Hazard

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A Hazard is any obstacle within a stage that either directly or indirectly harms or impedes Kirby or another playable character and cannot be classified as an enemy, a device, or part of the static terrain. Hazards may also affect enemies or other non-playable characters, but this is not a strict requirement to classify something as a hazard. Hazards serve primarily to add another element of challenge to gameplay and, when not meant to be avoided entirely, often require a certain set of techniques to overcome or take advantage of. Common examples of hazards in the Kirby series include spikes, crushers, and bottomless pits, but may also include non-damaging things such as wind and water currents (with water itself falling into a gray area and not considered a hazard for the purpose of this page). There are also a number of enemies that function more as stage hazards, such as Gordos, Squeaky Hammer Machines, and boulders, and those too will not be covered on this page.

List of hazards in the Kirby series[edit]

The following is a list of every distinct hazard throughout the Kirby series. The first table covers environmental hazards that span numerous games and may have a large number of variants, while the second will detail more specific hazards that belong to relatively few games, if not appearing in only one game. Note that hazards which appear only in Sub-Games will not be listed here:

General hazards[edit]

Hazard Appearance First game Latest game Other games Description Notes
KRtDL Bottomless Pit screenshot.png
Kirby's Dream Land Kirby and the Forgotten Land All main-series games, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby's Blowout Blast, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A region considered "out of bounds"; bottomless pits may be marked as a black void or as a background of some kind, or they may simply be areas below where the camera scrolls. Entering this region typically defeats Kirby immediately, but other games may be more forgiving, returning Kirby to the field of play while imposing some lighter penalty.
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Kirby's Adventure Kirby and the Forgotten Land Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Any hazard that causes two solid surfaces (or a solid surface and the edge of a scrolling screen) to come into contact, crushing anything caught in-between and defeating Kirby instantly. This is not to be confused with hazards that momentarily flatten Kirby, like the Squeaky Hammer Machines in the Kirby Fighters games. The only games where crushers are not immediately fatal are Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, and Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
Lava
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Kirby Super Star Kirby and the Forgotten Land Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, Kirby Fighters 2 Surfaces or fluids that are red hot and burn Kirby if he touches them under most circumstances. In some games, Kirby can ignore lava using Copy Abilities like Wheel and Water. In others, geysers of lava will erupt from lava beds to offer an additional obstacle. Not to be confused with Fire Blocks, which serve a similar purpose but can be destroyed. Also does not count instances of lava that are purely decorational, such as the Volcano region in the Kirby Clash games.
Objects that do not quite resemble lava but have the same effect (such as the fire boxes in Kirby Super Star) also fall under this category.
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Kirby's Dream Land Kirby and the Forgotten Land All main-series games, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Block Ball, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Beds of sharp spikes that hurt Kirby on contact and immediately destroy any Ability Stars that touch them. Whether or not enemies are affected by spikes depends on the game.
Wind and water currents
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Kirby's Adventure Kirby and the Forgotten Land Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, Kirby Fighters 2 Continuous gusts of wind or currents of flowing water that constantly push Kirby in a particular direction. These can vary in intensity, with some requiring significant speed to overcome, and others being so strong as to overcome all movement options.

Specific hazards[edit]

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Hazard Appearance Game(s) Description Notes
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Kirby's Pinball Land, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Block Ball, Kirby's Toy Box, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Mass Attack, Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn An object (usually round, bar-shaped, or triangular) that violently pushes Kirby away if he touches it, though usually without dealing him damage. In Kirby's Block Ball, this object is referred to as a "Pinball Block".[2]
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Kirby's Dream Course A vent in the ground that releases a continuous stream of air upward, causing Kirby to fly upward when passing over it.
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Kirby's Dream Course A patch of rough sand that greatly impedes Kirby's momentum if he touches it.
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Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, Kirby and the Forgotten Land A floor-bound conveyor belt that moves Kirby in a given direction. These can take various forms depending on the games they appear in.
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Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble A floor-bound panel that forcibly accelerates Kirby in a given direction if he touches it. Not to be confused with the objects of the same name in Kirby Air Ride, which functions more as a device.
In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, this object is called a "Blast Board"[5], and functions slightly differently.
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Kirby's Dream Course A circular panel with an arrow on it that seamlessly redirects Kirby's momentum in the direction indicated if he touches it.
