Bolo is a friend of Shantae's. He is a rather plain fighter with a headband. In , he helped Shantae once by opening the Dribble Fountain for her. In he served as a guide, giving hints to Shantae. In , he gets unwillingly involved in misadventures, but he saves the day by (unintentionally) sabotaging a piece of Ammo Baron's cannon. He will be playable in .
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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, especially Risky Boots (at least 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 to 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,Bolo is nearsighted, although this may be just him being too literal.
While not being as advanced in using magic as Shantae, he is capable of summoning some magic items, like her (spike balls).
In combat Bolo relies mostly on martial arts, brute strenght and his own equipment:
- Bolo's Flail - Bolo's main and strongest weapon. It possesses a decent range and deals 6 damage towards opponents at max lvl. He's capable of destroying huge stone blocks with it and pushing boxes.
- Spring Claw - Bolo uses his grappling hook to grab onto pegs, rings and attack flying enemies.
- Spike Balls - By using Special Move that consumes his Dream Magic, Bolo can create flying spike balls that bounces from walls and attack his enemies. He can create up to two balls and they deal 5 damage at max lvl.
- Determination - It's revealed by Sky in the battle against Nega-Shantae that while not being the smartest, Bolo possess incredible will to fight that allows him to see through any obstacles.
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 stay 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.
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 the Zombie Trio of Rottytops, Abner Cadaver, and Poe, and from then on, Sky and Bolo simply encourage Shantae to get him back. 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 then on.
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 caused him to --indirectly-- save the day by failing to assemble the weapon correctly.
Bolo appears alongside Shantae as a playable character in Apple Watch game: Watch Quest!. However, he is not the same Bolo from the making him an "alternate universe" counterpart to regular Bolo. While he's appearance is mostly the same, he wears a red cloak and wields a greatsword as opposed to his normal ball and chain.
Bolo is playable in Half-Genie Hero for the first time.
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.
In Friends To The End, Bolo, Rotty, and Sky enter the mind of Shantae in order to reverse the effects of Risky's Dynamo. While trying to help Shantae, Bolo often gets insulted and ridiculed by his companions. However, he's surprisingly level headed and does well at keeping the team together. Towards the end of Friends To The End, Sky admits that he's one of the most determined people she's ever known.
He appears in the demo and Shantae complains to him about the music. He would have been a playable character in multiplayer battle mode, but the game got cancelled.
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- Despite (perhaps)being slightly younger than both Shantae and Sky, Bolo stands the tallest out of the trio (especially in Pirate's Curse).
- Bolo's handband worn just above his eyes, is reminiscent of major video game hero, Soild Snake.
- Watch Quest! Bolo, is striking similar to Ike from the Fire Emblem series.