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Nago is one of Kirby's Animal Friends who appears as a playable character in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby Star Allies. He is a cat and is about twice Kirby's size. Nago has made several cameo appearances throughout the series.

Physical Appearance

Nago appears to be a round, pudgy Japanese Bobtail cat with brown ears and tail, three whiskers and orange spots on his head and back. He has small arms and legs. His arms and legs are sometimes absent from in-game sprites, official artwork, and Ado's drawings. Nago's eyes are almost always closed, being open only when Kirby chooses another Animal Friend over him and when he is attacking with the Needle ability.


Kirby's Dream Land 3

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Nago rolls Kirby around like a ball. All of his abilities consist of using Kirby as a projectile weapon. Unlike Rick the hamster, Nago can triple jump in midair. Shiro is Nago's love interest in this game.

Base Ability Description
Burning Nago launches a pillar of fire out of Kirby. It stays relatively close to the ground for the entirety of the attack. KDL3 Burning Nago sprite.png
Needle Nago spins his partner who shoots a blitz of spikes quickly, launching at slightly varied angles. KDL3 Needle Nago sprite.png
Spark Nago rubs his partner, building up a static charge, they can then move around freely and sparks will shoot out and damage enemies. KDL3 Spark Nago sprite.png
Cutter Nago swings his partner upwards and fires a large purple shock wave that damages aerial enemies. KDL3 Cutter Nago sprite.png
Ice Nago aims Kirby downward as they jet out a burst of cold breath and launch through the air. KDL3 Ice Nago sprite.png
Parasol Nago and his partner use the Parasol like a pogo stick. This will block projectiles from below and smash through enemies. The duo are invincible while using this move. KDL3 Parasol Nago sprite.png
Stone Nago slams a Rock Kirby into the ground, pulverizing anything in the duo's path. KDL3 Stone Nago sprite.png
Cleaning Kirby turns into a cloth which Nago pushes along the ground. This move is similar to Wheel. KDL3 Clean Nago sprite.png

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Kirby's Stone + Cutter Power Combo lets him turn into statues of any of his past animal friends, including Nago. In this form, Kirby can jump three times midair just like Nago. Although he can still walk, it is very slow.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Nago appears as a collectible sticker.

Kirby Star Allies

Nago appears as part of Cleaning's moveset.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Spirit battle

Nago appears as a primary, Novice-class grab spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His spirit sports no effect when applied to a fighter.


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Nago's name is likely derived from the word にゃあご (nyaago), an alternative way of saying にゃあ (nyaa), a Japanese onomatopoeic word for "meow."


  • Nago was planned to be in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, but he was left out for an unknown reason.
    • However, a similar character appears in the anime. He is Kawasaki's friend, Chef Nagoya, whose name also uses the word Nago in it.
  • In the Japanese manga, Nago is easily put off and is enemies with Pitch.
  • In Kirby Star Allies on the title, file select, and menu screens, Nago can sometimes be seen chasing Daroach. This is a reference to the classic "cat and mouse" formula.
  • The official strategy guide for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards incorrectly calls Nago a mouse.
  • Nago, despite being male, is a calico cat, which are almost always female due to the gene that makes them calico being stored in the leg on the extra X chromosome that they have.


Concept Artwork


Sprites and Models