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Artwork of Beetle Kirby from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Debut Game Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
Other Game(s) Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Kirby: Battle Royale
Type(s) Unlimited use
Obtained from Beetley, Hornhead
Power(s) Gains beetle wings for flight; cuts enemies, ropes and grass with the horn; grabs and throws enemies; pounds stakes with Hardhead Slam.
Helper Beetley
Comparable to Sword, Ninja, Suplex;
Wing (flight);
Jet (flight and Rocket Dive)
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Beetle is an ability that gives Kirby the horn and wings of a Japanese rhinoceros beetle. It is unique in the fact that after grabbing enemies, Kirby can still walk and jump, albeit more slowly and less high, respectively. Kirby also only faces one direction when carrying enemies, forcing him to walk backwards when moving in the opposite direction, although this has no effect on anything except the direction enemies are thrown. Another notable thing about this ability, is that it has the ability to pound down stakes with Hardhead Slam. The ability can only be obtained from the the enemy Beetley, and the mid-boss Hornhead. It was introduced in Kirby: Triple Deluxe along with Bell, Circus, Archer, and Hypernova. It later returned in Kirby: Battle Royale and Kirby Star Allies after being absent from Kirby: Planet Robobot.


Beetle's Moveset in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Star Allies
while facing right  
Skill Button Execution Description
Horn Upper
Kirby performs an upper slash with his horn.
  • This can cut ropes and grass.
Horn Flurry
B repeatedly
Kirby performs multiple upper slashes after 'Horn Upper',
and then finishes with a powerful upper slash that also hits behind him.
  • This can cut ropes and grass.
  • The final slash is called 'Backslash' in the Japanese version.
Rocket Horn
Dash + B
Kirby dashes forward with his horn, grabbing any enemy or Recoil Star on his way.
  • This can cut ropes and grass.
  • Kirby is invincible during this attack.
  • If this is not followed by 'Rocket Horn Dive', Kirby will end with throwing forward what he has grabbed.
Rocket Horn Dive
↑ during Rocket Horn
During 'Rocket Horn', Kirby flies up to do a loop, dropping what he has grabbed onto the ground.
  • This can cut ropes and grass.
  • Kirby is invincible during this attack.
  • This is similar to Jet's 'Rocket Dive'.
Spiral Horn
↑ + B
Kirby jumps up and performs spirial slashes with his horn when he's ascending.
  • This can cut ropes and grass.
  • Kirby is invincible during this attack.
  • This is similar to Yo-Yo's 'Gazer Spiral' and Whip's 'Whip Tornado'.
Hover Wing
A in midair
Kirby flies with his beetle wings.
  • His wings can do damage and cut ropes and grass.
Hardhead Slam
↓ + B in midair
Kirby slams down his horn onto the ground when used in midair.
  • This can pound stakes.
  • Kirby is invincible during this attack.
Catching Horn
Either of ↑→ + B when near an enemy
Kirby grabs an enemy or a Recoil Star nearby with his horn.
Carry Around
Catching Horn + either of ↔
Kirby can walk and jump while carrying what he has grabbed.
Quick Throw
Catching Horn + B
Kirby throws forward what he has grabbed.
  • Kirby is invincible during this attack.
Throw Drop
Catching Horn + ↑ + B
Kirby air drops what he has grabbed.
  • Kirby is invincible during this attack.
  • This is similar to Ninja's 'Air Drop'.
Crown Drop
Catching Horn + ← + B
Kirby backdrops what he has grabbed.
  • Kirby is invincible during this attack.
Slamming Drill
Catching Horn + ↓ + B
Kirby slams down what he has grabbed while spinning like a drill.
  • Kirby is invincible during this attack.
Beetle's Moveset in Kirby: Battle Royale  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Horn Upper
Rocket Horn
Hold/release B
Horn Flurry
After Rocket Horn
Back Slash
Forward Lunge
Spiral Horn
B during jump
Slamming Drill
Y or B after Forward Lunge



  • Some of Beetle's moves are notably similar to the Suplex and Throw abilities. Also, Suplex is obtained from the mid-boss Bugzzy, who is similar in appearance to Hornhead.
  • This is the fourth ability to give Kirby a unique flying animation. The others are Jet, Wing, and Cupid. Of these three, Cupid is the only one where flying doesn't damage enemies.
  • The design of the Beetle hat is based on the Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle. It also takes a couple details from feudal samurai armor.
  • In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Beetle Kirby's Rare Outfit is Hydra the legendary machine from Kirby Air Ride.
  • Beetle is one of the more versatile abilities in recent Kirby titles, being able to cut String Platforms and pound stakes, as well as providing an alternate means of flight. It can also be used in Kirby Star Allies to perform Friend Throw.
  • Friend Throw's Japanese name, ブンナゲフレンズ, derives from ぶんなげ, the Japanese name of Beetle's 'Quick Throw' attack. This reference is kept in the Chinese version of Kirby Star Allies:
    • Beetle's 'Quick Throw': 力投 (Power Throw)
    • Friend Throw: 力投盟友 (Power Throw Friend)

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Chinese 独角仙 (chs)
獨角仙 (cht)
dú jiǎo xiān
The Chinese name of Japanese rhinoceros beetle, which literally means "one-horned beetle".