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Pyribbit
SKC Pyribbit Art.png
In-game artwork of Pyribbit from Super Kirby Clash
Details
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
Copy Abilities Fire (Lava Bombs)
Similar to Magman
Flame Galboros
Fatty Puffer
Poison Croakom
Theme music

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

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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!
— 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 "pyro" (a Greek prefix for "fire") and "ribbit" (an onomatopoeia for a frog’s croak). This reflects the fact that the boss is a fire-breathing toad.

Game appearances[edit]

Pyribbit's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Boss
Kirby: Planet Robobot Boss Appears in the Sub-Game Team Kirby Clash.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Boss
Super Kirby Clash Boss

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. All attack names are taken from official Japanese strategy guides.

Pyribbit's attacks in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Attack Description
フレイムリング
Flame Ring
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.
捕食
Predation
Pyribbit dives into the lava, then he pops his head out and back in three 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.
溶岩爆弾
Lava Bomb
Pyribbit jumps into the background, 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.
バウンドプレス
Bound Press
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.
Second phase only  
溶岩の柱攻撃
Lava Pillar Attack
Pyribbit jumps to the volcano, and roars, summoning waves 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.
火炎放射
Flamethrower
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. When fought in stage 4 of Royal Road, Pyribbit always begins phase 1 of the battle with this attack. In phase 2, Pyribbit might instead break the fourth wall by breathing fire at the screen, leaving a blackened char and making it hard for the player to see clearly, before spinning around while still breathing fire to try and hit Kirby.
火山岩攻撃
Volcanic Rock Attack
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.
ファウンテン オブ ファイア
Fountain of Fire
Pyribbit charges up and gushes lava out of his crown, creating streams that pour down on both sides of him. He then does two full rotations while moving left and right 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.

Pyribbit DX[edit]

Pyribbit DX, from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
King Dedede battles Pyribbit DX.
He quenches his thirst with boiling magma and snacks on molten lava rocks. The most unforgiving environments are comforting for Pyribbit.
— 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. All attack names are taken from official Japanese strategy guides.

Pyribbit DX's attacks in Kirby Triple Deluxe  
Attack Description
バウンドプレス
Bound Press
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.
溶岩爆弾
Lava Bomb
Pyribbit DX will shoot multiple small boulders from one of his platforms or his pillars, that will explode over time. They can be inhaled for the Fire ability. If the boulders explode on the ground, they will leave lingering burning spots.
捕食
Predation
Pyribbit DX dives into the lava, then he pops his head out and back in three 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.
フレイムリング
Flame Ring
Pyribbit DX charges up, then hops toward Kirby or Dedede and unleashes two rings of fire that spread across the ground, leaving a couple stars in the process.
Second phase only  
溶岩の柱攻撃
Lava Pillar Attack
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.
火炎放射
Flamethrower
While in the background, Pyribbit DX breaks the fourth wall by breathing fire at the screen, leaving a blackened char and making it hard for the player to see clearly, then he spins around back and forth while still breathing fire to try and hit Kirby or Dedede.
He may instead, while in the foreground, charge up and release 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.
火山岩攻撃
Volcanic Rock Attack
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.
ファウンテン オブ ファイア
Fountain of Fire
Pyribbit DX charges up and gushes lava out of his crown, creating streams that pour down on both sides of him. He then does four full rotations while moving left and right while the streams are still going, leaving stars when the streams dry out. When fought in level 6 of Dededetour!, he'll always begin phase 1 of the battle with this attack.

Click "Expand" on the right to see Pyribbit DX's attack order.

In phase one of Lvl. 5 of Dededetour! and The True Arena, Pyribbit DX attacks in a fixed loop as follows:

  1. Bound Press
  2. Lava Bomb x3
  3. Predation
  4. Flame Ring
  5. Bound Press
  6. Predation
  7. Lava Bomb x2
  8. Flame Ring

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

  1. Lava Pillar Attack
  2. Lava Bomb x2
  3. Flamethrower [fourth-wall breaking]
  4. Bound Press
  5. Volcanic Rock Attack
  6. Fountain of Fire
  7. Flamethrower
  8. Predation
  9. Lava Bomb x2
  10. Flamethrower [fourth-wall breaking]
  11. Fountain of Fire
  12. Lava Pillar Attack
  13. Flamethrower
  14. Predation
  15. Flame Ring
  16. Bound Press
  17. Lava Bomb
  18. Flamethrower [fourth-wall breaking]
  19. Fountain of Fire
  20. Volcanic Rock Attack
  21. Lava Bomb x2

In phase one for the lvl. 6 rematch in Dededetour!, Pyribbit DX starts with these attacks:

  • Fountain of Fire
  • Predation

He then attacks in a fixed order on loop as follows:

  1. Bound Press
  2. Lava Bomb x3
  3. Predation
  4. Flame Ring
  5. Bound Press
  6. Predation
  7. Lava Bomb x2
  8. Flame Ring

In phase two, Pyribbit DX starts with these attacks:

  • Volcanic Rock Attack
  • Flamethrower [fourth-wall breaking]
  • Flamethrower

He then attacks in a fixed order on loop as follows:

