Shotzo

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Shotzo
Shotzo KTD artwork.png
Artwork of Shotzo from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
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First game Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Latest game Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn (2019)
Other game(s) All main-series titles
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby's Dream Collection (New Challenge Stages)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Copy Ability N/A
Enemy Info Card K64 Enemy Info Card 15.png
Similar entities Blatzy, Wall Shotzo, Moto Shotzo, Flame Shotzo, Tacotzo, Gigatzo, Volttzo, Coldtzo
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Quote1.png This indestructible cannon packs quite a wallop! Quote2.png
— Patch Plaza description of Shotzo from Kirby's Epic Yarn.

Shotzo is an impregnable, projectile-spitting foe and one of Kirby's oldest enemies, making is debut appearance in Kirby's Dream Land. They look like cannons made of black metal and attack by shooting cannon balls at Kirby. While most Shotzos are unable to move, they sometimes drop from the sky on Parasols. Regular Shotzos come in two variants: One that sternly keeps facing in one direction, and one that constantly adjust its aim to hit Kirby. The non-aiming Shotzos often fire whole barrages of cannon balls, only stopping at short intervals. Shotzos cannot be directly destroyed. However, they can be dropped into a bottomless pit if they happen to stand on a Star Block. Shotzos are recurring enemies that appeared in most Kirby games up to date.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

KDL2 Shotzo sprite.png
Kirby using the Invincible Candy to defeat a Shotzo

In Kirby's Dream Land, Shotzo looks and acts like in all its subsequent appearances: A cannon that shoots cannonballs at Kirby, often firing three and then pausing. It can only be killed while Kirby is under the effect of the Invincible Candy by standing in one for a few seconds. This can be seen in Castle Lololo where the Invincible Candy and a Shotzo exist in the same room.

In the Extra Game, Shotzos are all replaced by Blatzys.

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

KA Shotzo sprite.png KNiD E Shotzo.png Shotzos also appear as enemies in Kirby's Adventure and its remake, Nightmare in Dream Land. Aside from Gordos, Shotzos are the other undefeatable enemy, and do not reward any Copy Ability, even for their cannonballs.

Locations[edit]

Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Shotzo locations in Kirby's Adventure & Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land  
Stage Vegetable Valley Ice Cream Island Butter Building Grape Garden Yogurt Yard Orange Ocean Rainbow Resort
Stage 1 No No No No Yes No Yes
Stage 2 Yes No No No Yes Yes No
Stage 3 Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stage 4 Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Stage 5 N/A Yes No No Yes No No
Stage 6 N/A N/A Yes No No No Yes

Kirby's Dream Land 2 & Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

KDL2 Shotzo sprite.png DL3 Shotzo Sprite.png Shotzo appears in both of these games, serving the same function as it has in the series so far. Unlike in many other games, they are not terribly common.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 2, Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Shotzo locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2  
Stage Grass Land Big Forest Ripple Field Iceberg Red Canyon Cloudy Park Dark Castle
Stage 1 No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Stage 2 No No No No No Yes No
Stage 3 No No No No No No No
Stage 4 N/A N/A N/A Yes No Yes No
Stage 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A No No No
Stage 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No No
Stage 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Shotzo locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3  
Stage Grass Land Ripple Field Sand Canyon Cloudy Park Iceberg
Stage 1 No No Yes Yes No
Stage 2 No No No No No
Stage 3 Yes No No No No
Stage 4 No No No No No
Stage 5 No No No No Yes
Stage 6 No No Yes Yes No

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

KSS Shotzo.png ShotzoSSU.png In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Shotzo appears in every normal mode except for Revenge of the King, where they are replaced by Blatzys. They are common in castle and mechanical areas.

Locations[edit]

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

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

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

K64 Shotzo Sprite.png Shotzos make their debut 3-D appearance in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. These cannon-like enemies situate themselves within drop-holes, areas of low terrain, and interestingly, even exist as part of the background in few select stages, shooting small bullets at Kirby from afar. Regardless of location, these enemies cannot be defeated or ingested, and thus must be avoided if Kirby is to escape injury-free. A wall-mounted version of this standard foe, the Wall Shotzo, also appears.

Locations[edit]

Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Shotzo locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards  
Stage Pop Star Rock Star Aqua Star Neo Star Shiver Star Ripple Star Dark Star
Stage 1 No No No No No Yes No
Stage 2 No Yes No Yes No No N/A
Stage 3 No No Yes No Yes No N/A
Stage 4 N/A No No No Yes N/A N/A

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble[edit]

KTnT Shotzo.png Shotzo appears in this title. Given the top-down nature of this game, Shotzo will either fire straight forward, or in any other of the eight general directions.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Shotzo locations in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble  
Stage Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8
Stage 1 No No No No No No No No
Stage 2 No No No No No No No No
Stage 3 No No No No No Yes No Yes
Stage 4 No No No No No No No No

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Shotzo appears in both of these games, looking and acting identically to the way it did in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Due to being invulnerable, Shotzo cannot be possessed by Ghost Kirby.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Shotzo can be found in every Mirror World area except for Moonlight Mansion and Cabbage Cavern.

Shotzo locations in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Rainbow Route Moonlight Mansion Cabbage Cavern Mustard Mountain Carrot Castle Olive Ocean Peppermint Palace Radish Ruins Candy Constellation The Mirror
No
No
No

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Shotzo locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad  
Stage Prism Plains Nature Notch Cushy Cloud Jam Jungle Vocal Volcano Ice Island Secret Sea Gamble Galaxy
Stage 1 No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stage 2 No Yes No No Yes Yes No No
Stage 3 No No No No No Yes No No
Stage 4 No No No No No No No N/A
Stage 5 No No No No N/A No No N/A
Stage EX Yes No Yes Yes No No No N/A

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

KCC Shotzo sprite.png Shotzo appears again in Kirby: Canvas Curse, and are once again indestructible. Its cannonballs can be blocked by rainbow lines.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Shotzo appears in the following locations:

Shotzo locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse  
Reddy Land Arange Gorge Iello Adventure Neo Greo Bloo Hills Omarine Zone Wonder Lilane
Yes
All stages
No

Kirby's Epic Yarn/Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn[edit]

Shotzos also appear in Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn as a somewhat uncommon enemy who, much like previous games, is indestructible. Its shots can't be grabbed by the Yarn Whip. There is a variation of them in Snow Land named Freezo that shoots snowballs and is only in the level Evergreen Lift.

Locations[edit]

Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages in Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn:

Shotzo locations in Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Patch Castle No Deep-Dive Deep No
Fountain Gardens No Boom Boatyard No
Flower Fields No Fossil Reef No
Rainbow Falls No Snowy Fields No
Big-Bean Vine No Cozy Cabin No
Mole Hole No Mt. Slide No
Weird Woods Yes Frosty Wheel No
Pyramid Sands No Frigid Fjords No
Lava Landing No Evergreen Lift No
Cool Cave No Future City No
Dino Jungle No Tube Town No
Temper Temple No Mysterious UFO No
Dusk Dunes No Stellar Way No
Toy Tracks No Moon Base No
Mushroom Run No Outer Rings No
Sweets Park No Whispy's Forest Yes
Melody Town No Tempest Towers Yes
Cocoa Station No Cloud Palace Yes
Dark Manor No Castle Dedede No
Splash Beach No Meta Melon Isle No
Blub-Blub Ocean No Battleship Halberd No
Secret Island No

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

A Shotzo in Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Shotzo returns in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, functioning like it has done in earlier Kirby games. It is accompanied by its new much larger relatives, Gigatzo, Volttzo and Coldtzo, who cannot aim, but fire huge elemental projectiles.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Shotzo locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Cookie Country No No Yes No No
Raisin Ruins No No Yes Yes No
Onion Ocean Yes No No No N/A
White Wafers No Yes No No No
Nutty Noon Yes No Yes Yes No
Egg Engines No No Yes Yes No
Dangerous Dinner Yes No No N/A N/A

Kirby's Dream Collection[edit]

Shotzo appears in the New Challenge Stages, serving the same purpose as it did in Return to Dream Land. Being indestructible, 'defeating' it is not necessary to earn the bonus for defeating all enemies.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Shotzo appears again in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, keeping its look from Return to Dream Land. In this iteration, its stand-out feature is the ability to aim between the foreground and background.

