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Artwork of Skully from Kirby Mass Attack.
First game Kirby Mass Attack (2011)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby: Triple Deluxe (keychain)
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This article is about the enemy from Kirby Mass Attack, and should not be confused with Skuller.
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 also appears in the Strato Patrol EOS minigame. It appears holding kidnapped Kirbys and shooting it is how Kirby gathers more friends in this Sub-Game.


Skullys typically appear in alternate spooky areas that the Kirbys are warped to whenever they pick up a Skull Key.

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
Stage 1 No No No Yes No
Stage 2 No No No No No
Stage 3 No Yes No No No
Stage 4 No No No Yes No
Stage 5 No No Yes Yes N/A
Stage 6 Yes No Yes No N/A
Stage 7 No Yes No No N/A
Stage 8 Yes No No No N/A
Stage 9 No Yes No Yes N/A
Stage 10 No No Yes No N/A
Stage 11 N/A No No Yes N/A
Boss Stage No No No No No

Other appearances[edit]


  • 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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドクロン
Derivation of「髑髏ドクロ」(dokuro, skull)
Traditional Chinese 頭骨兒
tóu gǔ er
Simplified Chinese 头骨儿
tóu gǔ er
Dutch Skully -
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)
Korean 해골이
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)