Star Block

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Kirby races by a set of Star Blocks in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
In order to obtain a Crystal Shard, a Star Block puzzle must be completed in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.

The Star Block (also called an Inhale Block) is one of the most common objects in the Kirby franchise, appearing in every main series title thus far, and most often as an orange square container with a white star at its center. Like in the Super Mario Bros. series, these blocks, when broken open, sometimes reveal small surprises, ranging from small Point Stars to Food items, or even secret doorways. In that same vein, these blocks have been seen floating mid-air, and on the ground, yet in either location they can be destroyed in the same fashion. Not only can Kirby break these blocks by conventional means or by use of a Copy Ability, these are ideal for Inhaling and using as Star Bullets[1] to fire at enemies and obstacles. These blocks are a common sight in any given stage or area, but are usually not present during Boss or Mid-Boss encounters.

Some star blocks are large and stubborn, however, usually bearing a grey stony appearance. They can only be moved out of the way or swallowed using a Super Inhale.

A Super Inhale Block from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Other Appearances

Star Blocks also appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl within the Green Greens stage. These blocks fall in random increments as the current Star Blocks in the five by three columns on both sides of the stage are destroyed. Also showering down are Bomb Blocks, which look similar to regular Star Blocks but have a paler hue and a bomb instead of a star. These blocks explode if hit with an attack or are given the time to sit until they discharge.

References

  1. "Star Block. Attack or swallow these to get them out of your way" (Kirby Super Star Ultra manual, pg. 20)