Head locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad  
Stage Prism Plains Nature Notch Cushy Cloud Jam Jungle Vocal Volcano Ice Island Secret Sea Gamble Galaxy
Stage 1 Yes No No Yes Yes No No No
Stage 2 No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Stage 3 No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Stage 4 Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No N/A
Stage 5 Yes Yes No No N/A No No N/A
Stage EX No No No Yes Yes Yes No N/A

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

A Hot Head prepares to breathe fire in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Hot Head makes his debut appearance in 3-D in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Here, he can come in various sizes when encountered in Extra Mode.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Hot Head can be found in the following levels and stages:

Hot Head locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Cookie Country Yes No Yes Yes No
Raisin Ruins Yes No No Yes No
Onion Ocean Yes Yes Yes No N/A
White Wafers No No No No No
Nutty Noon No No No No No
Egg Engines No No No Yes No
Dangerous Dinner Yes Yes No N/A N/A

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, Hot Head appears as one of the enemies that can be encountered in the New Challenge Stages, retaining his Kirby's Return to Dream Land appearance. He also reprises his role in Kirby's Adventure.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Hot Head appears in both Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, gaining a slight visual update from his Kirby's Return to Dream Land incarnation. He gains the ability to shoot fireballs between the foreground and background.

A randomly-obtained keychain depicting Hot Head in his Kirby's Adventure likeness can also be collected in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Hot Head can be found in the following levels and stages:

Hot Head locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields Yes No Yes Yes N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land Yes No Yes No N/A Yes N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No No Yes No No N/A Yes N/A
Wild World No No No Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A
Endless Explosions Yes No No No No N/A No N/A
Royal Road Yes Yes No No Yes N/A Yes No

In Kirby: Planet Robobot Hot Head can be found in the following levels and stages:

Hot Head 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 Yes N/A N/A
Resolution Road Yes Yes No Yes N/A No N/A N/A
Overload Ocean No No Yes No No N/A No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds Yes No Yes Yes No N/A No N/A
Rhythm Route No No No No No N/A No N/A
Access Ark No Yes No No No N/A No No

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

Kirby approaching three fire-breathing Hot Heads in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

Hot Head appears as a somewhat uncommon enemy in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, first appearing in Red Volcano. He spews a long-held cone of flame in front of him to block Kirby's path, though this can be blocked using the Rainbow Rope. Given the nature of this game, this is Hot Head's only appearance where he cannot provide a Copy Ability.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Hot Head appears in the following locations:

Hot Head locations in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse  
Green Valley Yellow Dunes Indigo Ocean Blue Sky Palace Orange Woodland Red Volcano Purple Fortress
No
No
No
No
No
No

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

A Hot Head in Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Hot Head returns as an enemy in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Alongside his traditional attacks of breathing a continuous cone of fire and shooting a fire ball from his snout, he can now also breathe fire in a circle around him and fire three fire balls at different angles. His design has been subtly changed from his appearance in Kirby: Planet Robobot, now having slightly smaller irises. He also appears as a figure, though it lacks a description.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Hot Head can be found in the following stages:

Hot Head locations in Kirby and the Forgotten Land  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Point of Arrival No The Tropical Terror No An Unexpected Beast King No The Beast Pack's Final Stand Yes
Downtown Grassland No Welcome to Wondaria Yes The Wastes Where Life Began Yes In the Presence of the King No
Through the Tunnel Yes Circuit Speedway Yes Searching the Oasis No Lab Discovera Yes
Rocky Rollin' Road No Invasion at the House of Horrors Yes Alivel Mall (Staff Side) No Forgo Plains Yes
A Trip to Alivel Mall Yes The Wondaria Dream Parade Yes Moonlight Canyon Yes Forgo Bay Yes
The Brawl at the Mall No Danger under the Big Top No Collector in the Sleepless Valley No Forgo Park No
Abandoned Beach No Northeast Frost Street Yes Enter the Fiery Forbidden Lands No Forgo Horns Yes
Concrete Isles No Metro on Ice No Conquer the Inferno Road No Forgo Wasteland Yes
Scale the Cement Summit No Windy, Freezing Seas Yes Burning, Churning Power Plant Yes Forgo Zone Yes
Fast-Flowing Waterworks No The Battle of Blizzard Bridge Yes Gathering of the Beast Council No Forgo Land No

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Hot Head makes an appearance in sprite form on one of the Character Treats, depicting him as he looks in Kirby's Adventure. He does not appear in the game proper, making this the only time Hot Head has been referenced in a Kirby game without actually being in the game.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Hot Head makes a cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a power-up Sticker for Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary. He can only be equipped on Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight and increase their Flame attack by 10.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Hot Head as it appears in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.

Hot Head makes a tiny cameo appearance as a monster in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Cowardly Creature. He is shown briefly training as part of the "Young Monsters of the Future" program run by monster clowns, balancing an aerial ball over his head. Notably, he resembles his artwork from Kirby's Adventure.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホットヘッド
Hotto Heddo
Hot Head
Traditional Chinese 熾熱頭
chì rè tóu
Hot Head
Simplified Chinese 炽热头
chì rè tóu
Dutch Hot Head -
French Brultête Burnhead
German Glutifer "Glut" = "Ember"
Italian Testacalda Hothead
Korean 핫헤드
Hathedeu
Hothead
Portuguese Cabeça quente Hot Head
Spanish Hot Head -