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Kirby's Dream Course A patch of grass with arrows in it that indicate the direction it will gently push Kirby if he tries to roll through it.
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Kirby's Dream Course A pool of water that will greatly hamper Kirby if he falls into it. The water can be drained by hitting the appropriate switch, or it can be momentarily frozen using the Freeze ability. The Wheel ability can also ride atop the water's surface, and Kirby can skip across the water with the right movement when not using an ability.
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Kirby's Dream Course A green tarp spread across the floor that causes Kirby to bounce more forcefully if he lands on it from the air.
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Kirby's Dream Course A spinning circular floor panel that redirects Kirby's momentum if he rolls over it. A set of switches can be pressed to turn turntables on or off.
Electric field
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Kirby Super Star, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby Battle Royale A tile, block, or other object that gives Kirby a shock and knocks him back if he touches it. These can come in many visual variants. In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby has to knock the boss Mega Titan into an electric field to damage it in the first phase.
Trapped Cannon
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Kirby Super Star, Kirby Super Star Ultra A cannon which does not function properly, and explodes when the fuse light reaches it, throwing Kirby out if he was inside at the time. There is only one instance of this type of cannon, occurring in Revenge of Meta Knight - Chapter 3.
Ball bar
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Kirby's Dream Land 3 A bar made of small isolated black balls that spins in a circle around a fixed point, similar to a fire bar, and deal damage on contact. Some of these can be disarmed by breaking the block they are attached to.
Obscuring clouds
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Kirby's Dream Land 3 Clouds that rush past the screen in the foreground in some stages that obscure the player's view of the stage. This is an example of a hazard that interacts with the fourth wall rather than the in-game characters.
Spiky block
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Kirby's Dream Land 3 A bulky stone block with spikes on the outside that moves back and forth either vertically or in and out of the foreground, and will hurt Kirby on touch.
Crumbling floor
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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby Air Ride A section of floor that gives way and falls shortly after being stepped on. This is distinct from crumbling blocks in other games.
Sinking/shifting platform
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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Certain platforms in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards will sink or shift when stepped on. Some of these may return to their original position if left alone afterward.
Spiky fossil
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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards A large fossilized vertebra that falls from above in the underwater sections of Rock Star - Stage 3 and hurts Kirby on contact.
Water spout platform
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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards In Aqua Star - Stage 3, certain wooden boards will shoot up via a water spout underneath when Kirby steps on them, leading to potentially dangerous situations.
Boost Pad[7]
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Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble A blue floor tile with a handprint inset that forcefully bounces Kirby upwards if he touches it.
Quicksand[8]
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Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Areas of sand that cause Kirby or other entities to slowly sink if they do not escape, which will almost always lead to a defeat.
Gyro spikes
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Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Large spikes in the wall that retract or emerge depending on how the player tilts the Game Boy Color system.
Burning rail station
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Kirby Air Ride One of the events in City Trial involves each of the rail stations in the city catching fire for a short time. While they burn, any Kirbys that approach too close will take damage.
Collapsing pillar
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Kirby Air Ride, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby and the Forgotten Land Standing structures in the background which attempt to fall on Kirby as he passes by, and deal him damage if they hit him and possibly also breaking blocks they fall on. In some cases, Kirby may need to cause these to fall manually by breaking a support structure near the bottom of the pillar.
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Kirby Air Ride During a specific event in City Trial, fake versions of patches appear which differ only slightly in appearance from the real ones. Running into these patches will usually damage the racer's machine and/or bestow some other negative effect, like falling asleep.
Falls[9]
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Kirby Air Ride A waterfall near the top of the Water course in Top Ride mode. Entering it causes the racer to be rolled about for a moment before being spat out on the left side.
Flaming dragon[10]
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Kirby Air Ride A long dragon made of fire that regularly emerges from lava and makes an arc through the sky before diving back in again. Any racer who touches one will be burned and take damage. These can be found in Magma Flows and the volcano area in City Trial.
Gout of flame
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Kirby Air Ride, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Areas where pillars of harmful flame shoot out in regular intervals. This can come from the surface of lava or from some other source. In Kirby: Canvas Curse, this can also take the form of spitting fireballs.
In Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, these can be extinguished using the Fire Engine transformation.
