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KRtDLD Sand.png
Artwork of Sand Kirby from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
First game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Usage type Unlimited use
Obtained from Sandran
Similar to Leaf, Tornado, Whip
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This article is about the Copy Ability. For other uses of Sand, see Sand (disambiguation).
Sand can be shifted into all kinds of shapes. Form a fist to smash and grab, then finish your foes by sculpting a sudden sandcastle!
— Pause screen flavor text for Sand from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe

Sand is a Copy Ability that debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe as an addition to the base game, making its first appearance along with Mecha. With this ability, Kirby gains a crown made of sand atop a tiara with pyramid-like decals on it, similar to other elemental Copy Ability hats like Fire, Water, and Spark.

Using the Sand ability, Kirby can throw sand waves at enemies, create dust devils, produce a damaging sandcastle, and even grab items from afar, similar to Whip. This ability also has a unique guard similar to Leaf where Kirby hides in sand.

Sand is exclusively provided by Sandran,[1] a new enemy in the remake.


Sand moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Move Controls Details Damage
Sand Wave Tap B/Y Kirby throws a damaging spray of sand forward. 12
Sand Burst B/Y after Sand Wave Kirby throws another spray of sand in a more upward direction. 12
Sand Kick ← + B/Y after Sand Wave Kirby kicks up a spray of sand behind himself. 16
Sand Grab Press and hold B/Y, then release Kirby throws out an arm made of sand that can grab enemies or items from afar. 36
Sand Toss Sand Grab + B/Y Kirby tosses what he has grabbed diagonally upward, launching them quite far. 36 (thrown enemy, contact)
Sand Smasher ↓ + tap B/Y Kirby conjures a sand fist above himself and slams it in an arc in front until it hits the ground.
Can pound stakes and break metal blocks.
22 (main hit, shockwave)
Golem Smasher ↓ + press and hold B/Y, then release Kirby attacks with a larger fist made of sand, slamming it into the ground.
Kirby can turn around before releasing this attack. Can pound stakes and break metal blocks.
48 (main hit), 60 (shockwaves)
Sand Storm ↑ + tap B/Y Kirby generates a dust devil above himself, dealing multi-hit damage. 7 per hit
Sand Hurricane ↑ + hold B/Y Kirby conjures a bigger dust devil around himself, holding it for a while until releasing it in a big whirlwind. 12 (initial hits), 24 (final hit)
Sand Dash Dash + B/Y Kirby slides forward as he conjures a spray of sand. 12
Sand Ball ↓ + B/Y in midair Kirby throws a ball of sand straight down, bursting upon impact. 16 (ball), 24 (shockwave)
Sand Hide L/R Kirby hides in a pile of sand, becoming intangible. N/A
Reveal Release L/R while using Sand Hide Kirby emerges from his pile of sand, damaging any nearby foes. 12
Sand Geyser B/Y during Sand Hide Kirby flies upward in a whirlwind of sand, carrying any enemies caught in the motion up with him.
Pressing ↑ + B/Y right after Sand Geyser will allow Kirby to use Sand Hurricane immediately.
Sandcastle ↓, then ↑ + B/Y Kirby creates a large sandcastle in front of himself, knocking away enemies caught in its formation.
If formed in the air, the sandcastle will fall and hit any enemies in its path.
10 (initial hits), 24 (finished sandcastle)


  • Sand is Yutaka Watanabe's favorite Copy Ability in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.[2]



Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Sand

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サンド
Chinese 沙子
Dutch Zand Sand
French Sable Sand
German Sand -
Italian Sabbia Sand
Korean 샌드
Polish Piasek[3] Sand
Portuguese Areia Sand
Russian Песок[4]
Spanish Arena Sand