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KDL3 Yaban artwork.png
Artwork of Yaban from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
First game Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Yariko
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KDL3 Yaban sprite.png
In-game sprite

Yaban is an enemy appearing in Kirby's Dream Land 3. Yaban is a round, peach-colored creature with two round hands of the same color as its body and a pair of oval, jungle green feet. Of its face, only a perpetually emotionless mouth and two rosy cheeks are visible, the area where its eyes would be being obscured by its green hair, which is tied up in a knot at the top. In one of its hands, the Yaban holds a wooden longbow.

These comparably large enemies are encountered relatively early in the game, first appearing in the final stage of Grass Land, and are found in every level, making their final appearance in the second-to-last stage of Iceberg. Each Yaban remains stationary until approached by Kirby, at which point it leaps straight into the air and, at the climax of its jump, uses its bow to shoot an arrow diagonally downwards, which remains stuck in the ground for a short amount of time and can harm Kirby even after it has landed. As the Yaban's projectile is always fired into the same direction and from the same point, however, its target can be easily predicted, allowing Kirby to avoid it. Yabans are vulnerable to any attack, but yield no Copy Ability when inhaled and swallowed.


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

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

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Yaban as it appears in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.

Yaban makes a tiny cameo appearance as a monster in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Cowardly Creature. It is shown briefly training as part of the "Young Monsters of the Future" program run by monster clowns, using a jump rope. Strangely, Yaban is light pink in its appearance here, as opposed to its coloration in Kirby's Dream Land 3.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヤバン
Pun on「野蛮やばん」(yaban, savage) and「」(ya, arrow)