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Wapod

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Wapod
KDL3 Wapod artwork.png
Artwork of Wapod from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
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First game Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other game(s) Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Waddle Dee
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Wapod is a type of enemy debuting in Kirby's Dream Land 3. It resembles a ghostly Waddle Dee, which is brighter than a regular one and possesses a tail-like extension at the bottom instead of feet. It resides in a tall, brown vase, painted with a pattern of red and white triangles near its base.

As soon as Kirby approaches a vase, the Wapod dwelling inside rises up from it, stopping in midair once it reaches a certain altitude, which differs for individual specimens. The Wapod does not move or attack after it has reached its highest point, but both the spirit and the vase it lives in may harm Kirby if he bumps into either. Defeating a Wapod by using any attack or inhaling it immediately causes a new one to materialize from its container. The only way to eliminate it permanently is to destroy the jar, which is likewise vulnerable to any attack and does not respawn until Kirby leaves and re-enters the room, alongside its inhabitant. Wapods yield no abilities.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

Wapod makes its first appearance in this title, first appearing in Stage 2 of Sand Canyon. Wapods in this game are largely a novelty enemy, though they can appear in somewhat large numbers.

Locations[edit]

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

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

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Wapod as it appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land

After many years of absence from the Kirby series, Wapods return in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. They appear essentially identical to their Kirby's Dream Land 3 counterparts except for a lack of arms. Some Wapods rise up from their jar to a certain altitude, other Wapods continue to rise indefinitely, forming a slow, constant stream of enemies exiting the vase.

Wapod 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 Stage 6
Cookie Country No No No No No N/A
Raisin Ruins No No No No No N/A
Onion Ocean No No No No No N/A
White Wafers No No No No Yes No
Nutty Noon No No No No No No
Egg Engines No No No No No No
Dangerous Dinner Yes No No N/A N/A N/A
Wapod locations in Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Opening Stage No 4-3 No
1-1 No 4-4 No
1-2 No 4-EX Yes
1-3 No Sphere No
1-BOSS No Levitation No
2-1 No Health No
2-2 No Surge No
2-3 No Bomb No
2-4 No Upward No
2-BOSS No Needles No
3-1 No Barrier No
3-2 No Vanish No
3-3 No Cannon No
3-4 No Black Hole No
3-BOSS No Trickery No
4-1 No Secret Stage No
4-2 No Final Boss No

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

While not appearing as a proper enemy in this game, Wapod makes a cameo appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe as a Keychain, represented by its sprites in Kirby's Dream Land 3.

Trivia[edit]

  • Wapods may be based on the concept of a Genie in a bottle.
  • It is unclear if Wapods are actually related to Waddle Dees (perhaps being ghosts of departed Waddle Dees), or if they are merely an unrelated species that looks similar.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワポッド
Wapoddo
Portmanteau of "Waddle Dee" and a voicing of "pot"
French Warpot
German Luftikus
Italian Wampolla Portmanteau of "Waddle Dee" and "ampolla" (cruet)
Korean 와폿
Wapot
Wapod
Latin American Spanish Wasijín Pun on "Waddle Dee" and "vasija" (vessel), with diminutive suffix "-ín"
European Spanish Wapod -