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Dig and burrow with sharp claws!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

Animal is a Copy Ability in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby: Squeak Squad.


Kirby: Squeak Squad

Animal focuses on using its claws to deal damage and dig through soft terrain, such as dirt, sand, clouds, and snow; it can also cut ropes, grass, and bushes. Due to its digging gimmick, Animal is usually found in places where digging is necessary to obtain a Treasure Chest; the only other ability that can replicate Animal's digging is Triple Star. Upon obtaining the Animal Ability Scroll, located in the first Treasure Chest in Stage 1 of Nature Notch, Animal can now perform a drilling attack; this move gives Animal invincibility and makes digging much faster. Animal can be obtained from the Gaw Gaw enemy, the Gao Gao mid-boss, or Spinni's claw.


KTD Moonja artwork.png This section contains content derived from Japanese
Move names are derived from the Japanese official strategy book.

Move Controls Image Description
Scratch Out B Animal Technique 1.png Kirby slashes forward with his claw.
Jumping Scratch Out →→ + B Animal Technique 2.png Kirby jumps forward. If he collides with an enemy, he will grab the enemy, slash it three times, and jump off. As with all grab attacks, it is an instant KO, but it doesn't affect bosses and mid-bosses.
Hole Digging B in diggable spots Animal Technique 3.png Kirby uses his claws to dig up nearby diggable material. By also pressing down, he can dig downward, and by also pressing up, he can dig upward, and will even cling to the diggable material if the player continues to hold up.
Drill Attack ←/→/↓ + B in the air Animal Technique 4.png Kirby spins like a drill and charges forward or downward, depending on the direction the player chose. Kirby is invincible while drilling, and can dig up and diggable material.

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
Kirby: Squeak Squad
You love dirt! DIG! Sweet dirt! DIG! DIG! DIG! DIG!! Can't dig everywhere...

Related Quotes

Animal Kirby's got long, sharp claws, which are good for attacking or digging in soft ground.
— Some Copy Abilities • Kirby: Squeak Squad Instruction Booklet

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese アニマル Translates to Animal.
English Animal
Russian Зверь Translates to Beast.
German Tier Translates to Animal.
Dutch Beest Translates to Beast.
French Animal Same as English.
Italian Animale Translates to Animal.
Spanish Salvaje Translates to Wild. Cognate of Savage.


  • Animal has a unique idle animation where he'll scratch his "ear" with his foot.
  • This is one of the few abilities to change the appearance of Kirby's hands. Others include Ghost, where Kirby's hands become ghost-like, UFO, where his hands disappear entirely, Burning, where his hands catch flame, and ESP, where his hands hold psychic energy.
  • Animal, along with CutterCircus and Spider, are the only Copy Abilities to include eyes as part of their design.
  • In a 1993 interview, Satoru Iwata mentioned that the Animal ability was originally planned to appear in Kirby's Adventure.[1]