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Kirby Air Ride, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse A continually firing laser that hurts Kirby if he touches it, but can be circumvented by various means. Does not include the Security Laser enemy from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Meteor[12]
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Kirby Air Ride, Kirby Battle Royale One of the events in City Trial involves giant meteors falling to the city and exploding. Touching the meteors during their descent or being caught in the impact explosion will deal damage. In Kirby Battle Royale, falling meteors appear in Crazy Theater. Not to be confused with the Meteors in Kirby Star Allies or with volcanic rocks (seen below).
Tree bombs[13]
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Kirby Air Ride Bombs that grow and fall from springy trees in the Grass course in Top Ride. These bombs knock racers away when they explode.
Balloon bombs
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Kirby: Canvas Curse Balloons with skulls painted on them that explode if Kirby gets too near. They can be popped from a distance by tapping them with the Nintendo DS stylus. Not to be confused with the Balloon Bomb item from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Bubbles
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Kirby: Canvas Curse Large soap bubbles that slowly rise into the air and trap Kirby inside if he gets too close. Kirby can be freed by tapping the bubble with the Nintendo DS stylus.
Electric bar
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Kirby: Canvas Curse A spinning bar made of electrified nodes that are harmful to touch. Tapping the button in the center with the Nintendo DS stylus causes the bar to momentarily deactivate.
Fire bar
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Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe A spinning bar made of flames that is harmful to touch.
Gravity orb
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Kirby: Canvas Curse A chunky spherical object found in Spectacle Space that gravitationally pulls Kirby in if he gets too close.
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Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Areas marked by lack of color or a magical field where Rainbow Lines cannot be drawn.
Parachute bombs
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Kirby: Canvas Curse Bombs that slowly drift down with parachutes towards Kirby and will detonate on contact. They can be made to explode early by tapping them with the Nintendo DS stylus. The Mid-Boss Vividria paints these same bombs as one of her attacks.
Retractable spikes
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Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Squeak Squad Blocks or surfaces that shoot out and retract spikes on regular intervals.
Spiky shutter
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Kirby: Canvas Curse A shutter gate with spikes on it, making it harmful to touch.
Timer bomb
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Kirby: Canvas Curse A floating bomb with four prongs and a skull painted on it that explodes after a short moment when approached by Kirby. While it is detonating, it can be pushed around.
Touch spike bar
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Kirby: Canvas Curse A spinning spiky bar that can be momentarily stopped by tapping the button in its center with the Nintendo DS stylus.
Cactus
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A bulbous stationary spiky hazard that appears in most Off-Roader stages and hurts Kirby if he collides with it. In the Frigid Fjords stage, ice spikes on the floor serve the same function.
Cannonball
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Large red cannonballs with stars on them that travel through the air in the Castle Dedede stage. Kirby can ride these as platforms as they travel, but he should take care not to come between one and another surface.
Curtain platform
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A platform consisting of a rolled-up curtain. Kirby can use it for a moment, but if he lingers too long, it will slowly unfurl and no longer be able to support him. After a while, it will roll back up again.
Dust devil
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A small tornado that gently sweeps along in Pyramid Sands and can pick up things, including Kirby, items, and enemies. Entities picked up by a dust devil tend to be held in place unless they take action to escape.
Electric wire platform
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A cyan wire platform that is hazardous to touch while it is live and vibrating, but which can be momentarily turned off by pulling on its button. Others may form a loop with a slowly-traveling hazardous spark cycling around it.
Enemy patch
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A red patch with Yin-Yarn's face on it, from which enemies can continually emerge.
Flag platform
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A flag that acts as a platform and blows to the left or right with the wind.
Fountain spout
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn The Fountain Gardens stage features a handful of spouts which shoot blasts of water upward at regular intervals. Kirby can stand above the spout to get a large vertical boost.
Giant gelatin
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A giant gelatin cake that is produced and conveyed along conveyor belts in the Sweets Park stage. These can hurt Kirby if they land on him, but otherwise act as platforms. They can be destroyed by pounding them with the Weight.
Gout of frost
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Spewing cones of frost that periodically erupt from the walls in various places and are harmful to touch.
Meteor shower
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A swarm of harmful meteors falls continuously in the Stellar Way and Outer Rings stages. Pulling certain patches momentarily transforms the meteors into a bead comet shower instead. Individual meteors can also be seen orbiting planets on traced-out paths. They are not affected by the Yarn Whip, but can be destroyed using shots from the Rocket transformation.
