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Knuckle Joe
KSSU Knuckle Joe artwork.png
Artwork of Knuckle Joe from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
First game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other game(s) Kirby's Star Stacker (Super Famicom)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kirby Fighters 2 (reference)
Kirby's Dream Buffet (reference)
Copy Ability Fighter
Voice actor(s) Minami Takayama (Super Smash Bros. series; Japanese)
Alésia Glidewell (Super Smash Bros. series; English)
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This article is about the reoccurring fighting-oriented enemy. For the shark enemy from Kirby's Dream Land 3, see Joe.
Heya, fighter! Go give 'em a knuckle sandwich for me!
— Knuckle Joe about the Fighter Copy Ability in Kirby Battle Royale

Knuckle Joe is an enemy in the Kirby series. Knuckle Joe appears as a humanoid figure with spiky blonde hair, a face closely resembling Kirby's, a bandana around his head, and a pair of pointy ears. Knuckle Joe is a fairly notable character in the Kirby series, receiving a reoccurring 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[edit]

Knuckle Joe's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby Super Star Enemy and playable character Knuckle Joe can be played when recruited as Helper.
Kirby's Star Stacker (Super Famicom) Opponent
Kirby Super Star Ultra Enemy and playable character As this is the remake of Kirby Super Star, his role doesn't change.
Kirby Mass Attack Cameo Appears in the sub-game Kirby Brawlball as one of the many enemies spit out from Marx's Black Hole attack. Uses his enemy palette from Kirby Super Star and its remake.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Enemy
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Enemy Appears in New Challenge Stages. Kirby Super Star is also ported here, where Knuckle Joe has the exact same role.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Enemy
Kirby Fighters Deluxe Reference One of the Rare Outfits is based off him.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Enemy
Kirby Battle Royale NPC
Kirby Star Allies Enemy and playable character Knuckle Joe can be recruited as a friend.
Kirby Fighters 2 Reference One of the Rare Hats is based off him.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Reference Knuckle Joe appears on a Character Treat.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Enemy Same as Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Supporting character Appears as an Assist Trophy.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Supporting character Appears as an Assist Trophy.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Supporting character Appears as an Assist Trophy.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

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Sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Knuckle Joe makes his debut as an enemy in Kirby Super Star as well as its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra. Here, 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 Bandana Waddle Dee.

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. Knuckle Joe also appears on a card in Kirby Card Swipe and as a target in Kirby on the Draw, with the target using his design from the anime.

Knuckle Joe can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:

Knuckle Joe locations in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Spring Breeze Revenge of Meta Knight
Chapter 1 No
Green Greens No Chapter 2 No
Float Islands Yes Chapter 3 Yes
Bubbly Clouds No Chapter 4 No
Mt. Dedede No Chapter 5 Yes
Dyna Blade Chapter 6 Yes
Peanut Plains No Chapter 7 No
Mallow Castle No Milky Way Wishes
Cocoa Cave Yes Floria No
Candy Mountain No Aquarius Yes
Dyna Blade's Nest No Skyhigh No
Trial Room 1 No Hotbeat No
Trial Room 2 No Cavius No
Gourmet Race Mekkai No
Pumpkin Grand No Halfmoon No
Corn Hall No Galactic Nova No
Onion Garden No ??? No
The Great Cave Offensive Revenge of the King
Sub-Tree Yes Purple Plants No
Crystal No Illusion Islands No
Old Tower No Crash Clouds Yes
Garden No Mt. Dedede Sky No
The Revenge No

Kirby's Star Stacker (Super Famicom)[edit]

In the Super Famicom version of Kirby's Star Stacker, Knuckle Joe appears as the fourth opponent in the story mode. When Kirby and his Animal Friends run into him, he punches them all away and challenges them to a fight over the piece of Mr. Star that fell into his possession.

In Knuckle Joe's round, the boards start with the first four rows solidly filled in and a small 3x2 stack placed on the left-hand side, with one pair of each Friend Block nestled in the formation. Knuckle Joe appears to prefer placing his blocks on the left or right sides of his board, only placing them in the middle columns whenever he can cause some stars to be stacked. He is capable of getting rather large combos this way, so Kirby will need to keep on his toes to stay ahead.

