|“||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 sandblasts at his opponents, create dust devils, make a sandcastle appear to attack opponents, 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 moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe|
|Sand Wave||Tap B/Y||Kirby throws a spray of sand forward at his foes.|
|Sand Burst||B/Y after Sand Wave||Kirby throws another spray of sand in a more upward direction.|
|Sand Kick||← + B/Y after Sand Wave||Kirby kicks up a spray of sand behind himself.|
|Sand Grab||Press and hold B/Y, then release||Kirby throws out an arm made of sand to grab enemies or items from afar.|
|Sand Toss||Sand Grab + B/Y||Kirby tosses his held opponent diagonally upward, launching them quite far.|
|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.
|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.
|Sand Storm||↑ + tap B/Y||Kirby throws a dust devil above himself.|
|Sand Hurricane||↑ + hold B/Y||Kirby conjures a whirling dust devil around himself, holding it for a while until releasing it in a big whirlwind.|
|Sand Dash||Dash + B/Y||Kirby slides forward on a spray of sand.|
|Sand Ball||↓ + B/Y in midair||Kirby throws a ball of sand straight down, which travels until it hits something.|
|Sand Hide||L/R||Kirby hides in a pile of sand to avoid damage.|
|Reveal||Release L/R while using Sand Hide||Kirby emerges from his pile of sand, damaging any nearby foes.|
|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.
Sand Kirby attacking Water Galboros using the Golem Smasher attack
Sand Kirby using the Sand Grab move to grab a 1-Up
Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Sand
Names in other languages
- Nintendo DREAM May 2023 interview (translation)
- Nintendo Polska - Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (archive.today snapshot)