Kabu

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Kabu
Kabu KCC artwork.png
Artwork of Kabu from Kirby: Canvas Curse.
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First game Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Latest game Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Other game(s) Kirby's Adventure
Kirby's Pinball Land
Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby's Avalanche
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Dekabu, Grumples, Colossal Kabu
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Kabu is a recurring enemy in the Kirby series. It has appeared in many games, beginning with Kirby's Dream Land. It appears to be a head-like being, made mostly of stone; usually crimson or silver in color. Its face consists of two holes in place of eyes, a sculpted nose, and a perpetually open mouth. In some games, however, Kabu is cubical.

Depending on the game, Kabu may attack in a large amount of ways, including jumping, sliding, flying, and even teleporting. Dekabu, a larger counterpart of Kabu, can also spit out Kabus. Kirby can inhale and swallow Kabus, but in turn, does not receive a Copy Ability.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

Kabu debuted along with Kirby in Kirby's Dream Land. Here, it can be found in the Float Islands level, in the caves. It can be found patrolling the walkways as well as nestled inside holes in the walls. It attacks by sliding into Kirby, and dropping down on him from above. It can also fade away, and reappear in different areas. In the Extra Game, it is replaced by Grumples.

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

In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kabu appears as an enemy again, with a similar attack pattern. It still has the ability to phase in and out of sight, though it does this less often than in its previous appearance.

Locations[edit]

Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Kabu 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 No No No No Yes No No
Stage 2 No No No No Yes Yes No
Stage 3 Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes*
Stage 4 Yes No Yes No No No No
Stage 5 N/A Yes No Yes No No No
Stage 6 N/A N/A No Yes No No Yes
*Appears only in Kirby's Adventure.

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

In Kirby's Pinball Land, Kabu (known here as Kaboo[1]) appears in the lowermost board of Wispy-Woods Land. Six of them are arranged around the board, with a Big Kaboo in the middle. The side Kaboos are worth 360 points each time they are bumped. When the side Kaboos are bumped, they retreat into the walls of the board, leaving a small nub that is worth 180 points when bumped. Once all six Kaboos have been bumped, the Big Kaboo disappears, leaving a Warp Star behind.

Kirby's Dream Course[edit]

Kabu appears as one of the four basic grounded enemy types in Kirby's Dream Course, with the others being Broomhatter, Waddle Dee and Squishy. Kabu continuously spins, but do not move at all. When hit, it does not grant any special abilities.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Course, Kabu can be found in the following courses:

Kabu locations in Kirby's Dream Course (Main Game) 
1P Mode
Course Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7 Course 8
Hole 1 Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hole 2 Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hole 3 Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Hole 4 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Hole 5 Yes Yes No No No Yes No No
Hole 6 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Hole 7 Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
Hole 8 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
2P Mode
Course Whispy Woods Course Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright Course Kracko Course Gordo Course
Hole 1 Yes No No Yes
Hole 2 No Yes Yes No
Hole 3 Yes Yes No Yes
Hole 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hole 5 Yes Yes Yes No
Hole 6 Yes Yes No Yes
Hole 7 Yes Yes No Yes
Hole 8 Yes No No No
Kabu locations in Kirby's Dream Course (Extra Game) 
1P Mode
Course Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7 Course 8
Hole 1 No No No No No Yes No No
Hole 2 Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No
Hole 3 Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No
Hole 4 Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
Hole 5 No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Hole 6 No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Hole 7 Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
Hole 8 Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
2P Mode
Course Whispy Woods Course Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright Course Kracko Course Gordo Course
Hole 1 No Yes Yes Yes
Hole 2 No No No Yes
Hole 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hole 4 No No Yes Yes
Hole 5 No No No No
Hole 6 No Yes No No
Hole 7 No Yes No No
Hole 8 No Yes No No

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

Kabu makes an appearance in this title, behaving in much the same way as it did in Kirby's Dream Land.

Locations[edit]

Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Kabu locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2  
Stage Grass Land Big Forest Ripple Field Iceberg Red Canyon Cloudy Park Dark Castle
Stage 1 No No No No No No No
Stage 2 No No No Yes Yes No No
Stage 3 No Yes No No No No Yes
Stage 4 N/A N/A N/A No Yes Yes No
Stage 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A No No No
Stage 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No No
Stage 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No

Kirby's Avalanche[edit]

Quote1.png Kabu, the immovable object, will attempt to block Kirby, the irresistible force. Quote2.png
— Kirby's Avalanche Instruction Booklet (North American print), page 22

In Kirby's Avalanche, Kabu is the sixth challenger Kirby must face. Despite its disadvantages, it acts cocky before the match begins.[2]

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

Kabu appears as a pre-boss enemy in Stage 3 and is worth 5000 points when defeated. It then appears alongside a big Kabu in the boss room of the same stage.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Kabu makes an appearance in Kirby Super Star and its remake; Kirby Super Star Ultra. In this game, Kabus may be seen warping in and out of visibility, and they may also occasionally launch like a rocket, leaving the area. Despite this odd behavior, they are as easy to defeat as any other common enemy, and do not have a lot of stamina. In Revenge of the King, Kabu is replaced by a similar enemy called Grumples.

Locations[edit]

Kabu can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:

Kabu locations in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens No RoMK Chapter 4 No
Float Islands Yes RoMK Chapter 5 No
Bubbly Clouds No RoMK Chapter 6 No
Mt. Dedede No RoMK Chapter 7 No
Peanut Plains Yes Floria Yes
Mallow Castle No Aquarius No
Cocoa Cave Yes Skyhigh No
Candy Mountain No Hotbeat No
Trial Room 1 No Cavius Yes
Trial Room 2 No Mekkai No
Sub-Tree Yes Halfmoon No
Crystal No ???? No
Old Tower Yes Purple Plants No
Garden No Illusion Islands No
RoMK Chapter 1 No Crash Clouds No
RoMK Chapter 2 No The Revenge No
RoMK Chapter 3 Yes

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

Kabu returns as a standard enemy in these games. Its abilities have been greatly toned down for this appearance, save for its tendency to spin around. Kabu is often seen being spat out by Dekabu.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Kabu locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3  
Stage Grass Land Ripple Field Sand Canyon Cloudy Park Iceberg
Stage 1 No No No No No
Stage 2 No No No No No
Stage 3 No No No No No
Stage 4 Yes No No Yes Yes
Stage 5 No No Yes No No
Stage 6 Yes No No No No

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble[edit]

Kabu makes an appearance in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. Unlike some of its other appearances, Kabu is relatively tame here, opting to only sit in place and act as a roadblock which harms Kirby on impact. Kabu can be defeated by popping up the Game Boy Color to flip the Kabu and turn it into a Star Piece.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kabu can be found only in Lvl 2-2, ironically appearing less often than its bigger counterpart.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

KCC Kabu sprite.png Kabu appears in Kirby: Canvas Curse, appearing in a few stages. Here, it spins along the ground, and has its signature ability to vanish and reappear elsewhere.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kabu appears in the following locations:

Kabu locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse  
Reddy Land Arange Gorge Iello Adventure Neo Greo Bloo Hills Omarine Zone Wonder Lilane
No
No
No
No
No
No

Kabus are also conjured by Drawcia Sorceress in her boss fight, though these Kabu are a dark blue color.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Kabu appears in the Sub-Game Strato Patrol EOS as one of the opponents which the Kirbys can gun down. Four of them are split from a Dekabu when it is defeated.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kabu returns as a common enemy with attack patterns similar to previous games. They most often appear in ruins areas.

Locations[edit]

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

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

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

Kabu appears as a common enemy in the New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, unchanged in form and function from its appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Kabu appears just like it did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It has the ability to move between the foreground and background by teleportation.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:

Kabu 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 No Yes No No N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No Yes Yes N/A No N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No Yes Yes Yes No N/A Yes N/A
Wild World No {{}} Yes No Yes N/A No N/A
Endless Explosions No No Yes No Yes N/A Yes N/A
Royal Road No No No No No N/A No No

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Kabu returns unmechanized and the same as in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Locations[edit]

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

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

Kirby's Blowout Blast[edit]

Kabu makes an appearance as a common enemy in Kirby's Blowout Blast, spinning around various patrol paths before being bested by Kirby, worth 100 base points when defeated.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Kabu in Kirby Star Allies

Kabu returns the same as it did in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Locations[edit]

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

Kabu locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon No
Donut Dome Yes 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 Yes Star Lavadom Yes
Sacred Square Yes Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands No Jambandra Base No
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α Yes
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor Yes Extra Planet γ Yes
Western Outer Wall Yes Extra Planet δ Yes
Inner Sanctum No Ability Planet No
Heavenly Hall Yes Dimension I Yes
Sector A Yes Dimension II No
Sector B Yes Dimension III Yes
Sector C No Dimension IV No
Planet Earthfall No

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Kabu's appearance in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
Main article: Kabu (anime character)

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Kabu is a deity to the public. The citizens often ask it for guidance. It shelters the Warp Star, and the Star Warriors.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カブー
Kabū
Kabu
Chinese 石头怪
Shítou Guài
Stone Monster
German Kabu Kabu


References

  1. Name taken from Kirby's Pinball Land Instruction Booklet (American release), Page 9
  2. "Your road to glory ends here." - Kabu