Boulder

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Boulder
DL3 Boulder Sprite.png DL3 Smooth Boulder Sprite.png DL3 Ice Boulder Sprite.png
In-game sprites of different types of Boulder from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Details
Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land 3
Latest Game Kirby: Planet Robobot
Other Game(s) Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Copy Ability None
Similar Entities Rolling Waddle Dee, Spiky Nut, Ignus
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A Boulder is a hazardous object introduced in Kirby's Dream Land 3. It is - exactly as the name implies - a large chunk of rock, ice, or other material that can usually be seen rolling down slopes or falling in from above or the background. Boulders will harm Kirby and other playable characters on contact, regardless of where they may be in relation to the boulder. Boulders cannot be destroyed, and instead must be avoided or passed through.

In most games where they appear, Boulders are used as hazards in narrow sloped hallways, often initially propped up by a Bomb Block barrier. Once released, Kirby is usually tasked with either keeping ahead of them or avoiding them by slipping into a small crevice that the boulder rolls over. In some titles, it is sometimes possible to pass through boulders by using a lengthy attack, guarding, or otherwise taking advantage of invulnerable states and moving through.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, there are smaller boulders which appear in addition to the larger ones, which fall from the ceiling and bounce once before falling off-screen. These boulders can be inhaled, but grant no Copy Ability, making them similar to Ignus.

In Kirby Mass Attack, large iron boulders can appear in stages, often ridden by Norys. Unlike other appearances, these boulders are not harmful to the touch, but may flatten a Kirby who gets rolled over.

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, boulders often take the form of giant billiard balls in the casino stages. These can be attacked and destroyed using the Robobot Armor.

Trivia

  • In most games in the series, boulders will break blocks on contact, including Metal Blocks.