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K64 Fishbone model.png
Ripped model of Fishbone from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
First game Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Copy Ability Cutter
Enemy Info Card K64 Enemy Info Card 53.png
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K64 Fishbone Sprite.png Fishbone is a hovering foe noted for its ability to shoot projectiles at Kirby that resemble its head, debuting in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and appearing in no game since then. While common to underwater stages, these enemies can also float in thin air, usually above a Star Block, or within a small cave, from which they attempt to ambush and shoot Kirby with their boomerang-shaped bones. By ingesting these creatures, Kirby obtains the Cutter ability. Kirby can also hold a Fishbone above his head to use its attack to hit other enemies. Fishbone appears to be flat, but its segments do have a small amount of depth to them.

A larger variant of Fishbone appears as a Mid-Boss in Stage 3 of Rock Star. It sits in place while smaller Fishbones appear near it. The large Fishbone will turn to face Kirby, but will not attack of its own accord, only harming him if he collides into it. It takes several hits to defeat.


Fishbone can be found in the following levels and stages:

Fishbone locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards  
Stage Pop Star Rock Star Aqua Star Neo Star Shiver Star Ripple Star Dark Star
Stage 1 No No Yes No Yes No No
Stage 2 No No No Yes Yes Yes N/A
Stage 3 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
Stage 4 N/A No Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A

Fishbone also makes an appearance during the boss fight against Acro.


  • Fishbone may be based on fossils of the extinct amphibian Diplocaulus, owing to its similar skull shape.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese テイル