- This article is about the boss from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, and should not be confused with Drawcia, Paintra, or Vividria.
|“||An artist gone bad, Claycia uses mysterious powers to steal the colors from Dream Land. No fair, Claycia!||”|
— Kirby and the Rainbow Curse English website - Story section.
Claycia is a character from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. She is a magical clay sculptor who built the realm of Seventopia and all the creatures within it. Nothing much is known about her, but she seems to be a friendly and happy artist who likes sculpting things with her friend, Elline. She also loves colors. In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, she mysteriously turns cold and evil, and robs Popstar of its colors. It is later revealed that she was being possessed by the villainous Dark Crafter, and Kirby helps to rid her of this menace.
Claycia is a girl of indeterminate age who sports a fair complexion and locks of blue hair styled into long buns. She wears a heavy purple vest which balloons outward toward the bottom, covering her legs and only letting her shoes show. She also wears a purple beret, purple hair clips, and a long pink scarf which covers the lower part of her face. Her hands only just poke out of her vest, with white gloves covering them.
When Claycia is possessed by Dark Crafter, two Grab Hands attach to her scarf, and her face is covered by a pair of thick sunglasses, both of which belong to the nebulous entity controlling her. This gives her the appearance of having two pairs of arms during her boss fight.
Not much is known about Claycia's personality apart from what little is seen in the game and the Secret Diary. In page 6 of that diary, Elline describes her flatly as "Totally Selfish", and says her job is "Making Shapes". Indeed, Claycia is a talented sculptor, as the diary also explains that she built all of Seventopia. Despite her love of colors, however, Claycia cannot paint anything without Elline's help, so the two cooperate to make the living clay worlds and the creatures that inhabit it. When Dark Crafter took possession of Claycia, she gained the ability to use colors by herself, though she stole these colors from other places, such as Popstar.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
|“||Claycia used her powers to create Seventopia, but while she was busy sculpting, something took over her physical form. Everyone breathed a big sigh of relief when she came back to her senses and reunited with Elline!||”|
— Figurine description of Claycia from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Before the game begins, Claycia is possessed by a Dark Matter-like entity called Dark Crafter, turning her evil and causing her to start re-working her creations toward nefarious purposes. When Elline sees Claycia's change of heart, she tries to escape, and is pursued into Dream Land by the Grab Hands. Without Elline to help paint, Claycia instead gets her colors by stealing them from Dream Land. As such, Elline and Kirby's main goal is to stop Claycia and restore Dream Land to normal. They find Claycia at the end of Purple Fortress and, after subduing her, coax Dark Crafter from her body. From here, Claycia returns to normal, and helps Kirby defeat Dark Crafter by reshaping him into a Kirby Rocket.
Claycia serves as the first boss of Purple Fortress. During the fight, she creates a Gray Zone around herself that negates any Rainbow Rope drawn too close to her and throws various enemies at Kirby. To break her defenses, Kirby has to knock the Clay Balls she tosses back at her, which will then allow him to get some damage in using dashes. Alternatively, Kirby can use a Star Dash to break Claycia's defenses right away. Claycia can perform other attacks from the background, including sending in laser turrets and cannons while enveloping Kirby in a Gray Zone to stop him getting away. Some of these attacks will drop Point Stars and Food items.
Claycia can take many hits to defeat, but a well-placed Star Dash will defeat her much more quickly.
The following table lists all of Claycia's attacks. Note that attack names are conjectural:
Claycia conjures one or more Clay Balls and tosses them at Kirby. These can be knocked back at Claycia when they go dormant to break her guard and make her vulnerable to attack for a short while.
Claycia heads into the background and conjures laser turrets from the ceiling to rain down on Kirby. These can be blocked using rainbow ropes.
Claycia heads into the background and conjures Cannon Cottas from the ceiling to shoot bubbled bombs at Kirby. These can be blocked using rainbow ropes.
|Some of the bubbles will contain medium Point Stars instead.|
Claycia heads into the background and conjures big fists made of clay to fire out of the floor, walls, or ceiling. These will track Kirby for a moment before launching, and will cause lots of stars to drop on impact.
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In the Kirby novel series
|“||A friend of Elline and a talented artist.||”|
— Unofficial translation of Claycia's description from Kirby's Labyrinth Rescue!
In the Kirby novel series, Claycia appears in Kirby's Labyrinth Rescue!. In this novel, Kirby meets Elline and finds out that Claycia got into an argument with her because Claycia was crabby and acted cold toward Elline, didn't reply to Elline when she tried to talk to her and yelled at her. After hearing this, Kirby and his friends go to Claycia's workshop to try and resolve the argument so they can be friends again. Kirby meets Claycia in her workshop and sees that she is in a bad mood because she wants to focus on her creative work. After Kirby tells Claycia that he wants to resolve the conflict between her and Elline, she gets confused and tells him that she didn't argue with her at all. She tells him that she cannot converse normally when she is focused on her art, and she needs to be selfish and cold to be a good artist. The group finds out that Claycia was in the middle of working on an art piece, but she lacks the inspiration to make it, and that's why she is moody and lashed at Elline. Kirby offers Claycia to help her create the art piece, so she could make up with Elline. Claycia refuses the offer, but Kirby does not listen to her and breaks into her workshop. Kirby and King Dedede start making art pieces with Claycia's materials, much to her dismay, but after looking at their terrible art she gets a flash of inspiration by finding her purpose, beautifying the world, and finishes her work. When she returns, her attitude completely changes from cold to friendly. It is revealed that she made the art as a birthday present for Elline, and from the stress of creating the best art she was acting cold, but she didn't mean to anger Elline. After Elline and Claycia make up, they bring the group a gift, magical drawing paper that makes Kirby transform, and the group parts ways.
Claycia is also briefly mentioned in Kirby: Meta Knight and the Puppet Princess. Her servant Spear Cotta Knight is a victim of Baron Gallic's Malice Stone, which brainwashes him to do the baron's bidding. When the spell is broken, Spear Cotta Knight quickly heads back to Seventopia, exclaiming that he'll be scolded by Claycia if he's not back soon.
- Claycia's name is based on the earlier Kirby boss Drawcia from Kirby: Canvas Curse. The figurine of Drawcia in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse explicitly points this out, but says that the connection between the two is unknown. A piece of concept art for Kirby Star Allies depicting Vividria refers to Drawcia and Paintra as 姉様 (ane-sama, elder sister) and to Claycia as simply さん (-san, formal address similar to "Mr." or "Ms."), implying that they were not intended to be related.
- During the fight, when Claycia is in the background, she can be seen reading a book while Kirby is trying to dodge her attacks.
Screenshot of the ending screen for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, where Claycia and Elline paint apples for Kirby
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Claycia
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter showing Claycia, Elline, and other art-related characters surprised at their creations coming to life
Claycia in the book It's Kirby Time: Thank You
Names in other languages
|French||Glaizia||Derived from "Glaise" (clay)|
|German||Tonia||From "Ton" which can mean "Clay"|
|Italian||Clargilla||Derived from "Argilla" (clay). Also possibly inspired by the real name "Clara"|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Mássia||Derived from "Massa", specifically "massa de modelar" (modeling clay). Also possibly inspired by the real name "Márcia"|