|“||Electrical enemies, Turbites chase Kirby, zapping him with a spark once they catch him. Be extra careful when dodging or inhaling these enemies—they can fly and move very quickly.”|
|— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)|
Turbites consist of a small purple sphere with four metal claws attached to its underside. These claws are silver in color, are bent in the middle at a slight inward angle, and are surrounded by electric sparks. They have no facial features apart from their squinted, black eyes on the bottom of the sphere.
Before Kirby approaches, Turbites stay stationary, rotating around the x-axis rapidly. When they notice Kirby, however, they shoot themselves straight at him to try to ram him and give him an electric shock. If they miss, they return to their initial state, waiting for another chance. Turbites often wait in hiding places before shooting themselves out, especially in Shiver Star.
Turbite is a portmanteau of the words "turbine" and "bite," referring to both its electrical nature and its clamping form of attack.