The legends of this place tell of a mighty guardian known as the Great Gear. I wonder if it ever really existed?
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack

Great Gear is a mid-boss in Kirby Mass Attack in the Sandy Canyon area. He is seen early in Stage 6, but appears to be an ordinary gear. Kirby uses him to break apart obstacles, before clipping him onto a receptacle which activates him and starts the mid-boss fight.

Great Gear's only vulnerable part is the uncovered area above his forehead. Throughout the fight, he drops red and green spike bombs on Kirby. There are numerous weights hanging from both of his sides, called Gear Pawns, and variants that can cover themselves in spikes called Gear Spikes. If Kirby manages to break the balance of these weights and turn him about, he can attack his forehead and make him explode. It takes three explosions to defeat him.

Great Gear is fought once again in Stage 9 of Volcano Valley. This time, after being hit once, the Great Gear will spit sand out of his mouth and turn the entire floor into quicksand. He will also drop two Mummbons and the weights will drop down faster. His appearance remains unchanged.


Great Gear's overall design is decidedly Aztec, and most of him is teal-gray rock and metal. He has a pair of golden gears for nostrils. There are sixteen smaller gears around him.

Related Quotes

Who knew that the gear you carried would turn out to be an enemy? But legend knows him as the Great Gear. It's said that he has a weak spot. That spot is usually covered, but when he's balancing in a certain way, you'll see it exposed.
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack


  • Throughout many of the stages that take place in temples before and after the battle with Great Gear, small images of him can be found in the background elements.
  • The writing on Great Gear is Japanese.
  • Great Gear is the only mid-boss that doesn't get a palette change when returned from the dead in Stage 9 of Volcano Valley.
  • Notes from the ESRB that explain Kirby Mass Attack’s E rating explicitly mention a boss who is "accompanied by belching sounds." The boss in question seems to be Great Gear.[1]




  1. ESRB