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KDL3 Mariel artwork.png
Artwork of Mariel from Kirby's Dream Land 3
First game Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)
Latest game Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Copy Ability None
Enemy Info Card K64 Enemy Info Card 31.png
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Mariel is a black orb-shaped spider-like enemy that appears in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. When at rest, it appears as nothing more than a black circle on the ground, but as soon as it is disturbed, Mariel reveal its four long spindly legs, opens its two tiny white dot eyes, and begins to walk around. Mariel is not safe for Kirby or Gooey to ingest, as doing so results in them taking damage. Instead, it should be taken out using some other attack.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

A Mariel at rest can be spotted in the upper-left in this image from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
KDL3 Mariel sprite.png
In-game sprite from Kirby's Dream Land 3.

Mariel makes its first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 3, debuting in the sixth stage of Grass Land. In this game, it can sometimes be found resting directly in front of doors, making it hard to see due to its black color. This tendency to hide in doorways and its general appearance makes Mariel similar in some ways to the enemy Nidoo from the same game.


In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Mariel can be found in the following levels and stages:

Mariel locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3  
Stage Grass Land Ripple Field Sand Canyon Cloudy Park Iceberg
Stage 1 No No No Yes No
Stage 2 No No Yes No No
Stage 3 No No No No No
Stage 4 No No Yes Yes No
Stage 5 No No No No Yes
Stage 6 Yes No No No No

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

K64 Mariel Sprite.png Mariel reappears in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Here, Mariel looks and behaves similarly to its first appearance, though its body is now much rougher in appearance, giving it the impression of being fuzzy. When it is at rest, it looks similar to the enemy Bo from the same game, but Mariel's aforementioned fuzziness is the main distinguishing feature.

Mariel appears on the 31st Enemy Info Card. In addition, Adeleine paints a Mariel as her third minion during the battle with her while she is possessed by Dark Matter.


In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Mariel can be found in the following levels and stages:

Mariel locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards  
Stage Pop Star Rock Star Aqua Star Neo Star Shiver Star Ripple Star Dark Star
Stage 1 No No No No No No No
Stage 2 No No No Yes No No N/A
Stage 3 No Yes No Yes No Yes N/A
Stage 4 N/A No No No No N/A N/A


  • Mariel could be a reference to Matarael, the 9th Angel from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Their appearances are similar concept-wise (spiders with bizarrely huge legs) and both utilize poison/acid in some way. In addition, Mariel's Japanese name (マリエル Marieru) is one character shy from Matarael's (マトリエル Matorieru).
  • The credits illustrations for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards give the impression that Mariel's natural predator is the frog-like enemy Glom. This suggests that Glom has some sort of resistance to Mariel's poison.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリエル