Pyribbit

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Pyribbit
SKC Pyribbit Art.png
In-game artwork of Pyribbit from Super Kirby Clash
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First game Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014)
Latest game Super Kirby Clash (2019)
Other game(s) Kirby: Planet Robobot (Team Kirby Clash)
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Similar to Magman
Flame Galboros
Fatty Puffer
Theme music


Bouncing Boss Battle


Clip of the theme used in Pyribbit's boss battle from Kirby: Triple Deluxe

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Quote1.png This toasty toad is so hot, he uses molten lava for his bathwater! His favorite hobbies are causing volcanic eruptions and hopping all over the place! Quote2.png
— VS Pyribbit, Special Page from Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Pyribbit is a boss first confronted in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. He is a massive ovaloid pyroclastic frog with a small tail who is often referred to as the "Volcano Lord". He resembles a giant horned toad, though he bears a crown and has no arms. His crown appears to be a smoldering caldera, out of which magma and igneous boulders can be spewed. He can also swim and survive in lava and breathe fire, along with having the ability to cause tremors and summon lava waves.

His English name is a portmanteau of the words 'pyro' (a Greek prefix for fire) and 'ribbit' (an onomatopoeia for the sound many frogs and toads make when croaking). This reflects the fact that the boss is a fire-breathing toad.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Pyribbit is the boss of Kirby: Triple Deluxe's fifth Level, Endless Explosions, and is also battled in Royal Road Stage 4 and in The Arena.

Pyribbit makes his first appearance when Kirby enters the boss door of Endless Explosions. After he makes his way inside, Kirby sees the giant frog-like monster sleeping. Taranza then throws a rock at Pyribbit, waking him up. Kirby catches the rock in his hands as it bounces back at him. However, Pyribbit assumes Kirby woke him from his slumber since the puffball is holding the rock, and they face off. In Dededetour!, Pyribbit is angered when King Dedede trips and accidentally tosses his hammer into the giant toad's face.

Attacks[edit]

The following lists all of Pyribbit's attacks in Story Mode and The Arena in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Attacks in italics are used in the second phase of the fight only.

Pyribbit's normal attacks in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Attack Description
Burning Spin Pyribbit charges up, then hops toward Kirby and unleashes a ring of fire that spreads across the ground, leaving a couple stars in the process.
Tongue Strike Pyribbit dives into the lava, then he pops his head out and back in a couple times, getting closer each time. He finishes by shooting his tongue out at Kirby, which, if it hits, will cause Kirby to hit the screen and lose his Copy Ability.
Boulder Bomb Pyribbit jumps into the lava, then spits out a large boulder at Kirby that can explode. The boulder can be inhaled with concerted effort, and swallowed for the Fire ability. In the second phase, Pyribbit will shoot these from one of his pillars, and may shoot more than one at a time. If the boulders explode on the ground, they will leave lingering burning spots.
Ricochet Slam After performing an attack from the lava, Pyribbit can return by jumping high into the air, then landing after an extended period of time. He then starts bouncing between the foreground and background in a chaotic display that can be tough to avoid, leaving stars on his final landing. In the second phase, his ricochets become more numerous and chaotic.
Wave Attack Pyribbit jumps to the volcano, and roars, summoning a wave of lava with faces on it (resembling Magman) which sweep toward the stage, covering most of it in the process. The waves leave stars after each pass. If Kirby is hit by the waves, he will be knocked into lava in the foreground for additional damage.
Fire Breath Pyribbit charges up and releases a burning pillar of fire from his mouth that covers most of the stage and leaves stars on impact with the opposing wall of the stage.
Screen Char Pyribbit breathes fire at the screen, leaving a blackened char and making it hard for the player to see clearly, then he spins around while still breathing fire to try and hit Kirby. This technique breaks the fourth wall.
Eruption Pyribbit jumps into the volcano, causing it to erupt and fire him out along with many large boulders that then rain down onto the stage. When Pyribbit lands, he leaves stars. He will then jump straight back into the volcano to try two more times.
Lava Fountain Pyribbit charges up and gushes lava out of his crown, creating streams that pour down on both sides of him. He then spins around while the streams are still going, leaving stars when the streams dry out.

Pyribbit spends most of his time off the stage, which can make him difficult to hit. As such, his fight tends to last longer than the prior bosses' fights. In his second phase, Pyribbit summons four stone platforms out of the lava that float in the air, and a volcano in the background. These become fixtures for Pyribbit to perform more attacks from.

Upon defeat, Pyribbit gets knocked into the background lava pit, where he then surfaces and starts roaring. The pillars the boss summoned during his second phase then inexplicably fly in toward the crying toad and crash into him, burying him beneath the surface of the lava and destroying him. The Grand Sun Stone then emerges from above for Kirby to collect.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Pyribbit appears as the fourth boss of the Sub-Game, Team Kirby Clash. He fights in almost exactly the same manner as he did in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, but his stamina is much greater to serve as a challenge for four Kirby warriors.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash[edit]

Pyribbit as he appears in Super Kirby Clash.
Quote1.png In the heart of a red-hot Volcano, the frog of flames, Pyribbit, leapt from the roiling magma. Team Kirby faced its fourth ordeal! Quote2.png
— flavor text from Super Kirby Clash

Pyribbit is encountered twice in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and four more times in Super Kirby Clash. He fights much more faithfully to his original Kirby: Triple Deluxe incarnation in these fights, though some of his background moves have been toned down. He is exclusively fought in the Volcano region, where he can take advantage of the background props.

