KPR Susie artwork.png This article is about the Copy Ability in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. For the enemy in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, see Beetley. For the ally in Kirby Mass Attack, see Rhino Beetle.

A flash of lights reflects off its horn as the king of bugs returns! You can pound stakes with Hardhead Slam and use up to gather your friends on your head and fling them into the air!
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies

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

Games

Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe

Beetle focuses on using its rhinoceros beetle horn on its helmet to attack its foes. Kirby can rapidly swing his horn, skewer his enemies with it, or slam down with his armored helmet. Beetle is a versatile Copy Ability, able to cut ropes and grass, pound stakes, and has enhanced flight due to its wings. Beetle can be obtained from the Beetley enemy or the Hornhead mid-boss.

In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Beetle is an unlockable Copy Ability that can only be obtained by having Kirby: Triple Deluxe StreetPass data. Its Rare Outfit gives it the Hydra as its helmet.

Techniques

In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, any invincibility granted by a move is removed except when fighting bosses, i.e. Kracko, Team DDD.

Move Controls Description
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Horn Upper B Kirby slashes the large horn of his helmet upwards. This attack can cut ropes and grass.
Horn Flurry B repeatedly Kirby rapidly slashes with the large horn on the front of his helmet. This attack can cut ropes and grass.
Rocket Horn Dash + B Kirby lunges forward, with his horn extended, and skewers any small enemies in his way. After he stops, he throws them off. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can cut ropes and grass.
Rocket Horn Dive ↑ during Rocket Horn Kirby flies upwards and backwards in a wide circle, slamming the skewered enemies into the ground. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can cut ropes and grass.
Spiral Horn ↑ + B Kirby spins and flies upwards, sucking in and damaging any nearby enemies with his horn. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can cut ropes and grass.
Hover Wing A in midair Kirby flaps his beetle wings. Holding the button or pressing it repeatedly will make him fly higher. It does slight damage to enemies. This attack can cut ropes and grass.
Hardhead Slam ↓ + B in midair Kirby points his horn downward and spirals to the ground. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can pound stakes.
Catching Horn Either of ↑/→ + B when near an enemy Either ↑/→ + B when near an enemy Kirby skewers an enemy with his horn.
Carry Around Catching Horn + either of ←/→ Catching Horn + either ←/→ Kirby walks around with an enemy on his horn.
Quick Throw Catching Horn + B Kirby throws the enemy off his horn.
Throw Drop Catching Horn + ↑ + B Kirby jumps with the grabbed enemy and slams it onto the ground.
Crown Drop Catching Horn + ← + B Kirby does a double backflip with the grabbed enemy and slams it against the ground.
Slamming Drill Catching Horn + ↓ + B Kirby spins the grabbed enemy against the ground.

Kirby Battle Royale

Beetle appears as an unlockable Copy Ability. It is unlocked in The Cake Royale after obtaining 60 League Points in the Beginner's League; it is also required in the seventh Beginner's League Battle, "The Beetle Lunges." It has Headgear based on Hornhead, a woodpecker, and the Hydra.

Beetle also appears as an unlockable Copy Ability in the game's demo, which can be redeemed for 100 Battle Coins.

Techniques

Move Controls Description Damage (Robo Bonkers)
Type A/Type C Type B/Type D
Horn Upper B Y Kirby slashes the horn on his helmet upward. 45
Horn Flurry B B Y Y Kirby repeatedly slashes with the horn on his helmet. 30x4
Back Slash B B B Y Y Y Kirby finishes his rapid slashing with a final slash upward. 135
Spiral Horn B during jump Y during jump Kirby spins his horn around him in a yaw movement. Does not cause Kirby to rise. 40
Rocket Horn Hold/release B Hold/release Y Kirby flies forward with his horn outstretched in front of him. Move lasts for a fair bit of time, and Kirby can still turn and move around. 100 per hit
Dive After Rocket Horn Kirby flies upwards and slams any skewered opponents into the ground. Similar to Rocket Horn Dive, but will always occur after a successful Rocket Horn. 200 per hit (rising flips), 150 (slam)
Forward Lunge Y A Kirby does a short lunge forward with his horn in front of him, which can grab opponents. Similar to Catching Horn, but can be activated whenever instead of only when near an enemy. 50
Slamming Drill Y or B after Forward Lunge A or Y after Forward Lunge Kirby slams his captured opponent into the ground. 90 (rising hit) 70 (slam)

Kirby Star Allies

Beetle can now destroy Durable Blocks with the Friend Throw Friend Ability; its version of Friend Throw is also the only one that can throw multiple friends. Beetle is obtained from Beetley, who is also its Friend Helper.

