Don Bongo

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Don Bongo
Don Bongo.png
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
“Try to dodge my bouncing blubber. Just don't hit my lips of rubber.”
Don Bongo, Yoshi's Story

Don Bongo is a boss from Yoshi's Story. Don Bongo is a pudgy dragon-like creature with green skin and yellow spots, big red lips, a yellow stomach with stripes, and a big orange-and-yellow bellybutton. He somewhat resembles a Gabon, and he likely used an edited version of Gabons' base model for their sprites. The "don" in Don Bongo's name may derive from "don," the Spanish word for "lord," while "Bongo" may refer to the sound of his footsteps, which resemble the sound of a low drum such as a timpani. It may also be an attempt to translate his Japanese name to English, as the sound he makes while walking is "donbaba."


Yoshi's Story[edit]

Don Bongo about to battle with Yoshi.
Green Yoshi about to battle Don Bongo

In Yoshi's Story, Don Bongo is fought at the end of Stage 3-4: Frustration. He attacks by stomping back and forth across the room, causing pots and pans to rain down from the ceiling. To defeat Don Bongo, a Baby Yoshi has to hit him in the lips three times; hitting him anywhere else will simply cause the egg to bounce off his blubber. After each hit, Don Bongo's lips swell, making them a somewhat easier target, although his movement becomes a lot faster after his lips are hit twice. The Baby Yoshi does not lose any health if he touches Don Bongo, simply bouncing off him instead. Only the items falling from the ceiling can hurt the Baby Yoshi.

Mario Artist: Paint Studio[edit]

His artwork can be used as a stamp in Mario Artist: Paint Studio.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Don Bongo also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a sticker. In The Subspace Emissary, the Don Bongo sticker can be used by any fighter to increase the power of their explosion-based attacks by 25 points.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Don Bongo also appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Shield-type Advanced-class primary spirit. It does not grant any slots for support spirits. When used, it increases the power of fire-type attacks, such as Bowser's Fire Breath. The spirit's battle takes place on the Yoshi's Story stage, featuring a large green King Dedede as the puppet fighter.

Japanese quote[edit]

Japanese Translation

くちびるプルプル ババ〜
あたま ちゅういだ!

Lip pull, lip pull, bubba!
Head in the air!
Boom, bubba!

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Yoshi's Story[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: バケツにヤカンにセンメンキ、金物のご用はドンババまで。 (Buckets, kettles, and water basins; for hardware, contact Don Bongo.)[2]
  • Nintendo 64 Spieleberater: Wow, was für ein Freak. Der Typ ist so fett, daß er immer nur von links nach rechts laufen kann, das stelle ich mir ziemlich langweilig vor. Noch dazu fällt in seinem Raum andauernd etwas von der Decke. Davon kann ich immerhin einige Teile nutzen, um sie ihm gegen die Lippen, seinen Schwachpunkt, zu schubbern. [3] (Wow, what a freak. The guy is so fat that he can only walk from left to right, which I imagine is pretty boring. On top of that, there's always something falling from the ceiling in his room. At least I can use some parts of it to push them against his lips, his weak point.)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Image Game Effect
A sticker of Don Bongo Yoshi's Story [Explosive] - Attack +25

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

# Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
316 Don Bongo Don Bongo.png Yoshi Series Primary (0) Advanced Shield
Fire Attack ↑
World of Light (Light Realm); Spirit Board Giant King Dedede
  • The enemy has increased move speed after a little while
  • The enemy is giant
  • The enemy has reduced move speed
Yoshi's Story Yoshi's Story (Melee)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドンババ
Don Baba
From「ドン」(don, an onomatopoeic term meaning "thud") and possibly「ウンババ」(Unbaba, Blargg)
Chinese 肥肥龙
Féi Féi Lóng
Fat Dragon
French Gros Machin[4]
Don Bongo
Big thing. "Machin" is a more vulgar word for say thing instead of "chose"
German Don Bongo -
Italian Don Bongo -
Korean 돈자잔
From his English name/Japanese name and likely 짜자잔 (Jjajajan, Blargg)
Russian Дон Бонго
Don Bongo
Don Bongo
Spanish Don Bongo -


  1. ^ Video of Frustration.
  2. ^ 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 7Media:Yoshi Story Shogakukan P7.jpg.
  3. ^ Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story Spieleberater. Page 21Media:Yoshi's Story German Guide Pg. 20-21.png.
  4. ^ Official French Nintedo magazine