Bandana Waddle Dee

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Bandana Friend Allies.png
Artwork from Kirby Star Allies
Debut Game Kirby Super Star
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
Other Game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Kirby: Battle Royale
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Bandana Waddle Dee (otherwise known as Bandana Dee or Waddle Dee) is both an antagonist and a playable protagonist in the Kirby series. He is a Waddle Dee with a blue bandana, as well as a spear in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby Star Allies. He is loyal to King Dedede, but also good friends with Kirby.

Game Appearances

Kirby facing the bandanna-wearing Waddle Dee.

Kirby Super Star

This Waddle Dee makes a minor appearance in Megaton Punch, as the first enemy. He starts the battle by winking, waves if he wins, and faints if he loses.

Kirby Super Star Ultra


Kirby Super Star Ultra was this Waddle Dee's first major appearance. He appears only in two modes: The Arena and Revenge of the King. In The Arena, he replaces the regular Waddle Dee that appears as a joke boss in the original Kirby Super Star. He fills a similar role as the original "boss", but, unlike the latter, can move around. Waddle Dee is battled in The Revenge in Revenge of the King, and also has dialogue with the King concerning Kirby and Mid-Bosses. He appears again in Megaton Punch. He can be inhaled, but provides no Copy Ability. He is exactly the same as regular Waddle Dee, but has more HP and has a different sprite.

Kirby Mass Attack

Bandana Waddle Dee makes a cameo in the Meta Knight battle of the Strato Patrol EOS sub-game. He is seen cheering for him alongside Sailor Dee from Revenge of Meta Knight.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

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Artwork of Waddle Dee from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Bandana Waddle Dee (here referred to as just Waddle Dee) got an even bigger role in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, this time as a playable character. He can use his spear to attack, identically to the way Spear Kirby can. Unlike Kirby, Meta Knight or King Dedede, Waddle Dee doesn't fly, but he can make Infinity Jumps to keep up. In the introduction, he is seen helping King Dedede steal some cake.

Waddle Dee Moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Spear Thrust
Waddle Triple Throw
Dash + Hold 1, release
Back Thrust
1, then Back, 1
Multispear Attack
1 repeatedly
Skyward Thrust
↑ + 1
Waddle Copter
Hold 1 + release
Moon Drop
↓ + 1 in midair
Underwater Thrust
1 underwater
Waddle Spear Throw
Dash + 1
Surface Thrust
↑ + 1 underwater
Waddle Spear Barrage
Dash + 1 repeatedly in midair
Underwater Downward Thrust
↓ + 1 underwater

Kirby's Dream Collection

Bandana Waddle Dee appears during the intro cinematic for the game, to present the title screen along with King Dedede, Meta Knight and Kirby.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Bandana Waddle Dee appears in stages to give Kirby healing items to store on the player's touch screen. These items appear in Assist Stars. He usually gives them prior to boss fights or mid-boss fights. If the player has streetpassed with someone before they meet Bandanna Waddle Dee, he will give better items. These include more powerful healing items, such as Energy Drinks or Maxim Tomatoes, and even Keychains. If the player has streetpassed with that person multiple times, the quality of the healing items get even better, and Bandanna Waddle Dee may even throw a Rare Keychain to Kirby.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Up to three differently colored Bandana Waddle Dees are playable in this game, and can assist Kirby by carrying him and tossing him, as well as spearing enemies that get in the way. They are controlled normally, unlike Kirby, who remains in ball form and must follow the stylus ropes.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Bandana Waddle Dee performs the same function here as in Triple Deluxe, offering Kirby food items he can store at various points in the stages. Using Streetpass will improve the quality of the items as it did before.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Bandana Waddle Dee can be found in the village, overseeing the Gem Apple Tree. He is the first character that Kirby talks to in the game, and explains the basics of the village, and the situation. From that point onward, he oversees Gem Apple harvesting, giving Kirby the yield every time it's ready.

Kirby: Battle Royale

Artwork of Bandana Waddle Dee from Kirby: Battle Royale.
A still from the introduction, as Kirby bumps into Bandana Waddle Dee.

Bandana Dee serves a prominent role in the single player mode, Dedede's Cake Royale. Kirby meets up with him on the way to the arena, finding him exhausted, having 'walked all night long' to get there. As such, Kirby agrees to carry him for a while down the trail. After Kirby deals with an enemy ambush, including another blue Kirby, the Warp Star appears to take them both to the arena.

From here on, Bandana Waddle Dee serves as an ally to Kirby in team matches. Unlike in previous incarnations, Bandana Dee uses a Parasol instead of a Spear.

While the player cannot play as Bandana Waddle Dee, a hatless Waddle Dee is available who plays much the same.

Kirby Star Allies

Bandana Waddle Dee appears as a Dream Friend in this title, recruitable from a Dream Palace. His move-set appears to be largely the same as it was in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, thus being the only Spear-wielding character in the game. Bandana Waddle Dee is also playable in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! once he and the other Dream Friends are unlocked for that mode.

Bandana Waddle Dee's move-set for Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Spear Thrust
Waddle Spear Throw
Dash + B
Back Thrust
After pressing B, press ← + B
Waddle Spear Barrage
Dash + B repeatedly in midair
Multispear Thrust
B repeatedly
Waddle Triple Throw
Dash + hold B, release
Waddle Copter
Press and hold B, and then release
Underwater Thrust
B underwater
Skyward Thrust
↑ + B
Surface Thrust
↑ + B underwater
Moon Drop
↓ + B in midair
Underwater Downward Thrust
↓ + B underwater


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Waddle Dee pañuelo Bandana Waddle Dee
French Bandana Waddle Dee -
Dutch Bandana-Waddle Dee -
German Waddle-Dee-Assistenten Waddle Dee Assistant
Italian Waddle Dee aiutante Waddle Dee assistant
Russian Вэдл Ди в бандане
Vedl Di v bandane
Waddle Dee in bandana
Chinese 头巾瓦豆鲁迪 (chs)
頭巾瓦豆魯迪 (cht)
tóu jīn wǎ dòu lǔ dí
Bandana Waddle Dee