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Shoot foes with arrows and use camouflage to hide!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

Archer is a Copy Ability that was introduced in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

General Information

With this ability, Kirby wields a bow and can shoot arrows at enemies. He can charge arrows; the longer he charges, the farther they fly, the more damage they do, and the more objects they can go through. Kirby can aim his shots in all directions. He can also hide under a variety of fake scenery, like bushes and grass, to completely avoid attacks and negate damage. The pink puff can even snipe enemies from this position.

Archer is similar to the Cupid ability, as both grant Kirby the ability to fire arrows. The key differences between the two abilities are Cupid's ability to fly and hover using wings, the ability to negate damage and the arrows themselves. Archer's arrows have significantly more power, weight, control, and speed than Cupid's.

Moveset

Move Controls Description Element
Shot B Kirby will fire a single arrow straight in front of him. None
Snipe Shot Hold B shortly, then release Kirby will fire a stronger, larger arrow straight in front of him. None
Magic-Star Arrow Hold B longer, then release Kirby will fire a glowing, powerful arrow straight in front of him. The arrow explodes upon hitting a wall and goes through enemies. None
Sharpshooter While holding B, press ↑/↓ Kirby will aim up or down while charging his arrow. None
Sky Shot ↑ + B Kirby will fire a single arrow directly above him. None
Sky-Shot Shower Press ↑ and hold B, and then release Kirby will fire an arrow above him, that will split into several that will fall around him. None
Arrow Slash Dash + B Kirby will quickly lunge and slash twice in front of him, using an arrow like a blade. None
Leaping Quiver Dash jump + B in midair Kirby will fire several arrows diagonally down and in front of him in the air. None
Camouflage Kirby will pull out one of several fake pieces of camouflage and duck behind it. It defends against all attacks. None
Hitman B during Camouflage Kirby will quickly shoot a ground-level arrow from behind his camouflage. He is vulnerable during the animation. None
Crawl ←/→ during Camouflage Kirby will crawl slowly along, still camouflaged. He is vulnerable during the crawl. None

Damage Values

Move Damage ( 20161006
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Shot 15 (arrow), 4 (point-blank)
Snipe Shot 23
Magic-Star Arrow 47
Sky Shot 15
Sky-Shot Shower 23 (main arrow), 19 (split arrows)
Arrow Slash 8 (1st hit), 11 (2nd hit)
Leaping Quiver 6 per hit
Hitman 19 (arrow), 4 (point-blank)

Flavor Texts

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Wait for the right moment, and open fire. Hide in the shadows, and become a Sharpshooter! Your precision aiming will let you hit a small target from a longer distance.
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Wait for the right moment, and open fire, Hide in the shadows, and become a Sharpshooter! Your precision aiming will let you shoot through tight spots.

In Other Languages

The meaning of the Archer ability's name stays constant in all languages, except for Japanese, in which it is スナイパー (Sunaipā), meaning Sniper. Otherwise, its German name is Bogenschütze, meaning Archer; its Spanish name is Arquero, meaning Archer (not to be confused with the identical Spanish name of the Cupid ability); its French name is Archer; its Italian name is Arciere, meaning Archer; and its Chinese name is 弓箭手 (Gōngjiàn shǒu) meaning Archer.

Trivia

  • In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, some of the scenery Kirby can hide behind includes a stone that looks similar to Kirby's Stone transformation, the HAL Laboratory logo, and a picture somewhat resembling King Dedede's official artwork in Kirby's Dream Land.
  • Archer is one of only a few regular Copy Abilities whose English name differs from its Japanese name. 
  • Archer is one of five abilities to have a voluntary form that makes Kirby impervious to nearly all forms of damage indefinitely. The other four abilities are Leaf and Ice with their guards, and both Smash Bros. and Stone while encased in the rock.
  • Archer's Camouflage technique can take on a variety of forms.
    • This makes Archer one of the few abilities to have a multi-form attack; the others being Stone, Ultra SwordCircus, and Artist.
  • Notes from the ESRB that explain Kirby: Triple Deluxe’s E rating explicitly mention the Archer ability, saying: "As players traverse through colorful levels, they defeat enemies by swallowing them, spitting back projectiles or using “cartoony” weapons (e.g., swords, whips, bows)."[1]

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References

  1. ESRB