Wheel

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Copy Ability InfoBox
WheelKTD.png
Artwork from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Details
Debut Game Kirby's Adventure
Last Game Kirby: Planet Robobot
Other Game(s) Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby and the Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Obtained from Wheelie, Grand Wheelie, Paint Roller's car, Transformer, yellow Golem, Wiz's car
Power(s) Transform into a wheel to move quickly and run down enemies
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The Wheel is an ability that allows Kirby to transform into a wheel, and travel at very high speeds. The ability first appeared in Kirby's Adventure, which places it as one of Kirby's oldest Copy Abilities. Since Kirby Super Star, Wheel Kirby has donned a red baseball cap, worn backwards over his head. When using this ability, he transforms into a simple, pink tire, and begins racing around at high speeds. The general way to obtain the Wheel ability is by inhaling the Wheelie enemy, or its bigger mid-boss variant, Grand Wheelie. When racing around, Kirby can run over enemies, and even travel on the surface of water.

A very similar, but not identical ability is Wheelie Rider, which is accessed in an entirely different way, and only appeared in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Game Appearances

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Kirby's ability to transform into a wheel appears in Kirby's Adventure for the first time, and is also contained in the game's remake Nightmare in Dream Land. While using the Wheel ability, Kirby transforms into a wheel by pressing the B button. The wheel then travels at high speed, until it hits a wall or when the transformation is manually cancelled. In some places, Wheel is needed to reach certain bonus areas that require speed. They are the only games in the series where Wheel Kirby can't jump.

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

The Wheel ability returns in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. Like most of the other Copy Abilities, the Wheel's moveset is expanded and improved in this game. the player is also given the choice to create a Wheelie as a Helper from the ability. Aside from the regular Wheel ability, Kirby Super Star introduces a new concept, known as the Wheelie Rider. When Kirby has a Wheelie Helper with him, he can jump onto his Helper and ride him, which accesses more moves for the Wheel ability.

Wheel's moveset in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Dash/Stop Dash
B
*Works on water
Brake Dash + A/Y
Go Slow Dash + Hold A/Y Turn Dash + (different direction) *Speed goes up after turn
Turn Jump Dash + Repeatedly turn

Kirby: Canvas Curse

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, the Wheel ability is one of four copy abilities that have their own Course A and Course B Rainbow Run courses.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

The Wheel ability returns in Kirby: Squeak Squad, and it can alternate to a fire wheel, an ice wheel, or a thunder wheel if Kirby rides through a fire pit, an icy terrain, or spark, respectively.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Wheel returns after a fairly long absence in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. It is once again obtained from Wheelie and allows Kirby to quickly dash through enemies, and even skid across the top of water. The cap also now has white lines and a star on its front.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Wheel returns again as an ability in Kirby: Planet Robobot. It is also compatible with the Robobot Armor, with this mode being required for certain stages of the game.

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Trivia

  • Although the Wheel ability itself doesn't appear in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, one of Needle's moves consists of Kirby curving into a spiky ball to perform a rolling attack while dashing forward in a similar fashion to the Wheel ability; but unlike Wheel, Kirby can only dash for a few seconds.