After being defeated, Knuckle Joe is bruised and beaten, being carried away by a Waddle Dee in a wheelbarrow while insisting that he needed to train harder.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

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A Knuckle Joe from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.

Knuckle Joe reappears as an enemy that can be swallowed for the Fighter ability, not appearing until White Wafers - Stage 1 and making sporadic appearances throughout. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, he also reprises his role as a target in Kirby on the Draw.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Knuckle Joe can be found in the following levels and stages:

Knuckle Joe locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
Cookie Country No No No No No N/A
Raisin Ruins No No No No No N/A
Onion Ocean No No No No No N/A
White Wafers Yes No No No Yes No
Nutty Noon No No No Yes Yes No
Egg Engines No No No No Yes No
Dangerous Dinner No No Yes N/A N/A N/A

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Knuckle Joe appears as he did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Knuckle Joe can be found in the following levels and stages:

Knuckle Joe locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 (EX) Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields No No No No No No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No No No No Yes N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No Yes No No No No No N/A
Wild World No No No Yes No No No N/A
Endless Explosions No No Yes No Yes No No N/A
Royal Road No Yes No No No No Yes No

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Knuckle Joe appears largely unchanged from his previous appearance.

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Knuckle Joe can be found in the following levels and stages:

Knuckle Joe locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 (EX) Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Patched Plains No No No Yes No No N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No No No No No N/A N/A
Overload Ocean Yes No No No No No No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds Yes No No No No No Yes N/A
Rhythm Route No No No No Yes No No N/A
Access Ark No Yes No No No No Yes No

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

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. An alternate headgear for Fighter Kirby is also based on Knuckle Joe.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Menu artwork of Knuckle Joe in Kirby Star Allies.
“Gonna be the top fighter anywhere!”
He’s eager to prove himself in a legendary tournament and sets off at full speed to find it…wherever it is! He’s up for any battle, no matter how tough!

— Guest Star Knuckle Joe The Contender Pause Screen description 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.

In Kirby Star Allies Knuckle Joe can be found in the following levels and stages:

Knuckle Joe locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Dream Land Far-Flung Starlight Heroes
Planet Earthfall Yes
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon No
Donut Dome No Planet Misteen No
Honey Hill No Mareen Moon No
Fruity Forest No Planet Caverna Yes
Clash at Castle Dedede Yes Grott Moon No
Extra Eclair No Planet Frostak Yes
Planet Popstar Blizzno Moon No
Friendly Field No Planet Towara No
Reef Resort No Gabbel Moon No
Echo's Edge No Star Lavadom No
Nature's Navel Yes Sizzlai Moon Yes
Sacred Square No Jambandra Base Yes
Inside Islands No The Divine Terminus Yes
Duplex Dream No Kirby Star Allies No
Jambastion Extra Planet α No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet β No
Eastern Wall Yes Extra Planet γ No
Longview Corridor No Extra Planet δ No
Western Outer Wall No Ability Planet Yes
Inner Sanctum No Heroes in Another Dimension
Heavenly Hall No Dimension I No
Sector A No Dimension II No
Sector B Yes Dimension III No
Sector C No Dimension IV Yes
Final Dimension No

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

A Rare Hat for Fighter Kirby based on Knuckle Joe appears in Kirby Fighters 2.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Knuckle Joe appears on a Character Treat, depicting his sprite from Kirby Super Star.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

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 other attacks on opponents.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Knuckle Joe reprises his role from the previous game as an Assist Trophy and as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. In the 3DS version, the trophy can be obtained by playing ten hours of the Smash mode. In the Wii U version, the trophy can be obtained by clearing Classic Mode on 9.0 without customizations. His attacks remain the same, however he can now be defeated.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Knuckle Joe once more reprises his role as an Assist Trophy in this title. He also appears as a spirit in World of Light. He cannot appear on the following stages: Midgar, Mute City SNES, Norfair and Suzaku Castle.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Knuckle Joe
KRBaY Knuckle Joe artwork 2.png
Artwork of Knuckle Joe from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
First episode Here Comes the Son
Last episode Fright to the Finish
Main role Supporting character
Relative(s) Unnamed father
Similar characters Sirica
Voice actor(s) Kevin Kolack (English)
Minami Takayama (Japanese)
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Knuckle Joe makes an appearance as a reoccurring character in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, first appearing in the episode Here Comes the Son. He is a young rogue fighter whose father was a Star Warrior slain during the great war against Night Mare Enterprises and its monster armies. Not knowing the true circumstances of his father's death beforehand, he believes a Star Warrior to be responsible for his death, and travels to Dream Land with the help of N.M.E. to hunt down Kirby and Meta Knight. Meta Knight then reveals to Knuckle Joe the true story, but it takes a duel with Kirby for Knuckle Joe to truly come to understand this. After this point, Knuckle Joe becomes an ally to Kirby and Meta Knight, aiding them against some of the stronger monsters sent by N.M.E., most notably the titan Masher.

