Carbuncle

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Carbuncle
Carbuncle PuyoPuyoChronicles.png
Carbuncle, as he appears in Puyo Puyo Chronicles.
Name
Kanaカーバンクル
RomajiKābankuru
Other NamesHas Bean
Personal Info
GenderMale
Notable Appearances
First appearanceMadou Monogatari 123
Latest appearancePuyo Puyo Chronicles
Voice Actor(s)
JapaneseMasamitsu Niitani (Puyo Puyo Tsu Saturn)
Kurumi Mamiya (Puyo Puyo~n)
Tamaki Nakanishi (Puyo Puyo Fever - present)
Puyo Puyo!! Quest information
Carbuncle Carbuncle ver. 1st Anniversary Carbuncle ver. PuyoChron

Carbuncle, also known as Car-kun, Kaa-kun or Carby, is the unusually happy mascot of the Puyo Puyo games. He used to be the pet of Satan in Madou Monogatari 2, but stuck around with Arle ever since. He has a tendency to wander off in search of adventure, thus creating many wacky situations. In classic Puyo Puyo games, he can normally be found in a box somewhere on the frame surrounding the field. He also has the strange ability to fire a laser from his forehead.

Biography

Appearance

Carbuncle is a yellow creature that vaguely resembles a rabbit. He sports a large mouth with a long tongue that's prehensile enough to snag objects, and a pair of beady eyes. He has a pair of long ears, two stubby arms, two stubby legs, and a small tail. His most striking feature is the red gem embedded on his forehead, which serves as the source of Carbuncle's mysterious abilities and is implied to be valuable.

Personality

Carbuncle is a rather jolly character, often seen with a big grin on his face and often goofing off. However he's occasionally mischievous, randomly snagging objects or running off on his own. Even during combat he's often ignores the situation at hand to goof around, making him somewhat unreliable. While normally being depicted as being rather jolly, on rare occasions he may be surprisingly serious, for example giving Satan a rather cold stare after being begged to stay in certain versions of Puyo Puyo Tsu.

In particular he's attracted to the taste and smell curry, and will often hunt down even the faintest scent of curry. Sometimes this quirk is exploited, for example Satan using curry powder in order to lure Arle into a scavenger hunt regarding to relics in Minna de Puyo Puyo. Carbuncle's love for curry is so strong he'll even steal curry from Arle or from others. Occasionally he may even eat other objects too, such as Schezo's sword.

Abilities

Although small, Carbuncle is deceptively strong. He is capable of shooting a mysterious laser from the gem on his forehead, which has many weird properties. It's main function is being used as an attack, directly fired at enemies with a piercing effect. However it also apparently has transforming properties, for example Carbuncle transforming the moon into a sun in Puyo Puyo SUN. His tongue is also long and prehensile, being able to snag objects with a quick lick.

Being close friends with Arle, he also shares similar spells. Whenever he's playable he preforms spells in a similar manner to Arle, for example shooting fire like Arle's Fire spell or ice like Arle's Ice Storm. It's unknown if he learned these abilities naturally or learned it from Arle.

Relationships

Arle

By and large his closest relationship is with Arle. In Madou Monogatari II Carbuncle is constantly with Arle, having fun together even through thick and thin. However even his impulses get in the way on occasion, for example transforming the moon into a sun in Puyo Puyo SUN or running away on several occasions. Regardless Carbuncle and Arle have a strong bond with each other.

Satan

While originally Satan's pet and obsesses over him, Carbuncle doesn't appear to share the same connection with Satan. Regardless Satan views him as the reason why he and Arle should be married, since he believes anyone that has Carbuncle is destined to be married with him.

History

Madou Monogatari 2

In Madou Monogatari 2, Carbuncle was the pet of Satan. However, after Arle defeated Satan, she found Carbuncle, and they quickly became friends.

Puyo Puyo

In Puyo Puyo, he accompanies Arle, who is on a quest to defeat Satan. In this game, he can be found next to player 1's score.

Puyo Puyo Tsu

In Puyo Puyo Tsu, Carbuncle once again accompanies Arle on her quest. Like in the last game, he is seen next to Player 1's score.

