Cutter

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Cutter
CutterKTDX.png
Artwork of Cutter Kirby from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Details
First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby Fighters 2
Type(s) Unlimited use
Obtained from Sir Kibble, Kibble Blade, Kapar, boomerang-wielding Poppy Bros. Jr. or Perot, staff-wielding Bukiset, Sawyer, Fishbone, Jackle, Waiu, Mr. Shine's star projectiles, Marx's Shooter Cutters, Marx Soul's Shooter Cutters, Flowery Woods' flowers, Miracle Matter, Void Soul, Void, amiibo (Planet Robobot): Toon Link
Power(s) Cuts enemies, ropes and grass with a curved blade that can also be thrown as a boomerang.
Helper Sir Kibble
Similar to Sword, Ninja, Spear, Leaf;
Final Cutter
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Cutter is an ability primarily obtained by absorbing a boomerang-throwing enemy. This power allows Kirby to perform one of several boomerang-like attacks, the actual variations of which vary between games. It was introduced with a yellow color in Kirby's Adventure, while in Kirby Super Star it was changed to blue, then yellow again in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and all subsequent games (including Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land and onward).

Characteristics[edit]

Kirby using the Cutter ability to slice a nut off a vine in Kirby Star Allies.

Cutter is among the oldest and most ubiquitous Copy Abilities in the Kirby series, first appearing in Kirby's Adventure and reappearing in every subsequent main-series title, along with several spin-offs. In its most basic form, it gives Kirby the ability to throw bladed boomerang projectiles that travel a short distance in front of him before flying back. While the range forward is rather limited, if Kirby gets out of the way of his boomerang as it returns, it will fly past him and keep traveling until it leaves the screen or hits something. As such, it is often useful for Kirby to use this ability while facing away from his target in order to keep a safer distance.

Various subsequent Kirby games give the Cutter ability more utility. There are several stage devices such as Ropes and tall grass which can be sliced using Cutter, giving the ability utility outside of simply battling foes. Most games also allow Kirby to steer his boomerang after throwing it, allowing him to reach otherwise difficult spots with his attacks. Games that follow Kirby Super Star's example add a large number of melee attacks to Cutter, allowing Kirby to fight up close with rapid swings of his cutter blade, finishing with the iconic Final Cutter technique. Main-series titles starting with Kirby: Squeak Squad allow Kirby to throw more powerful Cutter blades that pass through their targets (usually after charging up the attack). Lastly, Cutter is readily fused with other elements, producing powerful combinations such as those seen in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby Star Allies.

The Cutter Ability's most recognizable provider is the yellow suit of armor called Sir Kibble, who appears in nearly every game that Cutter is featured in. Besides him, there are many more enemies that provide the ability, and it can also be absorbed from the attacks of certain bosses, with the most notable example being Shooter Cutter's projectiles.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Cutter Kirby first appearance is Kirby's Adventure, which marks the debut of Copy Abilities. The player can make Kirby throw up to 3 cutters that return like boomerangs by pressing the B button. If Kirby jumps out of the way of his returning cutter, it will fly past him and off the screen, making this ability useful as a long-range attack from behind. Kirby uses the default sprite for this ability.

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

Cutter appears as an ability in Kirby's Dream Land 2. When by himself, Cutter Kirby functions identically to how he does in Kirby's Adventure. However, the attack changes character when paired up with Rick, Kine, or Coo. The attack changes as follows:

Animal Friend Appearance Description
Coo
KDL2 Coo Cutter sprite.png
Coo throws three feathers ahead which spread out.
Kine
KDL2 Kine Cutter sprite.png
Lets Kine spit a crescent-shaped laser from his mouth, which grows as it travels further.
Rick
KDL2 Rick Cutter sprite.png
Rick throws Kirby like a boomerang into the direction he is facing.

Throughout Kirby's Dream Land 2, there are specific blocks which can be broken only with the Cutter ability. They are marked with a straight line across them.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

Cutter appears as an ability in Kirby's Dream Land 3. When by himself, Cutter Kirby functions identically to how he does in Kirby's Adventure. However, the attack changes character when paired up with one of the six Animal Friends. The attack changes as follows:

