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Name (JA) ナゴ (Nago)
- Meaning neko, Japanese for "cat"
In games
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AffiliationAnimal Friends

Nago is one of Kirby's Animal Friends who appears in Kirby's Dream Land 3. He is a cat and is about twice Kirby's size. For transportation Nago rolls Kirby into a ball and rolls him along. He also can accomplish a triple jump in midair, unlike the other animal friend like him, Rick the Hamster, who can jump once off the ground but can climb against walls. Shiro is Nago's love interest in Kirby's Dream Land 3.

Nago's name may be a pun on Neko, the Japanese word for "cat".

Nago also appears as a cameo in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, when Kirby uses the Stone Friends ability (which is a combination of Cutter and Stone). Like in Kirby's Dream Land 3, he can jump thrice, yet is very slow.

A similar character appeared in the anime. He was Kawasaki's friend, Nagoya, which also uses the word Nago in it. In the Japanese comic strips, Nago is easily put off and is enemies with Pitch.

Nago later appears as a sticker in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Nago is set to appear in Kirby Star Allies as part of Cleaning's moveset.


Base Ability Description
Burning Nago launches a pillar of fire out of Kirby. It stays relatively close to the ground for the entirety of the attack. KDL3 Burning Nago sprite
Needle Nago spins his partner who shoots a blitz of spikes quickly, launching at slightly varied angles. KDL3 Needle Nago sprite
Spark Nago rubs his partner, building up a static charge, they can then move around freely and sparks will shoot out and damage enemies. KDL3 Spark Nago sprite
Cutter Nago swings his partner upwards and fires a large purple shock wave that damages aerial enemies. KDL3 Cutter Nago sprite
Ice Nago aims Kirby downward as they jet out a burst of cold breath and launch through the air. KDL3 Ice Nago sprite
Parasol Nago and his partner use the Parasol like a pogo stick. This will block projectiles from below and smash through enemies. The duo are invincible while using this move. KDL3 Parasol Nago sprite
Stone Nago slams a Rock Kirby into the ground, pulverizing anything in the duo's path. KDL3 Stone Nago sprite
Cleaning Kirby turns into a cloth which Nago pushes along the ground. This move is similar to Wheel. KDL3 Clean Nago sprite

Physical Appearance

Nago appears to be a round, pudgy cat with brown ears and tail, three whiskers and orange spots on his head and back. He has small arms and legs. His arms and legs are sometimes absent from in-game sprites, official artwork, and Ado's drawings. Nago's eyes are almost always closed, being opened only when Kirby chooses another Animal Friend over him and when he is attacking with the Needle ability.


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Theme - Rick
Rick and Nago - (Different) theme in Kirby's Dream Land 3
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Original theme in Kirby's Dream Land 2
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Rick is one of Kirby's Animal Friends. He and Nago are specialists when moving on land. The two of them share the same musical theme in Kirby's Dream Land 3, but it is a different one to the theme Rick debuted with in Kirby's Dream Land 2.


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