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Nruff and Nelly
KDL2 Nruff and Nelly artwork.png
Artwork of Nruff and Nelly from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
First game Kirby's Dream Land 2 (1995)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, as a Character Treat)
Other game(s) Kirby: Triple Deluxe (keychain)
Similar to Nruff, Lololo & Lalala, Pon & Con, Goldon & Silvox
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This article is about the boss from Kirby's Dream Land 2. For Nruff as a common enemy, see Nruff.

KDL2 Nruff and Nelly sprite.png Nruff and Nelly (also referred to as Nruff & Nelly) are the bosses of Big Forest in Kirby's Dream Land 2, appearing in Stage 4. Nruff is the main enemy, having the appearance of a large woolly boar with distended ears, tusks and a monochrome brown coat. Nelly is a smaller boar who looks largely the same, but has its ears tucked in and has white stripes across its back. Several Nellys accompany Nruff in their boss fight, and will keep reappearing until Nruff is defeated.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

A portion of the Nruff and Nelly fight in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

In a similar manner to Lololo & Lalala and even more-so Pon & Con, Nruff and its Nellys are fought in a room with three ledges, randomly spawning on one of the latter either from the left or right side of the screen and proceeding to the opposite side. Unlike Lololo & Lalala, Nruff will sometimes jump in order to switch ledges, as well as stopping on occasion to throw bombs at Kirby. As Nruff — like other bosses — cannot be inhaled, the pink hero must use the smaller Nellys, which are worth 200 points when destroyed or 100 when inhaled, for ammunition or attack it with a Copy Ability in order to reduce its health.

Once half of its health is gone, Nruff's paths will become less predictable and its bomb-throwing attacks more frequent. It will also attempt to confuse Kirby on occasion. Once Nruff is defeated, Kirby is awarded 15000 points and gains access to Ripple Field.

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After completing the boss fight, Kirby can re-enter the stage to participate in a game with the Nellys instead of re-fighting them. In this game, Kirby must collect small stars that move out of the holes while avoiding the Nellys.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Nruff & Nelly appear as a randomly-appearing Keychain, depicting their sprites from Kirby's Dream Land 2.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Nruff & Nelly appear on a Character Treat, which depicts their sprites from Kirby's Dream Land 2.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Nruff and Nelly
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Screenshot of Nruff and Nelly in the anime.
First episode Beware: Whispy Woods!
Main role Minor characters
Similar characters Pon & Con
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Nruff and Nelly make a minor appearance in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Nruff and Nelly live in the Eastern Forest, deep within Acore's roots. They first appear in a nature montage in the episode Beware: Whispy Woods!, though they play no role in the plot, and do not interact with the other characters.

Nruff and Nelly make a more substantial appearance in the episode War of the Woods, where they help the other animals defend Acore from King Dedede and the storm that threatens to topple Acore over. Unlike some of the other animals, they do not speak. They attack their opponents by charging at them and knocking them away.

Nruff and Nelly make a few other minor appearances in the show, though they are seldom seen outside of the woods.


  • On the official Kirby JP Twitter feed, an illustration was posted for Mother's Day which features Nruff and Nelly in the upper-left corner. The image strongly implies that Nruff is the mother of the Nellys.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヌラフ&ネリー
Nurafu & Nerī
Nruff & Nelly
Traditional Chinese 突進野豬&奈利
Tūjìn yězhū & Nài lì
Dashing boar & Nelly
Simplified Chinese 突进野猪&奈利
Tūjìn yězhū & Nài lì
Dutch Nruff & Nelly -
French Nruff & Nelly -
German Nruff & Nelly -
Italian Nruff & Nelly -
Korean 느라프&넬리
Nruff & Nelly
Portuguese Nruff e Nelly Nruff & Nelly
Spanish Nruff y Nelly Nruff and Nelly