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Shotzo
Shotzo KDT artwork.png
Artwork from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
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Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land
Latest Game Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
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
Enemy Info Card K64 Enemy Info Card 15.pngK64 Enemy Info Card 71.png
Similar Entities Blatzy, Moto Shotzo, Flame Shotzo, Tacotzo, Gigatzo, Volttzo, Coldtzo
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Shotzo[1] 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

Kirby's Dream Land

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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 is the only invincible enemy in the game other than Gordo.

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

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

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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.

Kirby's Dream Land 2 & Kirby's Dream Land 3

KDL2Shotzo.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.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra

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In Kirby Super Star and its remake, 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.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

K64 Shotzo Sprite.png Shotzos make an 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, is a relatively uncommon foe that behaves similarly to the standard Shotzo, however, with an added feature: the Wall Shotzo can target and hone in on Kirby's last location as fodder for firing, whereas regular Shotzo cannot.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

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.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby Squeak Squad

KNiD E Shotzo.png 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

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

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
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Stage 4 Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png N/A
Stage 5 Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png N/A Xmark.png Xmark.png N/A
Stage EX Yescheck.png Xmark.png Yescheck.png Yescheck.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png N/A

Kirby: Canvas Curse

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

Kirby's Epic Yarn/Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

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.

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.

Kirby's Dream Collection

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

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.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

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

It also appears as a Figurine.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

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

Kirby's Blowout Blast

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

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.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

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

  • 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.

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References

  1. Officially named in Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.