Nruff and Nelly
- This article is about the boss from Kirby's Dream Land 2. For Nruff as a common enemy, see Nruff.
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.
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.
- Main article: Bonus Chance
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
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
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!
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.
Pixel Nruff & Nelly Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet
New Year's Day 2019 illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Nruff and Nelly
Names in other languages
Nurafu & Nerī
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