Shotzo also appears as a randomly-obtained Keychain, depicted as its sprite from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Shotzo locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields No Yes No Yes N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No Yes No N/A No N/A N/A
Old Odyssey Yes No No No No N/A No N/A
Wild World No No No Yes No N/A No N/A
Endless Explosions No No Yes Yes No N/A Yes N/A
Royal Road Yes No No No No N/A No No

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

Quote1.png Shotzo can fire a ton of bullets, true. But other than that, it's not really all that scary. It's strong physically, but it doesn't have the same strength of character as Kirby. Quote2.png
— Figurine description from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

Shotzo appears again in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, behaving the same as in past games. Like in Kirby: Canvas Curse, its cannonballs can be blocked by rainbow ropes.

In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Shotzo only appears in the stage Kirby Rocket's Big Blastoff.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Shotzo appears yet again in Kirby: Planet Robobot, behaving the same as in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Shotzo locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Patched Plains No Yes No Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Overload Ocean No No No No No N/A No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds No No Yes Yes No N/A No N/A
Rhythm Route No No No No No N/A No N/A
Access Ark No Yes No No No N/A Yes No

Kirby's Blowout Blast[edit]

Shotzo appears in this title, and is able to re-aim in several different ways, both horizontally and vertically if needed. Kirby does not need to do anything to it to gain the bonus for defeating all enemies.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Shotzo, as it appears in Kirby Star Allies.

Shotzo reappears in Kirby Star Allies, behaving the same as in past installments. It gains a slight redesign in this game, becoming more bulbous and bearing a rougher surface texture.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies Shotzo can be found in the following levels and stages:

Shotzo locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon No
Donut Dome No Planet Misteen No
Honey Hill No Mareen Moon No
Fruity Forest No Planet Caverna No
Clash at Castle Dedede No Grott Moon No
Extra Eclair No Planet Frostak No
Friendly Field Yes Blizzno Moon No
Reef Resort No Planet Towara No
Echo's Edge No Gabbel Moon No
Nature's Navel No Star Lavadom No
Sacred Square Yes Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands No Jambandra Base Yes
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α No
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor No Extra Planet γ No
Western Outer Wall No Extra Planet δ No
Inner Sanctum No Ability Planet No
Heavenly Hall No Dimension I Yes
Sector A No Dimension II No
Sector B Yes Dimension III No
Sector C No Dimension IV Yes
Planet Earthfall Yes

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Shotzo can appear as an enemy in Smash Run, where it acts much the same as it does in the home series, and is invulnerable. Shotzo also appears as a collectable trophy:

Image American English Description British English Desription
ShotzoTrophy3DS.png
"These cannons from the Kirby series could track Kirby and fire at him. In Smash Bros., there are two different kinds: ones that fire in a set direction and ones that will track and fire at a fighter. Don't waste time attacking these guys, though — it's impossible to defeat them." "Not all of these cannons from the Kirby series are stuck to the ground — some float in with parasols, and some can even move on their own! In Smash Run, some fire in a fixed direction, while others will aim at you. They're invincible, but they also can't shoot through each other. Keep that in mind when you come across them!"

Trivia[edit]

  • While not formally established until Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Shotzo's base is made to resemble feet similar to those of Kirby's. This and descriptions of the enemy give the implication that Shotzos are actually living creatures much like other enemies.
    • Despite these feet, Shotzo has never been shown to be able to move on its own, with most mobile examples being those attached to Parasols.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シャッツォ
Shattso
Shotzo
German Kanonor Cannonor