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Rocky
KSSU Rocky artwork.png
Artwork of Rocky from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
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First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (Kirby Curtain Call)
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby's Dream Buffet (reference)
Copy Ability Stone
Enemy Info Card K64 Enemy Info Card 11.png
Similar entities Giant Rocky, Moundo, Metalun, Big Metalun, Blocky
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"...Hmph! *THUD*"
With a will as hard as...something very hard, this rugged fellow is a real heavy hitter. He slides on water or ice and has an uppercut to end any argument!

— Guest Star Rocky Rock the World Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies

Rocky is a reoccurring enemy throughout the Kirby series, making his debut in Kirby's Adventure and appearing in many of the games released since then. He resembles a walking stone with a pair of flat feet, black eyes and often a corded headband which closely resembles Hammer Kirby's headband. While his colors may vary between appearances, he is most commonly depicted as brown or orange with yellow feet.

Rocky commonly situates himself atop a tall cliff, column, on high blocks, or other high-elevation objects. His position is significant in terms of how he attacks: Rocky uses his high perch as leverage to drop down while Kirby is walking by, in an effort to squish the pink puffball with his weight. In the event that Rocky misses, he will rise, exposing his feet, and slowly walk around. In some of his appearances, if Kirby is on the same level as Rocky, the foe will jump to a location in the air right above Kirby and hesitate a beat before attempting to fall on top of him once more. As Rocky can only fall straight down, however, his attacks can be easily avoided by moving out of the way.

While Rocky is vulnerable to all attacks, defeating him by any means other than inhaling can take a long time in any game that assigns health meters to enemies due to his exceptional hardiness. True to his name and appearance, inhaling Rocky will grant Kirby the Stone Copy Ability. Rocky can also be made into a Helper in Kirby Super Star, Kirby Super Star Ultra and Kirby Star Allies.

Due to his ubiquity and longevity in the series, Rocky has a number of cousin enemies, which are usually bigger and hardier than himself. These include the Mid-Bosses Blocky and Moundo, as well as Giant Rocky from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, and Metalun from Kirby: Squeak Squad.

Game appearances[edit]

Rocky's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Adventure Enemy
Kirby's Dream Course Enemy
Kirby's Dream Land 2 Enemy
Kirby's Block Ball Enemy
Kirby Super Star Enemy and playable character Rocky can be played as when recruited as a Helper.
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Enemy
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Enemy
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Enemy As this is a remake of Kirby's Adventure, his role doesn't change.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Enemy
Kirby: Canvas Curse Enemy
Kirby Super Star Ultra Enemy and playable character As this is a remake of Kirby Super Star, his role doesn't change.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Enemy
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Enemy Appears in New Challenge Stages. Rocky has the exact same role in the ported games included that he appears in.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Enemy
Kirby: Planet Robobot Enemy
Kirby Battle Royale Cameo Appears in the audience for Robo Bonkers and Slam Hockey.
Kirby Star Allies Enemy and playable character Rocky can be played as when recruited as a Friend.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Reference Appears on a Character Treat.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Enemy As this is a remake of Kirby's Return to Dream Land, his role does not change.

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Kirby encountering two Rockies in Kirby's Adventure.

KA Rocky sprite.png Rocky made his debut appearance in Kirby's Adventure and also appears in its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Kirby's Adventure is the source of Rocky's most common look and behavior. He serves as the sole provider of the Stone ability outside of a Mix.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Rocky can be found in the following levels and stages:

Rocky locations in Kirby's Adventure & Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land  
Stage Vegetable Valley Ice Cream Island Butter Building Grape Garden Yogurt Yard Orange Ocean Rainbow Resort
Stage 1 No No Yes No Yes No Yes
Stage 2 No No Yes No No Yes No
Stage 3 No No No No Yes No No
Stage 4 No Yes No No No No No
Stage 5 N/A No No No No No No
Stage 6 N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes No No

Kirby's Dream Course[edit]

KDCRocky.png Rocky makes his second appearance in Kirby's Dream Course as a regular enemy on courses. He does not move, and grants the Stone ability when collided with.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Course, Rocky can be found in the following courses and holes:

Rocky locations in Kirby's Dream Course (Main Game) 
1P Mode
Course Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7 Course 8
Hole 1 No No No No No No Yes No
Hole 2 No No No No No Yes No No
Hole 3 No No No Yes No No No No
Hole 4 No No No No No No No Yes
Hole 5 No No Yes No No No No No
Hole 6 No No No No No No No No
Hole 7 No No No No Yes No Yes No
Hole 8 No No No Yes No No No Yes
2P Mode
Course Whispy Woods Course Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright Course Kracko Course Gordo Course
Hole 1 No No Yes Yes
Hole 2 No No No No
Hole 3 No No No Yes
Hole 4 No No Yes No
Hole 5 No No Yes No
Hole 6 No Yes No Yes
Hole 7 No Yes No No
Hole 8 No No Yes Yes
Rocky locations in Kirby's Dream Course (Extra Game) 
1P Mode
Course Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7 Course 8
Hole 1 No No No No No No No No
Hole 2 No No No No No Yes No Yes
Hole 3 Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes
Hole 4 No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Hole 5 No No Yes No No No No No
Hole 6 No No No Yes No No No No
Hole 7 No No No No No No No No
Hole 8 No No No No No No No No
2P Mode
Course Whispy Woods Course Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright Course Kracko Course Gordo Course
Hole 1 No No No Yes
Hole 2 No Yes No No
Hole 3 Yes No No Yes
Hole 4 No No No No
Hole 5 No Yes No Yes
Hole 6 No No No Yes
Hole 7 No Yes No No
Hole 8 No Yes No No

