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Phan Phan

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Phan Phan
KNiDL Phan Phan Artwork.jpg
Debut game Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (2002)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (keychain)
Copy Ability Throw
Suplex (Kirby Super Star Ultra only)
Similar to Rolling Turtle, Heat Phanphan
Theme music

no music given

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Third one's the charm! Get him, Phan Phan!
— King Dedede talking to Phan Phan in Revenge of the King, Kirby Super Star Ultra

Phan Phan is a Mid-Boss that debuted in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, where it replaces Rolling Turtle from the original Kirby's Adventure, and has since appeared in various other games of the Kirby series. It was last seen as an enemy in Kirby Super Star Ultra, where it appeared in Revenge of the King and The True Arena. Depending on the game, it yields either the Throw or the Suplex Copy Ability when Kirby inhales and swallows it after defeating it.

Phan Phan's appearance is similar to that of an elephant, except that it is bipedal and has a spherical body. It has large, black eyes, and three strands of hair, similar to the two strands of hair on Waddle Doo. Phan Phan often attacks by rolling at Kirby, lifting and throwing him with its trunk, and stomping on him. It also throws apples at Kirby, which can be inhaled and spat out at Phan Phan to deal damage.

Its name comes from the partial repetition of "elephant".

Game appearances[edit]

Phan Phan's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Mid-Boss
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Mid-Boss
Kirby Super Star Ultra Mid-Boss
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Reference Appears as a keychain.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Reference Appears on a Character Treat.

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Phan Phan debuted in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and replaces Rolling Turtle (the original Throw-yielding mid-boss). It gives 1500 points when defeated. Its difficulty level varies by color, with its default gray variation being the easiest, its blue variation being quicker, and its hidden green variation being very aggressive. It appears in the following stages: (Star Bullet=10 damage)

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

Kirby runs past Phan Phan in Mustard Mountain.

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Phan Phan acts the same as its appearance in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. It always has 30 HP (Star Bullet=10 damage) but now it has four types of resistance:

  • -1 damage from fire-type attacks
  • -1 damage from ice-type attacks
  • -1 damage from electric-type attacks
  • -2 damage from slash-type attacks


Phan Phan can be found in the following rooms:

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Phan Phan appears in Revenge of the King and The True Arena and yields the Suplex ability instead. It now has 200 HP (Star Bullet=52 damage) and gives 5000 points when defeated.

Phan Phan also appears on a card in Kirby Card Swipe.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Phan Phan appears as a Keychain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Phan Phan appears on a Character Treat, depicted using its sprite from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Phan Phan
E94 Phan Phan.png
Screenshot from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Debut episode Cowardly Creature
Similar entities Bonkers
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Phan Phan appears as a monster in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Cowardly Creature. In this episode, Phan Phan escapes by unknown means from Night Mare Enterprises' "Young Monsters of the Future" training school and ends up in Dream Land, where it causes havoc in Cappy Town while wearing a clown mask and nose. King Dedede bats this mask away while fighting it, causing the giant elephant to become timid and run away, and later prompting Kirby to step in and defend the helpless monster from King Dedede's assault. Kirby and Phan Phan later become friends, but the monster Whippy is sent to subdue Phan Phan and turn it hostile again. After a lengthy battle, Kirby gathers the courage to face his former friend and uses the Throw Copy Ability to grab and dispose of Whippy, returning Phan Phan to its normal self again. From there, Phan Phan becomes a permanent resident of Dream Land and is later seen in the finale residing in Whispy Woods Forest.

Phan Phan is largely the same in appearance as it is in the games, though it is much larger and is reluctant to fight unless dominated by another force. It enjoys apples and becomes friends with Kirby, unlike the game version who is consistently hostile towards him.


  • A flaming elephant enemy called Heat Phanphan appears in Kirby Air Ride, but it's unknown if the two of them are related.
  • Kirby can actually not be dealt damage if Phan Phan grabs and throws him far enough.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファンファン
Fan Fan
Phan Phan
Chinese 象象[1]
Xiàng xiàng
Dutch Phan Phan -
French Phan Phan -
German Phan Phan -
Italian Phan Phan -
Korean 펀펀
Phan Phan
Portuguese Fanfan Fanfan
Spanish Phan Phan -


  1. Kirby's Dream Buffet Character Treat