Knuckle Joe has a very similar physique and appearance to his video game incarnation, but he is portrayed with a different color palette in his first appearance. This color palette is similar to one of his enemy color palettes in Kirby Super Star. After this point, he is portrayed in his more familiar colors. His powers include using many of the attacks associated with the Fighter ability, but he also has the ability to fly and cast electric attacks. In Here Comes the Son, he momentarily transforms into a monstrous version of himself which uses needles to attack, thus granting Kirby the Needle ability to retaliate against him. This needle version of Knuckle Joe is unique to the anime.

In the English dub of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Knuckle Joe is portrayed with a stereotypical "Brooklyn" accent. In particular, he pronounces "er" sounds as "oi", and this is most notable when he says Kirby's name.


The following is a complete list of all of Knuckle Joe's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:

Knuckle Joe's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!  
Episode Image Role Role details Selected quote Notes
Here Comes the Son
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Primary character In this episode, Knuckle Joe arrives in Dream Land by hacking N.M.E.'s Monster Delivery System and teleporting in at Castle Dedede, hoping to find and defeat a certain Star Warrior. He causes a commotion at the castle in the process, but he eventually settles for a more methodical approach when King Dedede tells him that Kirby is the one he is looking for. Knuckle Joe antagonizes the various residents of Cappy Town demanding to know where Kirby is, while Tiff and company try to hide Kirby in the countryside to protect him. However, Knuckle Joe does eventually find Kirby with the help of King Dedede and Escargoon, and Knuckle Joe proceeds to pound Kirby into the dirt repeatedly, growing frustrated over Kirby's unwillingness to fight back. Eventually, Meta Knight steps in and reveals that he is the Star Warrior Knuckle Joe is looking for, and tells him about how the death of Knuckle Joe's father (the reason Joe is out for revenge in the first place) took place, and how it was ultimately eNeMeE's doing.

Knuckle Joe is unable to accept Meta Knight's story, and soon grows enraged at the group's insistence that he is acting like a monster towards Kirby. After trying to best Kirby with his martial arts at first, his anger causes him to transform into a contorted version of himself who shoots needle projectiles at Kirby, and Kirby responds by inhaling these needles and gaining the Needle ability. Kirby then quickly defeats this monster version of Knuckle Joe by headbutting him with his needle cap, causing Joe to revert to his original self and then fall unconscious. When Joe awakes, he realizes what has been happening to him, and makes amends with Kirby and his friends, finally willing to accept Meta Knight's story. He leaves Dream Land the same way he entered, vowing to become a traveling monster hunter.

"I told ya...I'm not a monster." Knuckle Joe sports an unusual purple color palette this episode. Subsequent episodes would show him in his familiar in-game colors.
Monster Management
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Primary character In this episode, Knuckle Joe returns as a new employee of Night Mare Enterprises, having appeared to have betrayed the promise he made to Kirby and co. in his previous appearance. He is shown to have been responsible for unleashing a wave of small monsters on Dream Land, and soon announces that he will step into Dream Land himself to coordinate the monsters and weaken Kirby further. Once this step of the plan is underway, Knuckle Joe then requests that N.M.E. send in their most powerful monster Masher to finish the job, insisting that Kirby will be easy pickings. After a bit of persuasion, the Sales Guy agrees and sends Masher in.

Knuckle Joe and Masher then proceed to corner Kirby out in the wilds and pummel him nearly to death. However, right as Knuckle Joe goes in to seemingly deal the finishing blow, he instead prompts Kirby to swallow his Smash Punch, giving Kirby the Fighter ability and rejuvenating him. Knuckle Joe then reveals his true intentions and teams up with Kirby to destroy Masher, dealing a heavy blow to N.M.E. in the process. Once the dust is settled, Knuckle Joe once again thanks Kirby and co. for their help and departs from Dream Land.

