Twister

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Twister
KCCTwister.png
Artwork of Twister from Kirby: Canvas Curse.
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First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Other game(s) Kirby's Pinball Land
Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Mass Attack (Kirby Brawlball)
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Keychain)
Kirby Battle Royale (Headgear)
Copy Ability Tornado
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Twister is a yellow-orange spinning top enemy who is the main source for the Tornado Copy Ability and who first appeared in Kirby's Adventure. Twister bears a shiny metallic body: its bottom part is pointed and darker than the rest of its body, while the top part is a lighter shade of orange and has spherical extensions attached to it. As the games have progressed, Twister has gained more subtle details such as crease lines along its surface to distinguish its metal plates. Twister tends to hold position on the ground until approached, from there spinning itself up into a small tornado and hovering off the ground.

Twister has appeared (or at the very least been referenced) in every Kirby game which features the Tornado Copy Ability, with the exception of Kirby Air Ride, where it is replaced with the enemy Caller. It has also made some appearances in other Kirby games which do not feature Tornado.

Game appearances[edit]

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

Tornado Kirby approaching a Twister in Kirby's Adventure.

KA Twister sprite.png Twister debuts in Kirby's Adventure, although its design is different from its final one; its lower half is black and appears rounded instead of pointed. The game's remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, however, portrays Twisters in the same way as later games of the series.

Twisters are initially stationary, slowly rotating in place, but as soon as Kirby gets near, they quickly increase their spinning speed greatly, lifting off into the air and transforming themselves into a living tornado that flies through walls and can only be harmed by a few Copy Abilities. After a while, provided that it is not currently inside a wall, the Twister slows down, eventually becoming stationary and vulnerable to any attack once more.

A singular, immobile Twister appears in the Museum of Yogurt Yard, providing Kirby with the Tornado ability.

Locations[edit]

Twister is a fairly uncommon enemy, appearing in only a small handful of stages. Twister can be found in the following levels and stages:

Twister locations in Kirby's Adventure & Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land  
Stage Vegetable Valley Ice Cream Island Butter Building Grape Garden Yogurt Yard Orange Ocean Rainbow Resort
Stage 1 No Yes No Yes No No No
Stage 2 No No No No No Yes No
Stage 3 No No No No No No No
Stage 4 No No No No No No Yes
Stage 5 N/A No No No No No No
Stage 6 N/A N/A No No No No No

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

Two Twisters appear at the top of the "Wispy-Woods Land" board, held up by two large Kirbys, in Kirby's Pinball Land.

Twister appears as an enemy at the very top of the "Wispy" course, appearing on both sides. When Kirby passes a Twister, it will begin spinning, adding 100 points per spin. How many times it spins depends on how quickly Kirby passes through it.

Kirby's Dream Course[edit]

KDCTwister.png Twister appears in this game as one of the enemies to bump into on the courses. Defeating it yields the Tornado ability to Kirby. In this game, Twister comes in blue.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Course, Twister can be found in the following courses:

Twister locations in Kirby's Dream Course (Main Game) 
1P Mode
Course Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7 Course 8
Hole 1 No No No Yes No No No No
Hole 2 No No No No No No Yes No
Hole 3 No No No No No No No No
Hole 4 No No No No No No No No
Hole 5 No No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Hole 6 No No No No No No No No
Hole 7 No No No No No No No Yes
Hole 8 No No No No No No No Yes
2P Mode
Course Whispy Woods Course Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright Course Kracko Course Gordo Course
Hole 1 No Yes No Yes
Hole 2 No No Yes No
Hole 3 No Yes Yes No
Hole 4 Yes Yes No No
Hole 5 No Yes Yes Yes
Hole 6 No Yes Yes No
Hole 7 No Yes Yes No
Hole 8 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Twister locations in Kirby's Dream Course (Extra Game) 
1P Mode
Course Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7 Course 8
Hole 1 Yes No No Yes No No No Yes
Hole 2 No No No No No No No No
Hole 3 No No No No Yes No No No
Hole 4 No No No No No No No Yes
Hole 5 No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Hole 6 No No No No No Yes Yes No
Hole 7 No No No No No No No No
Hole 8 No No No No Yes No No Yes
2P Mode
Course Whispy Woods Course Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright Course Kracko Course Gordo Course
Hole 1 No Yes No No
Hole 2 No No Yes No
Hole 3 No Yes No No
Hole 4 Yes No No No
Hole 5 No No Yes Yes
Hole 6 No Yes Yes Yes
Hole 7 No Yes Yes No
Hole 8 Yes No No No

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

Twister appears as a common enemy in this game and holds place. It yields 300 points when defeated and drops the Block Flip item.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

Smash Kirby attacking some boxed-in Twisters in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.

