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Gryll
KSSS Gryll artwork 2.png
Artwork of Gryll from the Super Famicom version of Kirby's Star Stacker
Details
First appearance Kirby's Star Stacker (Super Famicom) (1999)
Latest appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Cameo appearances Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Theme music

Clip of Gryll's boss battle theme from Kirby's Star Stacker (Super Famicom)

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Hey, hey, heeey! Are you really that strong? Let me test your real skill!
— Gryll in the Super Famicom version of Kirby's Star Stacker (unofficial translation)

Gryll[1][2] is the final boss of the Super Famicom 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.

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's exact gender is unknown, as none of their appearances use gendered terms (which is much more often the case in the series' Japanese text). Despite their witch-like appearance, which makes them have a more feminine look, the developers don't appear to consider Gryll female, as in a Miiverse post it was said that Queen Sectonia is the series' second female final boss, with Drawcia being the first.[3] This is not due to the fact that Gryll's game never originally released outside of Japan, as the same post in Japanese has the same statement.[4] Moreover, the developers do consider Gryll a proper final boss, as they appeared alongside many others in the "Bad Boss Brothers" Celebration Picture of Kirby Star Allies.

Characteristics[edit]

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.

Game apperances[edit]

Gryll's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
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 (Super Famicom)[edit]

In-game cutscene where Gryll appears to challenge Kirby from Kirby's Star Stacker (Super Famicom).

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[edit]

Gryll makes a cameo as a sticker in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Gryll appears alongside Brobo as one of the Stone transformations in Kirby Star Allies and can be seen in the Celebration Picture 'Bad Boss Brothers'.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

Gryll makes a cameo as a Character Treat in Kirby's Dream Buffet.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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.

Trivia[edit]

Concept art of Nightmare and Gryll-inspired gear for Beam Mage.
  • 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, but it is very inconsistent. The only times they have been portrayed with arms are 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.

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Quotes[edit]

Quotes from Gryll in Kirby's Star Stacker  
  • Introduction:
    ヘイヘイヘ~イ!
    おまえ、ほんとうに つよいのか?
    ボクちんがためしてあげるよ
  • Lose quote:
    なーんだ。ぜんぜん よわいじゃん
    はなしにならないね
    また、がんばってね♥
  • Win quote (Amateur):
    ヘ~イ…
    ほんとうに、つよいね~
    こんどは、プロモードでためしてあげるよ
  • Win quote (Professional):
    ヘ~イ…
    ほんとうに、つよいね~
    もう、こうさんだよ
  • Introduction:
    "Hey, hey, heeey!
    Are you really that strong?
    Let me test your real skill!"
  • Lose quote:
    "What was that? You're not strong at all.
    Talk about disappointing.
    Better luck next time. ♥"
  • Win quote (Amateur):
    "Heeey...
    You really are strong.~
    Now give Professional Mode a shot!"
  • Win quote (Professional):
    "Heeey...
    You really are strong.~
    Alright, I give in!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Gryll[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グリル
Guriru
Gryll
Traditional Chinese 魔法師古利魯[2]
Mófǎshī Gǔlìlǔ
考盧 (Kirby's Dream Buffet)
Kǎolú
Magician Gryll

Kaull
考 (kǎo) means to test or to examine.
Simplified Chinese 魔法师古利鲁[2]
Mófǎshī Gǔlìlǔ
考盧 (Kirby's Dream Buffet)
Kǎolú
Dutch Gryll -
French Grill -
German Grill -
Italian Grill -
Korean 그릴
Geulil
Gryll
Portuguese Grill -
Russian Грилля[2]
Grillya
Grilla
Spanish Grill -


Salt, Pepper, Sugar[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ソルト[5]
Soruto
ペッパー[5]
Peppā
シュガー[6]
Shugā
Salt

Pepper

Sugar


References

  1. Kirby: Planet Robobot
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  3. Miiverse post about Kirby: Triple Deluxe (archive)
  4. Miiverse post in Japanese: ちなみに、「クィン・セクトニア」は、シリーズ2度目の女性のラスボスになります。 1度目はニンテンドーDS版「タッチ!カービィ」に登場した「魔女ドロシア」で、これも当時、ゲームの設定と絡めて考え、私がデザインしたものです。 (translation: Incidentally, "Queen Sectonia" is the second female final boss in the series. The first was "Drawcia Sorceress" in the Nintendo DS game "Kirby: Canvas Curse", that I also designed at the time, considering the game's setting.)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kirby Character Encyclopedia (JP), page 83
  6. Kirby Character Encyclopedia (JP), page 82