Phan Phan

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Phan Phan
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Sprite of Phan Phan from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Debut game Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Latest game Kirby Super Star Ultra
Other game(s) Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Copy Ability Throw
Suplex (Super Star Ultra only)
Similar to Rolling Turtle, Heat Phanphan
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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 has only two legs and a spherical body. It has large, black eyes, and three strans of hair, similar to the two strands of hair on Waddle Doo. Phan Phan often attacks by rolling at Kirby, lifting him and throwing him with his ears, and stomping on him. It also throws apples at Kirby, which can be inhaled and spat out at Phan Phan to deal damage.

Game Appearances[edit]

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. It appears in the following stages: (Star Bullet=10 damage)

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Phan Phan acts the same as his 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

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.

Other Appearances[edit]

Kirby: Right Back At Ya![edit]

Phan Phan stars in Episode 94 of the Kirby: Right Back At Ya! anime, called Cowardly Creature, where it's portrayed as a timid elephant that's scared of squirrels and likes apples and escaped from the Nightmare Enterprises' Monster training school. It then turned violent by Whippy, another Monster sent by NME, and Kirby is forced to defeat Phan Phan. Fortunately, Phan Phan is brought back to its goodness after the battle.

Phan Phan makes a cameo appearance in the Japanese version of Episode 96 where it's shown living in the forest of Whispy Woods.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

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


  • The name "Phan Phan" is derived from the word elephant.
  • A flaming elephant enemy called Heat Phanphan appears in Kirby Air Ride, but it's unknown if Phan Phan and Heat Phanphan are related.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファンファン
Fan Fan
Phan Phan