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Artwork of Beetle Kirby from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Debut Game Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
Type(s) Unlimited use
Obtained from Beetley, Hornhead
Power(s) Flying, stab with horn, grabbing and throwing enemies, bashing stakes (Hardhead Slam).
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Beetle is an ability which gives Kirby the horn and wings of a 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 Posts 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 moveset for Kirby: Triple Deluxe
while facing right  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Horn Upper
Crown Drop
Catching Horn + ← + B
Horn Flurry
B repeatedly
Spiral Horn
↑ + B
Rocket Horn
Dash + B
Hover Wing
A in midair
Rocket Horn Dive
↑ during Rocket Horn
Hardhead Slam
↓ + B in midair
Carry Around
Catching Horn + either of ↔
Catching Horn
Either of ↑→ + B when near an enemy
Quick Throw
Catching Horn + B
Slamming Drill
Catching Horn + ↓ + B
Throw Drop
Catching Horn + ↑ + B
Beetle 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.
  • Beetle is one of the more versatile abilities in recent Kirby titles, being able to cut String Platforms and pound Posts, as well as providing an alternate means of flight. It can also be used in Kirby Star Allies to perform Friend Throw.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Chinese 独角仙 (simplified)

獨角仙 (traditional)

Japanese rhinoceros beetle. Also literally means "one-horned beetle".