  1. Lava Pillar Attack
  2. Bound Press
  3. Flamethrower [fourth-wall breaking]
  4. Bound Press
  5. Volcanic Rock Attack
  6. Fountain of Fire
  7. Flamethrower
  8. Predation
  9. Lava Bomb x2
  10. Flamethrower [fourth-wall breaking]
  11. Fountain of Fire
  12. Lava Pillar Attack
  13. Flamethrower
  14. Predation
  15. Flame Ring
  16. Bound Press
  17. Lava Bomb
  18. Flamethrower [fourth-wall breaking]
  19. Fountain of Fire
  20. Volcanic Rock Attack
  21. Lava Bomb x2

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

From Team Kirby Clash
A giant Flaming Frog?! Quick! Spank it silly before it hops back to the volcano!
— American English Quest description from Team Kirby Clash
A giant burning frog?! Quick - make it croak before it hops back into the volcano!
— British English Quest description from Team Kirby Clash

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 health is much greater to serve as a challenge for four Kirby warriors and some of his attacks have been altered slightly. More details on the specific attacks he uses can be found in the Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash section below.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash[edit]

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

Pyribbit is encountered twice in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and four more times in Super Kirby Clash. He fights 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. 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.

Attacks[edit]

This king of frogs and magma emerges from the flaming mountain to attack Team Kirby!
— Super: Pyribbit EX 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 the Team Kirby Clash series  
Attack Description
フレイムリング
Flame Ring
Pyribbit charges up, then hops toward the middle of the arena and unleashes a ring of fire that spreads across the ground.
捕食
Predation
Pyribbit dives into the lava, then he pops his head out and back in three 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. If the Kirby doesn't get out in time, Pyribbit will leap into the background and spit that Kirby back out in the foreground, dealing additional damage.
溶岩爆弾
Lava Bomb
Pyribbit jumps into the background, then spits out a number of large boulders at Team Kirby that can explode. The boulder can be destroyed in advance, though doing so also hurts the Kirby attacking it. 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.
バウンドプレス
Bound Press
After hopping into the lava, Pyribbit returns to the foreground 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. During the Tougher and Super battles, he leaves behind lava puddles every time he lands.
溶岩の柱攻撃
Lava Pillar 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.
Pyribbit EX summons two waves and will spit out Lava Bombs while the lava pillars from the second wave are still ongoing.
火炎放射
Flamethrower
Pyribbit charges up and releases a burning pillar of fire from his mouth that covers most of the stage.
Pyribbit might instead break the fourth wall by breathing fire at the screen, leaving a blackened char and making it hard for the player to see clearly, then spinning around while still breathing fire to try and hit one of the Kirbys.
火山岩攻撃
Volcanic Rock Attack
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 and is dazed for a few seconds.
ファウンテン オブ ファイア
Fountain of Fire
Pyribbit charges up and gushes lava out of his crown, creating streams that pour down on both sides of him. He then does full rotations while moving left and right while the streams are still going.

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. The later-introduced Fiery Puffer even more closely resembles Pyribbit, and even has a similar Japanese name.
  • Discussing Pyribbit's design, Shinya Kumazaki stated that Pyribbit was created in part because — after having a notably tall boss in Coily Rattler — a more traditional, round, Kirby-shaped boss would help balance things out. Additionally, frogs and snakes are commonly associated with each other in Japanese tradition, though this isn't strictly the reason a frog was chosen. Whereas Coily Rattler uses the 3D space by slithering in and out from the background, Pyribbit uses it even more by hopping back and forth. Kumazaki lastly noted that, while Pyribbit does not give many chances to counterattack, he has a fixed pattern to his movements, making it important to pay attention.[1]
  • Pyribbit is actually in the lava pool in the background of his arena when the rematch with him in Royal Road starts and upon subsequent rematches in Endless Explosions, The Arena and The True Arena, 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 at his face while he's sleeping. Additionally, during Dededetour!, King Dedede simply trips and his hammer flies into Pyribbit DX's face, which initiates the battle.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヴォルゲロム
Vorugeromu
ヴォルゲロム DXデラックス
Vorugeromu Derakkusu
ヴォルゲロム EXイーエックス
Vorugeromu Īekkusu
Combination of「ヴォルケーノ」(vorukēno, volcano) and「ゲロゲロ」(gero-gero, Japanese onomatopoeia for a frog's croak)[2]
Chinese 火山蛙
huǒ shān wā
火山蛙EX
huǒ shān wā EX
Volcano Frog
Dutch Pyribbit
Pyribbit+
-
-
French Cramaud
Cramaud DX
Cramaud EX
A homophone between "cramé" (burnt) and "crapaud" (toad)
German Pyrosch
Pyrosch DX
Pyrosch X
Play on "pyro" and "Frosch" (frog)
Italian Vulkan
Vulkan DX
Vulkan X
The German word for "volcano"
Korean 개굴토르
Gae'gultoreu
개굴토르DX
Gae'gultoeru Direokseu
개굴토르EX
Gae'gultoreu Iegseu
Portmanteau of "개굴개굴" (gae'gul-gae'gul, onomatopoeia for croaking) and possibly "Thor" (describing its power)
Spanish Pirobúho
Pirobúho DX
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.


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