They appear much like regular Phan Phan, but their ears are straight instead of droopy, and they have feet more similar to Kirby than to an elephant like Phan Phan's. There is a flame pattern on their ears and unlike Phan Phan, they have tusks surrounding their straight trunk. Their trunk also has a flame pattern. They have a small bit of rosy cheeks, much like Kirby, as well as bright green eyes and a marshmallow-shaped body. They can fly by flapping their large ears.
Heat Phanphan will idly sit on the racetrack until a player comes by, at which point it will get up and fly in the same direction as the player. The creature will shoot fireballs from its trunk onto the ground, where they will stay for a short time, acting as obstacles. This is very similar to Kirby's Fire ability, which can be obtained by inhaling the enemy.
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Heat Phanphan has also been shown as a Helper in the trailer of the unreleased Kirby GCN. It could carry up to three passengers. The one shown in the trailer was green, but one can assume that it would have had its original palette (as a CPU helper), or could have come in yellow or blue (depending on which player was controlling it).