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KBR Tornado.png
Artwork from Kirby Battle Royale.
Debut Game Kirby's Adventure
Last Game Kirby Battle Royale
Other Game(s) Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Type(s) Unlimited Use
Obtained from Twister
Power(s) Become a tornado, and execute tornado-related attacks.
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Tornado is an 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

Kirby's Adventure/Nightmare in Dream Land

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: 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

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

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 opponents even in the air.

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

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy description

The Tornado Kirby trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

"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!"



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