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.
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|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
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.
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|
- 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.
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