Puzzle Bobble DS artwork
|First appearance||Chack'n Pop|
|Related species||Ghost Beluga|
|Notable members||Baron von Blubba|
Swimmer Queen Beluga
Belugas resemble round purple whale-like creatures, sporting a small tail and two fins on either side of their body. They are generally depicted as having red eyes and wide mouths. Bubble Memories features a green variant of the Beluga with yellow eyes, but the two behave functionally identical to one another.
Belugas do not have many abilities outside of being able to fly. They generally cruise around the level, changing trajectory upon bumping into walls. The Belugas appearing in Rainbow Islands are able to fire out a spread of six smaller versions of Baron von Blubba at the player, an ability which has not returned in any other game since.
Belugas first appear in Chack'n Pop, first appearing in the opening cutscene, stealing the Hearts from Chack'n and Miss Chack'n. They are the most common enemies, attacking by flying around the level and attempting to hit the player. Belugas hatch from eggs that are hanging from the ceiling.
Belugas reappear in Bubble Bobble, behaving similarly to their appearance in Chack'n Pop. They fly around blindly, bouncing off of walls and attempting to hit the player. Two Giant Belugas appear on level 64, carrying Betty and Patty to the bottom level of the Cave of Monsters.
Belugas return as enemies in Rainbow Islands, appearing in the game's final world, Bubble Island. The Belugas encountered in this title have the ability to fire a spread of six projectiles shaped like smaller versions of Baron von Blubba.
Belugas appear exclusively in the Underworld in Parasol Stars. They act identically to their appearance in Bubble Bobble, but appear significantly larger than other portrayals.
Belugas reappear in Bubble Bobble Part 2, behaving identically to their appearances in Bubble Bobble and Parasol Stars. Later levels of the game feature Belugas with white sheets covering them known as Ghost Belugas. The sheets can be knocked off by a single bubble, turning the enemies back into regular Belugas.
In the North American manual for Bubble Bobble Part 2, Belugas are known as Slider.
Belugas appear yet again in Bubble Bobble Junior, acting and looking identically to their appearance in Bubble Bobble Part 2. The final boss of the game, Great Skel, has three Belugas circling around him at the beginning of the fight, who must be defeated before damaging him.
A Beluga is the third opponent faced in the Vs. Mode in the SNES version of Bust-A-Move. They also appear during regular gameplay in all versions of the game, trapped inside the purple bubbles.
Belugas reappear in Bubble Memories as common enemies. Belugas have two colorations in this game: the original purple color scheme, and a new green color. The game features two Beluga bosses, a radically redesigned Super Beluga, and a large Beluga in an inner tube known as Swimmer Queen Beluga. Two Giant Belugas also appear on stage 25, carrying the Yellow Potion.
A Beluga appears as a playable character in Bust-A-Move Millennium, and is one of the few characters not encountered in Story Mode.
Belugas appear again in Bubble Bobble: Old & New, receiving a redesign along with the rest of the cast. They now resemble eels more than whales, and have green tongues.
A Beluga is a playable character in Puzzle Bobble Pocket, appearing alongside several other enemies from Bubble Bobble. The Beluga appearing in this game is colored white instead of purple, giving him a slight resemblance to Baron von Blubba.
A Beluga is a playable character in Puzzle Bobble DS, alongside several other enemies from Bubble Bobble.
Belugas appear once again in Bubble Bobble Revolution. The second boss, the Beluga Mech, is a robotic Beluga piloted by three of the enemies.
Belugas appear on Bubble Island in Rainbow Islands Revolution, mirroring their appearance in the original Rainbow Islands, however, they no longer have the ability to fire out Baron von Blubba-shaped projectiles.
A Beluga is a playable character in Bust-A-Move Deluxe, and is one of the five characters that returned from Puzzle Bobble Pocket.
Belugas appear yet again in Bubble Bobble Double Shot. The fifth bosses of the game are three giant Belugas, each with different colored eyes. The Bubble Dragon that matches the color of the monster's eyes is the only one that can trap that Beluga in a bubble. The three bubbles must be simultaneously popped at once in order to defeat the bosses.
A Beluga appears in Space Bust-A-Move, running the game's shop. Belugas also appear in the Retro Bubble and Monster Bubble alternate bubble sets purchasable in the shop.
Belugas return in Bubble Bobble Plus!. They act identically to their appearance in Bubble Bobble.
A Beluga is the third opponent in the Vs. Mode of Bust-A-Move Plus!.
A Beluga is the fourth boss of Bust-A-Move Universe, guarding a red Bubble Dragon in the Cloud Ocean level.
Other appearances Edit
A Beluga appears in Pop'n Pop as Bub, Bob, Bubby, and Bobby's helper. In the Arcade version, the Beluga is green, but in the console version, it receives a new sprite and is colored purple like previous depictions.
- In Europe, Beluga is known as Blubba.
- Belugas seem to favor habitats with mushrooms in them, as shown in Bubble Bobble Revolution and Bubble Bobble Double Shot.
- Beluga Eggs seem to be laid on the ceiling, as shown in Chack'n Pop.