"It took a long time to plan, but it was worth it! I'm a monster hunter now...and I wanted to bag one of the big ones! That meant goin' after Masher!"
Masher 2.0
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Primary character In this episode, Knuckle Joe is forced to escape to Dream Land from an unknown planet after being overwhelmed by N.M.E.'s monsters who had been sent to hunt him down. He arrived badly wounded in the night, and Tiff tries her best to help him recover. However, in the process, Knuckle Joe's locket (given to him by his father) is lost and then stolen by King Dedede and Escargoon, who find a data chip inside containing instructions on how to build a power-amplifying gauntlet. While Knuckle Joe is recuperating and telling Tiff about the upgraded version of Masher N.M.E. has built, King Dedede and Escargoon get to work building the gauntlet, hoping to use its power for themselves. Soon Masher 2.0 arrives in Dream Land and starts tearing the countryside to shreds. Despite knowing that this upgraded version of Masher is nigh-unstoppable, and despite still being injured, Knuckle Joe is honor-bound to try and stop it, and Kirby goes to help.

Kirby and Knuckle Joe do their best against the monster, but they are making little progress. While this is happening, Kirby's friends manage to steal the power gauntlet and the locket back from King Dedede and Escargoon and deliver it to the battlefield, hoping it will help. After a few failed attempts with other power sources, Knuckle Joe realizes that the locket itself is the key to activating the gauntlet, so he and Kirby use it to launch a powerful laser pulse which overpowers Masher 2.0 and destroys it for good. While surveying the aftermath, Knuckle Joe notices the locket in the gauntlet dissipating, and realizes that it has served its purpose. He presumably leaves Dream Land again after the episode ends.

"You may be a good warrior...but you're a lousy driver." (to Kirby after he crashes the Warp Star)
Combat Kirby
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Tertiary character In this episode, Knuckle Joe appears during the Halberd's assault on eNeMeE's Fortress, and uses a commandeered Destroya to swoop in and save the Halberd from being overwhelmed by the fortress's defenses. He is joined in this endeavor by Sirica and some senior Star Warriors in this effort. They continue to fend off eNeMeE's defenses while the Halberd penetrates the fortress' interior. "I took over a Destroya and was hopin' you'd let me join your party!"
Fright to the Finish
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Tertiary character Knuckle Joe continues his role from the previous episode. He warns the Halberd's strike force that some Destroyas slipped their blockade, and these eventually get in and destroy the Halberd, forcing the crew to find another way out. When it is eventually settled to plant explosives inside the fortress and set them to detonate, Knuckle Joe and his companions fly away from the fortress in their Destroyas while the Halberd crew escape via the Monster Delivery System. Knuckle Joe is last seen watching the fortress explode from afar. "I hate to tell ya this, Meta Knight, but I got some bad news for ya! Three Destroyas got through. They're headed your way!"


In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Knuckle Joe
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Knuckle Joe, as he appears in Kirby Clash Team Unite!
First appearance Kirby Clash Team Unite!
Last appearance Kirby: The Dream Onsen is a Good Hot Spring♪
Role Supporting character
Other appearance(s) his video game counterpart
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In the Kirby novel series, Knuckle Joe is a resident of Dream Land.

Volume appearances[edit]

The following is a complete list of every appearance Knuckle Joe has made in the Kirby novel series, along with the role he plays and its details in the plot of each volume:

