|The Starship comes just in time! Your foe is Kabula, sky lord! It's the king's flying fortress!|
— Vs. Kabula Pause Screen Description in Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kabula, originally known as Kaboola, is one of the many main bosses found throughout the Kirby series. She made her debut in Kirby's Dream Land and was seen again in Kirby's Block Ball, but did not reappear afterwards until Kirby Super Star Ultra. Her overall appearance resembles that of a large blimp; although she originally did not possess a face, her most recent appearance depicts her with eyes, eyelashes, and a mouth with sharp fangs. Latched to her underside is a cannon, which projects small, black cannonballs.
Kirby's Dream Land
In her debut appearance, Kaboola is battled at the end of the Float Islands stage, where she attacks Kirby mainly by firing cannonballs, sometimes three at a time, and occasionally charging at him. Kirby must dodge both attacks or he risks taking damage. In the Extra Game, she shoots and moves faster.
Kirby's Block Ball
Kaboola appears as both the boss and pre-boss enemy of Stage 9 in this game. As an enemy, she is rather small, and can be defeated in four hits, conferring 5000 points. As a boss, she flies back and forth, and uses her cannons to attack the paddles. In this appearance, she has two cannons attached to her sides rather than one on her underside.
Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
In the SNES version of Kirby's Star Stacker, Kaboola makes a cameo on the title screen's opening animation.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kaboola was renamed to Kabula. It is the first game where she has a face. She is also able to project Gordos, along with various other projectiles, such as Banzai Bill-like missiles and her normal cannonballs, and is now battled using the Starship. She is fought in Revenge of the King, in the Mt. Dedede Sky stage, and is also a boss in The True Arena.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
|The flying internal weapon has been revealed. Who would've thought that the Kabula was acting as the power core for the research facility? Take out this flying security machine!|
— In-game quote
Kabula makes a surprise appearance as a Boss in Stage 4 of Gigabyte Grounds. Known as Core Kabula, she emerges from a defeated C.O.G.S.. and engages Kirby, who fights her with his Robobot Armor's Jet Mode. Core Kabula has two cannons, one on top as well as below, and also has a built-in third main cannon inside the blimp, which can shoot flames. In addition, Core Kabula makes use of both the foreground and background to harass Kirby.
She can also fire Gordos from her cannons.
In The True Arena, Core Kabula is outfitted with even more dangerous weaponry, such as massive lasers and mass Gordo launchers.
Kirby Star Allies
In Kirby Star Allies, Kabula makes a cameo in the Celebration Picture "The First Rival", where she is one of the many spectators of Kirby's battle against King Dedede. Despite the picture representing the original Kirby's Dream Land, she appears in her modern design, whereas all other characters in the picture use their original designs.
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This track debuted in Kirby's Dream Land as the power-up music, playing when Kirby takes the Superspicy Curry or the Mint Leaf. Since then, this theme has been remixed several times for the boss battle with Kabula in her different forms.
Core Kabula pelts Kirby with Gordos
- Kabula's original name, Kaboola, is most likely derived from "kaboom", the sound of an explosion.
- There is a little-known enemy in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble called Cloud Cannon which is similar in many ways to Kaboola, though much weaker.
- After the redesign, the missiles that Kabula fires, as well as Kabula herself, bear a resemblance to Banzai Bills from the Mario franchise.
- Even though Kabula is referred to as female, according to the manual for the first game, she is called a sky lord in Kirby Super Star Ultra flavor text. "Lord" is often used to refer to males.
Names in other languages
Combination of "Bombe" (Bomb) and the name "Betty"
- "Kaboola will have you scrambling to dodge her constant attack of cannon balls." --Kirby's Dream Land Instruction Booklet (North American print), page 18
- Der Offizielle Nintendo Super Game Boy-Spieleberater (Nintendo, 1994, pg. 55)