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Bō Staff
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A or kon, is a long staff, usually made of tapered hard wood, for example, white oak, bamboo and in some cases, for training purposes, rotan. Sometimes, it is made of metal or plated with metal for extra strength; also, a full-size bō is sometimes called a rokushakubō.

The bō is Donatello's weapon of choice. The bo is a versatile weapon, able to defend as well as attack. Its length allows the user to keep enemies at a distance and twirling the staff quickly can block attacks.

This matches Donnie well, as he is more along the lines of defense and strategies more than offense. There's a running gag where his staff is easily destroyed by an enemy.

Mirage Comics

All four Turtles use bo staffs in the comic 49th Street Stompers.

2003 TV series

Don's bo staff is used by Ch'rell in the episode The Shredder Strikes Back, Part 2. Don's bo staff was broken by one of the Karai Bots in the episode New Blood.

The Foot Mystics all use Double-ended Triple-headed Bo Staffs.

Video Games

Some Foot Ninja use some in the video game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus.

2012 TV series

Don's bo has been modified to be able to project a blade, turning it into a Naginata, which is a kind of traditional Japanese Halberd. The weapon has grip tape wrapped around the middle. Unfortunately, Don's bo easily breaks when used against Kraang robots. In the episode "Metalhead", Donatello developed a robot to fight for him as he felt that his bo was inadequate against the alien technology they were currently facing, but came to accept his weapon of choice after he was able to defeat Metalhead when it fell under Kraang control (Although he attempted to turn his bo into a rocket launcher).

The Pulverizer once used the Bo-Staff to practice ninja moves, which he stunk at, until Donnie showed him some basics.

Mikey used the Bo-Staff when he was forced to poke Splinter with it while he was resting in "I, Monster", and managed to push the hidden button, sending the blade within inches of Splinter's face.

In the episode "Pulverizer Returns", Leo was forced to used the Bo-staff by Splinter to teach the turtles how to fight outside their elements. Leo would often trip over it though.

Donnie's staff broke 3 times in this series.

Comics

In the TMNT New Animated Adventures comic, Raph used the Bo-Staff so he could learn how to fight outside his element.

2014 film

In the 2014 movie Donnie has a retractable spring loaded metal staff, which is much more resistant and stronger than its wooden version from previous incarnations. In the trailers Donnie uses it to reflect bullets, throw a car up in the air and push a container against Foot Soldiers. In the sequel movie, he has also added a taser to one end, allowing him to zap others with it and even use it to interface with plane controls.


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See also

Naginata

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