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Moto Shotzo

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Moto Shotzo
KSS Moto Shotzo artwork.png
Artwork of Moto Shotzo from Kirby Super Star.
First game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Kirby Battle Royale (2017)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (cameo)
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Shotzo, Freezo
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Moto Shotzo[Japanese title] is an enemy appearing in Kirby Super Star and its remake. It possesses a spherical body with a white upper half that has a cannon attached to it, while four dark, round spheres are affixed to its orange bottom half for support.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

KSS Moto Shotzo.png KSSU Moto Shotzo.png Moto Shotzo debuted in Kirby Super Star and later appeared in its remake. Although its name contains Shotzo, the enemy does not resemble a traditional Shotzo much in behavior apart from its ability to fire cannonballs, primarily due to being mobile and destructible. Inhaling and swallowing a Moto Shotzo does not grant Kirby any Copy Ability. It is a somewhat rare enemy, only appearing in two stages of the game (with an extra appearance in Kirby Super Star Ultra).

A Moto Shotzo in Kirby Super Star Ultra.


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

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

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

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Sprite of Kirby riding a Moto Shotzo in one of his attacks from Kirby Quest.

In the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Game Kirby Quest, a Kirby rides a Moto Shotzo in one of the Awesome Attacks while guiding a mechanical dragon with boxing gloves. This is in reference to Trax, the game from which Moto Shotzo's design derives; the mechanical dragon is the Stage 1 boss in that game.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

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A match of Rocket Rumble showing Moto Shotzos in Kirby Battle Royale

After a long absence, Moto Shotzos reappear in Kirby Battle Royale. Here, they appear in the Rocket Rumble battle, shooting fuel for the players. They can shoot two types of fuel, the green cubes that are worth one point and the yellow-orange cubes that are worth five points.


The Japanese box art of Trax, featuring a similar tank.
  • Moto Shotzo's design is a reference to the playable tank from Trax (known in Japanese as 突撃!ポンコツタンク (Totsugeki! Ponkotsu Tanku), roughly "Charge! Junk Tank"), an early 1991 Game Boy game developed by HAL Laboratory before they worked on the Kirby series.
  • Moto Shotzo is one of the few enemies in Kirby Super Star Ultra whose appearance (in-game sprite) is exactly the same as it was in Kirby Super Star.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese モトシャッツォ
Moto Shotzo