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KDL3 ChuChu artwork.png
Artwork of ChuChu from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
First appearance Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)
Latest appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023, cameo)
Cameo appearances Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Kirby Clash
Related Nyupun (friend)
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I can stick to ceilings! I can also fly, but not very well.
— ChuChu in the Kirby's Dream Land 3 Instructional Booklet

ChuChu (also spelled as Chuchu) is one of Kirby's Animal Friends, and a frequently reoccurring character in the Kirby series, though most of her appearances are only as cameos. ChuChu is a pink octopus-like creature,[1] most closely resembling a Japanese flapjack octopus, who wears a red bow on her head. Unlike most other Animal Friends, who can carry Kirby or Gooey around in some manner, ChuChu rides on the head of her partner. Kirby appears to have a content or lovestruck expression when ChuChu is on his head, and several of their interactions imply that they may have a romantic interest in each other.

Game appearances[edit]

ChuChu's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Supporting playable character
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Reference Depicted as one of Stone-Cutter Kirby's transformations.
Kirby: Canvas Curse Reference Appears as one of the objects Paint Roller can paint in the Paint Panic Sub-Game.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Reference Appears as a Keychain.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Reference Appears as a Sticker and a Stone sculpture.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Cameo A piece of gear and a weapon based on ChuChu can each be equipped.
Kirby Star Allies Cameo Appears in one of the Clean ability's attacks. Also appears in one of the Celebration Pictures.
Super Kirby Clash Cameo The same equip-able items from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe return.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Cameo Appears as a costume and color for Kirby, and also on a Character Treat.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Reference Appears as a Dress-Up Mask.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo Appears as a Spirit.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

ChuChu debuts in Kirby's Dream Land 3 as one of Kirby's six Animal Friends, first appearing in the second stage of Grass Land. When paired with Kirby, ChuChu is able to use her sticky, extendable "tentacles" to grab enemies in front of her and put them into Kirby's mouth, as well as sticking to and moving along ceilings. Furthermore, if the player presses the B button while the two are falling, she can perform a weak aerial jump, making it possible to slow down their fall if the button is pressed repeatedly. Despite being an octopus, ChuChu has no increased swimming skills when underwater.


Like with the other Animal Friends, ChuChu can help Kirby perform unique team-up moves when using various Copy Abilities. These are outlined as follows:

Base Ability Appearance Description
Burning KDL3 Chuchu Burning sprite.png Kirby produces a small constant heat source which causes ChuChu to distend like a hot air balloon when angled up, allowing the two to gain some lift. Kirby can use the fire cone itself to attack enemies.
Clean KDL3 Chuchu Cleaning sprite.png Kirby and ChuChu equip a large broomstick and are able to fly freely through the air for a moment, leaving a trail of magic dust behind that damages opponents.
Cutter KDL3 Chuchu Cutter sprite.png Kirby swings ChuChu around himself like an axe blade, defeating enemies around him. He cannot throw ChuChu, however.
Ice KDL3 Chuchu Ice sprite.png Kirby spits out snowballs which ChuChu grabs and tosses at enemies at various arcs. The snowballs freeze enemies on contact.
Needle KDL3 Chuchu Needle sprite.png ChuChu shoots out five needles around herself which travel a short distance and hurt enemies on contact.
Parasol KDL3 Chuchu Parasol sprite.png Kirby and ChuChu get inside an up-side-down parasol and spin forward, defeating enemies on contact.
Spark KDL3 Chuchu Spark sprite.png ChuChu shoots a laser from her tentacle which flies straight forward and can defeat enemies, similar to the Laser ability. Unlike said ability, however, the laser will rebound off of flat walls if charged.
Stone KDL3 Chuchu Stone sprite.png Kirby transforms into a boulder and ChuChu proceeds to start swinging him around. The two can travel back and forth while doing this maneuver, damaging enemies on contact.


In Kirby's Dream Land 3, ChuChu can be found in the following levels and stages:

ChuChu locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3  
Stage Grass Land Ripple Field Sand Canyon Cloudy Park Iceberg
Stage 1 No No No Yes No
Stage 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Stage 3 No No Yes Yes No
Stage 4 No Yes No Yes Yes
Stage 5 No No Yes No Yes
Stage 6 Yes No Yes No Yes

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

A stone carving representing ChuChu appears as one of the possible Stone-Cutter transformations. In this form, Kirby cannot walk, and can only move by hopping once in short bursts.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

ChuChu is one of the objects that Paint Roller can paint in the Paint Panic Sub-Game.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

ChuChu appears as a Keychain in this title.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

KPR Stone9.png
Stone transformation of ChuChu from Kirby: Planet Robobot

ChuChu appears as a sticker in this title, which can be applied to the Robobot Armor. A Stone sculpture based on her also makes an appearance.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash[edit]

A set of equipment for Doctor Healmore can be purchased at Magolor's Shoppe called the 'Chuchu Cap' and 'Chuchu Flask'. Both of these items resemble ChuChu, although, since the cap wiggles, it is presumed that the cap is actually ChuChu.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

ChuChu makes a brief cameo appearance when Cleaning Kirby or Broom Hatter uses the attack Clean ChuChu. It is the same attack ChuChu uses when she has the Clean copy ability in Kirby's Dream Land 3. Other than that, her only appearance in the game is in the Celebration Picture "A Dream Above the Clouds".

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, ChuChu (spelled here as "Chuchu") appears as one of Kirby's costumes, unlocked at Gourmet Rank 71. She is worn on Kirby's head, where she can be seen wiggling and blinking. A color based on Chuchu (known as "Chuchu Rosy") is also available for Kirby, unlocked at Gourmet Rank 72, and she appears on a Character Treat using her artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, a Dress-Up Mask based on ChuChu can be unlocked by completing card #25 in the Stamp Rally.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

ChuChu appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and can be obtained in World of Light. She is a support spirit who causes the host fighter to start the match with a Super Leaf. This is a reference to her ability to float briefly in the air with continuous jumps while partnered with Kirby.


Main article: ChuChu/gallery

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チュチュ
From「ちゅう」(chū, an onomatopoeia for kissing), reflecting her femininity; may involve "tutu", likely referring her general shape and color
Chinese 啾啾
jiū jiū
Dutch ChuChu -
French Chuchu -
German Chuchu -
Italian Chuchu -
Korean 츄츄
Portuguese Chuchu -
Russian ЧуЧу[2]
Spanish Chuchu -


  1. "The most unique of Kirby's new friends, ChuChu is based on a certain eight-legged sea creature!" –Kirby's Dream Collection booklet (Nintendo), pg. 23
  2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate