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KDL3Rick.png
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3
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Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land 2
Last Game Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Other Game(s) Kirby's Star Stacker, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby Super Star Ultra
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Rick is one of Kirby's original three Animal Friends, first appearing in Kirby's Dream Land 2. He is a round, plump hamster with pink feet and big, orange spots on his white fur. Although his last major appearance was in Kirby's Dream Land 3, he also appears as a minor character in the anime, as well as making several smaller appearances and cameos in other games of the Kirby series.

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Game Appearances

Kirby's Dream Land 2

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Artwork of Kirby riding Rick.
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In-game sprite.

Rick makes his debut appearance as an Animal Friend in Kirby's Dream Land 2. He is the first friend Kirby meets on his adventure, appearing in the 2nd stage of Grass Land as well as the level's intro.

When traveling together with Rick, Kirby rides on his back. Teaming up with the hamster enables him to walk a little bit faster and prevents him from slipping on ice, but makes him unable to fly, which can make certain locations impossible to escape from without leaving the friend behind. Additionally, Rick can inhale, swallow and spit out enemies like Kirby.

Like the other Animal Friends, teaming up with Rick while possessing a Copy Ability grants Kirby access to new skills, which combine Rick's powers with the attributes of Kirby's ability.

Combinations

Base Ability Appearance Description
Burning
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Rick breathes flames with a low range while the B button is held.
Cutter
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Rick throws Kirby like a boomerang into the direction he is facing.
Ice
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Freezes enemies around Rick while the B button is held. Rick cannot move while using this power.
Needle
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Rick extends quills from his back, but leaves his front vulnerable.
Parasol
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Rick balances a parasol on his nose and a ball-shaped Kirby on top of it, harming enemies above him.
Spark
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Enables Rick to use a whip of electricity, not unlike the Beam ability seen in other games.
Stone
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Kirby balances on top of Rick as the hamster turns into a rolling boulder, crushing all enemies in their path.

Kirby's Star Stacker

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Rick and Kirby having a picnic in Star Stacker.

In Kirby's Star Stacker, Rick, along with Kine and Coo, aids Kirby by eliminating any star blocks and devaluing hard blocks to star blocks between pairs of tiles.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Rick returns as a friend for Kirby to team up with in Kirby's Dream Land 3, alongside the other Animal Friends from the game's predecessor. Although his design remains mostly the same, the spots of his fur have become brighter, particularly in his in-game sprites, where they are almost yellow. He appears together with Nago in the first stage of Grass Land, and can once again be seen in the intro of the level.

Although Rick still does not slip on ice like in the previous game, his other powers have changed greatly; the hamster is now able to wall-jump, allowing him to climb walls that would otherwise not be passable, but is considerably slower and has lost the ability to inhale. Instead, Rick opens his mouth while the Y button is held, and is able to eat enemies he walks into. Once an opponent is in his mouth, however, he can spit it out or swallow it as if he had inhaled it. The Propeller enemy moves faster in his presence if it possesses a yellow coloring.

Just like other Animal Friends, the hamster once again grants Kirby access to different skills if the pink hero possesses a Copy Ability, although a few of these combinations differ slightly from those of the previous game.

Combinations

Base Ability Appearance Description
Burning
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Rick breathes flames with a low range while the Y button is held.
Clean
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Rick briefly cleans the area directly in front of him with a blue feather duster, harming opponents.
Cutter
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Rick throws Kirby like a boomerang, making him slowly fly through the air and attempt to return to the hamster. If Rick moves just right, it is possible to prevent Kirby from returning to his back, causing him to repeatedly orbit his friend instead.
Ice
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While the Y button is held, small snowballs appear above Kirby, which can freeze enemies. Rick cannot move while using this power, although he slides a bit if he is already in motion while activating it.
Needle
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Rick extends quills from his back, but leaves his front vulnerable.
Parasol
KDL3 ParasolRick.png
Rick balances a parasol on his nose and a ball-shaped Kirby on top of it, harming enemies above him.
Spark
KDL3 SparkRick.PNG
Enables Rick to use a whip of electricity, not unlike the Beam ability seen in other games.
Stone
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Kirby balances on top of Rick as the hamster turns into a rolling boulder, crushing all enemies in their path.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

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The Rick statue from The Crystal Shards.

Although Rick does not appear in person in The Crystal Shards, he makes a cameo as one of the statues Kirby can turn into by using the Stone-Cutter Power Combo. As the Rick sculpture, Kirby can walk slowly and make small jumps, as well as being capable of wall-jumping like the hamster can in Kirby's Dream Land 3. As with the other results of Stone-Cutter, Kirby is invincible in this form and may end the transformation at any time by pushing the ability button again, causing the statue to crumble and harm nearby enemies with its debris.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Rick makes a minor appearance as a painting created by Paint Roller in the sub-game Paint Panic.

Kirby Super Star Ultra

Rick makes another indirect cameo in Kirby Super Star Ultra, an enhanced remake of Kirby Super Star, where a statue of him is one of the objects Kirby can turn into by using the Stone ability. It should be noted that this statue does not appear in the original game, instead being exclusive to the remake.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Rick cameos once more as a random Stone transformation. Instead of being given his own, seperate statue, however, he is part of a sculpture consisting of all of Kirby's original Animal Friends (Rick, Coo and Kine). This result differs from other results of using the Stone ability only in appearance and not functionality.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Within the Super Smash Bros. series, Rick only appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and only as a random trophy.

Trophy Information

Rick made his debut alongside Kirby's other friends, Coo and Kine. He looks like a meek hamster, but when he puffs himself up, he's bigger than Kirby. When he's carrying Kirby on his back, he can mimic Kirby's copy powers with some special moves of his own. Rick's claim to fame is his exceptional traction on icy surfaces.

Trivia

  • In the anime, Kirby can inhale Rick. Regardless, Rick can still give Kirby a ride on his back.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リック
Rikku
Rick
German Rick -


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