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KEY Kirby Tankbot artwork.png
Artwork of the Tankbot Metamortex Transformation
Debut Game Kirby's Epic Yarn (2010)
Last Game Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn (2019)
Other Game(s) Kirby Mass Attack (cameo in Kirby Quest)
Stage(s) Fountain Gardens
Moon Base
Whispy's Forest
Power(s) Fire missiles as a giant tank
Two-player form Combined
Comparable to Robobot Armor
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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.

Meta Knight gives Kirby and Prince Fluff the Metamortex for the Tankbot form when they are about to fight Mega Yin-Yarn.

Level appearances[edit]


The music used for the Tankbot transformation is the Kirby Air Ride remix of "Shooting", here named "Tankbot". The CD for this song is located in the Moon Base stage of Space Land.

Other appearances[edit]

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Kirby using the Tankbot against the Galaxia in Kirby Quest from 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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグロボ
Biggu Robo
Big Robot
French Robochar Robotank
German Robopanzer Robotank
Italian Robocarro Robotank
Korean 탱코봇
Spanish Robotanque Robotank