Knuckle Joe's appearances in the Kirby novel series  
Volume Image Role Role details Notes
Kirby Clash Team Unite! V9 Knuckle Joe Illustration.png Tertiary character
Kirby's Decisive Battle! Battle Royale!! V10 Illustration 11.png Tertiary character In this volume, Knuckle Joe is one of the participants in Dedede's Cake Royale, and he is beaten by the Kirby copies. Not realizing that they are copies, he thinks that Kirby learned to duplicate himself. When he meets Kirby, he wants to start a fight with him. Waddle Dee explains to him the situation and Knuckle Joe drops his guard. At the fight between Kirby and King Dedede, Knuckle Joe wants to help and lets Kirby inhale him after he lost his Copy Ability. After being hit by Dedede, Kirby loses the Copy Ability and Knuckle Joe rolls out. Before Kirby can inhale him again, Dedede knocks Knuckle Joe out of the arena into the stands.
Kirby Star Allies: The Universe is in Trouble?! V12 Illustration 28.png Tertiary character
Kirby: Super Team Kirby's Big Battle! V15 Knuckle Joe Illustration.png Tertiary character
Kirby: Meta Knight and the Knight of Yomi V17 Knuckle Joe Illustration.png Tertiary character In this volume, Knuckle Joe sees Beryl rampaging in Dream Land disguised as Meta Knight, and is attacked when he confronts him. Knuckle Joe seeks out Kirby, asking the latter to protect them. He then offers himself to be inhaled so Fighter Kirby can fight back against the fake Meta Knight.
Kirby: Uproar at the Kirby Café?! V18 Knuckle Joe Illustration.png Tertiary character In this volume, Knuckle Joe joins the staff of the Dedede Café. He works as a bouncer and a waiter.
Kirby: The Mysterious Incident on the Pupupu Train?! V21 Knuckle Joe Illustration.png Tertiary character


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KSA Boxart NA.jpg Kirby Star Allies Guest Star Knuckle Joe:

"Gonna be the top fighter anywhere!"
He’s eager to prove himself in a legendary tournament and sets off at full speed to find it…wherever it is! He’s up for any battle, no matter how tough!

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy description[edit]

Name Image Appears in Description
Knuckle Joe Knuckle Joe Trophy.png SNES Kirby Super Star 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 Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS image Wii U image Appears In American English description British English description
Knuckle Joe
SNES Kirby Super Star 09/1996)
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.


  • In Kirby Star Allies, Knuckle Joe can provide the Sizzle attribute with Giga Force Blast. However, a CPU will not acknowledge this if it needs to light a fuse or provide a Power Effect.


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Quotes from Knuckle Joe in Kirby Battle Royale  
  • "Cool sword you've got there. Hope you're putting it to good use. Spin Slash is fairly unbeatable. Be sure to train every day!"
  • "That pointed hat gives you the Bomb ability! You should use Bomb Dunk if you want to shock your foe!"
  • "Look at that horn on you! The Beetle ability sure looks impressive. Use Rocket Horn to grab foes and Dive to drive them into the ground."
  • "That spear... Did you join the Waddle Dee army or something?! Spears are great for both thrusting and throwing? Get the point?!"
  • "Ah, the Cutter ability! Those slashes sure are satisfying. There's nothing like a good charge session...and a Hyper Cutter!"
  • "Heya, fighter! Go give 'em a knuckle sandwich for me! When you see an opening, use your Giga Force Blast to knock 'em out!"
  • "When you use your Ninja ability, you'll have lots of fierce moves! With those, you can unleash quick attacks for a decisive win."
  • "That whip is cool and all... but the hat is where it's really at. Whip your enemies into shape! Wrap 'em up while you're at it!"
  • "Huh? Carrying a parasol on a nice day like this? I wanna see you pick up your opponents and swing them around!"
  • "A big hammer and a headband. That look really suits you! If you've got a hammer, take a swing! Not at me, though!"
  • "Ha! Are you wearing those glasses to look smart? If I were a doctor, I'd say to get rest and call me in the morning!"
  • "Try the Tornado ability if you want to play cool tricks on your rivals. All that wind will feel mighty nice to you, but not your opponents."
  • "Ice-skating is pretty cool, isn't it?! I just love those spinny jumps! It's fun seeing frozen foes slide to their doom when you throw them!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ナックルジョー
Nakkuru Jō
Knuckle Joe
His name likely derives from the eponymous character of Tomorrow's Joe, a very famous and influential boxing manga.
Traditional Chinese 格鬥家喬
gé dòu jiā qiáo
Wrestler Joe
Simplified Chinese 格斗家乔
gé dòu jiā qiáo
Dutch Knuckle Joe -
French Knuckle Joe -
German Knuckle Joe -
Italian Knuckle Joe -
Korean 넉클 죠
Neokkeul Jyo
Knuckle Joe
Brazilian Portuguese Knuckle Joe
Joe Mãos à Obra[1]
Joe Hands at Work ("Mãos à Obra" is an expression in Portuguese that means "Let's get to work!")
European Portuguese Knuckle Joe[2] -
Spanish Knuckle Joe -