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That pink headband means business! Grizzo will charge you with all his might!
— Cast Description • Kirby's Epic Yarn

Grizzo is an enemy in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land.

Grizzo has more HP than most common enemies and can survive numerous weaker attacks, but he can be easily defeated by being inhaled. Some Grizzos can be found sleeping and act as simple obstacles to Kirby. Grizzo yields no Copy Ability when inhaled.

Physical Appearance

Grizzo is a large bear-like enemy that moves about on all fours. His fur is pale yellow with two pink stripes along his back and wears a matching pink headband. His body is stocky and twice as large as other regular enemies.

Games

Kirby's Dream Land

Grizzo makes his debut in Kirby's Dream Land, where he appears in the game's first stage Green Greens. He simply hops about the stage. Though he appear larger than the other enemies, he can still be easily inhaled just like any other enemy. However, if a Grizzo should bump into Kirby, two bars of vitality will be lost instead of one.

Some Grizzos appear as mounts for Poppy Bros. Jr. and Kirby can either attack Grizzo with a star or air puff, causing the Poppy Bros. Jr. to jump off, or inhale the Poppy Bros. off the Grizzo and be left with just Grizzo. If separated from either of their partners, either will move freely, though in the same direction as before.

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

Grizzo returns in Kirby Super Star with largely the same behavior. If Kirby lingers in front of him for too long, however, Grizzo is now capable of charging at him. He is weak to the Sizzle and Blizzard elements.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra’s Revenge of the King mode, Grizzo is replaced by Galbel, a tiger-like enemy that can withstand more hits and does more damage than Grizzo.

Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

Grizzo once again returns. It takes two normal yarn projectiles to defeat him, and Grizzo does not heal or respawn after Kirby moves off-screen, similarly to most of the larger enemies. He charges blindly at Kirby for some distance when he gets too close. Kirby can stand on and ride him. If Grizzo runs into Kirby, Kirby will be launched backwards, dropping beads in the process.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot

Grizzo retains his basic behavior from Kirby Super Star. He remains one of the most resilient enemies in these games. As in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Grizzo can occasionally be found sleeping when Kirby approaches.

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Grizzo appears as two keychains: one from Kirby's Dream Land and the other from Kirby Super Star.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

Grizzo behaves like he does in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot. He is one of the only enemies in the game that can be inhaled for a Blaster Bullet without being scaled-up in size.

Kirby Star Allies

Grizzo makes another appearance, acting like he did in past games.

Related Quotes

Because of Grizzo's size, it seems like an unlikely event that Kirby could inhale one. However, Grizzo is no different from any other foe.
— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)

Etymology

Grizzo's name is derived from the bear species "Grizzly," to reference Grizzo's bear-like appearence.

Trivia

  • Grizzo's Kirby Super Star Ultra sprite makes a cameo appearance in the background of an unused Crane Fever sub-game found in the coding of Kirby Mass Attack.[1]
  • The enemy Towtow from Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s The Subspace Emissary may be based on Grizzo behavior-wise. Both are large enemies with high HP who charge at the player when awake and can do a great amount of damage. Many other Kirby enemies have similarly behaving foes in The Subspace Emissary. Since Super Smash Bros. Brawl was designed by Masahiro Sakurai, creator of the Kirby series, this could be intentional.

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