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Spear

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Spear
KRtDLD Spear.png
Artwork of Spear Kirby from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Details
First game Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other game(s) Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Battle Royale
Usage type Unlimited uses
Obtained from Pierce, Lanzer
Power(s) Attacks involving use of a spear.
Similar to Sword, Staff
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That spear... Did you join the Waddle Dee army or something?! Spears are great for both thrusting and throwing? Get the point?!
— Knuckle Joe's comment in Kirby Battle Royale

Spear is a Copy Ability which debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land that grants Kirby a sturdy spear to jab his enemies with. Using the spear, Kirby can easily strike enemies and objects at a safe distance, as well as through walls. Spear is exceptionally useful underwater, allowing Kirby to strike in all four directions, and reach areas where most other abilities could not. Kirby can also toss his spear like a javelin, causing it to move forward, then down in an arc (and unlike the Hammer ability, Kirby will not lose the spear when doing so). When Kirby acquires the Spear ability, he gains a hat which resembles a soldier's headband. Like other abilities featuring sharp utensils, Spear is capable of cutting ropes.

Starting with Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Bandana Waddle Dee also has a moveset largely based on the Spear ability. As such, it is often the case that Spear Kirby does not appear in a Kirby title because Bandana Waddle Dee is playable in it instead.

Game appearances[edit]

Spear Kirby's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Copy Ability Obtainable from Lanzer and Pierce.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Copy Ability Obtainable from Lanzer and Pierce.
Kirby Battle Royale Playable character One of the starter abilities for most game modes, though it needs to be unlocked to be used in Dedede's Cake Royale.
Has three unlockable costumes.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Copy Ability Has the same source and function as in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Spear debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and also appears in the remake, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, being obtainable from the enemies Pierce and Lanzer. Here, Kirby is able to spin his spear around rapidly, and take flight like a helicopter for a brief moment. Bandana Waddle Dee also uses a spear, and has a similar moveset.

Spear Moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Skill Button Execution (KRtDL) Button Execution (KRtDLD, facing right) Description Skill Button Execution (KRtDL) Button Execution (KRtDLD, facing right) Description
Spear Thrust
1
B/Y
Kirby jabs once forward with his spear. Triple Throw
Dash + Hold 1, release
Dash + hold B/Y, then release
Kirby throws three spears at the same time in front of him, great for groups of foes.
Back Thrust
1, then ← + 1
(if facing right)
After pressing B/Y, press ← + B/Y
Kirby jabs behind him with his spear. Multispear Attack
1 repeatedly
B/Y repeatedly
In similar fashion to Sword's Multisword Attack Kirby does a barrage of spear jabs with his spear finishing with one powerful thrust.
Skyward Thrust
↑ + 1
↑ + B/Y
Kirby jabs upward with his spear, great for enemies above him. Spear Copter
Hold 1, release
Press and hold B/Y, then release
Twirling his spear like a rotor Kirby can freely fly around while harming enemies on contact for a short while.
Moon Drop
↓ + 1 in midair
↓ + B/Y in midair
Kirby drops downward with his spear on enemies below. Underwater Thrust
1 underwater
B/Y while underwater
Like Spear Thrust, Kirby jabs in front of him with his spear.
Spear Throw
Dash + 1
Dash + B/Y
Kirby throws his spear like a javelin at enemies. Surface Thrust
↑ + 1 underwater
↑ + B/Y while underwater
Like Skyward Thrust Kirby jabs upward with his spear.
Spear Barrage
Dash + 1 repeatedly in midair
Dash + B/Y repeatedly in midair
Kirby tosses spear after spear while slowly falling. Underwater Downward Thrust
↓ + 1 underwater
↓ + B/Y while underwater
Kirby jabs downward with his spear.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Kirby battling Flame Galboros with the Spear ability in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Spear returns in this title, though it loses the Triple Throw move. Holding the B button while dashing now only allows Kirby to slowly move around whilst holding up his spear in preparation to throw it.

