Yarn Whip

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This article is about the whip-like attack used to grab things in Kirby's Epic Yarn, and should not be confused with the Whip Copy Ability.
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Kirby using the Yarn Whip.

The Yarn Whip is Kirby and Prince Fluff's primary method of attacking in Kirby's Epic Yarn. When the player presses 1 on the Wii Remote (and is not also holding down on the D-pad), Kirby or Fluff will toss the whip out for a distance roughly two Kirbies away. This can be done in any of the cardinal directions except those aiming downward or diagonally downward (unless used underwater, where it can be thrown in all eight directions). When not holding a direction, they will throw the whip straight forward. Many things can be grabbed by the whip, including most enemies, Yarn Blocks, tabs on treasure chests and other background objects, zippers, and buttons. Certain enemies which wield weapons can also have it stolen using the whip.

Latching onto enemies

Once Kirby or Fluff grab onto an enemy, their weapon, or a block, they can do one of two things. If the player releases 1 early, the whip will Unravel that object, thus defeating the enemy or destroying the object right away (though this method yields no beads). If on the other hand the 1 button is held, Kirby or Fluff will transform briefly into a Top and spin the enemy/object into a yarn ball. From here, the ball can be tossed at another enemy or object to provide a generally more effective means of attack which can also cause extra beads to be dropped when defeating foes. Some objects when rolled up will have a special property when thrown. An example is when Kirby grabs a weapon, it will transform into an arrow which, when thrown, passes through enemies and objects. Another example is the Buttonbee which, when rolled up, forms into a winged ball that splits into three when thrown and homes in on targets.

Latching onto objects

In addition to combat, the Yarn Whip can be used to grab background objects to interact with them. Kirby and Fluff will often find buttons on their journey which, when grabbed, will allow them to pull down objects. There are also special latching points which can be grabbed to use as an axis for the Pendulum transformation, allowing for greater maneuverability. Most Bosses also have a weak point that, when exposed, requires Kirby or Fluff to grab with the whip and pull to deal them damage.

Limitations

Kirby and Fluff can use the Yarn Whip in most situations, but it cannot be used while in Car, Parachute, or Weight form, when using a Metamortex transformation, or when holding an object.