KNiDL Twister sprite.png In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Twisters reappear, looking and acting the same as in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Here, they are comparably rare, appearing sparsely in Rainbow Route, Moonlight Mansion, Mustard Mountain, and Peppermint Palace. Besides appearing as enemies, they can be seen atop the golden socket of the Tornado ability's Copy Essence.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Twister is a rare enemy, only appearing one or two times throughout the whole game. It yields Tornado as usual.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Twister appears in the following locations:

Twister locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse  
Reddy Land Arange Gorge Iello Adventure Neo Greo Bloo Hills Omarine Zone Wonder Lilane
No
No
No
No
No

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Twister is an uncommon enemy, making more appearances than it did in in Kirby: Canvas Curse and Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. In addition to this, Twister can now be playable through the way of the Ghost ability. When possessed, Twister can be made to move left and right (slowly) and to start spinning. Unlike other enemies, Twister is incapable of jumping normally, but it can gain height if its tornado spin is used repeatedly.

Locations[edit]

Twister can be found in the following levels and stages:

Twister's in-game appearance from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Twister locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad  
Stage Prism Plains Nature Notch Cushy Cloud Jam Jungle Vocal Volcano Ice Island Secret Sea Gamble Galaxy
Stage 1 No No No No No Yes No No
Stage 2 No No No No No No No No
Stage 3 No No Yes No No No No No
Stage 4 No No No Yes No Yes No N/A
Stage 5 No No No No N/A No No N/A
Stage EX Yes No No No No No No N/A

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Twister appears in the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Game Kirby Brawlball. It occupies the upper-left portion of the board. Every time a Kirby passes by it, it spins, granting a total of 50 points to the player and making Bouncys appear on the left side if they are not already there.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

Twister makes its debut 3-D appearance in this game. Here, it mainly sits in place until prompted to start its tornado spin. Even when spinning, however, it can still be inhaled by Kirby, so it is not terribly dangerous.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Twister can be found in the following levels and stages:

Twister locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Cookie Country No No No No No
Raisin Ruins No No Yes No No
Onion Ocean Yes No No No N/A
White Wafers No No No No No
Nutty Noon Yes No No No No
Egg Engines No No No No No
Dangerous Dinner Yes Yes No N/A N/A

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

The Twister Helmet in Kirby Battle Royale

Twister appears as a randomly-obtained Keychain in this game, taking its sprite appearance from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Main article: Alternate costumes#Headgear table

In Kirby Battle Royale, a Headgear called Twister Helmet can be purchased for 750 Battle Coins for the Tornado Ability. The description states it is a living Twister.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Twister spinning itself up in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

After a 10-year absence as an enemy, Twister appears in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. It often spins in place or can chase Kirby down while spinning. It can spin for quite a while, so it is more dangerous than it looks.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Twister can be found in the following stages:

Twister locations in Kirby and the Forgotten Land  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Point of Arrival No The Tropical Terror No An Unexpected Beast King No The Beast Pack's Final Stand Yes
Downtown Grassland No Welcome to Wondaria No The Wastes Where Life Began No In the Presence of the King No
Through the Tunnel No Circuit Speedway No Searching the Oasis No Lab Discovera No
Rocky Rollin' Road No Invasion at the House of Horrors No Alivel Mall (Staff Side) No Forgo Plains Yes
A Trip to Alivel Mall No The Wondaria Dream Parade Yes Moonlight Canyon No Forgo Bay No
The Brawl at the Mall No Danger under the Big Top No Collector in the Sleepless Valley No Forgo Park No
Abandoned Beach No Northeast Frost Street No Enter the Fiery Forbidden Lands No Forgo Horns No
Concrete Isles No Metro on Ice No Conquer the Inferno Road No Forgo Wasteland No
Scale the Cement Summit Yes Windy, Freezing Seas No Burning, Churning Power Plant Yes Forgo Zone Yes
Fast-Flowing Waterworks No The Battle of Blizzard Bridge No Gathering of the Beast Council No Forgo Land No

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ツイスター
Tsuisutā
Twister
French Tornicoton
German Trombino From Trombe, a kind of tornado