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Rainbow Run

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Kirby taking part in one of the Special Courses in Rainbow Run; taking on the Time Trial.

Rainbow Run is one of the four modes in Kirby: Canvas Curse. Within it, Kirby competes for medals by entering Time Trials and Line Trials. Time trials require Kirby to reach the end of the given room in a limited amount of time, while line trials require Kirby to get to the end of the room by using the least amount of ink possible. It features seven levels and a Special Course, which is not found in the storyline and replaces The World of Drawcia. Stages are selected by spinning the wheel and opting for any of the seven levels. From the hub screen, any hex shaped icon can be tapped to view high scores or open the option for the two trials pertaining to that stage. In each stage of the seven levels, there are two designated rooms from the level in the storyline. The Special Course has its stages focus on the Copy Abilities: Stone, Wheel, Missile, and Balloon. Unlike time and line trials, there is a Course A and a Course B for each ability, both of which have a line and a time challenge. The stages in the levels can be played in Rainbow Run once they are unlocked in the storyline, while stages in the Special Course must be unlocked by swapping medals.

Each course of Rainbow Run offers six medals awarded upon completion of the stage requirements. The Time Trials will offer medals for three different time goals. Completing the course in the time of the lowest for a medal award will automatically grant all three medals. The other three medals for the course are unlocked in the Line Trial, which instead of the time goal, rewards based on the amount of ink left. As with Time Trial, all three medals will be awarded if the top condition is met. Most stages have enemies which will empower Kirby with their respective Copy Ability. Although some are helpful to meeting the challenges of the goal, few are detrimental. The courses can be played with any unlocked character. The Waddle Dee ball, for example, may be considered more advantageous for not having to pick up and discard an unwanted ability, and the high dash speed of the Meta Knight ball is extremely helpful for meeting the time goals in most Time Trials (though its lower health requires the expenditure of more ink for defense in Line Trials).

Time Trial[edit]

Screenshot of the Time Trial UI.

Time Trial stages consist of one room from each of the Main Game level's stages. The objective in this mode of Rainbow Run is to race through the course to reach the exit door as quickly as possible. This mode can be selected by tapping the green box labeled as Time Trial in the Rainbow Run hub screen. Previously earned medals (if any) are visible in this hub for ease in finding which stages to play for further medal unlocking. The Best Scores are also saved, and the game has no set time limit. Depletion of Kirby's health will end the game, and no food or health replenishing items can be found in the stage.

Line Trial[edit]

Screenshot of Line Trial UI.

As with Time Trial, Line Trial offers rooms from each of the Main Game levels. Most of the stages in the two trials are different rooms from one another. The top screen replaces the clock with a large ink bottle. The rainbow colored ink bottle drains slightly with each Rainbow Line drawn. The objective is to reach the goal and exit the stage using as little ink as possible. To maximize efficiencies of the lines drawn, many of the devices and Copy Abilities offered in a stage can be manipulated. Especially useful are elevators, cannons, cranes, inclined surfaces, or anything that will send the character ball skywards. Some Copy Abilities, such as Burning (to cross chasms), can be used to satisfy a need for a line. By taking advantage of these strategies, less ink will be used, resulting in a higher score and potentially a medal reward.

Reward Conditions[edit]

Courses and Goals
Level Stage Time Trial Goals Line Trial Goals Level Stage Time Trial Goals Line Trial Goals
Reddy Land Plant Plain
0:15:00
0350 ml
Omarine Zone Collapse Castle
1:15:00
0650 ml
0:17:00
0250 ml
1:33:00
0100 ml
0:19:00
0150 ml
1:48:00
0040 ml
Tiny Town
0:35:00
0150 ml
Volatile Volcano
0:32:00
0350 ml
0:45:00
0100 ml
0:38:00
0250 ml
0:50:00
0050 ml
0:45:00
0150 ml
Ravine Road
0:33:00
0250 ml
Silent Seabed
1:17:00
0500 ml
0:45:00
0200 ml
1:45:00
0300 ml
1:00:00
0150 ml
2:00:00
0100 ml
Arange Gorge Ghost Grounds
1:00:00
1000 ml
Wonder Lilane Frozen Fantasy
1:30:00
3000 ml
1:20:00
0600 ml
2:30:00
1300 ml
1:40:00
0200 ml
3:00:00
0001ml
Growth Grasses
0:36:00
0290 ml
Mad Mechanism
1:00:00
1300 ml
0:43:00
0230 ml
1:35:00
0600 ml
0:50:00
0100 ml
1:50:00
0001ml
Mag Mount
0:24:00
0450 ml
Spectacle Space
1:25:00
1600 ml
0:32:00
0300 ml
1:50:00
0700 ml
0:37:00
0200 ml
2:00:00
0200 ml
Iello Adventure Rift Ruin
0:27:00
0550 ml
Stone Courses Stone A
0:55:00
1600 ml
0:33:00
0250 ml
1:15:00
0700 ml
0:35:00
0100 ml
1:30:00
0200 ml
Contrast Cave
0:37:00
0300 ml
Stone B
1:27:00
2000 ml
0:40:00
0200 ml
2:00:00
1000 ml
0:44:00
0050 ml
2:30:00
0200 ml
Silver Submarine
1:10:00
0250 ml
Wheel Courses Wheel A
0:38:00
0400 ml
1:30:00
0200 ml
0:42:00
0150 ml
1:40:00
0001 ml
0:50:00
0001ml
Neo Greo Machine Mansion
0:31:00
0360 ml
Wheel B
0:45:00
0800 ml
0:40:00
0250 ml
0:52:00
0500 ml
0:46:00
0100 ml
1:00:00
0200 ml
Dreamy Darkness
0:50:00
0300 ml
Missile Courses Missile A
1:08:00
0600 ml
0:57:00
0150 ml
1:20:00
0400 ml
1:07:00
0100 ml
1:30:00
0200 ml
Paletto Polis
0:45:00
1450 ml
Missile B
0:53:00
0500 ml
0:55:00
0500 ml
1:06:00
0400 ml
1:10:00
0001 ml
1:18:00
0200 ml
Bloo Hills Cold Course
1:30:00
0300 ml
Balloon Courses Balloon A
0:50:00
0900 ml
1:46:00
0130 ml
1:05:00
0500 ml
2:06:00
0040 ml
1:15:00
0200 ml
Dungeon Dome
1:40:00
0350 ml
Balloon B
0:55:00
0800 ml
2:00:00
0250 ml
1:45:00
0300 ml
2:24:00
0150 ml
3:00:00
0100 ml
Canvas Canyon
0:34:00
0550 ml
Note: Special Courses only allow the Kirby ball. All special courses are unlocked via Medal Swap.
0:42:00
0100 ml
0:50:00
0050 ml

Flavor text[edit]

Time Trial[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
Kirby Canvas Curse box art.png Kirby: Canvas Curse Dash to the goal! Fast as you can!

Line Trial[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
Kirby Canvas Curse box art.png Kirby: Canvas Curse Less drawing, higher score!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レインボートライアル
Reinbōtoraiaru
Rainbow Trial
European French Course irisée Iridescent run
German Rainbow-Rennen Rainbow-Race
Italian Corsabaleno Combination of "Corsa" (Run) and "Arcobaleno" (Rainbow)
European Spanish Retos Iris Iris Challenges