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This article is about Nightmare, an antagonist in the Kirby series. For other uses, see Nightmare (disambiguation).
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Official artwork of Nightmare from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Universe Kirby
Debut Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Smash Bros. appearances SSB4
Most recent non-Smash appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, cameo)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo Entertainment System
Gender Male
Place of origin Dream Land
Voice actor Hisao Egawa
Article on WiKirby Nightmare

Nightmare (ナイトメア, Nightmare) is a major antagonist from Kirby's Adventure and its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.


Nightmare from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
Kirby encountering Nightmare in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Nightmare is the final boss of Kirby's Adventure and its remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. He attempted to infect the Fountain of Dreams in order to spread bad dreams to the people of Dream Land. Due to the threat this posed, King Dedede sealed Nightmare away by dismantling the Star Rod, the fountain's source of power, cutting all of Dream Land off from any dreams in the process. Kirby, unaware of Dedede's true intentions, reassembled the Star Rod in full by defeating Dedede's minions, ultimately besting the king himself at the fountain. Once the Star Rod was put back in place, Nightmare was released. Dedede then Inhaled Kirby and fired him off to fight Nightmare in the sky, and later Popstar's moon.

Nightmare's design is based on Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, which in turn had borrowed Nightmare's visual redesign from the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime, where he once again appears as the main antagonist, this time as the head of Nightmare Enterprises (Holy Nightmare Co. in the original Japanese version).

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Nightmare appears as an Assist Trophy. When summoned, he will first appear in his original Orb form before transforming into his true Wizard form, then blacks out the entirety of the screen, forcing players to fight in the dark.

While player tags disappear during the blackout, shields and other special effects do not, and players can use various moves to track themselves in the dark.


The Nightmare trophy appears in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it is part of the Kirby's Adventure Trophy Box.

Nightmare's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC This ball of nightmares came from the Fountain of Dreams, taking nightmares to all of Dream Land. King Dedede sealed it away by shattering the Star Rod, but it was revived when the Star Rod was restored by Kirby. In Smash Bros., it hides the stage and the fighters in pure darkness.
NES: Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
GB Advance: Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (12/2002)
PAL This terrible being came from the Fountain of Dreams, bringing bad dreams to all of Dream Land. King Dedede sealed him away by shattering the Star Rod, but when Kirby restored it, Nightmare was able to come back. In this game, he shrouds the stage in darkness, making it impossible for the fighters to see.
NES: Kirby's Adventure (12/1993)
GB Advance: Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (09/2003)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Nightmare returns as an Assist Trophy, functioning as he has in previous games. Unlike in SSB4, more effects, including shields, are now obscured in the dark, making it even more difficult to track characters. Training Mode describes his Assist Trophy: Covers the stage in a deep darkness. Can't be KO'd.


Nightmare appears as two different primary spirits. He can be obtained by enhancing the Nightmare's Power Orb spirit at level 99.

The Nightmare's Power Orb's Spirit Battle uses a Giant Kirby puppet fighter and is fought on the Fountain of Dreams stage. During the battle, Nightmare appears as a hostile Assist Trophy while Kirby starts off with a Star Rod, referencing Nightmare Power Orb's star-shaped attacks.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
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Nightmare's Power Orb
★★ 2 1714 6879 1003 4024 711 2855 Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99 Kirby Series
SSBU spirit Nightmare Wizard.png
Nightmare Wizard
★★★★ 2 5068 12671 2380 5950 2027 5069 Jam FS Charge Kirby Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ナイトメア, Nightmare
UK English Nightmare
France French Cauchemar Nightmare
Germany German Albtraum-Zauberer Nightmare Wizard
Spain Spanish Pesadilla Nightmare
Italy Italian Mago Incubo Nightmare Wizard
China Chinese Nightmare
South Korea Korean 나이트메어, Nightmare
Netherlands Dutch Nightmare
Russia Russian Кошмар Nightmare
Portugal Portuguese Pesadelo Nightmare