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KRtDL Tornado.png
Artwork of Tornado Kirby from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby Battle Royale (2017)
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Air Ride
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Type(s) Unlimited Use
Obtained from Twister, Caller
Power(s) Become a tornado, and execute tornado-related attacks.
Similar to Parasol + Coo
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Tornado is a Copy Ability debuting in Kirby's Adventure which allows Kirby to turn himself into a tornado by spinning rapidly in circles. It is usually acquired from Twister. In most games, the Tornado ability is accompanied by a hat similar to those of the Fire and Ice abilities. This hat, however, is topped with a small vortex, and a green crystal marking the center of the hat. Kirby is invulnerable to enemy attacks, as well as stationary hazards, while spinning and will inflict damage upon anyone he makes contact with. The only disadvantage to this form is that it is somewhat difficult to control. Holding down the attack button while executing this move causes Kirby to gain altitude, allowing him to blow away airborne enemies as well.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Kirby using Tornado to rush through an area in Kirby's Adventure.

The Tornado ability debuted in this game, along with all of the other first Copy Abilities. It allows Kirby to travel quickly through the air in a whirlwind, being effectively invulnerable while the attack is executing. Controlling Kirby's trajectory while this move is being used can be tricky, however.

Kirby's Dream Course[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Course, the Tornado Copy Ability can be acquired by colliding with Twister. Using this ability allows Kirby to move rapidly across the course and cover a lot of ground, though the tornado can be tricky to control.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

This ability intensifies your Quick Spin and can be used in mid-air! If you fully charge up, you will automatically do a Quick Spin offensive attack.
— Kirby Air Ride North American instruction booklet, page 39

Tornado appears in this spin-off racing title, provided by the obscure enemy Caller. When active, Kirby will perform a powerful spin attack after a boost or when performing a Quick Spin. Enemies caught in this attack will be sent flying and spinning. Like with other abilities in Kirby Air Ride, the ability only lasts for a short time.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

Tornado returns in this game, and is provided by Twister as usual. It looks and functions identically to the way it did in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby can gain the Tornado ability by defeating Twister. Using this ability, Kirby can rapidly rise into the air without the aid of a Rainbow Line when the player taps him repeatedly using the Nintendo DS stylus. While spinning, Tornado Kirby can also defeat enemies.

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Kirby using Tornado to attack King Dedede in Kirby: Squeak Squad.

After a fairly long absence, Tornado returns in Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby can cause his vortex to take on an elemental attribute such as fire, ice, or lightning by touching the appropriate element. However, this can only be done once the Ability Scroll for Tornado is found. Also, when the elemental attribute is gained, the vortex nearly doubles in size. Aesthetically, Kirby changes with the addition of a crown and a small whirlwind on the top of crown appears.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

The Tornado ability appears again in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, obtained by swallowing a Twister. In addition, it has also gained new attacks.

Tornado moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Tornado Attack
Rising Gust
↑ + 1
Tornado Dash
Dash + 1 in midair
Hyper Tornado
Shake or ↑ during Tornado Attack
Falling Gust
↓ + 1 in midair

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Try the Tornado ability if you want to play cool tricks on your rivals. All that wind will feel mighty nice to you, but not your opponents.
— Knuckle Joe's comment in Kirby Battle Royale

Tornado is one of the abilities on offer in this action-multiplayer title. Tornado allows for long-lasting attacks, but leaves Kirby vulnerable at the end of it. When using the Big Tornado, Kirby can draw items such as Apples closer to him and hit nearby opponents, even when they are airborne.

Tornado Moveset in Kirby Battle Royale  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Tornado Attack
Big Tornado
Hold B
Hyper Tornado
Tornado Dash

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Anime Tornado Kirby Art.png
First episode A Fish Called Kine
Last episode Trick or Trek
Other episode(s) Island of the Lost Warrior, A Dental Dilemma, Mabel Turns the Tables
Obtained from Spinning dangerous objects, like rotors or drills.
Power(s) Summoning tornadoes, parting water, causing storms
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In the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Tornado makes a few appearances, and is notable for being one of the most powerful abilities in Kirby's arsenal. Using the Tornado Ability, Kirby can conjure massive gusts of wind and affect the weather on a large scale. In its most basic usage, Kirby can conjure a tornado from his hat which can be used to blow his opponents away or keep them caught aloft spinning through the air. Kirby also often uses this ability in conjunction with bodies of water to solve problems. In Mabel Turns the Tables, Tornado Kirby uses his power to part the ocean for Mabel in a scene that mirrors the parting of the Red Sea in the Book of Exodus. In Tornado Kirby's final episode, Trick or Trek, he uses the ability to conjure a storm to put out a massive forest fire and save everybody inside.


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KA Box.jpg Kirby's Adventure Kirby can now spin and bump away his foes! Hold the B Button to spin into the air!
KDC Cover.jpg Kirby's Dream Course As a tornado, you can change directions by pressing right/left on the Control Pad.
KNiDL box artwork.jpg
KatAM cover art.jpg
USCover KSS.jpg
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land & Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad Spin spin spin spin spin Spinspinspinspin Spinspinspin AAAAAUGGHH!
Kirby Canvas Curse box art.png Kirby: Canvas Curse Touch to fly! Keep soaring!
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Round and round you go! Spin with unique controls! Shake the Wii Remote, charge up power, and send a whirlwind flying!
KBR box art.jpg Kirby Battle Royale Scatter your rivals with a whirlwind. It takes practice to get the hang of it.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Image Description Found in
SSBB Tornado Kirby Trophy.png "Kirby when he inhales enemies that fly around like twisters through the sky. When in tornado form, Kirby can spin freely through the air for short amounts of time, clearing out groups of enemies. Tornado Kirby will continue spinning and bouncing violently off of obstacles until he comes to a stop. One drawback of Tornado Kirby is the control difficulty." Kirby's Adventure
Kirby Air Ride

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Image Description Found in
Fig 20 kirby tornado.png "Who needs hats when you can have an actual tornado coming out of your head? That's our Kirby - always the trendsetter. And with the Tornado ability, he can go one step further, turning his whole body into a cyclone to go on a wild rampage. His rapid spinning isn't exactly easy to control, but that's all part of the fun!" Kirby's Adventure
Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Kirby's Dream Course manual[edit]

  • "This lets you turn Kirby into a tornado. Press ← or → on the +Control Pad to change his direction as he moves."


  • The Tornado Attack has the longest period of invulnerability of any single move.







Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Tornado

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トルネイド
French Tornade Tornado
German Tornado -
Italian Tornado -
Portuguese Tornado[1][2] -
Spanish Tornado -