Kirby and The Forgotten Land is the best Kirby game we have gotten in a long time! The gameplay is more varied when compared to other recent titles and feels influenced by another successful game on the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey. It also introduced a lot of brand new enemies as well as revamping some well-loved favorites. 

The only problem I have with the new Kirby enemies is they are so darn cute! I seriously feel guilty taking down some of the new enemies even while they try to take a bite out of me. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way judging by the explosion of Kirby fan art that has been uploaded featuring the enemies since launch day. With that in mind, check out this list of our favorite enemies that are (almost) too cute to take down! 

Awoofy

Awoofy from Kirby and the Forgotten Land

The awoofies are the first enemy you see in the game and they are almost too cute to be enemies. They are present in the majority of the levels and can be seen napping, snacking and sometimes attacking. I love these little cuties so much that it was the first figure I put up in Kirby’s house on the mantle. They also remind me of Bingo from the Bluey series so I never have the heart to hit them. If they aren’t causing me any trouble, I just bypass them. 

Balloon-Meister

Balloon Meister

Balloon-Meisters have mean mugs and toss bombs at you, and yet I still love them. There is something about the little bucket on their heads that makes me say “awww” every time I see them. These guys are big, grouchy misters that are a mix of all the sea lions from Finding Dory. Maybe they are just grumpy because they got kicked off the rock? Either way, I let them stay. 

Blipper

blipper from Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Blippers are classic Kirby enemies that have been present in nearly every single game. Seeing them on the screen with their oversized goggles is like greeting an old acquaintance. Inhaling them doesn’t earn you a copy ability and since they are just living their life, hanging out in the water I tend to just swim around them. Cheep-cheeps can eat their hearts out, Blippers are Nintendo’s best fish. 

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Jabhog

Jabhog

Jabhogs are new Kirby enemies to the series and they give Kirby the needle copy ability! They are also one of the largest enemies that Kirby routinely faces at each level. Because of this, and their unique purple coloring, I’ve grown attached to them and will jump over them instead of fighting. I nicknamed them all Quillbur and imagine they go underground for tea at night. 

Noddy

Noddy from Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Noddy is a special enemy who isn’t really an enemy at all. When inhaled, Noddy makes Kirby fall asleep and heals him. If done at the wrong time it can leave you vulnerable to other enemy attacks but the payoff is an adorable animation of Kirby putting on a sleeping cap to take a quick power nap. If Noddy is on a level, I usually just tiptoe around him so I don’t disturb his shut-eye. 

Phanta

Phanta

Phantas are like if a shy guy crossed with a boo from Mario. They pop into the level after being invisible, get flustered/blush in certain games and hang out in dark or haunted themed levels. Most importantly, they are really stinking cute, spoopy little guys. You usually have to take them out because they are fast-moving little bros, but if I had a chance to talk to one, I know we would be friends. 

Squishy Squid

squishy squid from Kirby and the Forgotten Land

I shall call you Squishy and you shall be mine! These little hoppers have been in every Kirby game since the first one. They are another enemy that is like seeing an old friend! They fill the role of Bloopers in the Mario game and are fairly simple enemies. They swim, hop and don’t give Kirby any kind of copy ability. Not everyone has a soft spot for these inklings, but I tend to let them swim away. 

Tortorner

Tortorner

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and tortorner is very beautiful to me. Tortorners are huge enemies that are snapping turtles on the inside of dilapidated buildings. I was so excited to see such a unique enemy that wasn’t a boss and hated smashing his shell. If it were up to me, I’d let these urban terra-turtles wander around forever. This is another enemy currently on my mantle! 

What about you, gamers? Which Kirby and The Forgotten Land enemy is too cute for you to take out? Comment below! 

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