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Water Challenge

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Water Challenge
KRtDLD Water Challenge title screen.png
Title screen for the Water Challenge in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Abilit(y/ies) Water
Energy Sphere req. 70 (Kirby's Return to Dream Land)
95 (Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe)
Time limit 2:00
Silver score 15200 (18500 in Extra Mode)
Gold score 22200 (24500 EX)
Platinum score 27700 (30000 EX)
Stage progression
Bomb Challenge (Kirby's Return to Dream Land)
Mecha Challenge (Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe)
Wing Challenge
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This challenge measures prudence. Keep an eye on your health.
— Water Challenge Caption

Water Challenge is the fifth Challenge Stage unlocked in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and the seventh Challenge Stage unlocked in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe. It tests Kirby's proficiency with the Water Copy Ability in a series of chambers, where the goal is to defeat all the enemies and collect all the coins as quickly as possible. The window of time to earn a Platinum Medal is 0:30 or higher.


The stage consists of two main chambers and two side chambers.

The first main chamber begins with a series of enemies and Score Coins that Kirby can quickly defeat/collect by using Wave Surf. From there, after collecting a ceiling cache of coins inside Star Blocks, the path forward can be cleared by breaking magma blocks preventing Gordos from drifting away. The second such Gordo will drift upward toward a door leading to the first side area. In this room, Kirby will need to hit three switches at once to drop down fast-closing shutters and get a cache of coins. Back on the main path, Kirby will need to traverse scalding hot floors and then use his Geyser attack to clear out blocks above him in his way. One last set of Wave Surfs need to be performed with the right timing to hit enemies on floors that regularly shift up and down. From there, the door to the next area can be found after diving through a line of Bronto Burts.

The second main chamber begins above a barricade of magma blocks which will need to be broken to progress through a hall containing walking Bronto Burts. After clearing out more magma block barricades, a side door can be found by hitting a switch encased in a larger set of blocks in the lower-left corner. Entering this door leads to a room where Kirby will need to squeeze through a tight scalding hot tunnel to get to another cache of coins. Back on the main path, Kirby will need to use his Fountain Hover to collect coins and defeat enemies as he moves along a perilous route past more hot surfaces and Gordos. From there, after diving through three Hot Heads encased in Star Blocks, Kirby can surf along a bridge of magma blocks to reach the stage exit, which is guarded by more Bronto Burts.

Apart from a few extra coins, there are no significant differences in Extra Mode.




There are a few things to keep in mind when aiming for Platinum on this stage, though it should be noted that the strategies listed here are by no means the only ones that will do the job:

  • Careful timing and positioning of moves is critical in this stage. It is very easy to miss an enemy or coin while using Wave Surf, or accidentally drift too high while using Fountain Hover.
  • Using Kirby's regular dash allows him to surf safely over scalding hot surfaces. This is handy for collecting coins low down to the ground, as Wave Surf will pass right over them.
  • The magma blocks need to be hit twice to be broken, though the first hit cools them off, allowing Kirby to stand on them without being burned. Some moves, like Rainbow Rain, will hit these blocks twice with one attack.

Pro Tips[edit]

  • "Hold 1 to maintain the height of your Fountain Hover."
  • "Hold 1 and press up or down to adjust your height. Move and attack!"
  • "Cool down flaming blocks to walk on them, or Surf across."
  • "Try doing a Geyser in midjump. You can even move forward!"


Video walkthroughs[edit]

Platinum Rank run of the Water Challenge in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Platinum Rank run of the Water Challenge in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Platinum Rank run of the Water Challenge in Extra Mode in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウォーターチャレンジ
u~ōtā charenji
Water Challenge
Italian Sfida - Acqua Water - Challenge
Korean 워터 챌린지
woteo chaellinji
Water Challenge
Brazilian Portuguese Desafio da água Water challenge
Latin American Spanish Reto del Agua Water Challenge