Techniques

Move Controls Description Damage
Type A Type B
Horn Upper B Y Kirby slashes the large horn of his helmet upwards. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 16
Horn Flurry B repeatedly Y repeatedly Kirby rapidly slashes with the large horn on the front of his helmet. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 8 per hit, 38 (Back Slash)
Rocket Horn Dash + B Dash + Y Kirby lunges forward, with his horn extended, and skewers any small enemies in his way. After he stops, he throws them off. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 24 (horn), 48 (thrown object)
Rocket Horn Dive Dash + B + ↑ Dash + Y + ↑ Kirby flies upwards and backwards in a wide circle, slamming the skewered enemies into the ground. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 24 (horn), 48 (thrown object)
Spiral Horn ↑ + B ↑ + Y Kirby spins and flies upwards, sucking in and damaging any nearby enemies with his horn. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 12 (initial hits), 18 (final hit)
Hover Wing A in midair B in midair Kirby flaps his beetle wings. Holding the button or pressing it repeatedly will make him fly higher. It does slight damage to enemies. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 8
Hardhead Slam ↓ + B in midair ↓ + Y in midair Kirby points his horn downward and spirals to the ground. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can pound stakes. 24
Catching Horn Either ↑/→ + B near an enemy Either ↑/→ + Y near an enemy Kirby skewers an enemy with his horn, rendering them helpless. 16 (held object)
Carry Around Catching Horn + either ←/→ Kirby can walk around with an enemy on his horn. 16 (held object)
Quick Throw Catching Horn + B Catching Horn + Y Kirby throws the enemy off his horn. 60
Throw Drop Catching Horn + ↑ + B Catching Horn + ↑ + Y Kirby jumps with the grabbed enemy and slams it onto the ground. 52
Crown Drop Catching Horn + ← + B Catching Horn + ← + Y Kirby does a double backflip with the grabbed enemy and slams it against the ground. 52
Slamming Drill Catching Horn + ↓ + B Catching Horn + ↓ + Y Kirby spins the grabbed enemy against the ground. 52
Friend Hoist Friends jump and touch your hand while you raise it with ↑ A Friend jumps onto Kirby's horn, similarly to the effect of Catching Horn. Kirby can carry up to three Friends N/A
Friend Carry Friend Hoist + ←/→ Kirby carries any Friends around on his horn, similarly to the effect of Carry Around. N/A
Friend Throw Friend Hoist + B Friend Hoist + Y Kirby throws any Friends that jumped onto his horn, similarly to the effect of Quick Throw. Additional Friends are thrown at steeper angles. 62

Kirby Fighters 2

Beetle is unlocked after reaching Fighters Rank 11. It has Rare Hats based on Hornhead and the Hydra. Beetle no longer has its Friend Abilities.

Techniques

In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, any invincibility granted by a move is removed except when fighting bosses, i.e. Kracko, Team DDD.

