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Artwork of multiple characters piggybacking on each other

Piggyback is the act of riding on the back of an ally. Kirby can do this with his friends in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby Star Allies and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe. While riding Piggyback, the character riding cannot perform any action other than dismounting, and will generally not hamper the abilities of the character being ridden (unless, in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, they try to squeeze into a tight space, wherein the rider will be forced to jump off). However, if Kirby rides Piggyback on a CPU-controlled friend, he can take direct control of that friend, and use all the abilities pertaining to said friend (except for Friend Abilities which require holding up on the Control Stick/+Control Pad).

A character who is riding Piggyback can be ridden in turn by another character, stacking up to four friends high. In this case, only the character on the bottom will be able to perform standard moves. If all stacked characters are controlled by human players, however, it is possible to perform a Team Attack, where all friends attack at once.

To activate a piggyback, either the rider must go behind the carrier and both players must hold the guard button or one player should hold down while in mid-air above another character to mount, and to dismount, the rider must hold up on the Control Stick/+Control Pad.



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Ruiterzit Piggyback
French À cheval On horse
German Huckepack Piggyback
Italian Cavalluccio Piggyback
Portuguese Garupa Piggyback
Spanish Llevar a cuestas Riding piggyback