In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Pyribbit serves as the third Ordeal in his first encounter, and in Super Kirby Clash, he is the fourth Ordeal. Defeating him in the Ordeals of both games unlocks the Empyrean. In Super Kirby Clash, Pyribbit EX can also be encountered, though the fight itself does not change too much in style.

Attacks[edit]

Quote1.png This king of frogs and magma emerges from the flaming mountain to attack Team Kirby! Quote2.png
— additional flavor text from Super Kirby Clash

The following lists all of Pyribbit and Pyribbit EX's attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash:

Pyribbit's attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash  
Attack Description
Burning Spin Pyribbit charges up, then hops toward the middle of the arena and unleashes a ring of fire that spreads across the ground.
Tongue Strike Pyribbit dives into the lava, then he pops his head out and back in a couple times, getting closer each time. He finishes by shooting his tongue out at a pre-determined member of Team Kirby, which, if it hits, will cause that Kirby to be eaten. Pyribbit will then jump back on stage and start chewing, but will be left dazed if the eaten Kirby manages to escape.
Boulder Bomb Pyribbit jumps into the lava, then spits out a number of large boulders at Team Kirby that can explode. The boulder can be destroyed in advance, though the timing is difficult. In the second phase, Pyribbit will shoot these from one of his pillars, and may shoot more than one at a time. If the boulders explode on the ground, they will leave lingering burning spots.
Ricochet Slam After performing an attack from the lava, Pyribbit can return by jumping high into the air, then landing after an extended period of time. He then starts bouncing between the foreground and background in a chaotic display that can be tough to avoid. In the second phase, his ricochets become more numerous and chaotic.
Wave Attack Pyribbit jumps to the volcano, and roars, summoning a wave of lava with faces on it (resembling Magman) which sweep toward the stage, covering most of it in the process. Any Kirby hit by the wave will be knocked into lava in the foreground for additional damage.
Fire Breath Pyribbit charges up and releases a burning pillar of fire from his mouth that covers most of the stage.
Screen Char Pyribbit breathes fire at the screen, leaving a blackened char and making it hard for the player to see clearly, then he spins around while still breathing fire to try and hit Kirby. This technique breaks the fourth wall.
Eruption Pyribbit jumps into the volcano, causing it to erupt and fire him out along with many large boulders that then rain down onto the stage. Pyribbit lands after the boulders do.
Lava Fountain Pyribbit charges up and gushes lava out of his crown, creating streams that pour down on both sides of him. He then spins around while the streams are still going.

Pyribbit DX & EX[edit]

Pyribbit DX
Quote1.png He quenches his thirst with boiling magma and snacks on molten lava rocks. The most unforgiving environments are comforting for Pyribbit. Quote2.png
— VS Pyribbit DX, Special Page from Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Pyribbit DX is a stronger version of Pyribbit who is fought in Dededetour! by King Dedede and in The True Arena by Kirby. He has a green body, a pink mustache, and a green flame lit on his crown instead of a regular flame.

The following lists all of Pyribbit DX's attacks in Dededetour! and The True Arena in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Attacks in italics are used in the second phase of the fight only. Note that the attack names are conjectural:

Pyribbit DX's attacks in Kirby Triple Deluxe  
Attack Description
Ricochet Slam DX After performing an attack from the lava, Pyribbit DX can return by jumping high into the air, then landing after an extended period of time. He then starts bouncing between the foreground and background in a chaotic display that can be tough to avoid, leaving stars on his final landing. In the second phase, his ricochets become more numerous and chaotic.
Boulder Bomb DX Pyribbit DX will shoot multiple small bolders from one of his platforms or his pillars, that will explode over time. They can be inhsled for the Fire ability. If the boulders explode on the ground, they will leave lingering burning spots.
Tongue Strike DX Pyribbit DX dives into the lava, then he pops his head out and back in a couple times, getting closer each time. He finishes by shooting his tongue out at Kirby or Dedede, which, if it hits, will cause Kirby or Dedede to hit the screen and force the former to lose his Copy Ability. If the attack fails at his first attempt, he will try once more.
Burning Spin DX Pyribbit DX charges up, then hops toward Kirby or Dedede and unleashes two rings of fire that spreads across the ground, leaving a couple stars in the process.
Wave Attack DX Pyribbit DX jumps to the volcano, and roars, summoning a wave of lava with faces on it (resembling Magman) which sweep toward the stage, covering most of it in the process. The lava faces go underground and hide for the first two sweeps to make it harder to dodge them. The waves leave stars after each pass. If Kirby or Dedede are hit by the waves, he will be knocked into lava in the foreground for additional damage.
Screen Char DX Pyribbit DX breathes fire at the screen, leaving a blackened char and making it hard for the player to see clearly, then he spins around while still breathing fire to try and hit Kirby or Dedede. He goes back and forth. This technique breaks the fourth wall.
Eruption DX Pyribbit DX jumps into the volcano, causing it to erupt and fire him out along with many large boulders that then rain down onto the stage. When Pyribbit DX lands, he leaves stars and spawns two to four of the lava faces. He will then jump straight back into the volcano to try two more times.
Lava Fountain DX Pyribbit DX charges up and gushes lava out of his crown, creating streams that pour down on both sides of him. He then spins around while the streams are still going, leaving stars when the streams dry out.
Fire Breath DX Pyribbit DX charges up and releases a burning pillar of fire from his mouth that covers most of the stage and leaves stars on impact with the opposing wall of the stage.

