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Scatter your rivals with a whirlwind. It takes practice to get the hang of it.
— Collectible description • Kirby Battle Royale

Tornado is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities. This ability made its first appearance in Kirby's Adventure and became a frequent adition in Kirby's arsenal.

General Information

This technique, as the name implies, allows Kirby to become a small tornado that can harm anything it touches for a limited time. During this phase, Kirby is impervious to all attacks and instantly damages enemies upon coming in contact with them. This makes it invaluable during Boss Endurance modes, as Kirby is invincible to contact damage from bosses and can easily rack up damage by moving repeatedly inside them. The downside is, however, that the cyclone is difficult to control and the transformation fades in around 4–5 seconds, and up until Kirby: Squeak Squad, it couldn't break star blocks. This makes the ability ideal for both the field and for battle, but hard to master.

In Kirby's Dream Course, the ability functions much the same as in the platformer games, except without being able to gain altitude on its own. In Tornado form, Kirby will spin forward continuously for several seconds until his acceleration gradually decreases. However, because of the different focus of the game and the 3D field of play, the ability is dangerous to use and difficult to control. Holding the D-pad left or right will cause him to turn counter-clockwise or clockwise, respectively, but this is only reliable on regular flat surfaces. It is likely that Kirby will pass over or bounce out of the hole in Tornado form, so it is best used for covering distance and mowing down multiple enemies (or the other player in multiplayer mode). With its steering, it can also be used as a risky method of reversing a mistake or saving Kirby from falling off the course.

In Kirby Air Ride, Tornado reappears with a completely new function. Here, Tornado could be used as an extension of the regular spin attack. In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Tornado can also take on the elements that it passes through with the use of a Copy Scroll.

Its reapearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land brought with it some new abilities like launching projectile versions of the tornado or expanding the area of effect of the final hit once Kirby finishes spinning.

Moveset

Move Controls Description Element Damage
Tornado Attack B/Tap with Stylus Kirby turns into a cyclone. Enemies near him are brought along with him as he moves. By holding on to the B button he gradually gains altitude. If B is not pressed he stays on the ground.
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With the Copy Scroll, the tornado can gain elemental properties by running over certain terrain.
*Sizzle *Zap *Blizzard 16 per hit, 5 hits total
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Rising Gust
Up + 1 Kirby launches a mini-cyclone from his crown, striking airborne enemies. None 8 (1st hit), 7 (2nd, 3rd, 4th hits)
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Falling Gust
Down + 1 in midair Kirby whips up a mini-cyclone and launches it downward, striking enemies below him or underground. None 8 (1st hit), 7 (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th hits)
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Tornado Dash
Dash + 1 in midair Kirby dashes forward while being engulfed in a sideways-tornado. He is invincible for the duration of this attack. Can be slightly steered by pressing Up or Down while Kirby flies through the air. None 20 (main hit), 16 (back hit)
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Hyper Tornado
1 + Shake Wii Remote or repeatedly press buttons on +Control Pad After Kirby's Tornado Attack, a bigger tornado envelops him for a few seconds, heavily damaging enemies. (comboed from tornado attack) None 8 (1st hit not comboed), 7 (1st hit comboed, 2nd, 3rd, 4th hits), 36 (5th hit comboed from previous hits), 42 (5th hit not comboed)
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Whirlwind Spin
← + → or A (Full Charge) Instead of Kirby actually becoming a tornado himself, he harnesses the power of wind to get a stronger spin attack. Racers caught up in the windstorm are shot spinning up into the air. None

Kirby Battle Royale Moveset

Move Controls Description Damage (Robo Bonkers)
Tornado Attack B Kirby spins around, surrounding himself in high-speed winds. 70 per hit
Hyper Tornado B + B Kirby ends his tornado attack prematurely by diffusing it, creating a larger tornado before fading. 110 per hit
Big Tornado Hold B Kirby surrounds himself in a large tornado, sucking in nearby objects and opponents. 180x5
Tornado Dash Y Kirby lunges forward while spinning in a cyclone. 140

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Tornado Kirby in the anime

Tornado is one of Kirby's most powerful abilities in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, being a master of one of nature's most destructive forces. If he eats things that spin, such as propellers, Kirby will acquire this ability. With the spinning tornado hat, he can fly through the air easily. In the transformation sequence, wind surrounds Kirby as he does an aerial flip. A tornado appears on his head and his visor forms onto him.

His main attack is spinning rapidly to form a massive pinkish cyclone that reaches all the way to the clouds. He can also spit smaller twisters from his mouth, or he can cause a medium sized tornado to manifest from the top of his hat, to pick up enemies and send them flying.

If he is in water, naturally the tornado becomes a water spout, which is useful in putting out fires.Trick or Trek

Tornado is one of the few Copy abilities used in the anime that had a "utilitarian" use (i.e. did not use it to fight a villain)Trick or TrekMabel Turns the Tables, except once when he had to defeat Tornadon.Island of the Lost Warrior

Transformation Sequence

Super Smash Bros. series

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Meta Knight's neutral special, Mach Tornado, has similar properties to the Tornado ability. Since it is a neutral special, Kirby is able to use it if he copies Meta Knight. Tornado also appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Flavor Texts

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Kirby can now spin and bump away his foes! Hold the B Button to spin into the air!
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Spin spin spin spin spin Spinspinspinspin Spinspinspin AAAAAUGGHH!
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Touch to fly! Keep soaring!
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Round and round you go! Spin with unique controls! Shake the Wii Remote, charge up power, and send a whirlwind flying!
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Scatter your rivals with a whirlwind. It takes practice to get the hang of it.

Related Quotes

Kirby when he inhales enemies that fly around like twisters through the sky. When in tornado form, Kirby can spin freely through the air for short amounts of time, clearing out groups of enemies. Tornado Kirby will continue spinning and bouncing violently off of obstacles until he comes to a stop. One drawback of Tornado Kirby is the control difficulty.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Who needs hats when you can have an actual tornado coming out of your head? That's our Kirby—always the trendsetter. And with the Tornado ability, he can go one step further, turning his whole body into a cyclone to go on a wild rampage. His rapid spinning isn't exactly easy to control, but that's all part of the fun!
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Turn into tornado to spin fiercely and be invulnerable!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll
Try the Tornado ability if you want to play cool tricks on your rivals. All that wind will feel mighty nice to you, but not your opponents.
— Knuckle Joe • Kirby Battle Royale

In Other Languages

The meaning of the name of the Tornado ability remains relatively constant throughout other languages. Its Japanese name is トルネイド (Toruneido), meaning Tornado. Likewise, its German name is Tornado, its Spanish name is Tornado, its French name is Tornade, its Italian name is Tornado, and its Polish name is also Tornado. Its Chinese name is 旋风 (Xuànfēng), meaning Whirlwind.

Trivia

  • Along with Sword and Ice, Tornado is the fourth most commonly used Copy Ability in the anime, with five appearances.
  • Tornado is the only ability in Kirby Air Ride that is not mentioned in the tutorial.
  • In the Kirby Quest sub-game in Kirby Mass Attack, landing a "Great" attack makes every Kirby spin in a tornado, dealing 45 damage to every enemy.

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