Animal Friend Appearance Description
ChuChu KDL3 Chuchu Cutter sprite.png Kirby swings ChuChu around himself like an axe blade, defeating enemies around him. He cannot throw ChuChu, however.
Coo
KDL3 Coo Cutter sprite.png
Coo throws out a single feather straight ahead.
Kine
KDL3 Kine Cutter sprite.png
Lets Kine spit a crescent-shaped laser from his mouth, which destroys Star Blocks without stopping and shrinks as it travels further until it has fully disappeared.
Nago KDL3 Nago Cutter sprite.png Nago swings Kirby upwards very quickly, creating a crescent-shaped blast of energy that flies diagonally into the sky, defeating enemies in it path.
Pitch
KDL3 Pitch Cutter sprite.png
Pitch is thrown like a boomerang, harming enemies he touches and returning to Kirby. Moving just right can cause Pitch to circle around Kirby indefinitely. Kirby cannot enter doors until he catches the bird again.
Rick
KDL3 Rick Cutter sprite.png
Rick throws Kirby like a boomerang, making him slowly fly through the air and attempt to return to the hamster. If Rick moves just right, it is possible to prevent Kirby from returning to his back, causing him to repeatedly orbit his friend instead.

Throughout Kirby's Dream Land 3, there are specific blocks which can be broken only with the Cutter ability. They are marked with the Cutter icon on them.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

64pix
Kirby Super Star Ultra icon
from Milky Way Wishes

In Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby can also obtain the cutter ability through Copy Essence Deluxes. With the cutter ability equipped, Kirby can create Sir Kibble as a helper. Kirby's visual appearance only changes by the addition of a yellow helmet.

Cutter moveset for Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Cutter Boomerang
B
Cutter Dash
Dash + B
Sweep Cutter
Hold B in air
Cutter Drop
(down) + B in air
Cleaving Cutter
B near foe
Nonstop Cutter Final Cutter
B B B near foe

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

The Cutter copy ability undergoes a redesign in the third dimension, in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, though the method used to obtain it is identical to previous versions. Instead of throwing some sort of sharp projectile, Kirby uses his own flesh to produce a boomerang-like weapon that can be used in the same fashion. New to Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is the process of copy ability upgrading and intermixing - the Cutter ability can be upgraded simply by swallowing two boomerang-like or boomerang-throwing enemies; the new power will be a large, curvaceous projectile that is created from a great percentage of Kirby's small body, not to mention the spikes the boomerang boasts on its outer edge.

Like all copy abilities in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, the Cutter ability can be mixed with other abilities to produce different effects. For example, mixing the Fire and Cutter copy abilities will yield a flaming sword, a power that takes both attributes into account, while intertwining the Bomb and Cutter abilities will yield a explosive throwing-star projectile.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror / Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Cutter returns in these games, acting much as it did in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and once again provided by Sir Kibble. Unlike its predecessor, the cutter blade can be thrown farther by holding B, and the angle of the cutter blade can be curved vertically with the + Control Pad. Notably, the Final Cutter technique appears in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, but it is not performable using Cutter, instead being attached to Smash, Sword, and Master.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, an Ability Scroll can be obtained which increases the size of the cutter blade and allows it to pass through multiple targets.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

The Cutter copy ability is also existent in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Kirby's Cutter Ability is fairly similar in appearance and functionality to the Cutter Kirby in Kirby Super Star. The Cutter ability is used often to cut ropes, notably, one Energy Sphere in the game requires use of Cutter Boomerang to access, and cannot be accessed with any other ability.

Moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Description
Cutter Boomerang
1
The basic Cutter ability; Kirby tosses a bladed boomerang forwards. After a short distance the blade accelerates backwards; if Kirby does not catch it, it will travel an indefinite distance horizontally. Cutter blades can be curved vertically with the D-Pad while in flight and are destroyed upon hitting something.
Hyper Boomerang
Hold 1, release
A significantly larger cutting blade. Acts identically to a regular one, but can bounce off walls before breaking and travels through enemies.
Cutter Dash
Dash + 1
Kirby dashes forwards holding out a blade.
Sweep Cutter
Hold 1 in midair
While falling, Kirby holds out a blade as long as the button is held. If an enemy is hit Kirby will bounce away.
Cutter Drop
↓ + 1 in midair
A diving blade attack.
Cleaving Cutter
1 next to foe
Kirby takes a blade and swipes it forwards.
Final Cutter
1 repeatedly next to foe
After a series of swipes, Kirby leaps upwards and drops downwards, dragging the nearby enemy alongside and shooting out a beam on landing.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Cutter returns in this game, largely unchanged from its appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Like in most titles, it is most easily obtained by swallowing Sir Kibble. However, it can also be obtained by swallowing Flowery Woods's spinning flowers. It also features as one of the abilities in Kirby Fighters.