Dededetour! patterns[edit]

King Dedede battles Pyribbit

Level 5 battle:

In phase one, Pyribbit DX attacks in a fixed loop as follows:

  1. Ricochet Slam DX
  2. Boulder Bomb DX *3
  3. Tongue Strike DX
  4. Burning Spin DX
  5. Ricochet Slam DX
  6. Tongue Strike DX
  7. Boulder Bomb DX *2
  8. Burning Spin DX

In phase two, he attacks in a fixed order on loop as follows:

  1. Wave Attack DX
  2. Boulder Bomb DX *2
  3. Screen Char DX
  4. Ricochet Slam DX
  5. Eruption DX
  6. Lava Fountain DX
  7. Fire Breath DX
  8. Tongue Strike DX
  9. Boulder Bomb DX *2
  10. Screen Char DX
  11. Lava Fountain DX
  12. Wave Attack DX
  13. Fire Breath DX
  14. Tongue Strike DX
  15. Burning Spin DX
  16. Ricochet Slam DX
  17. Boulder Bomb DX
  18. Screen Char DX
  19. Lava Fountain DX
  20. Eruption DX
  21. Boulder Bomb DX *2

Level 6 rematch:

In phase one Pyribbit DX starts with these attacks:

  1. Lava Fountain DX
  2. Tongue Strike DX

Afterward he loops the following attack pattern:

  1. Ricochet Slam DX
  2. Boulder Bomb DX *3
  3. Tongue Strike DX
  4. Burning Spin DX
  5. Ricochet Slam DX
  6. Tongue Strike DX
  7. Boulder Bomb DX *2
  8. Burning Spin DX

In phase two Pyribbit DX starts with these attacks:

  1. Eruption DX
  2. Screen Char DX
  3. Fire Breath DX

Afterward he loops the following attack pattern:

  1. Wave Attack DX
  2. Ricochet Slam DX
  3. Screen Char DX
  4. Ricochet Slam DX
  5. Eruption DX
  6. Lava Fountain DX
  7. Fire Breath DX
  8. Tongue Strike DX
  9. Boulder Bomb DX *2
  10. Screen Char DX
  11. Lava Fountain DX
  12. Wave Attack DX
  13. Fire Breath DX
  14. Tongue Strike DX
  15. Burning Spin DX
  16. Ricochet Slam DX
  17. Boulder Bomb DX
  18. Screen Char DX
  19. Lava Fountain DX
  20. Eruption DX
  21. Boulder Bomb DX *2


Pyribbit EX is encountered in Super Kirby Clash as the final Party Quest of the volcano area. The main difference between Pyribbit DX and Pyribbit EX is that the crown and mustache on Pyribbit EX are both larger than Pyribbit DX's. Otherwise, both look almost identical.

Trivia[edit]

  • In terms of the way he looks, Pyribbit closely resembles Fatty Puffer from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. They also shoot pressurized liquids out of both of their mouths: Pyribbit uses fire in his case, while Fatty Puffer uses concentrated water.
  • Pyribbit is actually in the lava pool in the background of his arena when the rematch with him in Royal Road starts, making him the only boss in that game to change their starting location.
  • Unlike the other bosses that Taranza conjures and/or empowers, the only thing Taranza does to aggravate Pyribbit is to throw a stone in his face. Additionally, during Dededetour!, King Dedede simply trips and his hammer flies into Pyribbit DX's face, which initiates the battle.
  • Pyribbit is the only boss who has both a DX and EX form.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヴォルゲロム
Vorugeromu
Volgerom, derived from:
  • ヴォルケイノ (volcano the English word)
  • ケロ (onomatopoeia for frog croaking in Japanese)
French Cramaud Pun on crame (burnt) and crapaud (toad)
German Pyrosch Play on words on both pyro and "Frosch," the German word for frog
Korean 개굴토르
Gaegultoreu
Derived from:
  • 개구리 (frog)
  • 토르 (Thor? maybe referring to its power)
Spanish Pirobúho Pyro owl
The name is a misnomer as Pyribbit clearly looks and acts like a fire-breathing frog.
Later games in Spanish still use this translation.