|“||Want to battle? You're at the right place.||”|
— Waddle Doo in Kirby Battle Royale
Waddle Doo is an iconic round creature and distant relative of Waddle Dee, sharing many of that creature's characteristics, save for the single large eye in place of a face and the ability to fire beams from it. He is most commonly encountered in the Kirby series as an enemy, but he can be recruited as a helper in appropriate games and in some instances is playable aside from that. Waddle Doo attacks primarily by firing his aforementioned eye beam, but will otherwise harm Kirby by collision or by trying to body-slam him, as seen in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Swallowing Waddle Doo will typically yield Kirby the Beam ability, and if holding a parasol, he will yield Kirby the Parasol ability.
Waddle Doo bears a very similar physique to Waddle Dee (and Kirby by extension), and can often be found in the same situations as his more down-to-earth cousins. If not distinguished by his eye, Waddle Doo also differs in his color scheme, bearing a more orange-red (described in Kirby's Dream Buffet as "ketchup") body hue with orange-yellow feet, as well as two strands of hair on his head. Given that Waddle Doo's face consists only of a single giant eye, he can only meaningfully communicate his emotions using eye-based expressions such as tears, dilation of his pupil, and movements of his eyelid. Despite this, Waddle Doo is capable of speaking, as evidenced in Kirby Battle Royale and Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
Waddle Doo is often associated with the recurring boss Kracko, who is able to conjure them in most of his appearances and also has a giant singular eye which can fire beams. Another form of Waddle Doo was created when Dark Matter possessed the Waddle Dee in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Waddle Doo also has a much larger Mid-Boss variation known as King Doo who appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby: Planet Robobot, along with a few other titles.
|Waddle Doo’s video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land||Enemy|
|Kirby's Pinball Land||Cameo||Appears as part of roulette in Wispy-Woods Land.|
|Kirby's Dream Course||Enemy||Only provides the Parasol ability in this game.|
|Kirby's Avalanche||Boss||Final tutorial opponent.|
|Kirby Super Star||Enemy and playable character||Can be summoned as Helper.|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Mid-Boss||Only one appears in this game, and is the result of Dark Matter possessing Waddle Dee.|
|Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble||Enemy|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Enemy||Reprises his role from Kirby's Adventure.|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Enemy|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Enemy and unlockable playable character||Waddle Doo is in ball form when playable.|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||Enemy|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Enemy and playable character||Reprises his role from Kirby Super Star. Also selectable in Helper to Hero.|
|Kirby's Epic Yarn||Enemy||These Waddle Doos were created by Yin-Yarn.|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Strato Patrol EOS and Kirby Quest enemy|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Enemy|
|Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition||Roles vary between games|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Enemy|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||Cameo||Appears in the intro. Also appears as a collectible figurine, and in one of the Secret Diary pages.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Enemy|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Supporting character||Responsible for checking Kirby into battles in Dedede's Cake Royale.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Enemy and playable Friend|
|Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn||Enemy||These Waddle Doos were created by Yin-Yarn. They reprise their role from Kirby's Epic Yarn.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Waddle Doo is referenced as a Color and Costume for Kirby, and is also on some Character Treats.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Enemy||Reprises his role from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Cameo||Appears as a trophy, and in King Dedede’s Waddle Dee Toss and Waddle Dee Army moves.|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS||Smash Run enemy||Also appears as a trophy.|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Spirit|
Kirby's Dream Land
Waddle Doo first appeared in Kirby's Dream Land. He stands in place and will attempt to fire beams at Kirby. Since there are no Copy Abilities in this title, he provides nothing if swallowed. He is also summoned by Kracko.
Waddle Doo can be found in every stage except for Green Greens.
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
In Kirby's Adventure, Waddle Doo is a semi-common enemy who famously bears the Beam ability, as he is the very first ability-providing enemy that Kirby encounters in the first stage of the game. He also appears in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
In addition to his role as an enemy, Waddle Doo appears as an opponent in both versions of Quick Draw.
