|“||Hey, hey, heeey! Are you really that strong? Let me test your real skill!||”|
— Gryll in the SNES version of Kirby's Star Stacker (unofficial translation)
Gryll is the final boss of the SNES version of Kirby's Star Stacker. This boss appears after the credits roll in the main game, as a surprise encounter if Kirby managed to beat all his previous foes without losing once, and is the most difficult challenge in the game. Gryll appears to be some sort of space-traveling witch who flies around on a broomstick. Their exact gender is unknown, as none of their appearances use gendered terms (which is much more often the case in the series' Japanese text).
Gryll has three onion minions named Salt, Pepper, and Sugar, which they bring with them to challenge Kirby. Unlike the other opponents, Kirby battles Gryll in outer space. Gryll attacks Kirby by thwacking him with their broomstick.
Gryll appears to be an onion-shaped being with floating white hands, a spiky tuft of messy, light green hair and large, green eyes. They wear a purple and yellow-striped witch hat that has a small Star Block on the tip and a pair of red curled toe boots with white cuffs.
Gryll's minions also appear to be small onion-like creatures, with red feet and small, round white hands. Each can be distinguished by their appearance: Salt has beady eyes and a green hair tuft that splits in two, Pepper has large, wide eyes and its hair tuft has a wavy hairstyle, and Sugar has its eyes always closed in a sleepy manner and has a smaller hair strand.
|Gryll's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Star Stacker (Super Famicom)||Secret final boss|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Reference||Appears as a sticker|
|Kirby Star Allies||Reference||Appears in a Stone transformation and in the "Bad Boss Brothers" Celebration Picture.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Appears as a Character Treat.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo||Appears as a Spirit.|
Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
Gryll makes their debut in the Kirby's Star Stacker remake as the surprise final boss in the Story Mode. They are fought after the staff credits if Kirby didn't lose a single match prior, and their only motivation seems to be challenging Kirby to test his skill. The round is very similar to the prior one with King Dedede, with the difficulty set at "Super Hard" on the Amateur setting and "Insane" on Professional difficulty. The board also starts piled fairly high with blocks, with more than half of them being Hard Blocks. After clearing the round, Gryll admits defeat amidst a pile of blocks and the game is truly over.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Gryll appears as a primary spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and can be obtained via World of Light, by battling the spirit in the Spirit Board, or by purchasing the spirit from the Shop. Gryll is a novice level grab-type spirit, with level 1 stats of 527 attack and 431 defense, plus 2,636 attack and 2,156 defense when leveled up to level 99. The spirit has one support slot. The Spirit battle pits the player against a Jigglypuff.
- On page 58 of the Japan-exclusive art book 20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia, Gryll is referred to in English as "Grill". That is because when the book was published in 2012, Gryll had no official English name, and "Grill" is a simple romanization of their Japanese name (グリル).
- A Gryll-inspired gear for Beam Mage was considered for Super Kirby Clash, but it was scrapped.
- Gryll introduces themself with "Hey, hey, hey!" the same way Marx does, though this is likely a coincidence.
- Gryll is occasionally portrayed with arms, however it is very inconsistent. The only time they have been portrayed with arms is in their introduction cutscene and in the Bad Boss Brothers Celebration Picture from Kirby Star Allies. Despite their introduction cutscene portraying them with arms, Gryll's board background gives them floating hands.
Gryll is featured in the middle of the "Bad Boss Brothers" Celebration Picture in Kirby Star Allies
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Gryll
Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet
|Quotes from Gryll in Kirby's Star Stacker|
Names in other languages
考 (kǎo) means to test or to examine.
|Simplified Chinese||魔法师古利鲁 |
Salt, Pepper, Sugar
- Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Kirby's Dream Buffet
- Kirby Character Encyclopedia (JP), page 83
- Kirby Character Encyclopedia (JP), page 82