Sinking stalactite
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A big stalactite with a flat top that slowly passes through ceilings and floors, falling more quickly when it is completely separated. It will hurt Kirby if it lands on him from above, but he can use it as a platform after it falls.
Snowball
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn In the Snowy Fields stage, Waddle Dees toss cotton snowballs that grow in size as they roll across the ground. If Kirby is hit by one, he will be trapped inside until the snowball breaks against a wall unless he wiggles out early, though he will not be harmed either way. He can run along the top of one to use it as a platform.
Spiky bar
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A bar or cross-shaped spiky hazard that spins slowly in place.
Stone pillar
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A large wobbly stone pillar that serves as an obstacle in most of the Off-Roader stages. Crashing into it causes it to collapse, but hopping on top allows Kirby to use it as a platform. Kirby can bust through these without harm to himself if he uses a boost.
Swinging platform
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A platform tied to a ceiling using ropes, which swings from side to side based on how Kirby moves on them. Other rope-bound platforms exist in other games, but do not have the same properties.
Volcano pouch
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Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn A large black pouch that continually spews lava. Kirby can seal it shut for a moment by pulling on the attached button.
Sandstorm[15]
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Kirby Mass Attack A wave of sand that blows through the air at regular intervals. Any Kirbys caught in it will be swept away and take damage. Kirbys can power through sandstorms if they are under the effect of Jumbo Candy. Passing sandstorms can also make certain items or objects appear.
Spiked ball[16]
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Kirby Mass Attack A red, green, or gray circular nut covered in spikes, which may be found rolling or bouncing on its own or as part of an enemy's arsenal. It is harmful on touch, though it may break under certain conditions. Not to be confused with spiky boulders.
Volcanic rock[17]
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Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby: Triple Deluxe Slowly-falling rocks from the sky which can be broken by flinging Kirbys at them. Some of them yield fruit or more valuable items when broken (such rocks are marked with question marks). Some rocks have explosion symbols on them, and breaking them causes all other rocks on screen to break as well.
Whirling vortex[18]
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Kirby Mass Attack A localized spinning current of water that moves back and forth in underwater areas. Getting caught in one causes the Kirbys to be sucked in and then deposited in a different location, typically resulting in lost progress.
Burning totem pole
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land A large wooden segmented pole that continually burns and hurts Kirby on touch. It can be destroyed using Snow Bowl. Appears only in Onion Ocean - Stage 1.
Dimensional rift wall
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land A wall of magic that advances on Kirby when he is inside rifts to Another Dimension and threatens to crush him. The rift wall moves more quickly the further it is away from Kirby, and can be momentarily knocked back by shooting a Star Bullet at it. In Extra Mode, the rift wall is a reddish color and moves more quickly.
Falling stalactite
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land Sharp objects that appear from a ceiling and fall to the floor. These cannot be inhaled, but they can be destroyed using attacks or objects like the Prism Shield. Not to be confused with Icicles.
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land Large hazardous bowling pins that can be knocked aside using Snow Bowl.
Giant spiky crystal
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land, A large spiky crystalline sphere that floats through space in Another Dimension and is harmful to touch.
Rolling spiky wheel
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land A giant underwater wheel covered in spikes that rolls in a fixed pattern.
Searing orb
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages) A large glowing orb that burns to touch and floats in various patterns. In New Challenge Stages, these take the appearance of giant gears.
3D rotating wall
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe A set of walls affixed to a rotating shaft which advances them from background to foreground at regular intervals. Kirby will be knocked into the foreground if he is hit by one, but can stand in front of a hole in the wall to avoid it.
3D Securitron[19]
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe A square-shaped piston wall that shoots in from the background after flashing for a moment, knocking Kirby into the foreground if it hits him. Wile it is extended, it can be used as a platform.
3D spike bar
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe A bar of spikes attached to a log in the background that is rotated by Waddle Dees, causing the bar to swing in and out of the playing field, hurting Kirby if it collides with him.
Advancing spiky wall
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby and the Forgotten Land A crushing-type hazard that moves inexorably in a single direction, bulldozing everything in its way and hurting Kirby on contact. It moves faster the further away Kirby is from it, and only starts moving when he is in the same plane as it.
