|“||The Skullys used to hide in darkness. That is, until Necrodeus got his magic staff. Then the Skullys changed.||”|
— Daroach, in Kirby Mass Attack
Skully is an enemy in Kirby Mass Attack. They are members of the Skull Gang and they are skulls floating in a purple haze. In the Skull Key dimension, they float around and try to kidnap the Kirbys. According to Daroach, they used to live in darkness until Necrodeus got the magic staff. They patrol the Popopo Islands, so whenever the Kirbys go from one island to another, the Skullys attack them until only one Kirby is left, so Kirby has to gather Kirbys again every time he travels between the islands. When the Kirbys defeat Skullord, they stop patrolling the islands and start patrolling Necro Nebula, so until Kirby beats Necrodeus, he is reduced down to one Kirby every time he enters or leaves the Necro Nebula.
In the main Story Mode, Skullys are typically only encountered and fought in the Skull Key dimension. Here, they will gather in a large horde and try to dive at the Kirbys to pull them away. If a Kirby is grabbed, the remaining Kirbys need to slam the apprehending Skully to free its captive before the poor Kirby is carried out off the top of the screen and destroyed. Defeating a Skully confers 300 points onto the player. In these encounters, there will always be a special red Skully that carries the treasure chest which the Skull Key fits. Defeating this Skully rewards the player with 500 points and ends the battle early, allowing the Kirbys to obtain the treasure inside the chest and return to the regular stage. It is not until later stages of Volcano Valley when Skullys can be found patrolling outside of these dimensions.
Skully can be found in the following levels and stages in Kirby Mass Attack:
|Skully locations in Kirby Mass Attack|
|Stage||Green Grounds||Sandy Canyon||Dedede Resort||Volcano Valley||Necro Nebula|
- Skully appears as a Keychain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- Skully appears as a Sticker in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
- Skully appears as a Character Treat in Kirby's Dream Buffet, using their sprite from Kirby Mass Attack.
- According to Daroach, the Skullys felt comfortable in Volcano Valley, because the smoke protected them from the sun. They caused the eruptions and infestations of ghosts.
Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet
Halloween 2019 illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter, featuring Taranza wearing a Skully mask
Names in other languages
|Derivation of「髑髏」(dokuro, skull)|
tóu gǔ er
tóu gǔ er
|French||Crânolo||From "crâne" (skull) and Italian diminutive suffix "-olo"|
|German||Schädli||A clipping of "Schädel" (skull)|
|Italian||Spriteschio||Combination of "spirito" (spirit) and "teschio" (skull)|
|From "해골" (haegol, skull) and "~이" (-i, a Korean noun-forming suffix)|
|Portuguese||Crânico||From "crânio" (skull) and Portuguese adjective-forming suffix "-ico"|
|Spanish||Kráneo||Pun on "cráneo" (skull)|