Spear Moveset for Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Skill Image Button Execution Description
Spear Thrust
KTD Spear Thrust clip.png
B
Kirby jabs once forward with his spear.
Back Thrust
KTD Back Thrust clip.png
After pressing B, press ← + B
Kirby jabs behind him with his spear.
Skyward Thrust
KTD Skyward Thrust clip.png
↑ + B
Kirby jabs upward with his spear, great for enemies above him.
Moon Drop
KTD Moon Drop clip.png
↓ + B in midair
Kirby drops downward with his spear on enemies below.
Spear Throw
KTD Spear Throw clip.png
Dash + B
Kirby throws his spear like a javelin at enemies.
Spear Barrage
KTD Spear Barrage clip.png
Dash + B repeatedly in midair
Kirby tosses spear after spear while slowly falling.
Multispear Attack
KTD Multispear Attack clip.png
B repeatedly
In similar fashion to Sword's Multisword Attack Kirby does a barrage of spear jabs with his spear finishing with one powerful thrust.
Spear Copter
KTD Spear Copter clip.png
Press and hold B, and then release
Twirling his spear like a rotor Kirby can freely fly around while harming enemies on contact for a short while.
Underwater Thrust
KTD Underwater Thrust clip.png
B while swimming
Like Spear Thrust, Kirby jabs in front of him with his spear.
Surface Thrust
KTD Surface Thrust clip.png
↑ + while swimming
Like Skyward Thrust Kirby jabs upward with his spear.
Underwater Downward Thrust
KTD Underwater Downward Thrust clip.png
↓ + while swimming
Kirby jabs downward with his spear.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Spear is one of the abilities that can be chosen from in this competitive multiplayer title. It is similar to Sword, though it focuses more on pinpoint accuracy and range, as opposed to Sword's wider area of attack. In addition, the spear can also be tossed for a quick and effective attack at range.

Spear Moveset in Kirby Battle Royale  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Spear Thrust
B
Windmill
B during jump
Multispear Attack
BB
Gale Thrust
Hold/release B
Pinpoint Thrust
BBB
Spear Throw
Y

Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2, & Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Spear does not appear in these games as a Copy Ability, but Bandana Waddle Dee wields one as his weapon, thus being an effective version of the Spear ability in these games. In Kirby Star Allies, like other weapon-based abilities, Bandana Waddle Dee's spear can be imbued with Power Effects, which bear names like "Bluster Spear", "Sizzle Spear", etc. In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, it has no direct equivalent to the Copy Ability evolution system for Kirby, instead Bandana Waddle Dee will simply deal more damage depending on how much Kirby's current Copy Ability is evolved.

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Raise your spear and lead the charge! Bust out Spear Barrages and Moon Drops! Use it underwater! Spin it around and take flight!
KTD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe American English:

The spear is a true warrior's weapon. Multispear Attack! Spear Throw! Moon Drop! The spear ability puts all these moves and more at your disposal. You can even use the spear underwater!

British English:
It is a true warrior's weapon. Multispear Attack! Spear Throw! Moon Drop! The spear ability puts all these moves and more at your disposal. You can even use the spear underwater!

KBR box art.jpg Kirby Battle Royale Thrust it! Throw it! Twist it! This ability is imbued with the spirits of the old masters.
KRtDLD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Raise your spear and lead the charge! Bust out Spear Barrages and Moon Drops! Use it underwater! Spin it around to take flight!

Trivia[edit]

  • So far, Spear and Needle are the only Copy Abilities which are translated as only one Chinese character (槍/枪) in the official localization, instead of two or three characters which are more common.
  • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Spear Kirby's version of the Skyward Thrust has the same animation and hitboxes as in the original game, while Bandana Waddle Dee's version uses the updated animation and hitboxes from Kirby Star Allies and Kirby Fighters 2.

Gallery[edit]

Videos[edit]

Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Spear

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スピア
Supia
Spear
Traditional Chinese (Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe)
qiāng
Spear
Simplified Chinese (Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe)
qiāng
Dutch Speer Spear
French Lance Spear
German Speer Spear
Italian Lancia Spear
Korean
Chang
Spear
Portuguese Lança Spear
Russian Копье[1]
Kopye
Spear
Spanish Lanza Spear


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