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|First appearance||Kirby's Dream Land (1992)|
|Latest appearance||Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (2012)|
|“||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 every game in the main series and some spin-off titles.
Shotzos are small black cannons that fires spherical bullets. They have leg-like structures attached to them despite being mostly immobile, but they are absent in their design in Kirby's Dream Land 3. For the most part, Shotzos swivel around and aim 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.
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.
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.