Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards sprite
|First appearance||Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)|
|Latest appearance||Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)|
Its shape resembles that of a Tick. On the bottom segment is its face, black with white eyes. The rest of its body is red and yellow striped. It hangs on a delicate thread, like its namesake, the pupa stage of a caterpillar.
When a Pupa is first seen, it is clinging to the ceiling. But, as Kirby nears it, it drops down and hangs on a silvery thread. After that, it just dangles there, posing as no threat should Kirby ignore it. Sometimes, there is enough space under a Pupa for Kirby to simply walk by. While under it, Kirby can hurt it by hitting it with his head. The more common way to defeat it is to go through its weak thread. Kirby can cut it by either attacking it, or simply passing through it (as the strand is very fragile). However, doing so will cause the Pupa to fall. This can burn Kirby, as the Pupa explodes upon touching the ground. Pupas cannot be inhaled.
A giant Pupa appears as a mid-boss in Shiver Star Stage 3. Unlike its smaller relatives, it will dangle about for a mere few seconds, before drifting up off the screen and dropping down in another spot. Kirby can spit out the Bos that appear alongside the giant Pupa, though the string cannot be severed. Defeating the Pupa results in getting a Crystal Shard, as well as the pathway opening up so Kirby can proceed.
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