Waddle Doo is an iconic round orange creature with a single large eye often found in many Kirby series games. It is most commonly encountered as an enemy, but it can be recruited as a Helper in appropriate games and in some instances is playable. Waddle Doo attacks primarily by firing a beam from its eye, but will otherwise harm Kirby by collision or trying to body-slam him, as seen in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Swallowing a Waddle Doo will typically yield Kirby the Beam ability, and if holding a parasol, it will yield him 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 its more down-to-earth cousins. If not distinguished by its eye, it also differs in its color scheme, bearing a more orange-red body hue with orange-yellow feet. Given that Waddle Doo's face consists only of a single giant eye with two thin eyelashes on top, it can only meaningfully communicate its emotions using eye-based expressions such as tears, dilation of its pupil, and movements of its 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 reoccurring 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 cousin known as King Doo who appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby: Planet Robobot, along with a few other titles.
Kirby's Dream Land
Waddle Doos first appear in Kirby's Dream Land. They stand in place and will attempt to fire beams at Kirby. Since there are no Copy Abilities in this title, they provide nothing if swallowed. They are also summoned by Kracko.
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
In Kirby's Adventure, Waddle Doos are semi-common enemies bearing the Beam ability. They reappear in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
Waddle Doo also appears as an opponent in both versions of Quick Draw.
Waddle Doo can be found in the following levels and stages:
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 it 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.
Sprite from Kirby's Avalanche
||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. It has no particular patterns or behaviors, and is not particularly tough to defeat.
Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star, Waddle Doos are rather common enemies that attack using their characteristic beam. Waddle Doos can also serve as Helpers (who are slightly lighter orange than standard Waddle Doos), created out of the Beam ability. They appear when battling Kracko Jr. and Kracko and at the beginning of the battle against the former.
Waddle Doo appears as one of the opponents in Samurai Kirby. It also appears as a card in Kirby Card Swipe and as a target in Kirby on the Draw.
In Kirby Super Star Ultra's Helper to Hero, Waddle Doo is one of the playable Helpers, bearing a light green color.
Waddle Doo can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Waddle Doo does not appear as a regular enemy in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Instead, it 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 cut-scene showing the Waddle Dee being possessed, and, peculiarly enough, Waddle Doo does not fire beams from its eye in this iteration. It merely tries to body-slam Kirby.
Waddle Dee is transformed into Waddle Doo by Dark Matter.
Kirby battles Waddle Doo.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Waddle Doo returns in this title, and serves a similar function of firing beams, though from a top-down format. Given the nature of the game, it 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 it into a star piece.
In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Waddle Doo can be found only in Lvl 4-1.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Waddle Doo returns in this game, unaltered from its appearance in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and still providing the Beam Ability as usual. It can be found in every major area of the Mirror World.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Waddle Doos appear 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:
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Waddle Doo can be possessed by Ghost Kirby, whereupon it can be made to walk, jump, and fire its 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:
Artwork from Kirby's 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 a somewhat common enemy, though they are imposters made by Yin-Yarn. Upon spotting Kirby, the yarn Waddle Doo will shoot a laser out of its button eye. It will adjust its hair after shooting the laser.
Waddle Doo can be found in some of the stages in Kirby's Epic Yarn.
Kirby Mass Attack
Waddle Doo does not appear in the main game proper. However, it does appear as an enemy in the sub-games Strato Patrol EOS (as Parasol Waddle Doos, summoned by Kracko) and Kirby Quest (alongside Waddle Dees).
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
An in-game Waddle Doo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land
& New Challenge Stages
Waddle Doo returns as an enemy in this game, providing the Beam ability like before. It 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:
Kirby's Dream Collection
In addition to appearing in the games featured in this collection, Waddle Doo also appears as a common enemy in New Challenge Stages, where it behaves much as it did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. However, due to the nature of the game, Kirby cannot obtain the Beam ability from it here.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Waddle Doo appears again in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, reprising its role from its previous appearance. One of the stage bosses, Kracko, will summon Waddle Doos to attack Kirby.
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Waddle Doo can be found in the following levels and stages:
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 reappears in Kirby: Planet Robobot, reprising its role from past installments. They now also provide the Beam ability to the Robobot Armor.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Waddle Doo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby Battle Royale
In Dedede's Cake 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.
In Kirby Star Allies Waddle Doo can be found in the following levels and stages:
Super Smash Bros. series
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. Additionally, Waddle Doos appear as a collectible trophy.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Waddle Doos appear as an enemy in Smash Run, a mode made exclusively for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Waddle Doo appears as a Spirit in this game, and is obtainable by defeating it in World of Light, the Spirit Board, or by buying it in the Shop. It is a Novice-level Attack-type primary spirit with one support slot and no additional effects. Its level 1 stats are 517 attack and 486 defense, and its level 99 stats are 2,585 attack and 2,434 defense. Its spirit battle involves three red Kirbys with Super Scopes over an electrified floor on the Dream Land (64) stage.
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Artwork of Waddle Doo from the anime.
- Main article: Captain Waddle Doo
A Waddle Doo with the ability to speak makes an appearance in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. In the anime series, Waddle Doo serves as the captain of the guard for Castle Dedede, and commands the Waddle Dees stationed there. Despite this, Waddle Doo is not directly related to the Waddle Dees, and does not even know how many there really are inhabiting the castle. Waddle Doo is depicted with a small sword and scabbard in this series, which is something he is rarely seen with in the games.
||Kirby: Canvas Curse
||Beam ability is mine!
||Kirby Star Allies
"I’ll bet it all on this beam!"
It was the first Copy Ability that anyone ever got, and the origin of all abilities that came later! So much potential from a beam! And now, he wants to see why the beam...bends!
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
||GB Kirby's Dream Land
DS Kirby: Squeak Squad (American English), Kirby: Mouse Attack (British English)
|A creature identified by a single, unblinking eye. Like Waddle Dees, Waddle Doos roam about Dream Land and sometimes use parasols. Unlike their counterparts, though, they hate being approached—they'll fire a beam of energy at anyone who nears them, so don't think they're harmless like Waddle Dees. If Kirby swallows one, he copies the Beam ability and gains a jester's hat.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy
||American English description
||British English description
||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...
Kirby's Dream Land artwork
Artwork of Waddle Doo from Kirby Super Star
Enemy sprite from Kirby Super Star
Helper sprite from Kirby Super Star
Icon from Kirby Super Star
Sprite from Samurai Kirby
Splash bar from Samurai Kirby
Artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Artwork of Kirby calling a Waddle Doo Helper from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Helper sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Icon from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Figurine from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
From Kirby: Planet Robobot
Screenshot from Kirby Star Allies
In-game render of a Waddle Doo from Kirby Star Allies
Artwork used for PUPUPU FRIENDS merchandise series
Artwork for Wado's Toy Shop
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Factory
Group artwork for Kirby's Dream Factory
Names in other languages
wǎ dòu lǔ dǔ
|Transcription of Waddle Doo