Knuckle Joe

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Knuckle Joe
Knuckle Joe Spirit.png
Artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Debut Game Kirby Super Star
Latest Game Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Other Game(s) Kirby's Super Star Stacker, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby: Battle Royale
Copy Ability Fighter
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Knuckle Joe is an enemy in the Kirby series. He also as well appears as a major character in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Knuckle Joe appears as a humanoid figure with spiky blonde hair, a face without a nose, a bandana around his head, and a pair of pointy ears. Knuckle Joe is a fairly noticeable character in the Kirby series, receiving a recurring character role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and appearing as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and subsequent Super Smash Bros. titles.

Game appearances

Kirby Super Star (Ultra)

Sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Knuckle Joe appears as an enemy in the game Kirby Super Star as well as its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra. In the game, which features his debut role, he attempts to harm Kirby by throwing punches and kicks at him. When inhaled, he grants Kirby the Fighter ability, and also acts as the Helper of said ability.

Knuckle Joe is also one of the participants of the Megaton Punch contest. He appears as Kirby's second opponent, after Kirby defeats Waddle Doo.

In the Kirby Super Star Ultra-exclusive main game Helper to Hero, Joe, apart from being playable, appears in the opening sequence and in the boss picture for Wham Bam Jewel. Since Waddle Dee appears on the file select screen and life counter, these two could be considered to be the "mascots" of helpers.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Knuckle Joe reappears as an enemy that can be swallowed for the Fighter ability. He is fairly rare to encounter.

Kirby: Battle Royale

Knuckle Joe can be seen in the audience in many of the battle modes. He also appears in Dedede's Cake Royale, standing in front of the Training Room tent. If Kirby talks to him, Knuckle Joe will comment on the ability Kirby has equipped.

Kirby Star Allies

Menu artwork of Knuckle Joe in Kirby Star Allies.

Knuckle Joe appears in this title, and can be recruited as a Friend. As a Friend, he has all of Fighter Kirby's moves, and can also use the Friend Throw. His agility is also arguably greater than that of Fighter Kirby's, since he uses an Infinity Jump which he can act out of immediately with further attacks.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Artwork of Knuckle Joe from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Knuckle Joe appears as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as well as an Assist Trophy character, who uses the Vulcan Jab attack, as well as others on opponents.

Brawl trophy description

Name Image Appears In Description
Knuckle Joe Knuckle Joe Trophy.png SNES Kirby Super Star (NTSC), Kirby's Fun Pak (PAL) A martial artist known for amazing attacks like the Vulcan Jab. With his bandana, he looks and fights the part of a Muay Thai boxer. When Kirby copies Knuckle Joe, he gains the fighting techniques of a hand-to-hand-combat expert. Knuckle Joe also engages in friendly block-breaking competitions with Kirby. His other famous techniques are the Smash Punch and Rising Break.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U

Knuckle Joe reprises his role from the previous game as an Assist Trophy and as a collectible trophy. His attacks remain the same.

3DS / Wii U trophy information

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears In NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Knuckle Joe
KnuckleJoeWiiU.png SNES Kirby Super Star (NTSC), Kirby Fun Pak (PAL) (8/1996)
Wii Kirby's Return to Dream Land (10/2011)
A martial-arts master, Knuckle Joe can be inhaled by Kirby and his Fighter ability copied. If you summon him, he'll leap toward the enemy nearest you and unleash his powerful Vulcan Jab attack. He'll then finish off his target with a devastating Smash Punch or Rising Break. When Kirby copies this expert in all martial arts, he becomes a pro at hand-to-hand combat. Release Knuckle Joe in this game, and he'll jump towards the enemy nearest to you and unleash his mighty Vulcan Jab, then finish them off with a devastating Smash Punch or Rising Break!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Knuckle Joe once more reprises his role as an assist trophy in this title. He also appears as a spirit in the Adventure Mode.


Artwork from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

In the anime, Knuckle Joe appears in multiple episodes, making his debut in Here Comes the Son. He is a Star Warrior whose father was killed by Meta Knight. Originally he seeks revenge on Meta Knight, chasing after the knight and Kirby, but then becomes an ally to them, even aiding in the final battle against Nightmare. He starts out a purplish color, while his hair and clothing reflect his enemy color scheme from Kirby Super Star, but assumes his usual colors in later episodes.


Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ナックルジョー
Nakkuru Jō
Knuckle Joe
Chinese 格斗家乔 (chs)
格鬥家喬 (cht)
gé dòu jiā qiáo
Fighter Joe