Zan Partizanne

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Zan Partizanne
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Artwork of Zan Partizanne from Kirby Star Allies.
Details
First game Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Latest game Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Other game(s) Super Kirby Clash (cameo)
Weakness(es) Artist
Splash
Similar to Francisca
Flamberge
Theme music


"Forgotizanne Flash of Lightning"


Zan Partizanne's battle theme from Kirby Star Allies

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This article is about Zan Partizanne on her own. For all three sisters, see The Three Mage-Sisters.
But I am afraid your unwanted wanderings end here. By the will of our beloved liege, Lord Hyness, Officiant of Doom... I shall destroy you here and now!
— Zan Partizanne in Kirby Star Allies


Zan Partizanne is a boss who made her debut in Kirby Star Allies. She is described as the Lightning General of The Three Mage-Sisters (the other two being Francisca and Flamberge) and is voiced by Ryōka Yuzuki. She is also the highest-ranking general of the trio, taking orders directly from Hyness, the main antagonist of the game. Like the other two sisters, Zan Partizanne's English name is based on the name of the polearm she carries.

As her title implies, Zan Partizanne uses electricity in battle, conducted through her polearm when she swings at the Star Allies, as well as a giant set of drums she straps onto her back.

She is first faced in battle at the end of Heavenly Hall in Jambastion. Once defeated, she destroys the core of the fortress, prompting the Star Allies to escape before it collapses. Zan Partizanne is the second boss in the series who forces an escape sequence after being defeated, the first one being Meta Knight in Revenge of Meta Knight. Zan Partizanne is faced again at The Divine Terminus, just before the battle with Hyness.

Attacks[edit]

The dutiful leader of the three Jambastion mages, Lightning General Zan Partizanne seems to energize the fortress itself and uses high-speed attacks to render her prey helpless. At the bidding of some unknown power, she hunts for dark hearts…
— Pause flavor text of Zan Partizanne (1st battle in Heavenly Hall) in Story Mode and Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!

The following lists all of Zan Partizanne's attacks. Attacks in italics are used during the second phase only.

Zan Partizanne's Attacks during the first battle in Kirby Star Allies  
Attack Description
ザン・ザン
Zan Zlash
Zan Partizanne slashes with her spear. The slash reach is short compared to her thrusting attacks. Most often she slashes twice in a row but can do it only once, too. If she does two sets, she may turn around at the start of her second set if her target is behind her.
  • ザン can also be written as 斬 (slash).
ザン・サザン
Zan Ztab
Zan Partizanne jumps and thrusts down her spear, creating an electric barrier and Recoil Stars around her on impact. Sometimes she may do this move twice in a row.
ザン・サウザンド
Zan Zkewers
Zan Partizanne rapidly thrusts her spear while dashing, finishing with a forceful thrust. She may turn around upon performing the final thrust.
カミナリオコシ
Drum N Waste
Zan Partizanne begins with this attack during the second phase of her first battle.

She conjures a kit of three drums that resemble the ones wielded by Raijin, the Japanese god of lightning.

  • Her drums will explode when taking enough hits from Artist or Water/Splash-augment attacks, leaving her stunned and vulnerable to attacks from Kirby & his allies.

As long as her drums are not destroyed, she may fire parabolic electric blasts from the drums for 5 rounds, leaving stars on impact:

  • Round one & two: one shot from each drum
  • Round three: 3-shot burst from each drum
  • Round four: 5-shot burst from each drum
  • Final round: one shot from each drum that focus on the center of the floor and create a huge eletric barrier there

Under her is the safety zone where the electric blasts can't hit Kirby & his allies.

  • The Japanese name of this attack, カミナリオコシ(雷粔籹)(Thunder Candies)[1] is a kind of wagashi (Japanese traditional confections), well-known as a souvernir from the Kaminarimon ("Thunder Gate") that ultimately leads to the temple Sensō-ji in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. The English name refers to the music genre, drum 'n' bass.
Lightning Lemonade Zan Partizanne points up her spear to summon a thundercloud above her. She drops a lightning bolt from the cloud on her both sides for 3 rounds, leaving stars on impact.
She attacks on:
  • one side of the stage,
  • the center,
  • the other side of the stage.

The middle under her is the safety zone where the lightning bolts on her both sides can't hit Kirby & his allies.

Electro Eclair

Zan Partizanne conjures her Raijin drums in order to use this attack, similar to 'Thunder Candies'.

  • Again, her drums will explode when taking enough hits from Artist or Water/Splash-augment attacks.

As long as her drums are not destroyed, she uses her drums as a bow and shoot her spear horizontally like an arrow.
Then, she fires a giant electric laser from her drums toward the spear (acting as a lightning rod), creating sparks on the floor as well as and stars bouncing from the spear.

  • Eclair is the the original codename for Kirby Star Allies. There is also an Extra Stage called Extra Eclair.
Attack names are taken from Japanese guide books and the English version's Dream Friend moveset list.

In between attacks, Zan Partizanne moves via Lightning Dodge to get into position for her next attack. For Drum N Waste and Electro Eclair, she moves to the center of the battlefield, while for all the others she moves to one side of the screen (left or right) before executing the move. The only exception to this pattern is if she does two sets of Zan Zlashes in a row.

