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Needlous

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Needlous
Needlous KCC artwork.png
Artwork of Needlous from Kirby: Canvas Curse.
Details
First game Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (2002)
Latest game Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Other game(s) Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Keychain)
Copy Ability Needle
Similar entities Togezo, Punc
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Needlous is an enemy who has only appeared in four games to date. It first appeared in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, as the replacement for Togezo from Kirby's Adventure, and later appeared in Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the New Challenge Stages of Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition and Kirby and the Forgotten Land. In all games in which it appeared, Needlous gives out the Needle Copy Ability when it is inhaled and swallowed by Kirby.

Characteristics[edit]

Needlous has a caterpillar-like body with yellow and black stripes, similar in some respect to Capiller. It has eight spikes coming out from various places at the top of its body, three on each side of its waist, and two on its back. Needlous attacks by curling itself in a ball and rolling toward Kirby. When it is not attacking, it only moves slowly across the ground.

Game appearances[edit]

Needlous' video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Enemy Replaces Togezo.
Kirby: Canvas Curse Enemy
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Enemy This is Needlous' first 3D appearance.
Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition Enemy Appears in New Challenge Stages.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Reference Appears as a keychain.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land Enemy

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

KNiDL Needlous sprite.png Needlous makes its debut appearance in this title, replacing all instances of Togezo from Kirby's Adventure, though acting much the same as the creature it replaced.

Locations[edit]

Needlous can be found in the following levels and stages:

Needlous locations in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land  
Stage Vegetable Valley Ice Cream Island Butter Building Grape Garden Yogurt Yard Orange Ocean Rainbow Resort
Stage 1 No No No No Yes No No
Stage 2 No Yes Yes No No No No
Stage 3 No No Yes No No No No
Stage 4 Yes No No No No No No
Stage 5 N/A No No No No Yes No
Stage 6 N/A N/A No No No No No

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

KCC Needlous sprite.png Needlous returns in Kirby: Canvas Curse, otherwise being unchanged.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Needlous appears in the following locations:

Needlous locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse  
Reddy Land Arange Gorge Iello Adventure Neo Greo Bloo Hills Omarine Zone Wonder Lilane
No
No
No
No
No
No

Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition[edit]

Needlous in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Needlous returns in 3D, otherwise being unchanged.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Needlous can be found in the following levels and stages:

Needlous locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Cookie Country No Yes No No No
Raisin Ruins No No No No No
Onion Ocean No No No Yes N/A
White Wafers Yes No Yes No No
Nutty Noon No No Yes No No
Egg Engines No No No No No
Dangerous Dinner No No No N/A N/A

In Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, Needlous appears in New Challenge Stages, with its only appearances being in the Smash Combat Chamber and Magolor Race EX stages.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Needlous makes a cameo in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, appearing as a keychain, using its sprite from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Needlous using its roll attack in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

Needlous returns as an enemy in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. When Kirby approaches, Needlous rolls up into a ball and starts rolling around very quickly. It can either roll in a circular pattern or roll straight, bouncing off of walls in a mirror-like trajectory. Needlous once again grants Needle when swallowed.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Needlous appears in the following stages:

Needlous locations in Kirby and the Forgotten Land  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Point of Arrival No The Tropical Terror No An Unexpected Beast King No The Beast Pack's Final Stand Yes
Downtown Grassland No Welcome to Wondaria Yes The Wastes Where Life Began Yes In the Presence of the King No
Through the Tunnel No Circuit Speedway Yes Searching the Oasis No Lab Discovera No
Rocky Rollin' Road No Invasion at the House of Horrors Yes Alivel Mall (Staff Side) Yes Forgo Plains Yes
A Trip to Alivel Mall Yes The Wondaria Dream Parade Yes Moonlight Canyon No Forgo Bay Yes
The Brawl at the Mall No Danger under the Big Top No Collector in the Sleepless Valley No Forgo Park No
Abandoned Beach Yes Northeast Frost Street No Enter the Fiery Forbidden Lands Yes Forgo Horns Yes
Concrete Isles No Metro on Ice Yes Conquer the Inferno Road No Forgo Wasteland Yes
Scale the Cement Summit Yes Windy, Freezing Seas Yes Burning, Churning Power Plant Yes Forgo Zone Yes
Fast-Flowing Waterworks Yes The Battle of Blizzard Bridge Yes Gathering of the Beast Council No Forgo Land No

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ニードラス
Nīdorasu
From nīdoru (ニードル), meaning "needle".
Chinese 针虫
Zhēnchóng
Needle Worm
French Épinon From Épine, meaning "thorn"
German Nadiline From Nadel, meaning "needle".
Italian Agus From Ago, meaning "needle"
Korean 니들러스
Nideulleoseu
Needlous
Spanish Pintxo From pincho, meaning "spike"