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“Well, I'm out now, so I might as well go to work on you!”
Weldar, Banjo-Tooie

Weldar the Visually Impaired Welding Torch is a welding torch that suffers from partial-blindness found in the depths of Grunty Industries in Banjo-Tooie. He is regarded by many to be one of the more difficult bosses in the game, and simply reaching him is a long, arduous process. Weldar was left mortally wounded after battling the duo in Banjo-Tooie, but his immobile, dismembered head still lives in Grunty Industries and parts of his ruined body live on, being turned into vehicle part in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

Physical Characteristics

Weldar is a large personified welding torch (although Kazooie initially mistakes him for a toilet cleaner). He has a large, metallic, cylindrical base with 6 square plates on it that seem to keep his body from overheating, as well as a large yellow apparatus surrounding him and two gauges on his base. His hose and nozzle have snake-like qualities, including sharp teeth. His neck-like hose appears to be bendable and strong enough to drag himself across the floor just before the boss battle begins. He also has vision problems, a trait shared with most species of snakes. Weldar's eyes are visibly damaged, with one of his pupils being slightly smaller than his other. Whenever Weldar Opens his mouth he expels a sleek, bright blue flame.

At first, it would seem that Weldar also has problems moving around, seeing as how he had to drag himself out using only his head and neck before the fight ensued. However once the battle begins it becomes apparent that he is very capable of movement, easily jumping around in hopes to flatten the duo.

The vehicle part Weldar's Breath in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, being made from bits of Weldar, has the same basic concept. It retains his long snake-like head and neck, although its body appears to be a propane tank rather than an actual welding torch.

Games

Banjo-Tooie

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Weldar in the Character Parade in Banjo-Tooie.

Weldar is found in the basement of the Repair Depot, which cannot be reached until numerous tasks have been accomplished around the factory. Once Banjo and Kazooie arrive, Weldar struggles to drag himself to the arena, tricking the duo into thinking a victory is all but ensured. After propping himself up and assessing the duo, he thinks that Banjo is a bear, though he can't quite tell due to his poor eyesight and states that bears are not to be allowed into the building. Banjo hesitantly lies and replies that he isn't. Weldar then says that he forgot to wear his glasses, but since he went through the trouble of dragging himself out, that he might as well fight them anyway.

The battle follows a very simple pattern. First, he begins by shooting out blue fire balls which Banjo and Kazooie can easily dodge. Weldar then tries to suck up Banjo and Kazooie like a vacuum, which is their chance to shoot a flammable egg (Fire Eggs, Grenade Eggs or Clockwork Kazooie Eggs) into his mouth. As one of the six red plates breaks off his body, Weldar warns them to refrain from doing that because he is full of flammable gas. Weldar then launches; Washup, Boltoid, and Nutta at the pair, which can easily be dispatched. After they have all been defeated Weldar will try to inhale them again, giving them another chance to damage him. Now suffering even more damage Weldar leaps into the air and drops down in an attempt to crush the pair.

After landing he proceeds to vigorously chase them around battlefield. He will then try to suck them up again, which is their chance to damage him.

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Weldar after the battle.

After three hits have been dealt, Weldar then turns on an emergency switch which activates the cables on the floor. Electricity surges through them, meaning the duo must be nimble and not step on the electrified wires while Weldar attacks them. He then does all of his attacks in the same order again. After the sixth and final plate has been broken from his body, Weldar exclaims that his welding days are over and overheats and explodes. His severed head flies across the room and hits a high voltage box, stopping the fan in the Air Conditioning Plant allowing Banjo and Kazooie to get the Jiggy behind it. Weldar gives the duo a Shock Spring Pad to use as an exit the Repair Depot and get back to the rest of the industries.

Weldar's head can be conversed with after the battle. He states that his poor eyesight is now the least of his worries, and asks the duo if they know any good repairmen.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

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The vehicle part, Weldar's Breath.

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Mumbo Jumbo explains that he found parts of Weldar's body in the trash and turned him into a compact flamethrower called Weldar's Breath. It causes high amounts of damage, but by the same token also consumes a lot of ammo. When activated, it expels a powerful stream of fire.

Oddly, although it is made to resemble Weldar, complete with 'eyes' and 'teeth', the colors of Weldar's Breath do not match Weldar's coloration in Banjo-Tooie at all, and is entirely red instead of black and gold. However, when it is painted black it seems to vaguely match Weldar's original color palette.

Only two of these parts can be obtained over the course of the game.

Quotes

  • Weldar: Ahem. I believe it states quite clearly in the worker's guidelines that bears are not to be let into the building.
  • Kazooie: So?
  • Weldar: Well, you're a bear, aren't you?
  • Banjo: Er, no.
  • Weldar: D'oh! I must remember to bring my glasses. Well, I'm out now, so I might as well go to work on you!
  • Weldar: Are you a bear?
  • Kazooie: Yes, and you're heading for the recycling plant!
  • Time to turn up the power dial, I think...
  • You'll have to come closer - I can't see to hit you!
  • Uggmmff! Please refrain from doing that - I'm full of flammable gas!
  • Don't make me come after you!
  • How about a few nuts 'n' bolts?
  • Perhaps if I used my weight a little more...
  • This isn't going as planned... Where's my emergency switch located? That's better! Now let's see how nimble you are!
  • Oh well, looks like my welding days are over...
  • Weldar: Groan...I appear to be quite badly injured...
  • Kazooie: That's too bad. Now where's our prize?
  • Weldar: Sigh. I can let you have this...
  • Kazooie: Is that all we get? You gotta be kidding!
  • Weldar: You may use it to get back out. I stashed my Jiggy behind the giant fan for safekeeping, but there's nothing to stop you from reaching it now...Doh! When will I learn to keep my big mouth shut?
  • Look what you've done to me! I'm in rather a lot of pain!

Trivia

  • Contrary to his name, Weldar more resembles a blow torch than a welding torch. However, in the Spanish dub, Weldar was indeed referenced to as a blow torch.
  • Weldar's visional problems are a play on the fact that he is a welding torch and must look at his own flame - which causes visional problems without a welding mask.
  • When Weldar tries to suck in Banjo and Kazooie, if you stand in one of the four corners of the room you will avoid being sucked in. This is a good chance to fire a grenade egg.
  • During the fight with Weldar he says " How about a few nuts n' bolts?". Coincidentally the sequel to Banjo-Tooie is called Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts, it is unknown if this was intentional or not.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japaneseウェルダー
ようせつバーナーのかいぶつ
Weldar
Welding Burner Monster
SpanishWeldar
Soplete de Visión Deteriorada
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Blowtorch with Impaired Vision
GermanTiegla
Schmelztiegel mit Sehfehler
Weldar
Melting Pot with Vision Problems


Weldar

Weldar, in the cast parade.

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