Zebon are creatures native to Popstar and some other planets nearby, like Shiver Star. They were introduced in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and act as Cannons.
Zebon resemble large bubbles of a translucent bright green color, and sport rudimentary happy expression on their face. They are slightly larger than Kirby is. While they appear in some levels, they are not really enemies since they do not harm Kirby when he touches them. When being touched, the Zebon absorbs the character nearby into it. The character will then be released shortly after, and launched into a certain direction. Sometimes a Zebon slightly rotates after having absorbed someone. In that case the player can control the Zebon's launch direction by pressing a button when it is facing the right way. While being launched by a Zebon, Kirby is invincible and can also defeat enemies if they happen to be in his way. This condition lasts until he hits an obstacle like a wall, or another Zebon.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Zebon makes its first appearance in this game. It is often found in interior spaces, situated in areas that prevent Kirby from making progress without its assistance. Some Zebon will rotate while Kirby is inside, similar to rotating cannons in other games.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Zebon can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Zebon locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3|
|Stage||Grass Land||Ripple Field||Sand Canyon||Cloudy Park||Iceberg|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Zebon returns in this game, serving largely the same purpose as before. It also appears on the 81st Enemy Info Card.
Zebon can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Zebon locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards|
|Stage||Pop Star||Rock Star||Aqua Star||Neo Star||Shiver Star||Ripple Star||Dark Star|
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
|“||Says here: "I have long searched for the ingredient that is said to be the most delectable of all. It is called Zebon."||”|
— King Dedede, in The Big Taste Test
Zebon is referenced in the anime in the episode The Big Taste Test as an ingredient specified in a cookbook given to Chef Kawasaki. The aspiring chef is ordered by "Chef Shiitake" to prepare Zebon for him, but as part of a ploy from Night Mare Enterprises, King Dedede sabotages the cookbook to make Kawasaki think that Kirby is the Zebon he must prepare. Zebon itself makes no appearance in the show.
The description written in the book regarding Zebon is rendered in English in the Japanese version of the show. It reads as follows:
- "By the taste that the universe 1 is rare. cook's admiration. It has never been moved to the mouth even with this me. Food material ZEBON of the vision."
It is unclear if the choppy nature of the text is intentional or due to mistranslation. It is likely the latter though, since this blurb is removed from the 4Kids version.
Names in other languages
From「ゼリー」(zerī, jelly) and「坊」(bon, an affectionate suffix for boys)