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Bolo (Shantae)

From The Codex
Shantae, there you are. Look, I know you're just acting weird because of the dark magic inside you. But your Uncle really worried. We're all worried. I know you'd never give up on us, so we won't give up on you! Find your strength and courage!
~ Bolo to Nega-Shantae


Bolo is a fighter and a life-long friend of Shantae's. In Shantae, he helped Shantae once by opening the Dribble Fountain for her. In Risky's Revenge, he served as a guide, giving hints to Shantae. In Pirate's Curse, he gets unwillingly involved in misadventures, but he saves the day by unintentionally sabotaging a piece of Ammo Baron's cannon.

Bolo is an NPC for most games, but in Half-Genie Hero, he is playable in the Friends to the End DLC, alongside Sky and Rottytops.

This dropdown contains the synopsis of Bolo's story. Read at your own risk as you may be spoiled otherwise!


Bolo has navy blue hair, a yellow headband, and frequently wears a determined expression. A white bandage is wrapped around his right upper arm. He wears a white tank top underneath a short blue vest and has dark blue shorts. He also wears tan gloves with metal rings around the cuffs. In Risky's Revenge, he has bandages wrapped around both arms and does not wear a jacket. Throughout all of the games, his shoulders appear to be very boney.


Bolo is described as a "block-head hero for hire". Supposedly, he springs to life when he has a chance to fight, but he's often left behind during Shantae's adventures and has yet to show off these skills.

Bolo is frequently trying to seduce girls or spy on them, including Risky Boots in the first game, but fails every time. He's shown to be jealous of Bran-Son's popularity. However, he has a more argumentative brother-sister relationship with Shantae. Bolo serves as a sparring-partner and punching bag for Shantae, and as an assistant for Mimic. Bolo is the one who taught Shantae her Fighter Moves.

It is revealed in the third game that Bolo is nearsighted, although this may be just him being too literal.



He first appears when Shantae visits his gazebo in Water Town to ask about Risky Boots and the Dribble Fountain. Bolo tells her that Risky indeed came, and as he is completely submissive because of her charms, he indicated her the way to the Fountain. Shantae berates him and tells him to meet her there. He later meets Shantae at the Dribble Fountain to open it as promised, and stays outside, in case Risky would try to flee. However, when Shantae reunites with him after exploring the labyrinth, she finds him knocked out by Risky (and visibly delighted for that). Therefore, she scolds him once again and then heads to Oasis Town to meet Sky (which, coincidentally, is near where his Granny claimed the Golem Stone was hidden). From then on, he remains in his gazebo and gives advice to Shantae on her destination whenever she comes to visit.

Risky's Revenge

He is first seen greeting Shantae after she defeated some monsters and telling her that he was going to the Relic Hunter Expo, asking her if she wants to come with him. He also informs her that Sky and Wrench also flew in that morning to see it; this reminds Shantae of the egg she was taking care of for Sky. When Shantae returns with the egg Bolo notes that it smells like his Grandma. He then berates her, calling her the worst egg-sitter ever and not to blame him if Sky finds out.

Later at the Expo, after Mimic opens up his discovery Bolo and Sky note that it looks like an oil lamp. Risky then appears and takes the lamp, and Mimic tells that either him or Sky to go after it but Shantae goes ahead of them. He can later be met alongside Mimic in the Relic Hunter Hall and provides tips if talked to. After Shantae is done with the Hypno Tower, Sky and Bolo move to Shantae's lighthouse, and inform her there that Mimic is missing. The Squid Baron then arrives to tell Shantae he's been abducted by Rottytops (who betrayed Shantae), Abner Cadaver and Poe, and from then on, Sky and Bolo simply encourage Shantae to get him back and stay behind until the end. During the ending in front of the lighthouse, after Shantae has lost her genie powers, Sky, Bolo and Mimic promise they will help her protect Scuttle Town from Risky and even Rotty from then on.

Priate's Curse

Bolo appears near the beginning of the game, as he is shown defending Scuttle Town against an attack by the Ammo Baron, alongside Sky and Wrench. He later appears on the other side of town with Sky, warning Shantae that the Baron is waiting ahead. Later Shantae finds him outside Sequin Land Palace just after installing the new lock on the door wrong, he is surrounded by Zombie Children and Shantae must find Flesh Pops to give to the children to save him and Bolo gives her the key to the door which was in his mouth. Later on, he helps Shantae get the Death Mask and reveals that he is nearsighted. Later on, he joins the Techno Baron because the X-ray Specs supposedly made him look smart, which results in him indirectly saving the day by failing to assemble the weapon correctly.