Diamond dust cloud
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe In Old Odyssey - Stage 5, thick clouds of pink diamond dust can be found which obscure the view of objects behind them. These can be inhaled using Hypernova.
Falling wall
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe A crushing-type hazard that falls slowly toward Kirby from the background when he enters its range. Kirby can stand at the right location to pass through a hole in the wall as it comes down to get through unharmed. Once the wall comes down completely, the way forward opens.
Pile of burning logs
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe A singular large hazard that appears in Fine Fields - Stage 2, which is fed by Waddle Dees in the foreground and background and is hazardous to touch. Kirby can remove this obstacle using the nearby Tilt bowl, and can uncover a Maxim Tomato in the process.
Spiky hoop
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Floating spiky hoops which are harmful to touch from above or below, but can be passed through safely by swimming or jumping cleanly through the middle. Usually an item is tucked in the middle of the ring.
Vanishing floor
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe In haunted-themed stages, some large platforms will disappear shortly after Kirby walks on them, gaining green eyes similar to Nidoo's before vanishing. These platforms do not reappear afterward unless the area is left and re-entered or Kirby is defeated.
Blindfold banner[20]
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Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe A long banner that is held in front of the field of play by Bronto Burts or Magolor that briefly obscures the player's view of the stage.
Drifting cloud[21]
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Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse A white cloud that hides things behind it, but can be cleared out by passing through it.
Prickly pencil[22]
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Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe A giant red pencil covered in spikes that shoots in from above or below before stopping to form a barrier that is harmful to touch.
Spikeflip drum[23]
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Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe A drum with harmful spikes on the underside which flips at regular intervals.
Bouncy cloud
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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Small cloud-shaped platforms which bounce Kirby away and then vanish when touched. They can be powered through using a Star Dash.
Bubble mine
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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse An mine trapped inside a bubble. Kirby will be hurt if he makes contact with it, but it can be detonated using a rainbow rope, which destroys the rope as well.
Buzz saw
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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse A spinning metal sawblade that travels along gondola tracks or sits in place. They can come in various sizes. Not to be confused with Electro Saw or the Buzz Saw item.
Rolling log
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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse These come in various sizes and are often seen rolling down slopes. Kirby can fire at them using the Kirby Tank shots to knock them away. Not to be confused with Splinter.
Waterfall
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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby Star Allies In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, these impede Kirby's progress and sweep items away, though Carpas can be seen swimming up them. They can be blocked momentarily using rainbow ropes. In Kirby Star Allies, these will put out fires and lit fuses, and can be frozen using a Blizzard-based attack or blocked using Chumbrella. Using a Sizzle-based attack will thaw a frozen waterfall. Not to be confused with water currents, which can look similar depending on the game.
3D holo-platform
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Kirby: Planet Robobot A digital platform that is conjured digitally in the background before launching into the foreground, similar to a 3D Securitron. However, these platforms mostly stay in place after launching forward.
Giant ice cream
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Kirby: Planet Robobot In Overload Ocean - Stage 4, Kirby has to avoid giant soft-serve ice cream cones that are created in the background and then fall forward at regular intervals. When they hit the stage, they splatter melted ice cream on the screen which partially obscures vision for a moment.
Rolling pillar
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Kirby: Planet Robobot A large rolling metal bar that spans both foreground and background, following the contours of both zones. It can be knocked back using attacks from the Robobot Armor to bust blocks and other obstacles.
Tilting flame spewer
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Kirby: Planet Robobot A drinking bird-like object that spews fire from its beak.
Toxic cloud
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Kirby: Planet Robobot A cloud of poison gas that drifts along wind currents or hangs in the air. It can be dispelled using Parasol Mode.
Zap panel
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Kirby: Planet Robobot A floor panel that routinely flashes with electricity, zapping Kirby if he touches it while it is live. It is telegraphed by skull-shaped lights moving down tiles in the background.
Ore Express[24]
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Kirby Battle Royale A train that accepts gemstones as cargo and regularly rolls in along the tracks. If a contestant is hit by the train coming in, he will be sent flying and be KO'd for a while.
Burning log
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Kirby Star Allies, Kirby and the Forgotten Land A perpetually burning log. It can be put out using anything that imparts Blizzard, Bluster, or Splash, and will fall if the surface beneath it is removed. Once put out, it can be destroyed with any attack.
