- This article is about the tomato that Kirby eats at the beginning of Kirby's Epic Yarn, and should not be confused with a Maxim Tomato or Metamortex.
|Apparently, that strange Metamato gave Kirby the power to seamlessly transform into a car and...who knows what else?|
— Kirby's Epic Yarn opening story
The Metamato is a magical tomato made of yarn which can be seen in the opening cut-scene of Kirby's Epic Yarn. There only appears to be one of them, and it originally belonged to Yin-Yarn the sorcerer. In the opening cut-scene of the game, Kirby encounters the Metamato sitting on top of a bush while strolling through Dream Land. Confusing it as a Maxim Tomato, Kirby begins to inhale, intent on eating it. As it turns out, Yin-Yarn was holding onto the Metamato the whole time, and presumably had been using it as bait for Kirby, but underestimated the pink puffball's powerful inhale. Kirby pulls the yarn fruit right off of Yin-Yarn's hat and eats it, prompting the upset sorcerer to immediately banish him to Patch Land.
As it turns out, the Metamato was imbued with magical powers, as eating it gave Kirby the power to shapeshift his new yarn body while in Patch Land. This allows him to take on a number of Yarn Transformations which are needed to solve puzzles and fight enemies in the game, as Kirby can not inhale while in yarn form. It is unclear why the Metamato gave him these powers, or why Yin-Yarn thought it would be a good idea to use such a powerful item as bait in the first place.
- Kirby's Epic Yarn manual (page 25)
- Kirby's Epic Yarn manual (page 47)