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Whip

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Whip
KF2 Whip.png
Artwork of Whip Kirby from Kirby Fighters 2.
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First game Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023, upcoming)
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby's Dream Buffet (reference)
Type(s) Unlimited uses
Obtained from Wester, Whippy, amiibo (Kirby: Planet Robobot): Yoshi, Zero Suit Samus
Power(s) Attacks using a whip.
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That whip is cool and all... but the hat is where it's really at. Whip your enemies into shape! Wrap 'em up while you're at it!
— Knuckle Joe's comment in Kirby Battle Royale

Whip is a Copy Ability that debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, obtained by swallowing whip-related enemies. Whip Kirby wears a red leather cowboy hat adorned with light blue stars. The brim has a yellow flower-like design and a brown thread keeping it together. Kirby 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 can also use the whip to grab enemies and items from a distance, and then toss the former around to defeat them, including tossing them at other enemies to deal collateral damage. This aspect makes the Whip ability a particularly potent one in the Kirby Fighters games.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Kirby can use the Whip to grab items from behind barricades, as demonstrated in this side area in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

The Whip ability debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and also appears in the remake, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, first appearing prominently in the Raisin Ruins stage. It allows Kirby to attack at a distance, and grab both items and enemies from a distance, even through walls and other obstacles. A Challenge Stage simply called the Whip Challenge is devoted to the Whip ability, which can be accessed once 25 Energy Spheres are collected.

Whip moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Description Skill Button Execution Description
Whip Strike
1
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 Special Edition[edit]

Whip appears again in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition 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 also use it to race Magolor in some of those stages if he so wishes.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Whip reappears as an ability in this title, functioning identically to the way it did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. 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, looking and functioning identically to the way it did in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Its unlockable Rare Outfit is a black and golden recolor of the regular hat and whip.

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.

Whip moveset for Kirby: Planet Robobot 
While facing right 
Skill Image Button Execution Description
Use any whip attack to grab items!
Whip Strike
KPR Whip Strike clip.png
Press and release B
Kirby does a single slap with his whip
100-Whip Slap
KPR 100-Whip Slap clip.png
B repeatedly
Kirby rapidly and repeatedly slaps his enemies.
Ceiling Strike
KPR Ceiling Strike clip.png
↑ + release B
Kirby strikes directly upward with his whip.
Jump Strike
KPR Jump Strike clip.png
↓ + B in midair
Kirby lashes out in mid-air, aiming diagonally downward in whatever direction he is facing.
100-Whip Dash
KPR 100-Whip Dash clip.png
Dash + B
Kirby spins his whip in a circle while moving forward.
Whip Tornado
KPR Whip Tornado clip.png
↓, and then ↑ + B
Kirby jumps and spins his whip around him in a circle.
Whip Grab
KPR Whip Grab clip.png
Hold and release B
Kirby whip goes further and can grab enemies but other than that same as whip strike.
Front Lash
KPR Front Lash clip.png
Whip Grab + B/ Whip Grab + →
Kirby slams the grabbed enemy in front of him.
Double Lash
KPR Double Lash clip.png
Whip Grab + ↓
Kirby slams the grabbed enemy below him twice.
Back Lash
KPR Back Lash clip.png
Whip Grab + ←
Kirby slams the grabbed enemy behind him.
High Lash
KPR High Lash clip.png
Whip Grab + ↑
Kirby slams the grabbed enemy above him.

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
B
Crash Typhoon
Hold/release B
100-Whip Slap
BB
Whip Grab
Y
Whip Tornado
B during jump

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Kirby using a Sizzle-powered Whip to break some ice blocks in 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.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

Whip appears in Kirby Fighters 2 as one of the selectable abilities for Kirby. It is unlocked upon attaining Fighters Rank 27, and plays largely the same as it does in previous games.

For more precise competitive-oriented information on the Whip ability in Kirby Fighters 2, see Mizuumi Wiki's page.

Moveset[edit]

Whip moveset in Kirby Fighters 2  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage (unmodified)
Use any whip attack to grab items!
Whip Strike
Press and release B
Kirby flicks his whip straight ahead of him. 16
100-Whip Slap
B repeatedly
Kirby repeatedly lashes his foe, then sends them flying with one final strike. 18 (if all hits connect)
34 (including initial Whip Strike)
Ceiling Strike
↑ + press and release B
Kirby flicks his whip straight upward. 18
Jump Strike
↓ + B in midair
Kirby flicks his whip diagonally downward. 18
100-Whip Dash
Dash + B
Kirby throws his whip in a rotating swirl ahead of himself. 20
Whip Tornado
↓, then ↑ + B
Kirby spins his whip around above his head, flying into the air and dragging opponents along. Kirby can move left and right while performing this move. 36 (if all hits connect)
Whip Grab
Press and hold B, then release
Kirby charges up, then lashes out with his whip. Opponents hit are caught and reeled back to Kirby. If Kirby does nothing, opponents escape after 5 seconds or less with no damage. This move's trajectory can be adjusted by inputting a direction. N/A
Front Lash
Whip Grab + either B or →
Kirby slams his foe into the ground in front using the whip. 20
Double Lash
Whip Grab + ↓
Kirby slams his foe into the ground twice in front using the whip. 20
Back Lash
Whip Grab + ←
Kirby slams his foe into the ground behind him using the whip. 20
High Lash
Whip Grab + ↑
Kirby tosses his foe high into the air using the whip. 20

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Whip Kirby appears on a Character Treat, using his artwork from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Whip does not appear as an ability in the game itself.

Profiles[edit]

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Hang on to your hat! With such a long reach, whipping enemies is a snap! Pull enemies or items toward you too!
KTD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe This adventurous Copy Ability comes with a cool hat and a whip with a long reach, allowing you to pull enemies and items to you in a snap!
KPR Box.png Kirby: Planet Robobot This adventurous Copy Ability comes with a cool hat and a whip that can lash out very quickly. Your whip can also pull enemies and items to you in a snap!
KBR box art.jpg Kirby Battle Royale Pull foes and objects in with your whip! An effective ability with a long reach.
KSA Boxart NA.jpg Kirby Star Allies Flick! Snap! It's the classic whip-cracking Copy Ability! Grab and throw items and enemies! If there's fire on your whip, unleash a blazing lash. With ice, create a pile of frost, or use Whip Tornado to make a thunderstorm!

Trivia[edit]

  • The Whip ability may be a reference to the action-adventure film hero Indiana Jones, who wears a similar fedora to Whip Kirby and uses a bullwhip during many of his adventures.

Gallery[edit]

Videos[edit]

Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Whip

Names in other languages[edit]

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