Nruff

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Nruff
KRtDLNruff.png
In-game render of Nruff from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
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First game Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)
Latest game Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Other game(s) Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Copy Ability None
Enemy Info Card K64 Enemy Info Card 66.png
Similar entities Nruff and Nelly, Grizzo
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This article is about Nruff as a common enemy. For its appearance as a boss, see Nruff and Nelly.

Nruff is a recurring enemy throughout the Kirby series, debuting as a regular enemy in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and in 3-D in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Its appearance is similar to that of a brown boar, usually portrayed in games without tusks and with perpetually closed eyes. Its fur sticks out in spikes behind it, giving it an appearance similar to the spines of a porcupine, and it possesses stripes on its back that are lighter in color than the rest of its body. It does not grant a Copy Ability in any games.

Nruff originally appeared as a boss alongside smaller Nellys in Kirby's Dream Land 2, though this Nruff has a somewhat different appearance. Aside from its major appearances, Nruff is also seen making a cameo as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

DL3 Nruff Sprite.png In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Nruff appears as a common enemy rather than a boss and has assumed its tusk-less, striped appearance. The enemy version of Nruff, which is first encountered in the third stage of Grass Land and last seen in the game's final regular stage, attacks simply by galloping back and forth, only turning around when it slams into wall, causing the screen to shake a little. Nruff & Waddle Dees can sometimes be found, variants that are essentially Nruffs with Waddle Dee riding on top of it, much like how Poppy Bros. Jr.s are able to ride Grizzos in the original Kirby's Dream Land; once such a Nruff collides with an obstacle, however, its rider is thrown off and briefly left unconscious on the floor.

Although Nruffs can be inhaled in this game (besides being vulnerable to all other attacks), swallowing them does not grant Kirby an ability. Nruffs with riders disappear when scrolled off the screen after their rider is defeated and do not respawn unless Kirby leaves the section and enters it again.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Nruff can be found in the following levels and stages:

Nruff locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3  
Stage Grass Land Ripple Field Sand Canyon Cloudy Park Iceberg
Stage 1 Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Yescheck.png Xmark.png
Stage 2 Yescheck.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Yescheck.png
Stage 3 Yescheck.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png
Stage 4 Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Yescheck.png
Stage 5 Yescheck.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png
Stage 6 Xmark.png Yescheck.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Yescheck.png

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

K64 Nruff Sprite.png Nruff reappears as a regular enemy in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, acting similarly to its previous appearance, but never being used as a steed by other enemies. Nruff appears on Enemy Info Card #66.

Locations[edit]

Nruff can be found in the following levels and stages:

Nruff locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards  
Stage Pop Star Rock Star Aqua Star Neo Star Shiver Star Ripple Star Dark Star
Stage 1 Xmark.png Xmark.png Yescheck.png Xmark.png Yescheck.png Xmark.png Xmark.png
Stage 2 Xmark.png Yescheck.png Yescheck.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png N/A
Stage 3 Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Yescheck.png N/A
Stage 4 N/A Yescheck.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png N/A N/A

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

Nruffs reappear as a regular enemy in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, where they have undergone major changes in appearance. While otherwise keeping a similar look to their Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards incarnation, Nruffs now possess bulbous, red noses and much longer ears than before, as well as trading in their spiky fur for a short, spike-shaped tail. The direction of the stripes on the creature's back has also changed, now running from top to bottom instead of parallel to its body.

Nruffs are first encountered in Raisin Ruins and are often found stampeding down or up hills, raising dust behind them and making small jumps whenever they reach an edge, which can enable them to cross narrow pits. Just like in Kirby's Dream Land 3, they may occasionally carry a Waddle Dee on their back, which is treated as a separate enemy and catapulted off when its mount collides with a wall or is harmed by Kirby or his allies. Like in previous games featuring them as regular enemies, Nruffs are once more vulnerable to any attack and award no ability when swallowed.

Locations[edit]

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

Nruff locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Cookie Country Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png
Raisin Ruins Yescheck.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png
Onion Ocean Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png N/A
White Wafers Yescheck.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Yescheck.png Xmark.png
Nutty Noon Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png
Egg Engines Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png
Dangerous Dinner Xmark.png Xmark.png Xmark.png N/A N/A

Kirby's Blowout Blast[edit]

Nruff makes an appearance as a common enemy in this game. It acts similarly to Grizzo, charging Kirby slowly at first, but gradually gaining speed until it hits him or he dispatches it. If it makes contact with another Nruff or wall, it will be stunned.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Nruff in Kirby Star Allies

In Kirby Star Allies, Nruffs act and appear the same as in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies Nruff can be found in the following levels and stages:

Nruff locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens Xmark.png Falluna Moon Xmark.png
Donut Dome Xmark.png Planet Misteen Xmark.png
Honey Hill Yescheck.png Mareen Moon Xmark.png
Fruity Forest Yescheck.png Planet Caverna Xmark.png
Clash at Castle Dedede Yescheck.png Grott Moon Xmark.png
Extra Eclair Yescheck.png Planet Frostak Yescheck.png
Friendly Field Xmark.png Blizzno Moon Yescheck.png
Reef Resort Xmark.png Planet Towara Xmark.png
Echo's Edge Xmark.png Gabbel Moon Xmark.png
Nature's Navel Xmark.png Star Lavadom Xmark.png
Sacred Square Xmark.png Sizzlai Moon Xmark.png
Inside Islands Yescheck.png Jambandra Base Xmark.png
Duplex Dream Xmark.png The Divine Terminus Xmark.png
Gatehouse Road Xmark.png Extra Planet α Xmark.png
Eastern Wall Xmark.png Extra Planet β Xmark.png
Longview Corridor Xmark.png Extra Planet γ Xmark.png
Western Outer Wall Xmark.png Extra Planet δ Xmark.png
Inner Sanctum Xmark.png Ability Planet Xmark.png
Heavenly Hall Xmark.png Dimension I Yescheck.png
Sector A Xmark.png Dimension II Xmark.png
Sector B Xmark.png Dimension III Yescheck.png
Sector C Xmark.png Dimension IV Xmark.png
Planet Earthfall Xmark.png

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヌラフ
Nurafu
Nruff
German Nruff Nruff