Mega Blado[25]
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Kirby Star Allies A giant circular entity with spinning blades moving around it, found primarily in Nature's Navel.
Freezing water
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land Water which causes anything that enters to freeze solid and then sink, acting similarly to a bottomless pit.
Icy floor
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land An area of floor that is extra slippery. These can be created by certain enemy attacks (namely Phantom King Dedede's pillar slam attacks). Ice Kirby can skate on icy floors with no issue.
Lava ball[26]
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land A falling red-hot ball of lava that can deal damage on contact and bursts when it hits the ground. It may cause sections of the ground to sink when it collides with it. It can be destroyed using Water-Balloon Mouth to reveal items.
Lava puddle
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land A puddle of lava that will damage Kirby if he touches it. Certain enemies and items will also be destroyed if they touch it. It can be cleaned away using Water-Balloon Mouth, which may cause something to happen. Ice Kirby can skate on lava puddles with no issue.
Mud[26]
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land A puddle of mud that will slow Kirby's movement and reduce his jump height if he steps into it. It can be cleaned away using Water-Balloon Mouth, which may cause something to happen. Ice Kirby can skate on mud with no issue.
Toxic goop
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land A puddle of toxic slime that will slow Kirby's movement and reduce his jump height if he steps into it, and also deal him damage over time. Certain enemies and items will also be destroyed if they touch it. It can be cleaned away using Water-Balloon Mouth, which may cause something to happen. Ice Kirby can skate on toxic goop with no issue.
Trick painting
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land A large painting in Invasion at the House of Horrors made to resemble a path forward, but which falls over when approached, dealing damage if it connects and breaking on impact with the floor.
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land A vortex of swirling water that either stays put or moves in a set pattern, causing entities nearby to swirl around it. Anything that gets drawn in too close will be pulled down into the center, functioning similarly to a bottomless pit in most cases.

References

  1. Kirby's Dream Course instruction booklet, pg. 30
  2. Kirby's Block Ball instruction booklet (NA print), pg. 15
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Kirby's Dream Course instruction booklet, pg. 51
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Kirby's Dream Course instruction booklet, pg. 50
  5. Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Instruction Booklet (NA print), page 17
  6. Kirby's Dream Course instruction booklet, pg. 49
  7. Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble instruction booklet (NA print), pg. 17
  8. Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble instruction booklet (NA print), pg. 15
  9. "Take 1st and enter the falls 5 times or more!" --Checklist objective in Kirby Air Ride
  10. "Bump into a flaming dragon!" --Checklist objective in Kirby Air Ride
  11. "Kirby takes damage whenever a laser hits him so... Draw rainbow lines to protect Kirby and get him safely past the laser." -Kirby: Canvas Curse instruction booklet (NA print), page 18
  12. "DANGER! DANGER! Huge meteors are incoming!" --Event text in City Trial from Kirby Air Ride
  13. "In one race, drop 30 or more tree bombs!" --Checklist objective in Kirby Air Ride
  14. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse electronic manual (NA print), page 13
  15. If you get swept up in a sandstorm, you'll take damage. --Daroach, in Kirby Mass Attack
  16. Watch out for spiked balls though. --Daroach, in Kirby Mass Attack
  17. When volcanic rocks fall down around you, break them open. --Daroach, in Kirby Mass Attack
  18. Watch out for the whirling vortexes found underwater. --Daroach, in Kirby Mass Attack
  19. "The second one is on stage 6-5, in the room where the 3D Securitron blocks (the ones that pop out from background to foreground) are arranged in a 5×5 grid." --Satoshi Ishida, Kirby: Triple Deluxe Miiverse post from June 15th, 2015
  20. "So many blindfold banners, you can barely see a thing!" --In-game flavor text from Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
  21. "And look out for number coins hidden behind drifting clouds." --In-game flavor text from Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
  22. "This super-difficult level has prickly pencils poking all over the place!" --In-game flavor text from Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
  23. "Take care when jumping on the spikeflip drums if you want to finish in one piece!" --In-game flavor text from Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
  24. Taken from the name of the game mode.
  25. Unofficial translation of "メガブレドー", taken from Kirby JP Twitter
  26. 26.0 26.1 Taken from in-game flavor text from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.