|Hang on to your hat! With such a long reach, whipping enemies is a snap! Pull enemies or items toward you too!|
— Kirby's Return to Dream Land quote
Whip is a Copy Ability that debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, obtained by swallowing whip-related enemies. Whip Kirby looks like a cowboy, and attacks by lashing out his whip in several ways. The ability can be used to obtain items across solid walls, as Kirby's whip can go through them. This allows him to reach otherwise unreachable switches and stars.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
The Whip ability debuted in this title, first appearing prominently in the Raisin Ruins stage. It allowed Kirby to attack at a distance, and grab both items and enemies from a distance, even through walls and other obstacles. A Challenge Stage is devoted to the Whip ability, which can be accessed once enough Energy Spheres are collected.
|Whip Moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Skill||Button Execution||Description||Skill||Button Execution||Description|
|Whip Strike||Kirby does a single slap with his whip||Whip Grab||Kirby whip goes further and can grab enemies but other than that same as whip strike.|
|100-Whip Slap||Kirby rapidly and repeatedly slaps his enemies.||Front Lash||Kirby slams the grabbed enemy in front of him.|
|Ceiling Strike||Kirby strikes directly upward with his whip.||Double Lash||Kirby slams the grabbed enemy below him twice.|
|Jump Strike||Kirby lashes out in mid-air, aiming diagonally downward in whatever direction he is facing.||Back Lash||Kirby slams the grabbed enemy behind him.|
|100-Whip Dash||Kirby spins his whip in a circle while moving forward.||High Lash||Kirby slams the grabbed enemy above him.|
|Whip Tornado||Kirby jumps and spins his whip around him in a circle.||All whip attacks can grab items!|
Kirby's Dream Collection
Whip appears again in Kirby's Dream Collection as one of the available abilities in the New Challenge Stages Sub-Game. One of the stages is devoted specifically to the Whip ability, and Kirby can use it to race Magolor if he so wishes.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Whip appears in this title, along with a new enemy who provides it, an egg-shaped bandit named Wester, who can use the Whip Tornado to travel between planes.
Kirby: Battle Royale
Whip is one of the abilities usable in this action-multiplayer title. Here, Whip Kirby has the ability to catch other Kirbys with his whip, and toss them about. Whip Kirby can also grab items like Apples from a distance.
|Whip Moveset in Kirby: Battle Royale|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
|Whip Strike||Crash Typhoon|
|100-Whip Slap||Whip Grab|
Kirby Star Allies
Whip returns in this title, along with Wester, who can also serve as a Friend. Although the ability itself gains no new moves since its previous main-series appearance, Whip - like many other abilities - can be given a Power Effect to add an elemental bonus to attack.
- The Whip ability is a reference to the action-adventure film hero Indiana Jones, who used a bullwhip during many of his adventures.
- The cap Kirby wears bears a passing resembles to Indiana Jones' famous fedora.
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