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Snowball Banjo

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Snowball Banjo is a transformation in Banjo-Tooie.


Snowball Banjo is the transformation of the icy side of Hailfire Peaks. However, because of Snowball Banjo's size mechanic, the HONEYBACK and HONEYKING cheats can hinder the player in this form. As Wumba's Wigwam can only be entered by Snowball Banjo with only one honeycomb left, the player can be potentially stuck on the icy side of Hailfire Peaks, with the only other way of exiting reliably being by using the nearby Warp Pad. It is still possible to re-enter the wigwam and complete other smaller-snowball tasks while using HONEYBACK, but it requires a degree of speed.

Being made of snow, Snowball Banjo automatically takes damage on the Fire Side of Hailfire Peaks. This is integrated in one puzzle, which requires him to go through the fire side quickly enough to activate a rusty switch on the icy side that he otherwise cannot reach.


By holding B Button, Banjo can roll around and run over enemies, which is his only method of defense in this form. Unlike other transformations, Snowball Banjo has a set life bar of five Honeycombs. He will shrink in size if he takes damage, but can heal himself and make himself larger simply by rolling around in some thick snow. Being large and heavy makes it possible for Snowball Banjo to activate old, rusty switches, but also makes fitting through small doorways difficult; as such, purposely taking damage to make Banjo smaller is sometimes needed to get into tight spaces.