Cutter also appears as two collectible Keychains, one using a sprite from Kirby's Dream Land 2, and another with a sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Moveset in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, and Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Skill Image Button Execution Description
Cutter Boomerang
KPR Cutter Boomerang clip.png
B
The basic Cutter ability; Kirby tosses a bladed boomerang forwards. After a short distance the blade accelerates backwards; if Kirby does not catch it, it will travel an indefinite distance horizontally. Cutter blades can be curved vertically with the + Control Pad or Circle Pad while in flight and are destroyed upon hitting something.
Hyper Boomerang
KPR Hyper Boomerang clip.png
Hold B, release
A significantly larger cutting blade. Acts identically to a regular one, but can bounce off walls before breaking and travels through enemies.
Cutter Dash
KPR Cutter Dash clip.png
Dash + B
Kirby dashes forwards holding out a blade.
Sweep Cutter
KPR Sweep Cutter clip.png
Hold B in midair
While falling, Kirby holds out a blade as long as the button is held. If an enemy is hit Kirby will bounce away.
Cutter Drop
KPR Cutter Drop clip.png
↓ + B in midair
A diving blade attack.
Cleaving Cutter
KPR Cleaving Cutter clip.png
B next to foe
Kirby takes a blade and swipes it forwards.
Final Cutter
KPR Final Cutter clip.png
B repeatedly next to foe
After a series of swipes, Kirby leaps upwards and drops downwards, dragging the nearby enemy alongside and shooting out a beam on landing.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe[edit]

Cutter is one of the selectable Copy Abilities which can be used in this game. Its move-set is largely unchanged from its appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Cutter returns in this game, largely unchanged from its appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. It can now be used in tandem with the Robobot Armor to form the potent Cutter Mode, which can slice giant wooden beams and chains, and deals massive damage to enemies.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Ah, the Cutter ability. Those slashes sure are satisfying. There's nothing like a good charge session...and a Hyper Cutter!
— Knuckle Joe's comment in Kirby Battle Royale

Cutter is one of the first abilities available in Kirby Battle Royale, and is also available along with Sword and Beetle in the Demo version. It is distinguished from the other abilities by its blade projectiles being able to bounce off of walls and other barriers.

There are three alternate pieces of Headgear for the Cutter ability. These are the "Sir Kibble Helmet", the "Mohawk", and the "Knight Helmet".

Cutter Moveset in Kirby Battle Royale  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Cutter Boomerang
B
Hyper Cutter
Hold/release B
Jump Cutter
B during jump
Final Cutter
Y

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Cutter appears in this title, along with Sir Kibble who can utilize its full move-set when recruited as a Friend. In addition to its standard attributes, Cutter can be enhanced using one of the five Power Effects, adding elemental power to the boomerangs and in some cases, altering their trajectories.

Moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
(Star Bullet=52)
Elemental Damage
(x1.25)
Cutter Boomerang
B
The basic Cutter ability; Kirby tosses a bladed boomerang forwards. After a short distance the blade accelerates backwards; if Kirby does not catch it, it will travel an indefinite distance horizontally. Cutter blades can be curved vertically with the D-Pad while in flight and are destroyed upon hitting something. 12 15
Hyper Boomerang
Press and hold B, and then release
A significantly larger cutting blade. Acts identically to a regular one, but can bounce off walls before breaking and travels through enemies. 24 (16 after hitting a wall) 30 (20 after hitting a wall)
Cutter Dash
Dash + B
Kirby dashes forwards holding out a blade. 16 20
Sweep Cutter
Press and hold B in midair
While falling, Kirby holds out a blade as long as the button is held. If an enemy is hit Kirby will bounce away. 22 27
Cutter Drop
↓ + B in midair
A diving blade attack. 22 27
Cleaving Cutter
B near an enemy
Kirby takes a blade and swipes it forwards. 12 (10 for any consecutive slashes) 15 (12 for any consecutive slashes)
Final Cutter
B repeatedly when near an enemy
After a series of swipes, Kirby leaps upwards and drops downwards, dragging the nearby enemy alongside and shooting out a beam on landing. 8 when it ascends, 40 when it lands 10 when it ascends, 40 when it lands

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

Cutter returns in Kirby Fighters 2 as a selectable ability for Kirby. It is unlocked after attaining a Fighters Rank of 24. Its move-set is largely the same as in previous games, though damage values have been adjusted.

For more precise competitive-oriented information on the Cutter ability in Kirby Fighters 2, see Mizuumi Wiki's page.

