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Artwork from Nightmare in Dream Land
Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land
Latest Game Kirby Star Allies
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
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 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.

Game appearances

Kirby's Dream Land

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 and begin to chase him and eventually explode. Defeating them likewise causes them to detonate, harming Kirby if he gets caught in the 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.

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.

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

In Kirby Super Star and its remake, Scarfies are found in various stages. 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.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

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

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 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

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In-game sprite.

As Kirby & The Amazing Mirror takes many of its graphics directly from Nightmare in Dream Land, Scarfies are likewise depicted in the same way in this game. Although they behave just like 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 this game have the same amount of health as a Waddle Dee, however, most attacks destroy them instantly.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

A Hunter Scarfy on the chase in Dangerous Dinner.

Scarfy once again appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. They come in two primary varieties, differentiated by 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, these Scarfies' 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 not looking) and Degouts (who behave the same but are more powerful).

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Scarfy and its hunter variant return in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, with its form and function identical to its 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.

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."


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スカーフィ
French Scarfy -
German Scarfy -
Italian Scarfy -
Spanish Scarfy -