Puyo Puyo SUN

Carbuncle once again is found with Arle in Puyo Puyo SUN. At the end of Arle's course, Carbuncle fires a laser at the moon, turning it into a sun. Comically, Arle responds by falling over from excessive heat exposure.

Carbuncle is also a hidden character that could be fought after Satan if the player completed the story with no Game Overs. He can also be accessed in Double Puyo Puyo if Player 2's Start button (Space on the PC version) is held while Arle is highlighted. Carbuncle had become a hidden playable or opponent character in most games since then, and despite his appearance, tends to be a powerful character.

Puyo Puyo~n

Carbuncle is also found with Arle in Puyo Puyo~n.

Minna de Puyo Puyo

In Minna de Puyo Puyo, Carbuncle strays away from Arle, who later finds him at the end of the game.

Puyo Puyo Fever

Carbuncle is the secret boss of Puyo Puyo Fever. He has the largest dropset in the game, and his AI is one of the more powerful in the game. Carbuncle can usually score an all clear within his first 3-5 drops, depending on the colors generated. This makes Carbuncle very effective with harassment.

Puyo Puyo Fever 2, Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary

Carbuncle can be found tagging along with Arle and appears in her chain cut-ins. He is not separately playable, unlike most Sega-era Puyo Puyo games.

Puyo Puyo 7

He returns as a both solo character and a partner for Arle in Puyo Puyo 7. He accompanied Dark Arle throughout the game as well. He also appears at the Bermuda Triangle, where he challenges Ringo, Amitie, and Suketoudara solo. He then appears with Dark Arle again, and then stays with Arle for the remainder of the story.

Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary

Carbuncle becomes his own playable character in Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary.

Puyo Puyo!! Quest Arcade

Carbuncle is available as a yellow card in two rarities in this game. The SR(★5) Carbuncle card is available by gacha. The R(★4) Carbuncle card is exclusive from the Puyo Day 2014 special quest.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Carbuncle can be found tagging along with Arle and appears in her chain cut-ins. He is not separately playable but is acknowledged in the character name (Arle & Carbuncle (アルル&カーバンクル)).

Puyo Puyo Chronicles

Carbuncle is playing with Arle in Primp Town when a mysterious book falls before them, and sucks them both into another world. Carbuncle is a separately playable character in this game.

Trivia

  • Carbuncle is the only character from the first Puyo Puyo arcade game that has the same vocal phrase in English and Japanese.
  • In Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, a Western adoption of Puyo Puyo for the Genesis/Mega Drive and Game Gear, he is known as Has-Bean. In Kirby's Avalanche, the Western version of Super Puyo Puyo, he is replaced by Kirby himself, while in Qwirks, an English adaptation of Puyo Puyo for home computers, he is known as Cosmo.
    • In addition to the name change, the English manual for Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, added a back story to Has Bean, explaining that he was turned into a robot as a test subject and escaped Robotnik's Fortress to help the player liberate his fellow Beans.

Appearances

Puyo Puyo

Spinoffs

Madou Monogatari

Character specific mechanics

Super Attack

Puyo Puyo~n
Gu, Gu Guu: Each Puyo on the player's field, Nuisance included, is randomly changed to one color out of three total.
Pocket Puyo Puyo~n
10-Please Kaa-kun: Carbuncle drops onto the field and walks across some of the player's Puyo. Every Puyo that he visits changes to a single color.

Dropset

Pieces Total
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Dropset 2.png Dropset L.png Dropset B.png Dropset 2.png Dropset 4.png Dropset J.png Dropset 2.png Dropset B.png Dropset 2.png Dropset L.png Dropset 4.png Dropset 2.png Dropset B.png Dropset J.png Dropset 2.png Dropset 4.png 6 4 3 3 48

Ice Blocks Nuisance Pattern

Pieces
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Iceblock G.png Iceblock B.png Iceblock G.png Iceblock B.png Iceblock G.png Iceblock B.png
Iceblock Y.png Iceblock R.png Iceblock Y.png Iceblock B.png Iceblock G.png Iceblock B.png
Iceblock Y.png Iceblock R.png Iceblock Y.png Iceblock R.png Iceblock Y.png Iceblock R.png
Iceblock R.png Iceblock Y.png Iceblock R.png Iceblock Y.png Iceblock R.png Iceblock Y.png

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