Moveset[edit]

Cutter move-set in Kirby Fighters 2  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage (unmodified)
Cutter Boomerang
B
Kirby tosses a Cutter Boomerang ahead of him. It then returns to him, where he can either catch it or move out of the way to let it travel behind him across the stage. 13
Hyper Boomerang
Press and hold B, then release
Kirby charges up and releases a more powerful boomerang, which can pass through opponents and ricochet off of walls. 20 (initial hit)
16 (subsequent hits)
Cutter Dash
Dash + B
Kirby slides forward with a cutter blade out, passing through any foe he hits. 16
Sweep Cutter
Press and hold B in midair
Kirby falls with a Cutter blade out, dealing damage at point-blank range. 20
Cutter Drop
↓ + B in midair
Kirby dives diagonally downward with a cutter blade out, passing through any foes along the way. 12
Cleaving Cutter
B near an enemy
Kirby quickly swipes at a nearby enemy using his Cutter blade. 10
Final Cutter
B repeatedly near an enemy
Kirby performs several slicing attacks with his Cutter blade, then finishes by leaping into the air and dropping, releasing a shockwave that can travel across the stage. 10 (combo attacks)
15 (shockwave)
(35 total when including Cleaving Cutter)

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Cutter returns in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Here, Kirby can use the blade to pick up items from afar and return them to him, similar to Whip's ability to grab items. Unlike in other games in the series, Cutter's boomerangs are oriented laterally rather than vertically.

Super Smash Bros. Series[edit]

Main article: Final Cutter

In the Super Smash Bros series, Final Cutter is Kirby's Up Special Move in all installments. It's useful for recovering, but causes Kirby to plummet off-stage if he misses the ledge. It also shoots out a projectile if Kirby lands on the ground which can lightly knock back opponents. If opponents are hit during the downswing of the blade, they will be sent flying downward at a fixed velocity.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Cutter
KRBaY Cutter Kirby Artwork.png
Artwork of Cutter Kirby from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
Details
First episode The Fofa Factor
Last episode War of the Woods
Other episode(s) The Flower Plot
Obtained from Slice n' Splice's staff, sharp objects like Lovely petals
Power(s) Gives Kirby a sharp blade to cut things with.
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Kirby has transformed! He is now Cutter Kirby! Cutter Kirby can battle his opponents with the cutter on his cap!
— Meta Knight describing Cutter Kirby in The Fofa Factor

In the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, the Cutter ability makes its first appearance in The Fofa Factor, when Kirby obtains it from the monster Slice n' Splice. The ability functions largely the same in the anime as it does in the games, though its ability to cleave through objects is highly exaggerated.

Unlike many of the other abilities, Cutter has a limited amount of air time. In The Flower Plot, Kirby uses the blade to quickly fell Lovely in a slice done off-camera. In War of the Woods, Kirby throws a quick Hyper Cutter boomerang to split the Royal Racecar in half, thus temporarily foiling King Dedede and Escargoon.

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Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KA Box.jpg Kirby's Adventure Kirby can throw a series of cutters that return like boomerangs!
KSS Box NA.jpg Kirby Super Star The Cutter can cut anything in it's[sic] path! Use it to cut down enemies, as well as ropes that get in your way.
KNiDL box artwork.jpg Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land The Cutter Boomerang is coming right back at ya!
KatAM cover art.jpg Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Throw the Cutter farther by holding B. Aim up or down with the + Control Pad.
USCover KSS.jpg Kirby: Squeak Squad Remote Cutter BOOMERANG!
KSS Ultra box art.png Kirby Super Star Ultra Throw a boomerang all over! Slash! Jab! Strike! You can even cut ropes!
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Cut through ropes with the blade of a well-aimed boomerang. Aim up or down, or charge up for a Hyper Boomerang!
TD Boxart NA.jpg
KPR Box.png
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
&
Kirby: Planet Robobot
A boomerang that returns to your hand after being thrown. You can charge it up, steer its flight path upward or downward, and use it to cut ropes!
KBR box art.jpg Kirby Battle Royale A razor-sharp ability that is effective at both close and long range!
Star Allies Cover.jpg Kirby Star Allies This boomerang slices grass and vines! If it skims land your friends are burning with fire or drenching with water, it will take on those elements. And if it absorbs wind, it can fly upward. Wreak havoc with your Final Cutter!

Kirby Super Star manual[edit]

  • "He uses a cutter that moves like a boomerang to cut his enemies."

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Videos[edit]

Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Cutter

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カッター
Kattā
Cutter
Traditional Chinese 彎刀
Wān dāo
Scimitar
Simplified Chinese 弯刀
Wān dāo
Dutch Boemerang Boomerang
French Trancheur Slicer
German Bumerang Boomerang
Italian Lama Blade
Korean 커터
Keoteo
Cutter
Portuguese Bumerangue[1] Boomerang
Spanish Cuchillo Knife


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