Ice Dragon

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Ice Dragon
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Artwork of Ice Dragon from Kirby's Dream Land 2
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Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land 2
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
(Ado's Painter)
Other Game(s) Kirby's Dream Land 3 (painted by Ado)
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (painted by Adeleine)
Kirby Super Star Ultra (cameo)
Kirby: Planet Robobot (hologram)
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
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Ice Dragon is a boss that debuted in Kirby's Dream Land 2. It is a dragon that can breathe ice, hence its name. Apart from its game appearances, Ice Dragon also appears as a Monster in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! the anime.

Physical appearance

Ice Dragon is a large, greenish-blue dragon with a white belly and four cyan spikes on its back. It's an ancient life-form that has lived through a number of ages.

Game appearances

Kirby's Dream Land 2

A portion of the battle with Ice Dragon

Ice Dragon is the boss of Iceberg, the fourth level in the game. Its attack patterns consist of charging, jumping, breathing ice, and causing icicles to fall from the ceiling. It can also kick a tiny glacier at Kirby which can't be inhaled.

After its defeat, Kirby can enter the boss room again to play the Bonus Chance, which involves dodging icicles and collecting Star pieces.

Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

In both of these titles, Ice Dragon does not appear in its regular form. Instead it cameos as a living painting conjured by Ado (in Dream Land 3) and Adeleine (in Kirby 64). Both of these incarnations fight similar to its appearance in Dream Land 2, though they are slower and easier to defeat, and also do not grant the Ice ability.

Kirby Super Star Ultra

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Ice Dragon makes an cameo apperance as a card in Card Swipe the Sub-Game.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Main article: Holo Defense API

Holo-Ice Dragon

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.

Holo-Ice Dragon 2.0

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 apperance. Its spikes become arrowheaded, and its belly now has a pattern. Like other 2.0 bosses, its attacks become more aggressive.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Ice Dragon in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Ice Dragon makes its first proper appearance in decades in this spin-off title. It is encountered twice during the game, and fights much like its hologram form from Planet Robobot. Its main attacks include running around in a haphazard manner, breathing ice and snowflake blades, and stomping to make icicles fall from the sky and pop out from the ground to kick forward.

Kirby Star Allies

Main article: Adeleine#Kirby Star Allies

In Kirby Star Allies, Adeleine & Ribbon the Dream Friend can summon Ice Dragon with the move Ado's Painter. The ice dragon retains his moveset from Kirby's Dream Ladn 3.

Anime

Kirby of the Stars Pilot

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.

Episode 18: Dedede's Snow Job

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Kirby: Right Back at Ya! artwork

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Ice Dragon appears in the episode Dedede's Snow Job, where it is a Demon Beast 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 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.[1] 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.

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Trivia

  • Since dragons and lions both appear commonly in mythology, Ice Dragon may be the opposite of Fire Lion.
  • According to his Kirby: Planet Robobot description, the Ice Dragon creates ice internally.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイスドラゴン
Aisu Doragon
Ice Dragon
German Ice Dragon[2]
Eisdrachen
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Ice Dragon


References

  1. "The dragon's skin can withstand the cold. Kirby must freeze it from the inside!"Meta Knight (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Episode 20(J), 18(E): Dedede's Snow Job [17:23])
  2. "Boss: Ice Dragon" (German Kirby's Dream Land 2 manual, pg. 24)