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Artwork of Needle Kirby from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
First game Kirby's Adventure
Latest game Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Air Ride
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Type(s) Unlimited uses
Obtained from Boten, Bukiset, Captain Stitch, Ghost Knight, Kacti, Needlous, Pichikuri, Punc, Spikey, Tick, Togezo
Power(s) Surrounding Kirby with spikes and performing needle-based attacks.
Comparable to Spark, Freeze
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Needle is a Copy Ability, making its debut in Kirby's Adventure. It can be obtained by inhaling a Needle Bukiset, a Togezo, or a Needlous. After its initial appearance, Needle has made several appearances throughout the series, but it has not been seen since Triple Deluxe.

Game Appearances[edit]

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Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

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Needle makes it debut appearance in Kirby's Adventure. Kirby surrounds himself with needles, hurting any enemy that is too close to him. If Kirby is falling, the spikes hit enemies from below.

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Needle reappears in the remake. There, Kirby is colored yellow, and he wears a pink-colored cap filled with golden needles.

Kirby's Dream Course[edit]

Needle returns in Kirby's Dream Course, where it functions similar to the Stone ability. When used, Needle causes Kirby to stop moving if he is touching the ground, even when on a slope. The ability is obtained from Togezo.

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

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Needle reappears in Kirby's Dream Land 2. Kirby acquires this ability from Captain Stitch and Spikey. By itself, this ability performs similar to the one in Kirby's Adventure.

When on an Animal Friend, however, Kirby can perform a variation of the ability. When Coo is carrying him, Kirby can extend the needles below him. If Kine holds him, he can have Kine extend spikes around his body. If Rick carries Kirby, Rick can have his back covered in spikes.

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

Needle appears in this game, obtainable from Spikey or an Ability Swap item. When Kirby has this ability, he can flare up in spikes, temporarily halting his movement (though not altering his course) when doing so. This can be used to break certain blocks and deal increased damage to bosses, though its most unique use comes with its ability to re-attach Kirby to a paddle when he uses it near one. Once attached, Kirby can be served as if he was starting a new ball or entering the area, granting much more control over where Kirby goes.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

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Needle makes another appearance in the sequel Kirby's Dream Land 3. It functions similarly to its previous appearance. New Animal Friends, though, create more Needle-related abilities with Kirby or Gooey.

If Nago holds Kirby with the Needle ability, Kirby can shoot pink spikes that can harm the enemy. If Chuchu is riding on Kirby with the Needle ability, Chuchu can shoot needles from her back. If Pitch is being used, Pitch can fly in a straight line, defeating any enemy he pecks.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, there are combos such as the following:

  • Needle-Bomb: Transforms into a Gordo, then blows the Spikes out (similar to Captain Stitch from Kirby's Dream Land 2 and 3.).
  • Needle-Stone: Makes a giant drill.
  • Needle-Needle: Several larger spiked objects appear, giving Kirby a larger range for his attack. A few of these objects are a cactus, a pencil, a nail and a fork.
  • Needle-Ice: Turns Kirby into a snowflake. Pressing down the attack button increases the size and range of the Snowflake.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

Needle returns as an usable Copy Ability in Kirby Air Ride. Kirby can receive this ability if he swallows a Pichikuri or if he touches a Needle Copy Ability Panel. If Kirby charges with the Needle ability, Kirby's spikes extends, hurting any opponent or enemy that is nearby, similar to the Ice ability in that game.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

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Needle is one of the few Copy Abilities that make an appearance in Kirby: Canvas Curse. If the player taps Kirby, Kirby turns yellow and spikes protrude from him. He can ride the drawn lines and stick to walls, defeating enemies that touch him. Kirby can receive this ability from Needlous and Tick.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

Kirby uses the Mega Needle in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Needle makes a prominent return in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Kirby can receive it by inhaling Needlous, Tick, and Togekuki, but in Togekuki's case, the head has to be the only part showing. Compared to its appearances in previous games, Kirby has more attacks at his disposal when using the Needle ability. Needle, however, still has less attacks than other abilities in the game.

Needle moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Needle Attack
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Needle Burst
Waggle Wii D-Pad.png during Needle Attack
Rolling Needle
Dash + Wii 1 Button.png
Mega Needle
Wii D-Pad Up.png + Wii 1 Button.png

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Needle appears again in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. The ability has had a few changes: the Rolling Needle attack was removed (most likely due to its similarity to the Wheel ability), and a new move was added.

Needle moveset in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Needle Attack
Wall Stick
Touch a wall during Needle Attack
Needle Burst
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Mega Needle
Wii D-Pad Up.png + B
Falling Spine
Dash + B

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

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The Needle ability appears as one of the many trophies in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Needle Kirby reappears as a collectible trophy.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Needle Kirby in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
First episode Flower Power
Last episode Sweet and Sour Puss
Other episode(s) Here Comes the Son and Sheepwrecked
Obtained from Inhaling needles
Power(s) Curling up into a spiked ball, shooting guided needles
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Needle is an occasional recurring copy ability in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. When Kirby acquires this ability, he gains several powers, many of which are not present in the video games. Needle Kirby is able to roll up into a ball, fling his needles out as missiles, and then guide them through the air as they slice through his opponents. Unlike in the games, Needle Kirby is not readily able to replenish his needles once using them, and often loses this ability quickly.


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
Kirby's Adventure Box.jpg Kirby's Adventure Lots of needles, just like a porcupine's, come out of Kirby! It's a great defense!
Kirby NiDL box art.jpg Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Hands off! Here: pointy spikes! There: pokey spikes!
Kirby Canvas Curse box art.png Kirby: Canvas Curse Spike anything! Ride rainbows!
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Prick your foes with a thorny jab! Really stick it to 'em! Roll from a dash to bring the pain with a Rolling Needle!
TD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe Cover yourself in pointy needles to poke your enemies and attach to walls! You can also poke needles into the ceiling and floor!

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears in Description
Needle Kirby - NES: Kirby's Adventure
DS: Kirby: Canvas Curse
A Kirby ability made when Kirby inhales a spiked enemy. When attacking, the needles on Needle Kirby's body extend, giving him a porcupine-like look. This ability provides both offensive and defensive measures against nearby enemies. Plus, needles which extend on Kirby's underside when jumping eliminate any threats on landing.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears in Description
Needle Kirby - NES: Kirby's Adventure
3DS: Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby normally looks as tasty as a big ol' marshmallow, but he's significantly less appetizing when he's copied the Needle ability. Those pokey spikes won't add any flavor at all. With this ability, Kirby can bash into enemies or launch the spikes at them. A great, easy-to-use ability!





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ニードル
Dutch Stekel Spine
French Aiguille Needle
German Igel Hedgehog
Italian Spino Thorn
Russian Игла
Spanish Erizo Hedgehog