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.
Kirby's Dream Land
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
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.
Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Pinball Land
In Kirby's Pinball Land, Kabu (known here as Kaboo) 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
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.
In Kirby's Dream Course, Kabu can be found in the following courses:
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kabu makes an appearance in this title, behaving in much the same way as it did in Kirby's Dream Land.
Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:
||Kabu, the immovable object, will attempt to block Kirby, the irresistible force.
— 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.
Kirby's Block Ball
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
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.
Kabu can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:
Kirby's Dream Land 3
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.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
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.
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
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.
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kabu appears in the following locations:
|Kabu locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kabus are also conjured by Drawcia Sorceress in her boss fight, though these Kabu are a dark blue color.
Kirby Mass Attack
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
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.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
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
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.
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kabu returns unmechanized and the same as in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Blowout Blast
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 Battle Royale
In Kirby Battle Royale, Kabu does not appear as an enemy, instead appearing in the audience for Apple Scramble, Robo Bonkers, and Slam Hockey.
Kirby Star Allies
Kabu in Kirby Star Allies
Kabu returns the same as it did in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
In Kirby Star Allies, Kabu can be found in the following levels and stages:
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.
Kirby's Dream Land 3 artwork
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land artwork
From Kirby's Return to Dream Land
From Kirby: Triple Deluxe
From Kirby: Planet Robobot
Names in other languages
- ↑ Name taken from Kirby's Pinball Land Instruction Booklet (American release), Page 9
- ↑ "Your road to glory ends here." - Kabu