Nruff

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Nruff
KRtDLNruff.png
Model 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 Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages)
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 No No No Yes No
Stage 2 Yes No No No Yes
Stage 3 Yes No No No No
Stage 4 No No No No Yes
Stage 5 Yes No No No No
Stage 6 No Yes No No Yes

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 No No Yes No Yes No No
Stage 2 No Yes Yes No No No N/A
Stage 3 No No No No No Yes N/A
Stage 4 N/A Yes No No No 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 No No No No No
Raisin Ruins Yes No No No No
Onion Ocean No No No No N/A
White Wafers Yes No No Yes No
Nutty Noon No No No No No
Egg Engines No No No No No
Dangerous Dinner No No No 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 No Falluna Moon No
Donut Dome No Planet Misteen No
Honey Hill Yes Mareen Moon No
Fruity Forest Yes Planet Caverna No
Clash at Castle Dedede Yes Grott Moon No
Extra Eclair Yes Planet Frostak Yes
Friendly Field No Blizzno Moon Yes
Reef Resort No Planet Towara No
Echo's Edge No Gabbel Moon No
Nature's Navel No Star Lavadom No
Sacred Square No Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands Yes Jambandra Base No
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α No
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor No Extra Planet γ No
Western Outer Wall No Extra Planet δ No
Inner Sanctum No Ability Planet No
Heavenly Hall No Dimension I Yes
Sector A No Dimension II No
Sector B No Dimension III Yes
Sector C No Dimension IV No
Planet Earthfall No

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヌラフ
Nurafu
Nruff
German Nruff -
Korean 느라프
Neurapeu
Nruff