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|“||These Kirby-eating plants chomp you if given the chance. You can avoid Gobblins by timing your run past them. Also, you can inhale a Gobblin head as it lunges and use it as an exhaled weapon.”|
|— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)|
Gobblins are green, snake-like cactus enemies found in the desert levels of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. They wait for Kirby to come near so that they can try to bite him. Kirby can inhale the Gobblins' heads, which yield no Copy Ability when swallowed. If Kirby holds a Gobblin head over his head, it will strangely continue to chomp continuously.
Gobblin's name is likely based off the term "gobble," which means to devour voraciously. The name also sounds like the mythical monster known as the "Goblin."
Its Japanese name, ガブテン (Gabuten), is a portmanteau of the Japanese onomatopoeia for gulping, ガブガブ/がぶがぶ (Gabugabu); and the Japanese word for cactus, サボテン/さぼてん (saboten)
- A pre-release screenshot of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards shows that Gobblins were originally planted in the foreground and Kirby would have to fly over them. They were also much larger at this point in development.