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Drill is a Copy Ability in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

Games

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Drill allows Kirby to burrow and navigate underground, and attack enemies from below.

Pencil Drill is the first evolution, granting an additional effect to the ability's moveset. The ability hat Kirby wears is a gray pencil sharpener with vibrant blue parts and gray bolts that has a pencil facing forward stuck to it. Whenever Kirby emerges from underground, a pencil will be shot out in front of him, which can damage an enemy or obstacle that would get in his way.

Twin Drill is the second evolution, as the ability hat is a dark red helmet adorned with a pair of gray drill attachments and a clear visor. The second drill allows Kirby to damage enemies above him while burrowed.

Techniques

Drill
Move Controls Description
Excavate/Resurface B Kirby excavates underground. While underground he can move any direction except the Z-axis. Kirby will jump out of the ground when B is released or after enough time passes. Kirby is invincible while underground.
Quake Surge Form a loop while underground A lump of rocks erupt from the ground after a ring is formed by the ground trails made by Kirby, damaging enemies in its radius. A larger loop will deal more damage.
Drill Dash B in midair Kirby activates his drill in midair, and can move forward a short distance to damage enemies. If he hits the ground while the move is performed, it will immediately transition to Excavate. It will rebound if it hits a wall. If he does not move, he fires a small drill-shaped projectile forward.
Pencil Drill
Move Controls Description
Excavate/Resurface B Kirby excavates underground. While underground he can move any direction except the Z-axis. Kirby will jump out of the ground when B is released or after enough time passes. Upon resurfacing, the pencil is launched in a high arc, damaging any enemy it hits. Kirby is invincible while underground.
Quake Surge Form a loop while underground A lump of rocks erupt from the ground after a ring is formed by the ground trails made by Kirby, damaging enemies in its radius. A larger loop will deal more damage.
Drill Dash/Drill Shoot B in midair Kirby activates his drill in midair, and can move forward a short distance to damage enemies; he also produces a trail of pencil shavings that deal damage if enemies touch them. If he hits the ground while the move is performed, it will immediately transition to Excavate. It will rebound if it hits a wall. If Kirby does not move, he fires his pencil forward.
Twin Drill
Move Controls Description
Excavate/Resurface B Kirby excavates underground, generating an orange power saw above him. While underground he can move any direction except the Z-axis and will damage enemies he moves under. Kirby will jump out of the ground when B is released or after enough time passes, launching his drills in the direction he is facing and creating a shockwave on the ground. Kirby is invincible while underground.
Quake Surge Form a loop while underground A lump of rocks erupt from the ground after a ring is formed by the ground trails made by Kirby, damaging enemies in its radius. A larger loop will deal more damage. As Twin Drill's digging speed is faster than Drill or Pencil Drill, it can make larger Quake Surges.
Twin Drill Dash/Twin Drill Shoot B in midair Kirby activates his drill in midair, and can move forward a short distance to damage enemies. If he hits the ground while the move is performed, it will immediately transition to Excavate. It will rebound if it hits a wall. If he does not move, he will fire the drills forward.

Trivia

Nintendo of America's tweet

  • The Nintendo of America Twitter account made a Tweet depicting the Drill ability, with the caption "Kirby’s drill will pierce the heavens!"[1] This is a reference to a quote from the anime series Gurren Lagann, "Your drill is the drill that will pierce the heavens!"
  • Whenever Kirby emerges from the ground using Pencil Drill, the colors of his pencil will change in a set sequence. By default, its colors are green and white; its second pair of colors is red and pink, and its third pair of colors is blue and yellow.
  • The Twin Drill evolution may be a reference to the "twin drill" pigtail hairstyle featured in various anime.

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