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Kirby: Squeak Squad artwork
Animal
Name (JP) アニマル (Animaru)
In Games
KSQSQ logo
TypeMelee
AppearanceA furry brown pelt that resembles a wolf or dog. It has a silver mane and claws at the ends of its paws.
Other PowersCan dig through dirt, sand and snow, and can also cut ropes, tall grass, and chains
Ability IconAnimal icon
Regular enemiesGaw Gaw
Mid-bossesSpinni's metal claw and Gao Gao
BossesNone
You love dirt! DIG! Sweet dirt! DIG! DIG! DIG! DIG!! Can't dig everywhere...
— Animal's Flavor text • Kirby: Squeak Squad

Animal is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities.

General Information

Animal is an ability that debuted in Kirby: Squeak Squad, and has only appeared in that game to date. It is very powerful but it comes at a loss of speed and feels somewhat awkward to control. Its main feature is its ability to dig through dirt, some snow, or clouds, unique to the Animal ability itself and Triple Star, an ability which is only obtainable at the end of the game. Many of its moves revolve around this gimmick, and focus being able to dig while still simultaneously taking out foes at the same time. Its attacks are based on primal and animalistic characteristics, such as mauling foes with his sharp, broad claws. The power is scarcely found without dirt around, but by the same token there is hardly any dirt without a Gaw Gaw around. This power does not work underwater.

Move Set

Move Controls Description Element
Rage Slash B A basic slash. It has a very small range but is fairly powerful. If Kirby is next to a diggable material, it will be destroyed, and Kirby will move forward. None
Animal Fury Side, Side, B Kirby jumps forward. If he collides with an enemy, he will grab the enemy, slash it three times, and jump off. As with all grab attacks, it doesn't affect bosses and mid-bosses (not even when they're defeated), and is an instant KO. None
Cling Go onto a diggable ceiling and press ↑. Kirby clings to a dirt ceiling. None
Cling Slash ↑ + B (while clinging) Kirby will slash upwards, destroying dirt, and he will move upwards. None
Shovel Dig ↓ + B (When on top of dirt) Kirby will slash downwards, destroying dirt, and he will crawl down. None
Drill Spin Side/↓+ B (Midair) Only after getting the Animal Scroll can Kirby use this move. Kirby will spin like a drill and charge through, depending on the direction the player chose. This will plow through dirt. Kirby cannot be hurt while performing this move. None

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
KSQSQ logo
You love dirt! DIG! Sweet dirt! DIG! DIG! DIG! DIG!! Can't dig everywhere...

Trivia

  • If Kirby doesn't move for a few seconds while he has this ability, he'll scratch his right "ear" with his foot.
  • This is one of the few abilities to change the appearance of Kirby's hands. Others include Ghost, where Kirby's hands become ghost-like, UFO, where his hands disappear entirely, Burning, where his hands catch flame, and ESP, where his hands hold psychic energy.
  • Animal, along with Cutter and Circus, are the only Copy Abilities to include eyes as part of their attire.

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