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 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.

Mirage Comics

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

2003 TV series

Don's Bō was used by Ch'rell in the episode "The Shredder Strikes Back, Part 2". It was also broken by one of the Amazonian Blade Bots in the episode "New Blood".

The Foot Mystics all use double-ended or triple-headed Bō staffs.

Video Games

Some Foot Ninjas wield Bō staffs in the video games Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare.

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.

Mikey used the Bō-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 Bō-staff by Splinter to teach the turtles how to fight outside their elements. Leo would often trip over it though.


In the TMNT: New Animated Adventures comic, Raph used the Bō-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 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.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In the entire series Donnie equips a technologically enhanced Bō staff of his own creation which can be able to do many varying tasks, ranging from becoming different types of weapons to other uses. In the series' first episode, Donnie was offered the opportunity to replace his staff for a mystical one like his brothers, but refused and decided to stay with his original one.

In the series finale, his staff is destroyed when their hideout beneath New York collapses during the Shredder's hunt for the Hamato Essence. Later on, after accessing Hamato Ninpō, Donnie uses his new abilities to transform a garden hoe into a traditional Bō staff with the power to transform and construct technological weapons.

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