|“||Facing blizzards that can freeze foliage solid, take down the Ice Dragon!||”|
— Tough Quest flavor text from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Ice Dragon is a boss that debuted in Kirby's Dream Land 2. Ice Dragon is a large, rounded, cyan lizard-like creature with a white belly and four blue spikes on his back. Unlike many other dragons (such as Landia), Ice Dragon does not possess wings, but he can still flutter through the air by rapidly flapping his tail. He is an ancient life-form that has lived through a number of ages. Apart from his game appearances, Ice Dragon also appears as a monster in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
|Ice Dragon's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land 2||Boss|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3||Reference||Ice Dragon is one the paintings drawn by Ado in her boss fight.|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Reference||Ice Dragon is one the paintings drawn by Adeleine in her boss fight.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Cameo||Appears in one of the cards in Kirby Card Swipe|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Reference||Holo-Ice Dragon and its 2.0 form are based on him.|
|Team Kirby Clash Deluxe||Boss|
|Kirby Star Allies||Reference||One of the paintings Adeleine & Ribbon can summon with Ado's Painter.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Boss|
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Ice Dragon is the boss of Iceberg, the fourth level in the game. His attack patterns consist of charging, jumping, breathing ice, and causing icicles to fall from the ceiling. He can also kick a tiny glacier at Kirby which can't be inhaled.
Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
In both of these titles, Ice Dragon does not appear in his regular form. Instead, he cameos as a living painting conjured by Ado (in Kirby's Dream Land 3) and Adeleine (in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards). Both of these incarnations fight similar to his appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2, though they are slower and easier to defeat, and also do not grant the Ice ability. Both games share the same sprites for this enemy, except for the new attacks in the latter title.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Main article: Holo Defense API
In the Story Mode and The Arena of Kirby: Planet Robobot, Ice Dragon appears albeit as Holo-Ice Dragon, one of the holograms of the boss Holo Defense API. Despite being a hologram, Holo-Ice Dragon fights in a very faithful manner to his original battle in Kirby's Dream Land 2, retaining all of its prior attacks, but it can now spit out snowflakes.
In Meta Knightmare Ultra and The True Arena, Holo Defense API and its holograms becomes version 2.0. Holo-Ice Dragon 2.0 has a few changes in its physical appearance. Its back plates become arrow-headed, and its belly now has a pattern. Like other 2.0 bosses, its attacks become more aggressive.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash
|“||The super-cool dragon might get hotheaded surrounded by magma! Watch out!||”|
— Tougher Quest flavor text from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
|“||Icy breath turns a chilly night in the Dunes to positively freezing! Defeat him before you're frozen solid!||”|
— Tougher Party Quest flavor text from Super Kirby Clash
Ice Dragon makes his first proper appearance in decades in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, and appears again in Super Kirby Clash, borrowing his essential look and behavior from his hologram from Kirby: Planet Robobot. In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Ice Dragon appears twice, and he appears five times in Super Kirby Clash. Among his appearances in the latter, he's fought solo in three quests and is paired with other enemies in two of them -- he can be found alongside Frost Kibble Blade to form Team Frozen Stiff, and alongside his cousin Electric Dragon and a Flame Galboros to form Team Kaiju Trio.
|“||What's this snowy dragon doing here under this beautiful sunny sky? Show him the way out!||”|
— Tougher Story Quest flavor text from Super Kirby Clash
The following are all of Ice Dragon's attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash:
|Ice Dragon's attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash|
|Ice Dragon picks a target Kirby and starts running after him for a while. He will turn around if that Kirby manages to get behind him.||Ice Dragon may vary how long he is willing to run.|
|Ice Dragon hops into the air, and floats for a while as he waggles his tail before landing.||The length of the jump can vary.|
|Ice Dragon breathes a cone of frost from his mouth, wiggling his tail as he does so.||Ice Dragon may hold out this attack for longer, or move while using it.|
|Ice Dragon conjures a small iceberg and tosses it forward. These icebergs can be destroyed with an attack.||The number of icebergs created can vary.|
|Ice Dragon jumps in the air and then pounds the ground. Upon landing, a series of icicles form and then fall and strike the ground spaced evenly from each-other.||The positioning of the icicles can vary.|
The Ice Dragon may start with a Tails Hover before transitioning straight into this attack.
|Ice Dragon spits out a series of icy snowflake boomerangs from his mouth. The last ones are extra large, and can push back a guarding Kirby.||The number of blades can vary.|
Kirby Star Allies
- Main article: Adeleine#Kirby Star Allies
Kirby's Dream Buffet
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
|“||You call this thing a[sic] Ice Dragon? Looks like something you win in a carnival!||”|
— King Dedede's initial appraisal of Ice Dragon in Dedede's Snow Job
In the pilot episode of the anime, Ice Dragon appears among the horde of Monsters invading Dream Land. Kirby inhales Ice Dragon with ease, copies the Ice ability and freezes Dark Matter, another Monster in the horde.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Ice Dragon appears in the episode Dedede's Snow Job, where it is a monster ordered by King Dedede because it is very hot in Cappy Town, which the king does not like at all. This incarnation of Ice Dragon is initially very small, but it eventually grows much larger than the one seen in the games and possesses a dark green body, a yellow belly and a long ridge of yellow spikes extending down its back. Its mouth is also shown to contain several sharp, protruding teeth, an attribute that is absent from the games.
Although its skin can withstand very low temperatures, being completely immune to Ice Kirby's attacks, the monster is still vulnerable on the inside. Kirby uses this fact to his advantage by letting Chilly help him jump into the dragon's maw so he can freeze it from within. After being frozen, the Ice Dragon promptly breaks apart into shards of ice, which bury King Dedede and Escargoon as the duo stand observing what has happened to their monster. Following the dragon's defeat, all the snow and ice it has created begins to melt, restoring Cappy Town to normal.
Ice Kirby freezes Ice Dragon from the inside to defeat it.
- Since dragons and lions both appear commonly in mythology, Ice Dragon may be the opposite of Fire Lion.
- According to his hologram's Kirby: Planet Robobot description, the Ice Dragon creates ice internally.
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2
Sprite from Kirby's Dream Land 2
Sprite from Kirby's Dream Land 3
Holo-Ice Dragon 2.0 in Kirby: Planet Robobot
Screenshot from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet
Ice Dragon as it appears in Kirby of the Stars Pilot
Artwork of Baby Ice Dragon from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Ice Dragon
Art used for the footer of the Kirby Café website during the Winter 2021 event
Names in other languages
|French||Dragon de glace||Ice Dragon|
|Portuguese||Dragão de gelo||Ice Dragon|
|Latin American Spanish||Dragón de hielo||Ice Dragon|
|European Spanish||Ice Dragon||-|
- "The dragon's skin can withstand the cold. Kirby must freeze it from the inside!" –Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Episode 20(J), 18(E): Dedede's Snow Job [17:23]) (
- Issues 3/95 and 6/95 of the Club Nintendo magazine