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Scarfy
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Artwork from Nightmare in Dream Land
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First game Kirby's Dream Land
Latest game Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Other game(s) Kirby's Adventure
Kirby's Pinball Land
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Air Ride
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Kirby Star Allies
Copy Ability Crash (if the Copy ability is used)
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Scarfy is a common and recurring enemy in the Kirby series, being found in nearly every game. It resembles a usually orange, floating catlike head with pointed ears, two small, black eyes, bright cheeks and a mouth. It typically transforms into a brown, cycloptic version of itself with sharp teeth when angered, known as Angry Scarfy[1]. They behave like the Mumbies do.

Game appearances

Kirby's Dream Land

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In-game sprites of a normal and angry Scarfy.

Scarfies debut in the first installment of the series, Kirby's Dream Land, where their official artwork shows them to be a pinkish hue and possess red cheeks. Here, they are encountered only in Bubbly Clouds and the section of Mt. Dedede devoted to it. Scarfies slowly float up and down in one place until Kirby attempts to inhale them, at which point they transform into their cycloptic form and begin to chase him and eventually explode. Defeating them likewise causes them to detonate, harming Kirby if he gets caught in their blast. Many Scarfies are initially hidden, but quickly fly into view once Kirby gets near them.


Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Scarfies reappear in Kirby's Adventure and its remake, Nightmare in Dream Land. Although the original Nintendo Entertainment System game portrays them in the same way as the previous game, including using the same artwork, its Game Boy Advance remake makes use of the enemy's more recent, orange design.

Here, Scarfies act very similarly to their original appearance. Scarfies that are initially exposed are much more frequent in these games, while those that are hidden usually move onto the same height as Kirby when they reveal themselves. Due to the introduction of Copy Abilities, they can often be destroyed without being given the chance to transform. Unlike in the previous game, they do not create a harmful explosion when beaten, simply popping like most other enemies instead.

Locations

Scarfy can be found in the following levels and stages:

Scarfy 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
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Kirby's Pinball Land

Scarfy appears in the lowermost board of Kracko Land. Here, it must be bumped into six times (for 450 points each bump) to result in it splitting into three smaller Scarfies. From here, if Kirby bumps into one of the small Scarfies, he will briefly take its place (and earn 120 points) before the other two push him away. If Kirby had taken the place of the top Scarfy, he will be pushed up into the middle board.

Kirby's Dream Land 2

Scarfies return in Kirby's Dream Land 2, using the same sprite as in the first game and lacking official artwork. They first appear in Big Forest and behave identically to their original incarnation, apart from the fact that they always appear in plain view. When Kirby destroys a Scarfy, he is awarded 1000 points, the third highest amount of points he can receive from any enemy in the game.

One particular Scarfy found in the first stage of Big Forest acts as a Mid-Boss, although it possesses the same behavior as a regular Scarfy and can be defeated in the same way. It guards a bag containing Coo; once the Scarfy is destroyed, the owl is freed.

Locations

Scarfy can be found in the following levels and stages:

Scarfy locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2  
Stage Grass Land Big Forest Ripple Field Iceberg Red Canyon Cloudy Park Dark Castle
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Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

In Kirby Super Star and its remake, Scarfies are found in various stages, retaining their behavior from before. Due to the introduction of a health point system for enemies, not every attack defeats them instantly anymore. Any attack that fails to destroy a Scarfy (including certain Copy Abilities, exhaling air at it and simply touching it) instead angers it, causing it to transform and chase Kirby.

These games also include a rarer variety of Scarfy, which assumes its alternate look and follows Kirby whenever he turns his back to it, but stops and turns back into its initial form when he faces it, in a similar manner as the Boo enemies of the Mario series.

In the Milky Way Wishes stage, where many enemies receive different colorations, Scarfies can be either purple or yellow. Using Copy on any form of Scarfy grants Kirby the Crash ability.

Scarfies in these titles can be inhaled under a special condition - after being tossed by the Wing ability, and they yield the Crash ability in this way too.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

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In-game sprites.

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Scarfies bear a light pink coloration not unlike their original design, but retain the bright cheeks from Kirby Super Star. Their transformed form also possesses a more pinkish or red shape than in other appearances of the enemy. Scarfies usually behave the same in this game as in its predecessor, but a few specimens found mainly in later levels slowly follow Kirby instead of remaining in one place, even without being angered.

Apart from their immunity to be inhaled, Scarfies are vulnerable to any attack and do not create a harmful explosion upon their destruction. Although it is possible to harm a Scarfy without immediately beating it by jumping into it from below, this does not cause it to transform. Unlike Kirby, Rick is able to eat Scarfies without causing them to transform.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

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In-game models.

