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KRTDL Whip.png
Artwork of Whip Kirby from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
First game Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Latest game Kirby Star Allies
Other game(s) New Challenge Stages
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
Type(s) Unlimited uses
Obtained from Wester, Whippy
Power(s) Attacks using a whip.
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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.

Game Appearances[edit]

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Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

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 Move-set 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
Hold 1, release
Kirby whip goes further and can grab enemies but other than that same as whip strike.
100-Whip Slap
1 repeatedly
Kirby rapidly and repeatedly slaps his enemies. Front Lash
Whip Grab + (1 or forward)
Kirby slams the grabbed enemy in front of him.
Ceiling Strike
↑ + 1
Kirby strikes directly upward with his whip. Double Lash
Whip Grab + ↓
Kirby slams the grabbed enemy below him twice.
Jump Strike
↓ + 1 in midair
Kirby lashes out in mid-air, aiming diagonally downward in whatever direction he is facing. Back Lash
Whip Grab + back
Kirby slams the grabbed enemy behind him.
100-Whip Dash
Dash + 1
Kirby spins his whip in a circle while moving forward. High Lash
Whip Grab + ↑
Kirby slams the grabbed enemy above him.
Whip Tornado
↓ then ↑ + 1
Kirby jumps and spins his whip around him in a circle. All whip attacks can grab items!

Kirby's Dream Collection[edit]

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[edit]

Whip reappears as an ability in this title. It also makes an appearance as one of the abilities in Kirby Fighters.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe[edit]

Whip is one of the Copy Abilities which can be selected in Kirby Fighters Deluxe. It looks and functions identically to the way it did in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

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[edit]

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
Hold/release B
100-Whip Slap
Whip Grab
Whip Tornado
B during jump

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

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. [citation needed]
    • The cap Kirby wears bears a passing resembles to Indiana Jones' famous fedora.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウィップ
Chinese 鞭子
biān zi
Dutch Zweep Whip
French Fouet Whip
German Peitsche Whip
Italian Frusta Whip
Korean 채찍
Spanish Látigo Whip