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Although they look like smiling balls, don't let their appearance fool you. Ticks shoot a needle-like projection out of the tops of their heads whenever Kirby comes close. Use caution when flying over them, and always attack them from their level rather than from above.
— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)

Tick is an enemy in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land 3. It gives the Needle ability when inhaled.

Tick appears to be a cute, harmless creature at first. However, if Kirby gets above one, its expression becomes mischievous, and it extends the spike on its head to try to damage Kirby, acting in a somewhat similar way to Scarfys when Kirby is facing away from them.

Tick appears as a mid-boss in larger form in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.

Some Ticks in Kirby: Triple Deluxe will hop towards Kirby in their cute forms.

Physical Appearance

Tick is a small creature whose body is shaped similar to that of a teardrop. Its body is colored white (originally a pale pink color) and the top of its head is colored a bright red. It has two large shiny eyes normally, but when attacking, they change to a more sinister appearance. It also has a wide smiling mouth (with the exception of Kirby: Canvas Curse, in which it has no mouth) which can change to a sinister grin whenever it is attacking. The red tip on its head is able to stretch up to over twice its height and become needle-like whenever it attacks.



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