K64 Emp
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards artwork
Name (JP) ハヤマ (Hayama)
- Meaning Hayama
In Games
K64 logo2
Copy AbilityIce
CategoryRegular enemy
Enemy Info card number#67
One of the natives of Shiver Star, Emp is scared of his own shadow and will run at the first sign of Kirby. Let him run away.
— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)

Emp is an enemy that appears in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. It gives the Ice ability when inhaled.

Physical Appearance

Emp is a black, penguin-like creature with a large, orange beak. It has a white belly and two flat, yellow feet. Emp also sports a spiky haicut, making it resemble a Rockhopper penguin.


Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Emp makes his only appearance in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. He stands idle like many other Kirby foes until Kirby gets close to it, at which point the enemy panics and attempts to flee by sliding on its belly. After sliding for a short distance, Emp will get up and proceed to run away. While Emp does not have any ice-based abilities like other penguin foes in the Kirby series, it does grant the Ice ability when inhaled.


"Emp" is most likely derived from Emperor, a species of penguin. This is rather unusual, as Emp doesn't actually live up to his name and is instead rather afraid of Kirby, nor does he even resemble an Emperor Penguin. His name might also be a derivative of the word imp, which could refer to his cowardice and low height.


  • Emp, along with some Waddle Dees in Kirby's Epic Yarn, is one of few enemies that run away from Kirby simply out of fear. Most others run for different reasons.
  • Emp slightly resembles Pengi.




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