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KSA Caterpillar.jpg
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 apple
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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 first named as such here.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

KSS Capiller sprite.png KSSU Capiller sprite.png Capillers first appear in Kirby Super Star and its remake, as projectiles dropped by Twin Woods during some of their 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 Snack Tracks Sub-Game, where they may appear on the conveyor belts, either alone or inside Maxim Tomatoes. The player will need to flick them off using the Nintendo DS stylus to prevent Kirby from eating them.

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 minigame, 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.

One Capiller that occasionally winks also appears on the icon for the Chop Champs minigame itself.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters 2, Capillers are once again dropped by Twin Woods alongside their Gordos and Apples. Here, they are given their current name from Twin Woods' pause screen caption starting in Chapter 3 onwards.

Additionally, the Staff ability has a Rare Hat based on Whispy Woods, with the staff itself taking on the appearance of a wooden stick with a Capiller on it.


  • According to several official profiles about Kirby, one of his least favorite things is caterpillars, though it is not exactly clear why.[2][3] This may be related to why he takes damage when eating Capillers.


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
French Chenidou from "Chenille" (caterpillar)
German Raupini from "Raupe" (caterpillar)
Italian Bruchino from "Bruco" (caterpillar)
Spanish Bicho Bug


  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)
  2. Nintendo Japan (Nintendo Online Magazine - Kirby's profile - March 2000 issue covering Kirby 64: the Crystal Shards release)
  3. "高さ:20cmくらい 好きな物:トマト 苦手な物:毛虫 性別:不明 出身:不明 (Height: About 20 cm tall, Likes: Tomatoes, Dislikes: Caterpillars, Gender: Unknown, Birthplace: Unknown)" –20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia (Shogakukan), pg. 15