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KatFL Drill Kirby artwork.png
Artwork of Drill Kirby from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
First game Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022)
Type(s) Unlimited uses
Obtained from Digguh
Power(s) Attacking using drill and digging attacks
Similar to Animal, Stone-Needle
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This article is about the Copy Ability. For the Power Combo from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, see Stone-Needle. For the item in Kirby Air Ride, see Drill (item).
Burrow underground with your mighty drill! You can use this to dodge enemy attacks. If you dig in certain spots, you might be able to sneak into off-limits areas! Heh heh...
— Figure description from Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Drill is a Copy Ability that equips Kirby with a yellow hard hat with a visor and a large drill on top. This ability allows Kirby to attack foes either directly using the drill, or by digging into the ground and popping up elsewhere to attack from below. This ability made its first appearance in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and has since reappeared in Kirby's Dream Buffet with a carrot motif.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Drill Kirby first appeared in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, where it can be obtained from the enemy Digguh. In addition to battling enemies, the Drill ability is also useful for unearthing various items from glowing dirt patches on the ground. It can also be used to remove small piles of sand.

There are two evolved forms for Drill—Pencil Drill and Twin Drill—both of which are unlocked by handing blueprints over at Waddle Dee's Weapons Shop. Pencil Drill Kirby can shoot out a pencil projectile out from his hat when he pops up out of the ground. Twin Drill uses two drills and can attack enemies while digging underneath them, and can also shoot a projectile when it emerges from the ground.


All attack names are taken from the Kirby and the Forgotten Land Perfect Support Guide unless otherwise stated.

Drill moveset in Kirby and the Forgotten Land 
Move Button execution Description
Hold B Kirby burrows underground and is able to move under the ground, becoming immune to most enemy attacks and being able to reach previously unreachable areas. Called モコモコいどう (Lumpy Movement) while Kirby is underground. Called 水しぶき (Water Splash) when used on the surface of water.
Burst Up Drill
Release B after Dig, or use Dig for too long Kirby jumps out of the ground drill-first.
Quake Surge Create a loop with Dig The area of ground inside the loop will erupt upwards. The larger the loop, the bigger the eruption and the more damage it deals. Enemies caught inside the loop will not move until they are hit.
Name given by Weapons-Shop Waddle Dee.
Sky Drill
Press B in midair Kirby drills in front of him, creating a small drill-shaped projectile that travels a short distance and lingers for a bit.
Flying Screw
Tilt L-Stick + hold B in midair Kirby drills ahead of him, diving downwards until he reaches the ground, after which he burrows into the ground like Dig.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

Kirby attacking an opponent using Drill in Kirby's Dream Buffet.

Drill makes another appearance in Kirby's Dream Buffet. Here, instead of giving Kirby a drilling hat, it transforms him into a "drill carrot" when he touches the corresponding Copy Food item. This ability is only available for a limited duration in the Battle Royale stages, and functions in largely the same way as it did in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, allowing Kirby to drill and attack his foes using Quake Surge.

Drill Kirby also appears on a Character Treat, using his artwork from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KatFL Boxart NA.jpg Kirby and the Forgotten Land Figure description:

Burrow underground with your mighty drill! You can use this to dodge enemy attacks. If you dig in certain spots, you might be able to sneak into off-limits areas! Heh heh...

Weapons-Shop Waddle Dee:
The Drill ability will let you avoid most attacks by holding down B to burrow underground. If you burrow in a complete circle, you'll trigger a powerful Quake Surge to attack above you!



Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Drill

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドリル
Traditional Chinese 鑽擊
Simplified Chinese 钻击
Dutch Boor Drill
French Foreuse Drill
German Bohrer Drill
Italian Trivella Drill
Korean 드릴
Polish Wiertło[1] Drill
Portuguese Broca Drill
Spanish Taladro Drill
Thai Drill[2]