Kirby: Canvas Curse artwork
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Trophy)
|In the anime||#J19/#E17 - #J18/#E16 - #J43/#E40 - #J55/#E55|
|Appearance||Pink helmet with spikes on it. It may have a red visor. Kirby also turns yellow. In the anime, the helmet has a white chin-strap.|
|Other Powers||Sticks to surfaces|
|Regular enemies||Needlous, Togezo, Tick, Boten, Punc, Pichikuri, Spikey, Ghost Knight, Kacti, Transformer, Bukiset, Togekuki|
|Bosses||Miracle Matter's thorns (needle form)|
|“||Prick your foes with a thorny jab! Really stick it to 'em! Roll from a dash to bring the pain with a Rolling Needle!”|
|— Needle's Flavor Text • Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
Needle (Erizo in Spain) is one of Kirby's copy abilities. It debuted in Kirby's Adventure. It is a defensive ability, much like Spark or Freeze. With it, Kirby covers his body in many retractable spines. The ability impales any enemy that draws near, so in most cases, Kirby can only be harmed by projectiles. In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Needle Kirby's body is not only spiky enough to heavily damage enemies, but can also grip tightly to walls and other such surfaces. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, there is an attack where Kirby turns the needles on his helmet into one large drill, hitting enemies directly above him. He can also roll along the ground while covered by the needles and firing small spikes from around his body at enemies.
The length of Kirby's spikes vary from game to game. The most noticeable difference is between Kirby's Adventure and its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, where the short spikes in the original were changed to being over twice as long.
In games with ability hats, Kirby is sometimes portrayed with a pinkish-red helmet covered in spikes and occasionally with yellow skin as well. His spikes are either pink or a bright metallic gold. In games without ability hats, the spikes come out of Kirby himself.
|Needle||B/1/Tap with Stylus||Multiple pointy spikes come out of Kirby, jabbing any nearby enemies. The nature of the spikes differ across games. Several require holding the button to keep the spikes out, the rest use it as a toggle.||None||16|
|Needle Burst||Hold 1 + shake Wii Remote/press all directions on D-pad||Kirby shoots six spikes out from his hat. When used in midair ten spikes are shot.||None||16|
|Rolling Needle||Dash + 1||Kirby curls into a ball and can roll around at high speeds for a few seconds, similar to Wheel.||None||28|
|Mega Needle||↑ + 1||Kirby's hat turns into one large spike and shoots straight up, attacking anything above him, similar to a Tick's attack.||None||16|
|Rick||B||The hair on Rick's back sticks out, like a porcupine. This attack only protects Rick from behind, so he needs to turn around to get an enemy facing his front.||None|
|Coo||B||Kirby sticks his pins straight down. Coo can still move slightly. In the sequel Kirby makes one giant needle.||None|
|Kine||B||Kine pokes out many spikes from his body. This move is almost the same as Kirby's alone.||None|
|Nago||B||Nago spins his partner who shoots a blitz of spikes quickly, launching at slightly varied angles.||None|
|ChuChu||B||ChuChu launches five needles out from herself, two going left/right, one straight up, and two covering the angles in between.||None|
|Pitch||B||Pitch flies straight forward until the button is released, sharp beak outstretched the whole time.||None|
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Needle undergoes the greatest visual change in the anime. It retains the look from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, with the helmet, yellow skin, and orange feet, but Kirby no longer turns into one giant spike ball (Spinning like one giant spike ball in the episode Flower Power). Instead, Needle is changed into a long-distance ability. The helmet also gains a white chin-strap, which is not seen in any of the games.
Kirby can launch the needles off the top of the helmet like tiny missiles, which he can then control. The needles 'grow back', but not always, leaving him defenseless at times. In the transformation sequence, a flash of red lightning forms his helmet and changes his skin color. Needles appear from the helmet, which shrink to their usual size seen in the games.
|Lots of needles, just like a porcupine's, come out of Kirby! It's a great defense!|
|Hands off! Here: pointy spikes! There: pokey spikes!|
|Spike anything! Ride rainbows!|
|Prick your foes with a thorny jab! Really stick it to 'em! Roll from a dash to bring the pain with a Rolling Needle!|
- Needle Kirby appears as a Trophy & Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The sticker uses his design from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- In Kirby: Return to Dream Land, the Rolling Needle attack resembles Togezo's signature move, which was the first enemy to offer the ability.