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
Yoshi about to battle Don Bongo

Don Bongo is a boss from Yoshi's Story. He is fought at the end of Stage 3-4: Frustration. 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 belly button. He somewhat resembles the game's depiction of Spikes, and likely used an edited version of their base model for their sprites. The "don" in Don Bongo's name may derive from the "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.

Don Bongo attacks by stomping back and forth across the room, causing pots and pans to rain down from the ceiling. To defeat Don Bongo, Baby Yoshi has to hit him in the lips three times. After each hit, Don Bongo's lips swell, making them a somewhat easier target, although his movement becomes a lot faster after being hit twice. 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 Baby Yoshi.

He also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a Sticker, usable by any character. He also appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where he is a Spirit. The fight in order to capture him takes place on the Yoshi's Story stage, featuring a large, green King Dedede.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

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 Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
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 "Don" (a Spanish word meaning "lord") and possibly「ウンババ」(Unbaba, Blargg)
Chinese 肥肥龙
Féi Féi Lóng
Fat Dragon
German Don Bongo -
Italian Don Bongo -
Korean 돈자잔
From Don Bongo/Don Baba and 짜자잔 (Blargg; the idea of putting -자잔 is similar to how -ンババ is put after the names of dragon characters in Japanese.)
Russian Дон Бонго
Don Bongo
Don Bongo
Spanish Don Bongo -