Tankbot is a Metamortex transformation featured in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn. It turns Kirby and Prince Fluff into a large round vehicle which somewhat resembles them in body shape. In this form, they have the ability to fire an unlimited number of missiles and hover for a short period of time, though the Tankbot has a limited jumping range.
While playing in single-player, Kirby assumes the position of the one controlling the robot while being inside a cabin, with the robot itself having what appear to be glass eyes. In two-player mode, the character who did not grab the Metamortex will be the one inside the cabin, which can control a punching glove at the side of the Tankbot, and the one that did grab the Metamortex will become the Tankbot itself, with his respective eyes being the Tankbot's and controlling everything else. The punching glove protects from enemies by rotating around and bashing them and can also be fired as a controllable missile.
- Fountain Gardens in Grass Land
- Moon Base in Space Land
- Whispy's Forest in Dream Land (is used to fight Whispy Woods)
- The final boss battle with Mega Yin-Yarn
Kirby Mass Attack
An opaque version of the Tankbot appears as one of the "Excellent" attacks in Kirby Quest from Kirby Mass Attack, with there being two versions of the attack. One using the design for the single-player Tankbot, having glass eyes and lacking gloves, and the other taking inspiration from the two-player design, having animated eyes and gloves. Here, the latter has both the Tankbot designed after Kirby and the pilot also being Kirby himself, unlike in Kirby's Epic Yarn, where one position was based on Kirby and the other on Prince Fluff.
Screenshot of Tankbot being used in Fountain Gardens
Tankbot being used in Moon Base
Tankbot being used to battle Whispy Woods in Whispy's Forest
Tankbot being used to battle Mega Yin-Yarn
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