Ice Dragon

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Ice Dragon
SKC Ice Dragon Art.png
In-game artwork of Ice Dragon from Super Kirby Clash
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First game Kirby's Dream Land 2
Latest game Super Kirby Clash
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
Kirby Star Allies
(Ado's Painter)
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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. 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[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Holo-Ice Dragon.
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 its 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.

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Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash[edit]

Ice Dragon in Super Kirby Clash

Ice Dragon makes its first proper appearance in decades in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, and appears again in Super Kirby Clash, borrowing its essential look and behavior from its hologram from Kirby: Planet Robobot. In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Ice Dragon appears twice, and it appears five times in Super Kirby Clash. Among its appearances in the latter, it can be found alongside Frost Kibble Blade to form Team Frozen Stiff, and alongside its cousin Electric Dragon and a Flame Galboros to form Team Kaiju Trio.

Attacks[edit]

The following are all of Ice Dragon's attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash. Note that attack names are conjectural:

Ice Dragon's attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash  
Attack Description Variants Notes
Dash Ice Dragon picks a target Kirby and starts running after him for a while. It will turn around if that Kirby manages to get behind it. Ice Dragon may vary how long it is willing to run.
Flutter Ice Dragon hops into the air, and floats for a while as it waggles its tail before landing. The length of the jump can vary.
Frost Breath Ice Dragon breathes a cone of frost from its mouth, wiggling its tail as it does so. Ice Dragon may hold out this attack for longer, or move while using it.
Iceberg Toss 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.
Icicle Pound 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.
Snowflake Cutters Ice Dragon spits out a series of icy snowflake boomerangs from its mouth. The last one is extra large, and can push back a guarding Kirby. The number of blades can vary.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

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 Land 3.

Anime[edit]

Ice Dragon
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Artwork from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
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Debut Episode Kirby of the Stars Pilot
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Kirby of the Stars Pilot[edit]

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[edit]

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 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイスドラゴン
Aisu Doragon
Ice Dragon
French Dragon de glace 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)