In The Crystal Shards, Scarfies revert to their orange design, but still turn red rather than brown when angered. In this game, they are first encountered in the first stage of Rock Star and act differently from most of their other appearances; like certain Scarfies in Kirby Super Star, they remain still when Kirby is looking at them, but transform into their angry form and follow Kirby while his back is turned to them. After following the pink hero for a while, they explode, causing damage to him if he is in their blast radius.

As in their other appearances, Scarfies cannot be inhaled; trying to do so causes them to permanently become mad, no matter whether or not Kirby is facing them. Like other enemies in the game that do not yield a Copy Ability, Scarfies do not respawn once destroyed.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad

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In-game sprite.

As Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad take many of its graphics directly from Nightmare in Dream Land, Scarfies are likewise depicted in the same way in these games. Although they behave just like their appearance in Kirby's Adventure, the presence of a health system makes it possible to harm a Scarfy without defeating it; like in Kirby Super Star, doing so causes it to transform. As the Scarfies in these games have the same amount of health as a Waddle Dee, however, most attacks destroy them instantly.

When possessed by Ghost Kirby, Scarfy can be made to turn angry when B is pressed, though this only makes it move faster, and it reverts after a few seconds. It can attack only by collision.

Locations

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Scarfy can be found in every major area of the Mirror World.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Scarfy can be found in the following levels and stages:

Scarfy locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad  
Stage Prism Plains Nature Notch Cushy Cloud Jam Jungle Vocal Volcano Ice Island Secret Sea Gamble Galaxy
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land

In-game images of Hunter Scarfy in its docile (top) and angry (bottom) forms in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
In-game images of Hunter Scarfy in its docile (top) and angry (bottom) forms in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
In-game images of Hunter Scarfy in its docile (top) and angry (bottom) forms in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Scarfy once again appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. They come in two primary varieties, differentiated by their color. The regular orange ones behave as they have for the series up to this point. The red ones, however, are a new type known as Hunter Scarfies. These Scarfies lie in wait in various places that contain Keys, and are passive until Kirby or one of his friends picks the key up. They then turn hostile and chase that Key holder with surprising speed, giving up the chase only if the key is dropped or used. In this case, their actions resemble Phantos from the Mario series.

Similar enemies also exist throughout the game, to replace Scarfy and match the surroundings, that have similar behavior to Scarfies, such as Mumbies (who pursue Kirby when the latter is not looking) and Degouts (who behave the same but are more powerful).

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Scarfies and their hunter variant return in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, with their form and function identical to their appearance in Return to Dream Land.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Scarfy appears in this installment, along with some cybernetic varieties. It acts similarly to how it did in Triple Deluxe.

Kirby Star Allies

In Kirby Star Allies, Scarfies cannot be sucked into the Friend Super-Vac or the Black Hole of Marx and Magolor. The Black Hole will damage them instead.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Scarfy appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Trophy description

"Creatures with cute, catlike faces that float through the sky in a playful, gentle manner. Try to inhale them, however, and Scarfies take to the offensive in a new, scary form. They can't be inhaled and eventually explode on their own. This is one enemy that you should probably attack as little as possible. That's right—let sleeping Scarfies lie."

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Scarfy appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Trophy description

"He looks almost as cute as Kirby himself, lazily floating in the air... but you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. If you try to inhale him, Scarfy will instantly turn into a terrifying, one-eyed monster before ruthlessly chasing you down and exploding! In Return to Dream Land, some kinds of Scarfy only chase you if you're holding a key." - American English version

"He looks almost as cute as Kirby himself, lazily floating in the air... but you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Try to inhale him, and Scarfy will instantly turn into a terrifying one-eyed monster, ruthlessly chase you down and explode! In Kirby's Adventure Wii, some kinds of Scarfy only chase you if you're holding a key." - British English version

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Scarfy (artwork from Kirby Super Star) appears as a Primary Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (★ Novice, Shield-type, 1 slot, Skill: none), which can be enhanced into Angry Scarfy (artwork from Kirby Air Ride, ★★ Advanced, Shield-type, 1 slot, Skill: Unflinching Charged Smashes).

Trivia

  • Since Scarfies are catlike creatures, they appear along with other catlike characters in the Japanese Cat Day illustration on the official Twitter.

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Names in other languages

Scarfy

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スカーフィ
Sukāfi
Scarfy
Chinese 尖耳怪[1]
jīan ěr guài
Pointy-Ears Monster
French Scarfy -
German Scarfy -
Italian Scarfy -
Spanish Scarfy -


Angry Scarfy

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 怒りのスカーフィ[1]
Ikari no Sukāfi
Angry Scarfy
Traditional Chinese 憤怒的尖耳怪[1]
fèn nù de jīan ěr guài
Angry Pointy-Ears Monster
Simplified Chinese 愤怒的尖耳怪[1]
fèn nù de jīan ěr guài

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