A Bō, 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 from or plated with metal for extra strength. A full-size Bō is also called a Rokushakubō.
The Bō is Donatello's weapon of choice.
It 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. In many series, there is a running gag involving his staff being easily destroyed by an enemy.
2003 TV series
The Foot Mystics all use double-ended or triple-headed Bō staffs.
2012 TV series
Don's Bō 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 Bō easily breaks when used against Kraangdroids. In the episode "Metalhead", Donatello developed a robot to fight for him as he felt that his Bō 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 Bō into a rocket launcher).
The Pulverizer once used the Bō-Staff to practice ninja moves, which he stunk at, until Donnie showed him some basics.
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 some Foot Soldiers. In the sequel film, Donnie has added a taser to one end, allowing him to zap others, as well as an upgrade enabling it to interface with plane controls.
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