Belunkas (ホエーラ Hoeera) are giant, flying green whale-like creatures that appear in Kid Icarus: Uprising. They are among the largest enemies that Pit encounters in the game, and act as vessels for carrying other Underworld monsters.
For being somewhat common enemies, Belunkas are quite big and strong, although they rarely attack directly. Instead, they are able to spawn a variety of other monsters from a dark mist within their mouth. Otherwise, a Belunka will simply watch over the battle until Pit defeats the enemies it unleashes, causing the beast to spawn more until it is destroyed itself. It also has more health than most enemies, making it more challenging to defeat, especially when flying. In terms of appearance, Belunkas have all of the features a typical whale would have, although its fins are large enough to serve as wings. It also wears a crown-like structure on its head, likely as a regal symbol of its high rank in the Underworld army.
Belunkas are a common enemy found in both land and air battles, and are first encountered in Magnus and the Dark Lord, where a Belunka pursues Pit through a narrow canyon as an attempt to eat him.
Belunka is a living troop transport that loads smaller Underworld forces in its mouth - also its weak point - and then vomits them out onto the battlefield. Take down Belunka, and you'll also destroy all the enemies inside!
- This creature is possibly based on Cetus, a giant whale-like monster in Greek mythology, that was said to be defeated by Perseus to save Andromeda.
- The Belunka's design may have possibly been inspired by the flying whales in the Frozen Hillside stage from Kirby Air Ride, which was also directed by Masahiro Sakurai.
- Belunka's name is possibly a play on the word "beluga", a type of small white whale, although it bears a closer resemblance to the typical large baleen whales such as humpback whales.