Move Controls Description Damage
Horn Upper B Kirby slashes the large horn of his helmet upwards. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 7
Horn Flurry B repeatedly Kirby rapidly slashes with the large horn on the front of his helmet. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 6 (1st hit), 3 (1st hit if combo'd from Horn Flurry, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th hits), 14 (Back Slash)
Rocket Horn Dash + B Kirby lunges forward, with his horn extended, and skewers any small enemies in his way. After he stops, he throws them off. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 15 (to thrown enemy), 8 (thrown enemy)
Rocket Horn Dive Dash + B + ↑ Kirby flies upwards and backwards in a wide circle, slamming the skewered enemies into the ground. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 20 (to thrown enemy), 16 (thrown enemy)
Spiral Horn ↑ + B Kirby spins and flies upwards, sucking in and damaging any nearby enemies with his horn. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can cut ropes and grass. 9 (1st hit), 2 (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th hits), 4 (7th hit)
Hover Wing A in midair Kirby flaps his beetle wings. Holding the button or pressing it repeatedly will make him fly higher. It does slight damage to enemies. This attack can cut ropes and grass. N/A
Hardhead Slam ↓ + B in midair Kirby points his horn downward and spirals to the ground. Kirby is invincible during this move. This attack can pound stakes. 24
Catching Horn Either ↑/→ + B near an enemy Kirby skewers an enemy with his horn. N/A
Carry Around Catching Horn + either ←/→ Kirby walks around with an enemy on his horn. N/A
Quick Throw Catching Horn + B Kirby throws the enemy off his horn. 20 (to thrown enemy, thrown enemy)
Throw Drop Catching Horn + ↑ + B Kirby jumps with the grabbed enemy and slams it onto the ground. 20 (to thrown enemy), 16 (falling hit, slam)
Crown Drop Catching Horn + ← + B Kirby does a double backflip with the grabbed enemy and slams it against the ground. 20 (to thrown enemy), 16 (falling hit, slam)
Slamming Drill Catching Horn + ↓ + B Kirby spins the grabbed enemy against the ground. 20 (to thrown enemy), 16 (1st drill hit, thrown enemy), 8 (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th drill hits) 12 (thrown enemy if combo'd from drill hits)

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
A flash of light reflects off its horn as the king of bugs soars through the sky! After charging your enemies to grab them with your horn, you can slam them into the ground!
Kirby Battle Royale
Harness the power of the king of insects to fling and pierce foes!
Kirby Star Allies
A flash of lights reflects off its horn as the king of bugs returns! You can pound stakes with Hardhead Slam and use up to gather your friends on your head and fling them into the air!

Related Quotes

Grab foes with a beetle horn, and then toss them around!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll
Look at that horn on you! The Beetle ability sure looks impressive. Use Rocket Horn to grab foes and Dive to drive them into the ground.
— Knuckle Joe • Kirby Battle Royale
Attack with your powerful horn. Use the beetle's power to beat your opponents into submission.
— Official Kirby Battle Royale Website
Press B while dashing for a Rocket Horn. It lets you Grab enemies through their Guard!
— Beetle Tip #1 • Kirby Fighters 2
Press and hold A in midair to use your wings to fly around! Buzz buzz!
— Beetle Tip #2 • Kirby Fighters 2
↑ + B brings out the Spiral Horn. Use it to launch an enemy and go for multiple attacks!
— Beetle Tip #3 • Kirby Fighters 2

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese ビートル Translates to Beetle.
English Beetle --
Traditional Chinese 獨角仙 Translates to Rhinoceros beetle.
Simplified Chinese 独角仙 Translates to Rhinoceros beetle.
Korean 비틀 Translates to Beetle.
German Käfer Translates to Beetle.
French Scarabée Translates to Beetle.
Italian Scarabeo Translates to Scarab.
Spanish Escarabajo Translates to Beetle.

Trivia

  • This is the second ability to be based on a living creature, the first being Animal and the third being Spider.
  • This is the fourth ability to give Kirby a unique flying animation. The other three are JetWing, and Cupid.
  • This is the ninth ability which Kirby actually attacks with his hat. The others are Jet, Cutter, Wing, Needle, Laser, Animal, Magic, and Water, with Poison as a tenth.
  • In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, if the player uses Rocket Horn Dive in the Castle Lololo stage, Beetle Kirby can grab opponents from the level above and force them through the floor.
  • Beetle's helmet may be partially inspired by some extravagant real-life helmet designs that were worn by military commanders in feudal-era Japan.
  • Beetle's Rocket Horn and Catching Horn have arguably the most overtly violent implications of any attacks used by Kirby.
  • Beetle is the only ability to debut in Kirby: Triple Deluxe to reappear in Kirby Star Allies.
  • Out of the four main abilities that first debuted in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Beetle has appeared in the most games than the other three.
  • Despite Beetle being referred to as the "king of insects," that phrase usually refers to the bee.

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