In phase 1, Zan Partizanne always starts with these attacks:

  • Zan Zlash x2
  • Zan Zlash x2
  • Zan Ztab

After that, her attack order goes on loop as follows:

  1. Zan Zlash
  2. Zan Zlash x2
  3. Zan Zkewers
  4. Zan Ztab x2
  5. Zan Zlash x2
  6. Zan Zlash x2
  7. Zan Zkewers

In phase 2, Zan Partizanne's attack order is on loop as follows:

  1. Drum N Waste
  2. Zan Zlash x2
  3. Zan Ztab
  4. Lightning Lemonade
  5. Zan Zkewers
  6. Electro Eclair
  7. Zan Zlash x2
  8. Zan Zlash x2
  9. Zan Ztab x2
  10. Zan Ztab x2
Zan Partizanne swore an oath of loyalty to Hyness—even though he has yet to remember her overly long name! Her respect for Hyness never falters, thanks to his intoxicating charisma and her deep sense of duty (and despite his poor treatment of her).
— Pause flavor text of Zan Partizanne (2nd battle in The Divine Terminus) in Story Mode and Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!

When she is fought again at The Divine Terminus, Zan Partizanne's attacks are more elaborate, but still fundamentally the same.

Zan Partizanne's Attacks during the second battle in Kirby Star Allies  
Attack Description
ザン・ザン
Zan Zlash
Similar to her first battle.
ザン・サザン
Zan Ztab
Unlike in her first battle, Zan Partizanne may perform this three times in a row.
ザン・サウザンド
Zan Zkewers
Similar to her first battle.
Lightning Lemonade Turn Unlike in her first battle, Zan Partizanne drops 5 rounds of lightning bolts instead. She attacks on:
  • one side of the stage,
  • the center,
  • the other side of the stage,
  • (turns around) the center,
  • back to the starting side.
Rare Electro Eclair Zan Partizanne begins with this attack during the second phase of her second battle.

Unlike 'Electro Eclair' in her first battle, she moves higher and shoots her spear laser diagonally downward instead.
However, this time under her is the safety zone where neither the spear nor the sparks can hit Kirby & his allies.

カミナリオコシ・オンド
Drum N Waste Ondo
Unlike 'Drum N Waste' in her first battle, Zan Partizanne fires electric blasts for 4 rounds instead:
  • The first three rounds are all rapid-fire bursts.
  • The final round is still one shot from each drum that focus on the center of the floor and create a huge eletric barrier there.
  • Ondo is a type of Japanese folk music that uses drums similar to the ones Zan Partizanne wields.
Attack names are taken from Japanese guide books and the English version's Dream Friend moveset list.

In between attacks, Zan Partizanne moves via Lightning Dodge to get into position for her next attack. For Drum N Waste and Electro Eclair, she moves to the center of the battlefield, while for all the others she moves to one side of the screen (left or right) before executing the move. The only exception to this pattern is if she does two sets of Zan Zlashes in a row.

In phase 1, Zan Partizanne always starts with these attacks:

  • Zan Zlash x2
  • Zan Zlash x2
  • Zan Ztab x3
  • Lightning Lemonade Turn

After that, her attack order goes on loop as follows:

  1. Zan Zlash
  2. Zan Zlash x2
  3. Zan Zkewers
  4. Zan Zlash x2
  5. Lightning Lemonade Turn
  6. Zan Ztab x2
  7. Zan Zlash x2
  8. Zan Zlash x2
  9. Zan Zkewers

In phase 2, Zan Partizanne's attack order is on loop as follows:

  1. Rare Electro Eclair
  2. Zan Zlash x2
  3. Zan Ztab
  4. Drum N Waste Ondo
  5. Zan Zkewers
  6. Zan Zlash x2
  7. Zan Zlash x2
  8. Zan Zlash x2
  9. Zan Ztab
  10. Zan Ztab x3
Once upon a time, a poor girl climbed a tower in desperation, only to be struck by lightning. As she breathed her last, a mysterious traveler appeared and unlocked her natural talent for lightning magic. ZAP! Zan Partizanne was born.
— Pause flavor text of Zan Partizanne (Soul Melter EX battle) in The Ultimate Choice

When she is fought solo in Soul Melter EX, Zan Partizanne's attacks are fundamentally the same as her battle at The Divine Terminus, but most of her attacks now ignore invincibility frames from after getting damaged.

Zan Partizanne's Attacks during her Soul Melter EX battle in Kirby Star Allies  
Attack Description
ザン・ザン
Zan Zlash
Similar to her first two battles.
ザン・サザン
Zan Ztab
Similar to her first two battles.
ザン・サウザンド
Zan Zkewers
Similar to her first two battles.
Lightning Lemonade Like her first battle, Zan Partizanne drops 3 rounds of lightning bolts on one side of the stage, the center and the other side. However, the thundercloud above her is bigger and six bolts, three on each side, strike down at a time instead.
Rare Electro Eclair Similar to her second battle.
カミナリオコシ・オンド
Drum N Waste Ondo
Zan Partizanne begins with this attack during the second phase.

