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Screenshot of a Capiller from Chop Champs.
First game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby: Planet Robobot (Team Kirby Clash)
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Super Kirby Clash
Copy Ability N/A (poisonous to inhale)
Similar entities Poison fruit
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Capillers[1], otherwise known as Caterpillars, Worms, or Bugs, are an uncommon hazard that appear in some Kirby titles. They are small worm-like creatures with yellow and brown stripes on their bodies and two giant beady eyes on one end. If Kirby attempts to inhale them, he will take damage, so they must be avoided or hit with an attack instead.

Game appearances[edit]

Capiller's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby Super Star Hazard
Kirby Super Star Ultra Hazard As this is the remake of Kirby Super Star, their role doesn't change. Also appears in the Sub-Game Snack Tracks.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Hazard Appears in the sub-game Team Kirby Clash.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Hazard
Kirby Star Allies Hazard Appears in the sub-game Chop Champs
Super Kirby Clash Hazard
Kirby Fighters 2 Hazard Capillers were given their official name here.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Capillers first appeared in this title. They are dropped by Twin Woods during some if its attacks in addition to Gordos and Apples. In Revenge of the King, they are also dropped by Whispy's Revenge, though here, they are larger and purple in color.

Capillers also appear in the Sub-Game Snack Tracks, where they may appear on the conveyor belts. The player will need to flick them off using the Nintendo DS stylus to prevent Kirby from eating them. Capillers sometimes also in a Maxim Tomato during the sub-game.

Team Kirby Clash, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash[edit]

In the Kirby: Planet Robobot Sub-Game Team Kirby Clash, its standalone deluxe version and its sequel, Whispy Woods appears as a boss. In all three iterations, he may drop Capillers from his canopy, though since the Kirbys cannot inhale in these games, they are no different from apples in function here.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Several Capillers can be seen on the logs in Chop Champs.

In the Chop Champs Sub-Game, Capillers make up the main hazard on the logs. They may shift back and forth while the log comes down, and will not harm Kirby if they are shifted back. Otherwise, Kirby will be temporarily halted if a Capiller hits him.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters 2, Capillers are once again dropped by Twin Woods alongside their Gordos and Apples. Here, their official name is confirmed in one of Twin Woods' pause screen captions.


  • The icon for Chop Champs includes a winking Capiller.
  • According to an early bio about Kirby, one of Kirby's least favorite things are caterpillars, likely because they are poisonous to him.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 毛虫けむし
Caterpillar / "hairy bug"
Traditional Chinese 毛毛蟲
máo máo chóng
Caterpillar / "hairy bug"
Simplified Chinese 毛毛虫
máo máo chóng
German Raupini from "Raupe" (caterpillar)


  1. "Here comes Twin Woods again! With a bond stronger than ever, the giant arbor twins drop apples and Capillers. They've mastered the Stomp Jump too! Don't underestimate them!" –Twin Woods Special Page (Kirby Fighters 2)