Copy Ability
Kirby's Return to Dream Land artwork
Name (JP) ウィップ (U~ippu)
In Games
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KTD logo
AppearanceKirby dons a cowboy hat and wields a whip
Other PowersGrabs nearby items
Ability IconKTD Whip icon
Regular enemiesWhippy, Wester
Crack a whip and use it to latch on to distant things.
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

Whip is a Copy Ability introduced in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

General Information

Whip's attacks are fast and have moderate range, but below average power. Using the whip, Kirby can grab enemies and items, and hit switches; all attacks go through walls and can grab or attack whatever lies beyond them. There is also a Whip Challenge that can be accessed after collecting 25 Energy Spheres in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Move Set

Move Controls Description Element
Whip Strike Button 1 Kirby cracks his whip forward. Has slightly longer range than Sword's basic attack. None
100-Whip Slap Button 1 repeatedly Kirby cracks his whip forward in a flurry of strikes. Hits a wide area in front. None
Ceiling Strike ↑ + Button 1 Kirby cracks the whip upwards. Has same range as Whip Strike. None
Jump Strike (midair) ↓ + button 1 While in midair, Kirby cracks the whip at a 45-degree angle front and below. This is the only diagonal-whipping move. None
100-Whip Dash Dash + Button 1 Ends Kirby's dash in a flurry of whip cracks. Has the same effect as 100-Whip Slap but lasts shorter and grants Kirby invulnerability during the attack. None
Whip Tornado ↓, then ↑ + Button 1 Kirby whips up a short-lived vortex with the whip around him, and he flies upward with it. This move makes Kirby go as high as his jump and grabs everything within the whip's reach around Kirby. None
Whip Grab Hold Button 1, then release Whip's grab move. Grabs any enemy in front of Kirby. Kirby is invulnerable as long as the enemy is held. Leads up to Lash moves None
Front Lash Whip Grab + Button 1 Kirby throws a grabbed enemy forcefully down onto the ground in front with the whip. None
Double Lash Whip Grab + ↓ Kirby throws a grabbed enemy twice onto the ground in front of him. Has less reach than Front Lash. None
Back Lash Whip Grab + opposite direction Kirby turns around throws a grabbed enemy in the opposite direction he was facing. Has the same effect as Front Lash. None
High Lash Whip Grab + ↑ Kirby throws a grabbed enemy high up, bouncing them off the ceiling or throwing them really far away. None

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
KRtDL Logo
Hang on to your hat! With such a long reach, whipping enemies is a snap! Pull enemies or items toward you too!
KTD logo
This adventurous Copy Ability comes with a cool hat and a whip with a long reach, allowing you to pull enemies and items to you in a snap!
This adventurous Copy Ability comes with a cool hat and a whip that you can lash out very quickly. Your whip can also pull enemies and items to you in a snap!


  • Whip Kirby is an obvious passing reference to the action hero Indiana Jones, as the latter has an extensible coiled whip that can be used to grab objects. The former has the latter's fedora, except with a star motif.
  • Larger enemies, such as Pactos and Armored Waddle Dees, cannot be grabbed by the whip.
  • The whip is similar to the Yarn Whip in Kirby's Epic Yarn. Both are whips that Kirby uses to pull in enemies and items, as well as to attack. However, the Yarn Whip can only grab enemies and throw them while the whip can also be used to hit enemies.



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