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Caterpillar SA.jpg
Screencap of a Caterpillar from Chop Champs.
First game Kirby Super Star
Latest game Kirby Star Allies
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby: Planet Robobot (Team Kirby Clash), Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Copy Ability N/A
Similar entities Poison Apple
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Caterpillars, otherwise known as 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

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra

Caterpillars 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.

Caterpillars 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. Caterpillars sometimes also in a Maxim Tomato during the sub-game.

Team Kirby Clash & Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

In the Kirby: Planet Robobot Sub-Game Team Kirby Clash and its standalone deluxe version, Whispy Woods appears as an encounter to be defeated. In both iterations, he may drop caterpillars from his canopy, though since the Kirbys do not inhale in these games, they are no different from apples in function here.

Kirby Star Allies

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

In the Chop Champs Sub-Game, caterpillars 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 be temporarily halted if a caterpillar hits him.



  • The icon for Chop Champs includes a winking caterpillar.
  • According to an early bio about Kirby, one of Kirby's least favorite things are caterpillars, likely because they are poisonous to him.
    • Ironically, Kirby is much more fond of butterflies and will try to chase them.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 毛虫けむし
Caterpillar / "hairy bug"
Chinese 毛毛虫 (chs)
毛毛蟲 (cht)
máo máo chóng
Caterpillar / "hairy bug"