Warp Star

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Kirby riding atop the Warp Star in Kirby Air Ride.
Kirby and his friends riding atop the Warp Star in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Warp Stars (also Warpstars) are one of the primary modes of transportation in the Kirby series. They have appeared in nearly every Kirby game, since their first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land. Warp Stars have the appearance of a large, yellow, five pointed star. During gameplay, they are used to carry Kirby from one section of a level to another, or provide transport to another level.

Game Appearances

Kirby's Dream Land

The Warp Stars made their first appearance in Kirby's first game Kirby's Dream Land. They are mainly used to take Kirby from one section to another.

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

In Nightmare in Dream Land, Warp Stars are used to transport Kirby to distant levels, such as from Vegetable Valley to Orange Ocean. They are also found inside stages, where they transport Kirby to another part of the stage.

Super Smash Bros. series

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Warp Star is a usable item with which a character uses to glide up in the sky, land on the ground, and create a large impact. It can be moved while in the sky by executing the common buttons used to move.

Warp Stars also feature heavily in many cinematic sequences that involve Kirby, and, in every game aside from Melee, Kirby enters the battlefield by riding in on a Warp Star.

Melee trophy description

Name Image Appears In Description
Warp Star WarpStarMeleeTrophy.png Kirby's Dream Land (08/92) The Warp Star originated as Kirby's ride: it helped the ponderous puffball get around at high speed. Hop on the Warp Star in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and your character will rapidly launch up and off the screen. You'll return in a flash, causing an explosion as you hit the ground. Try holding a direction to alter your landing.

Brawl trophy description

Name Image Appears In Description
Warpstar WarpStarBrawlTrophy.jpeg GB Kirby's Dream Land
GB Kirby's Dream Land 2
A warp-speed item. In the Kirby series, Warpstars are used to move between stages. In Smash Bros., they're ultra-fast attack items that zoom up and down to devastate anyone they hit. You can shift your landing spot by moving the Control Stick left or right during your descent. Choose your target and hang on! Don't overshoot the mark and plummet off the stage, though.

3DS / Wii U trophy description

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears In NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Warp Star
WarpStar3DSTrophy.png
WarpStarWiiUTrophy.png GB Kirby's Dream Land (8/1992)
SNES Kirby's Super Star (NTSC), Kirby's Fun Pak (PAL) (8/1996)
A magical transportation device that Kirby has used in the past to get around. Jumping on the Warp Star will send the character high into the sky and then crashing back down to the battlefield. Anyone caught in the path or landing spot will be sent flying, and the rider can aim a bit to the left or right in the air. In the Kirby games, Warp Stars carry Kirby from one spot in a stage to another. In this game, pick it up to shoot high into the air and then slam back down to bowl over your opponents. You can control where you land by shifting left or right while in the air, but it takes some practice!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Kirby Air Ride

Air Ride Machine InfoBox
WarpstarKAR.jpg
Artwork from Kirby Air Ride.
Details
Flavor Text "Great for cruising and gliding. No real flaws."
Unlock for Air Ride Available by Default
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The Warp Star is a ridable machine in Kirby Air Ride. It can be considered the most balanced and basic of all vehicles in the game, with no major strengths or flaws.

The Warp Star, as it appears in this game, is flat, and lays parallel with the ground, hovering only a few inches in the air. Its five pronged points are relatively round. The two points nearest the rear are equipped with varied small propulsion units, which appear to give the machine its forward thrust, expelling what appears to be some form of white-and-blue gas.

Mechanics

In terms of the Warp Star's abilities, it is almost completely balanced in every area. Compared to the entire roster of machines, however, it has a slightly lower-than-usual top speed of 25 km/h, and slightly better-than-usual gliding and handling capabilities.

How to Unlock

In Air Ride, this is the only machine which is available from the start, and does not need to be unlocked through the checklist.

In City Trial, the Warpstar can occasionally be found randomly throughout the city and mounted like most other air ride machines. It is always available in Free Run as well.

Instruction Booklet Description

"This machine has a good balance of basic capabilities."

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

A warp star in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Warp Stars serve as the primary means of transportation between levels in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Additionally, they will occasionally appear in the stages themselves to take Kirby to a new location, much like they did in the older games.

Kirby's Dream Collection

In the introductory title movie, Kirby inhales a Warp Star (strangely enough) to update him and his friends to their modern (as of that game) appearances. Additionally, in the New Challenge Stages Sub-Game, warp stars with numbers painted on them take Kirby to the various levels of the game. The design for warp stars is the same as it was in Return to Dream Land.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Kirby riding a 3D Warp Star.

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Warp Stars will occasionally appear to take Kirby or King Dedede to new locations. However, much more common than those are the new 3D Warp Stars, which bear a different design, and transport their rider between the foreground and background.