In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Waddle Doo can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Doo locations in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land|
|Stage||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||Stage 6|
|Ice Cream Island||N/A|
Kirby's Pinball Land
Waddle Doo's image appears as part of the roulette machine in Wispy-Woods Land. If all three slots match Waddle Doo's image, any Maxim Tomato and Energy Drinks present on the board will be removed. Waddle Doo is the only enemy represented in Kirby's Pinball Land who does not actually make a personal appearance.
Kirby's Dream Course
- Main article: Parasol Waddle Doo
Waddle Doo appears as an enemy on the courses in this game, where he is always seen with a parasol in hand. As such, this is the only game in the series where Waddle Doo exclusively provides the Parasol ability.
|“||You did not treat Waddle Dee with respect... Now I, Waddle Doo will repay you in kind!||”|
— Waddle Doo from Kirby's Avalanche
|“||Waddle Dee's first cousin, this cyclops lacks perspective, seeing everything in only two dimensions.||”|
— Kirby's Avalanche Instruction Booklet (North American print), page 21
Waddle Doo (abbreviated as WADO in this game) is the third and final opponent faced in the 'Lessons' stages. He has no particular patterns or behaviors, and is not particularly tough to defeat. His Puyo Puyo equivalent is Mummy.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star, Waddle Doo is a rather common enemy that attacks using his characteristic beam. Waddle Doo can also serve as a Helper (who is slightly lighter orange than a standard Waddle Doo), created out of the Beam ability. He can also be conjured by Kracko Jr. and Kracko and appears at the beginning of the battle against the former.
Waddle Doo can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:
|Waddle Doo locations in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra|
|Green Greens||RoMK Chapter 4|
|Float Islands||RoMK Chapter 5|
|Bubbly Clouds||RoMK Chapter 6|
|Mt. Dedede||RoMK Chapter 7|
|Trial Room 1||Cavius|
|Trial Room 2||Mekkai|
|Old Tower||Purple Plants|
|RoMK Chapter 1||Crash Clouds|
|RoMK Chapter 2||The Revenge|
|RoMK Chapter 3|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Waddle Doo does not appear as a regular enemy in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Instead, he appears as the form Kirby's Waddle Dee friend takes when he is possessed by Dark Matter. Kirby fights Waddle Doo as a mid-boss in the game after a dramatic cutscene showing Waddle Dee being possessed, and, peculiarly enough, Waddle Doo does not fire beams in this iteration. Instead, he merely tries to run into and/or body-slam Kirby. Most of his attacks end up with him tripping and hurting himself (though this does not end up actually damaging him).
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Waddle Doo returns in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, and serves a similar function of firing beams, though from a top-down format. Given the nature of the game, he does not provide any special abilities upon defeat. Like Waddle Dees, Waddle Doo can be defeated by popping up the Game Boy Color to turn him into a star piece.
Waddle Doo can be found only in Lvl 4-1.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Waddle Doo returns in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, unaltered from his appearance in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and still providing the Beam Ability as usual.
In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Waddle Doo may be found in the following areas and rooms:
|Waddle Doo 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|
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Waddle Doo appears in Kirby: Canvas Curse, providing the Beam ability when touched. A Waddle Doo in ball form is also playable in the game, which has permanent use of the Beam ability.
Waddle Doo also appears as one of the objects which can be painted in Paint Panic.
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Waddle Doo appears in the following locations:
|Waddle Doo locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse|
|Reddy Land||Arange Gorge||Iello Adventure||Neo Greo||Bloo Hills||Omarine Zone||Wonder Lilane|
Kirby: Squeak Squad
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Waddle Doo appears as an enemy, with the exact same look and characteristics that he had in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. Here, Waddle Doo can be possessed by Ghost Kirby, whereupon he can be made to walk, jump, and fire his beam, though this last action requires a little charge-up.
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Waddle Doo can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Doo locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad|
|Stage||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||Stage EX|
Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
|“||This big-eyed Waddle Doo may be a fake, but that beam is as nasty as the real thing!||”|
— Patch Plaza description from Kirby's Epic Yarn
In Kirby's Epic Yarn, yarn versions of Waddle Doos appear as somewhat common enemies, though they are imposters made by Yin-Yarn. Upon spotting Kirby, the yarn Waddle Doo will shoot a beam out of his button eye. He will adjust his hair after shooting the beam, although he will also occasionally adjust it at times.
In Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, Waddle Doos appear both in the main game and in Stage 3 of the Sub-Game Slash & Bead. Here, they behave as they normally do, though Meta Knight is able to slash them with his sword or defeat them with his Special for a reward of beads.
Waddle Doo can be found in the following stages in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn.
|Waddle Doo locations in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn|
|Patch Castle||Deep-Dive Deep|
|Fountain Gardens||Boom Boatyard|
|Flower Fields||Fossil Reef|
|Rainbow Falls||Snowy Fields|
|Big-Bean Vine||Cozy Cabin|
|Mole Hole||Mt. Slide|
|Weird Woods||Frosty Wheel|
|Pyramid Sands||Frigid Fjords|
|Lava Landing||Evergreen Lift|
|Cool Cave||Future City|
|Dino Jungle||Tube Town|
|Temper Temple||Mysterious UFO|
|Dusk Dunes||Stellar Way|
|Toy Tracks||Moon Base|
|Mushroom Run||Outer Rings|
|Sweets Park||Whispy's Forest|
|Melody Town||Tempest Towers|
|Cocoa Station||Cloud Palace|
|Dark Manor||Castle Dedede|
|Splash Beach||Meta Melon Isle|
|Blub-Blub Ocean||Battleship Halberd|
Kirby Mass Attack
Waddle Doo does not appear in the main game of Kirby Mass Attack. However, he does appear as an enemy in the sub-games Strato Patrol EOS (as Parasol Waddle Doos, summoned by Kracko) and Kirby Quest. Captain Waddle Doo from the anime also makes an appearance in Kirby Quest.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Waddle Doo returns as an enemy in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, providing the Beam ability like before. He can also be found carrying a Parasol. A super variant known as Super Waddle Doo can also be found, which provides the Flare Beam Super Ability.
A similar enemy, known as King Doo appears as a Mid-Boss.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Waddle Doo can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Doo locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe|
|Stage||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5|
Waddle Doo returns in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, with his properties and behavior remaining unchanged. He also appears as a Dress-Up Mask, unlocked by completing card #23 in the Stamp Rally, and makes more appearances as an enemy in Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler.
|Waddle Doo locations in Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler|
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
In addition to appearing in the games featured in this collection, Waddle Doo also appears as a common enemy in the New Challenge Stages, where he behaves much as he did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. However, due to the nature of the game, Kirby cannot obtain the Beam ability from him here.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Waddle Doo is also represented by a couple in-game keychains. One depicts his sprite from Kirby's Adventure, another depicts him in ball form from Kirby: Canvas Curse, and a third depicts his helper sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Waddle Doo can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Doo 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|
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
|“||Waddle Doo was shocked when he saw that bright light shining down from the sky, but he was too scared to run. He'll be OK as long as that giant eye of his doesn't dry out. Ugh. Can you just imagine what that would feel like?||”|
— Figurine description from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, a single Waddle Doo appears as one of the first characters to be affected by the sucking of Dream Land's colors. The very same Waddle Doo appears as a Figurine later on.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Waddle Doo also appears on two stickers. One depicts him as a "doodle", presumably drawn by Kirby, and the other depicts him in ball form from Kirby: Canvas Curse.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Waddle Doo can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Doo 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|
Kirby Battle Royale
|“||Who knew we'd have so many of you round battlers show up? Doesn't seem to faze Waddle Doo at the check-in desk though.||”|
— Soldier Waddle Dee, Kirby Battle Royale
In the Dedede's Cake Royale mode of Kirby Battle Royale, a Waddle Doo operates the check-in desk for tournament battles. He presents Kirby with the battles in his current league, and informs Kirby when he has enough League Points to enter the qualifier rounds.
A Waddle Doo can also be seen in the audience for Crazy Theater, wielding two glow sticks and flailing them with much more gusto than the Waddle Dees in the crowd.
