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Flick! Snap! It's the classic whip-cracking Copy Ability. Grab and throw items and enemies! If there's fire on your whip, unleash a blazing lash. With ice, create a pile of frost, or use Whip Tornado to make a thunderstorm!
— Flavor text • Kirby Star Allies

Whip is a Copy Ability introduced in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

General Information

Whip's attacks are fast and have moderate range, but below average power. Using the whip, Kirby can grab enemies and items, and hit switches; all attacks go through walls and can grab or attack whatever lies beyond them. There is also a Whip Challenge that can be accessed after collecting 25 Energy Spheres in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Moveset

Move Controls Description Element
Whip Strike Button 1/B/Y Kirby cracks his whip forward. Has slightly longer range than Sword's basic attack. None
100-Whip Slap Button 1/B/Y repeatedly Kirby cracks his whip forward in a flurry of strikes. Hits a wide area in front. None
Ceiling Strike ↑ + Button 1/B/Y Kirby cracks the whip upwards. Has same range as Whip Strike. None
Jump Strike (midair) ↓ + Button 1/B/Y While in midair, Kirby cracks the whip at a 45-degree angle front and below. This is the only diagonal-whipping move. None
100-Whip Dash Dash + Button 1/B/Y Ends Kirby's dash in a flurry of whip cracks. Has the same effect as 100-Whip Slap but lasts shorter and grants Kirby invulnerability during the attack. None
Whip Tornado ↓, then ↑ + Button 1/B/Y Kirby whips up a short-lived vortex with the whip around him, and he flies upward with it. This move makes Kirby go as high as his jump and grabs everything within the whip's reach around Kirby. None
Whip Grab Hold Button 1/B/Y, then release Whip's grab move. Grabs any enemy in front of Kirby. Kirby is invulnerable as long as the enemy is held.After the foe is grabbed, this move leads up to the four Lash moves. None
Front Lash Whip Grab + Button 1/B/Y/forward Kirby throws a grabbed enemy forcefully down onto the ground in front with the whip. None
Double Lash Whip Grab + ↓ Kirby throws a grabbed enemy twice onto the ground in front of him. Has less reach than Front Lash. None
Back Lash Whip Grab + opposite direction Kirby turns around throws a grabbed enemy in the opposite direction he was facing. Has the same effect as Front Lash. None
High Lash Whip Grab + ↑ Kirby throws a grabbed enemy high up, bouncing them off the ceiling or throwing them really far away. None

Kirby Battle Royale Moveset

Move Controls Description Damage (Robo Bonkers)
Whip Strike B Kirby lashes out his whip. 30
100-Whip Slap B + B Kirby rapidly flails his whip. 20x5
Whip Tornado B during jump Kirby spins his whip above him. 30
Crash Typhoon Hold/release B Kirby lashes out his whip to grab an opponent, and then spins them around over his head, able to hit other opponents with his swinging. 300 (grab), 200 per hit (swing), 350 (throw)
Whip Grab Y Kirby lashes out his whip to grab an opponent or object from afar. 150 (grab), 180 (throw)

Video

Elemental Attributes in Kirby Star Allies

Element Blizzard Bluster Sizzle Splash Zap
Lashing with the whip The whip is white and is covered with ice and snowflakes. The whip is green, and is surrounded by a miniature cyclone. The whip is red, and releases a flame at the end of every strike. The whip is light blue, and releases a burst of water at the end of every strike. The whip is green, and is surrounded by electrical sparks.
100-Whip Slap Kirby builds up a pile of damaging ice in front of him. Kirby's flurry of strikes has a larger radius than normal, and he releases a large whirlwind at the end of the move. Kirby's flurry of strikes creates a smoky blaze in the air, and also leaves flame behind on any wall or floor impacted. Kirby's flurry of strikes releases four water drops that splash in front of himself. Kirby's flurry of strikes becomes a series of arcing lightning bolts that leave two sparks on the ground at the end of the move.
100-Whip Dash Kirby creates a quickly-disappearing mass of damaging ice on any floor, wall, or ceiling impacted. Kirby slides forward during the move, and he releases a large whirlwind forward. Kirby's whip creates a spiraling jet of flame. Kirby's whip creates a vertical whirlpool of water that expands before dissipating. Kirby's whip creates a spinning trail of electricity.
Whip Tornado Kirby summons an icy whirlwind, causing four icicles, two to either side of him, to fall and shatter into a smaller mass of ice on impact. Kirby jumps up a much higher distance than normal, and he creates a large cyclone underneath him as he does so. Kirby spins a trail of fire around himself, and at the apex of the jump, surrounds himself with an elliptical burst of flame. Kirby creates a spiral of water as he jumps, and at the apex of the move, releases four water drops, two to either side of himself. Kirby spins a trail of electricity around him, and at the apex of the move, shoots three lightning bolts downwards, one directly under him and one to either side.
Whip Grab The enemy or object thrown has the properties of an ice projectile. The enemy or object thrown has the properties of a wind projectile. The enemy or object thrown has the properties of a fire projectile. The enemy or object thrown has the properties a water projectile. The enemy or object thrown has the properties of an electrical projectile.

​​Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
KRtDL Logo
Hang on to your hat! With such a long reach, whipping enemies is a snap! Pull enemies or items toward you too!
KTD logo
This adventurous Copy Ability comes with a cool hat and a whip with a long reach, allowing you to pull enemies and items to you in a snap!
KPRLogo
This adventurous Copy Ability comes with a cool hat and a whip that you can lash out very quickly. Your whip can also pull enemies and items to you in a snap!
KirbyBattleRoyaleLogo
Pull foes and objects in with your whip! An effective ability with a long reach.
KirbyStarAlliesLogo
Flick! Snap! It's the classic whip-cracking Copy Ability. Grab and throw items and enemies! If there's fire on your whip, unleash a blazing lash. With ice, create a pile of frost, or use Whip Tornado to make a thunderstorm!

Related Quotes

Crack a whip and use it to latch on to distant things.
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll
That whip is cool and all... but the hat is where it's really at. Whip your enemies into shape! Wrap 'em up while you're at it!
— Knuckle Joe • Kirby Battle Royale
Use your trusty whip to snap up items and get a hold on opponents from a distance.
— Official Kirby Battle Royale Website

Trivia

Vol23

Volume #23 cover of the manga.

  • Whip Kirby is an obvious passing reference to the action hero Indiana Jones, as the latter has an extensible coiled whip that can be used to grab objects. The former has the latter's fedora, except with a star motif.
  • Larger enemies, such as Pactos and Armored Waddle Dees, cannot be grabbed by the whip.
  • The whip is similar to the Yarn Whip in Kirby's Epic Yarn. Both are whips that Kirby uses to pull in enemies and items, as well as to attack. However, the Yarn Whip can only grab enemies and throw them while the whip can also be used to hit enemies.
  • Before the Whip ability debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, a whip with a very similar design to that of Whip Kirby's whip appeared as a treasure in the sub-game The Great Cave Offensive.
  • In the cover of the 23th volume of Kirby of the Stars: The Story of Dedede Who Lives in Pupupu, Kirby wears a cowboy hat resembling whip.
  • Notes from the ESRB that explain Kirby: Triple Deluxe’s E rating explicitly mention the Whip ability, saying: "As players traverse through colorful levels, they defeat enemies by swallowing them, spitting back projectiles or using “cartoony” weapons (e.g., swords, whips, bows)."[1]

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References

  1. ESRB