|“||This indestructible cannon packs quite a wallop!”|
|— Shotzo's Cast Description • Kirby's Epic Yarn|
Shotzo is a regular enemy in the Kirby series. Like Gordo, Shotzos are invincible and cannot be defeated (only under special circumstances, such as dropping one into a pit). Shotzos have appeared in almost every game in the main series and some spin-off titles.
Shotzo is a small black cannon that fires spherical bullets (buttons in Kirby's Epic Yarn). It has leg-like structures attached to it despite being mostly immobile, but these are absent in its Kirby's Dream Land 3 design. For the most part, Shotzo swivels around and aims at Kirby. Others stay locked-on at one place and shoot when Kirby comes near or shoot at a timed volley of three cannonballs in one direction.
Some Shotzos even have an attached parasol that they use to drift down from the sky. Once the Shotzo lands, the parasol will detach, and sometimes chase Kirby.
Shotzos are first introduced in Castle Lololo, seen having their standard set of moves. In Float Islands, Shotzos will sometimes appear below the surface of the water firing shots up at Kirby, while in Bubbly Clouds, a Shotzo can be found dangling from a Parasol firing shots downward at Kirby. These two variations have never appeared in any other Kirby game.
Shotzos return mostly unchanged from its appearance in Kirby's Dream Land. Bullets fired from Shotzos can now be destroyed with either a Copy Ability or a puff of air, though they cannot be inhaled. In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Shotzos can be visibly destroyed by grabbing a Parasol Shotzo and either flinging it toward or tackling it onto a solid object or water with either the Backdrop or Throw abilities.
Shotzos return in this game, along with several other types of cannon enemy. This time, however, they can be sort of defeated. If Kirby uses a Super Ability on any indestructible enemy, it will not be defeated straight away, but upon walking a short distance away and coming back, it will be gone. This can be done on two different levels, using either the Ultra Sword or Grand Hammer. There is also a mid-boss fight with Water Galboros in Dangerous Dinner in which there is a Shotzo on the ceiling that constantly fires at Kirby. Upon the mid-boss's defeat, this Shotzo will disappear.
Shotzo appears in the Sword and Item Challenges of Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It appears in the New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition as well. It appears in the Normal Challenge.
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Shotzos behave the same way they do in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. However, they can turn to fire at Kirby even when he is on a different plane from the enemy.
Shotzo appears in this game. They act in the same way that they did in previous games.
Shotzo first appears in Stages 4 of Level 5, though it primarily appears in EX stages. The enemy shoots cannonballs directly forward without taking significant pauses. Because Shotzo is indestructible, it is one of the few enemies in the game that is not counted toward the Enemies Defeated bonus.
Shotzo appears in this game. They behave the same as in previous games. Big Shotzos appear in Sacred Square and later in Planet Earthfall. Shotzos with parasols also reappeared in Guest Star Stages for Daroach and Dark Meta Knight.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Shotzo appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS’s Smash Run mode. It fires cannonballs as it does in the Kirby series. These cannonballs move faster and spiral less than the ones it fires in other games. Shotzo is invincible in this game.
|“||Shotzo the cannon is indestructible and will never stop firing its cannon balls at Kirby. Avoid it by staying as far away from it as possible.”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
|“||Another character type in Kirby 64 that you can't destroy, Shotzos fire cannonballs at you from a distance, or they rest on crates. Be careful not to let them fall on you when you destroy the crates.”|
|— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)|
|“||These little cannons can be a big hazard.”|
|— Official Kirby: Triple Deluxe website|
|“||These cannons from the Kirby series could track Kirby and fire at him. In Smash Bros., there are two different kinds: ones that fire in a set direction and ones that will track and fire at a fighter. Don't waste time attacking these guys, though—it's impossible to defeat them.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
|“||Depending on the type, these indestructible cannons will either fire three shots in a fixed direction or one shot aimed at you.”|
|— Tips • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
- Freezo from Kirby's Epic Yarn is comparable to Shotzo. Both are described as cannons, they both stay firmly planted in one spot, and they shoot projectiles. They are both immune to the Yarn Whip attack, and they both have an o at the end of their names.
- In Smash Run, when Shotzo turns around, it doesn't merely pivot like it does in the Kirby series; its leg structures move off the ground as if it has actual feet.