Kabula

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Kabula
Kabulabf8.png
Artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Details
First game Kirby's Dream Land
Latest game Kirby Star Allies (cameo)
Other game(s) Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby's Super Star Stacker (cameo)
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (keychain)
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Weakness(es) The Mint Leaf, Kirby's Starship, Robobot Armor
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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.

Game Appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

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Kirby's Dream Land artwork.


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[edit]

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 Super Star Stacker[edit]

In Kirby's Super Star Stacker, Kaboola makes a cameo on the title screen's opening animation.

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Kabula's image in The True Arena

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kaboola has been rebranded as Kabula, possessing 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[edit]

Kabula makes a minor cameo in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. In the background of the Scope Shot minigame, Kabula can fly across the screen, and can be shot down for extra points.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kabula's sprites from Kirby's Dream Land and Kirby Super Star Ultra are available as keychains.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Core Kabula in Gigabyte Grounds.

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[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, Kabula makes a cameo in the unlockable "The First Rival" illustration. Despite representing the original Kirby's Dream Land, she appears in her modern design.

Music[edit]

Main article: Kabula's Theme

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.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.
  • Kabula's theme in Kirby Super Star Ultra is essentially a revamped remix of the Power-Up theme.
  • 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 she is technically female, Kabula is called a sky lord in Kirby Super Star Ultra flavor text. "Lord" is often used to refer to males.

Names in other languages[edit]

Kabula[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カブーラー
Kabūrā
Kaboola
French Boumbala
German Kaboola[1] -
Korean 카부라
Kabula
Kaboola


Core Kabula[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コア・カブーラー
Koa Kabūrā
Core Kaboola
French Noyau Boumbala
Korean 코어 카부라
Koeo Kabula
Core Kaboola


References

  1. Der Offizielle Nintendo Super Game Boy-Spieleberater (Nintendo, 1994, pg. 55)