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Sand Canyon - Stage 1

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Sand Canyon - Stage 1
KDL3 Sand Canyon Stage 1 Heart Star.png
Obtaining the Heart Star at the end of Sand Canyon - Stage 1.
Host level Sand Canyon
Stage number 1
Animal Friend(s) Pitch
Mid-Boss(es) No
Heart Star character(s) KDL3 Heart Star Character 11 Sprite.png
Theme music

Clip of the music that plays in Sand Canyon - Stage 1

Stage progression
Ripple Field - Stage 7 Stage 2
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Sand Canyon - Stage 1 is the first stage of Sand Canyon in Kirby's Dream Land 3.


The stage begins on a series of rocky outcroppings. Kirby will encounter flowers and mushrooms along the way, which he may want to be selective in interacting with. The path continues past cliffs and through tight spaces, until reaching a door on the other side.

In the following small area, Kirby will meet Polof. This creature appears nowhere else in the game, and may actually come in handy for something. Kirby could attack it if he wants to, though. In the room after that, Kirby can choose between Rick and Pitch before moving on.

The next room is a winding tunnel with many enemies inset.

From there, another winding tunnel - this one zig-zagging downward. Its slopes are good for rolling stones.

The following path leads out of the tunnels, into some decidedly prehistoric-looking enemies. After a very long trek past hordes of these foes, the stage exit can be reached.

The last room contains a mushroom like the ones in the first room. If it is pleased, it will give Kirby a Heart Star.

Heart Star guide[edit]

Kirby defeats the evil red tulip to receive the mushrooms' gratitude.

In the very first area, Kirby will encounter both red tulips like the ones in Grass Land, and brown mushrooms. Unlike in that stage, Kirby is actually supposed to trample the tulips, but leave the mushrooms untouched. Done correctly, Kirby will receive a Heart Star from another mushroom at the end of the stage.

Enemies and animal friends[edit]

Sprite Name Copy Ability Sprite Name Copy Ability
KDL3 Babut sprite.png Babut None KDL3 Loud Sprite.png Loud None
KDL3 Bouncy Sprite.png Bouncy None KDL3 Oro Sprite.png Oro None
BrontoBurt KDL3.png Bronto Burt None KDL3 Polof Sprite.png Polof None
KDL3 Dogon sprite.png Dogon None KDL3 Propeller sprite.png Propeller None
KDL3 Galbo Sprite.png Galbo Burn KDL3 Pteran Sprite.png Pteran None
KDL3 Gansan Sprite.png Gansan Stone KDL3 Shotzo Sprite.png Shotzo N/A
KDL3 Gordo Sprite.png Gordo N/A KDL3 Sparky Sprite.png Sparky Spark
Sprite Name
KDL3 Pitch Sprite.png Pitch
KDL3 Rick Sprite.png Rick