She fires electric blasts for 4 rounds like her second battle. However, before her third set, she immediately switches to the opposite side she started from before firing away.

Attack names are taken from Japanese guide books and the English version's Dream Friend moveset list.

Music[edit]

Zan Partizanne's battle theme is titled わすらるる閃光せんこうのライトニング[2] (Forgotten/Forgotizanne Flash of Lightning). The title is a reference to how her name is often forgotten, and a pun on her Japanese name: "Parurutizānu" → "Wasuraruru" (forgotten).

It's a rock version of the leitmotif from Song of Supplication, the battle theme of Francisca and Flamberge.

Name[edit]

Zan Partizanne's name differs from the names of the other two Mage Sisters in both the English and Japanese versions. In English, the two have a single word name that starts with F, and are named after a weapon with no modifications, while in Japanese, both start with フラン (that can be read as both "Fran" or "Flam") and are followed by a word. Due to this, prior to her name reveal, fans speculated that her name would follow the same patterns in the respective languages. Once her real name was announced, it came as a bit of a surprise. Series director Shinya Kumazaki named her differently on purpose, to surprise the players, make them feel as if she had a different origin from the other two, and make her unique with a really long name.[3]

Zan Partizanne's unwieldy name has also become a running joke on the Kirby JP Twitter. When she presents news on the official Twitter, she often reminds the readers to remember her name.

名は「ザン・パルルティザーヌ」だ。この名、忘れるでないぞ。

My name is Zan Partizanne. Don't forget it.


— When she first appeared on the official Twitter.[4]
ジャマハローア。私だ、もう名前は覚えたな?

Bonjam. It's me. You have remembered my name, right?


— When she introduced the newly added Celebration Picture in Star Allies Version 2.0.0.[5]
ジャマハローア。私だ。ザン…もう名乗らなくても覚えているな!

Bonjam. It's me, Zan... I shouldn't have to tell you! You should remember!


— When she introduced the HD Rumble feature in Star Allies.[6]


Additionally, Zan Partizanne is an admirer of Hyness, but the robed sorcerer does not reciprocate her feelings. In particular, Hyness routinely forgets her name, which is referenced in his phase 2 boss fight pause description in The Ultimate Choice.

Trivia[edit]

  • Zan Partizanne refers to her sisters lovingly as 'Franny' and 'Berge'.
  • Zan Partizanne is the only one of The Three Mage-Sisters to have her own boss battle theme, albeit just being an arrangement of Francisca and Flamberge's battle theme.

Gallery[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Quotes from Zan Partizanne in Kirby Star Allies  
  • "Bonjam."
  • "I am Zan Partizanne, the eldest of the three generals of magic."
  • "At first I thought you to be just a simpleton with a knack for annoyance."
  • "Hmph! Now it is clear that you are an interfering interloper!"
  • "But I am afraid your unwanted wanderings end here."
  • "By the will of our beloved liege, Lord Hyness, Officiant of Doom..."
  • "I shall destroy you here and now!"
  • "Ugh... Jam...blasted..."
  • "Bah! How could there be such opposition on a measly and remote planet like this?!"
  • "Well, it matters not. This Jamba Heart piece is already within my grasp!"
  • "Listen here, you tiny ball of puffy pink mischief! For all I care..."
  • "You and this Jambastion can rot in ruin forever!!"
  • "Baaahahahaha!"
  • "Jambuhbye!"
  • "Stop right there, pink one!"
  • "I did not expect you to survive your visit to Jambastion."
  • "What's more, you somehow bested my darling Franny and Berge!"
  • "However, your luck has run out. It is the dearest wish of Lord Hyness..."
  • "THAT NO ONE INTERFERES!"
  • "Heeelp... Hy..ness..."
  • "Lord Hyness!"
  • "Wha—What is this?"
  • "I merely sought Lord Hyness, who was said to have been swallowed into the void."
  • "And now...I find myself at the precipice of another dimension!"
  • "Wait a minute...that stubby pink ball... Is that you?!"
  • "Francisca! Flamberge! Get over here!"
  • "Francisca. Flamberge. There's no time for sorrow."
  • "It's time now for us to repay our debt to Lord Hyness."
  • "But before that...you stubby little pink ball... OH!"
  • "KIRBY!"
  • "It seems the fated time is here at last."
  • "We, the three Mage-Sisters, will bring this battle to its end..."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ザン・パルルティザーヌ
Zan Parurutizānu
Zan Parltizanne
  • Derived from partisan
Traditional Chinese 雷槍帕嚕提扎努
léi qiāng pà lū tí zā nǔ
Lightning Spear Partizanne
Simplified Chinese 雷枪帕噜提扎努
léi qiāng pà lū tí zā nǔ
Dutch Zan Partizanne -
French Zan Pertuisane From Pertuisane (partisan)
German Partissane From Partisane (partisan)
Italian Zan Partizanne -
Korean 잔 파르티잔느
Jan Pareutijanneu
Zan Partizanne
Spanish Zan Partizanne -


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