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Great Gear

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Great Gear
KMA Great Gear Artwork.png
Artwork of Great Gear from Kirby Mass Attack.
Debut game Kirby Mass Attack (2011)
Similar to Hooplagoon
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The legends of this place tell of a mighty guardian known as the Great Gear. I wonder if it ever really existed?
— Daroach, in Kirby Mass Attack

Great Gear is a mechanical gear monster and a Mid-Boss in Kirby Mass Attack. In his first appearance in Sandy Canyon - Stage 6, the Great Gear appears only to be an obstacle which the Kirbys must push through the level. When the gear reaches the end, however, he is pulled into place and awakened, upon which he attacks the Kirbys. His weak point is a blue plate covering the gear's inner mechanisms; however, this plate can only be attacked when the gear is upside-down. Great Gear holds himself in place with a number of weights on chains (which can be either variety of Rolling Pawn or Rolling Spikes) and also fends off the Kirbys with spiky fruit from his mouth. In order to expose Great Gear's weak point, the Kirbys must destroy the pawns hanging from the chains in such a way that it throws Great Gear off balance and rotates his face to reveal the weak spot. Three attacks on this spot are enough to defeat the Great Gear, conferring 3,000 points onto the player.

Great Gear reappears in Volcano Valley - Stage 9. The battle is the same except that the mid-boss releases Mummbons from his mouth and, after the first round, covers the floor in quicksand.

Great Gear appears one more time in Survival Rush, behind the three-Kirby door.

Miscellaneous flavor text[edit]

  • "Who knew that the gear you carried would turn out to be an enemy? But legend knows him as the Great Gear. It's said that he has a weak spot. That spot is usually covered, but when he's balancing in a certain way, you'll see it exposed." --Daroach, in Kirby Mass Attack


  • Great Gear's visage bears a strong resemblance to the famous Aztec sun stone found in the ruins of Tenochtitlan.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グルギアント
Portmanteau of「ぐるぐる」(guru-guru, Japanese onomatopoeia for spinning), English words "gear" and possibly "giant"
German Schauder-Zahnrad Shudder-Gear
Spanish Solpiedra Sun Stone