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

Kirby and Kine encounter a Rocky in the way in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

KDL2 Rocky sprite.png Rocky reappears in Kirby's Dream Land 2. Though his behavior mirrors his appearance in Kirby's Adventure, Rocky now has a rounder shape and his eyes now have sclerae.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 2, Rocky can be found in the following levels and stages:

Rocky locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2  
Stage Grass Land Big Forest Ripple Field Iceberg Red Canyon Cloudy Park Dark Castle
Stage 1 No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Stage 2 No No No Yes No No Yes
Stage 3 No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stage 4 N/A N/A N/A Yes No Yes No
Stage 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes
Stage 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes No
Stage 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

KBBa Rocky sprite.png Rocky appears in Kirby's Block Ball as a common enemy, being introduced in Stage 5. He is worth 1000 points when collided with, and provides Kirby with the Stone ability.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Kirby flies into a blue Rocky in Kirby Super Star Ultra.

KSS Rocky Sprite.png KSSU Rocky Helper sprite.png Rocky returns as an enemy in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. He reuses his look from Kirby's Adventure with the addition of a corded headband, which he keeps in most later games. Unlike many of his previous and subsequent appearances, he is often encountered in a blue hue as an enemy. Additionally, when hit, Rocky appears to fracture for a moment before reconstituting himself. When recruited as a helper, Rocky gains access to all of Stone Kirby's moves, and also gains the Infinity Jump.

Locations[edit]

Rocky can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:

Rocky locations in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens No RoMK Chapter 4 Yes
Float Islands No RoMK Chapter 5 No
Bubbly Clouds Yes RoMK Chapter 6 No
Mt. Dedede Yes RoMK Chapter 7 No
Peanut Plains No Floria No
Mallow Castle No Aquarius No
Cocoa Cave Yes Skyhigh No
Candy Mountain Yes Hotbeat No
Trial Room 1 No Cavius No
Trial Room 2 No Mekkai No
Sub-Tree No Halfmoon No
Crystal No ??? No
Old Tower Yes Purple Plants No
Garden No Illusion Islands Yes
RoMK Chapter 1 No Crash Clouds No
RoMK Chapter 2 Yes The Revenge No
RoMK Chapter 3 No

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

KDL3 Rocky Sprite.png Rocky returns in Kirby's Dream Land 3, bearing largely the same look and behavior from his appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Rocky can be found in the following levels and stages:

Rocky locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3  
Stage Grass Land Ripple Field Sand Canyon Cloudy Park Iceberg
Stage 1 No Yes No No Yes
Stage 2 Yes No No Yes No
Stage 3 Yes No Yes No No
Stage 4 Yes No Yes No No
Stage 5 No Yes Yes No No
Stage 6 Yes Yes No No No

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

Kirby moves past a Rocky prepared to fall on him in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.

K64 Rocky Sprite.png Rocky makes his 3D debut in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards with a greatly simplified appearance, consisting only of a rounded rock with a pair of black eyes and orange feet, bearing a similar appearance to Metalun. He typically waits at a high altitude for Kirby to approach, and then tucks his feet in to start rolling off the edge of his precipice, hoping to fall swiftly onto Kirby. From there, he will try to walk back and forth slowly. Unlike in most other games, Rocky is comparatively rare in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, due to the fact that many other enemies in the game also provide the Stone ability.

Rocky also makes an appearance on the 11th Enemy Info Card.

Locations[edit]

Rocky can be found in the following levels and stages:

Rocky locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards  
Stage Pop Star Rock Star Aqua Star Neo Star Shiver Star Ripple Star Dark Star
Stage 1 No No No No No No No
Stage 2 No Yes No Yes 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

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

Missile Kirby flying by a Rocky in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.

KNiDL Rocky sprite.png Rocky appears in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, looking and functioning exactly as he did in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Additionally, Droppy can take on his likeness after it obtains the Stone Copy Ability from Kirby. This game also features a larger variant of Rocky, fittingly named Giant Rocky.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Rocky may be found in all areas of the Mirror World, except for Carrot Castle, Radish Ruins, and inside the mirror at the end.

