|Hands off! Here: pointy spikes! There: pokey spikes!|
— Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land pause caption
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.
- 1 Game Appearances
- 1.1 Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
- 1.2 Kirby's Dream Course
- 1.3 Kirby's Dream Land 2
- 1.4 Kirby's Block Ball
- 1.5 Kirby's Dream Land 3
- 1.6 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- 1.7 Kirby Air Ride
- 1.8 Kirby: Canvas Curse
- 1.9 Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- 1.10 Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- 1.11 Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- 1.12 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- 2 In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- 3 Gallery
- 4 Names in other languages
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Needle reappears in the remake. There, Kirby is colored yellow, and he wears a cap filled with golden needles.
Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Dream Land 2
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
|Press the B button just before the ball hits the paddle, then re-launch the ball.|
— Kirby's Block Ball North American instruction booklet
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
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
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
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
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
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|
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!|
— Pause caption from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
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|
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The Needle ability appears as one of the many trophies in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
"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." Appearances: (Kirby's Adventure, Kirby: Canvas Curse)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Needle Kirby reappears as a collectible trophy.
"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!" Appearances: (Kirby's Adventure, Kirby: Triple Deluxe)
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Needle has been given a few appearances in the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. It has appeared in episodes 18, 19, 43, and 55. In the anime, Kirby does not stay motionless as in the games. Instead, he can fire needle missiles, which he can direct at enemies. The needles, however, do not always respawn after they are shot.
Needle's icon in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
Needle's Copy Ability Panel from Kirby Air Ride.
Needle's icons from Kirby: Canvas Curse
Names in other languages
|Kirby Air Ride|
|Air Ride courses||Fantasy Meadows • Celestial Valley • Sky Sands • Frozen Hillside • Magma Flows • Machine Passage • Beanstalk Park • Checker Knights • Nebula Belt|
|Top Ride courses||Grass • Sand • Sky • Fire • Light • Water • Metal|
|City Trial Stadiums||Air Glider • Destruction Derby • Drag Race • High Jump • Kirby Melee • Target Flight • Single Race • Vs. King Dedede|
|Copy Abilities||Bomb • Fire • Freeze • Mike • Needle • Plasma • Sleep • Sword • Tornado • Wheel • Wing|
|Air Ride Machines||Warpstar • Compact Star • Winged Star • Shadow Star • Formula Star • Wagon Star • Turbo Star • Jet Star • Slick Star • Swerve Star • Bulk Star • Rocket Star • Flight Warpstar • Free Star • Steer Star • Wheelie Bike • Wheelie Scooter • Rex Wheelie • King Dedede • Meta Knight • Dragoon • Hydra|
|Enemies||Balloon Bomber • Bronto Burt • Broom Hatter • Caller • Cappy • Chilly • Dale • Flappy • Gordo • Heat Phanphan • Noddy • Pichikuri • Plasma Wisp • Scarfy • Sword Knight • Walky • Waddle Dee • Wheelie|