Half-Genie Hero

During Shantae's story mode, he attempts to help her rescue the maidens that the Techno Baron has kidnapped, but ends up stuck in the factory himself, eventually getting freed by Shantae. After the Techno Baron is foiled, Bolo spends the remainder of the game in Mimic's workshop, and later shows up in the good ending.

In Friends To The End, Bolo, Rottytops, and Sky enter Shantae's mind in order to reverse the effects of the dark magic. While trying to help Shantae, Bolo often gets insulted and ridiculed by his companions, who often argue with each other instead of helping. However, he's surprisingly level headed and does well at keeping the team together. Towards the end of game, Sky admits that he's one of the most determined people she's ever known.

Seven Sirens

Bolo helps carry luggage off the airship when he arrives on Siren Island with Shantae, Mimic and Sky. His hotel room is on the Far West side of the island, and while he can initially be found there, he later moves to Tree Town looking for something to eat. Unlike Sky and Mimic, Bolo doesn't warn Shantae not to go out by herself, though Shantae takes his silence as a sign that he agrees with Sky and Mimic ("Even Bolo's on their side!"). He inadvertently helps Shantae with her quest by directing her to the barnacle in his trashcan in his hotel room, and later by trading some metal nuts and bolts he was chewing on for some melba toast. Later, he travels down to the Squid Pit along with Sky to keep the island from exploding while Shantae works to rescue Rottytops.

General Information

Name: Bolo

Origin: Shantae

Sex: Male

Age: At least 18 (Similar age to Shantae)

Classification: Martial Artist

Species: Human

Occupation: Oddjob Assistant

Status: Alive

Alignment: Chaotic Good (Bolo is a hero for hire and wants to do good, though he can be somewhat reckless doing so and has gotten himself in trouble)

Codex Statistics

Key: Pre-Half-Genie Hero | Post-Half-Genie Hero

Tier: High 8-C | 7-A, likely Far Higher

Cardinality: Finite

Dimensionality: 3-D

Attack Potency: At least Large Building level (Stated to have trained with Shantae and survived a beating from Risky Boots | Mountain level, likely Far Higher (Alongside Rottytops and Sky, they were able to contend with Nega-Shantae. Before that, they were also able to defeat the Tinkerslug, Giga Mermaid, Wilbur, Squid Baron, and Hypno Baron)

Durability: At least Large Building level (Survived attacks from Risky Boots) | Mountain level, likely Far Higher (Able to survive attacks from Nega-Shantae)

Striking Strength: At least Large Building Class | Mountain Class, likely Far Higher

Lifting Strength: Unknown | Unknown

Travel Speed: Supersonic (Comparable to Rottytops) | Supersonic

Combat Speed: At least Supersonic (Comparable to Shantae) | At least Supersonic

Reaction Speed: At least Supersonic (Comparable to Shantae) | At least Supersonic

Stamina: Superhuman (Went through Shantae's entire adventure in harsh environments with no rest, fighting multiple bosses in the process)

Range: Standard Melee to Extended Melee with weapons

Intelligence: Above Average (Despite being viewed as an idiot, Bolo is still a trained martial artist with Shantae and has shown some skills of intelligence when he puts his mind to it)

Powers and Techniques

Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Martial Arts (Stated to have trained with Shantae), Save and Load & Regeneration (Low-Godly; Can use the Save Guy to save their progress, which is an acknowledged feature), Flight (With the Flying Carpet), Magic, Weapon Creation (With Dream Magic, Bolo can create pike balls to throw), Weapon Usage (Bolo is skilled in using his flail, spring claw, and pike balls), Non-Standard Interaction (Can attack ghosts), Explosion Manipulation (Whenever Bolo defeats a boss, they explode. Death animations have been acknowledged to happen within the past), Dimensional Travel (Shantae can get hit by her blocks out of the screen and come back from it. Due to death animations being canon, this would be included and thus Bolo should scale).
Resistance to Heat (Can run around a burning town and be near fires)


Flail, Pike Balls, and Spring Claw

Notable Techniques

  • Bolo's Flail: Bolo's main and strongest weapon. It possesses a decent range and deals six damage points at maximum level. He's capable of destroying large stone blocks with it and pushing boxes.
  • Spring Claw: Bolo uses his grappling hook to grab onto pegs, rings and attack flying enemies.
  • Pike Balls: By using Special Move that consumes his Dream Magic, Bolo can create spike balls that bounce and attack enemies. He can create up to two balls that deal five damage points at maximum level.


Standard Tactics: Bolo will use his flail or pike balls to attack.

Weaknesses: Can be somewhat cocky and fall for women in-battle at times.

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