Rocky locations in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror  
Rainbow Route Moonlight Mansion Cabbage Cavern Mustard Mountain Carrot Castle Olive Ocean Peppermint Palace Radish Ruins Candy Constellation Dimension Mirror
No
No
No

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

KCC Rocky sprite.png Rocky appears in Kirby: Canvas Curse, sporting his usual look and behavior. He waddles along the ground slowly, and will try to leap over and then fall on Kirby to attack.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Rocky appears in the following locations:

Rocky locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse  
Reddy Land Arange Gorge Iello Adventure Neo Greo Bloo Hills Omarine Zone Wonder Lilane
No
No
Yes
All stages
No

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

In Kirby Mass Attack, Rocky cameos in the Sub-Game Kirby Curtain Call, as one of the many enemies and other objects cluttering the stage on each round. He does not appear in the main game or in any of its other Sub-Games.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Kirby braces himself against three Rockies about to fall on him in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Rocky reappears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe. He returns in 3D with his more common look from Kirby Super Star. Like Stone Kirby, Rocky is capable of sliding down slopes. Notably, along with him is a larger Mid-Boss variant called Moundo. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Rocky's appearance is based on his model from Kirby Star Allies.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Rocky can be found in the following levels and stages:

Rocky locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
Cookie Country No No No No No N/A
Raisin Ruins No Yes Yes No No N/A
Onion Ocean No No No No No N/A
White Wafers No Yes Yes Yes No No
Nutty Noon No No Yes No No No
Egg Engines No Yes No No Yes No
Dangerous Dinner No No Yes N/A N/A N/A

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

In addition to most of the games featured in this collection, Rocky also appears as an enemy in New Challenge Stages, taking his appearance from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

KTD Rocky.png
Screenshot of a Rocky from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Rocky appears in both Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, bearing a similar look and behavior to his appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, he also appears as a randomly-obtained keychain, reusing his walking sprite from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Rocky can be found in the following levels and stages:

Rocky locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No No No N/A Yes N/A N/A
Old Odyssey Yes Yes Yes No No N/A No N/A
Wild World Yes No No No No N/A Yes N/A
Endless Explosions No Yes No No No N/A No N/A
Royal Road Yes No No No No N/A No No

In Kirby: Planet Robobot Rocky can be found in the following levels and stages:

Rocky locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Patched Plains No Yes No No N/A Yes N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A
Overload Ocean Yes No No No No N/A No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds Yes Yes No No No N/A Yes N/A
Rhythm Route No No Yes No Yes N/A Yes N/A
Access Ark No No No Yes Yes N/A No Yes

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

In Kirby Battle Royale, Rocky does not appear as an enemy, but does make cameo appearances in the audience for Robo Bonkers and Slam Hockey.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Pause screen artwork of an allied Rocky from Kirby Star Allies

Rocky returns in Kirby Star Allies physically and behaviorally unchanged from the previous modern games. He can be made into a Friend, and gains all of Stone Kirby's abilities along with the Infinity Jump, much like in Kirby Super Star. Rocky is also able to use the Curling, Geokinesis, and Rock Painter Friend Abilities.

Rocky also gains his own adventure in Guest Star Rocky: Rock the World, and is selectable in The Ultimate Choice.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, Rocky can be found in the following levels and stages:

Rocky locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon Yes
Donut Dome Yes Planet Misteen No
Honey Hill No Mareen Moon No
Fruity Forest No Planet Caverna No
Clash at Castle Dedede No Grott Moon No
Extra Eclair No Planet Frostak No
Friendly Field No Blizzno Moon No
Reef Resort No Planet Towara No
Echo's Edge Yes Gabbel Moon No
Nature's Navel Yes Star Lavadom Yes
Sacred Square Yes Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands No Jambandra Base Yes
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus Yes
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α No
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor Yes Extra Planet γ No
Western Outer Wall No Extra Planet δ Yes
Inner Sanctum No Ability Planet Yes
Heavenly Hall No Dimension I No
Sector A No Dimension II Yes
Sector B Yes Dimension III Yes
Sector C Yes Dimension IV No
Planet Earthfall No

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Rocky appears on the Friend Circle Character Treat along with Wester, Waddle Doo, and Kirby.

Trivia[edit]

  • When recruited as a Helper or otherwise playable, Rocky consistently has more health than most other playable characters.
  • Despite being a relatively passive helper, Rocky is used in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! for the world record 100% speedrun of Kirby Star Allies (individual Guest Star speedruns tend to be dominated by The Three Mage-Sisters instead, but they are not initially available to play as when unlocking the mode).

Gallery[edit]

Main article: Rocky/gallery

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロッキー
Rokkī
Rocky
Chinese 硬石
yìng shí
Hard/Solid Rock
Dutch Rocky -
French Choiroc Portmanteau of "choir" (to fall) and "roc" (rock)
German Feinstein Fine Stone; likely a pun on Einstein
Italian Rocky -
Korean 록키
Rogki
Rocky
Spanish Pedroso From "pedregoso" (rocky)