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Artwork of Punc from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
First game Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Copy Ability Needle
Enemy Info Card K64 Enemy Info Card 39.png
Similar entities Togezo, Needlous
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Punc is a recurring enemy in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. It appears as a spherical, black creature with two small, white eyes and two elongated, orange feet. Atop its head, it wears a green helmet, consisting of three sections, each with a thick, yellow spike protruding out from it.

First encountered in the first stage of Pop Star, Puncs wander back and forth, occasionally turning around, without posing much of a threat. When Kirby gets too close to them, however, they pull the sections of their helmet around themselves, effectively curling up into a green and black ball, and begin rolling left and right within a set area, moving at a slightly faster pace than their walking speed. After a few seconds, they return to normal, but continue to repeat the process regularly as long as Kirby stays within their range.

Even while curled up, Puncs are vulnerable to any attack. Inhaling and swallowing them grants Kirby the Needle ability.


Punc can be found in the following levels and stages:

Punc locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards  
Stage Pop Star Rock Star Aqua Star Neo Star Shiver Star Ripple Star Dark Star
Stage 1 Yes Yes No No No Yes No
Stage 2 Yes No No No No No N/A
Stage 3 No No No Yes No Yes N/A
Stage 4 N/A No No No No N/A N/A


  • Punc's name is most likely from an abbreviation of "puncture".
  • If Kirby holds a Punc above his head and tosses it, it curls up into a ball while flying. This is a solely visual effect, however, and does not influence the enemy's behavior when thrown.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダンゴ
Short for「団子虫ダンゴムシ」(dangomushi, pillbug)