Shoot foes with arrows and use camouflage to hide!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

Archer is a Copy Ability in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Games

Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, and Kirby Fighters 2

Archer focuses on using a bow and arrow to deal damage, as well as using stealth; its arrows can also cut ropes and grass. Archer allows Kirby to charge up his arrow shots with precise aim, and more power depending on charge time. Archer has a special defensive move that allows it to hide under a variety of fake scenery to completely avoid attacks, and can even fire at enemies from this position or crawl, although both of these actions will make Kirby vulnerable. Archer is obtained from the Spynum enemy.

In Kirby Fights Deluxe, Archer's Rare Outfit gives it a green hat with grass blade-like designs on the sides.

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Archer can also be obtained from the Duck Hunt, Pit, or Dark Pit amiibo.

In Kirby Fighters 2, Archer is unlocked after reaching Fighters Rank 28. It has two Rare Hats: the Hunter's Hat from Kirby Fighters Deluxe, and a brand new Cyber Hat.

Techniques

In Kirby Fighters, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, and Kirby Fighters 2, any invincibility granted by a move is removed, except when fighting bosses that aren't Shadow Kirby.

Move Controls Description Damage
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Fighters 2
Shot B Press and release B Kirby fires a single arrow. 15 (arrow), 4 (point-blank) 12, 6 (repeat Shots)
Snipe Shot Hold B to charge, and then release Hold B to charge, then release Kirby fires a stronger, larger arrow straight in front of him. This arrow penetrates enemies. 23 16
Magic-Star Arrow Hold B longer before releasing Kirby fires a glowing, powerful arrow straight in front of him. The arrow explodes upon hitting a wall and penetrates enemies. 47 32
Sharpshooter While holding B, press either of ↑/↓ While holding B, press either ↑/↓ While holding B, press either of ↑/↓ While holding B, move ↑/↓ Kirby aims up or down while charging his arrow. If Shot is used while aiming above the horizon, the arrow will arc until it is horizontal again, upon which it will fly straight; Snipe Shot and Magic-Star Arrow always fly in a straight path and do not curve. N/A
Sky Shot ↑ + B ↑ + press and release B Kirby fires a single arrow directly above him. 15 20, 15 (repeat Sky Shots)
Sky-Shot Shower Press ↑ and hold B, and then release ↑ + press and hold B, and then release Move ↑ and hold B to charge, then release Kirby fires an arrow above him that splits into several that will fall around him. 23 (main arrow), 19 (split arrows) 26 (main arrow), 22 (split arrows)
Arrow Slash Dash + B Kirby quickly lunges and slashes twice in front of him, using an arrow like a blade. Kirby is invincible when performing this move. 8 (1st hit), 11 (2nd hit) 8 (1st hit), 12 (2nd hit)
Leaping Quiver Dash jump + B in midair Dash + B in midair Kirby fires several arrows diagonally down and in front of him in the air. 6 per arrow 12 (1st arrow), 7 (2nd and 3rd arrows)
Camouflage Kirby pulls out one of several fake pieces of camouflage and duck behind it. Kirby is invincible while camouflaged. N/A
Hitman B while camouflaged B during Camouflage B while camouflaged Kirby quickly shoots a ground-level arrow from behind his camouflage. He is vulnerable while attacking. 19 (arrow), 4 (point-blank) 16, 10 (repeat hits)
Crawl Either of ←/→ while camouflaged Either ←/→ while camouflaged Either of ←/→ during Camouflage Move ←/→ while camouflaged Kirby will crawl slowly along, still camouflaged. He is vulnerable while crawling. N/A

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Wait for the right moment, and open fire. Hide in the shadows, and become a Sharpshooter! Your precision aiming will let you hit a small target from a longer distance.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Wait for the right moment, and open fire, Hide in the shadows, and become a Sharpshooter! Your precision aiming will let you shoot through tight spots.

Related Quotes

Archer's Shot has different effect depending on how long you press and hold B! Go for multiple shots or a single piercing shot!
— Archer Tip #1 • Kirby Fighters 2
Use ↓ for Camouflage, then press B for Hitman to make your arrows travel faster!
— Archer Tip #2 • Kirby Fighters 2
After Leaping Quiver, move ←/→ to change directions and shoot multiple arrows in midair!
— Archer Tip #3 • Kirby Fighters 2

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese スナイパー Translates to Sniper.
English Archer
Korean 스나이퍼 Translates to Sniper.
German Bogenschütze Translates to Archer.
French Archer Translates to Archer.
Italian Arciere Translates to Archer.
Spanish Arquero Translates to Archer.

Trivia

  • In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, some of the scenery Kirby can hide behind includes a stone that looks similar to Kirby's Stone transformation, the HAL Laboratory logo, and a picture somewhat resembling King Dedede's official artwork in Kirby's Dream Land.
  • Archer is one of only a few regular Copy Abilities whose English name differs from its Japanese name. 
  • Archer is one of five abilities to have a voluntary form that makes Kirby impervious to nearly all forms of damage indefinitely. The other four abilities are Leaf and Ice with their guards, and both Smash Bros. and Stone while encased in the rock.
  • Archer's Camouflage technique can take on a variety of forms.
    • This makes Archer one of the few abilities to have a multi-form attack; the others being Stone, Ultra SwordCircus, and Artist.
  • Notes from the ESRB that explain Kirby: Triple Deluxe’s E rating explicitly mention the Archer ability, saying: "As players traverse through colorful levels, they defeat enemies by swallowing them, spitting back projectiles or using “cartoony” weapons (e.g., swords, whips, bows)."[1]

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