Kirby Star Allies
Waddle Doo returns as a standard enemy in this title. He can also become a friend, representing the Beam ability. As such, he can provide the Zap element to weapons and help perform moves like Zap Splasher. Notably, when Waddle Doo is recruited as an ally, he no longer shoots the beam from his eye, but uses a wand to match Beam Kirby.
In Kirby Star Allies, Waddle Doo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Waddle Doo does not appear directly in Kirby's Dream Buffet. However, a Costume in his likeness is available for Kirby to wear, which fittingly gives him a large eye and two strands of hair. A Color is also available, which resembles Waddle Doo's color scheme, called "Doo Ketchup". Together, these make Kirby greatly resemble Waddle Doo, making it seem like he is a playable character. Additionally, Waddle Doo appears on three Character Treats; one depicting his artwork from Kirby's Dream Land, another depicting his sprite from Kirby's Adventure, and the third depicting him as part of the Friend Circle treat.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, King Dedede may throw a Waddle Doo when using his Waddle Dee Toss special move. This Waddle Doo will wander around the stage, occasionally performing a Beam Whip. Waddle Doo can also appear when King Dedede is using his Final Smash: Waddle Dee Army. Additionally, Waddle Doo appears as a collectible trophy.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Waddle Doo appears as an enemy in Smash Run, a mode made exclusively for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and also appears as a trophy in that game.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Waddle Doo appears as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and is obtainable by defeating him in World of Light, the Spirit Board, or by buying him in the Shop. He is a Novice-level Attack-type primary spirit with one support slot and no additional effects. His level 1 stats are 517 attack and 486 defense, and his level 99 stats are 2,585 attack and 2,434 defense. His spirit battle involves three red Kirbys with Super Scopes over an electrified floor on the Dream Land (64) stage.
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- Main article: Captain Waddle Doo
A Waddle Doo with the ability to speak makes an appearance in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, known formally as Captain Waddle Doo. In this role, Waddle Doo serves as the captain of the guard for Castle Dedede, and commands the Waddle Dees stationed there. Despite this, Captain Waddle Doo is not directly related to the Waddle Dees, and does not even know how many there really are inhabiting the castle. Captain Waddle Doo is depicted with a small sword and scabbard in this series, which is something he is not seen with in the games (outside of his cameo in Kirby Quest).
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Beam ability is mine!|
|Kirby Star Allies||Guest Star Waddle Doo:|
"I’ll bet it all on this beam!"
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy
|Name||Image||American English description||British English description|
|Waddle Doo||Two big eyelashes for one big eye? You're describing this beam-firing enemy from the Kirby series. This enemy may hop toward a fighter it spots and unleash an energy attack. The attack itself has a short range, but it can happen repeatedly and can stun. Unlike Waddle Dees, these guys will fight!||These one-eyed, two-haired guys from the Kirby series are hungry for battle. When one spots you, it'll close in slowly with the occasional hop. Then it'll attack with its Beam Whip, which doesn't really have a lot of range, but can shock and hit you repeatedly. Ahhh... If only they were more like Waddle Dees...|
- The three main-series games that Waddle Doo is notably absent from are Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby and the Forgotten Land, likely because those games lack the Beam ability.
- Until Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Waddle Doo had consistently appeared in every main series Kirby game since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, making Kirby and the Forgotten Land the first main series Kirby game in 22 years to not feature Waddle Doo in any form.
- According to Masahiro Sakurai, Waddle Dee and Waddle Doo are so similar to each other because, during the production of Kirby's Dream Land, he saved cartridge space by reusing the back half of the enemy and only changing the front half.
- Main article: Waddle Doo/gallery
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land
Artwork from Kirby Super Star
Icon from Kirby Super Star
Artwork from Kirby: Canvas Curse
Artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Sprite from Kirby on the Draw in Kirby Super Star Ultra
Screenshot from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Model from Kirby Star Allies
Kirby no Copy-toru! artwork
|Quotes from Waddle Doo in the Kirby series|
- Development Secrets of the Original Kirby, Masahiro Sakurai on Creating Games, YouTube
Names in other languages
wǎ dòu lǔ dǔ
wǎ dòu lǔ dǔ
Pallocchio (Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land)
Combination of "Palla" (ball) and "Occhio" (eye)