|Game Modes||Air Ride • Top Ride • City Trial|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Playable Characters||Kirby ・Meta Knight ・Bandana Waddle Dee ・King Dedede|
|Levels||Planet Popstar||Cookie Country ・Raisin Ruins ・Onion Ocean ・White Wafers ・Nutty Noon|
|Halcandra||Egg Engines ・Dangerous Dinner|
|Bosses||Whispy Woods ・Mr. Dooter ・Fatty Puffer ・Goriath ・Grand Doomer ・Metal General ・HR-D3 (Extra Mode only) ・Landia ・Lor Starcutter ・Magolor ・Magolor Soul|
|True Arena only||Galacta Knight|
|Mid-Bosses||Sphere Doomer ・Gigant Edge ・Bonkers ・Water Galboros ・King Doo ・Kibble Blade ・Moundo ・Super Bonkers ・Dubior|
|Copy Abilities||Standard||Beam ・Bomb ・Cutter ・Fighter ・Fire ・Hammer ・Hi-Jump ・Ice ・Leaf ・Needle ・Ninja ・Parasol ・Spark ・Spear ・Stone ・Sword ・Tornado ・Water ・Wing ・Whip|
|Limited Use||Crash ・Mike ・Sleep|
|Super||Flare Beam ・Grand Hammer ・Monster Flame ・Snow Bowl ・Ultra Sword|
|Enemies||Standard||Armor Dee ・Babut ・Barbar ・Barracu ・Blade Knight ・Blipper ・Bouncy ・Bouncy Sis ・Bowby ・Bronto Burt ・Broom Hatter ・Bulby ・Cappy ・Carry Dee ・Cerulean ・ Clayn ・Chilly ・ Coconut ・Coldtzo ・Como ・Craby ・Degout ・Doomer ・Elec ・Flamer ・Foley ・ Galbo ・Gemra ・Gigatzo ・Glunk ・Gordo ・Halcandle Dee ・Hot Head ・Iron Barbar ・Jackle ・Kabu ・Knuckle Joe ・Lanzer ・Leafan ・Moonja ・Mopoo ・Mumbies ・Needlous ・Noddy ・Nruff ・Owgulf ・Pacloud ・Pacto ・Parasol Waddle Dee ・Parasol Waddle Doo ・Pierce ・Pluid ・Poppy Bros. Jr. ・Puppet Waddle Dee ・Rocky ・Rope Waddle Dee ・Rope Waddle Doo ・Scarfy ・Searches ・Sheld ・Shotzo ・Sir Kibble ・ Snowl ・Sodory ・Sparky ・Squishy ・Starman ・Super Blade Knight ・Super Chilly ・Super Hot Head ・Super Waddle Doo ・Tick ・Togekuki ・Twister ・Volttzo ・Waddle Dee ・Waddle Doo ・Walf ・Wapod ・Water Galbo ・Whippy|
|Super Ability-Specific||Bomb Machine ・Burner Box ・Drill Machine ・Giant Flotzo ・Merman Statue ・Moai Block ・Strike Box|
|Sub-Games||Ninja Dojo ・Scope Shot ・The Arena ・The True Arena|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|Playable Characters||Kirby ・King Dedede|
|Levels||Fine Fields ・Lollipop Land ・Old Odyssey ・Wild World ・Endless Explosions ・Royal Road ・Eternal Dreamland|
|Bosses||All Gamemodes||Flowery Woods ・Paintra ・Kracko ・Coily Rattler ・Pyribbit ・Queen Sectonia|
|Story Mode specific||Masked Dedede ・Queen Sectonia|
|Dededetour! specific||Shadow Dedede ・Dark Meta Knight|
|True Arena only||Soul of Sectonia|
|Mid-Bosses||Regular Mid-Bosses||Mr. Frosty ・Gigant Edge ・Bonkers ・Flame Galboros ・Blocky ・Grand Wheelie ・Hornhead|
|Hypernova Mid-Bosses||Waddle Dee Steel Fortress ・Winged Eggers ・Gigant Chicks ・Mowlee Bros. ・King Fuwa Rover|
|Copy Abilities||Standard||Archer ・Beam ・Beetle ・Bell ・Bomb ・Circus ・Cutter ・Fighter ・Fire ・Hammer ・Ice ・Leaf ・Needle ・Ninja ・Parasol ・Spark ・Spear ・Stone ・Sword ・Wing ・Wheel ・Whip|
|Limited Use||Crash ・Mike ・Sleep|
|Enemies||Standard||Antler ・ Barbar ・ Beetley ・ Birdon ・ Blade Knight ・ Blipper ・ Bronto Burt ・Broom Hatter ・ Burner Guardian ・ Cappy ・ Chilly ・ Chip ・ Clown Acrobot ・ Como ・ Craby ・ Degout ・ Dekabu ・ Flamer ・ Foley ・ Fuwa Rover ・ Ghost Book ・ Ghost Dish ・ Ghost Gordo ・ Gigatzo ・ Glunk ・ Gordo ・ Grandy ・ Grizzo ・ Horror Tramp ・ Hot Head ・ Kabu ・Key Dee ・ Knuckle Joe ・ Lanzer ・ Leafan ・ Mamanti ・ Moonja ・ Mumbies ・ Nidoo ・ Noddy ・ Pacflower ・ Pacto ・ Parasol Waddle Dee ・ Parasol Waddle Doo ・ Pierce ・ Poppy Bros. Jr. ・ Ringle ・ Rocky ・ Rope Waddle Dee ・ Rope Waddle Doo ・ Scarfy ・ Searches ・ Sheld ・ Shotzo ・ Sir Kibble ・ Soarar ・ Sparky ・ Springy Hand ・ Spynum ・Squishy ・ Tick ・ Waddle Dee ・ Waddle Doo ・ Wheelie ・ Whippy ・ Woodcutter Waddle Dee|
|Hypernova||Ace Fuwa Rover ・ Big Missile ・ Cannon Tower ・ Land Barbar ・ Lollipop Tank ・ Pipe Worm ・ Waddle Dee Train|
|Sub-games only||Bomber ・ Bouncy ・ Sodory ・ Starman|
|Sub-Games||Kirby Fighters ・ Dedede's Drum Dash ・ Dededetour! ・ The Arena ・ The True Arena|